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Is ‘divine healing’ in the ‘Faith Movement’ founded on the principles of healing in the Bible or based on the power of the mind?

Stephan P. Pretorius
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 65, No 1 | a277 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v65i1.277 | © 2009 Stephan P. Pretorius | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 June 2009 | Published: 27 October 2009

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Stephan P. Pretorius, University of South Africa, South Africa

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Many people plagued with incurable diseases or diseases that seem to be resistant to medical treatment, in desperation turn to preachers who claim to administer divine healing. These divine healers make certain claims, based on their interpretation of the Scriptures and a so-called revelation of God’s will. They furthermore preach that healing and health are included in atonement and that nobody should be sick. Illness is an indication of a lack of faith on the part of the believer. It could also be attributed to an attack from the devil. In order to obtain healing, a process of ignoring the symptoms, followed by an unyielding and repeated confession of the healing needed, based on selected verses from the Scriptures, is proposed.

This article is based on the contention that the healing practised by these divine healers is nothing more than a ‘mind-over-matter’ approach, leading people into confessing over and over that they have been healed. These practices are reminiscent of the utilisation of affirmations that lead to positive thinking, which will evidently result in a change of behaviour on the part of the confessor. No indication of Godly intervention seems to be evident in this healing ministry, and neither is any submission to the will and purpose of God.


prosperity; divine healing; positive thinking; positive confession; faith movement


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