Dead Churches: Every Christian’s Stigma

30 Apr

Why is it that many Christian churches do not have a healing ministry? There are still churches where the elders will do the laying on of hands after the service if you’re sick or need prayer, but you have to ask them. Seek them out. Otherwise you’d never know if they do these things. But a healing service? They are few. I have been to many different denominational churches, Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical, and have never seen a single healing ministry. Why is that? Is our faith too small? Have we stopped believing that Jesus still heals today? Is it because charlatans like Benny Hinn and Peter Popoff have caused us not to believe in genuine miracles?

 

Miracles still happen. People still get healed. How do I know that? Because God never changes! He is still a God who answers prayers. Our Lord is still the great Physician, the Mighty Healer, the God of miracles. He never changes. It’s either a faith issue or pastors no longer believe that the gift of healing is relevant today. That we are not to be like the church in the Book of Acts. That certain spiritual gifts have ceased. We have become dull of hearing and dim of eyesight. We are fainthearted. We doubt and waver and are tossed to and fro by every wind that comes along. We live defeated lives. We are not vessels that God can use and do a mighty work in. Many are Sunday-only Christians. A defeated Christian is an oxymoron. So is a helpless Christian. We are more than conquerors in Christ. (Romans 8:37) We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.(Phil. 4:13) God is on our side. (Psalms. 118:6)

All I know is that many churches are either dead or grow so slowly that no one really gets blessed. I once read about this Protestant church whose congregation was mostly Caucasian. An older lady visited one Sunday was just full of the spirit and joy and love of the Lord. Once during the sermon she yelled out: “Amen!”  People were shocked. They turned to stare at her, wondering who was this person that’s causing a raucous! An usher came forward and told the woman she had to be quiet. When she did it again, this same usher approached her and said if she she didn’t keep silent she would have to leave. She promised to  try. A few minutes later she shouted: “Hallelujah!” This time two ushers came and gently escorted her out. They told her we don’t do such things in this church! A lot of churches are like this one. Where’s the genuine worship? The praise? The expression of  adoration?

What has happened to the Christian spirit? The Christian’s joy? Church is for heartfelt worship. So many dead Christians. The Bible tells us that when we become born-again, the Holy Spirit imparts us with spiritual gifts. These gifts are to be used among and for the body of Christ, as well as to evangelize and help a hurting world. It’s actually a sin never to use your gift(s). A church is supposed to be filled with saved believers who all use their gifts in the church. The pastor is not the leader. He’s merely a servant. Jesus said if you want to be great, serve. God never intended for His children to be idle in Church. To be only passive listeners. We are to be involved. Fill a need. God gives each Christian a different gift and the church, the body of Christ, needs us because we are equipped to do what others are not because they have different gifts. Pastor is only one gift.The church needs those with the gift of shepherding, mercy, helps, evangelism, giving, exhortation, teaching, prophecy, etc. The pastor is only one part of the body.

Is your church dead? Boring? Or is it alive with praise and worship where everyone can shout: Amen! Hallelujah! Is there a healing ministry? Do they announce that elders are available to lay hands on anyone who is sick? Is it a church where every believer is given an opportunity to use his or her gifts? Ask about a healing service in your church. If your pastor says we don’t do that here or God doesn’t do miracles anymore, get out of that church! That church neglects a very important aspect of Jesus’ ministry: healing.  Find a church that still believes nothing is impossible with God.

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2 Responses to “Dead Churches: Every Christian’s Stigma”

  1. Philipp September 18, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Very nice article. I absolutely appreciate this site.
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    • justoneblogger November 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      Thank you for your kind comment. I apologize for not replying sooner. Due to lack of readership response, I had let this site go for several months. I hope to get back into it and post more. Again, thanks for commenting.

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