Physical Healing is Not Kingdom Optional

The following excerpt is from our book: Healing: Hope or Hype?

Power has been defined differently throughout our nation’s history and culture. A generation ago it was defined by the equation: military + industry = power = control.  That’s no longer true in modern Western societies. Today’s power equation reads: information + capital = power = control. There is an emerging power structure that has the potential to control our very existence by creating physical dependency upon it. The formula is: medicine + money = power = control or more specifically: pharmaceuticals + healthcare + government + money = power = control.

Because of the collusive elements of the above equations, and the skyrocketing cost of medical care and insurance premiums, there are literally millions of people who cannot afford to be sick. The choice for these is either complete financial ruin or dependency on the state. The day is coming for many believers, when we are either going to have to experientially know Him as Healer, sell our soul to the gods of this age, or die. The whole matter of the gifts of the Spirit will move from the fringes of Sunday morning enthusiasms into life and death realities. An ascending church of dominion simply must arise. Not a church strong in principles of organizational management and hierarchy trying to outdo mammon in mammon’s game, but rather a church which possesses a place in Christ that has temporal authority over disease. It simply must happen. Just as necessity was the motivator for the believers in Jerusalem who were not obeying what Christ said to do and were scattered,[i] so the church in our age is going to find itself similarly motivated from necessity rather than enthusiasm in the days ahead.

[i] In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus told the apostles to go and make disciples. They stayed and ran a Bible study and prayer meeting—sounds familiar (Acts 6:4). So after 7-8 years of disobedience, God forced them to obedience by a persecution (Acts 8:1), and the apostles still didn’t get it as they stayed. Twenty-one years later (Acts 15) the Jerusalem contingent is still arguing about cultural conformity issues (circumcision, etc) while Paul had been doing the work Jesus had commissioned them to do.

2 comments on “Physical Healing is Not Kingdom Optional

  1. Radical and true are your words they are diametrical to the world’s,”pop a pill” or go see Dr.Cutinsteen with dollar signs in his pupils culture.Preach it brother! Thanks,Chuck

  2. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus told the apostles to go and make disciples. They stayed and ran a Bible study and prayer meeting—sounds familiar (Acts 6:4). So after 7-8 years of disobedience, God forced them to obedience by a persecution (Acts 8:1), and the apostles still didn’t get it as they stayed. Twenty-one years later (Acts 15) the Jerusalem contingent is still arguing about cultural conformity issues (circumcision, etc) while Paul had been doing the work Jesus had commissioned them to do.

    Well stated! Here we are in 2011 still trying to get it right and build the “church” or a reasonable facsimile there of. discussing theology, arguing our bible points, heresy hunting but still have NOT gone into the highways and byways. I have been learning one painful lesson…it is when you get “out there” that you find out what you really do or don’t have.

    As tom skinner so simply put it, “You are the light of the world”….”Do you understand that light only makes sense in darkness!”

    As I venture into the highways and byways I am beginning learn about what’s real. As a friend told me, “if you really want to know about healing, why don’t you top debating and studying it and use that time to go to the hospitals and visit with, and love and pray for the sick!

    Thank god He sent persecution to chase them out of Jerusalem so that they were scattered abroad “preaching the word”. It’s time we get out of our “comfort zones” whether living rooms or sanctuaries.

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