I don’t believe in healing ministries or crusading faith healers

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I believe that God heals. I believe that the Lord, in his mercy, can do wondrous miracles. I believe that a man or woman can be healed from the most frightening, hopeless illnesses. I don’t think its common, but I believe it happens. That being said, I don’t believe any one person has a gift for healing, or that there is such thing as a healing ministry that actually heals anyone on a regular or semi-regular basis. Furthermore, I think the extreme vast majority of all so-called faith healers who hold huge crusades and rallies are all charlatans, and I don’t believe anyone is ever healed at those things.

Much of the reason for this is theological. At this point I won’t name their collective names so as not to detract from the point, but when I survey all the big name and many smaller names who are in the game and claiming to perform amazing miracles, I am struck by the non-coincidence that none of these men are sound in the faith. Instead, what you have is a rag-tag collection of prosperity-gospel heretics who are fleecing the flock in exchange for some impartation of very bad theology . While everyone in this crowd has a different tweak on how they preach and emphasize the gospel of health and wealth,  I would consider it a monstrous, demonic belief and the calling card of this particular brand of heretic.

In the scriptures, we see that whenever a miracle was done it was to support the message that was being preached, which invariably pointed to Christ and was always indirectly the repentance and the forgiveness of sins in the finished work of Christ. Heretics didn’t get to perform miracles. In the same way we don’t consider healings from witch doctors and shamans as being legitimate miracles from God,  so likewise do should we disregard these faith-healing prosperity preachers, whose message is just as useful and sanctified as the shamans is.  So whenever you hear some prosperity preacher telling you that you can get your miracle if you send him 10 bucks as a seed offering, or whatever, you know this is someone is in the process of slaughtering the sheep and who is not from God, and therefore does not have God’s power to do miracles through his name and through the shed blood of his Son.

But there is another, less theological and more practical point to consider. These men claim to have healed hundreds of thousands of people of every terrible, wasting, incurable illness and physical calamity known to man, but there is no proof. I’m not the first person to suggest this, but why not open up the crusade to journalists and other medical professionals? I’m going to pick on one person in this post, and that is Daniel King. Daniel King is a traveling evangelist/miracle worker who came out to speak to Fort McMurray a few years ago at the behest of a local church. When he’s not preaching convoluted messages about the gnostic secrets of Obed Edom, he has massive rallies where he claims that  says  he has healed thousands of people from ailments such as cancer, blindness, deafness, infertility, HIV and Aids, crippled legs, Down Syndrome, tumours, and every other affliction that a man could be burdened with.

So why not contact CNN, BBC, the New York Times, or some other major players in the industry and invite them out to the event? Invite them to bring their high definition cameras, recording equipment, broadband connection,  and grant them an all- access pass to be on stage, back stage,  or mingling with the crowds and being wherever they want to be. Let them come with their equipment, their manpower, their sceptics, and then promote the hell out of this thing. Run full-page ads in every newspaper for a month. Rent TV time to run ads during primetime television. Start an on-line media blitz using every social-media means you can muster.

And then start the revival.

And then start the healings.

You could invite the best and brightest of the scientific world to attend- men and women from the most renowned universities and think-tanks in the world. You could also invite the most hardened sceptics to observe and interact with the crowd and with those being healed. They could stream the entire thing, with commentary, to hundreds of millions of people around the world who could then witness these amazing miracles being done in the name of God.

After all, Jesus and the apostles did their miracles publicly. Their miracles were done to believers and non-believers, in the presence of believers and non-believers, and the reality of their healing was without dispute. In the scriptures, no one was questioning that the miracles had taken place. Instead the sceptics and unbelievers were left grappling for explanations as to how this could be done. Can Daniel King not do the same thing? The doctors could examine the people right before they go on stage, the journalists could talk to their friends and families and their own family physicians, and then Daniel King could do his thing and heal this person who has so much faith. Once healed, the doctors could examine the newly minted recipient of miracles. They could run some quick tests and see what physical transmogrification has taken place, confirm for the world that these indeed were all legitimate healing, and then after that they could stick around for a few days after to do follow up and make sure all the proof is in good order, which would then lend even more credibility to what has transpired.

Wouldn’t that blow the world up? Wouldn’t that set the world on fire for God? Invite the New Atheist out to the party and see what happens when the power of God and his miraculous healing falls on people in a way that has them disbelieving their own eyes.  Wouldn’t that absolutely shake to the core the spiritual state of the world? They could put it up on YouTube and the Atheists, Agnostics, Muslim, Hindus, and every other non-Christian group out there would witness first hand the power of the true and living God, confronting them in a way that they could never deny, and opening the floodgates to give an unbelieving world something to believe in?

