In Safe Sects: Bottling Up Christ’s Healing, North insists that God not only heals men as individuals, but men as nations as well.
Calvinists, with their supposedly perfect theology, loathe the idea of God supernaturally healing men as individuals, as they are would rather uphold the dictates of theScottish Enlightenment than the explicit Word of God.
Charismatics and Pentecostals are at least half-way right: despite their foolish antics and the deceptive spirits Satan sent to distract them from the truth, these people — with their seminary-free, often college-free Pastors (thank God!) — rightly insist that God can supernaturally heal people right now, in time and on earth.
God is the healer of men and institutions. He is the healer of the nations in history, before His Second Coming. The healer is also the judge, and His judgment is closely connected to His healing.
To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand and the things that shall come upon them make haste. For the Lord shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left. And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted, Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection. See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revengers upon the enemy. Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: tor he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people (Deut. 32:35-43).
If God heals in history, then He must bring judgment in history. To deny the one is to deny the other. Yet the modern church denies either or both of these aspects of God’s work in history. Churches do not want judgment, for it begins at the house of the Lord (I Peter 4:17). So, they reject the biblical idea of healing. They are consistent — consistently wrong.
Since God can supernaturally (and naturally!) heal in time and on earth, He can also supernaturally (and naturally!) punish His enemies in time and on earth.
At the last paragraph, we see why the Churches are so insipid and pathetic: they refuse to teach the Law of God, as they hate the judgement of God, because judgement always starts in the House of God – the Churches.
Rebellious Churches, contemptuous of God and His Law-Word, shall be ground under the Heel of God, first. Then, God will deal with the rest of the people who have chosen to despise Him and follow Satan.
Question: Which theology today accepts church-invoked healing, but without placing institutional limits on its efficacy? There is only one: Christian Reconstruction.
I can’t believe that anyone actually dared to place limits on God’s power, God’s salvation, and God’s judgement!
Everybody brings something to the communion table. Every Christian group does. Each brings its traditions, good and bad, right and wrong. As progressive sanctification takes place over time, the good steadily displaces the bad. Thus, ecclesiastical division produces precision, but this division will be overcome over time, with new creeds and new resolutions to seeming paradoxes. The church will progressively conform to the truth.
This is bad news for the sect mentality. Holed up in their churches, desperate to avoid responsibility for anything outside their ecclesiastical sanctuaries, pessimillennial sectarians try to keep Christ’s healing power sealed up inside their little monopolies, where it is safe. Like new wine in old wineskins, this healing power cannot be contained. It is about to burst the wineskins.
It’s about time!
Let God be praised and exalted above all,
May His People fear Him and obey Him,
and May His Enemies be smashed and gutted in the life,
and fry eternally in the next.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.