Facts About Faith Healing
of the Faith Assembly, an Indiana-based religious sect,
have lost as many as eighty-eight members to treatable
illnesses or injuries because they believe that going to a
doctor is wrong. A federal and state study concluded that
the morality rate for their newborns is three times higher
than the statewide rate, and the rate of maternal deaths
is one hundred times higher. A Mr. Freeman who started
this sect claimed that he would never die, that he would
live till the Second Coming. He was buried in December,
1984, and yet the sect continues to exist.
Bible believer will deny that healing is divine or that we
should pray for the sick. The question is: Does God heal
miraculously today? A miracle is an act above the laws of
nature; something which nature could not do in its
ordinary course of operation. Our society has so perverted
this word that anything from a narrow escape to a
successful telethon is called a miracle.
in the first century, the gift of healing was never used
merely as an end in itself. In fact, not all the sick were
healed (see Philippians 2:25-30; 1 Timothy 5:23; 2 Timothy
4:20). The ultimate purpose of such gifts was to produce
faith. “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the
presence of his disciples, which are not written in this
book: But these are written, that ye might believe that
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye
might have life through his name” (John 20:30,31).
do we flatly deny the existence of miraculous gifts today?
Miraculous power was given through Holy Spirit baptism and
by the apostles laying their hands on certain ones (Acts
2:1-4; 8:14-18). But there is now only one baptism
(Ephesians 4:5), which men can perform (Matthew 28:19).
And there are no apostles alive today, thus no means of
receiving spiritual gifts.
Those who claim to have miraculous gifts do not claim all
of them. 1 Corinthians 12:1-10 lists nine spiritual gifts.
If one gift still exists, all do. If God’s inspired
prophets are still on earth, we should be adding their
words to the New Testament. But this is contrary to those
scriptures which affirm that revelation is complete (2
Timothy 3:16,17; Jude 3). In addition, modern
“prophets” contradict the revelation which God has
already given! (Galatians 1:6-9)
The purposes of miraculous gifts have been fulfilled.
God’s messengers once used miracles to prove their
message came from Heaven, “Truly the signs of an apostle
were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and
wonders, and mighty deeds” (2 Corinthians 12:12). But
God’s word is now confirmed (Hebrews 2:3,4), and we can
know what to believe by reading God’s revelation
The New Testament itself says that miracles would cease
when “that which is perfect” would come (1 Corinthians
13:10). We now have God’s “perfect” revelation
(James 1: 25), thus miraculous gifts have ceased. (Note:
The effort to make “that which is perfect” refer to
Christ is not only out of context for 1 Corinthians 13, it
is actually contrary to the context. The perfect must be
of the same nature as the “in part” referred to in
verses 9, 10. Paul did not have “Christ” or “His
coming” in part. He “knew” in part. This knowledge
would be made perfect when the revelation of God was made
The miracles of the New Testament were performed by godly
men who never begged for so much as a dime for any
miracle. What a contrast to the fake healers of our day.
Further, the apostles did not have to debate with anyone
over their ability to work miracles, for even their
enemies could not deny the facts (Acts 4:16). They were
willing to be put to the test. Jesus commended the church
at Ephesus for testing those who claimed to be apostles
(Revelation 2:2). Is this true today? “Whoso boasteth
himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without
rain” (Proverbs 25:14). Don’t let boastful deceivers
lead you astray.
Via Westvue Messenger, Vol. 29, No. 7, July 1986
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