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Theological Cliff Diving - Divine Healing Edition

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I was prepared to go into depth here for the two scripture references because they of course have nothing to do with the redemptive blood of Jesus to heal, which is the selling point she is making here. The Luke verse comes from the ten lepers who were healed. The ironic thing here is only one returns to give praise and that is who Jesus says your faith has made you well. We actually do not know why the other nine were healed then do we? The text never bears that out. The Mark verse is from the woman with the issue of blood who was indeed healed because she believed if she could just touch the hem of His garment she would be. Listen beloved, faith is vitally important in healing but our faith is not stronger than His sovereignty. The larger point here is that Beck Dvorak is making the point that the woman with the issue of blood and the tenth leper who came back to give praise were both healed because of their faith in the redemptive blood of Jesus to heal. Except Jesus had not undertaken that work yet. Oops. At the time of these two stories He had not gone to the cross yet. So if it was not that then what was their faith in that allowed them to be healed? How about Jesus Christ? How about His claim to being the Son of God? Sure belief in His healing abilities is big but useless without having faith in whose authority He was working under! This was the faith of the Roman Centurion! He understood that Jesus had the authority -- say the word and I know she will be healed. Either way, the cross still lay ahead so it had nothing to do with the redemptive blood of Jesus to heal.

"Instead of blaming God for not completing His promise to heal, it's time to take a good hard look in the mirror of God's Word and speak the truth so that you and others can be free from the bondage of sickness and disease. Be honest with yourself and with others: Your faith is not, or was not, strong enough to trust God for your healing. And then move forward, without condemnation, and develop your faith to believe for your healing. Remember, it is your faith that heals and makes you whole." -- Becky Dvorak

Wow. Wasn't she just complaining about a works mentality? This is entirely works! That God cannot or will not heal you unless you achieve some mythical faith benchmark is staggeringly arrogant and creates a cruel god at best. Beloved, I want you to understand how vile this is. What Becky Dvorak and the healing hucksters are selling is a god that could heal you if he wanted to but he is choosing not to because he doesn't approve of your level of faith. This is simply disgusting and unbiblical. It is Jesus Christ that heals us and makes us whole. That is what our faith must be in with the understanding that He is sovereign. He gets to decide, not us. Becky Dvorak is setting up Christians everywhere to blame God or themselves -- neither of which results in a good outcome. If we blame God then we walk away from the faith. If we blame ourselves who knows where that self-inflicted misery ends.

Beloved, God can heal you. He is God. The Bible gives us clear instruction for when we are ill. It also speaks about simple home remedies. Do not fall for the healing hucksters who want to sell you a capricious and miserable god who sits around all day deciding who lives and dies based upon some subjective sense of faith in his own healing abilities. We pray, we seek the elders of the church but in the end we trust in the sovereignty of God realizing that the enteral life He purchased for us on Calvary is worth so much more than the one that false teachers are dying to protect here.

Reverend Anthony Wade -April 3, 2018

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