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Healing Testimony! (The State of Christianity IV)

Posted by Job on February 14, 2007

Here is a delightful story of a medically and media – documented example of faith – healing. And no, it is not some low income redneck from the south (although if it were, I wound’t mind, because I have had the pleasure of knowing many people who are and were low income southern rednecks, and a great many of them are some of the finest Christians that God will bless you by having them cross your path), but a violinist of Chinese descent from New Zealand.

Now there are many examples of medically confirmable faith healings (including my own!) but we know why the media and Hollywood ignores them and claims that they are frauds: they hate Jesus Christ and Christians! (Of course, this is a generalization.) But why aren’t CHRISTIANS forcing the issue, by coming forward and openly declaring their own testimonies, and thereby forcing the public to acknowledge it, so that people will believe and be saved? After all, that is what Jesus Christ did, and what his disciples and apostles did also. The most powerful examples given in the New Testament was when the Jewish leaders WANTED to imprison or stone the disciples, but could not because it was commonly known and verified that certain people had been blind, deaf, leprous, or lame previous, but now they were undeniably healed! But now, things have gotten so bad that not only is it easy for the world to deny faith healings (there is even a “Why won’t God heal amputees” website run by militant atheists) but a lot of Christians either do not believe in them anymore or will not admit to it. There are even some major Christian denominations that purport to be “fundamentalist” or “Biblical literalist” that teach that healings and other miracles no longer happen anymore because they are no longer needed, as their only purpose was to cause people to believe so that the church could be firmly established; that the “apostolic age” has passed. To their credit, these people to at least acknowledge that God will grant miracles in third world countries and other places where the church is being established for the first time, but that is it.

The main fault of this is the people who receive the miracles themselves, myself included! In the “apostolic times”, people who were healed went around telling and showing everyone their testimony! Many even did so even after Jesus Christ commanded that they not! But these days, people who receive healings either keep quiet about it, or only tell others within the Christian community. And I have to admit even with myself, it was over a year before I was able to so much as even tell people at my workplace how God healed me. Why? Because we fear persecution and ridicule; people laughing at us and shunning us and labeling us liars and crackpots. We fear being challenged by not only atheists, but Christians with hardened hearts. We don’t want to answer the question: “How come God healed you and doesn’t heal other people?” It isn’t because we don’t know the answer: because of either a lack of faith or because it was not God’s Will. It is because we fear the responses and how we will be viewed for answering truthfully! In other words, like Saul we love the people and the world more than God, and like so many people who believed Jesus Christ and his apostles but never followed them, they fear persecution and disassociation, including the very parents of the man born blind who would not even speak before the Jewish council because they feared being excommunicated from the synagogue. How many people never come to Christ because of faith increased by the power of our testimony because of our selfishness, worldliness, pride, and cowardice? By the way, you know that all of those are EVIL SPIRITS, don’t you? And even among Christians, how many of them are never healed from painful and serious conditions that threaten their lives, families, finances, livelihoods, and FAITH because they are not strengthened with the knowledge that they, too, can be healed just like us?

But wait: there’s more! The church system is at fault too. All too often, if you want to be healed, you have to go to the preacher, who prays for God to heal you in the safe confines of his church surrounded by his congregation away from the mockers and disbelievers. We don’t even have the old traveling tent revivals where people would come and be healed and have demons cast out of them like we used to! Why? Because it is not so much that we fear persecution, but we lack faith and are unsure of the gospel. We fear what will happen if we go out on the street, pray for someone to rise up and walk, and he doesn’t, and everyone laughs at us and accuses our faith. What will happen to the faith of everyone else? What will happen to OUR FAITH? In other words, we are not certain enough in our faith to put it on the line.

For that reason, modern Christianity is a lot like when Jesus Christ tried to carry his ministry into his own hometown: few great works are being done because of their unbelief. And even there, consider that it said “save His laying hands on a few sick folk and healed them.” Realize that it was listed in that fashion because it was considered to be no big thing; it was taken for granted! So what mighty things did Jesus Christ work elsewhere? And remember, Jesus Christ admonished us that when the Holy Spirit comes and indwells (because remember that Jesus Christ though being God in the flesh was operating as a prophet under the restraints of the law of condemnation and the old covenant), that we would do even greater things than He! Well now in our current age, we are not even doing the things that the gospels so took for granted that they barely saw fit to mention them, and moreover when things that the gospels took for granted happened to us today, we fear talking about them because of the small measure of our own faith AND our love for God! It is as if we are spitting on the cross and trashing the Holy Spirit. No, I am serious, much debate has taking place over the meaning of the term “blaspheming the Holy Spirit”, but I would contend that refusing to do the works that the Holy Spirit wants to use you to do and withholding testimony of what the Holy Spirit has already done would have to point to that direction. Are you in danger of being condemned according to this area as I was until very recently? If so, you had better do something about it.

