Originally Posted by Fastback
Wow, yeah...i don't follow those particular ministries. Faith healing, while possible, is kind of hands off for me. I guess you could say I am not Charismatic. I do, however, believe God can and does heal people. I just have no experience with that type of display. Although it's probably fine, that shoe just doesn't fit.
Check out this book sometime by Henry W. Write called A More Excellent Way. Website is www.beinhealth.com
. The guy went through pre-med with a minor in psychology, then ends up becoming a pastor (his dad was a pastor). He came to the same conclusion I came to years ago about sin is what caused Adam and Eve to die, and therefore, sin has something to do with disease. 50% of the times Jesus heals people, he doesn't say "you're healed." Instead, He says, "Your sins are forgiven. Go and sin no more," then they're healed suddenly. The sin being forgiven and gotten out of the person healed them. The Jews believed that sin caused disease and things like blindness back then, because they asked Jesus about a blind man in one verse by saying, "Who sinned that this man is blind, his mother or his father?" Jesus answered, "Neither. This man is blind so that God's glory can be shown." So, it wasn't sin in this guy's case, but that guy was blind from brith because God wanted to show His glory by healing the guy. It's not cruel, because the guy never knew what it was to see, so he was used to it. But he was eternally greatful when he gained sight, though.
In this book, the guy says he went through tons of medical journals to see what all of the psychological causes are for diseases. Substitute the word Psychological for Spiritual. He noticed that many psychological things are credited as causes for diseases by doctors, but they never place importance on it. They credit something else with it, like genetics. If sin is passed down through our father like the Bible says, then genetics has a whole new meaning, at least to some degree. All doctors agree that stress cause MAJOR health problems. But stress is just something "in your head," right? Psychological? But it's the cause of major sicknesses like cancer. Stress causes the body's pH balance to go hard acidic.
All cancer patients have one thing in common: acidic pH in their body. Cancer requires an acidic pH in the body in order to grow and survive. When you destress, it lowers your pH toward alkalinity, and when you eat foods that are alkaline, it does this as well, and helps destress you. Eventually, you can get your pH balance alkaline, and the body flushes out the cancer. Pretty simple. There's a Dr. Coldwell in German that has the highest success rate for curing cancer in Germany by using destressing techniques alone. Pretty impressive. But if you were to tell this stuff to the Cancer Society, they'd completely disregard it. Why? Because cancer is a big business. They get TONS of donations yearly, and only 40% of that money goes to research. The rest goes to the multi-billionair owner. That's sad...you'd think he'd want to cure cancer, not spend 60% of the donation money on himself. It's BIG business.
Anyway, back to my point... In A More Excellent Way, you'll see a big section of probably over a thousand testimonies about how these people gave up certain sins and suddenly their illnesses were gone. And that's just the testimonials he put in the book. There are tons more. He's been doing this ministry since the late 80's, I think. I've heard of at least one first hand account of this happening to someone my mother knows, and it was sort of by accident. It's interesting. When I looked up the medical issues I have, they were associated with exactly the spiritual issues I have with sin. Same with my mother and same with my wife. Pretty interesting how that works out. Check it out sometime.
Oh, and as for the real deal with God healing people, you should check out a very non-flashy guy named Andrew Wommack. www.awmi.net
He's the most low key teacher/speaker you'll meet, and is very down to earth. I've seen him in person, and regardless of the message he teaches about, he always asks people to come up at the end of a sermon if they want to be healed. I've seen people around Lewisville at churches get healed by God, and these were not plants. They were locals that've always gone to the church and had known problems for years by the members. For instance, one little boy had no eardrum. Andrew thought the kid just couldn't hear in one ear and he's praying for healing and it's not working. Andrew does it twice with no success, then says, "Wait, I get the feeling we're praying for the wrong thing. He asks the mother the problem and she says he's got no eardrum." Andrew says, "Oh, we don't need healing, we need a miracle." So he prays for an eardrum, and the kid can suddenly hear. I'm standing there almost right next to the kid when it happens, and he really could suddenly hear. The people at the church know him well and know he's def in one ear. Now, they say he's not.
One girl was sick with an unknown disease for five years, and Andrew comes to her house, non-chelantly, and prays for healing and she's healed. She'd been bedridden for 6 months up to that point. She lives in Lewisville and everyone in the church knows her. Bad disease that took hold of her, but she's a major witness for Jesus now. There's a video about this on Andrew's website.
Watch that video. Very inspiring. It's interviews with the family after the healing. Andrew didn't know anything about this girl or her condition. He just came in and prayed for healing and left. He said he just expects people to be healed now when he prays for them unless their unbelief is too strong. It's normal to him. He claims he has no gift for healing, but that he's just using his authority in Christ over sickness when he prays for healing. Real good teacher. His audio archives are great. They're on the website sorted by subject matter and in 15 minute incriments.