THE PLAIN TRUTH ABOUT HEALING
by Herbert W. Armstrong
Is the day of miracles past? Does the living God heal
sickness and disease today upon believing prayer? Or was healing performed only
by Christ and the original apostles? Did God raise up medical science for our
day? What about modern faith healers and public healing services?
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
One: Healing in Our Time?
Two: Learning to Believe
Three: What the Old and New Testaments Reveal
Four: What Is Faith?
Chapter Five: Is Healing Always God's Will?
Six: Claiming God's Blessings
IS HEALING ALWAYS GOD'S WILL?
Some, it was
explained in chapter one, say God raised up the medical profession for our time.
Some say they believe God could heal, but they don't know whether it's His will.
But what does GOD say? To answer, we turned to the BIBLE.
Jesus came in
person with a dual ministry. He went about the cities and villages in Judea and
Galilee preaching the good news of the coming Kingdom of God. But also He healed
the sick among the public as He encountered them.
He trained His
original apostles, and after His resurrection they continued in the same dual
ministry. The Church of God was founded on the Day of Pentecost, A.D. 31.
But soon a fierce, violent and organized persecution set in. Immediately
after A.D. 33 the Babylonian mystery religion appropriated the name
Christianity, proclaimed a false Christ, and by A.D. 59 the proclaiming of
Christ's gospel was SUPPRESSED! Another and counterfeit gospel was being
accepted (Galatians 1:6-7).
Neither the KINGDOM message nor healing of
the sick had any part in what from then became traditional Christianity. For
1,900 years the world has not heard Christ's gospel message. It has been
deceived by false gospels about a false Jesus.
But both Christ's true
gospel message and miraculous healing have today been restored in God's true
Church. Only today healing is within the Church -- not public healing of the
sick as encountered by God's apostles in the first century A. D.
chapter two, I stated that I could best bring this truth to the reader by
relating my own personal EXPERIENCE in discovering this truth about healing.
It was very shortly after my conversion, baptism, and receiving God's
Holy Spirit. This had occurred in the spring of 1927. In August of that same
year I experienced a most miraculous healing of my wife from four fatal
simultaneous diseases. I then KNEW God heals the sick, and thereupon I let the
living Christ teach me from His written Word the full scriptural UNDERSTANDING
of this vital subject. Hundreds have since been healed from my prayers.
Chapter three covered that biblical revelation of God's truth from both
Old and New Testaments. Chapter four covered FAITH.
But now, what about medicine?
Let's review briefly
the teaching of the apostle Paul in his instruction regarding the Passover to
the Church at Corinth.
In regard to taking the bread -- symbol of
Christ's body beaten with stripes to pay for us the penalty for broken laws
governing physical health -- the inspired teaching is: "For he that eateth and
drinketh unworthily [the RSV translates it "in an unworthy manner"], eateth and
drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body" -- that is, His
body was broken or beaten with stripes, paying the penalty we suffer in sickness
or disease. "That is why [RSV] many of you are weak and ill, and some have died"
(I Corinthians 11:29-30).
Some in the Church lacked the FAITH to BELIEVE
Christ paid for us the physical penalty of sickness, disease -- or even the
This is important; UNDERSTAND the meaning of what was
written here! Taking the broken unleavened bread means we ACCEPT Christ's beaten
and broken body (prior to being taken to the cross) that WE MAY BE HEALED. How
does His broken body make our healing possible?
It is IMPORTANT that you
UNDERSTAND the answer to this- -because some have been falsely teaching there is
no such thing as physical sin. I John 3:4, properly translated from the Greek,
says, "Sin is the transgression of LAW." It does not refer to -- or say -- the
spiritual law of the Ten Commandments. Yet it is referring to LAWS INSTITUTED BY
GOD -- not to transgressing man-made codes.
