A Minister's View of Faith Healing

Editor Evening News, Buffalo, N. Y.

I have read with some interest an item in the Evening News concerning the action of the Southern Kansas Conference of the Methodist Church in expelling a minister for practising faith healing. Years ago when I became a Methodist minister, I was taught to believe that souls were saved and bodies healed by faith, and I have good reason to believe that I have personally known many who were saved by faith and many who were healed in the same way. The general disbelief of the church in healing by faith has led me to examine the Scriptures on the subject. I there learn that Jesus said, "Thy faith hath saved thee," when sight had been restored to the blind man. There are many other instances which at least imply the same thing. I learn, too, that Jesus sent the twelve and the seventy to preach, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, and to heal the sick. He said(ye) "Heal the sick," and they did so with but one failure.

Among Jesus' last words to his disciples he said, "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." He also commissioned the disciples to preach the gospel and to heal the sick. He plainly declared that those who should believe through their word should also heal.

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A Mid-week Meeting
April 12, 1900

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