Is it Always God’s Will to Heal Now?

Jesus is getting a lot of really confusing press when it comes to physical healing these days. This post will answer one of the biggest questions that arises from all of the confusion.

As of right now, miraculous healing is one of the most popular subjects inside and outside the church. Preachers are preaching it, televangelists are guaranteeing, desperate people need it – it’s a healing-hungry world out there.

Recently, I was on a camping trip with my family and thought I was free and clear of any healing ministry enthusiasts. That first night a man walked up to my campsite out of the blue, introduced himself, and proceeded to spend 2 hours telling me about his divine healing ministry. The crescendo of our campfire pow-wow? No, he didn’t heal my wife’s asthma (or even offer). But he did give me two copies of his most recent book on using the power of positive words to speak healing into every sick person I know. After I declined his offer of 400 copies for our church, I shared truth, and he didn’t return again. houston-1You probably experience the same kind of chaotic intrusion from time to time as well. Peruse through your local TV stations or mainstream Christian bookstore and it won’t be long before you’re promised divine healing and a miracle of some sort. On the flip side to all of that, there’s a whole slew of authors and teachers who will tell you that God does nothing supernatural, so not to get your hopes up.

All of the opinions can be downright confusing for people who just need a clear answer to one begging question:

Is it always God’s will to heal everyone during their life on earth?

To find this answer we don’t need a faith healer’s FAQ webpage, or a blanket guarantee from someone who has “seen and experienced some things” in a healing room or a jungle overseas. We need nothing more than to incline our ears and fill our minds with answers from the word of God.

Here are six clear truths that explain God’s will in regards to healing:


This is the most important point to start off any discussion on God’s will and miraculous healing. God doesn’t heal everyone all the time and the Bible gives irrefutable evidence to support this. Miracles of healing were primarily done through God the Son – Jesus Christ, and His Apostles. Jesus healed just one man out of a multitude of sick people at the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:3-8). Jesus didn’t heal people in His hometown of Nazareth (Matthew 13:58). After a healing-spree in the district of Galilee, Jesus plainly decided to go somewhere else to preach even though desperately sick and hurting people were looking for Him (Mark 1:38). His reasoning was simple: “Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for.” Christ didn’t come to earth to hold a healing crusade, He came to bring salvation! As for the most prolific Apostle and writer of 13 New Testament books? Paul wielded miraculous gifts yet told Timothy to take wine for his stomach issues. Why didn’t the Apostle wield his gift of healing? (1 Timothy 5:23). Paul also left one of his faithful ministry teammates, Trophimus, sick at Miletus. Why didn’t he heal him and bring him along? (2 Timothy 4:20). Clearly, God heals as He wills and even sovereignly controlled the specially gifted Apostles. God’s will in healing is not a formula that man can master.


Can you “believe” your way into getting healed? This view on faith healing was first popularized in the early 20th century by faith healing evangelists. They made a lot of money off people by making them repeat customers to their healing crusades. If someone didn’t get healed, the faith healer blamed the sick person and told them to come back with more faith – and usually an offering (we’ll deal with that one next). Fortunately, the Bible clears the air on this abusive teaching. When Jesus healed the cripple at Bethesda, the man didn’t have a clue who Jesus was, let alone have enough faith (John 5:13). In Luke 5:17-26 Jesus did heal based on faith – He healed a man’s soul through salvation. When the Pharisees questioned His authority to forgive the lame man’s sins, He healed the man to prove it. Other times Jesus was in fact moved by people’s faith, but this doesn’t mean that His healing touch was bound to whether or not they had enough faith. When the woman with issue of blood crawled through the crowd just to touch the hem of Christ’s robe, He felt power leave Him (Luke 8:46). In this case, as in others throughout the gospels, Jesus is moved by her faith and heals her, but He tells her of the true healing that has taken place when He says, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace” (Luke 8:48). Jesus calls her “daughter” because He has offered the greatest healing of all; she is now part of the family of God. So can the healing power of Christ be coerced by faith as a force? Not even close. Jesus is the Great Physician who places a priority on healing the wayward sinner’s soul, more than He does the physical body.


Simon the Sorcerer tried to buy it (Acts 8:9-25), fortune-tellers and witch doctors will sell it, and faith healers will tell you to sow your biggest seed to get it. As it has been throughout history, people are convinced that healing, like houses, is FOR SALE. When a beggar asked for a blessing in his cup, the Apostle Peter offered him something better – and gave it to him for free! (Acts 3:6). This truth is pure biblical logic. If God can’t be convinced to heal by a guaranteed formula, and Jesus can’t be forced to heal by the right amount of faith, then it’s unthinkable that the Alpha and Omega can be “bought” into healing with a bribe. No Apostle, no New Testament writer, and not even Jesus Himself, ever told someone to give a financial seed of faith for a healing, a breakthrough, or protection from sickness. It is not God’s will that you give money to be healed.


