Christian doctors prescribe ‘spiritual healing’ for sickness


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Christian doctors prescribe ‘spiritual healing’ for sickness

More than 240 of them from 40 countries gather in Rome to discuss ‘Spirituality in Medicine’

By Dan Wooding Reporting from Rome

Special to ASSIST News Service

ROME, ITALY (ANS) — Some 240 Christian doctors from some 40 different countries around the world have prescribed “spiritual healing” as an answer to sickness in the 21st Century. They believe that medicine alone cannot deal with some of today’s worst illnesses.

Dr. Armando Pineda-Velez

The medics gathered in the eternal city of Rome from on May 22-23, 2010, for the 7th Annual World Christian Doctors Network “Spirituality and Medicine” Conference held at the Sheraton Roma Hotel and Conference Center in Rome and they examined actual case studies of miracles presented by various respected doctors.

Honduran-born Dr. Armando Pineda-Velez, US Director of WCDN, a nuclear medicine physician, told me that there are a lot of doctors today who “not only believe in God but believe that God is healing today.”

He said, “They are putting their prestige on the line for something that they know; that the truth that the Gospel of power can be manifested in the 21st Century.

“This is a different kind of organization,” he continued. “There are a lot of Christian medical organizations, all of which are very well respected and I love them, but we at the World Christian Doctors Network are different in the sense that we are going into the miracle part of the healing. We are not going to stop being doctors, but we are going to use a superior tool – the healing power of God — in order to be helping our beloved patients.”

Dr. Pineda-Velez said that he encouraged Christian doctors to lay hands on their sick patients and pray for their supernatural healing. “I think that the power of healing and faith has to be used by doctors,” he said. “Anyway, we are not the one who heals – it is Jesus!”

I then asked him what happens when people are not healed.

“You know,” said Dr. Pineda-Velez, “healing resides only in the sovereignty of a merciful and gracious God. It’s not only up to us in this equation. There are two involved here — God and you. Does He decide to heal you? I don’t know. Does He have a purpose for your disease? Maybe; maybe not! Do you have enough faith? I don’t know. Yes the measure of faith you have is important but we also have the sovereignty of God. He still rules your life.”

The doctors, who for these two days forsook the formality of being medics and became “ordinary Christians” and joined whole-heartedly in the worship sessions, raising their hands in the air in praise and some even dancing along to the music. One doctor told me, “This has been like a refreshing rain for me.

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The Barna Group – How Different Generations View and Engage with Charismatic and Pentecostal Christianity


March 29, 2010

Charismatic and Pentecostal expressions of Christianity have been part of the American spiritual landscape for more than a century. How much staying power does that set of beliefs and behaviors have among the youngest generations of Christians? A research study conducted by the Barna Group explored the degree to which four different generations of American adults identified themselves as charismatic or Pentecostal believers. The research also examined generational gaps in terms of beliefs about the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, and spiritual gifts.

Read the full and very read worthy article via The Barna Group – How Different Generations View and Engage with Charismatic and Pentecostal Christianity.