As made clear in chapter 3,
GOD formed the human body out of matter (Genesis 2:7). God so designed our
physical bodies that they function according to definite PHYSICAL LAWS. The
digestive system, the eliminative system and the circulatory system, for
example, were designed to function together and this functioning is a LAW OF
NATURE -- physical LAW. Eating improper food, neglecting elimination or
polluting the lungs with tobacco smoke prevents those laws from perfect
functioning definitely transgresses laws that God set in motion and that operate
in the human body. This definitely is TRANSGRESSED PHYSICAL LAW! It is a law GOD
designed and set in motion. This TRANSGRESSION OF LAW, according to God's
definition (I John 3:4), is physical SIN! Its penalty is sickness, disease or
The RSV translates I John 3:4, "... sin is lawlessness" --
without regard to WHAT law GOD instituted.
Now back to our important
question -- although it was made clear in chapter 3: How does Christ's broken
body make our healing possible? I answer with another question: How does
Christ's shed blood -- His DEATH -- make possible the forgiveness of spiritual
sin -- transgression of the spiritual law -- the Ten Commandments? Simply by
having PAID THE PENALTY IN OUR STEAD -- THAT'S HOW! His beaten body paid in our
stead the PENALTY we are suffering when the physical laws in the human body have
been transgressed and have brought on the PENALTY of the sickness, disease or
whatever -- sometimes the first death!
To say there is no such thing as
physical sin, as has been said by self-professing intellectuals, is NOT
intellectual -- it is rank STUPIDITY, IGNORANCE or WILLFUL PERVERSION OF PLAIN
Some Lack the Faith
The important point
here, however, is that some in the Church of God at Corinth did lack the faith
to be healed -- or else carelessly took the broken bread at Passover in an
And WHAT WAS THE RESULT? They were physically weak or
sick or had died. THAT WAS THE PENALTY. They did not in faith accept Christ's
broken body as payment of the penalty, which, if they had, would have by a
God-given miracle been removed from them, and they would have been HEALED!
But now it is IMPORTANT that we note carefully that the RESULT of this
lack of sufficient faith DID NOT DISFELLOWSHIP them from the Church!
Disfellowshipping is the penalty for causing divisions and offenses (Romans
16:17-18). That is important!
If one in the Church of God today lacks
the FAITH that he should have, the penalty is NOT disfellowshipping. The penalty
is that he still PAYS THE PENALTY in the form of sickness, disease or even
death. He himself pays it! Too bad -- when Christ already had paid it FOR HIM.
But he should be helped to receive faith -- not be disfellowshipped.
The Crackers-and-Cheese Diet
Back in 1927 or 1928,
when I had only recently at the time learned God's truth about healing, I heard
a most apt example of this.
We did not yet cross the Atlantic in
airplanes in those days. A man was sailing to Europe in a transatlantic
steamship. He felt the meals aboard ship would be too expensive. So he packed in
a suitcase a full supply of crackers and cheese. After three days' sailing, he
was becoming truly fed up on crackers and cheese. A steward had noticed that
this passenger never went into the ship's dining room and asked him about it.
"Oh, I can't afford to eat in there," replied the passenger. Then he
learned that MEALS WERE INCLUDED -- no extra charge!
How many in God's
Church today are on a crackers-and-cheese ration, when HEALING IS INCLUDED?
JESUS CHRIST PAID FOR YOUR HEALING!
Why do YOU go on PAYING THE PENALTY
or else paying the DOCTOR BILLS or probably BOTH, when Jesus Christ paid it all
The Weak in Faith Helped, Not Condemned
notice the important teaching in Romans 14.
"Him that is weak in the
faith receive ye" do not condemn or disfellowship "but not to doubtful
disputations." Or, "not for disputes over opinions" (RSV).
(Romans 14): Although one believes (has faith) to eat meats, another, weak in
faith, eats only vegetables. But the very fact he has not yet received FULL
FAITH from God does not bar him from God's Church. Rather this chapter in Romans
teaches "RECEIVE HIM" -- help the weak in faith. The ministers should teach him
more about the WAY to achieve more faith.
