Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Healing Rooms

Don't you just love to get letters with no return addresses on them??

Today, I went to the PO and gather the mail, among a couple of bills, O Timothy there was a letter with no return address. In time past I would have tossed it into the recycle bend, but today I opened it.

It opened with ...happy and blessed New Year from the Prince George Healing Rooms ...

I was not aware of 'healing rooms' till last fall. But after a little research and the help of 'google' one can find all kinds of information.

1. HR are a spin off from the ministry of John G. Lake. I have never heard of John, but he was a Canadian who became a missionary to Africa. He was of the vain of Pentecostalism, part of his testimony John speaks of a 'voice' speaking with him.

2. HR take Isaiah 53:5 covers physical healing, "... with his stripes we are healed."

3. HR are ecumenical in practice, here in PG there are 9 churches from many denominations.

4. HR is just another para-church ministry.

What are HR?

They are a centre for people in need of physical, or emotional healing to come and encounter the healing power of God through Jesus Christ.

The HR offer to the individual, ministry which seeks to meet the needs of the whole person.

The same healing is available today that operated when Jesus walked the earth for He is the same yesterday,today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

Now lets us be clear I do believe in divine healing and the power of God to heal. I am just not ready to join up with a para-church ministry of the Pentecostal flavor.

Here is a posting from an earlier Baptist Potluck. January of '07

Can You Be Right With God and Wear Glasses?

Greetings from the TRUE NORTH STRONG AND FREE…

On Monday of this week, Regena and I traveled to Abbotsford, BC to attend the memorial service of Bro. J. Paul Goodfellow long time friend and Deacon at New Testament Baptist Church. When I pastored in Abbotsford Bro. Paul and I did a lot of door knocking together.

One night visiting at the door of a member of Rhema Faith Church, (a “word of faith” type church), the man at the door told us, “that it is the ‘will of God’ for every believer to be completely healed. For a Christian not to be in good health, he is not right with God”.

I asked this gentleman if it was God’s will for Christians to be perfectly whole, why did he wear glasses? Without saying a word, this man looked at Bro. Paul, then at myself and slowly closed the door.

Matthew 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:

Note that in this case Jesus “healed all that were sick.” He healed “every sickness and every disease among the people” (9:35). However, Jesus may not have always healed all the sick, only those who came and trusted Him. So it is not always God’s will to heal.

God did not remove Paul’s thorn in the flesh (2 Cor. 12:7-10) He did not heal Timothy’s weak stomach (1 Tim. 5:23). He did not heal Trophimus left sick at Miletum (2 Tim 4:20). Sometimes God wants His people to die and go to Heaven. Sometimes they need chastening (1 Cor. 11:30). Sometimes it honors God for His servants to serve Him in weakness, experiencing His grace day by day (2 Cor. 12:9)

As we claim to have New Testament Christianity in its power, we must believe God is able to heal the sick if it be His will. James 5:14-16 gives instructions concerning “the prayer of faith” to heal the sick.

So can you be right with God and wear glasses? Yes, you can.

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