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Healing: Wayman Mitchell - Chapter 4

Sin, Idolatry And the Occult
Chapter 4
Paul treats sin almost as a personality. In Romans 7, he says, "Sin revived [it came alive] and I died." And, "Sin, taking occasion [seizing an opportunity] by the commandment produced all kinds of evil desire." He continues saying sin (an entity) does wickedness in him and another law (power or authority) brings him into captivity (Rom 7:7-8, 17, 23). In Paul's view the devil by sin is able to exploit, gain dominion, manipulate and extend it's power over men.

The Occult And Sin
Stewart Cameron, now a pastor, suffered one of the worst cases of eczema I've ever seen. Sometimes parts of his skin were so inflamed and cracked it would look like raw flesh. Doctors had been totally ineffective in dealing with his condition. During my second tour of pastoring in Australia, Stewart came to me for counseling. I had begun to understand the impact of family curses and had discovered a relationship between witchcraft and skin conditions such as eczema. While we were talking, Stewart recalled he possessed some medals his grandfather, a mason of high degree, had given him. We prayed and renounced the curse of masonry. Many, perhaps, don't realize that at initiation and then through each degree of masonry literal curses are taken involving the member and his family. Stewart went home, got rid of the medals and recovered from his eczema. This story, however, was far from complete and as it worked out, I gained additional insight into the power of sin.
Stewart decided to witness to his grandfather. This led to a dramatic confrontation. As Stewart was witnessing, the demeanor of his grandfather suddenly changed. He turned to Stewart and said, "I will never accept the blood of Jesus." His grandfather became so violently agitated that Stewart's parents took it upon themselves to separate, and keep separate, the two of them making sure Stewart and his grandfather were never alone together and allowing no further witnessing by their son. Sometime later this grandfather became ill and was hospitalized. He grew steadily worse and Stewart wanted to see him but he was forbidden to do so. Finally, Stewart, on his lunch hour when no one dreamed he would come, made a visit to his elderly and seriously ill grandfather. Once again he witnessed of the 'blood of Jesus' and won his grandfather to salvation. Quite clearly, secret societies may appear religious but are defiantly opposed to salvation by the blood of Jesus. Equally clear is the reality of curses. Sin somehow has legal access and can exercise dominion by means of occult objects through the generations to other family members. Its power is broken by the 'blood.' Paul writes, "He [God] has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love [Jesus], in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins (Col 1:13-14)."
In sickness we have an intertwining of the human and spiritual life with the demonic. Jesus made a notable connection between sin and sickness in the story of the paralytic. "They brought to [Jesus] a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, 'Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you (Matt 9:1).'" He could be of good cheer because his 'sins' were forgiven. Two factors in this story have bearing on healing. One is the connection with sin. The disciples recognized and knew this because they were raised to think that way. See the story of the man born blind to see this way of thinking. Clearly, Jesus informs them, you cannot always make direct cause and effect statements. Nonetheless sickness is in the world because of sin and some specific illnesses are the result of some specific sins. Disease is energized and given opportunity because of man's nature. This truth is lost on today's generation. The second factor is Jesus has power over both sin and disease. He can forgive and/or heal. This makes the necessary ingredients of a crusade apparent. Men must be brought to a place of repentance or open-heartedness with God. If they repent, turn from their sin and receive forgiveness they are well on their way to being healed. The dynamics of guilt and shame for their sin are rarely incorporated in the modern preacher's therapy oriented message. Instead, people are buoyed up with self-esteem and platitude preaching and are never brought to a place of repentance. It is one of the main failings of modern ministry. The greatest sin in this is that people can leave the crusade not only unhealed but unforgiven.

The summer of 1995 we held a crusade in Prescott prior to the Bible Conference. Following the preaching and call for salvation, I asked for the people suffering back pain to come forward for healing. I have a great confidence that Gad will heal from this condition and often call for these cases to help trigger faith in those watching. I prayed for a number of people and for some other conditions and had wonderful results. However, after the meeting was over a woman came saying she had back pain and wanted me to pray for her. I asked her why she hadn't come earlier. She replied, "I was embarrassed to come because I am wearing shorts." Knowing I was dealing with a person of religious background I asked her where she went to church. She told me she attended one of the local charismatic churches and had been doing so for about five years. I asked her to sit in a chair for me while I checked to se if perhaps one of her legs was shorter than the other. Having prayed for hundreds of backs, I was sure she would have a shortened leg, and she did. I led her in a prayer. We renounced hate and bitterness, involvement with magical healers and chiropractors and cast out the pain. Nothing happened. The leg did not 'come out'. The pain did not leave. Absolutely nothing happened. I asked her, "Are you married?" She dropped her head in obvious shame and said, "No." Then she quickly added, "We are planning on it in about a month." Immediately her leg came out and the pain left. This was amazing but not surprising. This woman, who had been attending a Pentecostal church for five years, was living with a man to whom she was not married. Living in sin! This was a clear demonstration of the impact sin has on our physical body and its hindrance to healing Jesus wants to give and has paid for with his blood.

