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Prayer of Faith

This is my 3rd and final piece of my series “Healing School”.

James 5:15 says, 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.

What is the prayer of faith and is it required for healing? I’ll answer the latter first. Yes, this scripture makes the prayer of faith a requirement for healing.

Faith is belief. It is belief in Jesus our Messiah. It is hope. It is belief that God has both the power and willingness to do miracles. The prayer of faith then is a prayer by someone who believes.

There are entire denominations such as the Church of Christ which believe miracles are ended. I won’t get into the verse they misinterpret to achieve this unbelief. Their unbelief, however, would exclude the entire denomination from the healing power of God as described in James which promises New Testament miracles.

Is it required that all the praying elders have faith (or enough faith) to believe for the person to be healed? I don’t know the answer to this question.

I don’t think God intentionally placed an insurmountable burden on people to receive healing. I believe if the seeker has faith of being healed and those praying believe God can that they will find healing.

Seek and ye shall find.

Ask and you will receive.

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Limitations

If you read my previous post, Healing School, I wanted to clarify a few things.

God can heal whenever, wherever, and however he wants.

Please, don’t think that I’m putting limits on the Lord as some do. In James 5 he tells us how seekers should seek healing and how elders should perform healing.

It is a scripture with promise. It perturbs me when people try to heal other than as prescribed in James. My belief is if people would follow James 5:14-15, the healing success rate would be around 100%. I suppose it’s possible none of the elders could offer prayer in faith, but this could be remedied by seeking prayer at another Church. Seek …

The main problem is no Church that I’ve seen performs James 5 and I suppose that in itself could be indicative of lack of faith.

Ask …

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Healing School

Let me start by letting you know I’m a doubter. I don’t believe the majority, if any, of the healings done on television are real.

I do believe in miracles and I believe God can heal today. I think that if you’re seeking healing or trying to perform it you should take instruction from the Bible. The Bible does not say breath into the microphone and push someone while they fall over. It does not say to hit someone and scream “out”. Nor does it say to pull a name and ailment out of thin air and call it a word of knowledge.

What the Bible does say concerning healing is this: If any be sick let them come before the elders of the Church. Let them be prayed over and anointed with oil in the name of the Lord. And as a bonus God says if they are healed their sins also are forgiven. That’s a pretty big bonus. James 5:14-15.

I have never seen this performed on television or in person, but if you are a seeker of healing or wish to perform it let me qualify James. Elders of the Church including the preacher are male. I would use a decent olive oil. If you’re worried about the carpet, put plastic down.

Happy healing. And moreover blessed forgiveness!

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What’s Love

I recently commented on a television preacher, who said there were certain people he didn’t like, couldn’t stand to be around, but that he loved them in the Lord.

Was it just an attempt to sound Christian regarding people he didn’t care for or was it a sincere statement? It seemed to me to be worthy of further thought.

What is love? And what is love in the Lord? The Lord’s love isn’t two-faced. It is sincere. He has instructed us to love our enemies. Shouldn’t it be easier to care for people we dislike?

The thing is, I’m not sure what that looks like in action. I think you can hope someone changes, you can hope someone accepts the Lord unto salvation, you can even be nice to someone who isn’t nice to you.

Does that fall short? What’s love to you?

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Yea be Yea

James 5:12 KJV
But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

The latter part of this verse seems clear enough. Yet, some don’t appear to get it. An example of this is when people – often in prayer – say Lord I confess my sins. Now, you can confess you are a sinner in a single statement. But if you say I confess my sins without actually saying them – your speech is empty. It reminds me of the verses in James 2:15-16 KJV which say, If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, [16] And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

Let your yes mean yes, and your no mean no. Do what you say and say what you mean.

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At What Cost?

What is the personal cost of sin and how does it relate to the search for forgiveness?

In the Old Testament a sacrifice came at a cost. The sacrifice was to be one of the unblemished or finest animals of the flock.

Today if you sin and are seeking forgiveness, there is available only one remedy after full immersion baptism in water. 1 John 1:9 advises us to confess.

Confession to another can come with a cost. The person to whom you are confessing, even if they are family, may think less of you. Don’t die in your sin because of shame or fear, and don’t let anyone talk you out of confession.

What about the cost? Will you actually lose the respect of a family member or friend? Maybe, but you will live. I believe the cost is there in part to prevent future sin. God doesn’t need to hear your confession. He already knows. He does require confession to another, but does not specify who that person needs to be. Confess to clergy, confess to your spouse, confess to a stranger, confess to a neighbor, confess to a friend or an acquaintance. Confess and he, God, is faithful and just to forgive!

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Believing the Lie

The Church I’m attending (mainly because of my mom) hired a new preacher. He started off his first day stating that he wasn’t here to preach denominational doctrine nor doctrine he learned at the Memphis School of Preaching, but only the Bible.

Would that this were true. You can lie to me because I know the Holy Bible, but perhaps the most dangerous lie is the one you tell yourself.

This is the second young Church of Christ preacher I’ve dealt with and older preachers, though perhaps less obvious, are no different. They honestly believe they dont belong to a denomination.

How can you point out doctrinal error to the person who doesn’t think they belong to a denomination? Or tell them that their opinion is clearly reflected in the denominational doctrine they put forward as the only truth?

I’ve heard the Church of Christ referred to as a cult and have vehemently disagreed with that characterization. Nonetheless, you could describe those that cling to and promote a lie as cultish. Believing their own lie that they are not a denomination only leads to further error. They don’t believe in the power of God – to do miracles – and that is grievous denominational error based on misinterpretation of 1 Corinthians 13:10 KJV.

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