Positive confession teaching asserts that if you have enough faith, and speak your healing by that faith, then you will be healed. Based on this view of healing, your sickness is caused by your negative confession and wrong thinking and you can control God’s will in healing. Growing up I experienced this belief system first hand and was often scolded if I woke up with a runny nose and said, “I’m sick.” A parent would quickly remark, “Don’t confess that! You are well! You are the head and not the tail! You are healed in Jesus Name – now get ready for school.” This view on healing goes back over a century and has been the cause of much confusion in the body of Christ. This teaching has no foundation in Scripture but if certain verses are twisted and taken out of context, it can be taught. The late Charismatic apologist Walter Martin desperately tried to help his own theological camp understand this unbiblical view on healing with sermons about this erroneous teaching. Ultimately, 1 John 5:14 serves as a helpful clarification for praying “in Jesus’ name” as it says, “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” Confessing something “in Jesus’ name” doesn’t work as a blanket promise if what you’re asking isn’t the will of God. You’ll know God’s will in regards to your healing based on what actually happens – not based on what you confess.


So does God still heal today? As an immutable (unchanging) and sovereign God – of course He does! His will cannot be thwarted and there are those who He has decreed to be healed during life on earth. But He does so according to His will and He does so for His glory. Jesus prayed, “Thy will be done”, multiple times throughout His life and ministry on Earth. At one point, He even prayed this when He was sweating blood (Luke 22:42). Under the greatest weight a man has ever carried, and in preparation to take the sin of the world on His divine shoulders, God the Son still submitted His will to the glorious plan and purpose of the Father’s will. This is a model that should resonate with every believer today. Can God heal? Yes. But sometimes He will glorify Himself through your suffering, your sickness, and even your death. This counter-intuitive way of thinking is foreign to this world. No wonder Peter called us foreigners (1 Peter 2:11), and James said to count it all joy when you encounter trials (James 1:2). Just think of how God will use your story for His glory – no matter what your temporal circumstance may be. That is the greatest honor in this life. Greater than even a healing.


The atonement bought and paid for everything you and I could never afford. Christ died and paid the penalty of sin, sickness, tears, fears, the wrath of God, and the eternal fire of hell. While all of this (and more) is provided for in the atonement, many of the blessings we’ll experience won’t be fully realized until heaven. For example, while we have assurance of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ here on earth, we don’t live eternally until after we die (John 3:16). Similarly, this old decaying body is promised to be replaced by a glorified one (1 Corinthians 15:50-53), but we don’t receive that until heaven. Finally, Christ said He is going to prepare a place for His disciples (John 14:2-3), and that means us indirectly too. Yet, some of us would hardly call our current home a heavenly mansion! Yes, all of the benefits of the atonement were bought and paid for by Christ – but heaven is where we’ll eternally enjoy them in the fullest sense!


One day the trumpet will sound, the dead in Christ shall rise, death will be no more, He’ll wipe away every tear, cancer won’t exist, wheel chairs will be scrap metal, downs syndrome will be an old diagnosis, blindness will be overcome by marvelous light, and the glorious blessings of the atonement will be realized once and for all eternity.

Some will experience the sovereign healing hand of God in this life. While some will suffer and not be healed until heaven. In every circumstance, let these truths from the word of God bring comfort to your soul, and to your body. Your years of suffering and uncertainty are but a vapor here on earth. Your eternity of perfect joy will never end.

24 replies
  1. John Arnn
    John Arnn says:


    At least you know I am reading your posts. I hope that made you smile. Healing: Is it God’s will that you are healed? The short answer is yes, but there is confusion in the Church (the body of Christ) because pastors and others like the guy with the divine healing ministry are teaching from a distinct time period when Jesus was offering the Kingdom of Heaven to the Jews – the lost sheep of Israel. In order to show the Nation of Israel that Jesus was in fact the Messiah – the King of Kings – the rightful Heir to the throne of David – Jesus performed miracles of healing and raising the dead to fulfill prophecy and to show the Jews that the Messiah was among them. However, we know, by reading Matthew, Mark and Luke – where Jesus is revealed as King – as Priest – and as Servant, the Jews rejected their Messiah and the age of the Church came in. The Disciples were given the power to heal through Jesus in order to further the spread of the Gospel and to empower those Apostles, in that time, in the grace and truth of the Gospel. It is also key to know that death reigned in the world from the time of Adam’s sin until Jesus took the keys to death after the Crucifixion. God created man – man was given dominion of the earth – man was tricked by satan – man sinned and bowed his knee to satan – dominion of the earth was passed to satan – the result was death reigned on earth until Jesus. So even though Jesus has the keys to death – satan remains the prince of the air and has dominion over the world until the second coming of Christ Jesus as King during the millennial rule. So what does that mean? It means that things like famine, disease, sickness, poverty, war, addiction, pornography, and any other ungodliness continues to plague the earth – until the return of Jesus. So, in this present age – Jesus is not King – even though He is King – He is not ruling as King and therefore we are still in the age of Gentiles – where man rules the earthly principalities with flawed wisdom and no power to save. Then what about the believer – the Christian? Where is our healing? Isaiah 53:5
    But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 1Peter 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. Our healing, that which was completed by Jesus on the cross is far more than restoring just our health – but that was part of it. The greater healing was reconciling you back to God, in forgiveness of your sins, in washing you clean and pure for all times. As I tell some of my diabetic patients – you have faith in God through Christ Jesus, but also have faith that He created insulin so that your flesh is maintained – or the inhalant used in an inhaler for the asthmatic. I have seen many patients who should not have lived walk out of hospitals by the Grace and Mercy of our Lord Christ Jesus – it had nothing to do with me or any other doctoral intervention – It has nothing to do with the miracles and signs which were a fulfillment of prophecy and to show the Jew that the Messiah was present. But it is of God. I believe in the power of prayer and supplication to Christ Jesus – I believe that when ever two or more come together in agreement, Jesus is in the midst and where ever Jesus is there is power to heal – to mend – to conquer. I do not know why some die earlier than others who are believers in Jesus – I hope to learn that someday when I am with my Creator – but I do know that through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross we are healed and we are all beloved children of the Father through faith in Jesus. If you were to lose a child – how distraught would you be? We know that when one stray sheep is returned to the fold – all heaven rejoices – so imagine the grief of the Father when His child rejects Him. All of us will die one day or we will be caught up in the rapture when Jesus calls us and on that day the dead in Christ will also rise – As Pastor Costi accurately points out – we will receive our glorified body and be taken to heaven where we will prepare for many things including the return of Jesus to reign on earth. At this time – during the millennial rule, there will be no sickness, disease, war, poverty, etc because Jesus has replaced the Gentile rulers with His rule. There will still be death but mortal man – not the church – we are immortal now – will be long lived – this continues until the 1000 years are up and satan is released back into the world to be obliterated by the breath of Jesus and thrown into the lake of fire with all other unbelievers and demonic angels. Then the Kingdom of God will last forever and so will you.

