Sunday, June 10, 2018

F.F. Bosworth and Diabetes

What His Family Said About His Medical Condition

By Roscoe Barnes III
Author, F.F. Bosworth: The Man Behind Christ the Healer
Copyright (c) 2018


Evangelist F.F. Bosworth
(Photo courtesy of

In an email dated June 9, 2018, a reader of my work on F.F. Bosworth asked about him having diabetes and the claim that he was never cured of the disease. The reader's question and my response are below.

THE READER:  I had previously examined the life of Rev. Bosworth and closely studied Christ the Healer before reading your book. In light of my knowledge of the man and his convictions, I was stunned to find the following information in your book F.F. Bosworth: The Man Behind Christ the Healer (page72):

"Although insisting it was always God's will to heal, he [F.F. Boworth] and his brother suffered from diabetes and were never healed of the disease."

My question:  I am desirous of knowing the source of your information regarding F.F. Bosworth's reported affliction with diabetes.  It is especially notable that your source indicates that Bosworth was "never healed of the disease."  Any information would be most appreciated.

MY RESPONSE: I must apologize for failing to include citations. That's a serious mistake on my part. I will try to clear it up in a future blog post. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Now as to your comment and question about Bosworth, I learned of the diabetes in an email from Dr. Paul King, author of Genuine Gold: The Cautiously Charismatic Story of the Early Christian and Missionary Alliance  (2006). In one email he wrote:

"My source on the diabetes of F.F. and B.B. is B.B.'s grandson Burton Bosworth, who is a C&MA pastor."

I received the same information from Donna Mitchell, granddaughter of B.B. Bosworth. In a 2004 phone interview, she also told me:

"B.B. Bosworth had diabetes, as did his son, and two grandsons."


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  1. Terrible to say he had diabetes if it didn't come out of his or his brother's own mouth.

    1. Please see F.F. Bosworth's Death Certificate here:

  2. Please see F.F. Bosworth's Death Certificate here:


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