Can people perform miracles from God today?

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

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12 comments

  1. Very good thoughts. Very good! Yes, God does heal today through those who are the real deals who carry Christ in their hearts and who extend their hands so Christ’s power can comfort the sick and dying. IT is rare. I know it happens since God never changes. But somewhere in this world I know it still happens. And I desire to find the fellowship with Christ which will allow me this promise: Joh 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

    Again, very good post. Good question!

    1. @ John and Elias

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I always enjoy reading your comments else where.

      John, I agree with the first several sentences you gave, but where we spilt is that if God’s word alone is good enough for America’s culture then it’s good enough for every culture. If America didn’t need miracles for God’s word to be confirmed then why would anywhere else need them? The gospel is what saves (Romans 1:16,17) and not the miracle working (which I’m not saying you belive otherwise – just stating for clarification). The “confirmation” that was given through signs/miracles was meant to be used until the complete will of God was recorded; which it has been today (Jude 3; 2 Peter 1:3), hence there is no need for the miracles to take place. It’s like a house that’s in the process of being built. Once the house is completed the scaffolding is removed because its support is no longer needed (Ephesians 4:4-15). As Jude said, “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delievered to the saints” (Jude 3).

      John and Elias, another reason why I am confident that miracles from God do not happen today is because, as can clearly be seen in the scriptures (Acts 8:14-18), the miraculous works that the first century Christians were able to do were only given to them by the laying on of the hand’s of the apostles and no one else. The apostles of Jesus Christ are no longer with us today, obviously, hence the miraculous measure of the Holy Spirit is longer given to God’s people in the present Christian age.

      Lastly, in response to each of your statements that you both believe that miracles from God (and by miracle I mean actions that go contrary to natural processes), although very rarely, still happen, I would encourage each of you to recognize that in each of the 3 time-periods (The Patriarchal, Mosaical and Christian dispensations) you will find that at the beginning of each dispensation, miracles and direct interactions (both audible/visual – Hebrews 1:1) by God were performed and recorded, but by the end of that dispensation God’s miracles ceased and He left His revealed will to do the speaking. This is what is true today in the Christian dispensation that we live in…at the beginning miracles were performed, but now God let’s His inspired and revealed written will do the talking and faith building alone.

      Thanks again to both of you for your comments and have a great night.

  2. I do think miracles can be performed today, with some qualification.

    I think a proper understanding of when and why miracles were performed is the key to answering your question.

    Miracles in OT and NT were performed only in the context of confirming God’s word and the one claiming to be speaking on His behalf was actually speaking and acting at His behest.

    Thus the OT prophets, Jesus, and the Apostles did and could perform miracles for that purpose.

    Today, here in America and other industrial non-third-world countries already have the inspired word of God via the Bible. There is, essentially, no reason for the miraculous in areas where God’s word is already confirmed.

    However, in third-world countries and areas where the authentic Word of God is not available for whatever reason there needs to be some confirmation that the missionary or whoever is speaking the truth about God, or even in first-world countries in some extenuating circumstance, I think authentic miracles are possible.

    But, miracles by their very nature are rare. Even in the Bible, though it seems like they are happening all over the place, they aren’t. Every few hundred years or so over the course of a few millenia. The NT era only spans a few decades at best.

    All that being said, yes authentic miracles are possible, but are so rare as to warrant skepticism in every case.

    1. I pretty much agree with this, though I feel that there are some miracles that occur in the States. :) Otherwise, there wouldn’t be the commandment to lay hands on each other and pray for healing. ;)

    1. Hello again Liz,

      I thought you may have been thinking of James 5:15-16, but if you read that again you will notice that there is no mentioning of the “laying on of hands.” The main principle there is the prayer of faith.

      Mark 16:17 refers to what believers who had the miraculous gift of the Holy Spirit given to them through the laying on of the hand’s of the apostles would be able to do. Only the apostles were able to pass on the miraculous measure of the Spirit of God (see my comments to John and Elias for scripture references and other comments).

      There is no commandment for Christians today to “lay hands” on anyone.

      Thanks for replying, Liz.

  3. I agree with your conclusion and I speak as a former “insider.” In my 20+ years in Pentecostalism, where we always expected God to do the miraculous, I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a single verifiable miraculous healing. Yeah lots of emotional intensity and sincerity. Yes God can, but He simply doesn’t. Exceptions? Sure, but I have not seen one personally nor read any report that I felt was credible. I suspect these may be experienced in frontier missions among unreached people. But I think it’s a shame to teach people to expect the exceptional when we should and can rely on the usual means of grace to strengthen our faith. Ultimately, if the miraculous doesn’t point people to believe in the gospel of Jesus (not just God’s power generally) then what’s the point? We all need to learn to prepare for our deathbed by trusting Jesus in every average day of blessing mixed with suffering.

  4. One cannot say that miracles do not occur, or that all “faith-healers” are charlatans. For to claim as much, one must have knowledge of everyone in the world, which is impossible, or they must be able to prove that miracles are impossible. Neither of those conditions can be met.

    I don’t know why people claim the media hasn’t reported on miracles, or that they’ve never been videotaped, because there are a ton of that type of media out there. So your claim is incorrect.

    So let me get this straight. You make such a claim, and if I counter with the claim I’ve made, and indeed there is such media, you will then counter that the videos are all fake, right? So what was the point of making such an argument in the first place.

    See what I’ve found is that there are people who, in trying to prove a position, will make an argument that is countered, therefore they will keep raising their standards, which will eventually become impossible to meet.

    I am not saying I’ve ever seen a miracle done, because I haven’t. I’m just saying that the way some people go about “disproving” such things, which by the way is not possible, is incorrect.

    1. Hello, Jiggy. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      I do not have to have knowledge of everyone in the world; I only have to know what the word of God teaches concerning the subject. The only “condition” that’s being given is that what’s being done must meet the “conditions” of God’s word (Colossians 3:17, 1 Peter 4:11).

      In a day and age of viral videos if true miracles were performed (the sort that the Bible discusses and claims to have taken place) it could not be hidden. The “miracles” that have received media attention have all been shown to meet the same reliability of recorded UFO’s, Sasquatches and specters.

      As to, “See what I’ve found is that there are people who, in trying to prove a position, will make an argument that is countered, therefore they will keep raising their standards, which will eventually become impossible to meet.” my standard is the standard set in God’s word. Like I said in the article, if a person is teaching false doctrine I don’t care if a person can “pull a rabbit out of their hat” because the miracles of the past were performed to confirm the word of God (Mark 16:20), and since the word of God has been confirmed today we can use the confirmed standard to judge the teaching/claims of others when it comes to the gospel. And that standard is what I used to “disprove” the claim that miracles from God are still performed today (which is the crux of the article – for even Pharaoh’s magicians performed the “miraculous”).

      You might find this article interesting: What Does the Bible Say About Miracles? It is lengthy, but if you’re interested in studying out what the Bible says about the subject it will be worth the time.

  5. Excellent. I know someone personally who come a miracle healer over what the Bible actually said. She ignored me now. Its super sad.

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