    Rabbi J Arnn
    Jewish Studies for Christians

      • John Arnn
        John Arnn says:

        Thank you, but the wisdom is from the Gospel and God – no fake humility here, just truth. Again, thank you for your kind words.

        J Arnn
        Jewish Studies for Christians

    • Peter K.
      Peter K. says:

      Jesus declares that His Kingdom is not of this earth and He is King from all ages.
      His Kingdom reigns in all that believe in Him as the Christ and all enemies will bow down down at His Feet. On the new earth, that He creates, Christ will be all in all and there is in His Kingdom no difference of nationality or nation.

  2. John Arnn
    John Arnn says:

    One last note: No Apostle, no New Testament writer, and not even Jesus Himself, ever told someone to give a financial seed of faith for a healing, a breakthrough, or protection from sickness. It is not God’s will that you give money to be healed – when the believer hears or sees this – know that it is demonic as Pastor Costi points out. It is a wicked deed and it denies the cross.

    J Arnn

  3. Sola Scriptura
    Sola Scriptura says:

    In Timothy 5:23, Paul does not heal his beloved disciple and son in the faith Timothy, despite him being ill frequently:

    23 “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.”

    So…that answers the question about as clearly as it could be answered. NO, God doesn’t always heal. God is much more concerned about our eternal destiny than he is with our dying physical bodies. Jesus made that abundantly clear himself when he said, in Matthew 5:

    29 “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
    30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”

    • John Arnn
      John Arnn says:


      Certainly, our Father, through faith in Jesus Christ desires us – His children to be healed. What we, who read the Gospel, must do – is rightly divide the word of scripture and know who He – God – is speaking to and for what purpose. The miraculous healing and signs done by Jesus were for the Jews and the Jews alone, when Jesus came to them and offered the Kingdom of Heaven – the literal, physical Kingdom, where Jesus would take His place on the Throne of David and rule the world from Jerusalem with God’s chosen people the Israelites. The church was yet to be created and the disciples had yet been instructed to take the word of the Gospel to the Gentiles. All of Matthew, Mark and Luke are about Jesus’ teachings to the Jew concerning His offering them the Kingdom of Heaven. To Jacob and Abraham was promised the land of Israel to the people – not to the church. We, the believers in Christ were not promised the land – we are promised the Bridegroom – to be married to Jesus. How do we know this? The woman from Canaan who pleads for her daughter – Jesus tells her plainly – I have come for the lost sheep of Israel – so during the time Jesus is ministering to His people – the Jews – He is offering them and only them the Kingdom of Heaven and Jesus as their Messiah. However, we know, through scripture, that the Jews rejected Jesus and crucified Him on the cross. In Isaiah it was prophesied that by His stripes we are healed and in 2 Peter it is confirmed that by His stripes we are healed. However, the signs and miraculous healing that was witnessed by the Jews in the days of Jesus was meant as a sign to the Jew that Jesus was the Messiah return for the Nation of Israel. God wants us healthy and happy – God wants us healed – but that healing goes deeper than just our immortal flesh – it goes deep into our spirit. Understand that the blood washes us so perfectly clean that now the Holy Spirit can reside in us because we are made pure and holy by the blood of Jesus. Before the blood, man only atoned for his sins – covered by the blood of animals – therefore the Holy Spirit could only come on man but could not dwell inside one who was impure. Our creator spoke things into existence and therefore, once we have faith in Jesus, He lives in us and us in Him – therefore – we have, through Christ Jesus, the power to speak healing, to speak wisdom, to speak restoration – and we do this through the divine power of prayer. Where two or more gather – Jesus is in the midst. I have no doubt that part of the exchange at the cross was for our health and healing – but it goes to the core – not just the flesh. Even though we are saved, that God is no longer imputing sin to the believer, we can still sin – this is one reason that we will need glorified bodies when we are caught up in the rapture before we get to heaven. Although we are washed clean, pure and holy in the eyes of God through faith in Jesus our current bodies suffer the consequences of sin in the flesh. The good news is – that the closer we draw to God through Jesus the further from sin we are.
      Now Matthew 29 and 30 – only applies to the Jew who only recognizes the law – this is Kingdom teaching and is meant only for the Jew and not the church – when you mix Kingdom teaching with church teaching – that brings in confusion – and the wrong belief that the bible contradicts itself – which it does not when you rightly divide the word. Here, Jesus is teaching the Jew who places all their faith and trust in the law – which cannot save them – that if they are going to place their faith in the law for salvation then and only then is it better to pluck out the offending eye or cut off the offending hand rather than break the covenant of the law – because when you break one, you have broken them all. What Jesus is doing is telling them that the law cannot save them, that man cannot live up to the holiness of God – that they repent (change their mind) about the law and see the need for a Savior, who will be maimed for them – so that they will not have to maim themselves. But sadly, His message was rejected by many. The message to the Jew is repentance – the message to the church is believe in Jesus – to the church you are saved through faith in Jesus, by His mercy and grace – not through dead works or the law which only has the power of sin. For the church believers, Jesus has obeyed the law for you – has fulfilled the requirement for you – has done the work for you so that you may inherit the Kingdom of God. Imagine going to a banquet where the table is filled with delicacies and your admission to this banquet has been paid for and your presence is in honor of the host who has done all of this for you for your enjoyment and benefit. The host paid for this banquet, prepared it just for you and made sure everything was perfect so all you need to do is partake and enjoy – the host provided for everything. This is what God has done for you through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ and all you have to do is partake (have faith that everything is done for you in His name) even the healing is completed for you by the Lord, our God through faith in Christ Jesus.

