. Eternal Saviour or Eternal Doctor (Part 2)



Isaiah 53:4-5 (ESV)4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.



1 Peter 2:24 (ESV) 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”


Continued from Part 1.

Then verse 12 which is the final verse in this section also makes it abundantly clear. Isaiah 53:12 (ESV) 12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.”


This clearly is a prophetic word about the death of Christ and is enjoined with the preceding verses with the word ‘therefore’, but then comes the ultimate conclusion that the death of Christ was for the sins of many and to mediate on behalf of transgressors. If physical healing was in mind, it should be repeated, otherwise it makes the word ‘therefore’ redundant. The term many, must be understood in the theological context of the whole doctrine of salvation that the blood of Jesus is sufficient to save all people, but it is not efficient to save all people as all people will not be saved. He died for the sins of all, but effectively only for those who come to Christ for their salvation.


2. 1 Peter 2.

1 Peter 2:24-25 (ESV) 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”


I believe that Peter settles the argument. There is no way that physical healing can be read into the verse. Peter is not making a new theological statement. He is loosely quoting Isaiah 53. That is abundantly clear. And for Peter it is clearly about sin and righteousness. It is about a change in direction, it is a turning to the Great Shepherd. He died so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. I did 25 sermons on that theme, which are posted on our website. Peter gives us that ‘golden nugget’ that we are looking for. Christ died so that we can ‘return to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls’. Peter understood Isaiah and he clearly sees the problem as the direction of our lives, which is following after our sins have been forgiven. Yet, it seems that some Christians understand Isaiah better than Peter did.


So, these verses are referring to sin and righteousness, not sickness and disease. Therefore, being “healed” in both these verses is speaking of being forgiven and saved, not being physically healed. It cannot be physical in one and spiritual in the other.


So, if you want to make a case for ‘Christians always being healthy’ ‘or that ‘all diseases have to be healed miraculously by God’ you cannot make the argument from these verses. It is one thing to believe that God desires us to be healthy but another thing to claim that Jesus died for it. Sure, there will come a day, when we are with Him in glory that there will be no sickness or dying, which by implication says that this side of glory Christians will get sick. If we can go with the figure of 2 billion people claiming to be redeemed, then I present to you 2 billion people that have been spiritually healed, but if we go with ‘physical healing’ then I present to you 2 billion people experiencing the failure of Christ on the cross in that regard.


3. Faith healers also die of disease.

I can mention so many names but let me mention a few that are significant.


E.W Kenyon who is certainly the Father of the Word of Faith Movement taught divine healing and that it was always God's will to heal. It was E.W. Kenyon in his book the ‘Hidden Man’ on pg.99 wrote, “I know that I am healed because He said that I am healed and it makes no difference what the symptoms may be in my body.” An example would be if they are coughing and you say you have a cough they respond by “no I don’t, I haven’t had a cough in years.” For them that is a statement of faith, but I call it denial of reality at best, and lying at worst. Kenyon is widely regarded as the father of or originator of the modern "positive confession" theology which is prevalent in Word of Faith Pentecostalism. Kenyon died in a coma, brought on by a malignant tumour. He died from disease.


One of his disciples was Kenneth Hagin, who is commonly referred to as the founder of the Word of Faith movement. It may be formally so, but not informally, as he learnt from Kenyon.  No wonder he makes some of the same claims. Kenneth Hagin who writes in his book In the name of Jesus” on the topic of divine healing and health says: “I have so often said, I haven’t had a headache in so many years (45 to be exact) ... Just a few months ago, as I left the office building and started home, suddenly my head started hurting, someone might say, “well, you had a headache. No, I didn’t have one! I don’t have headaches. I haven’t had a headache since August 1934. 45 years have come and gone. And I haven’t had a headache…but if I had a headache, I wouldn’t tell anybody. And if somebody asked me how I was feeling, I would say, I’m fine, thank you.” (In the Name of Jesus, p.44) Notice he says he wouldn't tell you how he really feels because his words override the pain. Is this honest? Is it true? Is this the way someone is to represent the Lord. Did Jesus teach this nonsense? Of course not.


Kenneth Hagin states: “It is not God's will for any to be sick (Healing the fathers Provision, p.9) I believe that it is the plan of our father that no believer should be sick that every believer should live his life to full time and actually wear out if Jesus tarries then fall asleep in Jesus. I state boldly that it is not the will of God my father that we should suffer with cancer and other dread disease and reap pain and anguish. No, its God's will that we should be healed.”


While Hagin says he has had no headaches, he had 4 major cardiovascular failures. But this is one of those incidents he is not telling you of (Christianity in Crises, pp.237-238; a Different Gospel by D.L McConnell) Hagin suffered 4 separate episodes of heart-crisis in 1939, 1942, 1949, and 1973.


