When Jesus healed people, the crowds following him could see physical changes take place in some of the people being healed. A crooked hand would physically change in front of everybody and when a back bone straightened, everyone saw it. In over 60 percent of the places he went, everybody was healed – every kind of sickness, every kind of disease, and every type of physical deformity.
You will see none of this happening with popular healers today. You will never see everyone in the audience healed and you will probably never see someone’s deformed body structure change.
Because today’s popular healers cannot mimic what Jesus did, they adapt their healing performances by using and finding visual drama other than physical changes in a body.
There are several visuals that modern healers turn to. Some healers like slaying people for a visual effect – which is something that Jesus never cared to do, others like to break canes. Some like to holler and scream out healing commands and Todd Bentley used to kick and hit people. All of these are effective visuals that stir up the emotions of audiences, but I think the best visual is a wheelchair on the stage.
The following is a list of five ways the most popular modern day healers accentuate the visual experience of wheelchairs.
1. Renting wheelchairs
A.A. Allen had wheelchairs available for people who had bad backs and couldn’t stand very long in a healing line. When these people went to the tail end of a prayer line, they were offered wheelchairs to sit in; and when they finally got up to the stage, Allen pulled them up out of the wheelchair letting most in the audience believe they were seeing a miracle.
Benny Hinn lines empty wheelchairs in front of his stage before he starts some of his performances. There is no purpose for this whatsoever… but evidently, he thinks it impresses his audiences.
Kathryn Kuhlman rented wheelchairs for people coming into the auditorium. Her volunteers offered wheelchairs to some of the elderly and the hard of walking, knowing that during the meeting, many of those same people would be on stage with the empty wheelchair next to them. It is a visual that surpasses anything else the person says on stage.
2. Getting wheelchairs to the stage
No wheelchair is left behind in healing crusades. If anyone in a wheelchair – whether it is rented by the healer or not – if anyone goes up front to confess healing, there will be a helper who will make sure the chair gets to the stage.
3. Introducing wheelchairs to the Audience
When people make it to the stage to confess healing, they are not introduced by name; instead they are introduced by the disease they have. When a wheelchair is involved, the volunteer tells the healer that a wheelchair has come, and the healer then announces to the audience that a wheelchair is on the stage.
4. Making wheelchairs the most important part of a testimony
When wheelchairs are on stage – even if the chair is rented by the healer – any story of sickness, disease, or pain will be overtaken by the drama of the wheelchair. To make sure that wheelchairs become the center of every testimony, healers can ask questions such as, “Is this your wheelchair?” Well, you won’t need it now,” and, “Whose wheelchair is this?” or, “Here comes another wheelchair.”
Healers also give much more time to people with wheelchairs than the rest people. The exception to this are diseases that include visual props such as walkers, beds, canes, and oxygen tanks.
Occasionally, the healer can or may change the seeker’s testimony to fit better with the wheelchair. If someone is already recovering from cancer and is already on the road to recovery due to modern medicine, the story is easily hijacked by the healer. As long as it has already been established that the person was in a wheelchair, all the healer has to do is interrupt the testimony and ask the person to walk, lift up their legs, and run on the stage. This visual erases all the person said about recovery and tells the audience a powerful story of legs healed. It is misdirection at its best.
5. Covering up mishaps.
In a service filled with expectation and awesome worship – adrenaline and endorphin surge to high levels in people all around the auditorium, resulting in temporary pain relief, burning and tingling sensations, and a rush that permits many people to go beyond the boundaries their diseases have placed on them.
Add to this – the feeling of being singled out in front of a huge audience, amazing things can happen. But even with all the new abilities which are usually temporary, there will be people who will not walk very well on stage. Their new temporary abilities are physically and visually limited.
When people stumble or struggle to walk on stage, there are several responses that are very effective in hiding the fact that all is not well. Healers can say, “He is learning to use his new legs!” or better yet, “She is drunk in the spirit.”
When someone collapses on stage because their legs cannot support his or her body – and they do collapse from time to time – the healer can say something like, “Holy Ghost!” or “That’s power” and the audience will cheer wildly, thinking that they are falling under God’s power. Kathryn Kuhlman and Kenneth Copeland are both guilty of this.
Finally, expensive wheelchairs are a nightmare to all popular healers of today – because for most of those people to walk, it would take a good actor or a real miracle.
By the way, TTHOUGHT is also on YouTube:
Random YouTube cuts considered for this article included:
Line up wheelchairs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANVpUiuLcwU
Jesus heals all
allen healing line
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get man out of stretcher 21.29
get up from wheelchair
here comes an empty wheelchair 3:15, 8.30 +
1.01.18ff here’s his wheelchair
1.07.15 collapses while trying legs – that’s power!