      Gods grace and mercy be upon you through faith in Jesus Christ,
      J Arnn
      Jewish Studies for Christians

  4. John Arnn
    John Arnn says:

    Which one of your children or grandchildren (if you have them), when they are sick, do you not will to be healed? Do not will them to feel better? Do not comfort them in their distress as best you can? Do not seek out medical help when needed? You simply go about your day because it is not your will that your child be healed, be comforted, or their pain and suffering eased. How utterly ridiculous and irresponsible of a parent would you be – that you will one or some of your children well and did not will others to be well. Is this the nature of a loving father? Is this the best interpretation of scripture that we can come up with to explain why some are healed and some are not? Rubbish. To teach the church that it must be God’s will for one of His children to be healed is to state that for some of you who place your belief in God through faith in Jesus – it is not His will for you to be well – just simply is not true and insinuates that this child of God has been somehow abandoned in their faith and that – oh well – it just wasn’t in the cards for you to be healed because it was not God’s will for you. A very sad message for the church, indeed. Again, I say Rubbish. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. God’s love is perfect – far above the fallen love or wisdom of man – God loves you so dearly – more than you love your child – He loves you and His will so clearly stated and His work for men, so clearly stated is for you to believe in the One in whom He sent. Isaiah 53 is a prophecy of things to come describing the Messiah of the Jews, what He would look like, how He would be treated and what His sacrifice would be, and what benefit it would be for man. The word used in Isaiah is: רָפָא râphâʼ, raw-faw’; or רָפָה râphâh; a primitive root; properly, to mend (by stitching), i.e. (figuratively) to cure:—cure, (cause to) heal, physician, repair, × thoroughly, make whole. And this is exactly what Jesus accomplished on the cross for you – the believer. Once the prophecy was fulfilled by Jesus – Peter affirms this in 1 Peter 2:21 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. The word in Greek is: ἰάομαι iáomai, ee-ah’-om-ahee; middle voice of a primary verb; to cure (literally or figuratively):—heal, make whole. Remember, in Jesus you are a new creation and healing is yours through faith in Christ Jesus. The healing is complete and you are made whole on many levels. The healing now is to glorify the grace and mercy of God through faith in Jesus – it is no longer the miraculous signs and wonders done by Jesus to show the Jews that the Messiah was among them. The disciples were taught and we should observe as often as we can the communion – to eat of His body – which is restored, healthy and perfect – to drink of His blood which cleanses and purifies – do this often in remembrance of Jesus – take in His holy body and His holy blood into your body and claim your healing. It is absurd to think your Heavenly Father is not concerned or does not will you to be healed – when you know how valuable to God you are – this line of thinking would be furthest from your mind. Also, remember that the Lord’s prayer is a Kingdom prayer – our transgressions – those of the church – have been forgiven – once and for all time. We – the church – do not pray for forgiveness of transgressions since Jesus suffered and died for them on the cross. If you are a Jew and under the law then you must forgive those and ask for your forgiveness of transgressions – but those who have Faith in Jesus – this was done for you.

    J Arnn
    Jewish Studies for Christians

  5. Ron Whited
    Ron Whited says:

    When I first came to faith in Christ I was taught that healing in body was for all Christians, paid for in the atonement. The denomination I was in then and now still holds to this belief.

    It did not take me long to realize that not every Christian was being healed, so of course I questioned this with my church leaders. The stock answer I received was that if no healing took place, it must be due to a lack of faith. To which I refused to accept, then and now.

    The scriptures make it very clear that not all Christians will be healed, otherwise we would not read of even a single instance where a person did not receive healing. The truth is however that we read of numerous people who did not get healed.

    I have experienced this first hand in my own life. I have prayed for healing and have been healed. I have prayed for healing and not been healed. To say my faith was greater on one occasion than the other is ridiculous.

    As for this blasphemous practice of sowing your best seed in order to receive something from God,I can think of few things being taught in the church today that is more repulsive. The travesty in all of this is that God’s people are illiterate when it comes to the scriptures. Were we to diligently search the scriptures, we would find no examples of sending the preacher a seed offering in exchange for a miracle.

