MichaelH - not sure why you bother to comment on a months old post.
Regardless - the point was that we had another person cliaming to have witnessed the "wonderful and miraculous"
without a bit of substantiating evidence to back it up. It is exactly the same type of garbage that you see regularly
"roaming the backwaters of the US in recent years, and every single one of them has been proven a fraud when the less than gullible start to investigate."
You are missing the point of the discussion.
It is not whether God blesses the faithful, it is not whether God blesses the diligent.
It is about whether these supposed wonder workers ARE FRAUDS.
I got bored and ran out of post.
Ok, so I might have jumped on the soap box for nothing. I don't live my life with just Miracle after Miracle going on around me. I have laid hands on the sick and had just amazing results with reports. I feel that if I ever got My own church then there would be mandatory Medical records with personal information crossed out to at least verify. Benny Hinn promised to do this years ago, and I am still waiting on the Brother to follow through with that.
As believers we lay hands on the sick so that they recover. That is Jesus instructions. (Recover or rise up Does not always mean instant inf act it can mean months of recovery) There are of course lots of other scriptures to consider as Jesus only did what the father said do and saw his Father do. This is something the Word of Faith Camp needs to pay attention to because Jesus was not a free agent and He said we can be like him but not greater than the Master.
Since I have gotten this understanding I always ask the Lord when I see the sick, otherwise I am just doing my own thing and it don't work so well.
Anyway........... There is a real, and I have seen God do some amazing things. One reason Paul said not to despise Prophecy because I guess everyone had a Prophecy for everyone and it gets old when most of them are not "Thus saith the Lord."
I encourage all believers to be at least ready and in faith if asked by the Lord to respond. I have a confession sheet I use to use during prayer time that said, "I lay hands on the sick and they always recover. God has wisdom for the sick and always performs his Word on their behalf. I am not the healer, but am anointed by the Healer who always performs the Word with signs. Sickness is not of God but of the devil, and I will not tolerate any form of it, as My Lord did not tolerate it but healed all sick and oppressed of the devil. "
I have learned the Best Miracle is no apparent Miracle. Miracles are designed to suddenly correct a bad situation before it's to late. I believe God would rather have us steady day by day, walking with Him and not have to be rescued every other day. I would rather use my faith to believe for the Church, or someone else helping pay their bills, than having to stand in faith for my own stuff.
There is a real. Let's not let all the fake out there and exaggerated get in the way of that.