A Question About Medically Verified Miracles
July 14, 2008
Anonymous (I will refer to him as “Dave”) notes below his disapproval of Lakeland and asks what planet I am from.
I thank him for his comment, and since my response is somewhat lengthy, I am making it in a blog post.
First, I am somewhat new at this blogging thing, and still trying to sort out just what I want to see on the site. My current inclination is to try to keep things fairly pleasant, and from that perspective his post seems a little harsh.
But in the interest of allowing plausibly constructive debate, I will keep it for now and we will see how it goes.
The substance of Dave’s post that I will address is, more or less: Since there are no medically verified healings after all these meetings and all these claims, Lakeland is false.
I think that is a reasonable conclusion.
However, I do not accept that conclusion, and this is why.
I experienced healing at a Todd Bentley meeting – a slight but real increase in hearing in one ear. I cannot prove it.
I have a friend who recently posted fairly convincing before-and-after pictures here (scroll to the top of the linked page) showing a healing from scoliosis at Lakeland. Those of us who first saw these pictures were somewhat torn between on the one hand, our desire to push for medical verification, and on the other hand, our wanting to minimize giving the deliriously happy and pain-free person an unnecessarily hard time about her claim. So there may be medical follow-up publicly posted at some point, I do not know.
My daughter is a nurse in an intensive care unit and has personally observed two fairly impressive instances of healing resulting from Lakeland.
A person with terminal cancer, in fact one whom Todd kicked, testifies online that that he saw an unprecedented 53% drop in his CEA (Carcinogenic Embryonic Antigen) number as a result. For those who might try to google that, “Carcinogenic” is mispelled as “Carcenogenic” in some excerpts of this person’s testimony.
My recollection is that in the Nightline episode, the parents of the young man with spina bifida were cited as having said that he shows improvement.
On Todd Bentley’s web site there are many testimonies of healing, including some I have pasted in here.
None of these is a medically verified healing. Nor does the scripture indicate that any of the healings performed by Jesus were medically verified. It does indicate, sadly, that entire cities that saw the miracles rejected Jesus. So it stands to reason that there must have been excuses developed by the people of Capernaum and Chorazin to make it possible for them to discount the healings in order to reject the healer.
Also, as I tried to explain here, for a number of reasons only a fraction of actual healing miracles will end up ever being medically verified.
Nevertheless, I fully sympathize with Dave’s desire to see medical verification.
I personally suspect that Dave is zealous for the Lord and that he would like to see miracles which he could accept as genuine. Like him, I have not seen any such documentation coming out of Lakeland. Perhaps to a lesser extent than he does, I too see the absence of any such documentation as inconsistent with the number of healings that are announced on stage.
However, I attribute this to sloppiness, legal difficulties, and other reasons, and not to duplicity.
In part, I give Fresh Fire the benefit of the doubt because everyone who knows Todd Bentley personally testifies to his integrity. Whatever the sins he committed in his early teens, everyone who has known him and worked with him as a Christian and as a ministry appears to believe in him as a decent and honest person, tattoos and all.
Finally, I do not agree with the implication that everyone who believes that some actual healings have occurred as a result of Lakeland, or sees the work of the kingdom happening there (people being saved and having their lives impacted in a positive manner) needs to be asked what planet they are from.
Nevertheless, the answer to that question is that I (and Dave as well, I trust) am a citizen of heaven.
I have heard differing opinions as to whether that is a planet.
On a happy day, we shall find out.
May God bless us all.