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FAITH


“Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”

—Romans 14:23

In a world comprised mostly of unbelief and a society motivated largely by fear, what does it mean for someone to really trust God? Jesus posed the question, “When the Son of Man cometh, will He find Faith on the earth?” What does it take to have faith in the perilous hour in which we live? These are questions that are troubling many in the Apostolic ranks today—questions that should be answered carefully and prayerfully.

While it is certain that Jesus Christ is just as much our Healer as He is our Savior, let the record be set straight once and for all: nowhere does the Scripture forbid medicine to sick folk, nor does it ever classify those who take medicine as sinners! To the contrary, Holy Writ very plainly permits the taking of medicine: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22) “And anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” (Revelation 3:18) “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my People recovered?” (Jeremiah 8:22) Only a sick, warped mind could construe these verses as condemning those who take medicine.

On a similar note, the Word of God does not condemn people who go to doctors for assistance in matters of health. If it is a sin to go to a doctor, then it must be a sin to be a doctor. Yet, one of the most brilliant authors in the New Testament was a doctor—Luke, the beloved physician, transcriber of  “Paul’s Gospel” and author of the Chronicles of the Early Church, the Acts of the Apostles.

Moreover, having babies is no more an act of faith than is swimming. And while pregnancy is not a disease or a sickness, those who choose to have their babies in a hospital for whatever reason should not be condemned for not trusting God any more than someone who chooses to swim with a flotation device.

Furthermore, anyone who would condemn someone for going to a medical doctor or a hospital but who goes to an eye doctor, tooth doctor, or animal doctor is pitifully trapped in a quagmire of hypocrisy and superficiality. And if it’s wrong to take any pill, it’s wrong to take all pills—including vitamins and minerals and related items from the Health Food Store.

Should anyone read this article and accuse it of destroying someone’s faith, let it be further known that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of the Lord. The Word may burst your bubble, but it cannot destroy your faith.

Whatsoever is not ofengendered by or begotten of—faith is sin. Any movement, persuasion, discipline or philosophy that was not produced by firm belief in and steadfast adherence to God’s Word is essentially contrary to the plan and will of God; thus, as our text plainly declares, it must be SIN. Accordingly, those who preach against medicine, doctors and hospitals are hung in their own noose, because their teachings do not originate with the Word of God, and thus are not engendered by faith!

 

Rev. Tim D. Cormier

Reprinted from the November, 1999 issue of the Apostolic Standard.

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