Another Response To The Question of Divine Healers
Let’s start here:
Do you believe the bible is absolutely true without any error? I do. I believe it is the one source to definitively determine truth from lies; facts from fiction. If you don’t believe that, then don’t bother reading any further.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
The Bible warns of the lies of Satan. He can become as an angel of light. The only way to know truth from lies is to test it with the Word of God. Turning to our experience as proof leads to deception. When we look to others for revelation we are open to deception.
It amazes me how systems like this talk like they are all about God, and yet continually steer folks away from the Word and to their own revelation. You can read testimony after testimony of people experiencing things without any actual evidence.
This is why I am going to go to the Word first; to test to see if it holds water.
The system puts emphasis on powers and gifts. It implies all Christians can have these powers.
The website says:
Our goal is to lay the foundation for this transformation and build up the body of Christ with Apostolic and Prophetic teaching, according to Ephesians 2:20.
They uses Ephesians 2:20 to support their position, but is that what Ephesians 2:20 is saying? Is it saying that Christians today should expect powers?
“Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.” Ephesians 2:20
What is the foundation talked about here? Is the foundation signs and wonders or their special abilities? No. It is THE Faith. The Gospel.
Is it scriptural to teach that Christians can obtain signs and wonders? That they should expect them? What does the bible say about the Apostles?
Apostles were sent by Jesus. They were given abilities and authority directly from God. If you read through Acts you will see miracles performed by the Apostles, not believers.
“...he appeared to the apostles from time to time” “he commanded them [those apostles], “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you [the apostles] the gift he promised, as I told you [the apostles] before.”
He is referring to the apostles, not believers. I am not even in Jerusalem, so how can I stay there? It is obvious that it is not referring to us believers.
“Here are the names of those who were present: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (the zealot), and Judas (son of James). They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus. During this time, when about 120 believers were together in one place, “
There are the 12 and then there are the 120 believers. As you can see the 12 chosen are separate from the believers. This is an important distinction. Which is why it is made.
“Then they all prayed, “O Lord, you know every heart. Show us which of these men you have chosen as an apostle to replace Judas in this ministry, for he has deserted us and gone where he belongs.”
The bible goes on to say that an apostle was chosen to replace Judas. Because, once again, an apostle is not just any believer. An apostle is chosen. And not everyone was given this honor.
Who did the miracles? All believers? What does the bible say?
“A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.”
The apostles did the miracles. The chosen 12. Implying that Ephesians 2 means that we all can be taught to possess these signs and wonders for ourselves is not biblical at all.
Powers were used to verify the true church and that Jesus was indeed the Son of God.
“God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know.”
There would be zero endorsement if everyone was capable of these miracles. Jesus and the apostles are the only ones needed.
When others asked for these powers Jesus said the only thing they need to worry about is believing in Him.
“They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”
Movements like this make it sound like you can actually learn how to heal someone. “Our vision for the Healing Rooms Global Network is to prepare the Body of Christ to bring about healing, signs and wonders”
But the Word says “He alone decides which gift each person should have.” So why do you think you can learn how to heal? There is no biblical context where someone is called to learn how to divinely heal, prophecy, or perform some ‘wonder’. No learning at all.
“Are you adequately equipped in divine healing?” the website asks….
What does that even mean?
From what I am reading this movement is not rooted in the Word of God.
And the testimonials…. Have you read through the testimonials? Are there any that can be judged as being truthful, or accurate? It’s all experiential. It’s all symptomatic. Are limbs growing back? Are eyes showing up where eyes were previously missing? It seems to be all about what a person feels is happening rather than what is actually happening. One person writes: I was also molested and raped by demons daily.
Is this true, or just the delusions of one individual? How can you tell the difference? Who’s to say?
So, does God heal, I believe so. Are there Apostles living today with special powers teaching others how to heal? No. It appears to me that there is a group of people making unbiblical claims about healings and then charging people to learn how to heal others themselves.
Chinese bloodless healers also do miraculous healings.
As well as the Shamans. And witch doctors.
If you experienced the healing that Jesus did, or His apostles you would immediately see the difference. Three days in the tomb, and brought back to life. Leprosy IMMEDIATELY cured. These are things that cannot be faked.
A question that comes to my mind when talking about this with others is, why does it matter to you? Why is this important? Does your faith in God depend on whether or not someone has a special power? Isn’t the Word enough? It is the very breath of God, but you need a sign?
My message to the healers in the healing rooms…. “Get out of the healing room and go to the hospital. Start healing there. If you can’t heal anyone that way, then stop taking people’s money and stop selling this healing training course. ”
If you were healed, great. If not, great. Does there need to be a special room? Do you need to see those with some special anointing? Because none of that is biblical either.