Scriptural Healing and Counterfeit Phenomenon

A couple who are on my email list sent me and some others the following request (followed by my answer):

Here is what I would like to see explained.  Healings (and other signs and wonders) which were performed by Jesus, and then by His apostles:  What place do they have NOW in the Christian church?  In church history, when did the mass healings stop?  As we know, they have been resurrected during the past (??) years by men such as Benny Hinn, and many others, who have turned out to be charlatans and frauds.  The “revivals” in Florida, in which some people barked like a dog, and in Brownsville, TX – I believe they both turned out to be false. And now Dan Bohi in the COTN.  I don’t know how our leadership views him.  So – how are we to judge what is authentic and of God, and what is not of God?  I know that all MUST be based on the truth of God’s word.  And the Word of God does teach healing.  But obviously this has been skewed and abused.  Answers??  I have become very cautious because of so many voices out there, and yet do not want to quench anything that is genuinely of God.

My Answer:

I am more familiar with the first people you referenced but know very little about Dan Bohi (although I have heard his dad sing several times as a song evangelist) mainly because I have not been paying much attention about him one way or the other.  I am aware of some of the criticism about him but have not verified it personally, so will not discuss him.

Actually, I only know of the other matters by way of cursory observation and have learned enough to say I want no part in any of it.  What I have seen is quite foreign to biblical evangelism and revival and is akin to demon possession, if not actually demon possession.  I try to stay away from that stuff.  A few times I got inadvertently closer to some of it than I was comfortable with and got away as quickly as I could.

Your question, “When did mass healings stop?” is easy enough to answer.  It never began, at least it never existed in the form you see it in through these people you mention.  There were divine healings in the ministries of the Apostles and Paul, as well as those Jesus performed.  Sometimes they included numbers of people but could never be rightly called mass healings.  Each time they occurred, they always pointed to the gospel message and never took “center stage.”  When they did occur, their purpose was always the gospel of grace, not some “gospel” of healing. 

Gifts of healing continued in a general sense, but were no more prominent than were any other gift of the Spirit and were always individual and low-key as it concerned the gift.  That is how it is today—and the gospel of Jesus is to save the world, not heal everyone, not make everyone rich, and certainly not to amaze people with wonders.

I have made a moderate study of some of the so-called charismatic movements and have discovered in some of them the actual presence of demon activity.  One charismatic leader, Andrew Strom, has spent a lot of effort exposing some of the extremes of the kundalini activities.  Three of his You Tube’s are:

False Spirits Invade The Church- Pt 1

False Spirits Invade The Church- Pt 2

False Spirits Invade The Church- Pt 3

The “Kundalini Awakening” is a bizarre expression of Yoga from Hinduism.  You might start to get the connection from that into the postmodern/new age emergent movement that is quieter but no less evil.  Interestingly, “kundalini” means “coiled” and many people are thrust into unbelievable bodily distortions when under demonic control.  Reiki is part of that element.  It is of Japanese origin and supposedly involves palm healing or hands on healing whereby practitioners believe that they are transferring universal energy (have you watched Benny Hinn lately?).

One of the best hidden things is the high level of demon activities among civilized people.  They are as gross as a culture will tolerate but can be just as effective in civilized disguise.  Their sole objective is to undermine the Lord Jesus Christ and His work.  That means they will mislead as many as who will pay attention to them and those who will be careless about prayer that prevails.  Prayer warfare is the best approach in dealing with this error.

John Henderson (Dr. Gran Pa)

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9 responses to “Scriptural Healing and Counterfeit Phenomenon

  1. If Dr. Henderson would like, I could get him some info on Mr. Bohi, including things he himself has said that are at the VERY LEAST questionable statements not supported by Scripture.

  2. Wow. I haven’t seen the cessationist card pulled out in a while. Sounds more Reformed than Wesleyan. One thing for sure: to reject healing in the Body of Christ is to reject the very foundations of the gospel. I have always incorporated healing times in all of my services the entire 17 years I have been pastor of my present church, and the last few years more than ever. I would love to tell you of the miracles I have seen, and the resulting salvations that followed many of them. However, I think some would find a way to attach “Kundalini” to it and grieve away any Holy Spirit anointing. Odd that John Wesley himself was a healer (even going so far as laying hands on his lame horse). I say thank God for Dan Bohi, by the way. We need more like him out on the front lines bringing in the anointed full gospel to the “masses”. We whine about emergence, we whine about being too “Pentecostal”. Sheesh…why not just change the name to First Baptist? If we are not careful the sign will read “Ichabod”.

  3. Mr. Lynch,

    First and foremost, you have a misconception of cessationism. Cessationists do not assert that God does not act through providence or do miracles; what they assert is that God does not do miracles through a particular person as He did through the apostles. The times of miracles as done through people is finished. Yes, God can and does heal people, and may even heal miraculously according to His Sovereign will, but that is to be done in His time and in His way. He is not a “cosmic bellhop” to be summoned at our pleasure like some in the charismatic/pentecostal movement assert.

    Second, your view of the Holy Spirt being able to be grieved away tells me that you mistake an emotional atmosphere for the Holy Spirit. That’s a real pity, because that was the same error I saw in the Assemblies of God, the denomination with which I once was involved. They constantly thought that it was the Holy Spirit whenever there was any sort of emotional provoking in the church (funny how driving drum rhythms and pop-song like praise choruses seem to encourage this sort of emotionalism, eh?). The God I worship is not dependent upon man for His presence and work. He is sovereign over man, not subservient to him. Give me a God who really is God any day over a God who wrings His hands passively in hopes that man does the right thing-impossible since we all sin.

