Luke 4:18, 19 (NIV)
“The spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovering of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
It wasn’t that long ago that in conversation with a believer, they said to me, “Oh, you are one of those prosperity gospel preachers.” I found their words difficult. I suspected that there was some type of prejudgement in the statement “prosperity gospel preachers”. It was almost as though it was too much of something. I can assure you that there really is no such thing as a prosperity gospel. I only know of one gospel and it is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
That good news gospel is very clearly defined in the scriptures. You see, the moment you receive Jesus, He added to your life. Let me ask you a question. Would you rather I talked about what God has added to you or would you have me diminish the message and make the impact of the gospel minimal? Would it suit you better if I said to you that God wants you poor and He wants you sick? Imagine me telling my friends, “Hey come to church and we will talk to you about how God wants you sick and poor? Would you like to become a Christian?” I think any healthy individual would probably tell you, “I’m having enough struggles in life without you telling me I need to be blessed by being sick and poor.”
It is amazing to me how many believers over the years have fought with me in regards to the healing ministry that Jesus has given to His church. My question is, “Are they fighting for the right to be sick? The contradiction is this: they continue to go to doctor to get help; they take medication so that they can live better; and they ask for the doctor’s advice to minimize the effects of their infirmities. If they really believe that it is God’s will for them to be sick, why do they contradict the will of God by actively seeking health remedies for sicknesses and infirmities? Do you see the kind of contradiction that is here? I don’t believe that God would put sickness on them any more than I would believe that they would put sickness on their child to teach them a lesson. With that being said, I would agree with Luke 4:18 & 19 that it isn’t God’s plan for you to be sick, but to be healed.
Sickness, in any of its forms, is a contradiction to God’s plan and purpose to your life. Every doctor who is fighting for your life is part of God’s plan in helping you to be well. Every time you take the scripture and affirm the gospel in all of its aspects over your life, you affirm the power of the gospel. There is a need for vigilance in what the gospel says about us. We are not to lose our confidence in the scripture’s promises. The bible affirms we are to be recovering, we are to be released, and we are to understand the proclamation of God’s favour over our lives. In conclusion, we need to turn our backs on religious deceptions and lies that have infiltrated our teaching. The heart of the gospel was that Jesus came touching the sick and they would recover.