Summary: God’s word declares the reality of divine healing. Some people hold extreme views of the doctrine.
TITLE: I BELIEVE IN HEALING
I came across an article in Christianity today called A SURGEONS VIEW OF DIVINE HEALING
The Doctor who wrote the article had some important things to say, but I believe he represented an extreme view of God and his activity in the world today.
– In that article the author quoted the following story from the Chicago tribune:
“David Gilmore told about an illness of his 15-month old son, Dustin Graham Gilmore, that began in April of 1978. At first the child came down with flu-like symptoms. The Gilmores took him to their church and the pastor prayed for him. Members of that church believed that faith alone heals any disease and that to look elsewhere for help—for example, to medical doctors—demonstrates a lack of faith in God. Gilmore and his wife followed the church’s advice and simply prayed for their son. Over the next weeks they prayed faithfully as his temperature climbed, prayed when they noticed he no longer responded to sounds, and prayed harder when he went blind.
On the morning of May 15, 1978, the day after their pastor preached an especially rousing sermon about faith, the Gilmores went into their son’s room and found his body a blue color, and still. He was dead. Again they prayed, for their church also believed the power of prayer can raise the dead. But Dustin Graham Gilmore stayed dead. An autopsy revealed the infant died from a form of meningitis that could have been treated easily.”
I believe that the reason why the doctor repeated this story was to shock his readers and get them to agree with his attack against those who hold (In His Mind) an unbalanced view of divine healing.
And it works…
The author says, “I believe the time has come to question the extreme faith-healing perspective with its bright promise that "confession brings possession."
However, the author then goes on to place all who believe in healing (basically Pentecostals and Charismatics) “into the category of extremists
“Those who espouse divine healing have grown far more vocal in recent years. Publishers and religious broadcasters parade people before the spotlight to testify of remission from cancer, a lengthened leg, or deliverance from arthritis. One of the largest TV ministries claims to have files bulging with 60,000 reported cases of divine healing.”
Of course you know he is talking about Benny Hinn.
Not only is that statement unfair, but the even bigger problem with the article is that the author admits that for him believing in divine healing would be asking Him to put “…faith in something that ordinarily does not prove true in life.”
A Surgeon’s View of Divine Healing -Do doctors waste their time by doing slowly and painstakingly what could have been done in the twinkling of an eye? By Paul Brand with Philip Yancey | posted 07/10/2003 Christianity Today.com
ANY Extreme view of healing is wrong…
The view that would suggest that a person pray and never take their child to the doctor is an extreme view, and it should be rejected.