Does God Always Heal Everyone?
By Adam Becker
I am an optimist, but I am also a realist. I have a history with the Charismatic church and healing. I even teach healing in my book and course, I have laid hands on people to be healed and have seen some healings as well as my own. We must believe it is Gods will to heal and that healing is for today. However, we don’t always see healings. Many people get sick and die even though we prayed for them or laid hands on them. Many born again Christians with super faith are not healed and it leaves us either rejecting healing or condemning them. I remember some time ago I just had become born again and was in a church I really loved that was in revival. I felt called to go into ministry and was in Bible college and had just started a pastoral internship under my pastor. I really liked that pastor and church and they believed bigtime in healing. You could classify that church as Word of Faith. The church had really grown also and we just broke ground for our new building as we outgrew the old one. Then out of no where the pastor was diagnosed with ALS and only given three years to live. I had to do my internship under another church, the church split, fell apart and in a few years the pastor did die. He was only in his 40s. Some people rejected that healing is for today but most condemned the pastor and said he lacked faith or was in sin. There were some that just said oh well and moved on but the people that condemned him is what bothered me the most.
There is a big debate about healing, some say it died out and is no longer for today. Some say it only happens occasionally and others say it is guaranteed in the atonement and all are healed. There are verses in the Bible that say things like by his stripes you are healed referring to physical issues but scholars can argue that what you are healed from was sin. I am not going to debate about that and just say I don’t really know for sure but reality seems to point to the latter. Other verses say I am the God that heals thee of all thy diseases. Scholars argue that that may be just for Israel while some say it was for all. We do know that God did seem to heal Israel of disease, so it could be just for Israel as we don’t see everyone today that believes healed. People also say that Christ healed all that asked but the Bible does say that not everything Christ did was recorded and it said what is recorded was recorded so that you may believe. So, Christ may have not healed everyone, the accounts we have of Him healing are just there to make people believe. They wouldn’t want to record an account where he doesn’t heal someone would they? Many born again Christians get sick and die. Many ministers get sick and die. John Paul Jackson recently died a few years back of cancer and he was a prophet and I think healing was one of the last courses he taught on. So many other great men and women of faith have gotten sick and were not healed. We can’t always say that people are all healed because that is not reality. We also can’t go around saying those that aren’t healed lack faith or are in sin because that’s not true.
I had a friend who was a preacher for a little while that always preached that God heals everyone and that everyone is always healed. After knowing him for many years one day I noticed something was wrong with one of his eyes. So I asked him “what is wrong with your eye it looks funny.” He said he is blind in one eye and has been since birth. I was shocked. This is the guy who claims that God heals everyone and if you aren’t healed you are in sin or lack faith. But I guess what he was preaching was true for everyone else but him.
Another healing revivalist I know had a healing faith course. In the video course he had a pastor teaching who said healing is guaranteed in the atonement and all are healed and if they aren’t they lack faith or are in sin. He showed a picture of the walls of his church and he had the wall lined from top to bottom with wheel chairs, crutches, walkers and canes. He said those are from all the people he healed in his church over the years. Not long after his teaching video came out he was diagnosed with cancer and died. He was not healed. The healing evangelist who made the course didn’t take him off of there or changed anything. It was hard to believe and leaves you wondering thats for sure.
The greatest prophet in the Bible Elisha who was used to heal people and do many miracles actually died of an illness that he suffered from.
2 Kings 13:14
14 Now Elisha was suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. “My father! My father!” he cried. “The chariots and horsemen of Israel!”
He was a mighty prophet of God, used by God but got sick, suffered and died. Yet it says after he died his bones raised the dead.
2 Kings 13:20-21
Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring. 21 Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.
I don’t know how that works but it certainly does. Which goes to show that God may use someone who is not healed to heal others which happens.
The Bible says that Paul had a thorn in his flesh which many believe was an infirmity that the Lord did not take away used to keep him humble
2 Cor 12:7-9
7 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
Some argue that it wasn’t a physical illness but problems from torture and persecution but none the less he was suffering physically and God did not take the suffering away. And Timothy had an illness he suffered with that he was not healed from as Paul told him to drink a little wine for it.
1 Tim 5:23
23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
I don’t have all the answers but I know that it is not reality that God heals everyone, just count all the born again Christians who had an illness and weren’t healed. I also know that people who aren’t healed don’t lack faith or are not in some terrible sin. We all commit sins daily. What sin did the 8 year old with a brain tumor commit? And can you really say an 8 year old who believes in santa and the tooth fairy lacks faith? They believe what you tell them. And then there is mental illness, we get a lot of people coming to my ministry saying they have demons as the church told them their mental illness was demons when it wasn’t at all. Mental illness is a problem with brain function and chemicals in your brain. Today they can do a brain scan and actually see in your brain parts of it from mental illness not functioning properly. Most of it is hereditary not demons, some could be stress and situations. There is nothing wrong with medication for mental illness or physical illness. Paul told timothy to take a little wine for his illness so why shouldn’t we take a little medication? Especially if it works. I do believe that healing is for today, like I said I have seen healing and been healed. I have also not been healed of stuff. Yes, we have to believe its Gods will to heal but the truth is He may not and we shouldn’t rush to any judgements about people that aren’t healed. There are many people that believe that you can’t be a true born again and especially mature Christian if you are sick but that’s not true and is a form or unmerited judgement. Elisha, Paul and Timothy were all true mature Christians. We all will all die someday, some sooner than others don’t judge the way in which some go.
There you have it God may not heal everyone all the time, but there is something called Epigenetics and we don’t have to be controlled by bad genes. A lot of mental illness and other sickness is caused by genes. But there is hope, getting aligned in your body, soul and spirit with God as well as changing the environment or you mind can change bad genes for the better. You can have a cure. There is also something called the placebo effect. The placebo effect basically is the effect in which a placebo may cause the body to produce its own healing. The body thinks it is given medicine so it produces a reaction or chemicals that the medicine would produce, and it heals itself. This is very real and so many studies have found it to be true. Your body can produce the very chemicals that your meds produce without using any medicine. Your body can heal itself and has the power to do that. As a matter of fact, God created the body to heal itself. So again, there is hope. Don’t go off your meds though unless you have supervised help and remember before you can do something like go off your meds you need to change the environment of the mind and align yourself fully with God Almighty. But again God may choose not to heal you and you may have to live with being sick or with a disability. In that case be the best person with that illness you can. So many people prospered in captivity in the Bible, you can to. The illness may hold you captive, but it can get better without being freed from it. We are to shine no matter what circumstance we are in. Shine bright!