Someone defending Todd Bentley (and other miracle healers) wrote in a comment on a post I came across on Isaiah’s Word’n’Verse blog site:
Healings involve three primary elements: the faith of the sick, the faith of the person with the gift, the sovereignity of God. When a person believes that they receive a healing often times others will agree with them by saying, (which is important) “I believe that you are healed.” Between these 3 elements, no one knows why so many don’t get healed. Not everyone received healing during the Lord’s ministry though He had the spirit without measure. What I do say is that just because a minister “misses” it, does not make them false nor the move of God a sham.
Although I responded to this fellow in the comments of that post, I would like to go ahead and comment on this line of thought here as well because I believe it is completely unscriptural. As with everything else I have encountered in my study of God’s word, acts of healing were never done in glorification of man, but *always* for the glorification of God the Father. If God desires to work through a person, He may so choose, and if He chooses to heal a person, you can be assured that whoever the agent and recipient may be, the act itself is designed purely for the glory of God. When a man stakes a claim for himself with the reputation of being a healer–attempting to rob the source of glory in this sovereign act of God–you do well to be suspicious and suspecting of the man.
Healings involve three primary elements: the faith of the sick, the faith of the person with the gift, the sovereignity of God.
Well he was right about one of those things anyway. “Healings” of the sort referred to here involve the sovereignty of God. The rest of what was said is actually unbiblical and puts the power of God in the hands of a man. I get so sick of hearing people try to blame the sick and the hurting for not “having enough faith”. Read the Bible. How many people were healed because of their faith? NONE. Jesus healed the Centurion’s son and the faith of the Centurion was commended, but the son’s faith was not mentioned, nor was he healed because of the faith of his father, but because of the sovereignty of The Father. And there were a few other times when someone’s faith was commended, but it was never a pre-requisite.
Most of the examples you will find in the Scriptures actually demonstrate the reverse of what this person stated. People were healed miraculously and as a result they had faith. Not the other way around. That’s precisely why they were so overwhelmed by what God had done. God had mercy on them, just as He has had mercy on every sinner that he has elected to save through the sacrifice of our Lord upon the cross. And there is no greater example of healing today than God resurrecting someone who is dead in sin to new life in Christ. That is a miraculous healing, and it is not determined by the faith of the evangelist, nor of the sinner who hears the gospel call. It is certainly not because of anything deserving in us, but rather because God is merciful and He does this for His glory. For even faith, as Paul so aptly said in his epistle to the Ephesians, comes not from ourselves but from God: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
I encourage you, good brothers, to search the Scriptures and do not fall into error. We live in a time of mass delusion. Take care that you do not succumb to it.
Peace & Blessings,