I found a video that I watched a few years ago of Justin Peters talking about being a teenager with Cerebral Palsy. He talked about why he thought he should be healed; a neighbor explained to him that it was God’s desire that all people be healthy and healed of whatever their ailment was. This testimony of Justin Peters is moving, and greatly enlightening; a warning in this real world of ours in its present day.
I am listening again to this video and have not gotten far enough along in this second listening, to know if this is Justin Peters video where he goes into more detail of attending Benny Hinn’s TV healings which is a saddening witness of how people are being led into the false doctrine of slaying in the spirit and healings being performed on the whim of Benny Hinn’s waving his hands in the air to push people down onto the floor. Boy, what a show he puts on, but let’s not be fooled by false teachings. These put people down for not having the faith to be healed. That is preposterous! Jesus made it so easy for us to believe. It is not a hard thing to do, just believe as much as you can in sincere faith, as best as anyone can.
In fact, Jesus does not tell us that we have to jump through hoops to believe in his being the Son of God the Father, of being God in the flesh… he does not teach us to control the weather like Gloria Copeland teaches, he mentions nothing of the kind. This is just an example of what Justin Peters expounds upon in his teachings, and so excellently!
The wrongful interpretation of scripture, this WOF “culture of the occult” that the neighbor taught him about, led Justin Peters to believe he did something wrong, that he didn’t have enough faith in the Lord, and that he must have had some unrealized sin.
Nora Lam was the first Word Of Faith (WOF) healer that Justin was led to when he was just 16 after the neighbor convinced him that he could be healed. I searched for who Nora Lam was and found a Christian forum group online with one person who seems to lean toward wanting to know more about her healing ministry and mentions that a movie called China Cry is about her. Guess where it is found? On the TBN Network, of course! Stay away from TBN, if you want to be a true follower and believer in Christ. They follow all kinds of strange doctrine including the “Little Gods” doctrine.
Justin Peters refers to Isaiah 53:3, is being healed from sin, not the physical healing that so many Word Of Faith preachers claim it means.
Reading further from the Christian forum, I found one comment, in particular, that is argumentative toward Justin Peters’ teachings. This person wrote, “Most people who didn’t receive their healing is because they don’t believe in the first place… Depends on people’s hearts…” That’s the same, old, tired argument we hear over and over again, that is supposed to explain why Christians die from one thing or another. Like God is going to intervene in each and everyone’s prayers to be magically healed or brought great wealth by praying for it. Now think of prosperity preachers, and let that sink in. Isn’t it the same as asking for healing, expecting to be healed and be rich?
You want what you want, and say it, and God gets the permission to grant it to you, right?
How absurd! Some preachers teach that God doesn’t have permission to answer prayers until we pray for something!
This is like praying to a Mechanical God Who Has Strings Attached To Our Controlling Hands. Like a marionette, he answers prayer when we Pull His Strings, right? Isn’t that the God we pray to? No, is the answer.
This may be the reasoning of “fleshly wisdom” that we find from WOF preachers that falls short of God’s wisdom. James 3:15 says, This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. Read from James chapter 3 if you want to know more about WOF, the boasting tongues WOF preachers seem to have and not taming the tongue is a restless evil, full of deadly poison, of both blessing and cursing. This should make you cringe upon thinking of what the WOF teachers are saying. It speaks about the dangers of having worldly wisdom.
We might learn something from this Marionette God theory that is of the WOF preachers that is clearly wrong. Just because we pray for something does not mean we will get it. Paul prayed many times to have his thorn removed, but he was told that His grace was sufficient for him, so even Paul the Apostle did not be freed from whatever the thorn was that so pained him.
2 Corinthians 12:7 says,
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
Maybe the Apostle Paul knew so much about God that God decided to pain him with a thorn of some kind so that Paul did not become arrogant. It happens to people, you know. In 2 Corinthians 12:5 we read, For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. Does this mean that He does not know which of his children suffer and give no answer? Christ Jesus’ Spirit lives in our hearts and is known as the Comforter. We need Him as much as we need Christ as well as our Heavenly Father.
So shall we say that Paul the Apostle did not have enough faith to be freed from the pain of the thorn that God gave him? If Paul did not have the faith to go through all the trials and hardship he went through even becoming close to death because of lack of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, then I’ll eat my hat on that final day of God’s Judgment! I don’t know how to say this more strongly, Paul the Apostle prayed that this thorn in his side be removed, after preaching the gospel and carrying on the words of Jesus, yet some Word of Faith adherents would tell us that the Apostle Paul did not have faith enough to be healed of it! What blasphemy!
God is not Santa Claus. He is our Redeemer, and that’s what He’s about – in fact the whole Bible speaks to this, His saving grace, our need to be saved from sin. After all, being created in the beginning showed us that Adam and Eve ate from the wrong tree, remember? And man’s being fallen after that, our need is to be saved from death caused by sin. We need a Savior, and that is Jesus Christ.
Sometimes God has other reasons for not healing someone. He sure brought Justin Peters along to become a great teacher warning us of foxes in sheep’s clothing. His WOF teachings are immaculate, using scripture to prove he is right.
God uses people however he wants. We must always seek Christ in all that we do, and learn to rely on Him for all our needs. Please don’t be foolish and take the WOF movement seriously as the Gospel. Read, read and read the Bible some more. Compare what Justin Peters says with Biblical Scripture and don’t be fooled!