The Deception of 'Miracles' in the Church System
Confirming the Word
The Bible is full of supernatural acts of God. Lepers were healed on the spot, water was turned to wine, storms were calmed and the dead were raised back to life just to name a few. These were testaments of divine miraculous healing where medicine, doctors and surgery were not needed. People were healed instantaneously on the spot.
However, many in the modern church system are claiming that there are miraculous acts of divine healing taking place within their doors. All who are sick need to come to them, even if they have to travel long distances to experience a 'miracle of God.'
The question is, do miracles take place in what is called 'church' today?
Throughout both the Old and New Testaments, God dealt with different groups of people in different ways. The Jews offered up animal sacrifices and observed the Passover and other feasts commanded by God. Upon the resurrection of Christ, these things were fulfilled.
A closer Scriptural analyses of the gifts of divine healing and miracles given to man reveal that they had a specific purpose. It was to lay the foundation of the Gospel and to prove and confirm to the Jewish people that the way of Christ was true that thees signs and wonders proved them that they were from God.
Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins – Mark 2:9-10
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? – Hebrews 2:3-4
The message of God was confirmed by miracles that were performed by Christ and the apostles.
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. – Mark 16:20
Purpose to Completion
In Part to Completion
During the transitionary phase coming to the end of the apostolic Age, the word of God was confirmed; therefore, the confirmation of signs, wonders and miracles were no longer needed as their purposes had been fulfilled. It is just like the temple ceremonies, tithes and many of the other traditions had been fulfilled. That is why we read in Scripture that Paul, Timothy and Trophimus all had infirmities and ailments that could not be divinely miraculously healed at their will.
Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick. – 2 Timothy 4:20
Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities. – 1Timothy 5:20
The miracles during the time of the apostles spreading the Gospel message were to confirm that God was with them and to establish the ekklesia. Paul, Trophimus and Timothy did not need miracles and signs to confirm that they had faith in Christ. Upon the establishment of the Gospel, the gift of miracles that was given to them were no longer needed to confirm their faith and those others. Even though they were they were not healed, their faith remained.
In 1 Corinthians 13:10 it says,
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
Paul was saying at the time he wrote 1 Corinthians that they only knew in part because the New Testament scripture was still in its formation. The truth was still in part until the last words of Scripture were written. With the completion of the New Testament, prophecy, tongues, signs and wonders would be fulfilled once the unity of faith and the knowledge of the Son of God had come.
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ – Ephesians 4:11-13
Unity of the faith was perfected with the liberty and inspiration of Christ upon the completion of Scripture.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. – 1 Corinthians 13:13
Paul was saying that the knowledge of the Son of God was complete. The foundation had been laid and completed. The sign gifts given to the apostles had fulfilled their purpose. If there were more, then there would be additions to faith, hope and charity where there would be a fourth, fifth, sixth, etc. in the above verse. The divine miracles that were performed confirmed the work of God His word was written. When we read Scripture today, the testament of the sign gifts confirm the written word of God. It is by faith that we believe, even when no sign gift miracles are taking place.
Supposed Miracle Workers
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Those that promote miracles for their ministries do not believe what God has said. They are making demands that do not require faith to believe. We don’t need further confirmations because prophecy and the law of liberty has been fulfilled by what Christ has done.
What is interesting is that the divine miracles Christ performed during his time on earth were often attributed to the work of Satan. Even way back in Exodus when Moses performed miracles, the magicians wrought counterfeit enchantments to attempt to mimic the power of God. We are warned in God’s word about miracles in the last days. Today, we see the opposite happening in the harlot church system where the works, or miracles of Satan are being attributed to the work of God.
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast – Revelation 13:14
Many do not understand that Satan can perform miracles and healing too. Christ said that false prophets will rise to deceive with counterfeit signs and wonders. In Acts 13, Elymas was a sorcerer who deceived many people until Paul confronted him and exposed him. Many in the modern church system today are attracted to the workers of Satan who stand upon their platforms bilking people of their money for a lie. They transform themselves into 'apostles of Christ' to deceive those who come under their spells.
Why can't people see that all religious heretics have their origins in 'miracle' work?
New Age gurus, Charismatics, Mormons, Hinduism, etc. all make claims of divine healing.
Many fall for the latest pied-pipers because the manifestation looks like the real thing. An angel of light will do a supposed good thing for an evil purpose, just like Satan who uses Scripture to deceive.
