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roger olson May 31, 2012 at 6:23 am

I just read this article. I for one was very lucky enough to be in some of John Wimber meetings years ago. And some of the best times of my Christian life. And he would not call himself a faith healer. But as He claimed only God heals. But i saw the power of God come in those meetings, no body is going to say i don,t know what i saw.

I think the author fails to understand spiritual gifts in the church today. They are still given to the Church. they are for anyone and that God is not a respector of person,s. Just seek God and say you want them. I see no where in scripture were Spiritual Gifts are done away with today, only the church will not need them when the Lord Jesus returns. As why would we need them then? It makes no sense.

Why doesn,t “faith healers” go into hospitals and heal those with cancer. Did not the Lord Jesus say he only did what he saw the Father doing? We are to listen for the still small voice of the Spirit to see what he wants for us.

And as far as i know i see no body from 2000 years ago still here. i think they all at some point in their lives got sick and passed away. Did Paul lay hands on Publius father and see him healed? yes , but in the letters of Paul he talks about on who he left sick. Do you really think Paul did not pray for him? Only God heals, But he still will heal through the prayers of his church.

Jack Wellman May 31, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Amen, yes indeed, it is God alone that heals and yes, he does still heal today thru the prayers of the church. Very well stated Mr. Olson. Thank you so much sir. I do hope you will come back again soon to the website.

phishing4men August 4, 2012 at 10:26 pm

John Wimber the false prophet? Are you saying you cannot be deceived by what you see? Ever see someone do slight of hand. Satan is an angel of light and deceiver, think he could be involved in some of these services? “Why doesn,t “faith healers” go into hospitals and heal those with cancer. Did not the Lord Jesus say he only did what he saw the Father doing?” I thought the Word of Faith folks believe everyone who has enough faith can heal and be healed. God help you to see thru these false teachers.

Marsha Roberson June 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. And their prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make them well. And any one who has committed sins will be forgiven. James 5:14,15. (NLT)
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. Matthew 21:22 (NLT)
Nothing is impossible with God. Last I checked He is large and in charge. His Word is living,just as relevant to me today, as it was to the early church. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Janet June 17, 2019 at 7:03 pm

If you believe, then you can heal anyone, even the unbelievers, and thus make them believers and lead them to Christ.

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. Matthew 21:22

Apparently you are not asking for the correct things.

Jack Wellman June 17, 2019 at 7:27 pm

Hello Janet. Thank you for your comment, but Marsha is not doing anything wrong by “not asking for the correct things.” What she is doing is what God would have her do. We cannot make anyone be saved even if we believe we can in faith and ask and recieve “whatever we ask for in prayer.” We are to pray for God’s will first, not ours, and it is God Who saves. He does use us as a means to save, but just because we believe that God will save an unbeliever, does not guarnatee they will be saved. God elects those whom He has chosen (John 6:44; Eph 1).

Johnson Chege June 4, 2012 at 6:29 am

Hi Pastor Jack.
The topic is a good and sensitive one which requires proper approach. I want only to refer you to John 4:12, Jesus said “I tell you the truth he whoever believes in me shall do the same works and greater works than these shall he do because I in to my father”. He we believe firmly in Jesus, strong walk with God with no hypocrisy, we can do miracles as Jesus did. The problem is only with our faith and not doing it for the glory of God but love for money coz ministers nowaday are doing for money. James 5:14 i wont quote it here but a believer can call elders and with prayers they anoint the pick and recieve healing.
My problem with faith healers is only when they do it for shows and not for the Glory of God, and pride begin to creep in.. The congregation too after seeing there miracles begin to worship the pastors instead of the Healer. Healing to of is real but only comes when the sick is well connected with the Trinity.

Jack Wellman June 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I agree my friend about the faith healers…but I also know that it must always be the express will of God for God alone heals. Paul prayed 3 times to be healed of his “thorn in the flesh” but never was because God said, “My grace is sufficient for you and my strength is perfected in your weakness” (paraphrasing). Timothy had stomach problems and I am sure Paul prayed for him too but he was never healed.

One of the greatest evangelists and preachers of the 19th Century, Charles Spurgeon, suffered from depression and there was not adequate treatment for his condition at that time. Would anyone accuse one of the greatest soul winners in history of lacking faith or having a weak moral attitude or of having a character weakness? Also C.S.Lewis, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther, and tons of other godly men and women were never healed in their lifetimes.

