"Evangelicals and pietists, too, early recognized,...

"Evangelicals and pietists, too, early recognized, sometimes far more explicitly in the mission field than at home, that it was not enough to bring pictures of Jesus, even pictures of Jesus with native features, or words about Jesus, even words about Jesus in the native vernaculars, to the non-Christian world. It had not been enough in the days of Jesus, either, and so he had come as a healer and not only as a teacher. Similarly, the mission of his followers in the second and third centuries had been one of help and healing, not of evangelization alone. For the word 'salvation'—soteria in Greek,salus in Latin and its derivative languages, Heil in German and its cognate languages—meant 'health.' "

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