What is a faith healer? A figment of imagination, that's what it is! Like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, a faith healer is a hoax.
You might say, "Well wait a moment, doesn't the Bible say that some will be given gifts of healing?" Yes, but it doesn't say anyone will be a faith healer. "But what about Peter or Paul? They healed people!" Sure, they did. And sometimes they didn't.
Paul couldn't heal himself when he got sick and had to stop in Galatia (Galatians 4:13), nor did he heal Timothy of his frequent stomach ailments (1 Timothy 5:23). So what was the purpose of these miracles, like speaking other languages, revealing prophecy, or healing the sick and even raising the dead?
Hebrews 2:3-4 says that the message of salvation, the gospel, "was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will."
So miracles were to affirm that the message of the gospel came from God (see also Acts 2:22). Some people had these gifts, like the apostles, and some didn't, like almost everyone else. But even the apostles could only perform miracles according to the will of the Spirit. As God's message spread, eventually the regularity of miracles diminished, as was the case after Moses and Elijah's ministries.
Today's "faith healers" claim to heal by faith. Then why aren't they clearing out hospitals, or on the scene after a natural disaster? Because they know they're liars. It's as clear as the eyeglasses on their faces. There are two places faith healers won't go: children's hospitals and heaven! ...if they don't repent, when we understand the text.
King James Onlyism is the belief that the 1611 King James Version of the Bible is the only divinely authorized English translation, while modern translations corrupt the Bible. As KJV Onlyist Robert Breaker has said, promoting Gail Riplinger's book on modern translations, "It's not just a deception. It's a Satanic conspiracy against the word of God."
The most glaring flaw with King James Onlyism is not one verse in the Bible supports it. And that's pretty much it -- King James Onlyism is a false doctrine.
Now if someone wants to use the King James Bible, that's fine -- if you can understand it. But to say it's the only translation God approved is a lie.
King James onlyists argue the KJV is translated from the majority text, while modern versions are from corrupt Alexandrian texts. But the Byzantine texts used by King James translators were no older than the 11th century. We now have access to older and more reliable texts closer to the originals.
King James onlyists say modern translations removed references to Christ's lordship, and deleted entire Bible verses. But the Byzantine texts added these verses to the original text, and the extra references to Christ's lordship. It's just extra pious language from some overly ambitious scribes.
King James onlyists say the 1611 authorized version is the only true Bible. "Unless you have a King James Bible, you don't have a Bible. You need a 1611 authorized version." Actually, no one uses the 1611, which also included the apocrypha. Today's King James Bible is the 1769 revision.
God has preserved His word which we have in some very good translations of the Bible. Jesus said heaven and earth will pass away, but my word will never pass away (Mark 13:31), when we understand the text.
If Jesus had been a baker instead of a carpenter, would Jesus bake a cake for a gay wedding? Of course not.
In Matthew 19:4-6, Jesus said, "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let man not separate."
If a man and another man have romantic feelings for one another, that's lust, and a perversion of God's design. If they decide to marry each other and stage a wedding, what they're doing is playing dress-up and pretending to have something only meant for a man and his wife.
If you want to argue that Jesus would bake a wedding cake for them, you're saying Jesus would go along with this charade that a gay wedding can even be a thing, let alone a God-honoring thing, and Jesus would contradict Himself.
Do you understand that when Jesus referenced the creation story in Genesis to explain how God made marriage, He was explaining how He made marriage? Jesus created marriage, and sex for marriage (John 1:3).
Jesus was there at Sodom and Gomorrah when God rained down fire and brimstone for their sexual perversion (Genesis 19:24). He will cast the sexually immoral into the lake of fire at the last judgment (Revelation 21:8).
Jesus would never encourage a person to do something He has promised He will judge with fire. He laid down His life so people would repent from sins such as this, so they would have forgiveness, and then go and sin no more (John 5:14, 8:11), when we understand the text.
In Mark 6:1-6, Jesus went with his disciples to His hometown of Nazareth. And on the Sabbath He began to teach in the synagogue.
Many who heard Him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to Him? How are such mighty works done by His hands? Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary whose family we know?" And they took great offense at Him.
And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in His hometown and His own household." And He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. He marveled because of their unbelief and went to teach in other villages.
Now, this part right here, where it says that He could do no mighty work there. This doesn't mean Jesus was powerless because the people lacked faith. Obviously it doesn't mean that because He did heal people. This also does not mean you must believe the Lord will do a mighty work for you to unleashing his blessings upon you.
Here's what we're meant to understand. Without faith in Christ, you will not be blessed to have the favor of God, nor be in fellowship with Him. No matter what Jesus did at Nazareth, they wouldn't believe in Him. They'd known of His miracles. But only those who believe His words will be His disciples. So He healed a few on whom He had compassion, then He left and did not return.
Hebrews 11:6 says without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would draw near to Him must believe in Him, and that He and rewards those who earnestly seek Him, when we understand the text.
Surely you've seen the COEXIST bumper sticker before: suggesting that Muslims, Hippies (I guess), the sexually confused, Jews, Wiccans, Taoists, and Christians should be more tolerant each other.
Before it looked like the Coexist logo you see on most VWs, first it included only the symbols for Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. It was made in 2001 by a Polish artist for a competition, later popularized by U2 on their Vertigo tour. This led to a legal dispute because you can't coexist when there's money to be made!
Yeah, it's hypocrisy. The facts coexisters don't want to discuss is that COEXI and S downright hate T, whom the sticker is directed at. I and S just prove atheists are religious. E wants to force everyone to bow to their sex gods. C's founder, Muhammad, killed people who wouldn't convert to his religion.
But Jesus and His apostles told Christians to live peaceably with everyone (Romans 12:18). Love your enemies and bless those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44). When Jesus was reviled, He didn't revile back, but entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly (1 Peter 2:23).
Jesus said, "My peace I give to you, not as the world gives" (John 14:27). No other religion or philosophy can give anyone peace. They are at enmity with others and with God. Only by believing in His Son Jesus do we have peace with God and will be saved on the day of judgment.
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one gets to the Father but by me" (John 14:6). That message offends because it says all other beliefs are wrong. But this gospel of peace must be preached to the world so others may hear and coexist with God, when we understand the text.