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Name it and claim it healing? or Fake it until something happens?

Submitted: 12/8/2005
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Question: Is there really something to this? Frankly, I find it very confusing and disturbing. Everywhere I go God's people are are suffering and many of them are very sick, yet they refuse to get medical help. And if they do and are diagnosed, they deny the truth and therefore don't get treatment. What!? And if a person does just the opposite, they are looked down on and talked about--treated as if they have no faith in God at all. I don't get it. Like I said, it doesn't make any sense to me at all. Can you help me out please.

Answer: We believe that Jesus Christ is fully able to heal 'all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people' (Matthew 4:23). We do not believe that He is dependent on medical practices or constrained by contrary diagnoses. We therefore commend those who prefer to place their faith in Jesus Christ over and above the practioners of the medical arts.

We do, however, believe that genuine faith is founded on the expressed will of God, which is recorded for all to discover in the Bible. When we look into the New Testament, we find only one instruction directed specifically to believers who are sick: James 5:14-15 says, 'Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.' We have found that many believers engage in wishful thinking rather than true faith because they have not followed the clear teachings of the Word of God, which tells them to seek the prayers of the elders of the church. This is because many churches do not have biblical elders. We believe that if we follow carefully the biblical teachings, we will see biblical results.

Healing is a difficult subject with many variables and considerations. For further details on our views concerning physical healing, please read 'Healing Hands' on the Apostolic Free Library.