A church that does not teach healing is like a school that does not teach maths. As important as maths is to a
school’s curriculum, so important is divine healing to a church’s teaching. However, there are many churches
that ignore or oppose the teaching on divine healing. There are various reasons for this.
1. Many churches do not teach divine healing because they do not know the New Testament.
They have one foot in the Old and another in the New Testament. A testament is a will, an arrangement,
a covenant or an agreement. The New Testament, which actually begins from the book of Acts is the
new covenant or new arrangement of God. It was after Jesus’ death that this will came into effect.
The new convent of God is explained in Hebrews 8: 8-13
8 For finding fault with them, He saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with
the house of Israel and with the house of Judah :
9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the
day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant,
and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after
those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a
God, and they shall be to me a people :
11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man His
brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
13 In that He saith, A new covenant, He hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
This new covenant is not like the covenant that He made with the Israelites when He lead them out of Egypt. Jesus
is our mediator in this better covenant; and in calling this covenant ‘new’ God has made the first old. The Old
Covenant has passed away just as a new will always negates or makes obsolete, the old.
2. The wholesome teaching of divine healing is absent in churches that are fellowshipping first with the fellowship,
rather than with the Father. 1 John 1: 3 says, “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you,
that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ."
The members of a fellowship, especially those who teach, must first truly fellowship, by the power and guidance of the
Holy Spirit, with the Father and His Son, Jesus. Only then there can be true fellowship and sound doctrine in a church.
3. Another reason why many churches do not teach healing is the fear of failure. The persistent doubt is, “What if
nothing happens?” The fear that miracles may not happen has kept many from praying for healing. The only way
to dispel that fear and to put that devil of doubt to shame is to remember God’s faithfulness. God never changes.
He never fails. Along the way, we may meet failure because we failed. Whenever a person inexperienced in divine
healing steps out to pray for the sick, the devils gang up against him and put enormous pressure on him to
discourage him at the very outset. But by the grace of God, such must learn to persevere and prevail.
4. Divine healing cannot be understood or taught as long as we try explaining the scriptures in the light of our
experiences. What we see and feel and experience is true, and cannot be denied. But it is not the whole truth.
When Jesus went to Jairus’ house, Jairus’ little daughter was dead. There were mourners weeping over the
dead body. She truly was dead. All life had gone out of her. Yet Jesus boldly declared, “She is not dead!” Jesus,
the Word made flesh, Jesus the Resurrection and the Life was standing a few feet from the dead body and so death
the lesser or temporal truth, had to give way to the greater truth of Life and Resurrection. The Word of God is the
truth – the whole truth. If our experiences don’t match the word of God which says, “….by Whose stripes ye were
healed” (1 Peter 2:24), we need to work on our experiences and bring them in line with God’s word, instead of
interpreting God’s word from our experiences.
5. Sickness among ministers and godly people have kept many from pressing on towards complete healing.
(For more details, see the chapter
"Why people with strong faith and godly lives are sick ?")
6. Sadly, healing - God’s provision through Calvary, is seen as a controversial issue. To teach healing would be to
stir up the hornet’s nest. As a result, this great and vital aspect of the finished work of Jesus has been ignored,
denied or side-stepped. Few will deny that Jesus heals even today, but how many churches and Bible training
institutions avoid teaching divine healing as a basic birthright, as the children’s bread. Men and women in such
places, usually prefer the honor that comes from men than the honour that comes from God.
If your church does not teach healing, then please join a fellowship of Bible-believing Christians. This is our earnest
plea. Who would want to go to a school that does not teach maths anyway?
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