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.