In 2 Corinthians 12:7-9, the scripture says, “And lest I (Apostle Paul) should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And He (Jesus) said unto me, MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR THEE: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Johnson Chege June 5, 2012 at 11:26 am

Hello my good Pastor.
I 100% agree with you on the above response. I guess you want to mean that it is not guaranteed that the sick will get healed after prayers offered by faith healers. With support from the scriptures you quoted it is evident that God will heal and can withhold healing with a reason more so if its for spiritual advantage like that of Paul. God heals as He wills and He is the one who heals. Faith is a requirement if one is seeking prayers to get healed. He must believe that healing power comes from God and not from a person. When Jesus did by replacing the ear of the soldier where faith of the latter was not required was a demonstration that He had power and His death was not to be contested or through struggle.
God bless you pastor and thank you for that perspective.

Jack Wellman June 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Well stated Mr. Chege. I like this example about faith healers for they do it for money by attracting many people and drawing in more donors and I believe as you do that the power is from God. Thank you so much my good friend. I always enjoy hearing from you sir.

Johnson Chege June 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Thank you Pastor.
I request you to talk about prosperity gospel attributed to giving vs repentance gospel. The former is what is mostly preached today and to me I tend to think preaching now has become a business.

Jack Wellman June 5, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Thank you again Mr. Chege. We actually have an article about the prosperity gospel at:


This article covers the wolves in sheeps clothing and talks about just what you said. Please check it out sir.

Hexandra Holandaze June 12, 2012 at 4:16 am

Good Morning Pastor Jack, I am very impressed with your so much knowledge. I love to pick great brains.
I must tell you I feel I was healed 2 times. 1) I was in the hospital having a nuclear heart test. while the test was going on things started to go wrong, I didn’t feel very well. I felt I was going. I prayed insesently to God and Mother Mary. I insisted God help me, I ask Mother Mary, Please don’t let me die here alone. the test was done, they couldn’t explain the malfuntion, they had said this never happened before. They put me in a chair, I begged please no I don’t feel well. 2 days went by the current Dr said your heart is fine. Before I went in, I was told by a Dr. over 5 years ago that I had heart problems. Go figure, I said Thank you God and Mother Mary.
The same Dr. 5 years ago had said I had COPD, I suffer from Asthma so my current breathing Dr tested my lungs. She had said my lungs are working above normal. She said you don’t have COPD. So I Thank God again for healing me 2 times. I pray all the time to God and Mother Mary. I do suffer from a broken heart due to family stress. So I am praying all the time. Maybe it has something to do with me being able to blow a Shofar on the first try. I had purchased the Shofar from a Rabbi. A Shofar, in bibical times were blown to awaken people. I really cannot remember the books, or chapters in the bible. I love blowing the Shofar and I am not Jewish it is blown only on High Holy Days for them.

Bern Zumpano June 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Hello, Pastor:
Just some thoughts to share. In Mark 16:17,18 Jesus said “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak in new tongues. They shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not harm them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. ” Here, Jesus is saying “This is what believers do….they cast out demons and lay hands on the sick for their recovery (healing). Since I have personally done both and witnessed the fruit of the Holy Spirits’ ministry through me (and others) the timeless Scripture tells us that these things ARE for today. But I perceive in-the-Spirit that what is done in faith must be received in faith. Those who do get the healing or deliverance. It is difficult for many to have faith when we live in a “post-Christian” era where it is no longer fashionable for most to be a Christian anymore. Perhaps that, too, is why our hospitals are not empty and believers do not want to step out in faith and go into them to do the job. In those instances where I have gone to the sick in hospitals, I have seen healings many times over nearly 30 years, but I never did a one of them–the Holy Spirit on me, in me, and through me did everyone of them. Why, then, should we not see healings when Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever?
Blessings in Him,
Bern Zumpano

Melissa December 27, 2018 at 10:05 pm

I agree with you Bern I also have seen and done miracles, and in Jesus name brought an old lady back from the dead. The church is missing the mark and refusing to take the whole scripture of mark as truth. They preach the first part leave out the part about putting hands on sick and them recovering, casting out Demons in Jesus name and drinking deadly poison and not being harmed, they skip that and go to the rest of the scripture.

