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?
Five: Is Healing Always God's Will?
Chapter Six: Claiming God's
CLAIMING GOD'S BLESSINGS
Let's see if we can pick up the
loose ends and put them together. We need clearly to understand HEALING as
Christ put it in His Church for us today.
Today the medical profession
is a much greater factor than when Jesus taught and healed. Correct
UNDERSTANDING, as Christ intends for God's Church today, necessitates
openmindedly seeing it in the light of God's revealed teaching for TODAY.
To clear the air we need to understand WHY this is not God's world. We
need to understand how this world has developed and changed and WHY God has
called His Church to come out of this world and to be a separate and peculiar
people -- GOD'S PEOPLE!
The Pre-Adamic World
to clear our minds of today's concepts and confusion -- to UNDERSTAND the
beginning of human life, the world into which Jesus came, and the changed world
out from which God calls us today. We need to begin by refreshing our minds on
what led up to MAN'S creation.
God created angels before the existence
of the physical universe -- immortal spirit beings, each individually and
separately created. Then God created the heavens -- the vast material universe
-- and the earth.
But understand this basic truism. God's creating is a
DUAL process. In the physical universe, what God created was perfect as far as
the first stage of creation which had been produced. But God placed angels on
the earth to be used by Him in the finishing stage -- to utilize the material
already created -- working with its elements to beautify and finish earth's
creation in physical splendor and glory.
This was merely the testing
ground to qualify the angels to finish the creation of the entire limitless
universal other planets.
As God's principle of creating is a dual
process, so was the creation of angels -- and so is it with man.
finishing stage of angelic creation, as it is with MAN, was creation of holy and
righteous CHARACTER, which must emanate from GOD. That is something which cannot
be created instantaneously by fiat. It requires a process of development in
which the created beings must MAKE THE CHOICE, acquiesce in and seek this
righteousness from God.
Angels, as was man afterward, were created in
their initial stage with MINDS with which to think, acquire knowledge, reason,
make choices and decisions. God first instructed them.
God's own holy
and righteous CHARACTER is the WAY OF LIFE of His SPIRITUAL LAW. It is the way,
the principle and attitude of LOVE -- outgoing toward God first of all, in
reliance, faith and obedience; and, secondly, outgoing concern for the welfare
and good of one's fellows. This LAW was made the basis of THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD,
which He first set over the angels that they might proceed in what God purposed
for them in harmony, unity, cooperation and peace -- in united effort.
On the throne of the earth God set a cherub -- a super archangel named
Lucifer -- to administer God's GOVERNMENT.
But Lucifer defected. He led
his angels into rebellion against God and God's WAY OF LOVE, into the way of GET
-- vanity, lust and greed, jealousy and envy, competition and strife, rebellion
Instead of CONSTRUCTION -- finishing earth's creation
-- Lucifer's way led to DESTRUCTION. Chaos and confusion and decay were the
Lucifer was DISqualified to rule God's GOVERNMENT. In his state
of perversion Lucifer's name was changed by God to Satan the devil, and his
angels became demons (that is, the third part of all angels who had been under
Now (Psalm 104:30) in six days God RENEWED the face of the
earth for MAN.
God now had set out on the supreme act of creation --
REPRODUCING HIMSELF through mortal and physical MAN. Though composed of matter
from the earth, man was formed in God's own likeness -- form and shape.
The MAN and woman He created were the first stage in the DUALITY of
man's creation. This was the PHYSICAL state -- the material with which to form
and create the SPIRITUAL phase.
Man -- and God
physical stage of man's creation began with Adam, so the spiritual phase began
Adam was given an opportunity to qualify to succeed Satan
on earth's throne. But to qualify it was necessary that he reject Satan's way of
rebellion and GET, and accept God's way of GIVE and obedience.
had first thoroughly instructed Lucifer and his angels before placing them on
the earth, so God first instructed Adam and Eve -- in His LOVE, His
righteousness, His WAY, and His government.
In the Garden of Eden where
God placed the man and woman were two symbolic trees. One symbolized God's Holy
Spirit and the gift of eternal life upon obedience. The other, the tree of the
"knowledge of good and evil," represented -- IF they partook of its forbidden
fruit -- taking to themselves GOD'S prerogative of determining the knowledge of
good and of evil -- of deciding for themselves the WAY of righteousness or of
sin -- the way of determining CHARACTER. And this, of course, meant REBELLION
against God's REVEALED knowledge.
