We are familiar with faith healers Benny Hinn, Nora Lam, Oral Roberts, Bro. Shambach and many others. We do not know enough about Justin Peters.
Justin Peters, as an infant, was diagnosed as having cerebral palsy and today he has two master’s degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Brent Thompson writes in Southwestern News that Peters is unperturbed by his physical limitations. In fact, he is thankful to God for them.
What does Justin Peters have to do with faith healers? As a young man he naturally wanted to play football and be normal. A friend told him that God wanted to heal him. Being a believer since age 7, this sounded like good news. The friend encouraged him to go to a Nora Lam healing service nearby.
After encounters with Nora Lam and her Word of Faith crusades, he came away physically the same. He got the same results with R. W. Shambach.
But his faith was beginning to be shaken as it appeared his faith was not enough to get God’s healing.
Peter’s own words: “I was told that physical healing is always God’s will and that I would receive that healing if I had enough faith. I not only doubted my faith, but for a season, doubted my very salvation.”
Fortunate to have godly parents, he went on to get a degree from Mississippi State in economics. In college he began to see the error in the faith healer’s messages. He felt God’s call to a more special ministry and enrolled in the seminary in Fort Worth.
While in seminary he became more and more interested in researching the local Dallas-Fort Worth area “health and wealth” movements of Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland. He later branched out to see if there was any integrity in the ministries of Paul Crouch, Jessie Duplantis, Creflo Dollar and Joel Osteen.
As he focused more and more on the theology and methods of these televangelists, the more he was convinced from his own illness and the facts he uncovered that Christians needed to know the truth about “faith healers.” God can heal, and has never needed “healers.”
His study led him to find the healing heresy as old as religion itself. Its roots go back to 19th century metaphysical cults and even back to first century Gnosticism.
To them, Peters writes, “faith is not placed in God; faith is a force you direct at God to make Him do what you want Him to do. It is a very man-centered gospel … wrapped in a Christian terminology to make it more palatable.”
Justin Peters went to Benny Hinn’s headquarters for an interview and was denied both times. It was soon after this that Peters developed a three-part seminar titled “A Call for Discernment.” The Bible says the Christian is to discern the spirits. There is a lack of discerning of spirits in today’s churches.
For more on the subject go to www.justinpeters.org. For information on cerebral palsy see www.ninds.nih.gov.
Britt Towery is a former missionary, freelance writer and published author. He welcomes reader feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.