Twisted Tuesday – Have Faith in…Faith?

Do we wield faith as a force to get what we want from God, or have faith in God for salvation? Let’s discuss the Scripture twisted to give man more authority than he actually has.

Hello dear friends, I hope this post has found you all doing well. Today I want to talk about a verse misuses in such a way that it binds heavy burdens on many. I’ve seen first hand the hurt this twist in Scripture causes those who genuinely desire to be obedient, yet have been led astray by false teachers. The verse, or I suppose I should say verses, are those in reference to Jesus Christ healing someone and saying their faith had made them well. While there are several verses with similar phrasing I had to pick just one, so let’s go with Matthew 9:22.

In the original Greek text the word faith here is not a verb, it’s a noun. Unfortunately those in the WoF movement have turned it into a verb, suggesting that we need enough of it to become healed. This is another case where the full counsel of Gods Word clears the misunderstanding up. It’s also a point where Church History can be helpful, as faith was never considered a force to be wielded at God before the 20th century. When the Scriptures are taken as a whole we see that there are times when Christ healed those who had no faith in Him, or had no clue who He was. He did this out of mercy, and in the end we see clearly in the Bible that Christ healed everyone He intended on healing.

Suggesting that faith is something we most have, and use, to convince God to do what we want Him to do is a challenge to His sovereignty. It also teaches those who are zealous without knowledge that it’s their fault their children are sick, or that they can’t get well themselves. In this way these false teachers bind heavy burdens upon people, while attempting to placing man in a seat of authority over God’s will. Does God always will for everyone to be healed? If that we’re the case Jesus was disobedient in His earthly ministry. At the pool of Bethesda He only healed one person, though we’re told in the Text that there were many there. Let God be counted true and every man a liar, Christ lived a sinless life in full obedience to the will of the Father. Still to this day God heals those He decides to heal in His sovereignty.

This is not to say that we shouldn’t pray for healing, or for others who are ill. It does mean that we are in no way, shape, or form, responsible for the sickness not being removed. Those who were written about in the Bible having faith had faith in Christ Jesus, not their own ability to believe. In ourselves there is nothing we can boast of, no power, no ability, no magical healing faith. Salvation, sanctification, justification, and yes even the miraculous, are all of Gods grace. This is why I constantly exhort you, beloved brethren, to take the full counsel of Gods Word. Read in context, and recall that chapter and verse breaks are not sovereign, you may have to go back a chapter or two to get the full picture. As always, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Author: lnhereford

I am a Christian, wife, mother, podcaster and homeschooler currently traveling the United States with my loving husband and darling daughter!

5 thoughts on “Twisted Tuesday – Have Faith in…Faith?”

  1. Thanks for this post, sister! I readily acknowledge that Almighty God can heal any illness at any time, but I remain skeptical of anyone who claims to be a faith healer and who lay guilt trips on the sick for not having enough faith.

    There were no such thing as faith healers in the Catholic church when I was raised in that religion in the 1960s and 70s. But when the charismatic renewal movement started spreading throughout Catholicism, special “healing masses” started popping up. The sacrifice of the mass is the antithesis of the Gospel and Biblical Christianity so I submit that whatever is taking place within those “healing masses” is not of the Lord.

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    1. I wonder if that’s why the WoF movement became so widely ecumenical. When I first became involved in the movement I was told that the RCC was a cult. Now a days that sentiment would be considered intolerant. If they deny the Catholic Church they would have to deny so called ‘movement of the spirit’ in those masses. Perhaps ecumenism was just too popular for the pragmatism of the WoF movement, but it took longer to hit the old school Pentecostal churches I was in. Rather than address their own errant doctrines they just widen their tent.

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      1. I have very limited knowledge of the Pentecostal movement but I do remember back in the days when Jimmy Swaggart offered books that were extremely critical of the RCC. Yeah, I think it became extremely difficult for anyone in the WoF, charismatic, Pentecostal movements to stand strong against the RCC’s false gospel when the Catholic charismatic movement, with thousands of priests, demonstrated the requisite gifts of the spirit.

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  2. Your post is one not popularly held but is based on truth. Another thought with this is seen throughout the gospel of John. Jesus healed because He is compassionate, He healed for the glory of God and He healed so His disciples and others would believe He is who He said He is. Healing didn’t come simply for our comfort to spend our days on our own lusts. The main thought was to show Himself to be God in the flesh. I do still believe in miracles. I think more occur in countries where there is not the availability we have to God’s word, where there is very little witness. God’s word is our witness, and plainly points us to the reality of who Christ is. What do you think?

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    1. I couldn’t agree with you more, sister. Thank you for your wonderful points! We have an unbelievable amount of availability of Gods Word in the West, Gods witness like you’ve said. I’ve got every translation including a Septuagint on my phone, not to mention a Concordance and Google. However, we hear all the time about countries where Bible pages are passed around from home to home because a full Bible is either illegal, or too expensive. I can see why those brothers and sisters, often far more persecuted and impoverished, would see more miracles. I love how you went to Gods Word to point to His purpose for healing, I praise God for sisters like you! It encourages me so much! May the Lord bless you, dear one!

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