Published on January 22, 2009
Christianity 102Congregation Benim AvrahamDiocese of La Porte, TexasChristian Church, Synod of St.TimothyPart 4Holy Unction
MarkAnd these signs shall accompany theones who believe: In my name they shallcast out demons, shall speak in tongues,they shall take up snakes, and if they drinkany deadly drink, it shall by no means hurtthem, they shall lay their hands on the sickand they shall get well. (Mark 16:17-18,the Scriptures)
JamesIs anyone among you sick? Let him call for thepresbyters of the church, and let them pray overhim, having anointed him with oil in the name ofthe Master. And the prayer of belief shall save(heal, make whole) the sick, and the master shallraise him up. And if he has committed sins, theywill be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to oneanother and pray for one another, so you shall behealed. The earnest prayer of a righteous oneaccomplishes much. (James 5:14-16)
The sacrament• The outward and visible sign is oil.• The inward grace is the power of the HolySpirit.
Unction• Usually administered by a presbyter.• A deacon or lay person may be authorisedto anoint.• Anyone can lay hands on a sick person topray for them.• Is not administered only when people aredieing.• Is administered with faith people will bemade whole.
Healing is a sign of the Kindgom• It is God’s will that we be made whole.• We are healed on three levels, physical,mental, and spiritual.• Often mental and spiritual needs comebefore physical.• Often if a person took a long time to getsick, it will take a long time to get well.• Not everyone truly wishes to be healed.
Suggested Reading• The Healing Light: Agnes Sanford• The Healing Gifts of the Spirit: Agnes Sanford• Healing: Frances McNutt• The Healing Presence: Leanne Payne• The Gift of Inner Healing: Ruth Carter Stapleton• The Experience of Inner Healing: Ruth CarterStapleton
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