Skip to comments.Bestselling Christian Author Francis Chan says he didn't believe in healing, miracles until recently
Posted on 05/22/2020 7:38:04 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Bestselling author Francis Chan said he was previously cynical of healing ministries until God illuminated the Scriptures to him.
Speaking during the virtual International Association of Healing Ministries conference this week, Chan said, "What I do know is for many years I didn't believe in healing, I didn't believe in miracles, it was pretty much what I was taught in seminary.
Humbly, I have to say, I used to ridicule people who spoke in tongues or prophesied or believed they could heal, even though when I personally read the Scriptures, I saw this available.
Despite being in ministry for some time, Chan revealed that it would take years for him to finally delve into the spiritual side of his faith.
"It took me years, to be honest, with what I saw in Scripture and start pursuing these gifts of the Spirit and I'm still somewhat on that journey. That's why when you first asked me to speak for this healing conference, I go, 'You've got the wrong guy.' I've been praying for gifts of healing for years and it was only like a few months ago that I saw healing for the first time.
Earlier this year, Chan shared that he and a team of other Christians supernaturally healed several people at a rural village in Myanmar, including a little boy and girl who were deaf.
"Every person I touched was healed," the Crazy Love author said in a sermon delivered at Moody Bible Institutes Founders Week Conference.
OK, this is craziness to me. I have never experienced this in 52 years," he testified then. "Im talking like a little boy and a little girl who were deaf. We laid hands, she starts crying and smiling. These are not Christians who have even heard about Jesus, and shes freaking out. We lay hands on her little brother, we lay hands on him, and he starts hearing for the first time.
IAHM International Director Jean-Luc Trachsel commended Chan for his humility, something he said is rare in ministers who operate in the move of the Spirit.
Chan formerly led Cornerstone Community Church, a popular megachurch in California, before he made the shocking decision to step down in 2010. He explained that as he grew as a "celebrity" pastor, he felt he became everything that he believed God hated. He also expressed his frustrations with the megachurch model.
In his appearance at this week's International Healing Conference, Chan, who recently moved to Hong Kong to plant churches among the poor, noted, The only way I know how to describe myself is, I'm a guy who has made so many mistakes in life. Yet the by the grace of God, He just keeps blessing me and my family, and my life and I sense His presence with me and just constantly shocked at what I get to do while I'm still on this earth for however much longer that is.
I try to teach in such a way that I think to myself, 'If this is it and I'm about to see the face of God, what would I say? Did I make much of Him or did I bring glory to myself?
"So all I want people to know is that we have such a holy, all-powerful God that is so far beyond us. And the thought that He is a merciful God and a loving God and desires us, that He revealed that to me, that is the greatest truth about my life. That's the greatest thing you could know about me is that somehow God has revealed His love to me and caused this human being who has made so many mistakes and rejected by so many, including my own father, to just be so secure in the love of Christ.
See his full sit-down interview with Trachsel below.
The May 20-23 International Healing Conference was initially scheduled to take place in Porto, Portugal, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was organized as a virtual conference bringing together some 70 healing ministries from around the world. Along with a healing rally, the event is also featuring such speakers as Bill Johnson of Bethel Church, televangelist Benny Hinn and Ben Fitzgerald of Awakening Europe, among many others.
FAKE Christian! At least he was.
It is IMPOSSIBLE to be a Christian, and NOT believe in miracles and healing!
NO DISCUSSION NECESSARY!
If you don’t believe in miracles and healing, then you are calling Jesus a LIAR!
“I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life...
I AM happy that he has finally “believed”. (IF he actually has)
Since youre the second coming, Ill abide and withhold comments.
“Despite being in ministry for some time, Chan revealed that it would take years for him to finally delve into the spiritual side of his faith.”
WHAT? “being in ministry”, what did that mean to him? Play acting?
I believe there are healing miracles in thousands of hospitals every day. I dont believe in charlatans who claim they can smack someone on the head and make them walk.
“These are not Christians who have even heard about Jesus,”
Say WHAT? “Christians” who never heard of JESUS?