And so with the member of
God's Church who has not as yet achieved full FAITH to BELIEVE GOD'S PROMISES
for the physical healing. He should have that faith! He may pay himself the
penalty of the sickness or disease if he lacks faith to believe Christ paid the
penalty for him -- to rely on GOD'S PROMISE to heal.
So therefore, if a
member has not yet grown in the FAITH OF CHRIST to absolutely KNOW he can rely
on God's PROMISE of healing -- and if this member does call in the doctor or go
to the medical profession for help, God's Church does not condemn him -- but
rather, God's ministers should encourage such a one to GROW IN FAITH until he
can rely on God instead of relying on MAN.
Once more to the question,
Did God raise up the medical profession for our day?
Remember, God sentenced Adam's world to being CUT OFF from Him for the
6,000 years now almost ended. God said, in effect: "You, Adam, have made the
choice for your human family. You have REJECTED me. GO, therefore, and form your
own governments, your own religions, your own human concepts of the gods you
will serve and worship -- develop your own fund of knowledge." God, however,
reserved the prerogative of calling to His service such comparative few as He
should choose to carry out his special commission.
To those whom God has
called, He has revealed IN HIS WORD to them that HE is Yahweh-Rapha -- their
HEALING God -- the God who HEALS those who believe.
What Is the
What, then, is the medical profession? Remember,
it is only one of several of the so-called healing arts DEVELOPED BY MAN. My
parents, when I was a young boy, used a homeopathic doctor. There are osteopaths
-- although they now also practice medicine and are accepted by the medical
profession. There are chiropractors -- and I personally knew the founder of
chiropractic, B.J. Palmer of Davenport, Iowa.
But the medical fraternity
is by far the largest in number. They have allotted a very huge sum of money to
operate a LOBBY in Washington, D.C., to influence government legislation. The
medical profession has become so powerful that an M.D. could quarantine even the
President of the United States and enforce his virtual imprisonment in the White
House. In such an instance, the medical profession has even MORE POWER than the
President of the United States!
It is well to UNDERSTAND this! The
medical profession has the GOVERNMENT on their side!
Bible-believing man and wife (not members of the Worldwide Church of God) had an
11-year-old son with diabetes. They had been administering insulin as prescribed
by medical doctors. Then a "divine healer" came along. I know nothing of the
credibility of this healer except what I read in the newspapers -- he certainly
was not a minister of the Worldwide Church of God.
This "divine healer"
anointed and prayed for the lad, and the parents took him off the insulin. The
parents, according to news dispatches, were staunch in faith -- but after
removing the insulin the boy died. The parents were arrested and taken to jail,
charged with manslaughter. I did not learn of the final legal disposition of
this case in the courts.
I cite this, however, as a PRECAUTION! I might
mention, too, that insulin is not a drug or medicine, but a substance or hormone
that the human body should normally generate. Medical doctors prescribe insulin
in cases where the body is not of itself generating the substance.
the case of the illness of a child, God does heal -- but remember Jesus said,
"According to your FAITH be it unto you." If faith is lacking -- or if in any
case the child dies -- the parents certainly run the risk of criminal
prosecution if they have failed to call in a doctor.
In the case history
described above, I do not know all the facts. Press reports indicated the
parents had "supreme faith." But was the healer a fake or a self-appointed
healer uncalled and unused by God?
Again, God says, "And whatsoever we
ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things
that are pleasing in his sight" (I John 3:22). The press stories on this case
would indicate that the parents were not "commandment-keepers." But, on the
other hand, God says, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it
not, to him it is sin" (James 4:17). If the parents had not known the command to
keep God's commandments, God would not have held this ignorance against them.
Also it is a question, in the case of administering insulin, as to whether it
was possibly not right in God's sight that it be supplied -- since instead of
being a drug, it was a substance supplying what the body itself normally should
generate and supply.
