You're a Christian and you get sick. What do you do? Do you stand on God's promise of healing and refuse to seek medical help? Do you discard the concept of divine healing and call your doctor?
As a physician and Christian, Dr. Butterworth offers a balanced approach. He first explains why there is sickness in the world. He reminds us of the promise that it will be eradicated in the future. He looks at the role of humans, both ourselves and others, Satan, and God in sickness. I really like his reminding us that all sickness is subject to God's sovereign rule. He looks at the purpose God might have in our sickness, exploring the relationship between spiritual healing and physical healing.
He then looks at issues that might prevent our healing, such as unforgiveness, wrong belief, pride, and sexual sin. He gives very good practical steps to overcome each issue.
Lastly, Butterworth looks at the relationship between God's medical wisdom and God's supernatural healing power. He gives the case for both, adding many of his own experiences. He also looks at the relationship of faith and medical treatment. He includes specific insights on praying for God's intervention.
I really appreciate his discussion on the teaching that physical healing is part of the atonement, Jesus' death and resurrection. Butterworth makes a distinction between the effects of living in a sin corrupted world and the effects of our own sins. Those who “claim their healing” confuse those issues, he writes.
I am impressed with this book. Butterworth writes from his knowledge and experience in both the medical field and his role as pastor. Though he has prayed for healings and seen miracles happen, he has a balanced view of supernatural healing and healing through medical means.
I highly recommend this book to those looking for a balanced understanding of God's supernatural healing and the use of medical treatment for healing. The book is full of insight, encouragement, and practical suggestions.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Dr. Andrew Butterworth is a pastor at Junction Church, Johannesburg, South Africa. Trained as a doctor at the University of St. Andrews and then the University of Manchester, he worked in various hospitals around the United Kingdom's Greater Manchester area before transitioning to public health and church ministry. He and his wife live in South Africa.
Whitaker House, 256 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.