    Third, John Wesley did not consider himself a “healer” in the charismatic sense. Yes, he was more open minded to God operating in a supernatural way, but in no way did he consider himself a healer like Mr. Bohi asserts of himself. On the contrary, Wesley deplored many of the things championed by the modern church bearing his name (like dependence upon emotionalism). Wesley, like his contemporaries Whitfield and Edwards, distrusted external displays such as are seen in many churches now, and it’s fair to say that Wesley would not have approved of the altar call as well.

    Dan Bohi in one of his sermons claims that people were raised from the dead (See his two part sermon “Walking in the Spirit” which can be found online). I have contacted him and asked for documentation/verification for this, and neither he nor anybody in his ministry has responded. It seems to me that, if Mr. Bohi had this power and it is easily verifiable, he would not have any issue producing evidence.

    In addition, if Mr. Bohi really has this gift of healing, I’d like to know why he’s not spending his time in hospitals performing his gift of healing on people in cancer wards, amputations, and other such real and visible maladies. It’s always odd that, like Benny Hinn, Oral Roberts, Kenneth Copeland, and Kenneth Hagin, Bohi is never in a hospital.

    furthermore, I suggest you check the documentation of things done at http://simplyagape.blogspot.com where Tim Wirth has on record some of the unscriptural things Mr. Bohi has asserted. Mr Wirth has done an excellent job going through things said by Mr. Bohi and weighing them in accordance with Scripture.

    And let me also suggest John MacArthur’s book CHARISMATIC CHAOS. You may not like his points, but MacArthur constantly runs back to the Word of God for his arguments-the WHOLE Word of God. Not just the parts that fit his liking.

  4. Dear “enterthevein”. You lost me my friend, at “cosmic bellhop”. Are you sure it’s me that is failing to understand? My blessings to you. It will take a sovereign act of God I see, to apprehend your misunderstandings and turn them toward His Truth. I hold a great hope that He will visit you in some supernatural way and shake the scales from your eyes. You will then see a very large God that has loved us more than you seem to realize at this point in time. We must all pass that way on the way to inhabit this present Kingdom of Heaven on earth. I can only hope and pray that you someday see even a small portion of the glorious ministry that Jesus has provided for His lambs that I have. It will suffice you more than a thousand lessons by a thousand misled and scurrilous Calvinists like John MacArthur. I am not your enemy. Be blessed.

    Kevin

  5. Divine healing is a wonderful thing and since the time of Jesus, physical healing has been a part of the Church’s history. Some portions of Church history have been less than others. I believe that both physical and mental healings involving a variety of infirmities have, and are still, taking place. I might add that not everyone is healed as in the case of the Apostle Paul; however, God gives grace to overcome our lot in life if He should choose not to heal. How and when, God inspired, Divine healing takes place is in God’s providence and power. True! False healers will always be present to distort the true as seen in Acts Chapter [19: 13-16]

    Jesus said in John [14:12] “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” Here Christ’s power is revealed in His own person, intended to become a part of His entire future Church. The word greater was never intended that His followers would actually perform greater acts of healing, but the effect their miracles would have on mankind. The word works goes beyond miracles, and includes all acts of ministry that makes a Godly impression on mankind for Christ. I think James had it right concerning works and faith.

    Witness to the truth of this is found in the early Church Acts [5:15-16] “So that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.” Acts [19:11-12] “Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.” And in Acts [20:9-10, 12] “And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep. He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, ‘Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him.’ And they brought the young man in alive, and they were not a little comforted.”

    I do not know if the person who wrote John will read this or not, but i sincerely hope this answers his question on healing in some small way.

  6. As providence would have it, our pastor preached this morning on “Spiritual Gifts – One Body, Many Members” which I believe was appropriate for this post and especially Pentecost Sunday emphasizing the role of the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ. No doubt there were many similar sermons preached across our nations Churches this morning in varying degrees depending upon their belief, and intended purpose. No one in a few paragraphs or one sermon can cover the breath or depth of the mission of the Church and its function in our world today. Paul’s approach is the closest in his letter to the Romans and Corinthians.

    In Romans [12:4-11] Paul writes; “For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;” Here Paul perceives the Church as a devise group of believers being many as one body with different tasks or functions to perform utilizing each one gift according to the grace given them. Paul cautions about being careful when judging another’s gift and gives several proofs of one’s gift and how he or she uses it.

    Spiritual gifts are not to be confused with talent, natural or learned, as some believe today. Gifts can only be given by the Holy Spirit and no one possesses all the gifts as some may wish to think. 1Corinthians [12:26-31] Paul wrote; “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way. ” Here Paul points out the law of diminish and return emphasizing the perils or danger that exists in the body of Christ when the body fails to recognize or exercise the gift bestowed within the body according to the grace of God that works within the membership. Paul list those gifts that will best serve the Church and advance the cause of Christ. Paul shows us in the following chapter that if these things are not done in love it means very little and will avail nothing.

  7. Kevin – you say “a thousand misled and scurrilous Calvinists like John MacArthur”, but you have not backed up your statement with any SCRIPTURAL PROOF of your accusation. I’m not here to debate Calvinism – that is not my point AT ALL, but if you want to discuss Scripture to make an accusational “misled” statement regarding a group of people (no matter who they are), then do so and Manny and many others will be absolutely delighted to open the Word and discuss Scripture, based on Scripture. But your “name-call association” without any proof or context is nothing more than “answering a matter before he hear it” (Proverbs 18:13)

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