Featured in the November, 2006 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
In addition to numerous healing miracles, there is a lot in the Bible about health. However, the Christian faith is not centered on the body, but on the soul (Matthew 10:28).
Chasing from doctor to doctor, and even to specialists in other cities, there are many people who would pay anything to be cured of illness. Often desperate and deceived, they chase after faith healers, hoping for health. Shrewd charlatan preachers know there are folk wanting to be healed. The likes of A. A. Allen, Kathryn Kuhlman, and William Branham have filled the biggest tents and the largest auditoriums with folk more interested in their bodies than their souls.
At Ashburn Baptist, we have never neglected Bible teaching on health and healing. You can get from the library or download from the Internet my September 10th sermon on “Health, Healers and Healing”. On the basis of the Bible, we believe it’s more important to be saved than to be healed, and that eternal life is of greater significance than some temporary cure.
People are not only interested in health, but also wealth. A recent poll indicates that 61% of the people believe that God wants them rich. Shyster preachers have been clever enough to lock in to this pervasive human desire.
The Bible has 2,350 verses on money. In the Book of Proverbs there are 142 verses dealing with finances. The balanced teaching, preaching ministry of Ashburn Baptist has covered all the Scriptures have to say about money. Just last Summer, the helpful eight lesson series on finances from Crown Ministries was presented at our church.
Because the Bible deals with all of life, it deals with money; but this is not the focus of Scripture. Almost everyone seems to want more than he has and this is what the Bible calls “greed”. The Tenth Commandment prohibits it. Any fool knows there are some very godly people who have very limited finances, nor is wealth a mark of holiness.
If health and wealth are at the top of the list, then Jesus is a poor model. His suffering on the cross is not a picture of robust health. Being born in a stable, then buried in a borrowed tomb, and during his ministry had “no place to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20) is scarcely an example of wealth.
The focus of the Christian message is spiritual and eternal, not physical and temporal. The “health and wealth” preachers are presenting a false Gospel for which the apostle Paul has some very sharp words (Galatians 1:6-12).
Notice that the faith healers get sick and die. The wealth preachers will finally be broke.
It was Jesus who said, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and yet forfeit his soul” (Mark 8:36).