Jack Wellman December 28, 2018 at 9:41 am

You are sadly mistaken or decieved Melissa. We humans have no such power. we cannot raise the dead. we can raise ourselves up in the morning,but to say yu were able to raise the dead is near blaspheme because only God can raise the dead. God alone gives the power to do this, so please repent of your false ideas that you can raise the dead and drink deadly poison. You are playing with fire when you say such things in arrogancy and boastful pride. God resists the proud (James 4:6).

Deceived August 16, 2012 at 5:48 am

Agree with the writer. These days miracle healers have become popular wth youtube. They set people up to act to show a blind person is receiving sight etc etc and the list goes on. Using magic illusion or trickery. So people run to that place where the healer is or the place where the miracles are taking place. Medjugorje is a sham. One does not need to have faith to be cured by god, just be a good person thats all. I hardly doubt there are any miracle healers left otherwise everyone in hospitals would be cured.

Jack Wellman August 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Amen my friend. Great point about there being empty hospitals otherwise. I believe the greatest miracle is that of human conversion. Instead of so called faith healers maybe they should be faith-sharers, because even if someone is healed, they will die again, but if we share the gospel with others, they have eternal life.

prophetic voice September 28, 2012 at 6:33 am

so wonderful site

paige May 3, 2013 at 2:45 am

only God knows and only he is able to heal he uses us humans as his tools the problem is we forget that its not about us and we use what he has given us for our own desires to say miracles dont exist is being blind they do when we believe that he can heal u

phishing4men May 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

Author: paige
only God knows and only he is able to heal he uses us humans as his tools the problem is we forget that its not about us and we use what he has given us for our own desires to say miracles dont exist is being blind they do when we believe that he can heal u
So was Paul blind and lacking in faith when God did not heal him, what about Timothy and some of the others that were reported as being sick. Did Paul need a Benny Hinn or one like him to pray for him since God did not heal him. God even healed some as seen in the Bible that did not believe nor have any faith at all. You seem to be hanging on to some things about God that are hearsay, what you have heard from men who pervert the truth for their sordid gain rather than the God of the Bible. Be careful what you believe about God that you hear from most TV preachers and some “faith healer” preachers in various churches around the globe. There are three kinds of sickness mentioned in the Bible. 1 Sickness unto death, as found throughout scripture, God will not heal that one. 2 Sickness unto chastisement, as found in James God can heal that one upon confession of sin and anointing of oil of the elders of the local church 3 Sickness unto the glory of God as with Paul and his thorn. . You are correct in saying God can and does heal today, but the “faith healers’ you see on TV today are for the most part heretics who are out for fame and gain. They date back to Simon the sorcerer in his desire for the power of God for self advancement. God speed paige may God give you and all his people discernment to know truth from lie

Ken Lyneham May 8, 2014 at 9:42 pm

I find it interesting where you wrote, “These healings were a testament to the Living God because there was no New Testament at the time for the church to read. There were some early church letters from the apostles circulating but they had not been gathered into one book or collated yet,,,”

There WAS no collated observations of what we now see in the NT. There WERE ‘Followers of Jesus or Christ’ at the time, they were the Judeo Christians, the first people who worshiped Jesus and they wrote many letters to Paul and he to them. Much of Paul’s writings in the NT are these letters. Paul wrote of the love of Jesus, his sanctity and fellowship and grace but I have failed to find in any of his writings, mention of all those miracles Jesus was reported to have performed in the first 4 books of the NT.
YOU mentioned some & would have mentioned more, but for the lack of space. Why didn’t Paul?

Jack Wellman May 9, 2014 at 10:55 am

Thank you Mr. Lyneham. I apologize, but I am not sure what you are asking sir. Can you clarify what you mean by why didn’t Paul mention the miracles of Jesus? Is that what you mean sir. Please forgive me lack of understanding.

Chris June 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm

I have read the article through, as well as the comments, but I still can not find an answer to the main question relating to cancer wards, hospitals, etc. I work in anesthesia in the operating rooms, and I often wonder why indeed faith healers do not use their talents on the many who suffer on earth. We can have great rewards in heaven, but I struggle seeing people suffer with such illnesses here. I don’t want to think or believe some people are born to live a life of pain and suffering here. Can somebody please offer me some insight?? Thank you.

Jack Wellman June 4, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Chris, I do know that this is a difficult thing to understand, even for Christians. John Piper has some very great insights into this. The greatest act of liberation that has ever happened in the history of the world was the Son of God suffering the agony of the cross to deliver us from death and sin and Hell,” Piper said. “The greatest act of freeing happened when Jesus died in our place and paid our debt.”

