Is the gift of faith healing available today? And if so, how can we test them to know if they are truly from Christ?
My current stand point is that I don't believe people today have the gift to heal. I believe the Lord still heals people today only through prayer and request. Regardless, I went for the very first time to observe a person who claims to be a faith healer. I'm really confused and searching for answers.
Here is what happened.... The faith healer I observed is a man who dresses very unusual. He wears really tight jeans, and he wears what seems to be womans jewelry: flashy rings with large pink and white diamonds, fat pearl bracelets, earings and a pink belt. He said he wears these kind of garments so that we can have an image of what we will look like in the kingdom of heaven. I don't understand that at all.
He played about twelve songs recorded from a CD and at the same time he played along with his guitar. I found that odd because at first I actually thought he was singing until I noticed his mouth didn't always move. He read many passages from the Bible, all which had to do with forgiving others their sins. This entire meeting lasted 4 hours and I was almost falling asleep because his speaking really bored me. He would whisper a lot.
At the end, (3 hours and 45 minutes later), he asked people to come up who needed healing or wanted to be released of their unforgiveness toward others. Only three people went to him and he put his hand over them and said prayer. I really don't even know if they were healed because I was on my way out the door. However, as I was leaving he asked me if I needed anything healed. When I said no he asked if I had back pain, stomach ache or headaches. I actually had a bad headache but I said "no thank you". Praise the Lord I am in very good health. I do get headaches now and then but it has nothing to do with any type of disease.
I have to say that I went to that meeting with the full armour of God and not an open mind. I admit I'm a big-time skeptic but I also don't want my lack of faith to get in the way.
Since this is my first experience with faith healers I would appreciate any help you could offer. My first thought was to come to talkjesus. Thanks!