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A Vent On “Healing” Ministries and “Revival” Ministries

John Wesley experienced revival.  I don’t think there are any who love God and know Church History who would deny that God used Wesley mightily and thousands of souls were saved.  God used both John Wesley and George Whitefield for His glory and honor.  Thousands upon thousands were saved by the gospel preached through this mighty men of God.  I will also not deny that there were physical manifestations that occurred.  Both Wesley and Whitefield wrote about these physical manifestations but neither encouraged them nor discouraged them.  Both saw them as simply reactions of the flesh.  Jonathan Edwards likewise saw similar manifestations in the great spiritual awakening in the United States in the early 18th century.

I don’t doubt that people often react to the presence of God in various ways.  We see this in Scripture where some such as Peter fall before the Lord Jesus or we have David dancing before the Lord.  People react differently.  While I find nothing in Scripture to suggest that this is normal for the people of God (in other words, Scripture does not say that we should do this or that other than lifting our hands unto the Lord in prayer in 1 Timothy 2:7).  We find nothing in the New Testament to say that we should shake before the Lord or fall backwards when touched on the forehead.  The only time we find someone falling backwards was those who came to arrest and kill Jesus in John 18:6.  Did Jesus “touch” these evil men with His glory?  Yes in a way but it was to show them His authority over them.  But I am rambling.

This post is not about physical manifestations.  My problem with modern healing ministries and modern revival ministries is that I find no precedent for such things in the Bible.  None will doubt that the Apostles did great miracles for the glory of Christ in the book of Acts but where do we find them setting up a tent and selling themselves?  What we do find is humility among the Apostles.  Notice Peter’s words in Acts 3:12 (NKJV):

So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?

Peter wanted the focus to be on Jesus.  He didn’t want the glory.  He always pointed people to Christ (see Acts 4:5-12 for a case in point).  God did give the Apostles great miracles to testify about Christ (Acts 14:3) but the focus must be upon Christ.

And that I don’t see when I watch healing evangelists on God TV or other sites.  Just today I watched a video of a healing evangelist on YouTube and the glory was not on Christ.  Yes Jesus was mentioned.  Yes the Holy Spirit was spoken of.  But the focus was all on the evangelist as he walked through the crowds with the microphone.  In a 28 minute video, repentance was mentioned only once.  Once.  Salvation was mentioned once.  But healing was mentioned over 30 times.  Personal prophecy was spoken of 3 times.  But the glorious resurrection of Jesus was never mentioned.  The blood was mentioned only in passing and that in reference to healing being purchased by Christ on the cross.

What was also mentioned in this 28 minute video was a CD offer for a teaching series by the evangelist on receiving supernatural revelations.  The “commercial” for the series was aired three times in 28 minutes and I was told that in this dark hour, I must hear the voice of God in the midnight hour.  How can I?  This CD series will teach me how to hear from God and receive supernatural revelations from Him.

Further, this healing ministry goes on the road.  They take their revival to all parts of the world.  And it costs money to put on revivals so the pleas for money are heard longer than any cry for salvation is given.  I can only imagine how much money the healing evangelists are bringing in.

And yet we find Paul the great Apostle writing in 2 Corinthians 4:7-12:

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.

I don’t hear healing evangelists saying this much.  What I hear often sounds like Revelation 3:17.

This post is not meant to be aimed at healing.  That is not my point at all.  It is simply that so-called healing evangelists seem to be so far from the New Testament examples.  I find nothing in the New Testament to suggest that Jesus or the Apostles set up meetings for healing services.  I find nothing to suggest that healing is to be the focus of revival.  I find nothing to suggest that the Church is even to be about seeking money.  If anything, we are to give it away (Acts 20:35).  Jesus said that we were to give to the poor (Matthew 6:1-4) as did Paul (Galatians 2:10).  I find nothing calling for us to make sure we “sow a seed” in an evangelists pocket.

Forgive me for going on and on but I pray that you see my point.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

05/15/2013 at 11:45 AM

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