Satan was not allowed to contact Adam
until his Maker first instructed him in THE WAY of righteous character. Then the
wily Satan got to Adam by deceiving his wife. But Adam was not deceived and
willfully REJECTED GOD AS THE SOURCE OF REVEALED BASIC KNOWLEDGE as well as his
God and Ruler.
Holy and righteous CHARACTER can come only by the free
choice of its recipient. Adam had made the decision for his HUMAN FAMILY --
except those God should specially call to make their own decision.
God "drove out the man" from the Garden of Eden and barred reentrance, "... LEST
he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for
ever" (Genesis 3:22-24), God said, in effect: "You have made the decision. You
were instructed personally by your Maker. You did not believe what He said --
you rebelled against Him as Ruler and Revealer of basic KNOWLEDGE. You have
decided for the whole world that shall spring from you, except such as I shall
choose to specially call in preparation for MY KINGDOM, which shall follow the
day of MAN.
"Therefore I SENTENCE YOU and your world, which you shall
sire, to 6,000 years of being CUT OFF from me. Go, produce YOUR OWN KNOWLEDGE,
form your OWN RELIGIONS, your own GOVERNMENTS, your own CIVILIZATION. And after
the 6,000 years I have allotted to you for YOUR civilization, I shall by my
divine POWER restore my GOVERNMENT and establish MY KINGDOM -- my serene FAMILY
ruling the earth.
The World Cut Off
And so THIS
WORLD'S CIVILIZATION was developed by MAN, cut off from God and the revelation
of God's KNOWLEDGE, yet craftily and invisibly swayed and led by Satan in
Man has NOT BEEN FREE TO VOLUNTARILY SEEK AND GAIN CONTACT
with GOD. So said Jesus!
Look at the historic FACTS! Noah did not seek
God -- God called Noah for a definite project. Abraham did not seek God. God
called Abraham, and Abraham responded and obeyed without argument.
did not seek God. And when God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egyptian
slavery, Moses protested: "I can't do it. I have a speech impediment -- I
stutter." Jonah did not seek God -- and when God called him to a special
assignment, he tried to run away in a ship.
Isaiah did not seek God or
the office of prophet -- he protested he was a man of unclean lips, until God
cleansed them. The same with Jeremiah, who gave the excuse that he was too
young. Did King David seek God or the kingship? No, David was interested only in
Jesus came saying, "No MAN CAN come to me, except the
Father which hath sent me draw him" (John 6:44). And His 3 1/2 year public
ministry proved it. Of the many thousands who heard the Master Himself, only 120
believed Him after 3 1/2 years.
Peter and his brother Andrew wanted to
be fishermen -- and also John and James. And Matthew wanted to be a tax
collector. Jesus said to His twelve, "You have not chosen me, but I have chosen
The apostle Paul did not seek Christ -- he was on a hate campaign
to imprison Christians until Christ struck him down blind and revealed to him
the GREAT COMMISSION he was to carry to the Gentiles.
Last and least,
the very last thing I wanted to do was to become a minister of Christ's gospel.
I wanted to be an advertising man in the business world -- until God CONQUERED
me and after real conversion committed to me the GREAT COMMISSION for our time.
It is important that we KEEP IN MIND that this is NOT God's world -- it
is MAN'S world, cut off from God and God's ways, yet deceived and led by SATAN.
The people of China, India, Southeast Asia, Indonesia and many populous
areas of the world have been so completely cut off from God, few in those
countries know anything about Him.
God called ancient Israel out of
Egypt to be His separate and peculiar people -- under His REVEALED LAWS. Yet He
offered only their prophets His Holy Spirit. They were carnal-minded. They said
to Samuel they wanted to be like the people of this world and have a king --
rejecting God as King (I Samuel 8:7).
Healing Arts in Jesus'
Into such a world Jesus came -- a world that did not accept Him
or His teachings.
Now the medical profession antedates the time of
Christ by many generations. However, man's development in the healing arts and
medicine was then quite elementary compared to its status today.
UNDERSTAND and fix firmly in mind this TRUTH: The medical profession is one of
THIS WORLD'S humanly devised phases of a man-made civilization -- CUT OFF from
God, but swayed and deceived by Satan!
Jesus had nothing to do with it.
But I repeat, medical practice (and I use the word practice significantly) was
then crude and undeveloped compared to the medical profession of the late
1970's. Jesus had compassion on the sick, the diseased, the blind and crippled.
