Does God want to heal me?

I know this is a very sensitive question as many Christians struggle with all kinds of illness, depression, mental illness and genetic disorders.

Note that the question is not, “Can God heal me?”

We know that God can.

If God can create the universe by speaking words, he can do anything.

The reason I ask is because some churches are teaching that Jesus died to take away all ours sins and sicknesses.  They teach that physical health demonstrates a robust faith and physical weakness, or illness, demonstrates a weak faith. Health is therefore an indicator of the strength of one’s faith.

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A word on the Word of Faith movement

One of the characteristics of the Word of Faith Movement is that it emphasizes physical healing.

According to them Jesus’ atonement not only secured our spiritual healing, but our physical healing too.  Christians should simply claim God’s promises by faith and the sick will be made well and the ill restored.   Sickness and disease are enemies from Satan and God wants his people to be healthy and prosperous.

If, as a Christian, you are not healed it is because you do not have enough faith or because you have unrepentant sin in your life.

Many Christians as a result have left Word of Faith churches disillusioned and damaged.

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Is the gift of healing for today? (Guest blog)

healingThere is a lot of disagreement among Christians on this question. Some believe that we should be seeing healing and miracles all the time in the church, while others believe that these gifts faded away with the foundations that the apostles laid in the early church.

In a previous post I argued that the gift of working of miracles is not for today.  In this post Alistair Anderton argues the same for the gift of healing. 

The book of Acts in the New Testament has many accounts of miraculous healing.  Acts 3 is a classic:

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