If there people in the congregation that have need of a miracle then I need to come. What reason can you give that I should not come? Below is a list of reasons that pastors use, with my answers afterward in red letters.
#1. We have our own agenda. Our speakers are scheduled even months in advance. I respect this. However, the tradition of men make the Word of God of no effect (Mark 7). How much worse when the traditions keep the Holy Spirit from being able to move?
#2. We don't know you. The Bible says to know them that labor among you. If you live nearby, I will take you out for dinner and I'll buy, otherwise, you can read my websites and/or talk to me on the phone and get to know me. I can also provide news articles and letters of recommendation.
#3. We already believe in healing, and have people that pray for healing. Everyone should and can walk in the fullness of God, and I have plenty of scriptures to support this. In this, you are right. Unfortunately, though, 1 Cor 12:27-31 says that not all are going to walk in the gift of healing. If more than 10% of the congregation has a physical problem, then I need to come. Stated a different way, unless at least 90% of the ones that had simple physical problems have been healed already, then I need to come. The following list is what I call 'simple' physical problems: arthritus, degeneratvie spine, sciatic nerve, scoliosis, old injuries, fibromyalgia, diabetes, migraines, heart and lung problems and etc. Yes, even cancer.
#4. We don't believe in healing. The gifts have passed away and we don't do that here. You are taking 1 Cor 13:8 out of context. Please let me teach on this and other scriptures and then demonstrate the Word of God with confirming signs following.
#5. You are not ordained through our denomination. The Holy Spirit is against denominationalism in that it brings contentions according to 1 Cor 1:11-17. If you don't receive me, then you are not receiving Jesus or the Father. (Matt 10:40-42) We are commanded to receive even the little children. (Mark 9:37 and Luke 9:48)
#6. We have a conservative congregation here, and they might be offended. I don't think so. Most people want to get rid of their aches and pains. Even some of the hardest of heart pharisees were converted after seeing the miracles that Jesus did. We can do this gently and tastefully.
#7. We go by James 5:14 "Is there any sick among you? Let them call for the elders of the church, . ." This is not mandatory, but permissive, as signified by the word "let". Obviously, this doesn't mean that 5 fold ministry (which includes the healing evangelist) should be excluded from the local church. Rather, we are a necessity for the church (Eph. 4:12). I also qualify as an "elder" which means that my prayer of faith saves the sick, and the Lord raises them up. The church as a body needs to live and breathe as a whole. No individual church should be an island to itself (see #5).
I have questions for the Pastors:
Why should one person have the authority to decide if the congregation receives their healing or not? Did it work that way in the early church? Why is it that people can freely receive their healings in the grocery store, the gas stations, the street, and all through the churches in Mexico and Central America, but not in the churches in America? How does the Holy Spirit feel about being limited in American churches? Is Jesus standing at the door, knocking?
The Answers are Here:
John experienced this problem. 3 John 9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
In the early church the problem was everybody was operating in the gifts at the same time. Today we often have the opposite problem, in that nobody can do anything unless they have prior permission from the pastor. (See 1 Cor 14: 27, 31 & 39). If we are commanded to 'forbid not to speak in tongues', and that 'all may prophesy', how much more should the gift of healing be allowed to operate?
I believe that the Holy Spirit is maybe just a little bit frustrated when not allowed to move freely. In the most extreme cases, Jesus was angered with the Pharisees when they watched Him to see if He would heal on the Sabbath. (Mark 3:1-5) Also, please notice that Jesus never gave authority to man over other men. Our authority is over serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy (Luke10). We are not to Lord it over one another, but whoever wants to be greatest among you must be servant to all (Mark 10:42-45). Also, please notice that all the New Testament letters were addressed to the church . .or churches . . . or the saints . . . or the 12 tribes . . . and they were not written to a pastor, leader, bishop, elder, or deacon. By the way, 'elder' means 'older. A 'deacon' implies 'servanthood'. A 'bishop' is an 'overseer'. The church is supposed to be built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone (Eph 2:20). The true apostle is underneath it all, providing foundation to the church as a whole, which includes all Christian churches. Should it be necessary for an apostle to be ordained in every denomination? The church today in America has a "top-down" mentality concerning authority, and I'm not totally against that, but when it limits the move of God and the Holy Spirit, then I have a small problem with it. To me, it is a lot easier to make a healing line out of a long grocery store line, than to jump through all the hoops to try to get the pastor's permissions to do it in the church. Maybe this is one of the reasons why the Lord has blessed me in this manner: I'm not afraid to 'do the stuff''.
