Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.
(James 5:14, 15 NLT)

When we feel sick there are a few different treatment options. We can do nothing and hope to recover. We can perform a self diagnoses and attempt to find some alternative remedy that may or may not heal the sickness. Finally, we can seek the help of a medical specialist who through years of education and practical experience are most effective in diagnoses and treatment of the health condition. Medical doctors do not know everything but they do know more then their patients. Not every health problem is physical as some illnesses have a spiritual root cause requiring a soul doctor. Church leaders through years of education and practical application put their faith in the power of God’s Word in prayer as an effective means to diagnose and treat spiritual illness. Soul sickness develops from unconfessed sin and behavioral choices that do not line up in agreement with God’s plan. For this reason it is very wise to seek help within the Church so that “you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2)

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