Errors About Healing

 

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1.       Some have wrongly taught healing is not provided for in the atonement of Jesus Christ. As a result, they teach believers to pray “if it be thy will” prayers about the healing of sick people. If anyone is ever healed, they are usually shocked. This is because even though they pray “if it be thy will” prayers, they usually assume it is not God’s will to heal in 99.9% of cases.

2.       Some Protestant groups in Holland teach their people to not take medicines when they are sick. They say that by taking medicines believers are sinning by trying to get better. These churches argue that if people get sick, it must be God’s will for them to be sick. They believe that if God wills for them to be sick for only a short time, He will heal them without the assistance of medicines. Similarly, others in Holland refuse to be vaccinated against diseases such as polio saying that vaccinations work against God’s will and supreme rule. They believe true faith would not want to resist God’s supposed “perfect” will of deadly diseases. As a result of such unbiblical fatalistic nonsense, numerous Christians have caught polio.

Similarly, but having a very different attitude to healing miracles from God, some Pentecostals and Charismatics have wrongly taught that when trusting God to heal us, it is a lack of faith or a sin to take medicines or go to the doctor or be operated on. For example, the American faith teacher Hobart Freeman refused medical treatment for an ulcerated leg. When the leg caused medical complications and bronchopneumonia, Freeman still refused any medical treatment. In December 1984, Freeman died of heart failure resulting from the above illnesses.

In parts of Africa years ago, some Pentecostals taught that medical doctors were agents of Satan and that anyone who took medicine would go to hell. Believers who took medicine were given the same type of church discipline given for demon worship and sexual immorality. They were expelled from the local church. If a believer broke his leg, he was not allowed to get splints but was told to pray instead. Wearing glasses was regarded as a sin. Sores were not looked after.

More Biblically balanced healing evangelists like Kathryn Kuhlman in the United States often told believers at their meetings not to reject the aid of medical doctors and medicines. The Bible gives qualified support for medical doctors. Jeremiah 8:22, Matthew 9:12, Mark 2:17 and Luke 5:31 speak favourably of medical doctors. Matthew 9:12 states: “But when Jesus heard that, He said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.’” But the Bible also warns we should not put our total trust in medical doctors. 2 Chronicles 16:12 shows what King Asa did: “And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was very severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians.” Asa’s sin was not in seeking medical help from doctors, but in totally trusting them and not in God at all in this situation.

Luke 8:43 demonstrates doctors can consume all your money yet provide no help. Mark 5:26 reveals doctors can sometimes cause their patients much suffering. This is something all believers need to remember. As the old saying goes, “Doctors bury their mistakes”.

It is little wonder the Bible only gives qualified support to medical doctors because when the Bible was written, medical science was a mixture of good sound remedies and foolish pagan superstitions.

In 1 Timothy 5:23, Paul recommended that Timothy take a little wine as a medicine for his stomach and frequent illnesses: “No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.” Some regard Ezekiel 47:12 as another reference to natural medicine. Exodus 1:17-21 mentions Hebrew midwives. These verses refer to God blessing the midwives and do not mention Him disapproving of them in any way.

We must be very careful, however, not to accept any so-called “medical remedies” associated with:

 

a)      witchcraft or occult brews or potions or anything associated with the New Age movement

b)      pagan eastern religious practices such as hypnosis and transcendental meditation. Hypnosis and transcendental meditation open people up to demonic oppression and possession

c)      and anything else which is in any way contrary to the teachings of the Bible.

 

3.       some churchgoers naively accept all types of supernatural healing as being from God. They accept the practices of occult, psychic and spiritualist healers, even though these healers gain their spiritual powers from demons. Acts 8:9-11 records that Simon the Sorcerer was an ancient example of this: “But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, ‘This man is the great power of God.’ And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time.” Deuteronomy 13:1-5, Matthew 24:24, Acts 16:16, Revelation 13:11-15 and 16:14 warn us of miracle workers and false prophets who obtain their powers from demons.

Many Roman Catholics, including some godly Catholic Charismatics are deceived by miracles and healings associated with the veneration and worship of Mary and Saints at places like Lourdes, Fatima, Medjugorje, La Salette and so on. I have visited Lourdes and observed the highly commercialised selling of thousands of bottles of Lourdes “holy” waters which are claimed to be instruments of healing and blessing when associated with devotion to Mary. Miracles of healing cannot be purchased by buying bottles of “holy” water from Lourdes and praying thousands of prayers to Mary. As Deuteronomy 10:17 stresses God does not take bribes.


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