Jack Sullivan, of Boston, Massachusetts, says he was instantly and miraculously healed of complications from spinal surgery when he prayed to 19th century British Cardinal John Newman. It is Sullivan’s reported healing that has led to Newman’s Beatification by Pope Benedict XVI in Birmingham this weekend.
It doesn’t have to be complicated to bring Heaven down to Earth. Please Cardinal Newman help me to walk, so that I can return to classes and be ordained. … She [the nurse] said well look try to walk, so she moved the walker over. I said I don’t think I need that. She gave me the cane, and I thought I would like grab the cane and twist it like Charlie Chaplin. But I didn’t need the cane, I just started to walk normally out of the room. … He’s always with me. I don’t think he’s ever left me since that last time when I got out of the hospital bed. He’s been an inspiration for me.
Where is God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in all this? Sullivan is clinging to John Newman, not to Jesus. If he has been healed, then great and I am really pleased for him. But does he have faith in Jesus Christ or John Newman?
A miracle happened at the Jesus the Divine Worker parish church in Vigevano, Italy on Sunday. Reportedly. Antonietta Ballacci says she was blind when she arrived at the prayer service, having lost her sight in 2006. After Fra ‘Elia, the self proclaimed mystic and stigmatist also known as Brother Elijah, prayed for her she says that her sight was partially restored. Continue reading
Unlike any human religious leader in history, Jesus Christ performed unique miracles that reveal His divine identity as Creator, and He often appealed to His miracles as evidence He was the Messiah and Son of God. Evolution also requires naturalistic ‘miracles’ that defy basic scientific laws, but there is no naturalistic mechanism for them to occur, so evolution is self-refuting. For more see Miracles of God, Evolution or False Prophets? which connects some important concepts together that are often overlooked.
According to Bible prophecy, false Messiahs, false prophets and false apostles arise as this age draws to a close, and later work great miracles, signs and wonders to deceive multitudes worldwide. Spiritual deception will dramatically increase, eventually so convincing that even the elect will find it difficult to resist.
Even today, faith healers and spiritual healers draw multitudes with promises of miracle healings and deliverance. We hear more and more about miracles and spiritual gifts, but how can we discern among real miracles of God, miracles, signs and wonders of the occult, and fake miracles via deceptions of men?
Surely we couldn’t be deceived — Or could we? See the article Miracles or Spiritual Deception?.
There is increasing concern about the end of the world and 2012, but what did Christ say would be the greatest deception of the last days? Check out this interesting article!
Benny Hinn defends himself on ABC Nightline, and there was tension when Chuck Grassley’s Senate investigation was raised: Continue reading
Joel has a great question,
The KJV uses the word “miracle” (or “miracles”) less than 30 times. The ESV, only about a dozen. And the NAB half of that, even with the apocrypha. Yet the word appears over 150 times in the NLT. So miracles pervade the Bible only in some translations. Why?
And an impressive response, followed by more questions
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There is increasing talk about the end of the world and 2012, but what did Christ say would be the greatest deception of the last days? According to Bible prophecy, false Messiahs, false prophets and false apostles arise as this age draws to a close. These political and religious leaders seduce the unwary with good words and polished speeches, and later work great miracles, signs and wonders to deceive multitudes worldwide. Spiritual deception will dramatically increase, eventually so convincing it will be difficult to resist.
Even today, faith healers and spiritual healers draw multitudes with promises of miracle healings and deliverance, and millions follow without understanding the dangers. We hear more and more about miracles and spiritual gifts, but how can we discern among real miracles of God, miracles, signs and wonders of the occult, and fake miracles via deceptions of men?
This book helps the average person discern genuine works of God from deception in the spiritual realm. It provides a sound Biblical, historical and scientific analysis of miracles for a uniquely comprehensive understanding of this controversial topic. A detailed Appendix is included with revealing views on speaking in tongues and miracle healings from key Christian leaders and denominations throughout church history. The book also offers practical advice to avoid spiritual deception.
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Bene D has a guest post from Rick Hiebert concerning Todd Bentley’s latest foray back into the fold. When questioned about the reported miracles, Todd responds,
“Were there any people that we know were healed by doctor’s reports and medical reports. We do have those. People have asked me ‘Todd, do you have the doctor’s reports?’ Of course after everything was over in Lakeland and I resigned from Fresh Fire Canada, the ministry in Abbotsford, and I’ve been in a season of restoration, I myself don’t have those documents, but I know that they are still being put together and there’s been an investigation and that’s gonna be available. You’re gonna hear more about that later. There were healings though.…And yes, there were resurrections from the dead. I don’t have all the numbers, but the important thing is, God knows.”
Read the rest, and shake your head, here.
Todd Bentley: The Webinar at Bene Diction Blogs On.
People will continue to believe in Todd, regardless of what the bible actually says.
Found an excellent quote this past week:
“Refusing to presuppose the sovereign God revealed in the Bible as the source of all material and logical possibility, and hence failing effectively to challenge or internally criticize the very feasibility of knowledge, logic, factuality, interpretation, or predication as based on the boasted autonomy of ‘free-thinkers,’ apologists found their defenses razed by those who (likewise) postulated the bare possibility was a principle more ultimate than God. Deterministic science disqualified miracles, positivistic sociology relativized morality, historical criticism faulted the Bible, and Kant’s transcendental dialecticism invalidated cognitive revelation. Idealism made God finite, pragmatism made him irrelevant, and logical analysis made Him meaningless. Process thinking limited God by pulling Him down from the throne of His sovereignty and pulling everything up into Him for the panentheistic drive to omega point, while phenomenology made the universe into a machine for the fabricating of gods, and existentialism made man himself the being who strives to become God. By appealing to probability, apologists saw Christianity relegated to the museum of mere religious hypothesis (i.e., – ‘possibilities’), rather than embraced as the actual truth of God.”
Dr. Greg Bahnsen
Presuppositional Apologetics; Stated and Defended
If we will not presuppose the Sovereign God we will presuppose sovereign man and sovereign man will inevitable conclude that a Sovereign God cannot exit in order to compete with his sovereignty….
Go read the rest here:
Iron Ink – What Is Birthed When God Isn’t Presupposed.