I was asked to administer to a lady we home teach. Whenever I finish an administration I always read to the individual from James:
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
I make sure they understand that it’s the prayer of faith that saves the sick. I also read the last part…if they have committed sins they’ll be forgiven…as part of the healing.
It’s obvious that all blessings – administrations don’t work…that is the healing doesn’t take place. Of course we always play the “It wasn’t God’s will” card. I can accept that. but…..
If the giver of the blessing is not worthy, or totally worthy will God withhold the healing blessing, even if the sick person has faith?
If the sick person is not worthy, or totally worthy will God withhold the healing blessing even if the blessing is given by a faithful righteous priesthood holder with faith?
How worthy does a sick personal have to be to be healed enough to have their sins forgiven. Christ, when he healed someone always made the connection between forgiveness of sin and being healed….why don’t we do that more today?
If a sick person isn’t really humble enough and repentant enought to have their sins forgiven then are they really worthy to be healed?
In the past it has been a fairly common practice to re-baptize people who were sick, presumably because of this connection.
So what’s your thoughts? (Lucky I had my companion actually seal the annointing and give the blessing…I just read the scriptures after he was done.)