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And there also came together the multitudes from the cities round about Jerusalem, bringing sick folk, and them that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

Acts 5:16 

“Without exception, every person who came to the apostles was healed (Acts 5:16). Regardless of whether they had faith or not, everyone was cured because the apostles had the authority to perform these miracles. The tense used in the Greek for “healed” is the imperfect passive which means that “they were healed one at a time.” The miracle of healing was constantly being repeated; one at a time, one by one, everyone who came to the apostles walked away cured.

This is certainly not true of faith healers today. There have been people who have gone to faith healers and have come back claiming to have been healed, but a year later they were dead of that very thing they were “healed” of. Merely exercising “positive confession” will not do any more than “positive thinking” will do. These mental exercises may heal psychosomatic problems, but they will not heal genuine physical ailments. God may choose to heal miraculously; He may choose to heal through medical treatment today; He may choose not to heal at all. Although faith healers claim to be performing the same miracles as the apostles, they cannot do what these apostles did.”

Excerpt of Dr. Fruchtenbaum’s Acts commentary, coming soon to a bookstore near you.

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