I was doing some research online today and found a video that was too good not to share.
Here’s a video from Daniel Kolenda, the faith healer who has taken over from Reinhard Bonnke (the world’s “most successful” evangelist/faith healer). Pay close attention to what he says (don’t worry, it’s a short one):
He says some pretty clear and straightforward things.
1. He claims to have the gift of healing, and he claims that he has prayed for someone who has been healed of HIV. Not a sore elbow or low self esteem: HIV…like the infection that leads to AIDS.
2. He claims to have personally talked with the guy for at least a few minutes (or long enough to find out about his life and situation)
3. Not only that, but he claims that when he talked to the man, the man provided paperwork to substantiate his claim.
Now I’m a cessationist. That means that I believe God can and does heal people of HIV. That’s not the issue at hand. God heals miraculously in response to prayer, even overturning terminal and incurable illness, when he chooses to (which isn’t regularly, but it definitely can happen).
The issue at hand for me is whether or not Daniel Kolenda has the spiritual gift of healing (like Jesus and the Apostles did in the New Testament).
When Daniel Kolenda markets himself as having the NT gift of healing, one might expect it to look like it did in the NT. One of the things that Jesus did was instantaneously and completely heal people of external physical infirmity, like blindness, paralysis, etc. None of this “sore throat” or “bad back” stuff. I’m talking “sell your wheelchair” kinda stuff.
Daniel Kolenda claims to have done so twice in the video, and I’ll focus on the second testimony.
Why does Daniel Kolendatalk about the guy healed of HIV and call him “one young man”? Didn’t anyone have the presence of mind to take down his name and photocopy (or take pictures of) the paperwork?
The guy came back with medical documentation that apparently verified the authenticity of the healing!
Could Daniel Kolenda not find a pen?
That’s got to be it, because if I claimed to have the gift of healing but lots of people doubted me and contested my claims, then I healed someone of AIDS or HIV and they came back with medical paperwork that confirmed their healing, I’d probably think “well, this will shut up my critics once and for all!” I would make absolutely sure I had his name, number, e-mail, picture, and all the paperwork photographed or photocopied.
This is so painful, and such obvious misrepresentation of facts, that I cannot take it seriously for a second.
I’d guess that Daniel Kolenda, who claims that this sort of thing happens to him regularly, would eventually encounter enough skepticism that he would finally think “Since so many people doubt my claims, maybe I should ask these folks if they’d mind me taking down their names and a short video testimony, and maybe we’ll keep a good quality camera around to photograph any medical records people give us. That would surely shut up the doubters!”
If these “healings” were legitimate, he could maybe do that in a few nights…that is, if the quantity and quality of healings that he claims occur are *actually* occurring, right?
Forgive me for doubting you Mr. Kolenda, but here’s some advice:
Next time you’re back in the west, stock up on pens.
I’ll be the first in line to recant all my accusations and pronounce you an authentic healer, and I’ll then send you a resume and hit the road with you, bringing them in from the highways and byways.
Let’s all hold our breath.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “Pens and Friends…you have neither when you need them most!” Unger