1 Cor 12:9 … to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
I have a file with all the material on "faith healers" I've received over the years. For example, I have a "Prayer Rug" from Rev. Ewing and if I'd sent the "Rev." some money, he would have sent me absolutely FREE a bottle of "Holy Anointing Oil". I've have a paper "Faith Handkerchief" from Rev. Ewing, however he wanted me to send it back after I had slept on it and of course, send him some money to show my faith. I've received a "Blest Cloth" from Rev. E.W. Angly, a picture of "Christ" in the clouds, from T.L. Osborn and last but not least, I have a clipping of Leroy Jenkins, a S.C. evanglist-faith healer that said, "I'm just like Jesus, you do him wrong and He'll send you to Hell. If you do me wrong, you'll wish you were in Hell. This was following serving a three year prison term for conspiracy to commit arson and assault. Besides the letters and clippings, I have had the "honor" of seeing Benny Hinn, a devil possessed TV faith healer, wave his coat at people and they all were "slain in the spirit". Now after saying all that, the question is: Is any of the above real? ….. The answer is, yes and no!
The "no" answer
is the above "faith healers" and all the rest that
on TV or in tent meetings are "CHARLATANS" and some of the meanest
people on this earth. They go after the poor and elderly and take
their money without a blink of their evil eyes. The bible says about
that: Mat 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast
out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
The "yes" answer is some of the "so called faith healers" are possessed with devils. There are some healings by some of the "faith healers" that are real, but God didn't do it. There will be more of these going on during the tribulation, see Rev. 13:14; 16:13; 19:20.
2 Cor 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, …..
Now, having said the above, I would like to say that I believe in healing now. I just don't believe in "faith healers". I have been healed and I know of others that have been healed, the difference is, people are healed now in this dispensation by PRAYER by God's people, not laying on of hands, not anointing with oil or getting in a prayer line at some money mad "faith healer's" meeting.
The following verses describes all the so called tongues blabberers and faith healers in the world today.
Prov 25:14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
This is like a drought, no rain, crops are about burned up, people are praying and you look up and you see a cloud off in the distance, it keeps coming, gets closer, then it's here but there is nothing but wind, thunder and lightning.
1 Tim 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly,
that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed
to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. … See above introduction!
Everything must be tried with the word of God.
2 Cor 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth
another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive
another spirit, which ye have not received, or another
gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
2 Cor 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
(Mat 7:23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Satan's ministers and false prophets are smooth talkers, all positive, all you hear is God's love, coping and sharing, nothing about His wrath, judgment, Hell etc. They know that if they did negatively, you wouldn't send them any money.
Now lets look at what the bible says about Healing.
First man in Bible sick
and first man healed.
Ex 4:6 And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.
Ex 4:7 And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.
No faith, no praying, no laying on of hands.
Ex 4:8,9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign. 9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.
Ex 4:30 And Aaron spake all the words which
the LORD had spoken unto Moses,
and did the signs in the sight of the people.
Healing is a Jewish sign in the O.T., also Healing is a Jewish sign in the N.T.
My comments are in parenthesis
Mark 16:17,18 And these signs shall follow them that believe; (I'm a believer) In my name shall they cast out devils; (Why don't you just try it, you might be like the sons of one Sceva in Acts 19:14-16) they shall speak with new tongues; (Tongues in the bible are always languages, see my file on "Tongues and Sign Gifts") 18 They shall take up serpents; (There are people that believed in that with all their heart who are in the grave right now) and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; (Go get you a bottle of "Drano" and try it! I really don't think any of you are that stupid) they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (If you really had the "gift of healing" and your heart was right, why don't you go down to your local hospital to the "cancer ward" and empty it? Notice the verse didn't say a word about anyone's "faith", yours or the sick persons)
1 Cor 11:28-30 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. (Some times sickness and even death is put on Christians because of sin.)
Mark 6:4-6 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. 5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. 6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching. (Jesus didn't do any miracles in Nazareth because of unbelief, however "their unbelief" didn't hinder his healing campaign. I wonder why it hinders the "faith healers" meetings?)
Acts 5:16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one. (If these faith healers have the apostolic signs and wonders, why don't they heal everyone in the healing line?)
1 Tim 5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a
little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
(Paul prescribed medicine for one of his fellow workers. It's about 68 AD and God is going to the Gentiles, who live by faith, not sight or signs.)
2 Tim 4:20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus
have I left at Miletum sick.
(This is about 68 AD, if the sign of healing was still in effect, why would Paul not heal his companion?)
2 Cor 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (It's not God's will to heal all sicknesses, "infirmities".)
2 Tim 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark,
and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
Col 4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.
Matt 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. (Paul used a physician and Jesus recommended one.)
2 Thes 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the
working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
Rev 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
(2 Cor 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
Rev 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
(Some miracles and signs are done with unclean spirits or Devils)
Conclusion: If you are sick and you are saved, you don't need a faith healer, you already have inside you the power to be healed, that is, the Holy Spirit, Rom. 8:9. God CAN heal you of anything, the questions are, why are you sick and WILL God heal you? The first thing to do is search yourself to see if you need to confess something you have done or shouldn't do. Then pray and ask the Lord to heal you according to His will. The next thing is, ask as many Christians as possible to help pray about your sickness, if none of the above is working, go to a doctor and pray that God will use him. The Lord may just want you to be a testimony or put out some tracts at the doctors office, Rom. 8:28. The Lord has given us enough sense to know that we should take care of ourselves by eating right and exercising. We shouldn't be taking anything in our bodies that would hurt our bodies, for example; smoking, dipping, chewing tobacco, drinking alcoholic beverages or any kind of dope that isn't prescribed by a doctor because you are sick.
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