Charismatic Healers

August 3, 2011

For more than 2,000 years, charismatic healers have been healing people from mental, physical, and spiritual sickness. Common methodology used by charismatic healers includes: praying, laying of hands, anointing with oil, Biblical scripture, exorcisms, sacraments, and pilgrimages to holy places. However, specific methodology of healing can vary according to the beliefs of a denomination.

Charismatic healing is founded on the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, who healed people from all forms of sicknesses. Jesus’ healing ministry ushered in the charismatic movement, which acknowledges healing as an ordained gift from Jesus. In his name, charismatic healers miraculously heal people from colds, flus, asthma, cancer, and heart problems that are caused by sin, demonic spirits, or biological imbalances.

Generally charismatic healers are male, mainly because of the belief that the Bible forbids females from any form of ministry. However, some denominations believe that females can minister to people. Over time women charismatic healers have been known to miraculously heal people.

Charismatic healer methodology can vary for each individual healer depending on their denomination. Catholic charismatic healers rely more on prayers, sacraments, and pilgrimages to sacred sites. Protestant charismatic healers rely on prayer, laying of hands, exorcisms, and anointing the individual with oil. Protestant healers will begin by anointing an individual on the head with oil, which represents that the Holy Spirit is present. Once the Holy Spirit is present, the healer will lay hands on either an individual’s head or on the area of sickness. While praying in Jesus’ name, the healer will ask God to heal the individual and will cast out any demonic spirits causing sickness. The healing can occur spontaneously or require more visits with the healer until the healing is evident.

Although charismatic healers believe in their gift of healing, they cannot heal everyone. According to charismatic healers, people can only be healed if it is God’s will. If a healing is unsuccessful, the charismatic healer will encourage the person to seek medical attention. While some hold that seeking man’s help demonstrates a lack of faith in God’s ability to heal, many charismatic healers believe that God uses physicians as instruments for healing as well.

Through religious techniques charismatic healers are responsible for countless miraculous healings. Although no solid scientific evidence exists to prove the validity of charismatic healers, their supernatural healings continue to occur around the world. Many people believe in their calling to heal and continue to seek the help of charismatic healers.

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