I Corinthians 12:9, 28 – the Greek text uses double plurals – “gifts of healings”
This was a great debate and I agree with Dr. White, but I really appreciate the way in which Dr. Brown dealt with the issue; and as Dr. White said, Dr. Brown’s position eliminated what we hear most of the time from Charismatics and Pentecostals and Word of Faith preachers / teachers on Christian TV and in many of those churches.
But is Biblical faith more about having the expectation that healing or blessing will certainly happen (from God’s mercy) or is Biblical faith more about believing that God can do the healing or miracle (Matthew 9:28; Daniel 3:17-18), but leaving the question of whether God will definitely do it for us or not up to Him and His goodness and wisdom in allowing trials and tragedies and sickness?
Is faith more about psychological certainty that God will heal me/ do a miracle, or is Biblical faith more about trusting Him even if He does not give me what I want? (healing, prosperity, success, comfort, etc.) Matthew 9:28; Daniel 3:17-18
When He entered the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus *said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They *said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Matthew 9:28
See Daniel 3:17-18 – “Our God is able to save us” – “but even if He does not, we will not bow down to your idols, O King ” (of Babylon). The proper attitude in prayer is, “yes, Lord, I believe that are you able to heal me, but even if You don’t, I will still trust You and love You and walk with You, even if I have to go through sufferings and trials. “Your will be done” is still the bottom line – Luke 22:42; Matthew 6:9-10.
It is important to listen to the whole debate and the interaction between Dr. White and Dr. Brown. The burden that Dr. Brown seems to lay on us is that the Charismatic / Pentecostal movement constantly keeps on praying for healing -and with it usually comes lots of emotion, jumping up and down, screaming, claiming, sometimes doing and saying crazy things, shaking, etc. (granted, this is from my experience with Charismatics and Pentecostals who are pushy on their agenda in prayer meetings and that whole atmosphere of craziness takes over); and honestly, it seems to me, trying to manipulate God into answering our prayers according to our desires. It still seems to me that 1 John 5:14-15 is key – “according to God’s will”, is the bottom line.
See the other 2 posts I have done on Charismatic gifts debates.
(Have the miraculous / revelatory / apostolic gifts ceased after the death of the last apostle?)
(Debate on whether the gift of prophecy, as defined by Wayne Grudem, is still for today)