I'm not asking for donations or offerings. I'm just crazy in love with Jesus. I very seldom give words of wisdom or words of knowledge over people, so you don't have to worry about flaky prophecies. I very seldom lay hands on anyone when I pray, so you don't have to worry about me pushing people over. Very simply, I'm blessed with a very wonderful anointing for healing, and sharing the word of God, if allowed. Let's get people saved. The word 'saved' (sozo) includes 'healing'. Please help me to light the fires of revival.
Please don't be offended. Pastors that have not been out of the country do not see things the same way as evangelists that have. Often people don't see the problem with American churches because they have always lived in America.
To find out other reasons why the Holy Spirit is somewhat limited in the United States, please go to the "Missions" page and hit the link: "Why There are Less Miracles in the USA". This teaching is to open your eyes, and is not intended to bring condemnation to you in any way whatsoever. Let's all let God be God. Thanks for reading, and God bless you in the name of the Christ, Jesus. Karl Stein
What is Wrong with the Church?
This is not the answer from a "fault-finding spirit" but the Holy Spirit, as confirmed from proven prophets such as John Paul Jackson. John Paul Jackson has spoken back in 2008 of the disasters that were coming against this nation, (and I give a list of most of those prophecies on the 'Economy' page of this site). Why are these disasters coming upon this nation? In John Paul's words in red, "The church has ceased to be the backbone of this nation." John Paul has also said of the church, "Power has been replaced by programs, revelation has been replaced by administration, and the heart of the Father has been replaced by organizational skills." I felt the Father's heart as I wept profusely when I read this passage:
3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, . . .
Are there others that have read this passage and wept? What does Neh 1:3-4 mean to you? Is it time to build bigger and better church buildings?
The church has lost the ability to witness effectively, in power, without getting angry. People have heard about Jesus, but they need to see the power, and the church walking the walk.
The church needs a strong voice in the political arena. Laws have been passed trending toward those that brought judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah. The ACLU has gained too much control, and hate crimes against free speech are aimed at preachers. Approximately 50 million babies have been aborted in the United States. The list goes on . . .
What Must We (the Church) Do?
Prophet Rick Joyner quoted Matt 6:33
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
I believe that the Kingdom of God is power. The disciples proclaimed, "The Kingdom of God is at hand," and they healed the sick, cleansed the lepers, raised the dead and cast out demons.
AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS
Humanitarian efforts such as feeding programs and construction projects are good, but let's take the next step, and let God do things that only God can do. It is by His righteousness, and not our own. We take on His righteousness, His character, and walk as He walked, when we seek FIRST the kingdom and HIS righteousness.
In John Paul Jackson's DVD entitled "The Perfect Storm", John Paul advises many things that we (the church) should do, including corporate fasting and prayer, and many things that we as individuals should do. I highly recommend buying John Paul's materials from his website at http://www.streamsministries.com/store/index.php where you can hear first hand the prophecies on the 'Economy' page, and why these things are happening, & what to do.
Let me tell you a parable: There were two pastors that died and went to heaven. The Lord asked both pastors, "What did you do with that million dollars I gave you?" The first pastor replied, "We sent out disciples to the nations to fulfill the Great Commission. They healed the sick, cast out demons and raised the dead. We also went to the poorest people we could find and clothed them, and fed them, and did all the things you said." The Lord answered, "Well done my good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord." However, the second pastor replied, "We built a tremendous church, with one of the best sound systems money could buy, and air conditioning that heated and cooled evenly from the ceiling to the floor. We had a great worship team, and a great recreational center for the youth with our own baseball field. . . ."
Below is the same article as above, but easier to read.
Two rules to tell if you are a carnal baby according to 1 Cor 3:1 are:
1) There is envying, strife & divisions among you according to 1 Cor 3:3.
2) There are divisions over baptism formulas according to 1 Cor 3:4 which refers back to 1 Cor 1:12. Attention: Pentecostals and Trinitarians:
I don't care how many "gifts of the Spirit" you walk in. The gifts of the Spirit (as taught in chapters 12 and 14) are for carnal babies, as written to the 1rst Corinthian church. This is the same church Paul called 'carnal' and 'babes' in chapter 3, referring to chapter 1. (If you don't walk in any of the gifts of the Spirit, then maybe you should become a newborn baby filled with the Holy Ghost, or get your mind renewed, or both, especially if you call yourself a pastor.)
Unfortunately, due to denominational walls made by babies, it was necessary to write a long teaching that deals with both sides of a major issue at an attempt of bringing peace. If you read it and don't agree with it, then read it again more slowly. Don't think that you know it all because it is almost all scripture. Please read the key explanations and the Greek definitions. If you still don't agree, then at least agree to accept the rest of us, thanks. The link is for pastors and friends that I give it to. It is only discretely found here: Jesus Name Only: Right, Wrong, or Inbetween?