The same demonic spirits that inspired the Pharisees is working through those who call themselves Christians today. We know them by their fruits of attacking and mocking Christ’s healing…
Mark 3:1-6, Healing on the Sabbath
3 And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 So they [the Pharisees] watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.
3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” 4 Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent.
5 And when He [Jesus] had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.
Imagine hearts so hardened like stone that they could look upon a fellow human being and care more about their traditions and positions than a man suffering with a withered hand receiving God’s healing.
Sadly, hearts just like theirs can be seen in great numbers in “churches” today. They look upon the suffering, those captive by satan to sickness and disobey Christ’s command to heal the sick based on His atonement (finished work).
Even worse church “leaders” bold face lie and tell those oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38) that God made them that way, despite the Word’s definition of sickness and where He says it comes from at its root.
Jesus cast demons out of the multitudes people to cure them from sickness. How did the church get so far away from the love, mercy, and compassion of Jesus Christ? Hearts hard as stone, filled with people who care nothing about casting demons out to set captives free.
Mark 9:14-27, A Boy is Healed by deliverance
14 And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. 15 Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. 16 And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?”
17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. [like non-verbal autism perhaps] 18 And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”
19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” 20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.
21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”
And he said, “From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” 26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.