Divine Healing. Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16).
We cite four major reasons for believing in divine healing:
it is reported in the Bible,
Jesus' healing ministry is included in his atonement (thus divine healing is part of salvation),
"the whole gospel is for the whole person" spirit, soul, and body,) sickness is a consequence of the Fall of Man
and salvation is ultimately the restoration of the fallen world. In the words of Pentecostal scholar Vernon L. Purdy,
"Because sin leads to human suffering, it was only natural for the Early Church to understand the ministry of Christ
as the alleviation of human suffering, since he was God's answer to sin ...
We believe that prayer is central in receiving healing. We look to scriptures such as James 5:13–16 for direction regarding healing prayer. One can pray for one's own healing (verse 13) and for the healing of others (verse 16); no special gift or clerical status is necessary. Verses 14–16 supply the framework for congregational healing prayer.
The sick person expresses his or her faith by calling for the elders of the church who pray over and anoint the sick with olive oil. The oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
Besides prayer, there are other ways in which we believe healing can be received. One way is based on Mark 16:17–18 and involves believers laying hands on the sick. This is done in imitation of Jesus who often healed in this manner.