I do not judge in such a case as I have mentioned
-- because I do not know all the facts. I MERELY CAUTION THE READER: If a sick
child dies, and a doctor has not been called, the parents may find themselves in
trouble with the law!
What Is God's Will?
Church does not judge or condemn those who, through lack of faith, utilize the
services of the medical profession. God's Church merely says to you, HEALING IS
INCLUDED -- Christ already has PAID for it-it is a PROMISE of God (with
conditions of obedience and faith), and it is one of God's BENEFITS which is
INCLUDED in the gift of His grace!
Speaking of God's BENEFITS reminds me
of a case in point. I had been called to the bedside of an elderly lady for
anointing and prayer for healing.
"If I anoint you and pray for God to
heal you, will you believe -- will you be sure that you will be healed?" I
merely wanted assurance that she BELIEVED GOD.
"Well," she replied, "I
know God can heal me -- if it's His will -- but I can't be sure of His will."
"Well," I responded, "it's too bad that you don't know whether it is
God's will to forgive all your sins so you might be saved."
"Oh, I know
it's His will to forgive my sins and give me salvation," she hastened to reply.
"Oh yes," I continued, "you know you can rely on God's promise in Psalms
103 -- which I will read: 'Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his
benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities ... ' You really KNOW He will from
that scripture, do you?"
"Yes, I can rely on that promise with no doubts
"Well," I pursued, "will you read, with your own eyes, the
rest of that SAME sentence? I handed to her my Bible, opened to Psalm 103, verse
3, and she read aloud, "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who health all thy
"How does it come," I asked with a smile, "that you really
believe the first half of that verse, but not the last half?"
guess," she said, "I just never noticed that God's promise to HEAL is given
right alongside His promise of forgiving sin."
The woman then believed.
She was healed.
One of God's Benefits
is one of the BENEFITS God gives us along with salvation. Like the meals on the
steamship, IT IS INCLUDED -- no extra charge. Jesus already PAID FOR IT!
And God wants His people to learn to rely on Him!
intellectual writing on healing said, "It is quite evident that God is not
healing today in the same manner or to the same degree that He did in early New
That intellectual is simply IGNORANT of the Word of
God, the promises of God, the power and the will of God! He had had no
experience in healing. He was studying the subject carnally and rationally, as a
scholar -- as one, like Job, who said, "... Therefore have I uttered that I
understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not .... I have heard
of thee by the hearing of the ear" -- but Job had not yet come to really KNOW
God (Job. 42:3, 5). But when God revealed Himself to Job, he said, "... I abhor
myself, and repent in dust and ashes" (Job 42:6).
This same scholarly
and erroneous teaching continued, "It is equally evident that the physiological
and medical expertise of the end of the 20th century is far advanced over that
of the middle of the first century."
The above was sent out to our
ministers, UNAUTHORIZED, in an attempt, craftily influenced and inspired by
Satan, to DO AWAY WITH THE BASIC TRUTHS JESUS CHRIST HAD PLACED IN GOD'S CHURCH!
It was sent out with the UNauthorized statement that this erroneous teaching
MUST BE PREACHED -- and that it superseded past teachings and earlier
understandings which Jesus Christ, the LIVING HEAD of God's Church, had, through
His apostle, made the very FOUNDATIONAL TEACHINGS of Christ in God's CHURCH!
It is part of a whole new, erroneous and corrupt teaching encouraging
faith in MEN and doubt in God (Romans 14:23) -- subtly prepared and distributed
to ministers without the knowledge of Christ's apostle -- though it was falsely
represented to have had his approval. The one responsible for this entire
comprehensive effort to replace CHRIST'S and GOD'S TRUTH with carnal pedantic
scholarship and FALSE TEACHING has been excommunicated -- and this entire
unauthorized teaching made null and void BY JESUS CHRIST through His apostle!
GOD is still on His throne and Jesus Christ is there with Him -- and
THEY will not leave nor forsake the true CHURCH OF GOD!
