The Big Disconnect:
Divine Healing in The Body of Christ
By Jim Lynn, © 2015
"A Church without a
is like a restaurant without a kitchen!"
Is your Church a healing center for the chronically
Most likely not, and here's the reason why. There is a big diconnect in many Christian
denominations that denies a direct relationship between one's physical health and their faith. Neither do the
doctrines within these "Christian" churches believe in a biblical mandate to minister to the sick.
According to the World Christian Encyclopedia,
approximately 16 million adherents walk away from Church each year and do not return. The reason most often
cited? Believers find a wide gap between what they are taught in Church
and what God's Word tells them about sickness and healing.
Because God’s love and healing are not being
ministered to them biblically, many adherents walk away from Church (and their faith), physically hurting and
spiritually wounded. As a result, disillusionment is at an all time high and Church growth is at an all time
This spiritual crisis has created crucial theological questions
within fundamentalist churches surrounding one of Christendom’s most profound tenets. Does God heal the sick
today, and if so, how?
Proponents say yes, God heals the sick. God always has and always will
heal the sick through “divine” or “spiritual” intervention, including miracles. Opponents say God certainly can heal the sick should He choose to do so, but add: The days of
God’s direct intervention in the affairs of man are over. Therefore whatever healing God performs must be
enacted through God’s providence acting through natural law.
So the big question has become not whether God can heal. The big
question has become how God heals. This debate over how God heals has in turn, unfortunately, created yet
another spiritual crisis. Over the years, many (if not most) fundamentalist churches have lost sight of the importance of divine healing within the Church
Today, there are few fundamentalist churches that embrace
healing ministries. Leaders within most churches still encourage their congregations to pray for and to visit
the sick, but do not minister to the sick through a healing ministry in a spiritual healing capacity. This
protocol has led to yet another manifestation.
Since many denominational sects do not engage in
healing ministries, the first port of call for most believers, when confronted with illness, is no longer God,
but rather secular medicine. This is most unfortunate.
The theological debate should not be over how God heals today.
What is it to anyone how God heals, whether it be through divine providence or through healing miracles. This
endless debate over how God heals goes nowhere and is very costly.
If you find yourself engaged in this debate, lay
your argument aside for a moment to consider this one foundational biblical truth (upon which all other biblical
truths are built).
God is Our Healer! (Exodus 15:26, Psalm
Whatever else God’s Scheme of Redemption and God’s Word may mean
to us, we must understand that Jesus Christ is the Great Physician (In every sense of the
It is through this truth and understanding that all believers
can together embrace both salvation and physical healing within the Church: Without the need to prove or
disprove how God heals.
Churches who lack a divine call to minister to the sick overlook a
larger truth. It is God’s wisdom, His eternal nature and purpose to save
and heal: In fact, the words, save and heal mean much the same: They mean to
restore, to make whole, to save, to heal (body, in spirit, and soul).
It is God’s intent that through the Church the
manifold wisdom of God should be made known, according to His eternal purposes, which he accomplished in Christ
Jesus our Lord. In him we can approach God with freedom and confidence. (Ephesians 3:10-12). This includes
salvation and healing, as both are God’s wisdom and eternal purpose (Isaiah 53:4-5).
Many churches have forgotten this foundational, spiritual truth and are paying
the price. In practical terms it means a Church without a healing ministry is like a restaurant without a
kitchen! neither is very satisfying.
Isaiah 53:4-5 tells us that Jesus paid the price for both our eternal
salvation and healing of our physical body. Similar verses are found throughout Scripture (Deuteronomy 32:39, I
Isaiah 53:4-5 and other verses are not intended to
diminish science or modern medicine. But, friend, God does not require
science and medicine to heal. He only requires our permission and faith. Beyond that, God calls “things that are not as though they were” (Romans 4:17). He alone is
the source of salvation. He alone is the source of healing, be it through either divine providence or direct
intervention in our lives. Can we come to grips with this eternal truth?
Though many will disagree; in churches where
salvation is treated apart from healing, salvation has often become a
matter of convenience requiring little
faith. Most people are willing to conform their lives to
Christianity, to live a moral existence with a hope for the resurrection. They count themselves faithful if
they attend Church regularly. That's the extent of faith, unfortunately, for many Christians today. Unless
Christians today are forced to renounce their faith or suffer consequences, there is little to challenge
The kind of faith that heals, however, comes from a
much deeper conviction. It actively calls upon God's power and authority with unwavering certainty to restore
the human body to wholeness free of disease. That's not the kind of faith the world likes or
The implication of this kind of faith goes far
beyond intellectual faith and being faithful to attend Church. This kind of faith:
Stands squarely against the world and medical tests that says a person has cancer and has two months to
Defies Church Doctrine, which does not believe in divine healing.
Falls with conviction and certainty upon an unseen all-powerful God that He will fulfill His Word.
That, friends, is the kind of faith Jesus had in
mind when he lamented, "O faithless and perverse generation" (Matthew 17:17).
Could this explain why so few are healed in our
churches over prayer? It certainly explains why so many have left the Church looking to secular medicine for
Consider the affect lack of healing has on those who ask for
prayer in churches where the focus on faith is in salvation alone. Faith in divine healing in such churches
is more often treated as an after thought. The leaders in these churches do not know how to minister to the
sick, because; they themselves do not understand God’s healing nature, what Christ paid for, or the
relationship between sickness and sin, and spiritual health.
Jesus had much to say about faith and healing. So much so,
divine healing remains the place where “the rubber meets the road” of all faith. It explains why so few
churches serve as healing centers today.
Faith in God's promise to heal is what separates
men of faith in God, from carnal men who cower in fear or disbelief. This kind of faith is not intellectual or
born of doctrine. It is a soul-searching conviction (born of God's Word), which touches the very heart of
The world accepts faith as an element for salvation. The world does not
accept faith for divine healing. Faith to heal is dangerous because it
confronts the worldview of science and medicine. It puts the believer
at odds with his neighbors, and otherwise bold Church leaders who fear confrontation should they advocate divine
healing in their churches.
When confronted with unexplainable healing, certain Church leaders are
hesitant to call the healing a miracle. They’d rather seek the safety of calling the healing
God’s providence working through
natural law. They do so out of fear of repercussion by others both in and out of the Church. Were these Church
leaders to call the healing a miracle, it would force them to reconsider their own belief and teaching. They
would be confronted by disbelieving brethren and be subject to public ridicule, something they want to
Like Jesus’ disciples in their boat in rough sea, we want to
profess our faith but prefer the safety of the boat (which can sink). Humanity seems to work that way, and we
can be sure Satan knows this as well.
It is the considered belief of this author that the doctrine
that teaches; whatever healing God performs must be enacted through God’s providence acting through natural
law, is an anathema unto God. It has caused many to leave the Church and their faith. It limits God in our
lives and satisfies the demands of this evil world we live in.
Why we want to limit God and pigeon hole the
working of His eternal purpose to heal the sick is beyond my knowing. But doing so has had disastrous affect
upon the faith of millions of believers.