August 21, 2008
Andres C. Guevara Jr.
Full Gospel churches faith not only accepts the Gospel of Salvation which Christ made complete as He was resurrected from the dead, but also believes in the release from physical illness and salvation for the cursed life.

The well known and boasted term "Full Gospel" is a characteristic of Pentecostal and Charismatic movement where physical healing is their salient feature. They say that physical healing is an integral part of the Gospel and without it; it is not complete or Gospel that is not full. Physical healing is very important to them as they attribute this to their numerical growth.

Bro. Eddie Villanueva the founder and Head of Jesus is Lord Church in the Philippines stated in their website, "Our mission is to bring all peoples to the kingdom of the Living God regardless of race, color, nationality, and religious affiliation through the saving, healing, and delivering knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ."

The Word of Hope Philippines, pastored by David Soprepeņa. Based on their website about their doctrinal statement it says, "WE BELIEVE... Divine Healing of the Sick is a Privilege for Christians Today and is provided for in Christ's atonement" (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the A/G]

Charismatic healer John Wimber "expressed in the course notes of his Signs and Wonders and Church Growth Seminars: "Full Gospel Central Church is growing fast because of an emphasis on healing."

a. Sickness is of the Devil according to Charismatic Evangelist Kenneth Copeland (September 1089 paper)
b. God has never used sickness to discipline His children. According to Charismatic Evangelist Kenneth Copeland.
c. Sickness is caused by Satan, sin and Curse. According to Dr. David Yonggi ("We can determine three sources for our ills: Satan, sin, and the curse")

1. Isaiah 38, God give Hezekiah sickness unto death and then recovered after he prayed.
2. Job 1-2, God allowed Satan to touch all that Job had: his wealth, family and health.
3. II Corinthians 12:4-10, The Lord did not answer Paul's prayer regarding his "torn in the flesh"
4. John 9:1-3, Jesus asked by the disciples concerning a man who was born blind whether he sinned or his parents caused his blindness. Neither of the perceived cause was the source but "that the works of God should be made manifest in him"
5. Genesis 3:14-24, If there are sickness, sorrow, suffering, and death because of the curse, it is God who placed the curse upon this world.

The Assemblies of God, the largest Pentecostal denomination promotes the doctrine that healing is in the atonement. ("divine healing is an integral part of the Gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers"_Their Fundamental Truths, Section 12)
Full gospel firmly believes that Christ not only redeemed our spirits but also our bodies from the curse of disease. ("Full Gospel firmly believes that Christ not only redeemed our spirits but also our bodies from the curse of disease, and that He continues to bestow that blessing on Christians today."__stated in the fifth of the seven theological foundations of the full gospel).

Bear in mind that both Isaiah 53: 4 and Matthew 8:17 are referring to actual physical sickness ("grief") and mental anguish ("sorrows") but not necessarily follow that of vicariously bearing of them. Both of the verbs in Matthew "took" (lambano) and "bare" (bastazo) do not signify to bear vicariously. The second verb, bastazo which means "to bear or carry" has the sense of "bearing one's burden." This is bearing one another's burden sympathetically as in Galatians 6:2, but not bearing one's sin to explate (atone) them. If Matthew, who frequently quoted from the Old Testament Scriptures, meant "substitutionary bearing," he could have used the word which has the idea of "to bear sins up on the cross, in order to expiate them by suffering." This is the verb which Apostle Peter chooses in I Peter 2:24: "Who His own self bare (anahero) our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live righteousness: by whose stripes we are healed."

The healing in the atonement is first and foremost spiritual healing. The perfect healing of the body will happen in the resurrection and at the rapture. This is what Paul is saying, "the redemption of our body" (Rom.8:22-23). It is a future hope, and not for today.


Charismatic leaders show that the ministry of the Lord Jesus was teaching, preaching, and healing (Matthew 9:35). They also added that since the Lord Jesus sends us in mission so we need to have the same ministry today. (John 20:21)

This statement ignores the true purpose of Christ's healing ministry. The healing ministry of Christ was unique - to authenticate that He was the Messiah. Jesus did miracles of healing for the same reason He did all His miracles: so that people would recognize Jesus as God and Messiah, repent of their sins, and place their trust in Him for salvation. (John 5:36; 10:25; 14:11; Matthew 11:20-21; John 2:11).

"And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name." - John 20:30-31.


JAMES 5:14 "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church"
God does heal today! James, in his epistle told us, that when we are sick:
1. We do not call for a 'gifted' healer but to call for the elders (church leaders or the Pastor) of the church. These are the people who know and love us. The word "sick" here indicates that the sufferer is bedridden, without strength, feeble or helpless and was also used by John as "impotent" (John 9:5). Church leaders will pray over him, not in special public healing crusade, but in the privacy of the home of the sufferer. It is not for show; it is not a sign to the world but something within the body of Christ for the encouragement of God's people.
2. The principal activity of the elders is prayer. In James 5:13-16, this idea of prayer is mentioned five times which signifies the importance of prayer. Prayer is the only means by which God's blessing of healing may be secured. There is nothing mentioned any exhibition of the sick or selling any handkerchief or magical items.
3. It is the sick who call the elders and not the leading ministers calling the sick and promote the healing crusade.
4. God may use a medical, physical help to heal a person "...anointing him with oil...". The application of oil in the Old Testament has a sacred, spiritual significance. Kings and priests were anointed with oil (1 Samuel 16:13). In this verse, however, the word "oil" is used for purely physical, secular or medical purposes. An example of this is in the parable of the Lord Jesus about the Good Samaritan who bound up the wounds of the one who had been robbed and beaten, "pouring in oil..." (Luke 10:34).

JAMES 5:15 "And the prayer of faith shall save (heal) the sick..."
1. Does this mean that healing is guaranteed as long as the right quality of faith is present?
2. Can God always bring healing as long as you have faith?
3. Is it always the will of God to heal?

In the Bible faith and healing are linked together.
1. Matthew 9:20-22, a hemorrhaging woman was healed because of her faith and Jesus said, "Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole".
2. John 4:49-53, the nobleman's son was healed because of the faith of his father.

However, there are those whom the Lord Jesus did not heal from their sicknesses:
1. Paul (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)
2. Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25-27)
3. Trophimus (2 Timothy 4:20)

Therefore, the prayer of faith is not a demanding, insisting kind of word, and convincing themselves that the healing is already accomplished. But it is a humble recognition that God may have a higher plan, and he is ready to submit to the higher wisdom and authority of God. It is not a form of will power, which attempts to bend circumstances to our own will. God heals in His own time, by His own means, for His own glory according to His own will and pleasure. And we must submit and obey the sovereignty of God, which is a manifestation of faith.


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