Is healing a right or a privilege?
This sounds like a boastful question, doesn’t it? But look carefully and I can hope you can see the spirit of religion behind the “humble response”.
God cut a covenant to us with the blood of His son. What does a covenant do? Just like a contract, a covenant gives us legal rights to certain benefits. Now, you can either have faith in that covenant or you can be in unbelief about it and question God’s character and integrity.
Religion would have you believe that God may withhold the rights that He has given you in the covenant which completely destroys God’s integrity before man (exactly what the religious spirit is trying to do here) and puts you in unbelief concerning the validity of the covenant (unbelief). What does unbelief do? It displeases God!
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6
The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. So how do you respond in faith to what was given to you in the covenant? You rejoice and seek diligently to receive it’s benefits!
Seeing it as a right produces an attitude of faith which brings God much glory but seeing it as a privilege is not really seeing the covenant as a real covenant; therefore to think it’s a privilege puts you in a place of not believing God’s Word (unbelief) and it also calls God a liar.
Let me break this down another way…
Healing as a right:
- calls the covenant of God true and valid
- has faith in God’s character to stand behind His covenant
Healing as a privilege:
- calls the covenant of God void and nothing to place any faith in
- makes God’s character questionable and unreliable… makes Him out to be a liar
When we say that healing is a privilege what we are essentially saying is that God heals out of mercy and not out of covenant. This is complete disbelief in the atonement and denies the price Jesus paid. If our healing comes by His mercy then we have absolutely no Biblical foundation for our faith in believing for our healing. This idea that healing is a privilege is totally that of a religious spirit disguising it as simply being humble when in reality is is very dishonoring toward what Jesus did for us and completely undermines our faith. It’s no wonder the church in America finds it so hard to receive and manifest a supernatural healing!!!
Healing requires faith and if healing is a privilege then you have no real foundation for your faith. So what do you do about that? Study up on covenants and begin to place your faith in the covenant that God has made with you through Christ.
This is just one of numerous belief systems that are held by Christians and if you look carefully it is a means to destroy their faith and ruin their ability to receive all of the things God has for them. This one belief is just another reason why miracles are so scarce in America when they were so rich and plentiful in the early church. There are beliefs like this which undermine faith and if we just go with the flow we’re going to get the results of everybody else, and in American church (at large, I’m not bashing every church here, only the ones where miracles are not commonplace) that’s not the kind of results I want in my own life.
I don’t know about you but I going to take hold of the Word of God and see the benefits of the covenant as rights that Jesus has lovingly purchased for me and reject the religious ideas that are floating around so many churches today and silently destroying our faith!