The Truth About Divine Healing - John G Lake
The following are three articles from a series of 24 written by John G Lake that appeared in the newspaper “Sacramento Union,” Sacramento, California, July and August, 1927. These are taken from the book shown above, John G Lake - His Life His Sermons His Boldness of Faith.
Article 1 -Does God heal the sick in answer to prayer? What is the truth about divine healing?
Millions throughout the world are asking these questions today. Unfortunately, the truths about divine healing have been greatly obscured by acts of sensationalism on the part of those who felt called upon to bring divine healing to the public. It is the purpose of this series of articles, to place the subject of divine healing before the reading public simply and plainly. It is my hope that I can do something to tear away the veil of supposition, superstition and misunderstanding from this subject, and present it in a way that all can understand. Can God heal the sick? Does God heal the sick? Does God heal sinner as well as saint? How does God heal the sick? What must one do to be healed? These and many other questions will be answered in these articles. Those who would learn the mighty simple truths regarding divine healing, as taught by evangelists who believe that God heals today just as He did 2,000 years ago, will do well to read these articles from first to last. Some of these articles may prove startling to those who have not been taught along these lines. However, every statement will be backed by evidence. Every instance of healing cited will be of persons whose testimonies can readily be verified. (Keep in mind, this was written in 1927! This article is shared as written at that time.) Article 2 – Does God Heal? This is an age-old question. The miracles of Jesus have been the battleground of the centuries. Millions declare that God does heal the sick. Millions scorn the assertion. “Go into all the world, and proclaim the Gospel,” said Jesus. “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues…they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:17-18). The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). If His gospel was true then, it is true now. His disciples healed the sick then (Luke 10). His disciples should heal the sick now. The power of healing was bestowed on the Christians in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. This power is still available. Healings are just as certain today as they were then. It is said that many of those who would bring the joyful message of salvation and healing to the public have obscured the vision and darkened the simple sweet truths with a blare of trumpets, and the din of sensationalism. The public has listened, pondered and in many cases turned away disgusted. However, truth is unalterable. God does heal today. Christ healed all who came asking. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Article 3 – Does God Heal Sinner as Well as Saint? To this question the World Bible Truth Crusaders answer, “Yes.” The Bible says, “He healed all that came unto Him” (Luke 9:11; Matthew 12:15; Acts 10:38). That they came to Jesus was enough. They were not asked what form of worship they subscribed to. They came unto Him—that satisfied Jesus. When they possessed faith, He hastened to commend it. He never told anyone that it was God’s will they were sick. He never told anyone they were being “perfected” in character through sickness. He commanded His 12 disciples to heal the sick (Luke 9:1-16). He commanded the “70” to first heal the sick, and then to say; “The Kingdom of God is come nigh unto you” (Luke 10:9). The World Bible Crusaders, of which I am the president, teach that all may be healed—that all may find salvation. The Crusaders invite you to bring the halt, the sick, the lame and the blind. It makes no difference what they may be –Protestant, Catholic or Jew. The Crusaders believe that the cause of Christianity has been hurt by petty limitations established by those who have failed to see the magnificent scope of the ministry of Jesus. Jesus is still willing and able to heal all that come. To be continued... The additional articles written by John G Lake will be included in upcoming issues of the Journal of Healing. Stay tuned!