We could take this out of the context of secrecy and suspicion. Instead of telling people about some guy you know who know a guy who knows a missionary who raised someone from the dead somewhere “in Africa”, we could say “God is all powerful, and his son Jesus Christ proved he was God by being raised from the dead. And as a sign of his power and great might, we are going to perform some miracles, so you can see the power of the one true God, and these miracles will confirm our message and the gospel we preach, which is that whoever repentant of their sins and outs their faith in Christ will be saved.” and then in front of hundreds of millions of people- Daniel King can do what he does best- he can perform these miraculous acts of healing, in the same way and same vein as the thousands upon thousands he has claimed in the name of Jesus to have done.

What do you say, Daniel King and the rest of the faith healing gang? You’ve been quoting us John 14:12 for years, and saying that we can do greater things than Jesus. What on earth could possibly be stopping you from implementing this and reaching half the world for Christ in one, single, solitary day?

12 thoughts on “I don’t believe in healing ministries or crusading faith healers

  1. Dear Dustin,

    You say “I believe that God heals.” So do I, so we are in agreement. You continue by saying, “I don’t think its common.” I think healing should be part of the normal Christian experience. So basically we disagree over the frequency of healing.

    You write, “I don’t believe any one person has a gift of healing…” This ignores 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 which mentions the “gifts of healing” that the Spirit gives to some. I don’t claim to have a gift of healing (its God that heals, not me) but I think that Biblically it is possible for God to give some a special gift for healing.

    Mark 16:20 says, “…they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.” So, the purpose of miracles in the lives of disciples is to confirm the preaching of the word of God. I have seen God to great miracles in nations all over the world. Because of those miracles thousands of people have decided to follow Jesus. As Jesus said, “By their fruits you shall know them.” (Matt 7:20). Dustin, where is the fruit of your ministry? How many people have you led to Jesus? Does your criticism change anyone’s life or does it just get the churches in Fort McMurray mad at you?

    I have posted dozens of videos on Youtube of the miracles God has done. Not everyone who comes to my meetings gets healed, but we have seen God do great miracles. I have also posted many of my sermons online. If you listen, you will find that they are Jesus centered, cross-based, grace filled messages about the goodness of God. No heresy there.

    Basically, you say you don’t believe any of the miracles I have seen are real. Then you say that even if they are real, they do not come from God. I would be happy for any skeptic (journalist or otherwise) to test the miracles I have seen. But, since you are a skeptic, visible proof of a miracle would still not convince you. You would still say the miracle does not come from God because you think I am a heretic.

    I believe Jesus came to give us abundant life (John 10:10) both in this world (health, wealth, wisdom, peace, etc) and in the world to come. If you have a problem with Jesus changing and improving people’s lives in the here and now…so be it.

  2. This is by George O. Wood, the general superintendent of the Assemblies of God. I think you need to read it Dustin…

    The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is one of the most recognized churches in Christendom. According to tradition, the church is built over Golgotha where Jesus was crucified and where He was laid to rest in the tomb.

    As you enter the church, you look up and high on the wall to the right is a ladder. We know, from an oil painting done in 1820, that it was there—in the exact same location. So, we know it has not been moved from its spot in at least two centuries.

    Why? Because six different groups occupy this church—the Greek Orthodox, the Roman Catholic, the Assyrian, the Coptic, the Ethiopian, the Armenian—and they can’t agree to whom the ladder belongs. And because they can’t agree, they’ve never moved the ladder. Not only that, these groups have been so contentious over the years that finally the keys to the church were turned over to two Muslim families because the Christians couldn’t agree who should have access. From time to time the Israeli police have been called out to break up fights between the groups over turf.

    It’s a horrible representation of Christianity in the world in which we live.

    An Orthodox Jew who was observing this problem said, “You Christians can’t get your message across because you have so many differences. Your Jesus is the only one who said Love your enemies, but you don’t follow your Jesus, and as a result, you make no difference in this world.”

    Those are powerful words, and they are a powerful indictment.

    We can look at historic Christianity and say, They need to get their differences together; they need to demonstrate more unity; and what a shame that they are disagreeing in the face of a watching world.

    But what about us?

    I know of so many stories of division in the church, of anonymous letters and disagreements over things as small as what translation of the Bible to use, where to place the instruments, what to sing, who should be in leadership. We are not immune.

    The Megaphone of Disagreement
    We live in a day of the Internet, which has made it possible for anyone who has the slightest complaint to have a megaphone to the world to announce his or her disagreement. Jesus never said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you agree 100 percent with one another.” He said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another” (John 13:35).

    And I’m absolutely amazed today at what divides believers from one another. We can agree on 90 percent, 95 percent, but on the 5 percent, if you don’t agree with me, then you’re a heretic, you’re outside the fold, or you’re not really one of us. Granted we all must agree upon core doctrines, but we must be careful not to let our preferences be elevated to the level of doctrine.

