Theology of Healing Pt. 3

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Alright ladies and gents, this topic could go on for months but this is the last posting on “healing” for awhile.  (Leave a comment about another issue you’d like to see discussed)

Myth # 3 “Don’t Claim it!”

The Christian Word of Faith movement in America brought with it a number of thought processes about the Christians’ life.  The Christian was supposed to have riches, houses, cars, health, vitality and all the “blessings” a King’s child could handle.  I’ve personally been in services where half the congregation was literally told to say aloud what type of car God was going to bless them with, and were rebuked if they didn’t say an expensive enough car.  I mean, you can’t shout “Hyundai” when everyone else was talking “Mercedes” right?

The premise for much of this thought process is found in 3rd John Chapter 2 where it reads:

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

The NIV is a little easier to understand the meaning of this passage and it states:

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”

Sadly, this scripture has been severely misunderstood and taken directly out of context.  Above all, the bible was written for us, but it was not written to us.  For that reason, we must make sure that we understand the context of every scripture and not simply attach a surface level meaning to our lives.

This scripture is not a divine statement that above all things, God would have us to “prosper and be in good health” (although these certainly are not bad things), but a letter from one friend (John) to another (Gaius).  Better understood, in his letter, this verse is tantamount to one friend writing a letter to another friend  “I hope you’re doing well”.

That brings us to “Claim it” theology of healing.  It is not our divine right to have riches, blessings or anything else for that matter because there were countless people that loved God and were loved by God that lived lives of anything but comfort and health.  Take Paul for example.  He was shiprecked, beaten, lost, cold, hungry, poor, imprisioned, starved and eventually murdered.  Didn’t God love Paul?  Of course he did, but God never promised us heaven on earth.

In these last couple of months, I’ve heard a number of Christians simply tell us “Don’t claim Danielle’s cancer” as if all of the heartache, all of the illness and all of the need for intense prayers would simply disappear because we said “Danielle does not have cancer”. Really?

While I agree that having a positive outlook on life is both beneficial and biblical, the “don’t claim it” mentality is extremely dangerous and poorly thought out.  The fact is in the bible, a woman really did have an issue with bleeding before Jesus healed her, the young man really did have seizures before he met Christ and countless others really were deaf, blind or lame before meeting Christ.

If your friend or loved one is ill, please don’t tell them, “Don’t claim it”, because illnesses are real and should be treated with great concern.  Just know that God is greater than any illness and continue to pray for God’s healing because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.  And the same savior that healed others of their illnesses, can still heal us today.

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5 Responses to “Theology of Healing Pt. 3”

  1. soul healing says:

    Thanks! A new understanding for His word.
    Are you a pastor?

    • says:

      I am a minister, been to seminary and was a youth pastor at my church. I took a hiatus so that I could pastor my wife when she got sick, and will start working at another church in the future when al the dust has settled.

  2. GRice says:

    This may be the most dangerous myth. People who refuse to “claim” an illness, and therefore forego any medical care, may be putting themselves in grave peril. Medicine is not antithetical to Biblical teachings- Luke himself was the “beloved physician”.

  3. GGMA says:

    Your myths and documentations are well thought out .

  4. SSprauve says:

    Your words are so profound. God really did not promised us heaven on earth. Thank you for a better understanding in not claiming an illness. I hear it so much from someone in my family. I realize now in my old age that God loves us all, and we are here for the soul purpose to honor and praise him. Each day is a gift from God whether we are sick or well. I believe God uses all of us for his soul purpose. We all have a purpose in this life and God is the one who writes the script. God Bless You Always and I will be praying for you and your wife.

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