Overview of Christian Supernatural Spiritual Healing - Why it Works in Some Cases and Not in Others

Theory of Everything (as it Applies to Healing Supernatural Healing Spiritual Prayer)

The spiritual world many times matches the physical world.

In the physical world, Einstein rewrote the theory of gravitation as it was written by Newton applying the Theory of Relativity to describe large celestial bodies. Later, Quantum Mechanics described actions of small particles such as electrons and semiconductors using probability theory. Einstein never accepted this stating that he believed that "God did NOT play dice". However, Quantum Mechanics is the principle with which all digital computers work. Einstein never fully accepted Quantum Mechanics.

String Theory or the "Theory of Everything" seeks one set of equations that describe both Einstein's world of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. When the physical descriptions of the sun, moon, and planets are put into the String Theory, the equations degenerate into Relativity equations. When the descriptions of electrons and atoms are put into String Theory, the equations degenerate into Quantum Theory.

In the world of Physics, String Theory seeks to unify these two disparate fields of physics into one unified theory.

Similarly, Healing in the Church are at similar odds.

One set of people favor healing by sanctification. One set of people favor "healing evangelism". Yet, both groups see healing and people being saved. Is there any theory to link the two? Is there a "Theory of Everything" that applies to healing and the church? Is it Biblical? Are there any modern parallels in the world where we see this happening today? Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

First, what is the progression of a person to become the Bride of Christ? A person starts off by not knowing anything about God. He is lost, and does not know if God is Good. He may not know right from wrong. Then, he becomes a Christian. Some things may change, but much more yuckiness should still come off. He joins a church in which he fellowships with believers and is supposed to go through a process of sanctification by getting rid of evil spirits and transforming the mind. This is where fruit is made. The final goal is to be like Christ in character and power. The final goal is to be the "Bride of Christ".

When I think of what I want in my life. I want an easy life with kids and enough material possessions. However, this is NOT the same goal that God is looking for in my life. I want to be healed. I want to be well. I don't want trouble.

So instead of looking through the lenses myself, let us try to look through the lenses of God when looking at healing in the church.

God's goal is for spiritual fruit and maturity into the "Bride of Christ". My goal is a comfortable life. The confusion about healing comes when we view the world from my eyeglasses instead of God's eyes.

OK. Let's look at healing in the Bible and the Church from God's perspective. This is the hypothesis:

1) When a person doesn't know anything about God, God must draw the person to himself and the person must find out that God is Good. 2) When a person has become a Christian for a few years, and is in the local church he must become more sanctified.

OK. Then what is the model for healing in both of these examples:

1) Miraculous healing take place for which the person undergoes NO or little sanctification. He is trying to figure out if God is real, and if God is Good.

2) Healing most of the time will occur only after the person repents and becomes sanctified. He knows God is real. He has to become the "Bride of Christ".

Do we have Biblical examples of both? Yes.

Healing Evangelism for the "New Guy"

Naman the Syrian, is a leper that was healed. He doesn't know anything about God. But he travels to see Elisha on the word of his servant girl to be healed. Even after seeing Elisha, he is quite skeptical. He eventually dips in the Jordan and is healed. He figures out that God is real.

Acts 9 - Saul of Tarsus is healed by prophetic declaration. Little or no sanctification took place before.

The Gospels - Jesus's ministry to many required little or no repentance. The women with the issue of blood.

Peter's Shadow - People bring out the sick and wait for Peter's Shadow to fall on them.

Acts 2:41-43 - Thousands added instantly with signs and wonders.

Healing Sanctification for the "Experienced Christian"

The Corinthian Church is an example of a spirit filled church that has serious sins and must repent. I Cor 5 talks about a man who has his father's wife. I Cor 11:30 People are sick since they did not examine themselves.

James 5:14 Healing after anointing with oil and CONFEESING SINS.

Modern day Examples

Healing Evangelists

Benny Hinn
Todd Bentley
Brother Hogan
Heidi Baker


Healing Sanctification

Henry Wright - www.pleasantvalleychurch.net
Healing Rooms - Carl Pierce
Ellel - out of the UK
Heidi Baker


Instead of being at odds with each other, just realize is that healing is a tool from God to draw you to himself and to become more like Him. It's not about the healing. It's about God.

Are there some ministries that use both techniques effectively? Maybe.

Argentine Revival - Maybe they do some sanctification

Ed Silvolso, Peter Wagner recounts.

Mozambique

Heidi and Rolland Baker. 6,000 churches planted in 5 years (?). Yes, churches. - http://www.irismin.org/

They do sanctification, but to what extent I do not know.

A sustained explosive revival requires baby Christians being born and THEN growing up in Christ to maturity to become the Bride of Christ. The first objective may be produced by "Healing Evangelists". The second objective may be produced by "Sanctification Healing". One without the other will NOT produce the church in all its glory.

In other words, you have to first catch the fish, and THEN clean the fish.

The alternative is NOT to have any fish OR have SMELLY fish.

Evangelical healing works well in evangelism circumstances, rallies, in muslim countries, praying for new agers. But does NOT work well for churches. If you bring one of these guys into a church service it works really well for the nonbelievers that you bring to the church service, but not well for the Christian there.

Sanctification healing works well for the church. But non-Christians usually don't have the patience for it, and of course, will not understand it by default.

Both methods involve different rules and different guidelines and in general, they don't like each other.

One uses a fishing pole and the other uses a cleaning knife. One says here is the pole and the fishing hook. The other says here is my knife and my sharpening stone. They look at each other and think the other is crazy. Think Acts 2 versus the Corinthian Church. Yet both are about healing at different maturity levels of the Christians.

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