As SHOWN BY THE
QUOTE ABOVE, THE ENTIRE APPROACH to this false teaching was the secular, carnal
concept that perhaps God, like the professor emeritus, may have once done
splendid things, but now has grown old, senile and lost His power. Poor God!
God Is the Same!
But God tells me He is THE SAME,
yesterday, today and forever! He is today the SAME GOD, with the same power He
had in the first century -- and has had eternally.
Today Christ does not
lead His apostle or any in God's Church to heal indiscriminately the sick
encountered among the general public -- as Jesus did, and the first apostles did
until SUPPRESSED by worldly powers.
The great commission and ministry
for God's Church today is in Jesus' prophecy concerning it in Matthew 24:14:
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness
unto all nations; and then shall the end [of this age] come." The proclamation
worldwide of Christ's KINGDOM message was the sign Jesus gave by which we might
know when the end of the present world was imminent. But He said nothing about
healing going out to the general public!
Rather, what we do find in the
New Testament is in James 5:14-15: "Is any sick among you?" That is, among you
brethren in God's Church. "Let him call for the elders of the church; and let
them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of" -- meaning saw
AUTHORITY OF -- "the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the
Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven
God's Will Expressed
This carnal scholarly
Systematic Theology Project mentioned above attempts to refute this plain
Word-of-God PROMISE of healing in God's Church. With the very cunning inspired
by Satan, this comment is made to cause DOUBT in the definite WORD OF GOD:
"Although this one statement appears to be written without qualification, the
condition 'if it be God's will' was no doubt tacitly understood."
reading that, I was absolutely flabbergasted! NOWHERE IN THE BIBLE DOES GOD SAY,
"IF it be God's will! This very verse, along with many others I have given you,
EXPRESSES God's will!
Notice that sly, subtle IF. That is satanic! When
Satan was trying to overthrow Jesus Christ in his greatest temptation at tempt
-- after Jesus had fasted 40 days and 40 nights -- Satan said twice to Jesus,
TEMPTING Him, "IF thou be the Son of God." That little two-letter word IF is
just about the biggest little word in the English language! It is intended to
cause DOUBT in GOD'S WORD. It was used by Satan in trying to overthrow Christ.
Satan inspired it in this Theology Project to try to overthrow faith within
God's ministers -- and within God's Church!
With all my being, I CONDEMN
that kind of teaching -- and the one responsible for handing it out to God's
ministers (though undoubtedly he himself did not write it) has been
disfellowshipped and is NO LONGER A MEMBER of God's Church. And that
Satan-inspired teaching is going out of God's Church as well!
Now that diabolical teaching about the
passage in James 5:14-15 requires a complete refutation -- to make the true GOD
intended meaning clear beyond DOUBT.
As a result of this insidious
attempt to cause DOUBT in the Word of God, many have said, "This Theology
Project teaches that James 5:14-15 IS NOT A PROMISE!"
But it is a
definite, plain, clear PROMISE from GOD! I pray for God's mercy on those who
allowed Satan to inspire them to cast DOUBT on the holy, sacred WORD OF GOD!
Look at those words again. "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick,
and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins [undoubtedly
referring to physical sin], they shall be forgiven him."
If THAT IS NOT
A PROMISE then we have NO PROMISE of the forgiveness of sins or of salvation and
the gift of eternal life!
Faith Is a Condition
point is made in this now null-and-void teaching that there are conditions. That
is true -- but WHAT conditions? Within the very statement in James 5:15, it
plainly says "... the prayer of FAITH .... Yes, FAITH is a condition.
some instances where Jesus healed, the FAITH for healing was supplied by the one
healed -- like the woman who had spent all she had on physicians and had grown
worse. Jesus said to her, "Daughter, THY FAITH hath made thee whole." Again
Jesus said elsewhere, "According to your faith be it unto you."
