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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Visit to Dudley (part 2)

This is the second in my report on my visit to Revival Fires in Dudley (here for part 1). The second part of the meeting was centred around healing. Trevor Baker gave a number of pretty general words of knowledge (arthritis, diabetes etc) and one or two more specific ones (50% hearing loss) and threw in some exhortation as people began to come forward for prayer. The band remained in place and continued to play in the background. While I’m not sure I would go as far as to say…

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Front Edge

Sunday gone, was an interesting day. The West Midlands region of Newfrontiers took part in an initiative called Front Edge. The ‘front edge’ being where the church connects with those who don’t yet follow Christ. The format is simple and straightforward. A guest speaker comes, prays for the sick and trusts God for healing. The reason for that is again simple. It’s evidence that demands a verdict. If the unbeliever sees a demonstration of God’s power, it’s hard to then convince yourself He doesn’t exist. A simple presentation of the…

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Book Review: One Touch from the King

One Touch from the King Changes Everything is an inspiring read. Does God still believe in miracles? Mark Stibbe certainly thinks the answer is YES! The church family I’m a part of (Newfrontiers) also thinks so and is seeking to see more and more healings as part of our demonstration of Christianity. Stibbe roots his views in Scripture and follows how the touch of Jesus healed people and how the touch of Jesus continues to heal people through his followers. The teaching is sound and the stories are remarkable and…

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Let's Go – Day Four

Flipping heck, it’s taken me nearly a week to complete this, where does the time go? I’m too busy posting comments on other people’s blogs, that’s my problem. Anyway Day Four was a great finale. We had John Cardinal and his family, from Bristol, with us and he preached the Gospel and prayed for the sick with real authority (I learnt a lot) and it was such an encouraging morning. However it was a real battle to keep believing in God all the way through that He was going to…

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