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. – 2 Thessalonians 9-12
Those who partake of the modern church system are deluded. All because someone may seem as sincere and does not make their doctrine right. Saul of Tarsus sincerely and wrongfully believed that he was doing the right thing by persecuting the true followers of Christ.
Unfortunately, God will be judging many who believe they are 'in God’s service,' but have refused to hear the truth out of their pride, ignorance and arrogance because they do not want to give up the mammon of their counterfeit ministries.
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. – John 16:2
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. - Matthew 7:22-23
Faith and Action
You may ask, 'If miracles have ceased, then why should we pray for the sick?'
People can be healed without sign gift healing. We see these manifestations every day. We are to pray in faith and do whatever we can to help others. God has given us many things at our disposal including medicine, doctors and many other sources of healing. To neglect these things would be foolish and could bring death. People refuse cures and medicine because they wanted divine healing from God. Out of their pride, they demand a divine miracle from someone or from God. If they do not get healing, they lose their 'faith.'
Paul prayed three times to God that the thorn in his side be removed. Although God did not remove it, he said,
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
God may be working in the affliction in our life, or someone else. It does not mean that we do not have enough faith to be healed. God may have a purpose for it, just like Job who suffered greatly even though he had great faith.
God heals, but don’t expect great divine healing that Christ and the apostles did. The sign gifts have ceased. It is faith that requires perseverance. We can pray for healing, but if we don't get instantly healed, we will keep carrying on in our faith. We must keep persevering, not sit around and expect divine healing from someone who claims to having the sign gifts.
Today, are we to expect manna to fall from heaven if we need food?
God does not bake our bread, slice and butter it for us, but many supposed healing and miracle ministries promote these things.
Are we to throw away our medicine and Band-Aids away because God is going to divinely heal us because some charlatan says that we are going to be healed.
Do you refuse to go to a doctor for a broken leg and expect the Lord’s divine work to make a spiritual splinter and cast for you?
God expects us to live by faith and act upon it.
Satan expects you to believe in his counterfeit miracles that are happening in the harlot church system with spectacular performances of illusion and deception. Notice how the the church leaders never get off their butts by going out to pray for the sick. They expect the sick to come to them within their buildings. They get the sick hobble upon the stage in front of an audience for a live spectacle to pull on the heart strings of others and then ask for an offering in support of their ministries.
These supposed miracle workers are pompous enough to claim that they have the same power as the Christ and the apostles. When the divine work of Christ was present, there was a one-hundred percent success rate. There was no failure. Today, false prophets will says that you did not have enough faith. They fail to understand that if you are going to claim you have the power of the sign gifts, then they must be in the same power and manifestation as testified in Scripture. Obviously, this is not the case as the miracles that came form God were perfect, complete and instantaneous.
The devil’s work in the harlot church system does not even come close to matching the divine miracles of God.
Satan uses the power of the mind to deceive. When a miracle is claimed performed in the modern church system, it is a counterfeit.
We should believe in praying for the sick, but not negate using medicine and resources God leads us to.
Divine supernatural miracles from the sign gifts ceased when the testament of Scripture was fully written. These miracles were used to confirm the Gospel preached by Christ and the apostles. The supposed miracles we see today by those who claim too have fulfilled sign gifts are the counterfeit paranormal miracles of Satan that were foretold would come.
That Which is Perfect is Come
It is important to understand that all the doctrines in Scripture do not all apply to us today. We cannot just pick and choose from what parts we want. The sign gifts ceased at the end of the apostolic age. The book of Micah tells us how long miracles would continue.
According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things. – Micah 7:15
The Israelite's came out of Egypt for about forty years. The 'marvellous things' of Christ ceased at the end of the apostolic age that was also around forty years. From the time Christ turned water into wine to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD was forty years. After 70 AD, the sign gifts ceased and the fullness of Scripture became sufficient to fill all of our needs.
We must remember that all believers did not perform miraculous and signs and wonders, even during the time of the apostles. The sign gifts were about confirming the Gospel through Christ, it was not specifically about curing physical sickness.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. – 1 Corinthians 13:10
That which is perfect has come.
Satan is busy enabling his workers to perform counterfeit miracles that defies God's fulfilled work through Christ and the apostles. This should be a clear indication that if you see a man claiming the sign gifts by healing, or doing any other sign and wonder, that it is not from God.
