I’d like to share an experience I recently had, which was an experience I had among brothers in Christ. Sitting at a table were approximately 6 of us. The small group was being led by one person, a man who loves God, but who does not entirely love what I wrote on seed faith teaching (if you missed that article, you can find it here: https://fcet.biblemessages.com/does-the-bible-teach-seed-faith-or-seed-offering-giving/).
Now at that small group, there was an opportunity for me to share what God did in healing me, but the leader wanted nothing to do with it, saying that my theology was in error and that when God heals, it is not a process, but instant. Yet God did heal me, but it took a good deal of time before I was healed. The man simply did not permit me to share my testimony. Later, I asked him why he was opposed to my sharing my testimony. He stated that it was unbiblical. He said that if I shared it, then others might get discouraged, thinking it might take God a long time to heal them. I said, “I’m not allowed to share my testimony of how God healed me in this group?” He said that as the leader, it was his responsibility to not allow things of that nature — things that were unbiblical. Unbiblical? You mean God healing me over a period of time was unbiblical?
So there you have it. The seed faith teachers are at it, again. This time, they are preventing people from sharing a simple testimony of how God healed them. Yes, it took time, but the story is a wonderful story of God’s amazing grace. But he did not want to hear it. He was not even aware of all that God did. He simply laid a judgment against me, and deemed that I could not share what God did!
Now this is just a thought, but could his decision to not allow me to share my testimony possibly have to do with the fact that he is a seed faith teacher himself, and that he had read my article a few weeks back exposing the errors of seed faith teaching? Only the Lord knows for sure.
While this quenching of the Holy Spirit was going on (for the Holy Spirit was certainly being quenched because I was being told I could not share my testimony of how God healed me), I jotted down the following notes which I then read to him.
1. Where in the Bible does it say that healing is instant?
2. Is what you read in Scripture an example or the rule?
3. If what is in Scripture is the rule, then why can’t you turn water into wine? So then, maybe what is in Scripture is an example, and not a rule. If it’s an example, then why do you limit the Holy Spirit by saying He must heal instantly?
4. Does God condemn doctors? Luke himself was a medical doctor (Colossians 4:14). Does God deserve the credit for healing done through a doctor, or does the doctor deserve the glory? If God deserves the glory, then why do you say God cannot and does not heal using a process? Is God limited to instant healing? That is a McDonald’s mentality in which everything must be done quickly or else it is not acceptable. Why can God not take His time? Did not God wait 400 years between the close of the Old Testament and the opening of the New? Why then must God heal instantly?
(Add to this the fact that in Mark 8:22-25, Jesus healed in stages, and I think there is plenty of reason to believe that God does not always heal instantly! In John 4:52, it states that a man began to get better after being healed by Jesus — meaning that his healing took some time. Furthermore, when you cut your finger, it may take a week or more to heal, and so even the natural healing process of the body teaches us that healing may take some time.)
After reading this to him, he was unmoved and responded by saying, “Doctors are for those who do not have faith.”
This actually was very revealing.
May I simply offer this word of encouragement, for all of you who have been deceived by teachings like this: this teaching is simply not true. Go ahead and see a doctor, and use them til your heart’s content. It may not always be God’s will for you to see a doctor, but to say that those who see doctors do so because of a lack of faith is also not true. God does use doctors, and you have not sinned if you see a doctor anymore than you have sinned if you eat breakfast. It’s possible to eat breakfast and sin at the same time. But normally, it’s quite all right to eat breakfast. By the same token, it’s normally quite all right to see a doctor — but of course, doctors can only do so much, and if you are seeing a doctor, you should also be seeking God’s wisdom on how to proceed. Sometimes God’s wisdom is to see a doctor! There may also be times when seeing a doctor is not what you need. But surely you have not sinned if in good faith, and with a clear conscience, you have seen that doctor! You have no more sinned or have a lack of faith, than if you had sinned or had a lack of faith eating breakfast.
Please, dear brethren, do not be deceived on these issues. This is very serious and is the reason for much grief and division in the body of Christ.
The Holy Spirit is continually grieved over teachings like this.
God indeed can heal in different ways. He can and does use doctors sometimes. He can and does heal instantly sometimes, and He can and does heal via a process sometimes. God is not limited. This is best summed up by saying, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17) The fact that someone like this man would try to prevent me from sharing my testimony of healing is not liberty by any stretch of the imagination. And if that is what it means to serve God, no wonder people are leaving the church.
To say that God cannot do it or would not do it another way, puts a heavy yoke (burden) on those who cannot “perform” to meet the expectations of those who teach such things (for they are false expectations). False expectations like this cause people to be driven away from the church — for those expectations seem too heavy. Who then can possibly bear them? Did not Jesus say, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light”? (Matthew 11:30) So then, these people are preaching an improper view of Jesus, which seems almost overbearing.
Interestingly, from that teacher’s own lips before that, he confessed to the small group and said, “In case you haven’t noticed, people are leaving our church.” (Note, I do not attend this church, but he was speaking to others from his church.) Does he even realize that his own theology is one of the reasons?
People do not like to have to live up to a set of false and heavy expectations and judgments — that if you see a doctor, you are weak in faith, or if that your healing takes longer, you are not being biblical — and therefore you are not allowed to speak and must be muzzled. Who else does not like being muzzled? The Holy Spirit does not like to be muzzled.
Should people stay in a church like that? They will be driven out like cattle, and will not return. And if they do return, they will still find mayhem and will surely not stay for long. Is anyone surprised that people are leaving that church?
My dear friends, hate me or love me, if you are involved in teaching things like that, you seriously need to repent for this. I will love you enough to tell you the truth.