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HOW DO CHRISTIANS RECEIVE HEALING?

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"Is any sick among you? 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 shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."

(James 5:14,15)

In these last days, when so many in the denominations have gone after the imaginations of their own hearts, and divers doctrines of men, the multitudes are so very confused about many things, not the least of which is the subject of healing. And, extraordinarily enough, this is one of the simplest doctrines in the whole Bible!

God told his people Israel in Deuteronomy 7:15 that he would take all sickness away from them if they would obey his word. (See vv.12-15). When he brought them out by their tribes, there was not one feeble person among them (Psalm 105:37). He explained furthermore that every sickness and disease was a part of the curse of the law (Deuteronomy 28:15, 61), and would come upon the disobedient, and also that when they would return to him, he would heal them (2 Chronicles 7:14).
We are told in the New Testament that,

"Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree..." (Galatians 3:13). 

And again,

"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed." (1 Peter 2:24).

In both Old and New Testaments there are multitudes of times that God healed people, and there is not one instance where he ever told anyone to go to a doctor, or take medication. 
Not one. 
Ever. 

When he came in the flesh to his people Israel, there were vast multitudes that came to him on many occasions with divers diseases, and they were healed every one! The references are too numerous to mention here...check it out for yourself. Not one walked away sick, and not one ever got sent to a doctor, or told to take medication.

So...
Why are so many in the false churches today not obeying the scripture, but turning to doctors and medicines to get healed of their sicknesses?

It is very simply because they do not believe the word of God.

"And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief...For the word of God is quick [living], and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 3:18,19, 4:12).
The word of God is the flaming sword that turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life (Genesis 3:24); it is the sword of the spirit (Ephesians 6:17); and it is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart of man...that is, by the word of God, we are able to see what is otherwise invisible...we can see what is really in the hearts of men and women! When they profess to love God, but refuse to keep his word, we know they are liars.

"He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him."

(1 John 2:4)

So you can see that the reason they do not obey the word of God is very simply because they do not believe it. Yes, they may go to "church"...they may be the loudest praiser and the most eloquent prayer in the whole house...they may even be the pastor...but if they do not obey the word of God, they do not believe the word of God, and they are liars. Period.

In 
Galatians 5:19-21, Paul the apostle was listing some things (17) that he was proclaiming to be "works of the flesh". The flesh lusteth against the spirit (Galatians 5:17), and they that live after the flesh shall die (Romans 8:13). Paul said of these 17 works of the flesh, that, "...they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (v.21).

The second item in verse 20 is "witchcraft". Witchcraft can be many things, but in this case is it used specifically as a work of the flesh, and is translated from the Greek word "pharmakeia", from which we get our word "Pharmacy", and explicitly means "medication". Even the Strong's concordance will show that (#5331).

This is NOT using the original language to change the meaning of a word in order to form a doctrine. This is rather a pointing out the true meaning of a passage of scripture with the use of right reason and truth.

Pharmacology is witchcraft. It has always been, and it will always be. The man who is now called a pharmacist was at one time commonly called the witch doctor; and his job was to mix chemical potions to cure diseases. His job remains the same; it is only his title that has changed, to a Greek word, to divert the average person from looking it up in a dictionary to find out what it means, and what he is doing!

Christian---you who say with your forked tongue that after prayer, you believe that God is going to "use the medicine" to heal you, or that you think he is going to "work through the doctors", do you really think that even the youngest of true believers are going to fall for your lies? And better yet, do you really think that the Almighty God is going to be fooled by your craftiness to cover up your unbelief and wickedness?

Go ahead and take the potions of the doctors and be healed, and die in your sins! But do not any longer pollute the Holy Name of the Living God with your pretended praises and hypocritical mockings! God is not mocked, and his true ones are not deceived. So either believe his word and let him save you and heal you, or turn to the physicians of Egypt and die with them; but at least make up your mind.
But since you will continue to remain lukewarm in the churches, the Master has declared that he will spue you out of his mouth. (Revelation 3:16)

Now let me deal briefly with the silly arguments of the theological gainsayers who think that they can use one passage of the scripture to nullify or contradict another...

There are those who would pervert 1 Timothy 5:23 to preach that we should use medicine for our sicknesses...

"Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake, and for thine often infirmities."

First of all, there was no mention here of medicine, but of wine. Secondly, it is evident from just reading the sentence that Timothy was hesitant, as a bishop, to drink any wine; and he was obviously having a problem with the water he was drinking where he was; and Paul was telling him that it was ok for him to drink "a little" wine, so that his stomach would feel better, and the water would not be making him sick. That was what Paul was communicating to him. That is so simple...

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