MAN'S civilization had not as yet developed a healing art that gave him much, if
any, help. In His compassion and mercy for the people of Judah -- God's chosen
-- He healed people of the general public as He came across them or they came to
Jesus' ministry, as emphasized in the first chapter, was a DUAL
ministry. He proclaimed the good news of the future KINGDOM OF GOD, and He
healed the sick. Preaching and healing went hand in hand as a DUAL ministry. So
with the first apostles.
Jesus did not come on a soul-saving crusade,
but He did make forgiveness of spiritual sin possible by His SHED BLOOD on the
cross of DEATH -- and He did also PAY THE PENALTY IN OUR STEAD for the broken
laws that function in our physical bodies BY HIS STRIPES. I devoted some
considerable space to that fact in an earlier chapter.
For emphasis I
repeat: Jesus PAID THE PENALTY FOR us of both physical and spiritual
transgression. He reconciled us to God by His shed blood and death (Romans
5:8-10), and by His stripes we are HEALED (Isaiah 53:5, I Peter 2:24). "Stripes"
biblically means lashes given by a scourge or rod.
But now, when we come
to the prophecy of the GREAT COMMISSION in our day, Jesus gave the proclamation
of the KINGDOM OF GOD as the ONLY SIGN by which we might know when the end of
this world -- this DAY OF MAN -- would come and His KINGDOM be set up to rule
the earth. BUT, SIGNIFICANTLY, JESUS MENTIONED NOTHING ABOUT HEALING BEING PART
OF THE GOSPEL PROCLAMATION TO ALL THE WORLD. Why?
Perhaps it is because
we of Christ's ministry do not have the faith of Peter, Paul, James and the
early first-century apostles. And of our time Jesus said, "... when the Son of
man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8.) Or could it be
because man's world has developed a medical profession, which Jesus foreknew, so
that the people uncalled of God would be far better cared for than those of the
Our Day, Now
But what we do find is
that healing today is FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD'S CHURCH, as per James 5:14-15.
I repeat, there are two conditions to healing: commandment keeping (I
John 3:22) and faith (James 5:15). Commandment keeping has been restored to
God's Church today. And we should have faith, which is a gift of God, but we are
almost out of faith today, and when we're out of faith we're out from GOD!
It seems so much easier today to just go to a doctor and TRUST IN MAN --
MAN CUT OFF FROM GOD -- than to RELY ON CHRIST and His PROMISES!
Especially when we are so well aware of the progress made by the medical
profession in our day.
Forty-five years ago I spoke of the use of
medicines and drugs as poisons. Written 32 years ago, the only booklet the
Church had, until now, published on healing spoke of it as prescribing an
opposite poison to counteract the poison of the body. Unlike all our other
booklets it was transcribed from the recording of an adlibbed broadcast. I said
that the medical arithmetic was that one poison plus one more poison equals NO
poison, and I remarked that a student of second-grade arithmetic ought to know
that one plus one does not equal zero!
In the early days of Ambassador
College in the late '40s, our Dr. Ralph E. Merrill, M.D., and a pioneer member
of the Church at Pasadena, said, "We doctors have been kept so busy treating
those already sick that we haven't gotten around to much research into diet and
other causes of illnesses." But for the past 15 or 20 years the medical people
have made considerable progress in this area.
Further, it is true that
today most doctors prescribe medicines that are NOT poisons but rather are
designed to help nature do its own healing.
However NO MEDICINE -- NO
DOCTOR -- can HEAL! I have never heard a medical doctor deny that statement.
They do not claim to heal.
I am not saying that God's people should
trust in doctors instead of relying on God and His PROMISES. I shall have more
to say about those promises a little later before closing this booklet.
Understanding for Our Day
At this point we need to
clear our UNDERSTANDING on two vital points:
1. God created MAN in His
own image -- after His own likeness. Man is wholly material flesh -- yet there
is a spirit essence in each human. Man was made to have a special relationship
with God. Man's potential is to be BORN INTO the GOD FAMILY -- changed from
material to spirit composition.
Consequently, when God made MAN after
His own kind -- not after the dumb animal kind -- God endowed man with
near-creative powers. In the sense of designing and making out of already
existing materials, man does have creative powers.
At the tower of Babel
God said, "... and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained
from them, which they have imagined to do" (Genesis 11:6). Therefore, to put the
brakes on man's misguided civilization development, God confounded their
Thereafter there was little progress in man's complicated
educational and industrial development until after the invention of printing.
Even then it took time for dissemination of knowledge by the printed word until
man began to narrow the language gap. For a while French seemed to be making
progress as the world's universal language, but today English has overtaken it.
Most civilization development has occurred only in the last 125 years --
and technical knowledge and industrial development have more than doubled in the
last two or three decades.
