WARNING: What follows might well be labeled a rant.
In utter disbelief I sat there with my jaw resting somewhere near the floor. Had I actually heard what I'd just heard? Was this guy serious? He seemed serious. With the straightest face & innumerable hallelujahs he sure sounded like he was serious.
Had I not heard it with my own ears I would have scoffed & laughed it off. I scoffed anyway, but I had difficulty laughing. Without naming names, the following items were actually a part of the
- People without limbs grew new ones.
- A man with steel rods in his leg had the rods disappear & new bones grow instead.
- Obese people instantly lost all their weight.
- People who were bald grew hair right before your eyes.
- Teeth that had been filled with alloy suddenly turned to gold fillings.
I also wonder why these ministers aren't quietly & humbly working alongside doctors or missionaries, or at senior centers if their healing powers are so potent. I wonder a lot.
It concerns me, too. Unbelievers have a field day with the audacious claims & demonstrations that accompany the sort of reports I've noted above. It's even worse when the Media gets ahold of it. God's Name is sullied.
With all my heart I believe God can & does do sensational, miraculous things. I've been beneficiary of His providential moves. I've seen Him heal, or restore, or replenish. From nowhere & nothing have come solutions or opportunities that could ONLY have come by His hand. And because He does such amazing things, I am not in the least bit surprised that some attempt to harness that power for a variety of reasons; reasons that often have the look of personal gain. And there's plenty of it, personal gain - - be it money, power or pomp. Oh how the flesh does love center stage!
The true hypocrite is the one who
ceases to perceive his deception,
the one who lies with sincerity.
~ André Gide
I am now in the process of searching far & wide for at least one credible report & endorsement of someone without a hand or foot having grown one miraculously. You'd think so great a sign would be easy to find. You'd think.
There's a reason Snopes & Factcheck & Youtube do such a booming business. There's also a reason so many oversight groups probe deeply into the abuses men put forth in the name of God.
End of rant.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit,
but test the spirits to whether they are from God,
because many false prophets have gone out
into the world. By this we know the Spirit of God:
every spirit that confesses
that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh
is from God; and every spirit that does not confess
Jesus is not from God;
this is the spirit of the antichrist,
of which you have heard that it is coming,
and now is already in the world.
You are from God, little children,
and have overcome them;
because greater is He who is in you
than he who is in the world.
They are from the world;
therefore they speak as from the world,
and the world listens to them.
We are from God; he who knows God listens to us;
he who is not from God does not listen to us.
By this we know the spirit of truth
and the spirit of error.”
~1 John 4:1-6