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The purpose of this article is NOT to dismiss medical healing, but to illustrate the healing vise Christians are caught between. Christians suffer with disease because they are often squeezed by Church doctrine on the one hand, and God’s Word on the other.
“A church that does not teach healing is like a grade school that does not teach math.”
Of the 3,779 verses that comprise the four Gospel accounts, 727 relate specifically to the healing of physical and mental illness. When compared to the 165 verses that deal with eternal life, it becomes clear that “HEALING THE SICK” was a high priority in the ministry of Jesus.
So His ministry would continue, Jesus taught and commissioned twelve disciples (and later 72 more) to teach the kingdom of God and HEAL THE SICK. The healings Jesus administered while here on Earth were natural (Therapeuo) and sometimes miraculous (Iaomai).
Jesus taught His disciples that ANYONE with faith in Him will do what He is doing (John 14:12). The disciples then shared what they learned of healing and the Kingdom of God as they went on their way.
With this background, it should come as no surprise that HEALING THE SICK was a high priority in the Christian Church for the first 1,000 years following the Day of Pentecost.
Unfortunately, few churches today that fellowship in the name of Jesus Christ, HEAL THE SICK. Why?
Before answering that question, let us consider God’s Word on the subject. First, it is God’s will that no one lives in sickness. One of His names, Yehovah-rapha, means “God our Healer.” (Exodus 15:26). From this we learn not only the source of healing, but that God actively HEALS THE SICK.
Secondly, God does not require science to HEAL THE SICK, only faith! He tells us that His ways are not our ways, meaning He is not bound to the laws of nature to heal (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Thirdly, Jesus Christ is the same today as He was yesterday (Hebrews 13:8). This means the words He spoke apply as much to us today as they did when first spoken. He said He would do whatever we ask for (HEAL THE SICK) in His name (John 14:13-14).
Fourthly, trusting God’s Holy Word is what brings health to a man’s whole body (Proverbs 4:20-22). This means the remedy that offers health is keeping God’s Word in our heart.
One has only to do a cursory study to realize HEALING THE SICK is as much a part of the Body of Christ as is salvation (saving, healing of soul). So why do so few Christian denominations administer HEALING TO THE SICK today? Consider the following reasons:
One: Many churches do not teach divine healing because they do not know the Word of God.
Two: Many churches fellowship first with the fellowship, rather than with the Father. Christian fellowship must be based on guidance of the Holy Spirit, with the Father and His Son, for there to be true fellowship and sound doctrine in a church. (1 John 1:3)
Three: Many churches do not teach healing for fear of failure. Fear is not of God, for God is love. Fear comes from Satan. So if we fear failure, under whose influence are we? God never changes or fails. If there is failure in the Church it is not because of God, but of ourselves.
Four: Divine healing cannot be understood or taught as long as we try explaining God’s Word in the light of our experiences. What we see and feel and experience is true, and cannot be denied. But it is not the whole truth. If our experiences don’t match the Word of God which says, “….by Whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24), we need to work on our experiences and bring them in line with God’s word, instead of interpreting God’s Word from our experiences.
Five: Many Church leaders fear worldly persecution were they to teach that God actively intervenes in this physical world. This because the world cannot accept God’s active presence in our lives. As a result, excuses are born and God’s Word is twisted to fit convenience. Few Church leaders deny that Jesus heals today, but how many Church leaders avoid teaching divine healing as a birthright? Many!
Six: Out of ignorance of God’s Word, most Christians are not aware that Christ, His disciples and the early Church healed using natural therapies such as healing oils, human touch and prayer. This is borne out by a word study on “heal.” This lack of God’s Word in our generation has left most believers believing that the healings of Christ must have been instantaneous or “miraculous.” Such is simply not the case, though some healings were instantaneous. Since few Christians have witnessed Christ-centered healing, be it from natural therapies or instantaneous, they wrongly conclude that divine healing is no longer relevant in today’s Church.
These are just a few of the reasons why Christians lack healing in Christ, why many churches today are void of healing ministries. There are other reasons, but they all can be summed up with a few descriptive words: Lack of belief, lack of unity, lack of awareness, dependence on human effort, and fear of persecution. But there is also one other major factor…
There is very little knowledgeable and effective spiritual resistance to sickness. Today there is more faith in medical knowledge than in the God of knowledge. God’s Word has been set aside and the doctor’s word has become “yes” and “amen.” Christians can reel off doctors names, lab reports and medical prescriptions while they find it hard to quote Scripture on divine healing. This unnatural state of affairs prevails today, because churches have failed to teach divine healing as a fundamental doctrine of faith.