There are truths and there is a Truth, and there are priorities as well as Priorities. The truth that God desires to heal everyone might be scriptural, but there is a Truth that transcends it—God desires to save the lost. If the Church is going to accomplish this—the Great Commission—the Church must be united. Evangelical churches will not accept the “truth” that God desires to heal everyone. The moment one presents and insists on that “truth” in an open meeting of believers, one has lost an element of unity with evangelical brethren. They will have difficulty ministering together with those who hold to that truth in preaching the gospel and ministering to the sick. For the sake of unity, we should consider an “alternative truth,” one that evangelical believers can accept readily—that God can sovereignly choose not to heal someone. This truth also has scriptural support.
Yes, having every sick person healed is indeed a priority, a wonderful priority at that. But there is also a Priority—that every sinner hear the gospel of eternal life and see it confirmed through power encounters and miraculous signs so that they may believe. And I am convinced that Priority cannot be addressed effectively until the Church is one. Believers who have this priority should consider giving it up for the sake of the Priority. We should be willing to give up a little in order to gain a far greater benefit for the Kingdom of God, to give up a “peripheral truth” for the sake of the success of the Truth. We should minor in minors, and major in majors. It is more important for the Church to be one than for every sick person to be healed.
Some may be concerned that if we “compromise” on the word of God regarding this issue, not only will the Lord be displeased but our faith will be weakened. As a result we will not witness the miracles of healing that God desires to perform. I do not believe this will happen. When we give up a truth for the Truth, there will be no loss of power and authority to minister healing as we proclaim the Kingdom of God. The Lord is pleased with unity and will release His healing power in even greater measure than before.
Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard (we New Testament believers are also priests), down upon the collar of his robes. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
The body of Christ will be able to preach “life forevermore” with far greater power and anointing when brothers live together in unity. In these last days, the Father is giving Priority to answering the prayer of Jesus in John 17.21:
“that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in you; that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
During these endtimes, the body of Christ must be one in order that the Great Commission be fulfilled, that the world may believe that Jesus is sent by the Father. After that, Christ will return. For this reason we should be willing to give up our priorities for the Priority.
Having presented the above, I would add that each person has their own calling in the body of Christ. Some have been called to a healing ministry to a certain segment of the body of Christ where they can reasonably teach the “truth” that God desires to heal everyone.