other cases the one healed did not supply the faith Jesus Himself did! So what
does this teach us? Definitely healing is conditioned on FAITH either on the
part of the one needing healing or on the part of the minister of God who prays
I have prayed for and anointed hundreds. There have been a
great many miraculous healings. Some with cancer in an advanced stage were
HEALED -- while others at this stage were relieved of the intense pain, though
they died and will have their healing IN THE RESURRECTION. More on this a little
later. One woman with leukemia in the hospital with apparently less than 24
hours to live, and with tubes in her ankles for blood transfusions, tubes in her
nostrils -- a horrible sight -- was healed instantly when I anointed and prayed
for her (after putting all nurses out of the room). She left the hospital the
On the other hand I have prayed for others where I myself had
the same faith, yet they were not healed -- because they lacked the faith.
In James 5:14-15, the very scripture here gives a condition: "the prayer
Keep His Commandments
Also, I John 3:22,
mentioned before: "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his
commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight."
personally know of a case of a man who wanted healing, but stubbornly refused to
keep God's commandments. He was NOT healed.
Oh yes, there are conditions
-- but God tells those conditions. But NEVER does the Bible say, "IF it's God's
will." NEVER! Rather, God's Word says, Be ye not unwise, but UNDERSTANDING what
the will of the Lord is" (Ephesians 5:17). The Bible is His Word, where He tells
us what is His will!
NOW as to GOD'S PROMISES. The Bible is full of
God's PROMISES -- and God expects us to BELIEVE them.
outstanding example is the promises on which YOUR very salvation and mine
Notice: "Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the
truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers" (Romans 15:8).
And who were the fathers to whom the promises were made? "The God of
Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers ..." (Acts 3:13).
YOUR SALVATION depends on those PROMISES made to Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob! Yet notice: "These all died in faith, not having received the promises
... (Hebrews 11:13).
God's Promises Are Sure
THEN? Does not God KEEP HIS PROMISES? Here in this very FAITH CHAPTER of the
Bible, all the way through, it shows Abraham's FAITH, Noah's FAITH, Moses'
faith, even the harlot Rahab's faith. Then, "And these all, having obtained a
good report through FAITH, received not the promise: God having provided some
better thing for us, that they without us [born long since] should not be made
perfect" (verses 39-40)
In other words, GOD IS FAITHFUL! God's PROMISES
are FIRM -- they do mean what they say. The fathers will receive the PROMISES IN
THE RESURRECTION -- along with many of us born millennia later!
PROMISES ARE SURE!
Although I have written this before, let me recount
here how I learned this lesson of FAITH.
My conversion and baptism had
occurred in the spring of 1927. By 1933 I had come to have strong faith -- there
had been many miraculous answers to prayer! Then my father was stricken, early
summer 1933, with a stroke. I prayed for his healing. I anointed him. I
BELIEVED! HE BELIEVED! I prayed all night -- yet at 9:40 the next morning he
That was a terrible SHOCK to my faith -- but it most certainly did
not destroy my faith. But I had to UNDERSTAND! I had claimed GOD'S PROMISE in
James 5:14-15 and OTHER PROMISES for his healing. To UNDERSTAND, I did not try
to use human reason, as exemplified in this Theology Project. I went to the
faith chapter of the Bible for UNDERSTANDING.
And there I found it, in
what I have written immediately above. GOD DID NOT BREAK HIS PROMISE! His
promise was SURE -- unbreakable. As sure as the rising and setting of tomorrow's
sun. In Hebrews 11 God showed me that His PROMISE FOR MY FATHER'S HEALING
REMAINS SURE! He, like Abraham and the fathers, died BEFORE receiving it. It is
still SURE -- not IF it is God's will."
But there is LIFE AFTER this
And, in human consciousness, a fraction of a second after losing
consciousness in death, we shall wake up IN THE RESURRECTION. God has planned
that there be an interval of UNCONSCIOUSNESS -- just as if it did not even exist
-- until we LIVE in the resurrection! I am still having patience -- and FAITH.
