Part 8: "Are Faith Healers Legit?". “If we admit God, must we admit Miracle? Indeed, indeed, you have security against it. That is the bargain. Theology says to you in effect, ‘Admit God and with Him the risk of a few miracles.’” ~ C. S. Lewis.
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“If we admit God, must we admit Miracle? Indeed, indeed, you have security against it. That is the bargain. Theology says to you in effect, ‘Admit God and with Him the risk of a few miracles.’”
~ C. S. Lewis
“The New Testament writers do not record Jesus’ healing illnesses that simply caused inconvenience, temporary hardship or minor pain. They were all substantial infirmities, many incurable, and all resulting in the person afflicted being cut off from normal society until restoration occurred.”
~ Keith Warrington
“These were signs adapted to the time. They were done for a betokening, and it passed away.“
~ St. Augustine, on Miracles
“Miracles were distinctively the authentication of the Apostles. They were part of the credentials of the apostles as the authoritative agents of God in founding the church. Their function thus confined them to distinctively the Apostolic Church, and they necessarily passed away with it."
“I believe that God is always operating on a supernatural level. He intervenes supernaturally in nature and in human affairs even today. I believe God can heal people apart from natural or medical remedies. I believe all things are possible with God. His power has not diminished in the least since the days of the early church.”
~ John McArthur Jr.
but the age of miracle workers
~ Robert L. Thomas
"Miraculous gifts appear on the biblical scene only during periods of prophecy and/or new revelation. With the close of the canon of Scripture, the completion of the New Testament revelation, we would therefore expect a cessation of miraculous gifts.”
~ William McRrae
“To argue that Jesus has withdrawn his healing ministry from the church today is to argue that he has also withdrawn his compassion from the church. But if we believe in a compassionate Saviour, we ought to have confidence in his desire to heal in the church today.”
~ Jack Deere
“The sign gifts had a unique purpose: to give the apostles credentials, that is, to let the people know that these men all spoke the truth of God. Once the Word of God was inscripturated, the sign gifts were no longer needed and they ceased."”
~ John McArthur Jr.
"Many have chosen the option of locking several of the spiritual gifts into the first century, lest some explanation be required for their presence in the church today. I would prefer to allow the Holy Spirit the broadest latitude to produce in Christ's body any gift in any age as He sees fit."
~ Dr. Kenneth O. Gangel, Dallas Theological Seminary
“The greatest miracle in the world is that God loves us and his Son died for us. “
~ Jack Deere
Always Dramatic & Obvious Often Unseen & Subjective
Immediate & Complete Gradual & Partial (stages)
Gave home turf advantage Claim home turf advantage
Plain & Simple Flamboyant and Entertaining
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and human beings, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.”
~ 1 Timothy 2:5-6 (TNIV)
“Very truly I tell you, all who have faith in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
~ John 14:12 (TNIV)
“People of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.”
~ Acts 2:22 (TNIV)
“Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
~ John 20:30-31 (TNIV)
“I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.”
~ 2 Corinthians 12:12 (TNIV)
“This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.”
~ Hebrews 2:3-4 (TNIV)
“Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.”
~ 1 Timothy 5:23 (TNIV)
“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
~ Matthew 26:39 (TNIV)
“Is any one of you sick? Call the elders of the church to pray over you and anoint you with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make you well; the Lord will raise you up. If you have sinned, you will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
~ James 5:14-16 (TNIV)