  6. Aubrey Thomas
    Aubrey Thomas says:

    Mr. Hinn, Your article just doesn’t comport with what the scripture is plainly saying. First, you said, and I quote, “Jesus didn’t heal people in His hometown of Nazareth (Matthew 13:58.” The truth is He COULD NOT! (Mark 6:5) The reason He could not and did not is because of UNBELIEF. The only thing he was able to do was lay His hand on a few sick folk with minor ailments and heal them. I think it’s safe to conclude that it was God’s will to do mighty works in Nazareth but unbelief hindered the works of God. No?’

    Second, you asked the question, “Can you “believe” your way into getting healed?” Let’s ask the question in another way; is there anything impossible to those who believe? Of course not, brother! ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO HIM WHO BELIEVES, including healing as the text indicates (Mark 9:23).

    Third, you make the definitive statement that “GOD DOESN’T HEAL BASED ON POSITIVE CONFESSIONS.” Romans 10:9-10 plainly tells us that confession coupled with believing in one’s heart brings salvation. This is incontrovertible. What, then, is salvation? The Greek noun is soteria. According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, salvation means deliverance and health. It’s an all inclusive word that encompasses preservation, healing, soundness, and wholeness. Are you as a Pastor really arguing that it’s not God’s will to save all? Moreover, “Saved” is translated from the Greek word, Sozo. This word was used not only when people were born again (Acts 2:47), but also when healing was received (Mark 5:34). In this text the woman’s faith SAVED her. Also, 1 Timothy 2:4 let us know beyond a shadow of a doubt God’s will concerning salvation/healing. Let every man be a liar, but let God’s Word be true.

    Finally, the great redemption chapter in Isaiah 53 should settle once and for all whether or not it is God’s will to heal all. Verse 4 tells us that surely He bore our GRIEFS. The Hebrew word for “griefs” is CHOLIY, and it means sickness. LOOK IT UP, PASTOR. Jesus fulfilled this passage in Matthew 8:17 by healing ALL. A question to you is is it God’s will that His people bear what Jesus bore for them?? Most people who believe that it’s God’s will that they be sick always spend small fortunes on doctors trying to get out of the will of God. So, is it God’s will to heal all? Certainly. Will all be healed? No – neither will all be saved, but the price has been paid for the salvation of the whole world.

    • Costi Hinn
      Costi Hinn says:


      I commend your efforts to utilize the Greek and Hebrew in the passages you’ve listed. Unfortunately you have not been successful in understanding the context of the definitions and passages. I’ve given close consideration to your well-stated points and responded to each in kind. Here are some helpful thoughts:

      1) No, I do not think that God’s will can be hindered by unbelief. How could it be possible for a person to resist the decreed will of an Omnipotent God? An Arminian may hold such a view, which you may freely do. But to I dare not lower the biblical standard of God’s will to an infantile, human standard of will that would see Him as hinder-able by anything. That which is, or is not, is based on His sovereign decree.

      2) You’ve misunderstood the overall point which was, “God doesn’t heal solely based on faith.” Key word: Solely. There many times when Jesus was moved with compassion for those who believed. That being said, no you can’t “believe” you’re way into getting healed if it’s not God’s will to heal you. Do you not know faith-filled Christians who God has not healed yet they believe? Will you spiritually abuse them into thinking their faith and belief is not enough to be healed?

      3) σωτερια (Soteria) means “deliverance, preservation, safety, and salvation.” Strong’s addition of the word “health” only further affirms that when this word is used in its context, it’s pointing to salvation as what brings spiritual health and eternal life to the otherwise spiritual sick, dead, corrupt sinner (Ephesians 2:1-9). Romans 10:9-10 is in the context of salvation. Not physical healing.

      4) Yes, Isaiah 53 is the great chapter on redemption from sins, the atonement for our transgressions, and is contextually a chapter on salvation and healing for the hell-bound soul. Aubrey, we deserved God’s wrath for our broken life sin of and He paid our penalty to bring complete healing to His own. I urge you reconsider your view on God’s will since it is apparent that you strongly oppose the notion that sick people are “bearing what He paid for.” Please think on two things: First, He did pay for sickness, along with sin (Christ’s #1 goal), and death. We fully enjoy this benefit of the atonement in heaven just like our glorified body (1 Corinthians 15). Do we have that yet? Second, Timothy (1 Timothy 5:23), Trophimus (2 Timothy 4:20), and Paul (2 Corinthians 12:7-10) were all not healed, relieved of sickness, or relieved of a thorn in the flesh (Paul). Did such great men of God and an Apostle really not take hold of all that Christ paid for? Or is this a clear indicator that God’s receives glory at times in our suffering and therefore, has not always decreed that we be relieved of suffering on earth?

      You’re not far off sister. I think your zeal for the word will be useful once you understand the context further. Hope this helps.



      • Aubrey Thomas
        Aubrey Thomas says:

        Pastor Hinn:

        Context is not required when understanding the definition of a word. Context has to do with ideas, the setting of statements and events. It has to do with using part of something someone said so as to change the original meaning of the statement. Contrary to your assertion, I don’t think I’ve done that. You, on the other hand, are doing exactly what you accuse me of doing. For example, You’ve changed the word salvation (GK Soteria) to mean only spiritual healing in the text in Romans 10:10. Does context change the meaning of a word?? Dr. Strong says that one meaning of the word is health whether physically or morally. Again,notwithstanding context, does the meaning of a word ever change? Having said that, Isaiah 53, the great redemption chapter, is clearly referring to physical healing in vs 4. Certainly Matthew thought it did (Matthew 8:16-17). Jesus healed ALL to fulfill Isaiah’s text.. The Holy Spirit here has thrown a monkey wrench onto your theology. To deny these scriptures, pastor Hinn, is to favor one’s theological bias above the truth of scripture.