The Bible says that sincere men who pray, preach and shout God’s name can minister deception under the power of the devil. True ministers of God do not have the gift of healing. The more prayer, shouting, praising and hype will not change this truth. Do not be deceived by their claims in supporting their for-profit businesses as the source of truth.
We should pray for the sick ,just as we should take everything and submit them to God through Christ in prayer. We should pray for our daily bread and use the means God has given us to get it. We should pray for healing for the sick and rely on the resources God has given us.
We don’t pray for bread and expect Him to bake it in heaven and rain it down upon us do we?
We pray for bread, and in faith go out and get some. We must pray for the salvation of souls, but we still must get off our butts by going out to reach the hurt and the lost.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. – John 14:12
When we read this passage, Christ was referring to his apostles and giving them assurance that even though he was physically leaving, God would attend to their ministry with demonstrations of His power. That was to whom the audience he was speaking to at the time.
Did the Apostles do greater works than Christ if we define it as miracles?
Is there written proof in Scripture?
If these greater 'works' are not found by them, then it probably means something other than divine miracles.
'Greater' in Greek is 'meizon' that means to a 'greater degree.' 'Works' in Greek is 'ergon' that means to 'work and toil as an act of labor.' The labor would be in greater degree that would follow into the extensive ministry of the apostles.
The Greek word used for miracles is 'semeion' that means evidence of a divine commission or an attestation of a divine message. This is not used in John 14:12.
The apostles did not exceed the miracles of Christ nor do the followers of Christ tyoday have the ability to produce the miraculous sign gifts of the apostles. Paul said that not all have these gifts (1 Corinthians 12:29-30).
Christ performed miracles (semeion) that exceeded Moses and the prophets. The apostles did greater works (meizon ergon) as Christ prophesied by carrying the Gospel to the ends of the earth from Jerusalem. They went to the Gentiles who were saved in greater numbers than when Christ was here on earth (Acts). The ministry we share today is not limited to one person in one location. Those among the ekklesia can preach throughout all the world empowered by the Holy Spirit. In this sense the 'greater works' is about the Great Commission.
The works of Christ is about preaching about the kingdom of God. When Christ preached divine miracles followed him. His whole ministry on earth was to point to and fulfill the only name by which we can enter into God’s kingdom.
And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. – Luke 10:9
This verse was part of the commission he gave his 72 followers to go out and preach the Gospel with miraculous power and divine protection. When they came back, they attested to the authority they had in his name. In contrast to the mission of the seventy-two, the apostles were tortured and martyred for preaching the Good News.
The works that Jesus did had an effect on people. The manifestation of the kingdom of God was there for those to experience in the midst of him while he was on earth and the divine miracles proved that he was Christ, the Son of God.
Many are being bilked of their finances by following after supposed 'miracles' in the church system. They have missed the boat. If they focused on the 'works' that Christ has commissioned us out to do, more of the seeds of the Gospel of the Kingdom would be planted than luring the masses into the church system with the claim of miracles.
The Foundation has been Laid.
It is through Christ that God has fulfilled His purposes. The sign gifts were intended to lay the foundation for the ekklesia, the Gospel and to confirm that the miracles were genuinely from God. The record has been written. To demand divine supernatural healing from a man who claims to have obtained the sign gifts from is the same as saying that you do not have faith in God's word and thus require additional confirmation of your faith by someone performing a supposed sign gift miracle for you.
Many are deceived many into the false movement of experiential Christianity that entertains the doctrine of demons. They are seduced the into believing that the paranormal manifestations conducted by the workers of Satan are from God. Satan wants you to keep asking God to confirm the things that have already have been affirmed and fulfilled through Christ and the apostles. This is why there are so many counterfeit miracles being performed by the workers of deceit to draw you into their false religion experiential Christianity. Feelings have replaced faith and the word of God. Do not believe any man who claims the title of 'Apostle' with sign gifts who recklessly promotes their miracle ministries.
When the nine spiritual gifts were being utilized (Acts 4:16), even the enemies of Christ could not deny that his miracles were genuine.
The ekklesia of Christ today do not need divine supernatural miracles of the sign gifts to affirm their faith. Their faith is in the confirmed Gospel that is testifies in Scripture by what Christ and the apostles did.
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