This is especially true in the practice of
medicine and knowledge in that profession. The fact of man's ability and
capacity for development reflects, not the glory of MAN, but the creative might
of our Maker in creating man to have such abilities and capacities.
we must remember this development is not always progress forward. Too often,
under Satan's unrealized sway, with man CUT OFF FROM God and His revealed
knowledge, it has been progress in reverse. As Isaiah 1:4 says of ancient
Israel, "... they are gone away backward."
Satan has had access to
deceive and sway man into Satan's CHARACTER IMAGE, whereas we must acquire and
develop GOD'S CHARACTER IMAGE to be born into His Kingdom! It is vital that we
REMEMBER THAT, in considering healing vs. medical reliance TODAY!
reveals knowledge -- to those called and having His Spirit -- which man could
not discover for himself.
God left it for Copernicus to make first
discoveries about astronomy, for Newton to discover the law of gravity, Galileo
to discover that the earth is round. Yet for UNDERSTANDING, bear in mind that
what was accepted as science yesterday is sometimes the laughingstock of today
-- especially in the speculative and philosophical sciences. Revelation from GOD
is the basis of real TRUTH.
The same principle pertains to what man can
DO. The great advances in the medical field enable man to do for his human
family many things he could not do 50 years ago, short of actual healing. God
does for us (often by miracle) that which we are unable to do. God gave man
talents, mind-power (physical) and abilities that He intended us to use and
develop under His guidance, and always for His glory and toward our development
in the holy, righteous CHARACTER of God.
To this end, God intends man to
excel and improve -- but never in a way to inflate vanity or detract from
reliance on and trust in God. We must rely on GOD for guidance even in what we
are made able to do for ourselves.
Righteous Character Must Be
But the very PURPOSE of human life (God reproducing
Himself) is this holy and righteous character development. AND IT IS ACQUIRED,
DEVELOPED and INCREASED primarily through OBEDIENCE AND FAITH.
earlier that God creates by the principle of DUALITY. UNDERSTAND THIS! I
explained that the first stage of human creation was the physical creation,
starting from Adam. The second stage is the SPIRITUAL CREATION, beginning with
But even in the conversion of one called of God in the present
age, that conversion is brought about by the DUALITY principle. First, upon
being called of God, granted real repentance and being CONQUERED by Him, and
having faith in Christ, with baptism we are PROMISED the gift of the Holy
Spirit. That is the first stage. There is a definite time when one receives
God's Holy Spirit. But only Jesus (John 3:34) was not given the Spirit by
All other humans do receive initially only a certain measure of
God's Spirit. Then we must GROW in grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ (II
Peter 3:18). That is the second phase of the spiritual creation.
natural-born human has only the human spirit -- imparting the power of
intellect. Yet all such human minds are confined to knowledge of the physical
and material. And by the fact that Satan is prince of the power of the air
(Ephesians 2:2), he broadcasts -- surcharges the air with his ATTITUDE of SELF
-- vanity and love only toward self. We call this attitude Satan instills human
nature. We acquire it from earliest childhood gradually.
change from that attitude. Through God's Holy Spirit joining with our spirit, we
acquire -- become partakers of (II Peter 1:4) -- the divine nature.
this initial stage of conversion does not eradicate human nature. Real
repentance is a change of WILLFUL INTENTION to turn from the attitude Satan had
I don't know (for God does not reveal) what percentage of
human nature is driven out and the divine nature GIVEN through the initial
measure of the Holy Spirit at conversion.
But to illustrate, let us
suppose one receives one percent of complete full measure of the Holy Spirit.
Such a one might be, shall we suppose, 99 percent actuated by the selfish
nature. Possibly that may vary in different individuals.
Principle Illustrated by Parables
this principle by the parables of the pounds and of the talents. In Luke
19:11-27, Jesus is pictured as giving His ten servants one pound each. This unit
of British money symbolized a measure of the Holy Spirit. For sake of clarity
let us suppose it represents one percent of the full measure of God's Spirit.
When Christ returns from heaven as KING of kings and LORD of lords, each of the
ten is called to give account. The first had GROWN in grace and Christ's
knowledge ten times from where he started. In the Kingdom of God -- in the next
life -- He is given rule over ten cities.
The second servant had
increased his original spiritual stock- in-trade five times. He was not saved by
his works but rewarded according to his works. He was given rule over five
But the third had gained NOTHING. He thought his original
conversion would get him into God's Kingdom without any spiritual growth. He had
the one pound taken away from him. He lost out totally. He did not make it into
God's Kingdom! In other words, if we do not GROW in God's spiritual character,
we LOSE the salvation we thought we were starting with.