"Miracle Crusades are not magic shows. They are a confrontation with the powers of darkness…healing involves many details of a person's life."

The Bible plainly details a number of sins which bring curses (a significant hindrance to the natural growth and vitality of the body) upon men. Miracle crusades are not magic shows. They are a confrontation with the powers of darkness. Thirty-four years of ministry have taught me that human beings are complex creatures and healing involves many details of a person's life, the hidden and secret parts as well as the open and know parts. Only when these are dealt with is healing possible. Some evangelists have gotten themselves in big trouble by advertising healing in a guaranteed way leading people to believe it was an elixir or formula. It is not. People came to Jesus and desired healing, which they received. Jesus is the healer and people must come to Him on his terms. Sin is a powerful dynamic that opposes health and salvation. An exhaustive list of sins and their connection to health is not possible here. But, there is enough Bible evidence to link illegitimacy, incest, idolatry, robbing God's tithe and murder to physical woes in this life.

"So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. 'When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth (Gen 4:11-12).'"
"One of illegitimate birth shall not enter the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation none of his descendants shall enter the assembly of the LORD (Deut 23:2)."
"Cursed is the one who makes a carved or molten image, an abomination to the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret.' And all the people shall answer and say, 'Amen! (Deut 27:15)'"
"Cursed is the one who lies with any kind of animal.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen!' 'Cursed is the one who lies with his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen!' 'Cursed is the one who lies with his mother-in-law.' And the people shall say, 'Amen! (Deut 27:21-23).'"
"You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation (Mal 3:9)."

Even casual reading of the Old Testament reveals God's great displeasure in sexual sin. "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. 'Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it. It is perversion (Lev 18:22-23).'" It is also a fraud against the body of another person made in God's image and belonging to Him. I am convinced many involved in perverted behavior such as homosexuality are not healed because they are unwilling to repent. This was demonstrated to me during a crusade in England. A young man, totally deaf in both ears, whom I suspected of being homosexual, came for healing. I tested him and prayed for his ear to open. I then tested his hearing again. I was whispering things like "praise the Lord" and "I'm healed" to no avail. He could not hear. Suddenly I felt inspired to whisper, "Are you a homo?" He immediately got a shocked look on his face, turned to look at me and shook his head. He, like many homosexuals and sexual deviants, in mockery of the gospel, resist the grace of God (healing) because they resist the Spirit of God calling them to repentance.
Illegitimate birth and abortion have serious spiritual and physical consequences. My experience and medical research bear this out. Many illegitimate children are brought to me suffering from deafness in one ear and respiratory problems (allergies, sinusitis and asthma dominate the list). Many of these also suffer from rejection or fear of being rejected. Most receive instant respiratory relief when that fear is cast out. It might seem the fear of rejection cannot be, in the very young, related to the physical problems. Questioning parents, however, has led me to believe that factors surrounding conception have an impact on the baby's health. In a significant number of cases I found the pregnancy unwanted. Apparently, by a mechanism we don't understand, this spirit of fear is able to exploit the sin (fornication) or rejection of the parents and lay hold on the child's respiratory system.
Sometimes these illegitimate children are not healed (especially from deafness) until the curse of illegitimacy is renounced and broken by the parents. An eleven-year-old boy, deaf in one ear, was brought forward by his mother for healing in our Phoenix crusade. Experience had shown me several times that children, deaf in one ear, have been conceived out of wedlock, so I asked his mother if that had been the case. She said it had. We prayed, broke the curse of illegitimacy, and cast out the spirit of deafness. The boys ear instantly opened. We were able to demonstrate this miracle for the congregation. His father was watching all of this and was so moved by it that he came to the platform. Weeping as he spoke, he confirmed the miracle. This kind of confirmation is a great help in crusades.
Abortions are now out of control in this nation and elsewhere in the world where the premium is on having boys. Many Asian nations, for example, routinely abort female fetuses. I know, in spite of what the media says, it does affect the mother and the entire nation's spiritual health. Ministering in Southern California, a woman suffering a powerful demonic manifestation came for healing and deliverance. After talking with for a few minutes I felt inspired to say. "Dear, you've had an abortion, haven't you?" This question brought about a considerable confrontation. I don't recommend this line of questioning except when definitely led by the Holy Spirit. She has since written me a long letter. In it she explained the torment she suffered as a result of that murder. Many women in today's world are similarly affected and this is being brought out more and more in medical research. Abortion is one of the primary sins where demonic activity (pain, sickness, mental breakdown, rage and weakness) occurs on anniversaries of the act. This occurs often nine months, five and ten years later.

