Twice-Guilty Thieves #5

Thursday, January 17, 2013

“For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face” (2 Corinthians 11:20 KJV).

Beloved, take today’s Scripture to heart, lest religion take your heart so they can take from you!

“Name it and claim it” preachers urge us to “claim” 3 John 2, Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 6:33, Exodus 15:26, James 5:15, and Malachi 3:10. “Speak health and wealth into your life… God does not want you sick… Claim your healing through Christ’s atonement… It is a sin to be poor… Offer your tithes and be blessed of God 100-fold like Isaac!”

Tragically, since Bible verses are quoted, but not approached dispensationally, most professing Christians believe these claims are “God’s will” for them. They are never told that the program to which those verses belong is currently suspended. These preachers are simply mishandling the verse to rob the purse (today’s Scripture)!

For instance, despite the Bible’s healing promises, Paul wrote: “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body” (Romans 8:22,23). Surely, there is no “healing in Jesus’ name” according to that passage!

There was no miraculous healing for ill Timothy, whom Paul instructed, “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities (1 Timothy 5:23). One of the last verses Paul wrote was, “Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick (2 Timothy 4:20). Where is Paul’s apostolic gift of healing? Why did he, Timothy, or Trophimus not claim those Old Testament healing passages? They knew they did not apply to them, just like they do not apply to us.

Unless we “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15), we overlook the fact that God is doing something with us that is different from what He did with Israel in the past and what He will do with her in the future.