The purpose of this ministry is to put God back into healing, and healing back into the Church where it began. We do this by working with churches who seek us out to train and equip their members for the healing ministry. We are not able to administer or disciple readers in need of healing. this is for their local Church to do.
So how DO we think as a people in our culture?
Thanks to 30 minute TV sit-coms where problems always get fixed by the end of the show, our culture is conditioned to solving problems in 30 minutes or less. This is also why info commercials are so popular. They solve a problem and do it quickly. It also explains why Apps are so popular with smart phone users. Have a need? Just download an app for it and walla. Problem solved! I am telling you this because the same mindset tends to follow us when dealing with life's problems.
We want quick solutions to life's problems. We especially want solutions without pain or suffering, or having to change our lifestyle. This explains why so many people fall for phony healing schemes, including many offered by the medical industry.
People want quick fixes. Kinda like flipping on a light switch, fast and easy, no pain. That same mindset also follows us to Church. When it comes to spiritual healing we want it, but we want it to be on our terms as we want everything else in life to be.
Spiritual healing as we teach it is not miraculous as people think of miracles. It is divine but not often instantaneous. Just as faith must be taught (Romans 10:17), so too must spiritual healing.
Believers must be taught to align their lives in accordance with God's will in order for divine healing to occur. That may sound simple enough at first. But many believers carry around junk habits and beliefs foreign to God's will. What's more, many Christians are not aware these habits and beliefs are working against God and healing.
The biblical way to teach Christians to align their lives with God for healing is through discipleship. Discipleship is the heart and soul of Church healing ministries. Discipleship can determine whether an illness is spiritual or environmental in nature. It could be something as simple as learning the artificial sweeteners they eat may be the real reason behind the heart attack they suffered.
An often abused assumption is if I am a Christian, God is suppose to heal me. And it's true. God certainly heals the sick through the Body of Christ, His Church. But God does not heal every Christian who asks for healing. As in all things there is a reason why this is so. This is why discipleship is needed. This is why your Church needs a trained healing ministry.
It saddens me when people write to us for healing, because we cannot disciple them. We cannot dig into their lives to uncover whether or not there is a spiritual reason for their malady. That is for their local Church to do.
Now in case you are wondering why discipleship is so important in healing the sick, it may surprise you to learn believers oftentimes differ little from non-believers on a number of basic Christian beliefs.
For instance Do you believe that Satan is a living entity? If you do you are in a minority. Many Christians do NOT believe Satan is a real living entity. In fact, over 50% of all born again believers DENY the existence of Satan as a living entity.
Do you believe if you are good enough you can EARN a place in heaven? 45% (almost half) of all born again believers think they can.
This information I am sharing with you comes from an emerging trends study conducted by Princeton Religion Research Centers. Among the beliefs of so-called born again believers, the study discovered;
35% believe Jesus committed sins like other people. 35% do not believe Jesus was physically resurrected from the grave. 26% read a daily Horoscope. 20% believe in reincarnation. 28% believe in ghosts. 50% watch porn videos
Now here's where I am going in all of this. Many Christians who live by these standards think their beliefs and habits are normal After all, it's what they believe. And this kind of junk only scratches the surface. Some believers harbor hatred and unforgiveness in their heart. Some carry pride and/or think only of themselves. What's more, in many cases they are not consciously aware of these sins in their life. These are feelings that lie buried deep within. The list is long and well documented. This is just some of the junk in our lives that prevents God from healing us. So who is to blame?
My purpose here is not to condemn or point a finger, but you need to be questioning what your Church is NOT teaching.
Truth is, Many so called born again believers do not have a clue about sin, salvation and sanctification. They may be well meaning souls, but are totally ineffective as Christians.
The world is crumbling around us, including the Church. Our very way of life is being threatened from many sides in the world. While you may not have influence in the world, you do have influence in your Church.
Let me challenge you to address your Church board, elders or priest to get back to the basics of Christian faith. There is a great need to preach the Word of God even to our own.
Jim Lynn God's Healing Word Ministry (article from his recent newsletter-edited for length)