Idolatry And Witchcraft
Idolatry is a curse on any nation and on individuals as well. The sin of idolatry is linked to the generations. "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaved above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me (Exo 20:4-5)." Repeatedly God's children are told to "tear down the idols." Obedience leads to blessing and disobedience to destruction. Put another way, obedience leads to healing and disobedience opens the way for sickness.
The scripture specifically deals with objects and ########. Ezekiel warns,

Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Woe to the women who sew magic charms on their sleeves and make veils for the heads of people of every height to hunt souls! Will you hunt the souls of My people, and keep yourselves alive? And will you profane Me among My people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, killing people who should not die, and keeping people alive who should not live, by your lying to My people who listen to lies?' Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: 'Behold, I am against you magic charms by which you hunt souls there like birds. I will tear them from your arms, and let the souls go, the souls you hunt like birds (Ezek 13:18-20).'

Ezekiel says objects are used in the "hunt for souls" which is an enlightening view of false religion, objects and occult power. Idolatry is also corrupting to behavior. "Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no form when the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, 'lest you act corruptly and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of any figure: the likeness of male or female (Deut 4:15-16).'" The idolatry of Horeb was immediately followed by moral corruption. After Gideon's victorious battle he was asked to rule over Israel, and he refused. He did, however, collect the gold earrings from the plunder which he made into an idol and immediately "all Israel played the harlot (Jdg 8:27)." Needless to say idolatry is in direct conflict with the work of the Holy Spirit.
The story of Asa whose anger at God provoked him to jail the prophet of God illustrates clearly the relationship of witchcraft, sickness and healing. "And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but the physicians [magical healers]. So Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign (2 Chr 16:12-13)." The Bible links his trust in foreign nations and foreign gods to him sickness. In the case of Jehoram the idolatry of his father Ahab, his own idolatry, and murdering his own brothers resulted in his entire household being smitten with disease.

"And a letter came to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus says the LORD God of your father David: Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father, or in the ways of Asa king of Judah, but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and have not made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to play the harlot like the harlotry of the house of Ahab, and also have killed your brothers, those of your father's household, who were better than yourself, behold, the LORD will strike your people with a serious affliction; your children, your wives, and all your possessions; and you will become very sick with a disease of your intestines, until your intestines come out by reason of the sickness, day by day … Then it happened in the course of time, after the end of two years, that his intestines came out because of his sickness; so he died in severe pain. And his people made no burning for him, like the burning for his fathers. He was thirty-two years old when he became king. He reigned in Jerusalem eight years and, to no one's sorrow, departed. However they buried him in the city of David, but not in the tombs of the kings (2 Chr 21:12-15, 19-20)."

He died after two years of sickness and the Bible adds, "to no-one's sorrow."