Kenneth Hagin died Sept. 23.2003 After eating breakfast his head fell to his chest. Charisma News Service reported that “An exact cause of death was not immediately known” Hagin had been hospitalized in a cardiac intensive care unit since Sept. 14, then he collapsed at home. (Charisma News Service September 23, 2003 edition People & Lifestyle) It was later reported that he never died at home but he was transported by an ambulance admitted to the cardiac intensive care unit and remained in the hospital until he died. This became an interesting point of contention because Hagin claimed he was healed of his heart problem supernaturally years before. He also held to the belief that one should actually wear out and die, and not die this way.


Kenneth E. Hagin's son-in-law Buddy Harrison, who is the Founder of Harrison House Books, and Head of the Faith Christian Fellowship (FCF) Word of Faith denomination, died Nov. 1998 of cancer. He was in the “faith movement” before Copeland and many others, so what does this mean in the light of what he promoted and has written? Did he practice what he preached? Definitely. But what he taught was simply not true. When the leaders of his ministry were questioned regarding his death vs his theology they simply said: “it was unfortunate that he had to die in such a way.” I think their theology is unfortunate.


Benny Hinn says unequivocally “There will be no sickness for the saint of God” (Rise and Be Healed! 1991, p.14). “If your body belongs to God, it does not and cannot belong to sickness” (ibid. p.62); “The day is coming, I tell you this, I know it like I know my name, the day is coming there will not be one sick saint in the body of Christ. Nobody will be, nobody's gonna be, no one will be raptured out of a hospital bed. You're all gonna be healed before the rapture.” (Benny Hinn, “Praise the Lord,” 7/8/96) WOW! At least he is still alive, but as mentioned earlier, he himself, spoke one day of being as sick as a dog and having had to cancel his trip to New Zealand.


The charismatic author Jamie Buckingham wrote “I'm healed” In charisma Magazine and  several months later died of cancer. Jamie was under a medical doctor’s care. “One day my wife ... suddenly spoke aloud [and] said, 'Your healing was purchased at the cross.' ... Here is what I discovered. You have what you speak. If you want to change something, you must believe it enough to speak it. ... If you say you're sick, you'll be (and remain) sick. It was not mine. It was the devil’s. I didn't have cancer. I had Jesus. …. It was a Friday afternoon. The tape was an Oral Roberts' sermon ... I came up off the sofa, shouting, 'I'm healed!' My wife leaped out of her chair and shouted, 'Hallelujah!' For the next 30 minutes all we did was walk around the house shouting thanks to God and proclaiming my healing” “The cancer was trying to have me, but the word of God said I was healed through what Jesus did at Calvary.” (Jamie Buckingham, “My Summer of Miracles,” Charisma, April 1991). Ten months after the publication of his article claiming he was healed he died of the same cancer (Feb.17, 1992)


Paul Crouch – the owner of TBN, and a great proponent for faith healing through positive words. Crouch died at his home in Orange, California, on November 30, 2013, after a decade-long fight with degenerative heart disease, his grandson Brandon Crouch told The Associated Press. Trinity Broadcast Network had reported that Crouch became ill and was taken to a Dallas area hospital in October while visiting the network's facility in Colleyville, Texas. Later he returned to California for continued treatment of "heart and related health issues."




Men, like Kenneth Copeland believe that it is all a matter of faith, and that faith keeps you healthy. But his whole theology of faith is blasphemous and degrades God to the level of humans. Copeland says: “The very faith that God used when He created, and what we read there in the first 2 chapters of Genesis, is the faith that’s burning in your spirit. But now if you’ve made Jesus the Lord of your life, it’s the same faith. Well, He created all those planets, how come you can’t create something? The answer: You don’t know as much about it as He does. He has a greater working knowledge of that faith than you do. But we’re learning. Our time is coming. And in some ways, it’s already here” (Aug. 18, 1999 John Hagee's Church, on LeSea Broadcasting). Wow, wow, wow, and Christians follow these guys! So, Christians, the only difference between us and God according to Copeland is that God has a better working knowledge of faith than we do. He is simply more experienced in faith than what we are. Faith in who?


Church family, we can go on and on. I believe in an eternal Saviour and not an eternal doctor. By His stripes I am healed from the power and penalty of sin, and one day, yes only one day, sickness will have no power over us. Can God heal? Sure, He can. I believe ultimately that all healing is because of God, Does He promise miraculous healing for all Christians? No. We all experience providential healing when we are healed. Do Christians get sick and die? Yes, they do. Do supposed faith healers get sick and die? Yes, they do.


This is the day I am looking forward to. Revelation 21:4 (ESV) 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”


In the meantime, I do not have faith in the power of words, or the supposed prophecies of man. My faith is in the God, the creator of the universe. I trust Him and His will for me unconditionally, and I know that His will shall be done in my life, and that the Holy Spirit intercedes for me before the Father, and He prays according to the will of the Father. That is enough for me.



Soli Deo Gloria

Logos Community Church - 30 May 2021