In class last night we discussed the struggle some have with dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly called Multiple Personality Disorder). At one point we began talking about demonic possession and inner healing. As usually happens, there were questions about the efficacy of inner healing ministries. Should they be trusted? Are they good? Why do they work for some and not for others? Here are some of my thoughts on inner healing as a way through deep pain and hurt.
1. Most inner healing ministries want to see people free from the lies of the evil one. Good goal.
2. Most inner healing ministries move through a process of imagery, prayer, forgiveness, release, etc. Most fixate on Jesus as the healer and restorer of health. While each piece I just mentioned are good, I start to worry because what is implied is:
A. Follow these steps and you will be free. Guaranteed. Dangerous and unbiblical.
B. If you are not free, then the problem is what (not enough faith, didn’t do it right, rebellion, more demons to be cast out
C. Sanctification (a daily life of faith, repentance, rest in the Truth) is achieved in leaps and bounds and once you achieve this freedom, life will be easier. Forgiveness and repentance are not once and done things but daily acts of submission to Christ.
3. Some people are delivered once and for all from enslavements to fear but many aren’t. There is little interest in being daily delivered on a slower trajectory than immediate and complete healing from fear.
4. Most disciples of an inner healing ministry are more sold out than the creators of the model, creating people more inclined to hurt others by demanding that vulnerable do the model.
5. Healing models tend to be fixated on universal laws (order) and the presence/characteristic of victim wounds.
I’ve written several articles on inner healing, related biblical imagery, and more specifically, on one particular model of inner healing. What I also have noticed is that most people fall on one extreme or another about inner healing. Either they are wholly sold out on it, or think it is utterly evil. I’m convinced God has used healing ministries to show his power to heal but I’m also convinced most healing ministries are based on personal experience, bad theology, and attempts to make one miraculous act of God into a sure deal for everyone else.