This is the first article I’ve seen anywhere that gets healing right, in my estimation:
In both Evangelical and Charismatic circles, evangelism often looks remarkably like business sales.
- Establish a need – “You are headed straight for eternal, fiery torment. You need help”
- Pitch the main benefit – “By accepting Jesus, you can avoid eternal, fiery torment.”
- Sweeten the deal – “But wait, there’s more. God answers prayer (for healing, finances, relationships) so you will have a better life.”
- Always be closing – “Would you like to pray this prayer and avoid fiery damnation?”
- Don’t waste too much time on any one pitch – there are too many souls that need saving.
In this context, healing ministry tends to be part of the salvation sales pitch. It tends to be less personal and more “how can we reach the most people”.
There are upsides and downsides to this perspective, but regardless of one’s opinion on the matter, it makes sense to have an “I don’t know” theology on healing when our goal is maximum reach and “results aren’t guaranteed”. It makes sense to keep our expectations of healing vague when we can’t predict the outcome and salvation is the primary objective.
The rest of the article is fantastic, too, and I recommend it highly.
I’m thinking about healing today because I’m coughing out my lungs due to bronchitis. Thanks God for medicine. But I’ve always been taught healing as a sort of magical thing that happens when I do x. Doesn’t matter what x is, it’s usually something that’s not sustainable. Have so-and-so pray for you, he’s really anointed. Give more money. Pray more. Read your Bible more. And the list goes on. Continue reading “Healing and Invisible Walls”