Today I was banned from a WordPress blog, The Lord is With Us. The blog is owned by a doctor who gave up the profession in order to serve God. The focus of the doctor’s ministry is faith healing with a heavy emphasis on the teaching of Dan Mohler. I am not permitted to leave comments until I have reviewed Mohler’s videos and articles. (She’s left at least one response after telling me I’m not allowed to comment. So much for Christian charity.)
The doctor suggested that I am not healed because I haven’t been forgiven, and that I am driven by an agenda of self-preservation — oh, and that I have the hardened heart of a Pharisee. The link above will take you to the page I visited. Just scroll down to the comment section to read what I posted, or follow them here. I haven’t permission to post the doctor’s comments, but a snippet reply will follow.
I first took issue with the doctor’s interpretation of 1 Peter 2:24 that we are healed physically by the wounds of Christ:
… and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
1 Peter 2:24 is saying that we are spiritually healed — not physically. The context is that Christ bore our sins on the cross as a remedy for our spiritual condition. It has no application for physical healing. Christians get sick and die. Otherwise, faith healers could empty every hospital bed by simply preaching the Gospel. I’ve never heard of a faith healer emptying the cancer ward.
The Bible speaks of sin as a disease — the healing of which the apostle is indicating.
The doctor responded that I am deceived — that we are healed wholly by His wounds.
I have not read a Hebrew or Greek scholar since the Reformation who has not exposited this passage from Peter as I have presented.
John Gill (1697-1771) wrote in his commentary:
Sin is a disease, a natural and hereditary one that reaches to all men, and in itself mortal and incurable; nor can it be healed by (anyone). Christ is the only physician, and his blood the balm and sovereign medicine … 
In context, Rabbis do not interpret this as a healing of physical diseases, but a forgiveness of iniquity as when David asks the LORD to look upon his distress and take away his sin (Psalm 25:18).
I am not aware of any faith healer who possesses the healing power of Jesus Christ. Certainly, none have raised the dead. The only deception is false exegesis.
The doctor replied that I was thinking with the mind of a Pharisee, and that everyone who Jesus healed was healed wholly because their sins were forgiven.
So, if I am not healed of physical maladies it means I am not forgiven?
The man who was born blind (John 9:1-3) was guilty of no sin — nor his parents. It plants seeds of doubt in the mind of a saved person to suggest it is their fault for being sick.
I know that I am forgiven, but it hasn’t healed my afflictions — some of which have plagued me since birth. Paul prayed three times for healing, but God would not. The LORD forgave David, but the king suffered the consequence of sin until he died.
I know that God heals, but sometimes He does not. Hope is a powerful thing, but false hope can end in spiritual death if a person of weak faith expects healing and is not.
The doctor replied that I have chosen “self-preservation” over Jesus Christ. (Sounds like New Age gobbledygook.) I was told to review 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16 where Paul writes about spiritual wisdom of which, evidently, I am lacking.
I have been a Christian for 35 years. The passages in 1 Cor are not unfamiliar to me — nor are they pertinent.
We have no disagreement that God heals, but He does so according to Divine will.
Like Peter, the apostle Matthew also quotes Isaiah:
(Matthew 8:16-17) … When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.”
The New Testament church understood that the miracle of healing, prophesied by Isaiah, was fulfilled in their day by the hand of Jesus Christ. This gift of healing was conferred upon the apostles who, in fact, performed miracles of healing — even raising the dead — which power expired with the death of the last apostle.
Does this mean Christians are not healed today? By no means, but even if laying on of the hands (James 5:14-16) was absolute no one in the early church would have gotten sick … or died.
(The doctor had the last word though …)
The Lord is telling you through me to read 1 Cor. 1:18-2:16 – they do apply to you. Now I ask a second time that you withhold posting any more comments herein until you have READ ALL the articles that I have linked here, for all the answers are in the word herein. Thank you for respecting these requests.
Well, the Spirit led me to the doctor’s blog for the purpose of exposing false teaching. I thought it interesting that when the doctor had nothing left to say she threw a curve ball, and shut the door. The stated purpose of her blog is for mature Christians to press deeper into Christ.
One of us failed.
From what did Jesus save us? Let me ask it another way … for what did Jesus die?
The miracles of healing (in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophesy) were a sign of Divine authority. Indeed, Nicodemus said to Jesus, Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him (John 3:2).
Curious that modern theologians — unlike the Pharisees — can so easily dismiss the miracles of Christ.
Today charlatans assume the mantle of faith healer. Subjects are pre-selected to come forward to receive healing of a suspect condition while people who are truly sick are denied access to the stage area. Look carefully and you will see that the person being healed does not fall backwards by the power of the Holy Spirit, but is pushed by an attendant elder.
There was an incident where the faith healer told a disabled man to get out of his wheelchair and walk. Well, the man got up and fell … repeatedly. The pastor screamed at the man for his lack of faith. He commanded him over and over to get up and walk — only to fall again and again. The stunned assembly watched in gasping disbelief at the abuse inflicted upon this helpless person. The pastor had the nerve to share this story on TCT, and with no remorse for it was the man’s fault that he was not healed.
Sounds like the teaching on Doctor Deanna’s blog. It is your fault that you are sick. It is your fault that you are not healed. You lack faith. It is a gospel of doubt and guilt. What a heavy burden to lay upon an afflicted brother or sister that their very salvation is in question.
God heals according to His divine purpose and will.
When might a faith healer enter a Children’s Hospital and empty the beds? Are those sick and dying little ones guilty? Unforgiven?
I think not.
1. An Exposition of the New Testament, John Gill, (3 vols., 1746-8).
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