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Nazareth’s Lack of Faith | March 13, 2014

In Matthew 13:58 we are told that Jesus did not do many miracles in Nazareth because of the population’s unbelief. It does not say that He couldn’t do any miracles because of their unbelief, but that He didn’t. But Mark’s account of the story (Mark 6:1-6) says “He could do no miracle there except that He laid His lands on a few people and healed them (verse 5).”

Some would have us believe that the people’s lack of faith actually thwarted Jesus’ ability to perform mighty works in that city.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact Jesus did do miracles there, healing a few people. A Charismatic might suppose that those healings should have produced faith in others, thus “enabling Jesus” to do greater works there, and those greater works would encourage greater faith and greater works in turn. “Poor Jesus. He can do nothing without our faith to enable Him.” That’s ridiculous and borders on blasphemy!

Jesus did not need the people’s faith in order to work miracles. He chose to do no miracles there because miracles are of no value to those without faith (see 1 Corinthians 13:2). Additionally I dare say that Jesus’ refusal to work miracles in His old home town was an act of great mercy towards them, for where there are great signs, there is great judgement. The pronouncement of judgement against unbelieving Israel (in Matthew 23), who had seen many miraculous signs and still refused to believe, was unprecedented. Jesus said that His own generation of unbelieving covenant people were to bear “the guilt of all righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the Temple and the altar (Matthew 23:35).” Those who had been given the greater signs suffered the greater judgement. Jesus showed great mercy to His old home town neighbors be not multiplying their guilt with many miraculous signs.

Word-of-Faith Charismaticism is tyrannical, because it blames the victims of sickness or loss for “lack of faith.” It claims a god who is impotent because his desire can be thwarted by his own puny little corrupt creatures, yet they can supposedly learn how to “manipulate” their god by using “gos-pill Capps-ules” (Charles Capps’ name for using selected Bible verses as mantras) to “generate faith” that supposedly moves him. Even the wicked can do it, according to the Word-of-Faith teachers.

It seems that the wicked are indeed doing that… but the true and living God is not moved by even the most ardent faith in lies! It is His own will and word that is being worked out in every act of every creature, not the creatures who influence and enable their Creator.

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1 Comment »

  1. Amen Brother! I love how you put the word-faith to the truth of scripture and show how they come up short.

    Comment by keachfan — March 15, 2014 @ 1:52 pm


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