In dealing with believers in many nations over the years I have found many that incorporate ######## and religious objects ignorantly into their faith. They do so to their great hurt and hindrance in receiving from God. I recall two cases that crystallized my thinking on idolatry. The father of one of our members was visiting our church one Sunday and came forward for prayer. He had been born again seven years earlier and attended faithfully a Pentecostal church in another city. He was deaf in one ear. He was not healed or helped initially, and I noticed a chain and a medal that was on his neck. It was a Catholic medal with a cross on one side and the inscription, "I'm a Catholic, Call a Priest," on the other. Now here was a born again believer ignorantly wearing a piece of jewelry that has occult significance. He told me it held no meaning for him at all. He took it off and the ear was instantly opened. This happens in nearly every crusade. It cannot be coincidence that when the medal, talisman, scapular, or religiously blessed (actually cursed) object is removed, the sickness leaves.
The other case occurred in the Philippines where we have one of our finest churches in Davao. Several of our pastors were doing a Bible conference and I was preaching a crusade night. It was during the crusade that I saw an astounding healing from blindness. We had use of the downtown plaza each evening and had been having outstanding conversions and healings. On the final night the government usurped our use of the plaza and we were forced into a gymnasium some distance away. This severely cut down our crusade crowd. Especially the number of visitors. I was not excited at our prospects as the service began because crowd size and visitors are important dynamics in crusades. They are not like church services. After preaching, I decided to pray for people individually because we had a relatively small number of non-church people present. While I was ministering, a seventy-six year old woman was led to the platform by the younger members of her family. As she waited she was apparently listening while I ministered to others. As her turn approached, I dealt with a man who was wearing several Catholic objects. I had begun to mock these things from time to time and make a show of their ineffectiveness. The man, or I threw these objects down and he was healed. This elderly lady had heard all this but had seen nothing because she was totally blind. After a fruitless prayer I asked her about any objects she might have on her. Without any hesitation she reached into the blouse of her dress and pulled out a packet that had been sewn into the lining. It was a talisman and contained only God knows what. Now prayer had instant results. She could see! It was a glorious and outstanding miracle. It more than made up for the disillusionment I had at the beginning of the service. This seventy-six year old woman, healed, led her family down the steps from the platform, out of the gymnasium, onto the sidewalk and down the street on their way home. I was so inspired over this miracle that in my motel in Manila a few days later, I put together a new sermon dealing with idols using the story of Gideon tearing down the altar of Baal. I did this for the express intent of getting Malaysians, those in my next crusade in Kuala Lumpur, to throw down their talismans and be healed by Jesus Christ.
Let me say once again, these objects have spiritual significance. The majority of the world wears them because they live in fear of evil spirits and view these idols as protection rather than what they are in truth, a curse. Many, many people in America wear them in ignorance. In California I dealt with a man in much pain wearing a body brace because of a serious back injury. He was wearing a string of beads about his neck. He told me he had gotten them in India. To him they had no significance. What they were in fact was a talisman, blessed by some heathen priest for warding off evil spirits. He removed the beads and was instantly healed, confirming in front of hundreds the curse of evil spirits connected to religious objects. It is not a wonder that God hates idolatry.

Magical Healing
My thinking regarding magical healers, and chiropractors in particular, was triggered one day when I was working with a young minister, trying to get him experience in healing ministry. We were working with a teenage girl brought to us by her mother for lower back pain. As I already observed, people with lower back pain often have one leg that is shorter than the other, and this girl was no exception. He was praying and not having any success, so I asked, "Let me pray for her?" and he, gladly, allowed me to step in. The girl was seated and I began to check for a shortened leg. While I was doing this I asked the mother if her daughter had been to a doctor or received any treatments for her back and condition. She replied, "She's been treated by a chiropractor." I was holding the girl's heels, and looking at the noticeable difference in the lengths of her legs, and the moment her mother spoke those words the leg 'came out.' The girl was healed, as she demonstrated by moving her back without pain. This type of reaction is the same for people involved or treated by witchcraft, witch-doctors, Indian religion and reflexologists, leading me to conclude that chiropractory is also a magical healing art.
It is necessary to see this clearly, because chiropractic 'medicine' has undergone a massive media makeover in recent years. Many people, disaffected by the medical profession and because of its non-invasive approach to healing, seek chiropractors as part of a 'holistic' approach to health. An approach our 'quick-fix' and 'have it your way' generation finds appealing. Moreover, the American legal system has quashed decades of the American Medical Association'' resistance to chiropractory as unscientific and non-medical making it possible for chiropractors to be listed as primary care providers in hospitals. No longer are they viewed as magical healers but as legitimate medical doctors. There are well over 30,000 'licensed' chiropractors in the United States alone where over 163 million visits are made to their offices each year.
In spite of the massive media campaign to the contrary, chiropractory and its related healing arts (reflexology, neturopathy and homeopathy, in particular, and great variety of occult practices which hide under the chiropractic banner) are neither scientific nor Christian. Its roots are in occultic religion (chiropraxy) practiced by the ancient Egyptians, Hindus, Chinese and Greek societies, the flow of chi and acupuncture (based on meridian points which correspond to the ying and yang of eastern religion and the flow of good and bad 'energy'), and the knowledge of the 'Innate' which is a 'fellow within' or guide like personality associated with occult power. All who are trained as chiropractors pick up this spirit, the Infounder, David Palmer, was himself a confessed practitioner in occult religion and passed, or transmitted, his 'psychic powers' to his son. Ankerberg and Welddon (Can You Trust Your Doctor, 1991) quote from the well-known chiropractor and developer of 'Touch for Health,' John F. Thie.

