Keys to Healing

Not too often do I recommend a Christian book. Yesterday I finished reading John Mellor’s “Keys to Healing” and I found it to be the best, well presented, book on the subject of the operation of the gifts of healing in the modern age.  If you need healing this is a must read.


The book may be purchased from the author’s website.

In recent years I had become frustrated hearing preachers state that God’s Holy Spirit no longer worked like He did in the Early Church era.  Particularly this was very frustrating to me as I often prayed for healing, over the past 3 years, when going through a lot of pain with a multitude of dis-eases. Thankfully the Lord has been delivering me from these dis-eases.  Folks, I know the Holy Spirit still heals. The message of the Bible is all about healing, not of just the soul, but also of the mind and the body.

Isaiah 53:4,5

Surely He has borne our griefs [pains], and carried our sorrows [sicknesses]: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.

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About John Gideon Hartnett

Dr John G. Hartnett is an Australian physicist and cosmologist, and a Christian with a biblical creationist worldview. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. (with distinction) in Physics from The University of Western Australia, W.A., Australia. He was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) fellow at the University of Adelaide, with rank of Associate Professor. Now he is retired. He has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.
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4 Responses to Keys to Healing

  1. The controversy should never have been about whether God miraculously heals today, but whether the “gift of healing” is still given to individuals today. Just as God is no longer gifting apostles to speak directly from God, or to write inspired scripture, so also He does not give a special gift of healing to certain individuals so that those specific individuals can heal an individual with a mere word (Acts 3:6), a touch of the hand (Acts 28:8), or by sending out handkerchiefs (Acts 19:12). But there should never have been any doubt that God is powerful and merciful and that it is perfectly appropriate to ask for healing. As with any prayer, we should not presume to tell Him how He ought to accomplish the blessing for which we ask. One of the ways He displays His glory is in the multitude of diverse and amazing ways He chooses to answer prayer. Who would have thought to ask Him to part the Red Sea in order to save the Israelites from the advancing Egyptian army? On the other hand, in the book of Esther, God saved Israel simply by giving the King a sleepless night and having him read the annals of Persia in an attempt to fall asleep. It follows then that God may be pleased to heal an infirmity directly, through an overt miracle, or He may use means, such as a physician’s advice, surgery, pharmaceutical drugs, nutritional supplements, fasting, etc. Our part is to confess to Him our need and ask for deliverance, trusting His Fatherly wisdom, lovingkindness and power, and all to His glory, praying in the name of Jesus.


    • Mitch, I largely agree with you. I certainly agree that God is no longer writing scripture through apostles. My one point of difference though is your point about the “gift of healing”. If you would read John Mellor’s book you might, in fact, find that he has the gift of healing. He describes sending a tissue or handkerchief, which he had prayed over, with a relative to a sick person and through that the person was miraculously healed. He describes many healings where he laid hands on the person seeking healing.


  2. Hi John. Thank you for your thoughts.

    The apostle Paul lived in a time of transition. Acts records his early ministry, where the gift of healing was clearly operating. However, in his later epistles, he had to leave Trophimus, a faithful coworker, behind at Miletus because he was sick (2 Timothy 4:20). He suggested Timothy take a little wine for the sake of his stomach and his “frequent ailments” (1 Timothy 5:23). He himself was beset by a “thorn in the flesh” for which he prayed three times that it might depart from him, and the Lord rejected his request, saying “My grace is sufficient for you.” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

    It clearly does not appear that the gift of healing continued into this part of his ministry. Instead, it appears that this gift ceased, along with the gifts of prophecy, tongues, miracles, etc. If Paul’s healing gift was not operating in his late ministry, it follows that there is no Biblical basis to believe that such gifts are still operating today.

    Anyone can write a book claiming to have the gift of healing, and claiming various instances to prove this. However, when healings occurred in the New Testament, they were so profound and undeniable that even Christ’s detractors could not deny they were genuine.

    John 11:47 – Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs.”

    Acts 4:16 – saying, “What shall we do with these men? For the fact that a noteworthy miracle has taken place through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 

    Just as with the Creation/Evolution controversy we need to believe God’s inerrant word rather than man’s fallible word.

    May God bless you, John. I pray for you, that God would heal you of the infirmities that you have been experiencing, and that He will use them for your good and His glory (Romans 8:28).


    • Mitch, Nothing of what you have written refutes the thesis that gifts of healing continued past the early church. Just because Paul was not healed of some affliction is not proof of anything. It only says that God sometimes does not heal and for this He has His reasons. We don’t know the mind of God.

      The argument you make I have heard so many times, but I don’t find it compelling. Often 1 Cor 13 is used. It is argued that the time of seeing through a glass darkly is over and the gifts are passed away. But 1 Cor 13 is about arriving in Heaven where we’ll see clearly as in a mirror. There we won’t need any gifts of the Spirit as we’ll see Him face to face.

      In addition I have read many testimonies of miraculous healing. Besides with this post I was simply recommending the book to be read. Give it a shot!


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