        Brother, Hinn, sickness and disease is incipient death (death in its first stages). Without an effective immune system, a cold will kill you. Hebrews 2:14 teaches that Jesus destroyed him that had the power of death – the devil – in order to deliver those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. ALL God’s people are delivered from the power and authority of satan. One thing we should agree on is that sickness and disease is satanic oppression, Acts 10:38. The question then becomes is, why then are so many of God’s people in bondage to sickness and disease? Maybe it’s because they are taught that It’s not God’s will to heal everyone. After receiving such teaching, the poor slob who’s sick is always the one who is on the “it’s not God’s will” side of healing. How can anyone have a healthy thriving faith in such an environment?

        The overarching question in this discourse is does God offer healing to All. To that query I will would offer you this: God’s Word is His will. It would be dishonest for God to say something to His people in His word but will something else in His heart. If He did we could challenge His justice. “Shall not the judge of all the earth do right.” Jesus was the will of God personified. Not one time did Jesus say, “It’s not God’s will to heal you.” Every supplicant who sought healing from Him received. Even when the disciples could not, Jesus did. Are we to formulate a doctrine around the fact the the disciples could not heal the epilectic child? Banish the thought, brother.

        As for Timothy, Trophimus, and Paul, one’s personal experience cannot negate the word of God. It’s really a stretch to suggest that because Paul admonished Timothy to use wine medicinally, it was therefore not God’s will to heal him. I would also point out to you that Paul’s thorn in the flesh was not sickness. The Greek word for sickness is Astheneo. Paul was buffeted (struck with repeated blows) by a messenger of satan. The term “Thorn in the flesh/side” was first used in Numbers 33:55. In the text, the enemy of God’s people vexed them continually. Such was the case with Paul. He was beaten, stoned, and harassed by satan’s messenger but God gave him grace to endure his trials. At any rate, to build a doctrine on the fact that Paul left Trophimus sick at Miletum flies in the face of the overwhelming body of scriptures I’ve presented for your consideration.

        Finally, let me address resisting the will of God. You asked the question, “How could it be possible for a person to resist the decreed will of an omnipotent God?” The Jews did! Acts 7:51. And, I reiterate Mark 6:5, Jesus COULD NOT do any mighty works in Nazareth. You’re probably experiencing cognitive dissonance reading this passage juxtaposed against what you come to accept as truth. Let me leave you with the words of Robert Shank on resisting God’s will:

        “Consider the words of Christ to the church at Thyatira [sic.] concerning
        the prominent woman referred to as “Jezebel” and His servants, who were
        practicing imorality and pagan customs, doubtless in a religious context
        after the manner of the cults: I have a few things against you, because you
        allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and to
        seduce my servants to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed to
        idols. And I gave her space to repent of her firnication, and she repented
        not. Behold I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with
        her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.” (Rev.
        Consider especially the words of our Lord, “I gave her space [time,
        opportunity] to repent…and she repented not.” If Calvinism’s thesis of
        monergism is correct, if repentance hinges on the decision of God alone, if
        man repents only as a consequence of a special immediate act of God, we are
        left to wonder why Christ gave Jezebel opportunity to repent without giving
        her repentance. If her failure to repent was the consequence of His own
        decision, in what sense did He give her opportunity to repent? If He did
        not choose for her to repent, why did He do something directed toward
        repentance? If He did something directed toward repentance, why did He not
        do everything needed? If repentance of Jezebel and HIs servants hinged on
        His own decision rather than theirs, where is any sincerity in His warning
        of dire consequences to come “except ye repent?” No logic, no reason, no
        sensible meaning can be found in the text if it be denied that there is
        latitude in the will of God and that man’s agency and responsibility to
        repent are authentic rather than artificial, imaginary and symbolic, as
        monergism insists. Monergism collapses in the face of Revelation 2:21…”
        It’s obvious to me that God wanted Jezebel to repent, but she resisted God’s will for her.

        In Christ,
        Brother. Aubrey Thomas

        • Costi Hinn
          Costi Hinn says:

          BROTHER Aubrey (my sincerest apologies for calling you “sister”),

          I’ll leave you with these final thoughts.

          The overarching question is not, “Does God offer healing to all.” In fact, God does heal all – I merely proposed that it will be in heaven when this is fully realized.

          For clarification sake I stated Paul’s issue as merely a “thorn in the flesh” that God did not see fit to remove – not necessarily an ailment.

          Finally, thank you for spirited dialogue and for your gracious email. I’m thankful we both share a common faith – though we may disagree on points surrounding healing. I look forward to meeting you if you ever visit MBC.

