Biblical Teaching that puts an emphasis on certain parts of the bible over others creates a toxic environment and a group mentality that causes division, strife, and conflict, as all others find themselves having to adopt to this in balanced teaching, as being the authoritarian doctrine of God, or they are told ‘they are not true believers, and there is something wrong with them’.
Much of the time, misapplied teachings stem from an authoritarian doctrine that is man-made, which is when a person(s) misconstrue, twist, or skew sound biblical teaching, to fit their own biases.
This creates a closed group, shutting down the body from using All the gifts, of which Love is the greatest!
When biblical teaching emphasizes a must do of adopting certain off the mark principles such as ‘healing’ where persons are supposed to just believe in Faith they are healed, it creates a narrow and myopic perspective of what God intended for the body.
Although instructors can be selective about which parts of the bible to be particular about, I chose the topic of healing as this seems to be a common one that is often misrepresented by those who seek after these manifestations, instead of admonishing believers to maintain a balanced perspective incorporating All biblical principles into one’s life generating a Faith based lifestyle.
Jesus never taught that All persons are to be healed or relieved of their suffering. For if we have no suffering and no one is ever sick, then wouldn’t we be in our perfected state, out of our bodies, and be living in our eternal realm, in heaven?
Also, the shed blood of Jesus, was not done so for our just our physical/mental healing.
His shed blood was to reconcile us to God, healing our spiritual state. Persons who ‘claim’ by ‘His stripes I am healed’, are putting a demand onto God, that was never intended.
This sort of over-emphasis on healing also reeks of ‘works’ or getting healing by building up our own belief that we are healed, where one has to repeat this to themselves over and over to convince themselves they are healed, but not yet healed, but it is coming at some time in the future.
Persons have been terrifically hurt due to this belief ‘that everyone should be healed’ by many Christians and many leaders who are forcing this way of believing onto their congregations and not aligning themselves to the entire gospel. This places shame, guilt, judgement, and dismisses the teaching that Jesus told to Paul as he suffered greatly from some physical ailment, “My Grace is Sufficient for you.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
For when persons having this mentality approaches those with long-term, or chronic conditions, they tend to demand they believe they are healed, and when they do not become healed, then comes the assaults as to why they are not healed; ‘you do not have enough Faith’, ‘you must have sin in your life’, ‘you are not listening to God’, ‘you are being rebellious’, etc.
This sounds more judgmental than walking in the midst of adversity with one another by Lovingly supporting, encouraging, and doing what we can to comfort in being present bearing one another’s burdens as taught in Galations 6:2.
Persons suffering long-term ailments or conditions find themselves at the brunt end of these callous statements and find themselves not accepted, not heard, and dismissed by the certain believers in the body of Christ.
Persons who over-emphasize these works in regards to healing manifestations over walking in the midst of difficulties by God’s Grace, whether physical/mental, in His Strength, skew the meaning of Grace, and reject Jesus teachings to love above all.
Why would God give His Grace other than to apply it, and use it to walk in the midst of adversity, difficult life challenges, and/or intense sufferings?
This teaching of ‘healing’ needs to be balanced within the scope of the entire scriptures and put into how it was meant to be. Yes, God heals, but He does not, nor has He ever stated in the bible that healing is to be meant for everyone who suffers.
When we lack compassion by demanding others bow to our belief they must ‘walk in their healing’ whether they feel it or not, this sort of teaching spurs belief that we must deny our circumstances, reject any emotional responses to circumstances and reject the human being God created us in having numerous feelings and emotion states.
This causes people to not be real about what we are experiencing and often having to hide behind a pretense of being OK, to avoid these types of attacks on their faith or character.
We do pray for God to heal others, touching their bodies, knowing all things are possible in the supernatural ability of God, but when a person does not become healed, we do not cast them aside as some sort of pariah, discounting their worth as if they have done the worst sin, casting them outside of the warmth of love Christ teaches us to show and be to all.
When persons to not become healed, we can continue praying, but we also must continue walking with them, hand in hand as the brothers and sisters God has gifted to us in helping to support, encourage, lift up, and edify them to aid them in whatever illness they are having to endure.
This lopsided over-emphasis on healing over other biblical principles, dismisses any responsibility on the person to prioritize Love, as spoken of in 1 Peter 4:8 and 1 Corinthians 13:13 that Love is the greatest gift to obtain.
Scriptures state Jesus learned Obedience through the things He suffered and so do we. (Hebrews 5:8)
Suffering, difficulties, hardships, will always be part of life as long as we live in the death of our bodies as humans journeying in our earthly flesh upon this earth. We will never eradicate our humanity as we have been created in the image of the Triune Godhead, man and woman, to glorify Him in all we are, in all we do and in all of whom He is forming us to become.
It is in the midst of suffering we are to turn our eyes on Jesus, asking His Holy Spirit to fill by equipping us with His Strength and Grace to walk in any adversity, Trusting in Him to get us through it.
It is in the flux of life coming at us in the often unexpected adversity that we come face to face with in life we learn to depend, rely and dig in deeper to God, His Word, in abiding in the Spirit led life.
Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister
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