We GROW in God's
Spirit -- receiving increased measure-by whatever extent we overcome the SELF
and Satan-injected attitude, and increase in God s LOVE, FAITH, OBEDIENCE -- and
in PRAYER and BIBLE STUDY.
The means God has given His Church for this
development is primarily our part in loyally standing behind Christ's apostle in
supporting the GREAT COMMISSION. In fact that is the primary PURPOSE of calling
some to conversion NOW instead of after Christ comes to rule and Satan is bound.
Means of Spiritual Growth
But another important means
God gave His people of our time for spiritual growth is RELYING ON HIM AND HIS
PROMISES FOR HEALING.
Let me help you UNDERSTAND. True, God does for us
that which we cannot do for ourselves. HEALING is something we cannot do for
ourselves -- something doctors, medicines or knives CANNOT do.
misunderstand. Doctors may be a real HELP -- because they have specialized in
learning many things humans can do. Again I refer, IN PRINCIPLE, to child
delivery and binding and setting a broken arm or leg. Today doctors can do for
us many other things possible for a human to do short of actual healing.
But the VERY FACT that two conditions to miraculous healing by God are
obedience and faith requires the exercise of, and therefore GROWTH in, obedience
Jesus said, "... whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that
will I do [a PROMISE], that the Father may be glorified in the Son" (John
But My Father Died
Finally, a most important
matter to UNDERSTAND!
What if one relies on God for healing and DIES?
I've heard so many refer to this old bromide to justify lack of faith that I
want now finally to answer that DOUBT with God's TRUTH!
occurred in the spring of 1927. I first learned about HEALING in August of 1927
-- through the miraculous healing of my wife. I was learning rapidly in those
days to TRUST GOD.
In the spring of 1933 I was visiting my father on his
farm near Oregon City, Oregon. That evening around sundown my father told me he
had repented and wanted Christ's salvation. I was to baptize him next morning.
My father had been a solid church member all his life in a respected
Protestant denomination. He was what everyone called a good man. He never used
profanity, tobacco or strong drink. I knew of no bad habits. He owed no man any
He had a deep bass voice -- had sung for years in a male quartet.
He could fill an auditorium with no amplification clear down on lower C. I know
of none who can do that today. When later I came into possession of a personally
autographed record by Caruso, I was astonished to recognize the same voice color
or tonal quality, except in the higher range, that my father had -- although he
had but little voice training.
That night he sang out, with gleaming eye
and joyous voice, the old hymn "Praise Him, Praise Him." Then suddenly, a
I had been ordained in 1931, about 3 1/2 years after conversion.
I anointed and prayed for my father. I BELIEVED! He believed! I continued
praying for him through the night in FAITH! Yet at 9:40 the next morning, he
That was my first experience in seeing one anointed and prayed
over for healing die. Several astonishing healings had resulted from my
anointing and praying.
I cannot say I was not shaken -- and I can
understand how others may be in such a case. But it did not destroy my faith! I
prayed, asking God to give me HIS UNDERSTANDING!
He led me to the faith
chapter in the Bible -- Hebrews 11 -- and I prayerfully studied. There I found
the answer. Faith is the ASSURANCE -- the EVIDENCE -- of what is NOT SEEN! Faith
precedes the requested result. And faith is the ASSURANCE God gives us until the
petition is answered. Faith is BELIEVING WHAT GOD SAYS!
Adam did not
believe what God told him face to face. Faith is relying on the veracity of God
-- trusting that what God has PROMISED He will perform.
A promise I have
often relied on is in Psalms 37:5, Moffatt translation: "Leave all to him, rely
on him, and he will see to it."
Believer Relies on God's
The doubter denies God's PROMISES. The BELIEVER relies on
them -- UNTIL God performs them.
God has given us MANY PROMISES. God
promises (Romans 5:10)"... we shall be saved by his [Jesus'] LIFE." God promised
salvation and eternal life through Abraham. "Now to Abraham and his seed were
the PROMISES [of eternal life] made" (Galatians 3:16). They were repromised to
Isaac and Jacob. Jesus Christ came to CONFIRM the PROMISES made unto the fathers
(Romans 15:8). And Abraham, "... being not weak in faith [as so many are today]
... staggered not at the PROMISE of God through unbelief [as do many today]; but
was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being FULLY PERSUADED that, what
he [God] had PROMISED, he was able also to perform" (Romans 4:19-21).