The modern 'Chiropractor believes that the innate nature that runs through the body is connected to universal [cosmic] intelligence that runs through the world [i.e. 'God'], so each person is plugged into the universal intelligence through the nervous system (p. 207).

They quote Palmer's son.
Occult power really exists and is the most forceful end result bringing things into the world. Everyone may absorb as much of it [occult power] as he will from divine energy. All nature shows that it is to be used for securing the needed things of life. One must learn to absorb and use it as surely as one must learn to draw if one would paint or to use one's legs if one would skate (p. 211).
Continuing, they comment on the 'Innate'.
The Palmer's call this psychic energy that is used in the occult by a specific term, 'Innate.' Innate was a mysterious, divine life force within all men that flowed from the brain through the nerves to the organs of the body … all manifestations of occult or psychic power fall within the domain of manifestations of the innate…
The most recent study of chiropractors done by the prestigious Consumers Union, publishers of Consumer Reports, comments
But chiropractic is not just a set of techniques for manipulating the spine; it is a belief system that credits the spine with a major role in health and disease … the problems we identified two decades ago still exist (June 1994).

Chiropractors who are trained in the 'Innate,' pick up this spirit in their training and pass it along to those they treat. Treatment by a chiropractor is not a simple adjustment or subluxation but an impartation of occult power. Many times people will not be healed of a wide variety of maladies until this involvement in the occult is renounced and their faith focused on Jesus Christ. Chiropractors use magical arts that are not new, not scientific, and not Christian to treat people who often end up being their lifetime patients, constantly needing an adjustment. Although massive amounts of money and publicity have been invested by chiropractors to change the public's perception, I remain convinced that there is simply no difference between them and any other magical healer.

At Marah
Bible interpretation is governed by specific rules. One of these, the 'law of first mention' says the initial mention of a theme, symbol or revelation in the Bible is of primary importance in determining its meaning or usage. It is therefore significant that God reveals Himself as Jehova-Rapha at the biter waters of Marah (Exo 15:22-26). Early in Israel's exodus they come to have a bitter experience. I have long understood, and medical science is confirming this on nearly a daily basis, that emotions, especially bitterness, hate and unforgiveness, play an important role in sickness and disease. Torment, physical and emotional, is related to unforgiveness. Jesus says concerning the unforgiving servant, "His master was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors until he should pay all that was due to him. So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses (Matt 18:33-35)."
In Hebrews bitterness, resentment and strife are linked to feebleness and lameness. We are encouraged to, "Strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled (Heb 12:12-15)." This spirit of bitterness is able to infect or poison other people. It is attributed to Esau, a profane man who was ungrateful for God's providence in his life. The profane or carnal man is often ungrateful and bitter over life expressing it in slander, evil speaking and lies which poison his life and others, and open an avenue for demonic activity.
James writes about words and says, "The tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!" And, "No man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." And then concerning bitterness he adds, "If you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic (James 3:5, 8, 14-15)." Anger is another strong emotion which allows a beachhead for demonic activity. Paul writes to the Ephesians warning them to, "Be angry and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil (Eph 4:26-27)." When these hateful emotions rule in life, the door is opened for emotional and physical infirmity.

Emotions And Infirmity
For many people their healing revolves around emotional issues. The vast majority of women with scoliosis have been sexually molested as children or young girls. Renouncing bitterness and unforgiveness brings dramatic healing in most of these cases. Many female disorders are closely related to emotions associated with unforgiveness, bitterness and resentment?

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Posted - 27 Apr 2006 :  04:45:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Question: If someone was involved in magical healing, got saved, but never (to my knowledge) renounced it, would they still make heaven after they died? The bible says believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved right? That should be enough, I think so anyway, but then, I don't know

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Posted - 27 Apr 2006 :  17:55:39  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
I think that a person repenting is them turning from sin. If there is a desire to go back to the magical healing then that would be sinful, but if a person has been saved, living for God and is not oppressed by the devil, then I think that is enough. If a person is unrepentant about their involvement, is that true repentance and turning to God?

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