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Peace and Love,
Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal September 5, 2001 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
CHRISTIANITY: FALSE TEACHING, FALSE DOCTRINES
THE MIRACLE OF HEALING
PART 40: HEALING DOES NOT DEPEND
ONLY ON FAITH (Mark -18,
1 Corinthians , James
the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
Many of the Faith-Healers claim that
if one has faith they can be healed. Thus, they argue that lack of faith will
block your healing. Here we see a clear mis-conception in the healing process
and the will of God. Even though healing may be a priority for someone
suffering from a deadly disease or ailment it is not the priority of the
The informed believer is one that
understands the relationship of faith and healing. This person also understands
that healing does not depend on faith. More specifically the lack of faith may
hinder healing but faith alone cannot bring on healing. Faithful prayer is
noted in the healing process. The following scriptures reveal more about faith
Mark . "They shall take up serpents; and if they
drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the
sick, and they shall recover."
We also call your attention to the
verse preceding verse 18.
Mark . "And these signs shall follow them that believe;
In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues."
In verse 17 "them that
believe" refers to the believers noted in verse 16. Follow means to
accompany and has reference to the spiritual gifts bestowed upon the Christians
during the first years of the Gospel Age. (See: Acts 6:8, 19:6, 1 Corinthians
Chapters 12, 13, 14, Ephesians 4:8-14 and James 5: 14-15).
As we now look at verse 18, there are
times that God has intervened to perform miracles to protect his followers. God
also at times will give them special powers. However, we should not use this
scripture to justify testing God by putting ourselves in dangerous situations.
(See Acts 28:5. Paul handled a snake safely. Matthew 10:1, Acts 3: 7-8
Disciples healed the sick.).
We also call your attention to Paul
revealing the end of the spiritual gifts. Here we are talking about the gifts of healing, speaking in
tongues and the restoration of life.
1 Corinthians 13:10. 'But when that
which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away."
For the record there are various meanings to this verse and/or discussion. Thus, there are different views on what perfect means.
1. Perfect means the New Covenant New Testament. According to this, the gift ceased once the New Testament was completed.
2. Perfect looks to the second coming of Christ. Then the special gifts will no longer be needed.
3. Perfect means mature. Mature
individuals or a mature church then there will no longer be a need for the gifts.
Meanwhile, the most prominent
interpretation of this passage is the following. "That which is perfect (complete) means the completed New
Testament. This is called "the perfect law of liberty"
and noted in James 1:25. When this was given to the church, the temporary
(partial information) that came through spiritual gifts would
no longer be necessary and cease to exist.
In the Book of James we see an
additional scripture that reveals the practice of praying for the sick as noted in Mark 16:17-18. Here we see
the evidence of faithful prayer and healing.
James 5:13-15. "Is any among you
afflicted Let him pray? Is any merry? Let him sing Psalms.
Here the word afflicted refers to
evil, hardship and troubles; it does not refer to physical diseases. Thus when believers are confronted with
trials in life, they should go to God in prayer for strength.
Merry in this passage does not mean gay or composed of a frivolous attitude. It
means to be of good cheer.
James 5:14. "Is any sick among
you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name
of the Lord."
The word sick in this passage refers
too bodily disease and not a figurative or spiritual condition as is often gleaned from this passage. Again
we note that during the early years of the church Almighty God
granted miraculous powers to many of his disciples to confirm the truth that
had been preached while the New Testament was being completed.
Among the miracles granted was the healing of the sick. The
elders are mentioned here because they (Pastors) were among the people
who received the gift of healing.
Oil is noted in this passage. Also,
many of the so-called Faith-Healers and other mis-informed False Prophets use anointing oil in the
various services. The Bible tells us that oil was both a medicine
and a symbol of the Spirit of God. Therefore, oil can be in reference to the
medical and spiritual realms of life. As believers we should
be aware of the physical and spiritual realms, because Jesus
Christ is the Lord over both the body and spirit.
James 5:15. "And the prayer of
faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have
committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."
Prayer of faith means miraculous faith
which was one of the spiritual gifts as noted in 1 Corinthians 12:9. However,
this gift has ceased to exist. Therefore, prayer of faith is seen in a
different sense. Thus, prayer of faith does not mean the faith of the sick
person. It means the faith of the church. Clearly God heals, faith does not.
Also all prayers are subject o Gods will.
However we should always be mindful
of the power of prayer and how it affects healing. Our prayers are thusly part
of the healing process. God in turn waits on our prayers of faith before He
intervenes to heal.
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