Jesus “CHRIST”, CHRIST-IANS.
“”Every person I touched was healed,””
“EVERY” who are you, Benny Hinn?
All of what you said is NOT true. Some just do not believe healings and miracles are for now/modern times, but they are very much Christians. The Bible does NOT say believe in miracles, healings and tongues and you will be saved, does it?
F. Chan is most certainly a man of God.
Uhhhhh.. you might want to re-read the sentence.....In your defense, it was awkwardly worded
You have to ramp up your game. The NT manuscripts are ALL CAPS, not just some.
“Chan formerly led Cornerstone Community Church, a popular megachurch in California, before he made the shocking decision to step down in 2010. He explained that as he grew as a “celebrity” pastor, he felt he became everything that he believed God hated. He also expressed his frustrations with the megachurch model.”
“”So all I want people to know is that we have such a holy, all-powerful God that is so far beyond us. And the thought that He is a merciful God and a loving God and desires us, that He revealed that to me, that is the greatest truth about my life. That’s the greatest thing you could know about me is that somehow God has revealed His love to me and caused this human being who has made so many mistakes and rejected by so many, including my own father, to just be so secure in the love of Christ.”
Maybe he has been redeemed! Praise the Lord! Amen
(I actually read the article)
Not what Pastor Chan said:
He was saying thay those healed were not Christians and had never heard of Jesus, but were HEALED anyway.
So unlike those name it claim it, give me your $$ and come to my church types who insist on people being THEIR type of “Christian,” those children were healed, but did not know Jesus...yet.
Some yes...some no.
Spoilsport... (I was just having a little fun).
What you believe is VERY powerful
Yahwehs power is MIGHTY !!
When Peter healed a lame man at the temple, he did it publicly and in a verifiable way with witnesses. Someone must go to Myanmar and talk to these children. Demonstrate first of all that they can actually hear now. Second demonstrate that they were in fact deaf before. Third interview witnesses that can establish that his touch was the moment they began to hear. It will not be hard to do. Other important details are missing from the story if it is to be verified. But the point of the whole incident story is only that this man now believes in miracles and healing.
"And beholding the man which was healed...they could say nothing against it." Let's have the evidence. Now if the God you worship, decides to not provide that evidence, and He most certainly won't, as is His prerogative, then you can stay quiet about people who refuse to believe this.
There are some other real problems with this:
1. Chan, though he describes himself as having changed, betrays throughout his sermon to the Moody Founder's Week Conference that he remains self-absorbed. "The pastor admitted that when he walked in the village, he had a little bit of fear," adding, I said, No, no, this is no different than if You walked in the village, and I know what youd do, Jesus. Youd proclaim the Good News and youd heal.'"
2. Chan's God does not believe in upholding doctrinal integrity, "Chan said that although he disagreed theologically with some of the individuals on his team, he believes God was honored by this fight for unity, and I believe God was honored by this pursuit of the unreached, and obeying the Great Commission and we saw power.
3. Chan does not believe in the sufficiency of scripture or in using logic to understand Scripture,saying, "If I had listened to those voices, I wouldve missed out on so much of life because so many people, even in the church today, theyll reason with you from their logic rather than from the Scriptures."
Peter's miracle if true, verifies the resurrection of the Lord and Christ's message of "faith in His name", cf. Acts 3:16. Chan's miracle if true verifies Chan's faith in healing, and his practice of ecumenical unity, disproving evangelicalism, Bible fundamentalism, and sola scriptura, the basic tenet of the Protestant reformation.
We might need to see some evidence, ya know?.
Thanks SeekAndFind for posting this.
Now, there's a REAL problem..."they" didn't supernaturally heal anyone, Almighty God is who heals. Sometimes He does so naturally and sometimes supernaturally and sometimes He does NOT heal an individual. In all cases it fits within HIS purposes.
A good rule of thumb to help us decide whether or not a healing is miraculous is to look at WHO gets the glory - is it the "healer" or God? As for the "sign" gifts:
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