False Teaching on Biblical Healing

There is an abundance of false teaching about healing, as it pertains to claims of some who showcase themselves as messengers of Christ. To be honest with you, sometimes it just angers me how some have established schools for healings or how to become a prophet, all the while taking in hordes of cash from the well meaning gullible. 

There is a reason why we are to examine everything carefully (1 Thess 5:21) and consider the whole counsel or purpose of God (Acts 20:26-27), rather than just some “selected” biblical verses that correlates with one’s projected and objective, so called biblical teaching. Biblical teachings should line up with all that God says in His Word about a given subject, not just some of it. And context, as always, is critical, when applying or attributing Scripture verses to a particular subject.   

With regard to biblical healing, I would like to draw your attention to, and highly recommend, a post I put out with regard to Nabeel Qureshi and a biblical study put together by Robert Bowman, specifically for Nabeel Qureshi, on the subject of biblical healing. You can view the post and study here. Dr Robert Bowman Jr’s study is one of the most through and biblically well documented studies that I have recently encountered. If you haven’t taken the time to read Dr Bowman’s study already, I would strongly encourage you to do so. 

And, in addition to Robert Bowman’s study, I would also like to draw your attention to a recent post from Famine In the Land, authored by Rick Becker, which again deals with the biblical study of healing and “some” of the false teachings that are attributed to this particular subject by Bill Johnson and others associated with Bethel Church in California. Bethel Church, as most of you probably know, is a huge source of New Apostolic Reformation doctrine and teachings. You may view and read Rick’s post here. If you are at all interested in understanding how biblical Scriptures can be misconstrued to showcase a unbiblical teaching, please take the time to read it.

I am going to quote a paragraph authored by Rick Becker which reads as follows:

“Those who teach false doctrine are not in some remote cave with a handful of followers, they are among us“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies” 2 Peter 2:1
These false teachers are popular, many have large churches, thousands of followers, their teachings are sought after, their books on best sellers lists. They are the ones who have new “revelations” who present a Jesus who is able to help you fulfil your dream destiny. They present new methods, make great claims, and offer “impartations” “activations” “anointings” and will captivate you with their “smooth talk and flattery.” Their influence, claims, number of followers, likeable personalities, passion and sincerity are all “proof” in the eyes of their followers that they are anointed. Should we lay all the blame on these false teachers who teach false doctrine? No, in fact it’s the hearers who are the problem“the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Tim. 4:3). Emphasis is mine.

Today, to obey the dutiful biblical commands of Christ, is deemed as being unloving. To carefully test things by the whole counsel of the Bible, is deemed as being unloving. To warn of false gospels, is deemed as being unloving. To mark and avoid false teachers, is deemed as being mean-spirited and unloving. Maybe some think so, but one of the things that Jesus told us to do is keep His word. “If anyone loves me, he will keep My word: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our home with him.” (John 14:23)

If you love you Me you will continue in MY word.” Keeping His words means to watch, to discern, to test, to judge, rightly dividing the word of truth. To walk in love means you watch out for others, not just yourself. And it also means we speak up when it is necessary.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB
All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work.” Emphasis is mine.

Some people’s solution is to “test nothing” and “do not expose the unfruitful works of darkness”, just “love the wolves like you do the sheep.” Both Jesus and Paul state that in the last days many are going to be drawn away by false teachers and prophets both in and outside the church, speaking in the name of Jesus. Were they wrong? I think not. Do we as Christians have a responsibility to speak out? I think so.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!



  1. I’m with you, Bruce. And at the risk of me sounding unloving, I really am on the side of those who take issue with ignorant hearers. Let the false teachers teach as they will; it is up to the hearers to recognize their lies. And the hearers can only do this if they are reading their Bibles.

    So yes, there are those who are fleecing the flock, but there is also the flock who allows itself to be so easily fleeced!

    Good job!

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  2. Bruce, when I was studying and preparing to write my book, “BARRIERS (So, if prayers are so powerful, how come mine don’t get answered?),” I found ample reasons why God would allow circumstances we don’t like, including sickness. For the unsaved, or even believers who are heading in the wrong direction, it could be a wake-up call. I’ve had experiences where being sick put me in the right place at the right time, and I was able to witness or minister to someone.
    As I wrote in a post a while back, Paul desired healing for his eye problems and didn’t receive it. But his poor eyesight made it necessary for him to dictate his letters in prison, which enabled the Roman guards to hear the gospel! (Philippians 1:13)
    I do practice Romans 12:1 every day – offer my body to the Lord as a “living sacrifice,” and my health has been better, IN GENERAL, than it’s ever been. (He does take good care of His stuff.) But giving it over to Him means He can do whatever He wants to glorify Himself. The overemphasis on healing not only shows a limited view of our God, it also tends to get our eyes off the eternal and forget the fact that our bodies are finite things. We’re are here to glorify GOD, for however many days He gives us.

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    • Hi Annie, yes, I agree. God is sovereign, and all things work together for good, in accordance with His purposes. God definitely does still heal at times, but while the Bible teaches us that doctrine is to shape our experience, Bethel teaches that experience shapes our doctrine.
      Through the school of Supernatural, Bethel Church offers 30 courses to teach one how to do all Jesus did. The problem with the appeal of Bethel is that WE don’t do the signs and wonders. God does, according to His will, not ours. I’m always amazed at how these “little subtleties” creep in. Bowman covers some of which you speak of in his study. Thank you Annie, always a pleasure to hear from you! Blessings!

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  3. “God definitely does still heal at times, but while the Bible teaches us that doctrine is to shape our experience, Bethel teaches that experience shapes our doctrine.”–You summed everything up in this sentence! Great article as well. Thanks Bruce.


  4. Having once been deceived myself, I have empathy for others who have been deceived. These false teachers take advantage of many young Christians and especially our youth. Somewhere there has to be responsibility taken by pastors to make sure their flock is both protected and warned of these things. I give all glory to God for delivering me from NAR and word of faith teaching. God opened my eyes and I will be forever grateful. Blessings, Bruce!

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  5. Sorry for the delayed response, Cindy. Pastors should indeed warn and provide instruction on how to avoid false teachings and false prophets, but many do not. But that responsibility does not only lay solely on their shoulders because all Christians are called to defend the faith. And once again, many are not. I received a comment from my acquaintance Damon, this morning, ridiculing me for even inferring that my understanding was correct. I did not release it because no arguments were given, other than the ridicule. I did respond to him privately via email. Doctrine defines our experience, not the other way around, which is why knowing the orthodox Christian doctrines are so vitally important. But that takes time and much studying of God’s Word. Following the experience is much easier and therein lies the trap. Be very careful from which stream you drink from, and get used to the ridicule because it will surely come. One day at a time Cindy. Blessings!

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  6. Healing is for God’s children. I agree, we don’t need to go to a school for healing. We need to read God’s word and be obedient to His instructions for healing. A believer who is in right standing with God, can pray and ask God for healing and He will heard and answer their prayer request. Most times healing is done progressively and believers need to be patient. Plus, Jesus says in the Word it is by our faith we are healed.


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