It really amazes me how many people still put so much stock in the modern-day “faith-healers” and “miracle performers” of God. I don’t really see or hear about them very much around my area but they exist, and an untold number of them thrive on TV.
Probably one of the most amazing things about these “healers” is that the same routines manage to work almost as well today as they have in the past (Ecclesiastes 1:9). If people would only pay attention to the difference between the miracles done in the first century and the ones supposedly done today, it would become clear that they are not looking as closely as they should.
First off, why are the people who are “healed” never well-known to the community? Jesus and the apostles healed people who everyone knew about (John 9:1-11, 20-27; Acts 3:1-10, 4:1-12). There was no denying it. News spread fast and facts were verified. With the way the news media can travel and verify things today, not to mention cell-phones, how can a true miracle be hidden from the public? It must be a cover-up, right? The only cover-up that happens is when a hand covers the camera lens of the news crews that are sent to check the “miracles” out.
Secondly, why do the “faith-healers” and “miracle workers” stay away from hospitals and other areas where the sick can be found in large numbers? I am not saying this with sarcasm either. When someone with an undeniable sickness or physical impediment comes to be healed they are told that the reason they cannot be helped is because they lack faith! While it is true that Jesus did not perform many miracles in Nazareth due to their lack of faith (Mark 6:4-5), I still cannot help but wonder if today’s miracle workers would have turned someone away like Malchus (Luke 22:49-51; John 18:10).
Thirdly, and perhaps the most important to me, the biggest thing that discounts any person that claims to be doing miracles in God’s name today is when they start to teach and contradict God’s written word. If they cannot match the doctrine taught in the Bible, then how can they be doing the work of the God that inspired the Bible? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
When a person teaches falsely on salvation, the nature of the church, acceptable worship, God’s plan for marriage, God’s grace, or any other topic that is easily understood in God’s word, then I don’t care if they can pull a rabbit out of a hat because I am not interested. God’s word has always been primary and the miracles secondary (Mark 1:32-38, 16:16-20; 1 Corinthians 13:8-10).
The question isn’t, “Can miracles be performed today?” The question is, “Do the miracles performed come from God?” (Matthew 24:24-25) The simple truth is that God’s word does not support modern miracles done in His name. If the thing that produces a person’s faith does not support them (Romans 10:17), then how much faith should a person put in them? EA