Is God in the healing business? ..NO!
One thing I like to do is point out facts that can't be disproved. The fact here is No! People of today cannot heal. Healing has been a practice used for decades to play on the pocket books of ailing folks. There are scriptures pertaining to healing but let me say before I get started that it was with Jesus and ended with some of his disciples. No healing's has actually been found to have occurred with proof since those times. I will come back to this later. But let me give the scripture that set the foundation for Pastors and Ministers to start their robbing of the Church. It is James 5:14-16, let's read it together.
NIV: 14. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
KJV: 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 shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Now let me give my take on this. I believe these faithfuls of the Church James was speaking to was only giving comfort by his words, just as we are given comfort by the words. Their is no indication that anyone was healed other than given them hope. The reason being is that Christians was going through many things even being killed for their faith. Even in Hebrew, the book before James, we see that Paul described the persecution of saints where at many times the people needed and intervention from God that did not come. They wanted a miracle also to protect them. Let's read it:
Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated- the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.
If God was in the healing business, and this mean interceding in saints troubling affairs, then he would have prevented these saint from going through persecutions that I believe as a fact that they was crying out to God for help. God did not intervene.
It is not time for mass healing to take place (rapture). Notice that in James it say that the prayers of a righteous man prevail much. Well, there has been death going on forever. There is death today that no pastor is preventing through healing. All dies. Hospitals are full of saints with pastors that are powerless to heal them.
You mean to tell me that there is no righteous pastors, ministers or saint that are worthy of God's intervention? Then if that be so then we all are wasting our time according to James above. But James above is like I said and that's for comfort. For healing of the mine because it is the mind that suffers through persecution and time of great grief.
However, a real good man of God prayer that you trust in and believe he or she is living a righteous life can make you feel might good. It will give you hope filled with knowledge and understanding of what ever situation you are in. He knows his God. To protect and shelter the sheep.
Here is another scripture if you are still having doubt:
1 Peter 4:12-16
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
Listen! The only healing God promised you and me that really works is the healing of the mind after you confess that Jesus is the Son of God and go from their living the word of God through righteous living. We pray for strength and understanding.
I know there are some that is so God filled that they will say God does everything for them. This is true only because we are his creation and everything belong to him. So, it's easy to say this. Some may even say "I know God healed me". However, this is a lie.
First of all you don't know a thing about what God will or will not do accept that if you "endure to the end you will be saved". You can't prove it. It just sound good because one want to think themselves a greater Christian than another. They just got better like every one else facing a serious situation or sicknes.
Furthermore, what have you done so great that God would heal you and no one else in your Church and around you. Especially, when they who also need healing might be closer to the Lord than you, yet gets no healing. If anyone know God will heal then there are many places like nursing homes with doors open every day for you to go and work your magic. It's easy to use the Church as a playground to pretend like you can depend on God to heal the sick as long as the sick doesn't get too sick or you have a Church full of young and well people.
The pastors pretend to no what God will do yet, he slips to see a private doctor in another town. I've seen this happen. All the sick people claiming God will heal has a waiting bag of pills and a doctor visit right after church. Every pretending prophet has a secret doctor he visits also. It's all about money and there are many gimmicks to get it.
Have you notice that all Churches have funerals all the time after a Pastor or some hyped up member or woman told some one to "turn it over to God" or "it aint over until God say so". They all die. Some sooner than later but they all die. Then after they die the pastor tell them "it was the will of God" or "It's God's will". Pretty clever.
Now let me take the time to let every one in on this. The verses of Jame is not for you to cheat and steal from God's people. There ain't no healing oil out there to cure, feel better except for massaging or to make any one live longer. Oil back then was like rubbing liniment today, It's just another product use to help the body. Oil was use to tend the hair also. It was a remedy. It is today a "taken oil for the body", "facial oil", and "cooking oil".
But James is the scripture most used by Pastors to control their members. And a very slick Minister will wear this scripture out. Healing is not why God sent Jesus down to us. Listen! The only way man can satisfy God is through "Love". Love conquer all. There are thousands of sermons Pastors can preach just by breaking down "love". Guess What? Our problem throughout the world is a lack of love. Teach love and love of Christ and of the father God. Forget all the lies' Don't let misusing the gospel take you to hell. Prayer is for the comfort of the soul and maintaining a belief in his words that there is a God. Think about it!.