Yet Abraham, Isaac and Jacob "... all died in faith, not having received
the promises ..." (Hebrews 11:13).
A minister, apparently lacking either
in faith or in UNDERSTANDING, writes, "Case histories in the Bible, and
especially thousands of case histories in the present Church, show that faith
was present in the lives of people, and God did not heal."
I could not
vouch for the fact that FAITH was present in all such cases -- I cannot judge
others; only God can. The same letter gives the following, striking home to me,
in contending against God's PROMISES to heal on faith: "What about the many of
our dead we have buried -- Mrs. Loma Armstrong [the wife of my youth who died at
age 75 1/2], your son Dick ..." and four others.
My answer, in simple
FAITH, is that they, like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, all died IN FAITH, not
having received the PROMISES- -YET! But in the next fraction of a second from
their loss of consciousness in death, THEY SHALL WAKE UP HEALED -- in the
resurrection, and in GOD'S KINGDOM! I have faith that in the not too -- distant
future I shall SEE my father, my first wife, my son Dick and others this
minister named FULLY HEALED in the Kingdom of God.
the World's Only and Sure Hope!
God says through Paul, "If in this
life ONLY we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable" (I
UNDERSTAND! God HAS PROMISED TO HEAL -- on faith and
But neither you nor I can dictate to God how or when He shall
do WHAT HE HAS PROMISED.
Nowhere has God promised that we shall be
healed so repeatedly that we shall never die. My wife and my son had been
REPEATEDLY HEALED! God says, "For as in Adam ALL DIE ... (I Corinthians 15:22).
But He also promises "... so in Christ shall all be made alive."
misunderstand or lack faith, but trust in medical doctors, DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT
THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE MILLIONS WHO DIE DIE UNDER THE MEDICAL DOCTORS'
CARE? Yet you who disbelieve still have faith in M.D.s.
makes me a little indignant, as I fully believe it does the living CHRIST, to
find people exalting the advances and "expertise" of medical doctors, while at
the same time denying that God's PROMISES are promises -- discrediting faith in
God, excusing their lack of trusting GOD while they argue for trusting MAN!
God has PROMISED salvation and eternal life on the SAME conditions He
PROMISED healing -- obedience and faith. Jesus paid our penalty, making possible
eternal life by His shed blood on the cross. He paid the penalty for physical
broken law, making possible our HEALING by His stripes (Isaiah 53:5, I Peter
"Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy
diseases" (Psalm 103:3). If you can't believe the one, how can you believe the
The Eternal God called me and committed to me Christ's GREAT
COMMISSION -- to go into the whole world proclaiming the world's ONLY and SURE
HOPE -- the soon-coming KINGDOM OF GOD!
All whom God has called to come
into His Church today -- coming out from among those of the world -- have been
CALLED to stand back of this WORLDWIDE proclamation of the soon-coming KINGDOM
-- the time of LIFE after this life!
Look to the Glories Ahead
God wants our minds to be looking FORWARD to HIS KINGDOM and the
glories ahead! That's what is meant by Colossians 3:1.
WHY, then, should
any of us be saying to God, "Do it RIGHT NOW, Lord -- RIGHT NOW" or else we'll
drop faith in God and trust in MAN?
God's PROMISE to those who died in
faith, not YET having received the PROMISES, STANDS SURE AND INVIOLATE! If we
can't believe that, we simply do not believe GOD!
I have made it plain
that God's Church does not condemn medical or other doctors -- nor sit in
judgment of those who are weak in faith and rely on MAN. There is much doctors
can do for us today.
I have given the BASIC PRINCIPLE: God does for us
what we humans cannot do. One could get into endless arguments and controversy
on technical specific issues of what we may go to man for and what to rely on
GOD to do. I have given the broad guidelines. The Church will encourage God's
people to BELIEVE GOD -- RELY ON GOD -- to say, with the apostles, ... Lord,
INCREASE OUR FAITH (Luke 17:5).
After writing the above lines, intending
them to be the conclusion, I turned on television for a moment's relaxation. A
medical drama was on. In a heated argument between two doctors -- actors taking
the part of doctors -- one said to the other, angrily, "You're not a miracle
worker -- you're a doctor!"
God does not expect His ministers to make
your decisions for you -- and God's Church will not sit in judgment of you if
you go to a doctor. But GOD says one of His BENEFITS, for which He makes no
charge, is that He offers you the loving services of a MIRACLE WORKER -- the
living JESUS CHRIST!