          Grace and Peace Brother,


  7. John Arnn
    John Arnn says:

    Hi Costi – Maybe this will help Aubrey – Num 33:55 ‘But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those whom you let remain shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell. Numbers 33 describes the journey of the Hebrews, lead by Moses and Aaron, from Egypt. At a certain point in their journey, when the tribes were at the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho – God commanded Moses to drive out the inhabitants of Canaan and destroy their engraved stones, their molded images and their high places. He then instructed Moses to divide the land by lots as an inheritance. God warned Moses that if he did not drive out the inhabitants as instructed that they would remain and be an irritant to his eyes and a thorn in his side – Numbers 33:55.
    Therefore, in 2Co 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Paul is not speaking about illness – Paul is speaking about all the people – the Pharisee, the Jew non-believers, the Gentile rejectors, the legalists and the Governments who Paul must deal with on a daily basis and asks the Lord to deliver him from such thorns – but the Lord tells Paul that His grace is sufficient for Paul – meaning that God fights Paul’s battles – God removes the thorns. As Pastor Costi stated – it does not represent illness – it represents opposition which God through faith in Jesus will remove.
    This is an example of context – where the bible defines itself and the context of the OT is used to reveal the context of the NT. Context is very important as is revelation from the Holy Spirit. As for healing – our spirit which is breathed into us by God the Father needs to be housed somewhere because it is eternal – because Adam sinned and through this sin passed dominion of the earth to satan, death reigned and the body of man became subject to death – at that time man began to age, to be subject to disease and illness because satan had dominion of the earth – when Jesus came and died on the cross, He reconciled us back to God through His precious sacrifice but He did not establish His Kingdom on earth that has been postponed – you can see a type and shadow of this in David. David was made King by God and was anointed as King but David did not take the throne immediately – Saul remained on the throne and the kingdom under his rule as the usurper for some time. This is a reflection of our present time – Jesus is King, but satan the prince of the air – even though he has been judged and defeated and knows his destiny – remains and holds dominion over the earth as the usurper – It is God’s will that we are healed – however, we are still in our decaying bodies subject to death, subject to illness, subject to diseases. You can speak healing into your life through the assurance that by His stripes we are healed – that when you are sick you can speak healing – you can pray – you can rebuke illness – disease – infection or whatever you suffer from. But understand that healing goes deep beyond the physical it goes into the spirit and into your soul – God has healed you of the deepest affliction – separation from him and eternal damnation. Your physical body may be decaying – might be stricken with disease or illness – but your spirit is eternal and through your faith in Jesus it will be stored in heaven and not in hell. Whether we are dead or alive when Jesus calls us up in the air – we will receive our glorified bodies which will not be subject to the ravages our current physical bodies are subject to – and when Jesus reclaims His Kingdom the lives of those with normal physical bodies will be prolonged and we the church will enjoy immortality with Jesus. You can see this in the bible – before the law man lived very long in the grace and mercy of the lord – under the law mans longevity was shortened to a mere 70 years or less – even today the average life expectancy is about 75 years – but many who embrace and have faith in Jesus live much longer than the average life expectancy. I believe this is due to faith – that the more we embrace Jesus and have revelation of His word the less we embrace sin – the less we embrace sin the less we damage our fragile physical body and preserve it as a temple to the Holy Spirit – this is a fruit of faith in Jesus – not a work. I have treated many patients who have been saved by Jesus and in their faith have stopped drinking and their liver improves – they begin eating better and their weight drops after years of fruitless dieting – who stop smoking through their faith after countless years of tying gimmicks or self help groups and their asthma resolves – I can go on and on – but the common theme is that they have faith in Jesus and through the revelation of faith they know their worth to God and they know that they have been completely forgiven, purified and loved – and because they were loved first by Jesus they can now love themselves and the ones around them. This is healing – even if cancer is consuming you – you know you are healed – you know God loves you and you are forgiven – pure – holy – reconciled – and your name remains in the book of life and that God has not forgotten you nor has He forsaken you. I see it all the time in parents who have children stricken by leukemia – who love – comfort – and never leave their childs side even though death is imminent – they stay until the very end – willing their child to be healed or to have peace – God is no different for you.

    I hope this helps – Kind regards,
    J Arnn
    Jewish Studies for Christians

  8. Aubrey Thomas
    Aubrey Thomas says:

    Mr. Arnn, you’re echoing, essentially, much of what I wrote in my previous post. You’re preaching to the choir, sir.

    In Christ,

  9. Paul
    Paul says:

    A “faith-healer” has been attending our church for a couple of months now … how he continues to attend baffles me. We have had numerous conversations about this issue. I did not take this movement very serious before he came around. Now I am understanding what a dangerous group this can be.

    He has been clear he has “no theology” and will not discuss theology (even though every passage of Scripture he re-interprets is based on certain theological presuppositions). He refuses to deal with Scripture in its context. He repeatedly rips single verses out of context to affirm his beliefs and practices. He ONLY wants to talk about healing experiences. His healing encounters are all the same (headaches, backaches, short legs {what’s up with healers encountering all these short-legged people}, etc). I have asked for verifiable healing accounts that can be confirmed (like Jesus sending the healed to the temple) … he has none – even though he has supposedly healed hundreds. Everything conversation he initiates is based on some healing experience he has had. And on and on and on.

    I have finally reached a point where I do not want to have the conversation any longer. I have made it clear that this type of teaching/practice will not be tolerated in our church (he tried to “heal” 4 people in our congregation before I realized what was happening … all unsuccessfully). I pray that if he continues to come that the Holy Spirit will lead him to the truth through gospel-focused preaching. If not, I have suggested he attend a “we offer healing classes” church up the road.