No one in the history of humanity has ever suffered like Jesus did. Have you ever seen Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ? I want you to do something for me Chris. Listen and watch this to see what He endured for us who deserved nothing but God’s wrath at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOIsjx2VwaM

Suffering is not in itself virtuous, nor is it a sign of holiness. It is also not a means of gaining points with God, or of subduing the flesh (as in asceticism). When it is possible, suffering is to be avoided. Christ avoided suffering unless it meant acting in disobedience to the Father’s will. In the process of producing Christian character and enhancing our testimony to others, suffering often opens up doors for ministry we could never have imagined. Paul’s imprisonment (chained daily to Roman soldiers in his own house) resulted in the spread of the gospel within the elite imperial praetorian guard. The Apostle was undoubtedly continuing to rejoice in the Lord, but if he had been complaining, sulking, and bitter, his witness would have been zero.

All that Jesus Christ is, and all that He did through His redemptive work, must be experienced – Redemption is to be experienced in Christ. Salvation happens all at once in a moment. But now you and I must work out our salvation – or, to put it another way, salvation in Christ must be worked out IN US. Jesus Christ must come be made manifest in and through us. This requires that we lose OUR lives. That will result in suffering. I pray this helps my friend.

Herman February 6, 2016 at 1:49 pm

The universe is the most complex thing we know , and we still have only found out how a small portion of what lies inside it works . How can we question the motives or try to understand the creator of are universe .

Truth Seeker May 25, 2016 at 5:40 pm

I have a few thoughts to share about those who claim to heal physical ailments by means of faith alone. First of all I am not sure if we can really be sure that Mark 16: 9-20 can be used as supporting evidence of faith healers because of the fact that there is much debate among scholars about the authenticity of those particular scriputures…in other words, they may not have actually been inspired by God but added to Mark’s Gospel later. In addition, in James chapter 5 it mentions healing the sick, but the context of verses 13-16 seems to indicate that it is talking about spiritual healing not physical. I know that the bible often compares faith to health – a person can be sick physically and it will cause them to be sluggish or slow or even inactive, in the same way a person can be sick spiritually and could cause the same effects to their faith. A person spiritually sick could find that their faith is waning or maybe they are doing things in their life that they wouldn’t have done before if they were healthy. It seems that the scriptures in James are talking about spiritual sickness because it mentions forgiveness of sins. Sin as we know damages our relationship with God and the scripture says that confessing our sins and praying will heal us – or heal our relationship with God.

Another thing I want to mention is that the Bible does mention that these miracles will be done away with.1 Corinthians 13:3-13 talks about the advantage of having love. It defines what true love is. In verses 8 – 11 it mentions that the miracles will be done away with, but it also compares them to works of a child. He says in verse 11 that he has done away with the works of a child now that he has become a man. As was mentioned in the article these miracles were necessary for the foundation of the new church that Christ established. And since it was a new church – like a newborn child as it were – it functioned differently that it does today. In verse 13 he mentions faith, hope and love, but the greatest is love. It seems like love is heavily emphasized in this passage even as something greater than these works.
The last thing I thought was interesting is that Jesus said that an identifying part of true Christians was – not having these miraculous gifts – but was actually the love that Christians had for each other at John 13:35 which is in harmony with what was mentioned in Corinthians. There is more scriptural evidence that supports that these faith healing works will be done away with but I lack time at the moment. The important thing to look forward to is what is mentioned at Revelation 21:4 – 4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away.” I just thought it would be good to put this information out there.

Jack Wellman May 25, 2016 at 5:49 pm

Spot on my friend. Very well said. Thank you for this nice exposition of solid, Scriptural support of your beliefs and yes, it is so. I agree.

Mike December 31, 2016 at 10:27 pm

I enjoyed reading your post. Healings (through the means of man) dwindle in the book of Acts, and are found no where after it in the New Testament. Interestingly, we NEVER find a healing being performed in a New Testament church. Also, many healings were physically noticable … An ear was put back on by Jesus, a man who could not walk from birth does so after healing, and so on. We simply don’t find “todays” healers venturing into healing anything more than what the person being healed has said was their infirmity. Most healings of the NT didn’t require the “audience” to believe that there was a disease/sickness/abnormality … they could see it. And they saw when it was healed.

Thanks, Pastor … I loved your question about why they don’t visit hospitals. It’s because they were never chosen by God to heal.

