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.
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:
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)