I have taken quite the break from the Spiritual Gifts series. I’m really glad I did. Some of my views have changed within the past few months, and I’ve made just a few edits to my Tongues/Interpretation of Tongues post. I’m mostly a Cessationlist now (I think spiritual gifts of the apostles have ceased), however, tongues, in particular, I think most do not actually have it, but I think some genuinely do.
Regarding miracles or healings, I believe the Lord can heal and give us miracles, and He answers prayers for healing. I do not think others themselves have the gift of healing/miracles. If they did, why not visit hospitals and heal sick kids? Not once do we see any of these proclaimed healers do so. They tend to try to pick people in which the illness can’t be seen physically if it is fixed or not. There is such a thing as people feel obligated in front of big crowds to pretend they are healed out of fear, and others think they are healed merely by an adrenaline rush of everyone getting excited around them. But as soon as the excitement is gone… the illness/pain is not. Many people have stories about this. Please see: Justin Peters | Clouds Without Water Session 3: The Hurt Of Healing & Fake Healing Videos Evaluated Todd White, Tom Fischer, & More by Mike Winger.
Faith healers are very selective about who they heal for this reason. I recommend Justin Peter’s testimony. He has cerebral palsy. He has attended MANY faith healing events since he was a teen, and often is told to go away, Why? His illness is PHYSICAL. It’s obvious and that threatens “faith” healers for being called out. If you would like a short, 4-minute video in which Justin Peters covers the power of suggestion and psychosomatic tricks regarding faith healing, see this clip (the video is not from Justin Peter’s channel): Todd White Is A False Healer.
I do not believe God uses individuals to stretch out legs that create “healings.” (I have witnessed this firsthand.) I’ve seen many “faith” healers debunked. Justin Peters in the above video poses the question if people truly could heal why don’t they go up to an amputee and heal them? They won’t because they can’t actually heal like in the days of Jesus and the Apostles. The miracles Jesus did were immediate and obvious. People did see limbs completely healed before their eyes, no trick of a lengthening leg. See: Todd White Doubles Down On False Leg Lengthening Miracle by Fighting 4 Faith
I’m grateful God allowed me the opportunity to postpone going over the gift of prophecy as I would have had a similar mindset as my original thoughts on dreams. As I have shared, I no longer think God uses dreams for prophecy purposes (see the beginning of Hebrews 1, God speaks not through the prophets now, but Jesus Christ), and I think sharing dreams, on public platforms should be wisely considered before doing so. We don’t want to make proclamations about God that are not true. And just because something is true from a dream still does not make it from God. Please see my recant: Why I Took Down My Dream Posts & Series | Recant
This post isn’t to convince you or to change your views on spiritual gifts. I wasn’t convinced by one discussion, either. But in studying the topic and hearing multiple people, their testimonies, and hearing their research, and scripture… that changed my perspective.
I encourage you to explore what you know as truth because if it is the truth then it is a solid foundation that will NOT have any holes in it. That’s why the testament, the Gospel of Jesus Christ stands. It can be tested and questioned heavily and yet it stands. All we have to do is invest the time.
Listen, our faith IS NOT TO BE BLIND!
The debate on spiritual gifts is not a core of salvation, people can disagree, and that’s okay! Thursday’s post will cover the spiritual gift of faith, see you then. 🙂
Community Prayer for July 2020
Monthly Scripture – (NKJ) Psalm 85:08, “I will hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people and to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly.”
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