When Will You Believe?

I felt God was challenging me on this. I was reading through the so-called proof of persons written testimonies on being healed in Curry Blake’s JGLM website.

I found myself disbelieving what was being said. My mind flashed back to the time when a British minister exposed Todd Bentley of being a liar and a flase prophet and healer by not checking to see if the false testimonies were true. To those that write to the minister saying that God used them to heal them, is it not nice that the busy  minister trusts those that have written in?

It got me thinking. I’ve seen people delivered from demons and seen people healed.  I have also seen prophecy fulfilled and people giving words of knowledge to those who they nothing about. These were accurate. I was there. But that does not mean you will believe me.

But my testimony isn’t enough, is it? And here I am demanding someone like Bentley or some supposedly other ‘self-proclaimed healer’ to prove that they are actually healing those with God’s power. For someone reason we read the bible and believe the miracles of Jesus. But we don’t seem to believe that our sisters and brothers have healed someone through God. When should we believe our brothers testimonies? How much evidence must they give until anyone is convinced?

What type of evidence should they give or report on to make those who are critical (like myself), believe? Is the personal testimony of the person enough? Or would we (or just me) be just as skeptical as the pharisees?

Would a signature of the person healed be good enough? Video footage? Interview? At what length would you go to to prove that God used you to heal someone? Was there ever a time where people believed what the Christian next to them said? I am very curious to hear some of your thoughts.

S&P


8 thoughts on “When Will You Believe?

  1. I guess you can never know for sure. Because definitely some are made up or imaginations or whatever. Some are true some aren’t. Their point is to bring hope. That is all. The proof is in scripture. Testimonies don’t really mean much except for Jesus’s.

  2. “But we don’t seem to believe that our sisters and brothers have healed someone through God. When should we believe our brothers testimonies? How much evidence must they give until anyone is convinced?” – S&P

    I don’t think we are called to believe them. As Steve said, only Jesus.

    If we know someone personally, and have seen them before and after their healing, then we will know, depending upon the nature of the healing itself.

    Jesus healed people as he went; I think we are also called to pray for people as we go. Obviously there are also the passages about elders praying for those who are ill. Clearly prayer is expected to make a difference, so we should do this and expect that at least in some cases, we will see God heal people, whether straight away, or by giving them a smooth, natural healing process.

    I tend to think that genuine healings are meant as mercy or answered prayer for those who receive them, or as a testimony to those who directly know the healed person. For example, I know of a family where the mother was healed of something very debilitating, and her whole family were saved. I believe this because I know one of the family members personally who was saved. The entire family was transformed.

    Like most people, I have also had a friend who died, believing right until the end that God would intervene and heal them.

    If you don’t know the person healed or someone affected quite directly though, then it will not have much impact on your life, and you don’t need to worry about it.

    Heavily promoted healing crusades that appeal for a lot of generous donations, implying that if you want to see God do something in your life you need to first give to Him in faith – these have gone off the rails in my view, even if God occasionally has mercy on someone attending and does heal them. Most healing in our communities will come through the prayer and faith of the local community, rather than by importing mega-ministries.

  3. The idea that healing is not healing unless it is medically attested is one of the arguments of critics who say that healing has ended. It is certainly lone of the attack strategies used against the better known healing evangelists.

    We see many people healed, some are attested, others are not. Other people do not have current evidence of having been healed, but we remain in faith.

    Whilst we highly respect the medical professions, and the scientific breakthroughs in these areas, it is also true that our hospitals are overcrowded, there are many diagnoses which have been proven to be either incorrect, or fallen short of accuracy, and there are massive side affects to certain pharmaceuticals which actually do not cure people, but rather relieve them.

    The current state of our hospitals, which are a major part of political electioneering at present, attests to the massive need in our community, and to the fact that known medical practices, excellent though they are, are not yet as effective as critics of healing seem to claim.

    So making it a condition of belief that healings are medically attested isn’t necessarily a fool-proof means of confirmation.

  4. Even if they are medically attested, many people won’t believe. Others will believe everything because they want to. For many people I think it comes down to having some kind of relationship with the person healed, in order to really know or even to really believe any medical proof.

    The main thing is that people aren’t discouraged from seeking conventional medical treatment, and that vulnerable people aren’t exploited by promising miracles for giving money.

  5. In Jesus’ time, even those who were not of God had the power of miraculous healing. There were others that claimed to follow Christ and performed miracles but for selfish reasons. It is not the miracle which is impressive but the One who gives this power. When someone heals in God’s name does him proclaim God’s name? Are the people inspired to know the healer more or know God more? When the healer is gone, what faith is left?

    Christ’s ambassadors always points to God and not themselves.

    I heard a story where Billy Graham was interviewed on TV. The host was trying to get Billy to recount some of his most impressive meetings and the large numbers of people that were saved. Pastor Graham seemed to be disinterested in the direction of the interview. Instead he used the segment to promote how amazing Christ was and make a personal invitation to the listeners to know Him better.

  6. (quick little side note (literally). what do you think of the little flag counter on the side of Signposts02?)

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