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The battle for healing in Britain

The battle for faith in the public square currently has an interesting twist to it in the UK. It’s not just about who can (or can’t) be married. There is a contest for the freedom of Christians to practice their faith in regard to healing. Now admittedly there are significant differences within the Christian church about this, but there remains a significant proportion (myself included) who think it is perfectly reasonable to believe that God heals today. Anyway, this area has been given fresh prominence by three British MPs writing…

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NSCC v ASA (round 3)

Our church has been having a debate with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about talking about healing (Round 1, Round 2). Here’s the latest: We sent the following letter to them, explaining again our position “Thank you for your letter asking us again to comply with the proforma. Our response, however is the same as before for the following reasons: The ASA may have felt we discouraged people from seeking medical advice but the burden of proof is with you to demonstrate that the implication you infer is both correct…

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Healing Controversy Continues

You may recall that my church is having something of a disagreement with the ASA over a newsletter we distributed in our neighbourhood that focused on healing (you can read the original posts with links here and here). Well things have gone a little bit further since then. The ASA sent us a proforma which goes a bit further than the action they requested here. The proforma of compliance is as follows: “ASSURANCE OF COMPLIANCE WITH ASA ADJUDICATION This is an assurance that the advertising that was the subject of…

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More on our healing debate…

It’s interesting to see how news of this is spreading. We’ve even made it over to Yahoo QuestionsApparently, the issue is resolved and if we formed a judgement on these responses, we would be ‘dangerous’, ‘desperate’, and possibly jailed for making such outrageous claims. Meanwhile, I’ve received these messages of support: “I just want to encourage you in your stand about prayer and healing having read the article on the BBC new report. I too am a doctor, though also retired, and gladly endorse healing through Christian prayer. I pray…

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It is not 'irresponsible' to say 'God Does Heal Today'

Recently I’ve found myself and the church I lead in something of a mini-controversy. Here is how it looks from where I stand. During May, we held a guest service where we preached the life changing message of Jesus Christ and prayed for the sick, with hope and expectation that God would heal. We’ve seen a number of people blessed by God in this way, so we decided to do an invitation/flyer to our community, which we called Beautiful News. The service came and went, and although no healings occurred…

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