    I have noticed in my pastoral ministry and in my life that the people who criticize the most are those doing the least amount of evangelism. I want to encourage all of us to focus on what Jesus said: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” That is absolutely the key to everything we do.

    I appeal to you as the body of Christ to focus on Jesus, on reaching this lost world, on evangelism and discipleship. Let’s not allow any who want to turn our attention to disagreement on issues that won’t matter 100 years from now divide and fracture us.

    We know we are not going to agree on everything, but let’s allow our disagreements to be conducted in a spirit of love. Will you join with me in coming together and to pray the prayer of Jesus that we might be one? Can we demonstrate not just with our words, but with our actions that we are truly Christ’s disciples and have love for one another?

    Like Precious Oil
    As pilgrims come to Jerusalem they sing the Psalms of Ascents, which begin with Psalm 120 and end with Psalm 134. Near the end there is Psalm 133, which says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion.”

    The psalmist uses two metaphors to describe unity. One metaphor is the anointing oil on Aaron, the high priest, that occurs once in a high priest’s lifetime and once in a generation. The second is the dew of Hermon. Mount Hermon is 200 miles north of Jerusalem, so in fact the dew doesn’t even fall on Mount Zion—the Temple Mount. The psalmist appears to be saying unity is so rare among brothers that it occurs only once in a lifetime or not at all—and that’s why it’s so precious.

    I’m appealing to you, that unity not be rare in our midst, but rather that unity be the word that describes us. The apostle Paul never identified criticism as a fruit of the Spirit. Peace, joy, love, faithfulness, goodness, kindness and gentleness, these are the qualities that we are called to live out as disciples of Jesus Christ.

    So could we do that? Could we march forward in unity? Could we spend a lot of time in prayer? Could we focus upon what is creative and constructive above the critical and corrective? Can we really serve Jesus and by our words and our deeds we let this watching world know that we are Christ’s disciples?

  3. Daniel, I agree with the sentiment and expressed here, but your message does not apply. You preach the health and wealth prosperity gospel, which is no gospel at all, and you prey on the poor and disenfranchised. Every Christian ought to justly seperate from you. There is no place for wolves in the sheepfold

    • Dustin, by calling me a wolf you make it obvious that you completely missed the point of the article that I posted. We are both Christian. Jesus prayed that we would be one as He and the Father are one. I feel you need to tone down your vicious rhetoric. We can disagree about theology without being disagreeable. You may not agree with all the tenets of the prosperity Gospel, but there are millions of believers around the world who do. They are your brothers and they will be living in heaven next to you. You might as well start learning to get along here on earth.

  4. The word Gospel means “good news.” The opposite of “health and wealth” is “sickness and poverty” which is certainly not “good news.” Those who preach that God wants you to be sick and poor are truly confused about what the Gospel is all about. Poverty and sickness preachers misrepresent God’s character. Jesus said, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come to give abundant life” (John 10:10). God wants to bless His children, both in this life and in the life to come.

  5. By the way, you accuse me of preying on the “poor and disfranchised” This year, King Ministries Canada is paying to ship five containers of food to the nation of Honduras. Each container contains 650,000 meals for the poorest of the poor. So, I am giving away over 2.5 million meals this year. How many people are you feeding, Dustin?

    • sounds like a waste of time, according to the prosperity gospel fundamentals. why are these people poor? sin or lack of faith, more than likelyy. if you could just get your book to them, then they could be free from all their sickness and poverty, and god would unleash unprecedented wealth in their life. why not just send tons of books, or littke tracts with the story of obed-edom on them?

    • What do you make of this verse in 2 Chronicles 21?
      ““Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father, ‘Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father, or in the ways of Asa king of Judah, 13 but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel and have enticed Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem into whoredom, as the house of Ahab led Israel into whoredom, and also you have killed your brothers, of your father’s house, who were better than you, 14 behold, the Lord will bring a great plague on your people, your children, your wives, and all your possessions, 15 and you yourself will have a severe sickness with a disease of your bowels, until your bowels come out because of the disease, day by day.’”

      6 And the Lord stirred up against Jehoram the anger[b] of the Philistines and of the Arabians who are near the Ethiopians. 17 And they came up against Judah and invaded it and carried away all the possessions they found that belonged to the king’s house, and also his sons and his wives, so that no son was left to him except Jehoahaz, his youngest son.

      18 And after all this the Lord struck him in his bowels with an incurable disease. 19 In the course of time, at the end of two years, his bowels came out because of the disease, and he died in great agony. His people made no fire in his honor, like the fires made for his fathers. 20 He was thirty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. And he departed with no one’s regret. They buried him in the city of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.

  6. Please be extremely careful when you say that if miracles are real, then they are not from God. That’s a sin against Holy Spirit (blaspheming against Him).

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