This post is the 2nd in a series that will be taking a deeper look at the Healing Rooms and their association with the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement that I have discussed previously (see this post). If you haven’t read it, please do so.
If you’re not familiar with the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement, please review the following posts, here, here and here.
This post is NOT just about the Healing Rooms, and the reason for the expansion of what is to looked at is relatively simple, the Healing Rooms are part of a much bigger distortion, a distortion that is invading Christian churches at a truly alarming rate and with devastating consequences. Actually, distortion is not the correct word, false teaching is much more accurate because that is what it actually is.
Do you remember when Jesus spoke to Peter and asked Peter three times if he (Peter) loved Him (Jesus), There is also an interesting contrast when you look at the Greek words for “love” used in John 21:15–17. When Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” in John 21:15–16, He used the Greek word agape, which refers to unconditional love. Both times, Peter responded with “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you,” using the Greek word phileo, which refers more to a brotherly/friendship type of love. It seems that Jesus is trying to get Peter to understand that he must love Jesus unconditionally in order to be the leader God is calling him to be. The third time Jesus asks, “Do you love me?” in John 21:17, He uses the word phileo, and Peter again responds with “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you,” again using phileo.
And when Peter answered in the affirmative, each time Jesus said to Peter, “feed my sheep“. Whenever Jesus wanted to emphasize something that was really important, He would use the words “truly, truly” or give two or three examples. Don’t take my word for it, look it up yourselves, see how many times Jesus did something two or three times. It’s the equivalent of Jesus highlighting something He really wants you to pay attention to.
As sheep, we need to be fed.
We, the Body of Christ, His Church, His Bride, are the sheep. The food that we are to live on, thrive on , feed on, is His Word, that expresses the will of God for our lives. Jesus, when He was with us, took pains to tell us that He Himself, was sustained by the Word that He (Jesus) received from His father concerning His Father’s will and work that He was to do. (John 4:34 NIV)
Details are extremely important when you are studying God’s Word. They have to be because the Word God gives us is His truth.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV:”All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
What does that mean? It means that you don’t get to cherry pick Bible verses out of context or ignore verses on doctrine at the expense of others.
2 Timothy 2:15 NIV: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
That means that it is possible to INCORRECTLY handle the word of truth.
If one takes the time to read the Healing Foundation Series Training Workshop Manual that is written by Cal Pierce, that the participants of the Healing Rooms are required to study and adhere to or the teachings of John G.Lake on Divine Healing, which incidentally Cal Pierce gets the vast majority of his teachings from, the out of context scriptures that are utilized and the number of unsubstantiated broad accusations about the way the Church has functioned throughout Christian history, not to mention the mis-representation of what Christian Churches can biblically do and currently follow with regard to healing are rampant.
I will be doing an additional study on the Healing Foundation Series Training Workshop Manual and cross referencing it with John G Lake’s primer course on Divine Healing in a later posting.
One of the main thrusts within the Healing Rooms movement has to do with the body of Christ operating with signs and wonders, specifically focused on Divine Healing.
I am deliberately not going into the specifics in this post but as indicated, will address them in a later post. If you have taken the time to look over the pervious posts that I have produced on the NAR movement, you will note that the re-appearance of Apostles and Prophets within Christianity today with following signs and wonders, within the NAR movement, is critical to the acceptance of their teachings. Cal Pierce is one of their leaders. We are talking about the authoritative governance of the Church and of course their “decrees” that are held “at par” with the Scriptures. Actually that is not correct, the “Scriptures” are often spoken of as the “old way”, which is being cast aside and now the new way, via dreams and visions is actually taking precedence.
The reasons that so many people fall for this false doctrine are many. I will list SOME of them here:
1. The vast majority of Christians are NOT thoroughly versed in knowing what the Bible says. They have not taken the time to study God’s word so that they can “correctly” understand the word of truth. I am acutely aware that the NAR movement makes this accusation about the Church at large, ie that the Christian Church has “incorrectly” interpreted the Scriptures. In order to honestly evaluate that accusation it is necessary to have spent the time studying the Scriptures so that you have something to compare or evaluate their doctrine with.
2. Most Christians do NOT know what “sound doctrine” is because they have NOT studied the doctrines of the Bible.
3. There is always a predominate emphasis on what the individual experiences versus a focus on Christ. Remember that the Holy Spirit is focused on Christ, always has been, always will be. There is lip service to focusing on Christ but in practical application the focus is on what the “believer” experiences. This is very appealing because who wouldn’t want to be able to heal people whenever we wanted to, who wouldn’t want to have God speak through us, who wouldn’t want to get the world ready for Christ’s return. But remember, if God’s Word is able to thoroughly equip us for every good work, then we do need to take into consideration what God’s Word says about healing, about signs and wonders. Not just the scriptures that promote these things but also the scriptures that warn us about these things, about false doctrine and deception.
4. Good intentions do NOT necessarily equate to following God’s will. Relieving people from their illness and pain sounds like something that every Christian would love to do doesn’t it? But what does the scriptures tell us about healing, about being sick, about methods that the early Church followed when dealing with sickness? Does God still heal today, of course He does. Is everyone healed that asks to be healed, no they aren’t. Sometimes people get sick because of what they are doing, not showing proper respect, such as taking part in the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:27-34 NIV) Strange how this passage doesn’t fit into the Healing Doctrine that the Reading Rooms expounds upon. One would thing that this would raise a red flag at accepting the Reading Rooms doctrine on Healing wouldn’t you? This is NOT the only Biblical verse that contradicts their doctrine, there are many more. They will be covered in the post I will do on their Manuals.
5. Walking or living in the Spirit is not easy. It takes time, dedication, prayer, study, perseverance, soul searching. God refines us. It’s not always enjoyable. It doesn’t come about quickly, it takes time. Sooner or later we come to the realization that it’s not about us, it’s about Him, it’s about Jesus. When Jesus said, without me you can do nothing, what exactly did He mean? Do you see the pattern here, not moving closer to Jesus, not focusing more on Him and less on you but rather focusing more on you and less on Him. Who do you think wants this to happen?
There are many Bible verses that I could quote that warn about false prophets, about false prophecies, about false signs and wonders, about being deceived, but I’m not going to quote them, not now, not here. If you’re into working with the Healing Rooms, get out. We all fall, it happens. God still loves you just as much as He did when you started doing this. He knows the intent of your heart. But ask yourself one question, who’s will are you following, in truth, according to His Word, your’s or His?
I am more than happy to answer anyone who has questions about this movement, just shoot me a note in the Reply Option at the bottom.
Worthy is the lamb! Blessings!
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