Getting down to brass tacks, I believe the issue that Christians need to focus on here is how do we understand faith in relation to healing and other phenomena? What differentiates between the miraculous and the magical? How is exercising the will different from exercising faith? As we’ve seen it is not necessarily the use of drama and symbols by the healer.
If you look at the way the word faith (Greek: pistis) is used in the Bible is soon becomes clear that it is more than just an affirmation of dogma. It is more than just an affirmation of some historical truths. It is more even than affirmation of loyalty to Jesus as the revelation of YHWH. Christian faith is deep confidence in the power of YHWH to act and the willingness of YHWH to act. Christian faith is the conviction that God has already and will act for us – there is no need to try and coerce him and it would be foolish to do so.
Faith is deeply related to repentance (Greek: metanoia). Translated literally it means change of mind. Faith ultimately involves a shift in consciousness every bit as much as the will-based magic of Neo-Pagans. But is a different sort of consciousness shift.