Jack Wellman January 1, 2017 at 8:54 am

Thank you Mike. I appreciate the encouragement. May God richly bless you sir for that.

scott mac donald September 5, 2017 at 12:43 pm

you cannot be a intellectual or your own adjustment either //you must be reborn or you are usingmaterial ideas

Jack Wellman September 5, 2017 at 1:19 pm

Thank you Mr. Mac Donald.

Pride Njeatih September 22, 2018 at 6:46 am

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. If He healed yesterday, He can still heal today and will still heal tomorrow. We don’t serve a dead God but ome who is strong and mighty. He works through people today im diverse means calling some to be Pastors, some teachers, some apostles, some evangelists FOR THE EQUIPING OF THE SAINTS and THR WORK OF MININSTRY. Faith healers are gifts to the body of Christ just as Pastors are. We ought to support brethren and encourage them rather than writing them off. Even Jesus was called the prince of demons so it’s not strange people withs gifts are being attacked everyday. Are they perfect? NO. Is God using them? YES.
They will be held accountable how they use the gifts given them. The fact that they misuse the gifts doesn’t mean the gifts are not of God. Let us not be robbed of our blessings by deceptions of satan. The church is powerful and we will see more of the gifts in operation as the end draws closer and closer as prophecied in the book of Joel. Thanks

Jack Wellman September 22, 2018 at 12:33 pm

No one has said God is still not doing miracles but faith healers who post all their work on You Tube or TV are just the opposite of Jesus who often told them to say nothng about their being healed. Faith healers can’t heal anyone. It is God Who heals and it is His decision, not faith healers. The Book of Joel was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost. see your footnotes in your Bible.

Paula Kopp May 31, 2019 at 8:18 am

I have prayed for healings on myself and some was instant and some were not. Sometimes I judged my faith after I prayed and it was at 100% and other times maybe 50%. Jesus even told the disciples “why didn’t you use your faith? It is also written that satan comes to steal your faith away by putting thoughts into your head that your prayer or prayers from others won’t work because you don’t deserve to be healed. Many thing can negate your healings even if a faith healer has 100% faith it can be done. Many times the recipient feels God wont heal him at that instance. We ourselves negate healings.

Jack Wellman May 31, 2019 at 9:22 am

Hello Paula. God or Jesus never promised everyone would be healed. The Apostle Paul never recieved healing…so it is God Who heals. It is not our faith that heals but God but God wants us to have faith. Job never recieved healing until much later, and who would accuse Job of not having great faith?! Paul was never healed and who would accuse him of having no or little faith?

H Nakatsuchi July 26, 2019 at 10:54 am

In the Tenrikyo religion, God will heal illness if one understands the soul/heart. In Proverbs, God tells us to Guard our hearts, for everything flows from it. We reap what we have sowed.

Jack Wellman July 26, 2019 at 11:30 am

Thank you for your comment my friend and that is interesting about the Tenrikyo religion.

christina November 13, 2019 at 9:11 pm

“”Mark 5:26–27] After healing her, Jesus tells her “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace! Be cured from your illness”.[Mark 5:34] At least two other times Jesus credited the sufferer’s faith as the means of being healed: Mark 10:52 and Luke 19:10.””
from the worldly Wikipedia
even they reference faith in the bible related to healing. Your article really confuses me…???

Jack Wellman November 13, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Hello Christina. So by your reasoning, it’s “our faith + God’s power = healing?” Not so. No healing would have taken place if God had not supernaturally intervened. You name 2 places for your example, but there are dozens others who are healed despite their faith, some even having weak faith, so it is not our faith + God = healing, but God alone is the Source of healing. The ESV we use is the best presently in use among most scholars, so what version of the Bible do you use?

Bubu David December 11, 2019 at 1:29 pm


Andrew Wommack has several doctor-confirmed (on video) instances of divine healing on his website. Please educate yourself before you lead people astray.

Jack Wellman December 11, 2019 at 2:40 pm

Hello friend, but remember that Satan can appear as an angel of light and do wonders that can decieve, so even if Mr. Wommack could raise the dead, as some say, it is God Who performs the miracle and not man (even Wommack) so he has no power to heal but only God and those whom He works through. Please leave this false teacher as you are decieved. When Jesus did miracles, He told them to not tell anyone…but false teachers post them on You Tube or their websites, but they have no power at all. God alone heals and only when He chooses to heal for His will is supreme over us. Why doesn’t he focus on saving the lost rather than healing the saved?

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