My father's healing is SURE! He shall receive the healing God PROMISED!
Rely on God
God has not promised that, by continual
healing, we shall never die. As in Adam all die -- "it is appointed unto men
once to die, but after this the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).
positively PROMISED to heal. And He names the conditions -- OBEDIENCE and FAITH.
But God has not told us how soon or when He will heal. HE EXPECTS US TO TRUST
HIM WITH THAT!
That most certainly should not weaken or destroy our
faith IT SHOULD MAKE OUR FAITH MORE SURE!
I know, in this deceived and
evil world of Satan's, it seems that the worst thing that can happen is death.
Humans not knowing God get to thinking that death ENDS ALL. That's why some
commit suicide -- supposing that the suicide PUTS AN END to their troubles. But
virtually in the same instant that they lose consciousness in death, they wake
up IN THE JUDGMENT -- their problems not ended -- but with a MURDER of
self-destruction now facing them!
Our fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
all died IN FAITH. My own human father died IN FAITH. God's PROMISES to them are
Instead of causing us to lose faith, this wonderful knowledge
should STRENGTHEN our faith -- we know we may place ourselves in GOD'S HANDS and
RELY on Him for healing. The most remarkable and supposedly impossible healings
I have experienced, as a result of my own prayers, have occurred after my
father's death. God did not let that experience weaken FAITH IN GOD AND HIS
God Alone Heals
I have been frankly aroused
to indignation to learn of this false, faith-shattering teaching in this
supposedly scholarly theological manual, wherein ministers were literally
instructed to encourage God's people to TRUST IN MAN -- in the "advanced
expertise" of the medical profession -- and to discourage them from having faith
in God. I realize that Satan is the real culprit that those who prepared this
manual did not intend harm -- and were misled and deceived into supposing they
were teaching truth.
Jesus Christ, through His apostle, teaches
ministers to ENCOURAGE RELIANCE ON THE LIVING CHRIST, rather than on man.
Medical practice may be the best thing that carnal MAN, cut off from God
and His revealed truth, has in 6,000 years come up with.
Do we ever need
doctors? Yes we do -- but the true people of God do not need them to compete
with God as our GOD-HEALER (God's name is also Yahweh-Rapha -- our GOD-HEALER)!
God is a jealous God and does not allow any other to do what He alone can do --
We do, in this modern degenerated day, need doctors for child
delivery. A doctor can render real help in the case of a broken arm or leg --
but even then it is GOD who heals, though the doctor may properly bind it up so
that it may heal.
What about the ramifications of sickness and disease?
As stated, medical practice may be the best thing MAN without God has been able
to produce. If a Church member simply lacks the faith to be healed by the living
Christ -- if he has more faith in medical "expertise" than in God and God's
promises -- God's Church will not judge or condemn him if he puts himself or his
child under medical treatment. If that is the best he has faith in, better let
him have what help MAN can give, RATHER THAN NO HELP AT ALL!
Healing Is a Miracle
God's ministers should NOT
high-pressure any against medical care -- but definitely they should encourage
Christians to build and receive FAITH in the living CHRIST.
people should be taught that healing is a MIRACLE and not to be considered
lightly. The definition of a miracle is: "An event beyond the power of any known
physical laws to produce; a supernatural occurrence produced by the power of
Healing definitely is a MIRACLE. But we must never forget our God
is a MIRACLE-WORKING GOD! He is the supernatural GOD-not man. Yet He intended
man to have a direct and intimate contact with Him through Christ. Those called
are called to become His begotten children, and by growing in grace and Christ's
knowledge in spiritual character, to be BORN, by a resurrection, INTO THE VERY
GOD FAMILY. The human potential is that WE shall BECOME VERY GOD -- even as
Christ -- firstborn of many brethren -- already IS!
And His people, whom
He has called, must remember that "without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that HE IS, and that he is a rewarder of
them that diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6). And He is the GIVER of FAITH.