“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Tim 3:5 (KJV)
I’ve often been amazed at some services I’ve had the, um, reluctance to attend, but because of special circumstances, you could say I was “remanded” to having to attend. I was a drug addict and told I would be in the program for a year. Alright, that’s the condition and I accepted such. What I could not accept was “services” I had to attend, particular on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday evening, after which they’d have a so-called “healing service” which took place after the preaching and/or teaching. They’d announce, “If anyone have any sickness in their body or mind, come forward and receive healing.” And, some did. And just as many “came” for healing, the same amount “left” with whatever it was they brought up front!
Now, those who confessed having a “pain” in their body or mind, well, take an aspirin! That’s the remedy I would have suggested. Those who had chronic pain, see a doctor, is my counsel. But NEVER had I seen anyone who, say for example, those of us who were there for a substance abuse problem ever came up, received it, and left that instant. NEVER. I never saw anyone who even had a common cold to come up and walked away without it. I never saw anyone who had a legitimate disease walk away from that service having left it. NEVER. Is it possible it can happen? My Bible tells me so:
7And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
16And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
Acts 3:7, 16 (KJV)
What are we missing here? What Christ did and the Disciples afterward was spontaneous. They saw a need and they addressed it. Some came because of a need and got it addressed. And in each instance they received, verse 7, “immediately”, and verse 16, “perfect soundness in the presence of…all”, which does not take place, or at least in my years, I haven’t seen it taken place.
God’s Holy Spirit is not by demand. You can order a particular movie “on demand” and have it play on your large flat-screen television, but sadly too many of us think the same is done with God. So, there is a “form” of godliness, but no power! I don’t recall Jesus healing after the most noted Sermon on the Mount, so why do some think this should occur after each service? It is noted some had an illness which lasted for years, physicians gave up hope, but have anyone ever seen anyone, I’m going to be facetious here, with a note from their doctor stating, “incurable”, and they hand it to the minister and walk away with instantaneous healing? I hadn’t seen it. One brother told me he had been healed of AIDS. Is it possible? Of course, but I don’t know if he had it to begin with and then there was no proof of him being healed of it, just his word, but in every Biblical account it is accurate and legitimate and there is proof along with the power, but such is not the case today.
God has given man intelligence but we refuse to use it. Christ and His Disciples did many things because they didn’t have the technology then as we have today. Why would God circumvent what He has given for a few well-meaning but ignorant individuals to want to do what was done 2,000 years ago when healing is and does take place in this time and age as proscribed by the “Master Physician”? Diagnosis, prognosis and certified healing.
If there was healing taking place as it did during Christ’s time, those of us who were there for drug addictions would have left immediately, as “according to our faith”. Those who are known to be “faith” healers would put hospitals out of business. Morgues would be missing patients, if we can call them that, because somebody is raising them from the dead!
My point: again satan will have his counterfeit and cause many of us to be making fools out of ourselves because we haven’t got the true meaning, so, yes, we have a “form” of what God does but there’s no power to back it up. How many times does one keep coming back? Oh, wait, that’s what they tell you at the end of AA/NA/CA meetings. They know what they do doesn’t work! It is also what my drug dealer used to tell me, too. “Keep coming back.”
Sorry, I don’t go back anymore, to those who messed me up nor to those who claim to fix me up!