Healing Ministries - Can They Hurt?

Are there ever casualties as a result of healing ministries? What can the backlash be for the person who doesn't get healed.

I have grown up watching faith healers on TV. I remember watching Oral Roberts way back when I was in high school. And Kathryn Kuhlman. She believed in miracles and so did I! After I was married we used to watch Ernest Angley in his white suit and his jet black hair, fingers plugging the ears of a deaf child as he whispered "baby, baby" behind the young one's head. The child always seemed to mimic the word "baby" back to Mr. Angley, proving that a healing had taken place. Mothers would sob as their healed child was taken by an usher and the "healer" would then administer the healing to the heart of the mother -- resulting in her falling backwards to the floor of the stage -- having been "slain in the spirit."*

Were these children actually healed? I don't know. But what about the majority of people that don't get healed? They come to the service full of hope, and leave with less than they had when they first "rolled" in -- not even getting near the stage. The truth is, many people don't get anywhere near the action at these "services." They go home questioning themselves. What if their faith doesn't make them whole, like the scripture says. Then, they are left to wonder about themselves. Didn't I give enough, or have enough faith? Do I have unconfessed sin that is keeping me from my healing? And the faithful never blame God, they put the blame on themselves and their own shortcomings.

What is the reality of healing in the Christian church today? If a Christian accepts the Bible as truth, then the precepts presented in it should be the standards for our New Testament churches. The office of "healer" is not even among the list of gifts that God gave to the churches. Are we to believe that healing is not for today since the office of healer is not listed among the structure of churches?

No, healing in the New Testament church is also covered. But not through seeking a healing, but for through seeking Him who heals. People are broken all the time by focusing on their physical health, instead of on spiritual health. In the Book of James, the procedure for dealing with the sick in body of Christ is outlined in a few simple verses.

James 5:13 "Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone in good spirits? Let him sing praises. 5:14 Is anyone among you ill? Let him summon the elders of the church, and let them pray for him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 5:15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 5:16 So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed." This how it is to be done, with the members of the local church holding the sick and hurt up to God in prayer.

Can and will God heal us? Yes, God is able - but in today's church it is not "healing on demand." Jesus and the apostles healed as a sign that Jesus was, in fact, God. He has gone to the cross and risen from the dead. Today, the witness to the world is the demonstration that occurred three days after the cross and is presented in His completed scripture. God may use your sickness to aid you in your spiritual growth. We need to pray also for wisdom and His will in whatever our situation is. Remember, Paul sought the Lord three times to remove the thorn from his flesh (analogous to our sickness or infirmity). After that he proclaimed to God, "your grace is sufficient for me."

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