Do We Need Faith Healers?
Today in our series on spiritual gifts we are going to look at the gift of healing. Now the scripture actually does not say the gift of healing but says “gifts of healings”. This is important because some people are under the impression that the gift of healing is just given to a select few that can heal the sick. This is not what the scriptures meant nor does it conform to the biblical text in 1 Corinthians. Remember that these are gifts of the Holy Spirit, not our gifts. They are given as He wills, not according to our ability or merit. Paul said that the manifestation of spiritual gifts are given to each of us for the common good, or to meet the needs as they arise. Thus, there is not one gift given to one person to the exclusion of all the other gifts or all the other people. It is based on the needs present and the will of God. That is why Paul used a plural form of the word for gifts and for healings. There are many times where more than one healing is needed and more than one type of healing and so each healing is a separate gift, and done by more than one person.
It is because of this misunderstanding about the gift of healing that has caused the glamorization of this gift and the abuse by certain unscrupulous men who have used the gift of God for personal gain. How many of you would support a person living an extravagant lifestyle if you knew that you could receive healing at your local church? Wouldn’t you rather support your local church and it’s ministry in the community rather than send an offering to a “man of God” that you do not know in hopes of receiving a prayer that will heal you? Common sense dictates that a person would rather support their local church in their local communities and it is only because of the belief that they have to go to someone “special” to get healing is why they look somewhere else.
The Use of the Gift of Healing in the Scriptures
Jesus the great physician and the His use of the gift of healing.
There are more instances of Jesus healing people in the New Testament than there is room for me to list in one blog post. I am just going to take a couple of examples to show you Jesus using the gift of healing. In Mark’s gospel, Chapter 1, we see where Jesus comes from speaking in the synagogue to Peter’s house. He finds out that Peter’s mother in law is sick with a fever. Jesus takes her hand, lifts her up and she is made whole instantly. In fact, she is made so much better that she starts cooking them dinner! Now how is that for healing? Now I choose this instance not because it was the most miraculous, but actually for the opposite reason. It was just a fever. It was not cancer, or leprosy, or bleeding that had lasted for years, but just a fever. It shows that Jesus cares about even the small things not just the big ones. He healed a fever.
The second example I want to show is found in Luke’s gospel, chapter 5. Here we see a leper coming to Jesus and asking for healing. He said, “Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean”. Here the leper is asking if the Lord is willing to heal. Jesus response should be the response that we all take to heart. He said, “I am willing, be cleansed”. Immediately the leper was healed. Now, I am not God, nor do I want His job however, from this passage we can see that God is willing for us to be healed. He is no respecter of persons, and He has not changed. Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever. So when it comes to the question of whether or not God is willing to heal us, the answer is in the book! “I am willing, be cleansed”. I do not understand why some people receive healing and others don’t, but I will stand by the book. You cannot find one place in the scriptures where a person came to Jesus and asked for healing and did not receive healing. It just is not there.
Read about the gift of healing in the early church on page 2
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