I recently finished all 19 sessions of Curry Blake’s Divine Healing Technician (DHT) course (downloadable from here) and I’ve been so impressed by what I learned (I finished it in just over a week) that I’ve decided to go through the series again and share some notes and reflections.
Let me give you a bit of context as an introduction to this series. God first changed my life in around 1995 in an Assembly of God church and I remember that I started to read and watch Kathryn Kuhlman (I bought some old videos of her miracle crusades) and Benny Hinn and was simply amazed at how God used them to heal people in their meetings. Benny Hinn and Kathryn Kuhlman conducted mass healing crusades. In their healing services, they preach the Word to build up faith and worship till the “anointing” comes then pray for healing from the platform. People get healed and come up to the platform to testify of God’s miraculous healing. Many people also “fall under the power” as they pray for people on stage. Around this time, the Toronto Blessing came to Singapore and I was again amazed at the manifestations (falling, laughter, etc.) I saw (I never experienced any personally) during that time – especially when Rodney Howard-Browne came to Singapore.
While interest in these charismatic leaders and phenomena slowly faded as I explored the world of the Reformed faith (Calvinism), social justice and then more progressive and post-evangelical (not liberal) theology, I never ceased to be a charismatic at heart. I would occasionally speak in tongues, but I never thought I could move in healing or prophecy or the power of the Spirit or the anointing of the Spirit like those big shot charismatics. I’m just not gifted in this area, I thought.
About 2 years ago, I was introduced to Bill Johnson’s ministry and that’s transformed my thinking. He’s teaching people to do the stuff Jesus did – to go out to the streets and heal the sick. It’s not only for the elite Christians (the Benny Hinns and Kathryn Kuhlmans) to do this, but for every Christian. Learning from him was instrumental in changing my mind to think that maybe I don’t need to be a superstar Christian to do all this. You and I could do it too. After all, so many people who’s been trained under him and his church people have been doing the stuff on the streets!
The conference I attended recently has also furthered my interest in healing and renewed my interest in the Vineyard heritage. John Wimber, a founder of the Vineyard movement/churches, was probably one of the first prominent leaders of recent times (the last 20-30 years) to teach that every Christian can do the stuff and heal – that’s one of the distinctives of Vineyard. Bill Johnson is probably the successor to Wimber in the sense of his great influence today in equipping the church (lay people) to heal.
An even earlier pioneer of this view of equipping the saints to do the stuff Jesus did was John G Lake (1870 – 1935). In 1915, Lake started training Christians to heal – he called them Divine Healing Technicians (DHTs). From 1915 to 1920, Lake and his DHTs reported over 100,000 confirmed healings. He also started the first Healing Rooms which inspired the later formation of hundreds of Healing Rooms all over the world, four of which are located in Singapore (these healing rooms are not affiliated with the John G. Lake Ministries and actually operate according to a slightly different healing philosophy from them – they’re more in line with say Bill Johnson’s view on healing).
Let me just say that it is a big deal when you have people like Lake, Wimber and Johnson believing in equipping the church to do the stuff Jesus did. There are many great men and women of God who moved in the miraculous, but it’s something else for these leaders to be able to teach others to do the same things they do and the same things Jesus did. John G Lake reproduced himself, unlike many great men of God. When I see Benny Hinn, I stand in awe of him (yes, there are lots of flaws in him but God uses him mightily). You hear wonderful things about Smith Wigglesworth too. But these people take center stage and don’t teach others to do what they do. And you get the feeling (at least I did and I think many people do) that you’re just not anointed and gifted like they are and probably would never be able to do what they do – and that somehow the promises of Jesus of healing the sick and all are for people like them, and not ordinary people like you and me. You also get the feeling that such wonderful miracles would only take place in an atmosphere for healing where the anointing is strong and all – it probably wouldn’t happen without such an atmosphere like on the streets or in the supermarket! But when I look at Lake, Wimber and Johnson’s ministry, it’s so different. Your perspective changes. When I look at the impact they have had on other normal Christians like me, I begin to have hope that I don’t have to be a big shot to be used mightily of God.