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3 Responses to “Healing Testimony! (The State of Christianity IV)”

  1. TLA said

    I won’t deny that what you mentioned is a serious sin but if it is the unpardonable sin then how can anyone change it?I believe that the unpardonable blasphemy is someone that is so given over to lies that they can’t accept truth even when it is most obvious and therefore not able to repent.This is why I worry about my family because no matter how well I tell them truthful things they accuse me or my sources of lying. They can’t even admit that Bush betrays Israel with his policies.This proves they have lying spirits.I agree with you about John Hagee’s dual covenant but I still respect that he is one of very few that is speaking out on behalf of Israel.Anyone that claims to be a christian but can’t acknowledge that Israel is God’s chosen people do not know God.I, myself have been raised in pentecostal an charismatic churches and never got any healing miracles.It would be as much a sin to falsify and make up that I got a miracle that never happened.You talk about those who don’t work miracles are condemned.What miracles have you done?Have you raised any dead?Do you have proof to back up your claims?We are all guilty of not performing miracles and you are a liar and hypocrite if you say otherwise.Besides,if miracles is all that is needed for salvation then why does Jesus turn away those who claim to do mighty works in His name saying that He knows not the workers of iniquity?

  2. TLA:

    Now that’s what I like to see. Passion!

    “I won’t deny that what you mentioned is a serious sin but if it is the unpardonable sin then how can anyone change it? I believe that the unpardonable blasphemy is someone that is so given over to lies that they can’t accept truth even when it is most obvious and therefore not able to repent.” I agree.

    “This is why I worry about my family because no matter how well I tell them truthful things they accuse me or my sources of lying. They can’t even admit that Bush betrays Israel with his policies. This proves they have lying spirits.” Whoa, back off now. It just means that they are deceived because they have not completely rejected the world, and still desperately want something or someone to believe in. I know what they are going through. I have been there. I think that you should just be patient with them, pray for them, and discuss scripture with them, especially what Daniel and Revelation say about the anti – Christ, and talk about how the anti – Christ global control spirit is manifesting in all of our worldly institutions, including the church (especially the church). Do not call out any names, just talk about the spirit. If you call out names, they will want to condemn people and defend people based on their worldly thoughts. But if you focus on the spirit, then their eyes will open if they have any love for truth in them. If they do not hvae love for the truth in them, then it will be time to remember what Jesus Christ said about His not coming to bring peace but a sword to separate those who love Him from those who reject Him.

    “I agree with you about John Hagee’s dual covenant but I still respect that he is one of very few that is speaking out on behalf of Israel.” You are wrong. Hagee is not acting in behalf of Israel. He is acting out of his own desire to gain power, control, and influence.

    “Anyone that claims to be a christian but can’t acknowledge that Israel is God’s chosen people do not know God.” I agree. But anyone who fails to acknowledge that Israel rejects Jesus Christ as the Messiah and wants to cause all else to is deceiving themselves. They are very dangerous to our faith and have been from day one. We are called to support and defend the Jews and Israel, but we should only do so without compromising the faith. Anyone who is willing to compromise the faith has an outside agenda, and that definitely includes Hagee.

    “I, myself have been raised in pentecostal an charismatic churches and never got any healing miracles. It would be as much a sin to falsify and make up that I got a miracle that never happened.” Yes you did, God healed your spirit and gave you peace, which is the greatest miracle that anyone can receive. That is your testimony, and you are obligated to give it.

    “You talk about those who don’t work miracles are condemned. What miracles have you done? Have you raised any dead? Do you have proof to back up your claims? We are all guilty of not performing miracles and you are a liar and hypocrite if you say otherwise.” If that was what I said, then you would be right about me. But it is not. I was speaking of people who God does use to heal and God has used to heal hiding behind the church system because they fear the condemnation and ridicule from the world that hates Christ if they take their gifts and testimony out in the open. Paul said in Corinthians that everyone does not have the gift of healing (or tongues for that matter), and I will never purposefully blaspheme scripture for any purpose. Now as to me, I have never worked miracles. I do not appear to have that gift. My wife and son do, however. But I do have my medically confirmed healing testimony, and I am working on getting where I share it wherever I go.

    “Besides,if miracles is all that is needed for salvation then why does Jesus turn away those who claim to do mighty works in His name saying that He knows not the workers of iniquity?” Again, I never said such a thing, because it would oppose scripture. I merely said that people who withhold their testimony and will not perform their works in public (if God leads them to do so, I did leave out that very important caveat) because they fear condemnation of the world are sinning, because they love themselves more than they love God and God’s people and therefore are afraid and ashamed to suffer humiliation.

    Now TLA, as I said, I love your passion. Let me also say that you are my fellowservant in Christ, and I love you. It would appear that we both have passion, but we also both need for the Holy Spirit to work on us so that we will submit to God so that He can direct it as He sees fit. If you wish to pray with me on this issue, please let me know.

  3. scott said

    PRAY for my wife that she will stop smoking and iam called to preach the WORD of GOD i have spoken before to my pastors chruch many times and have spoken once to another church where i live in 2 weeks i have to go speak again to a group of young people pray that the power of God would fall in that place that night and that many people would come to know the LORD GOD bless you scott worley

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