The word of God portrays Christians as wielders of miracle healing power. They can heal the sick in the name of Jesus when no one else can. If they even sneeze “JESUS!” a cripple nearby gets up. This is the one thing that even unbelievers knew about Christians before they learned about our doctrines. But now…not so much. There are indeed churches that teach the word of God on healing, but they have been so diluted by false churches, the anti-healing cults, that Christians are no longer known for healing the sick. In fact, they are known for being sick, and for surrendering to being sick, because it is “the will of God.” They talk about a “God,” but instead of interpreting circumstances by some divine verbal revelation, they regard whatever circumstances they face as the will of this “God”; therefore, their “God” is Circumstances. That is what they worship. It is paganism…
“A Matter of Public Health.” From the ebook, Contract. 2020. pg 77
This is a good example when the phrase “will of God” is turned in to pagan worship and into a satanic doctrine.
Let us test this out with sickness. If the phrase, “will of God,” makes you think more about your circumstances, and then from this you decide what you ought to do, rather than directing your mind to God’s verbal public revelation and to an actual command/promise for you to put your faith in,
(such as “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven” James 5:15),
then you are, pragmatically no different than a pagan going to demons on a Ouija board looking for “directions” in your “circumstances.”
This is the essential difference for a Christian with the category of knowledge. God’s revealed truth is the only knowledge of the world, for the Christian. It is the only starting place for knowledge, nothing else. Not human circumstances, not human observations, not science, not you divining human circumstances with a demonic doctrine of “god’s will,” and not David Hume’s empiricism. All of these use a human starting point for knowledge, rather than God’s Word. All of these live by sight rather than by faith.
At the end of the day, the Christian will chose the Scripture alone as their epistemology rather than circumstances, by this we know who belongs to God and those who belong to the world. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of the anti-Christ. Those who shout loudest, “sola Scriptura,” are often the ones who out do the Catholics for having more epistemologies than Hindu gods.
With the category of “what I ought to do in this circumstance,” the knowledge given to Christians is found in God’s “commandments and promises”(which are essentially commandments). As with sickness there are clear commands and promises in what to do. There is no amount of creeds, degrees, tradition and human approval that can save you from the accountability and responsibility to obey God’s command to be healed. There is no excuse you can give to evade obeying God. Appealing to a nebulous “will of God,” in your circumstance does not remove your accountability and responsibility from obeying God’s commands. Nothing does.
When God gives precepts in the form of promises, they demonstrate a God who is rich in kindness and love. To be commanded to repent and be saved by our faith in Jesus is such a loving and wonderful kindness from God. The same with healing and with all the wonderful promises of God to help us.
Yet, the great kindness and love of God in giving promises for help does not negate our accountability and responsibility in obeying them.