Why Isn’t There More Healing?
If what I am saying is correct, the question
might be asked, “Why then don’t we see more healing?
You say Christ has provided it, then why do so many not respond
An illustration: There have been seasons in
the history of the Church when the Church failed to preach a
gospel of regeneration. The new birth was not proclaimed and
therefore only a few entered into that experience. Other ideas
were substituted for the teaching concerning regeneration. Faith
comes by hearing the word of God. When the word is not preached
clearly, people have no basis for faith. Given the prejudice
against healing and the influence of Greek thought to downplay
the importance of the physical it is no wonder that many fail to
appropriate healing. No basis for confidence in the will of God
concerning healing has been given to most of the Church. We can
only trust God for the things we know He wants us to have.
Traditions have muddied the waters around healing.
Those who have proclaimed healing in the
atonement the loudest have sometimes burdened the sick ones with
more guilt about being sick. In their zeal to defend what they
perceive to be an important Bible truth, they have offered no
comfort to those who, for whatever reason, are not healed. This
of course, is not helpful. But neither is maintaining an
incorrect view of the scriptures in order to justify our
experience. So often God’s sovereignty is offered as the
answer when we don’t experience the things promised by the
word. “God is sovereign over His sovereignty” someone
said. (Whatever that means!) Charles Spurgeon said “Before
he pledged his word he was free to do as it pleased him; but
after he has made a promise, his truth and honour bind him to do
as he has said. To him, indeed, this is no limiting of his
liberty; for the promise is always the declaration of his
sovereign will and good pleasure, and it is ever his delight
to act according to his word; yet is it marvelous condescension
for the fee spirit of the Lord to form for itself covenant bonds.
Yet he hath done so”(my italics).[xxvii]
Critics of divine healing often phrase the
debate in terms that don’t reflect the nature of the
debate. “These people who teach that healing is
guaranteed by the atonement… many of them are sick,
etc. etc.” Healing is not guaranteed by the atonement, it
is provided by the atonement. Overcoming the obstacles to
receiving is another whole subject. We could ask “is
sanctification guaranteed by the atonement? Is forgiveness of
sins guaranteed by the atonement?” We would have to respond
that yes, they are provided by the atonement (ideally), but that
is no guarantee that all will appropriate them. Does God will us
to appropriate the forgiveness and sanctification that His Son
has provided? Undoubtedly. But walking in forgiveness and living
a holy life involve many factors. The fact that God has provide
these things in Christ and his finished work is a great starting
place upon which to look for further light in regard to
forgiveness and sanctification.
In regard to divine healing we must first
settle the question as to it being provided in the atonement.
That will give us a basis for further understanding. What is
provided for by the atonement is the will of God. Then we can
move on to the question of a healthy approach to growing in faith
to receive the provided healing.