The Bible Answer Page

If you have a question concerning anything in the Bible, or anything on a spiritual theme…post it in a comment and I will answer it for you.
Blessings to you!

4 Responses to The Bible Answer Page

  1. Tom says:

    Brother,
    Have you written anything on the “rapture” or the second coming of Christ.
    Thank you

  2. Jonathan says:

    Hello,

    Some churches preach that it is a sin to medicate or use the services of a medical Doctor when one is sick. They refer to Exodus 15:26 and James 5:13-16 as the basis for this doctrine.
    I want to know if this doctrine is the true word of God. thank you.

    • Hello Jonathan, and welcome! Just for those who might read this post I am going to quote the passages that you mention…but let me answer your question first and then give the reasoning. The answer is no, this is not true.

      Exodus 15:26
      saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your healer.”

      Although the passage directly refers to the newly birthed nation of Israel through the Old Covenant, I think those that use this passage as a reference for teaching that we should go to God for healing, is the last portion of the text…”for I am the Lord, your healer.” In honesty and scrutiny, this passage does not support their teaching, the only thing that it teaches us (without adding to what the text says) is that God is our healer. This can be taken two ways together; First, God is our healer according to our genetics, because God created within man’s body the ability to heal itself, and Secondly – God is the one Who heals us supernaturally if He so acts to do so. The next passage gives us one of the “mechanisms” by which God has worked in His plan of redemption…

      James 5:14-16
      14 Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
      15 And the prayer of faith will cure the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up. And if he has committed sins, it will be forgiven him.
      16 Confess faults to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous one avails much.

      The elders of the church should be the first line of inquiry for receiving healing for some ailment, the sick person should go to the church elders and they should anoint him with oil and pray over him for healing, but sometimes this does not work for one reason or another (either the elders don’t have the faith for seeing healing, or the person does not the faith to be healed), so God gives us another line for seeking healing, and that is the person in the church who has the spiritual gift of healing…

      1 Corinthians 12:4-10
      4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
      5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;
      6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
      7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
      8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,
      9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,
      10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

      Now, we might ask, why…if God has given us the means of prayer by the elders for healing, why do we need one who has the gift of healing? Or vice-versa…if we have those who possess the gift of healing, why do we need to go to the elders? The answer that I believe God has given me when I have sought Him in the past concerning this, is that the gift of healing (as well as the gift of miracles) operate in a different modality than the other gifts of the Spirit. Most are directly subject to the moving of the Spirit of God (prophecy, knowledge, supernatural faith, giving a message in tongues and interpretation of that message in tongues), while the gifts of healing, miracles, wisdom and distinguishing of spirits, are gifts that we exercise “at will” by the power of the Spirit.

      In other words, if one goes to the elders for healing and for some reason the sick person does not receive healing, he should seek out the person in his local congregation who has the gift of healing and ask him/her to pray for him. The only problem here today is…most churches that I have frequented over the last 30 years have disintegrated through false teachings to the point that precious few walk close enough to God in order to even know that they have a spiritual gift, much less how to practice them.

      This is neither here nor there in regards to your question, but James 5:14-16 only tells us that the church and the gifts that God has given her, should be our first line for healing to go to…but if you cannot find someone who has an active ministry of healing (if going to the elders does not work), your only recourse is to go to a physician. Luke was a physician, and he was a Christian… that would be my only suggestion to a Christian who needs to go to a doctor – try to find a Christian doctor to go to, and if one is not available, then seek out a doctor who genuinely cares for his/her patients, because most of them today don’t care, its just a job to them and most just want the money. I have seen many people suffer more from the hands of their doctor than they ever did from their physical ailment (in my opinion).

      Again, in answer to your question (the short version), no…it is not a sin to go to a doctor for healing. If neither the elders nor one who has the gift of healing works out for you, then you need to go see a doctor, for your body is still the temple of the Spirit of God and we are commanded to take care of His temple as best as we can.

      Blessings!

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