I started responding to a question I received on this blog, realized that the answer would be a long one, so I decided to answer in the form of a post. The question was:
Can you give some info on Why we don’t see many healing miracles in the Western culture. Is it a lack faith by those praying for others to be healed? I don’t like pulling single scriptures out to back up my point but there are a few that talk about faith the size of a mustard seed or Jesus said we would great things than this etc. I feel frustrated when I see and pray for people who are in for example a wheelchair and their own desire is to be healed by God?
Sorry for the delayed response. Great questions. We do have miracles associated with many ministries in the West, but not only are they fewer than in the early 20th century (in my opinion), but there is a definite resistance to any kind of reporting of Christian ministries in our day, other than scandals. I certainly detect an anti-Christian spirit developing in the US, but it is even more advanced in Europe. If for example, a blind person was healed in your ministry, no news outlet would carry it, and even so, it would probably be an obscure “documentary” about “religious craziness” showing at 1.00am and featuring you with Indian mystics and David Blaine.
So, just as God spoke to Elijah about him not being alone and 7,000 being reserved who had not bowed their knee to Baal, the same is true today. There are many miracles occurring in the US and in Europe. In churches across the land, by itinerant evangelists, in countless healing rooms, healings are occurring – real, verifiable healings. In my 5 years in healing rooms, we had bad blood tests becoming good, bad X-Rays and MRIs coming back good, and people released form chronic pain and set free. I have seen deafness healed, diabetes healed, double vision restored instantly and my own horrible prognosis for my shoulder (“your only option is surgery!”) discarded by God – now I’m back lifting weights – no surgery.
It is all there, but you’ll never see it in a paper or on TV. Rather, in unheralded meetings and in healing rooms all over the US, people ARE getting healed. Is it as much as I would like? Clearly not! Any why not? I continue to maintain that our current crop of pastors and teachers are largely unbelievers in the area of healing and the miraculous. You shouldn’t take a fly swatter to a gun fight, which is what these dear ones do. They proclaim loudly that they believe but their actions belie their words. They don’t preach healing, don’t demonstrate it, and in the rare instances that they mention healing, they twist it to their experience and strip it of any power…
- “He heals sometimes…”
- “If it is His will, you’ll be healed…”
- “God’s will is for you to be sick…”
- “Sickness will build your character…”
- “How else would we die…?”
- “Sometimes He answers Yes, sometimes No, sometimes Wait…”
- “This sickness is to make you humble/teach you patience/(add any excuse you like) …”
- “What about Job?”
- “What about Paul’s Thorn?…”
- “What about Trophimus, who Paul left sick…”
I could go on and on. Essentially they are out there preaching myths and fables and not healing. That’s what all the above junk is. So we don’t get healing. God does not work through laymen (bottom-up) – He works through pastors (top-down). So no matter how on fire you are, if your pastor is a big ball of faithlessness in the area of miracles and healing, that’s the atmosphere you’ll have. You will be pulling uphill and you will have less success than if you had a believing pastor. God respects His order in the church, regardless of whether you are right and the pastor is wrong. That just the way it works.
So I could go on – we don’t have serious prayer or intercession in most churches, we seldom hear sermons on healing, there’s no way we can have sustained explosions of widespread healing as long as the present situation continues. God confirms His Word with signs following… No word of healing, no confirmation. The good thing is that you can find places where the pastor is leading the healing revival, places where they pray, teach, preach, and demonstrate healing. They exist, absolutely and God is doing amazing stuff in those places.
I may continue in this vein later… Blessings.