    The “God always heals” movement is dangerous and exhausting. He walks the streets looking for people to heal. I have also had another younger man fall prey to this teaching. We need to be aware of its falsities and teach clearly against it when appropriate.

    Sadly – there is not much out there clearly refuting in depth the teachings of guys like Todd White & Dan Mohler.

    Thanks for the article.

  10. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    What a horrible thing to say about God. That he will “glorify Himself through your suffering, your sickness, and even your death?” Where is the scripture to support this assertion? Isn’t it the devil who came to steal, kill and destroy? As a parent, would I put cancer, intolerable pain, and a flesh-eating disease on my child? Of course not! I love my children. So why would God want to do that to his children? It’s always God’s will to heal. Since when did Jesus REFUSE to heal those who came to him? Jesus healed ALL who came to him, and he didn’t jab them with a thorn. What about Psalm 103:2 “Bless the Lord O my soul and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases” What about the stripes Jesus bore, when his back was ripped up and mutilated …. “with his stripes we are healed” Isaiah 53:5. Also, when Paul was talking about a thorn in his side, he was very clear that it was a MESSENGER OF SATAN. If you read the “thorn” verse IN CONTEXT, Paul was clearly referring to persecution! Paul was beaten with rods, received stripes, was stoned and shipwrecked. The thorn in his side was persecution, and Jesus promised his followers would be persecuted. Read Acts — Paul was thought “DEAD” after being stoned. But miraculously healed (after Christians surrounded him and obviously prayed for his healing) he was able to walk to the next village — miles and miles and miles! Really — do you think the Christians just watched him bleeding after he was stoned? Isn’t is God’s will that ALL should be saved — but are all people saved? No. They don’t always believe. Are all people healed? No. It could be due to unbelief, or some “blockage” — perhaps unrepentant sin. However, it is still God’s will to heal. Don’t you dare say God wants to put intolerable suffering, disease and illness on people. It’s the devil that does that.

  11. John Arnn
    John Arnn says:

    John 3:16 answers your question: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. Psalm 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation. Psalm 103:3 Who forgives every one of all your iniquities, Who heals each one of all your diseases, Psalm 107:20 He sends forth His word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction. Proverbs 4:20-23 My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. (One comment here: How do we guard our heart? We let Jesus – the Holy Spirit enter into us when we accept Jesus through our faith – it is a fruit of right believing by keeping our eyes on the cross and trusting that Jesus will guard us. It is not a work.) Isaiah 53:4-5 Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole. John 10:10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). Romans 8:11 And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you. Ephesians 6:10-17 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against despotism, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]. Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God. (Commentary: when we put on the full armor of God we stand – we stand and let Jesus fight our battles – we stand protected by His authority – we stand pure and holy in His sight – we stand in triumph of His victory – we stand in His glory and defeat of our common enemy. We stand.) James 5:14-15 Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name. And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.
    Here are just a few scriptures that confirm your question – the simple answer is yes – healing is for everyone who accepts Jesus which we know is the will of God – when we believe on Jesus then God sees us as obedient – pure – holy – justified by faith and our names remain in the book of life. So why then is there sickness, disease, death? Remember who is in charge of the earth – the Prince of the air – Satan – he knows his time is short – that the true King is returning to claim His throne and when that happens, Satan will be locked away for 1000 years and Jesus will destroy the 10 Kingdoms and end the rule of the Gentiles. During the rule of King Jesus, there will be no sickness, no disease, no famine – the world will be in harmony. Until then we of in the world but not of the world and our protection is from Jesus through our faith in Him. No matter how much we try to improve the world, it will continue to grow darker – the Gentile rulers in their false confidence and wisdom will fall victim to the Anti-Christ, who will require the citizens of the world to worship him as a god. The good news for us, the believer, is that we will not go through the 7 years of tribulation – we will be called up into the air with Jesus – receive our glorified bodies and live in heaven preparing for the return – we will take our place as bride to the Bridegroom and we will return with Jesus to reign over His subjects and to judge – judge even the angles – the 1/3 who followed Satan. Lastly this: Mat 19:24 “And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” You must remember that much of Matthew, Mark and Luke are Kingdom teachings for the Jews. However, in the parable about the young ruler, where Jesus speaks to the disciples about it being easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter heaven, Jesus is still speaking about wealthy Jews who reject Him as Messiah and continue in the tradition of the law – but notice the shift when Jesus says the Kingdom of God – not the Kingdom of Heaven. Both the Jew and Gentile believer – the church – the body of Christ through faith in Jesus will inherit the free gift of salvation and inherit the Kingdom of God (eternal life in Heaven). Therefore, Jesus answers His followers that the inheritance could not come through man by trying to obey the law – that the free gift of salvation could only come from God through faith in Jesus Christ. Is it God’s will that you are healed – without a doubt in my mind yes – all scripture points to it. But the miraculous healing, signs and wonders that Jesus performed were for the Jews – to show them that their Messiah was among them – only to be sadly rejected. Even to the point that the Pharisee said that His power must be from Satan – to which Jesus replied – a house divided cannot stand – meaning why would demonic powers heal people when their purpose is to bring others under their curse and inflict as much misery and sorrow against the people of God as they could? This was and is never meant to apply to the church – but it is all the time. In error. And because the Pharisee and the people believed that Jesus’ power was from Satan – He cursed that generation at that time – it does not apply to the church today. Healing is for you – for all of you.

    J Arnn
    Jewish Studies for Christians


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