So what about Curry Blake? Well, he is the overseer of the John G. Lake Ministries and he’s one of the foremost authorities on John G. Lake. He is also the successor to Lake that Lake prophesied about. Now, I don’t really care about all this except that if John G. Lake was one guy used so mightily of God to recover the vision that every Christian can heal and Blake is his prophesied successor carrying out the same vision (Blake has trained tens of thousands of DHTs who are seeing tens of thousands of healings per month), I think Blake would have something to teach us. Furthermore, if it’s true that he has one of the highest success rates of healings (this is what I read about – I always take things with a pinch of salt, yet am open), then maybe he has some important insights to share that I want to know.
Bill Johnson’s hero is also John G. Lake – unsurprisingly since Bill Johnson’s ministry also involves training people to heal. The very interesting thing for me is that Curry Blake actually teaches certain things on healing that are different from Bill Johnson. I’ve learned a lot from Johnson and will continue to do so but I feel Blake has taken me to another level of faith through just one week of listening to him and recognizing where he differs from Johnson and how I can learn from such differences.
A bit on New Creation Church here. I think New Creation’s view (theology) of healing is actually closer to Blake than it is to Johnson. The difference I see between Blake and New Creation is twofold. Firstly, Blake equips members to practice healing which New Creation doesn’t really do, as I’ve mentioned here. Secondly, from my observation, I don’t see a lot of healings in New Creation for a huge mega-church of 20,000 – as compared to the reported tens of thousands of healings by DHTs. I guess the low numbers are not surprising because members aren’t taught to heal. Even in their healing meetings, you don’t see many being healed. Now, I know what I just said is going to get me in trouble. But that’s my honest assessment and observation. It’s not an indictment upon New Creation because I love the church and the church is gifted in other areas like the teaching of grace. I don’t see the prophecy supposedly given to Pastor Prince that the church would be a miracle/healing center fulfilled just yet – but I hope it does in future and I hope we see all Christians in New Creation being equipped to do healing because New Creation has a fantastic foundation (the message of grace) to build on for people to start moving out in healing. Having said that, I do note that most churches don’t see a lot of healing anyway so it’s not as though New Creation is odd. But I’m not going to pretend that I don’t wonder why I see so few healings in New Creation (for a church of 20,000, I stress). Bill Johnson and Curry Blake grew in their healing ministry because they first acknowledged that the results they were seeing wasn’t good enough – it wasn’t up to the standard they saw in the Bible. If we want to learn, improve and grow in any area, I think the first thing is to be dissatisfied with status-quo, not be comfortable with it. I want to be honest enough to acknowledge that if Jesus said we all can heal the sick like Lake, Wimber, Blake, Johnson (and even Pastor Joseph Prince) believe, then surely there ought to be more healings than I’ve been seeing in the past 2 years in New Creation and in the church in general. In Blake’s and even Johnson’s ministry, healings are taking place like nobody’s business. I’m here to learn from people like them and find out why there’s such a difference between what’s proclaimed that can happen because of Christ and His finished work and what actually happens.
My thinking is very simple. If the Bible says that we shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover, if we’re called to go out and heal the sick, if Jesus says we can do his works – and even greater works because He goes to the Father and He’s given the Holy Spirit to us – if it says all this, then something is wrong in Christianity today because we’re simply not seeing the kind of results that the Bible says we can see or should be seeing. It’s very simple. It’s either that there’s something wrong with the Scriptures or with our interpretation of it or with us – our faith or unbelief or whatever.
And so I’m on this journey and open to learn from different people on healing – especially those that see results and train people to see results. That’s why I’m very attracted to Blake’s take on healing and that’s what I hope to share in future posts.
PS: Curry Blake’s teachings on healing can be found on this healing resources page.