Is It Wrong For A Christian to Go to A Doctor?



Question: “Is it wrong for a Christian to visit a doctor? Is going to a doctor showing lack of faith? Will it hurt our prayers?”



Bible Answers

It is often asked if it shows a lack of faith for a Christian to go to a doctor for a medical cure?  The following steps are the scriptural steps to take when we are sick or have a health problem.


Step One

The first step is to pray for your own healing with a prayer of faith.   James says, Is any among you afflicted? let him pray (James 5:13).  As sickness may be from poor exercise, poor diet, lack of sleep, environmental factors, stress, genetic weakness, or demonic oppression, this would also be the time to ask the Lord if the sickness is the result of demonic oppression or other causes.  


Step Two

If after a period of fervent prayer, you have not noticed an improvement, James tells us …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 (James 5:14).


However, in the case of an emergency, you may not have the energy to pray for yourself nor the time to call your church leaders.  In an emergency, immediate medical attention is likely the wisest action.


Step Three

The third step, if still not healed, is to pray for God’s will. There are many examples of God using a doctor and/or medicine in the healing process.  However, God may want you to wait until the time is right for you to receive healing, or God may even want to protect you from your doctor.  As with all aspects of life, we are to ask our Lord for His will and directions.  The main consideration after finding the Lord’s will, is to be obedient.


As with all aspects of prayer, don’t rush, but patiently wait on the Lord’s answer, for the next verse of James tells us the outcome when we pray in faith, in His will, in the name of Jesus, and do not doubt.   And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up (James 5:15).


Conditions

What conditions will stop the will of God in your life?  The above steps are not likely to provide healing if you are not walking with the Lord having repented of unrepented sins and having forgiven those who have hurt you, believing and not doubting. A man whose mind wavers between believe and doubt should not expect to receive anything from the Lord (James 1:6-7).


Medicine

In regard to medicine, the Bible mentions 14 plants that were then used for medicinal reasons.  And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick (Luke 5:31). And Paul suggested wine to Timothy as a medicine.  Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your often infirmities (1 Timothy 5:23).

 

So, is it wrong to go to a medical doctor?  After first fervently seeking and waiting on the Lord’s will, it is only wrong to go to a doctor if the Lord has told you not to go. In short, this is an area in which we must make Jesus Lord of our lives and give him the right to tell us to go or not to go to a doctor.  Just be sure the voice you hear is that of the Lord.


Many get the idea that taking medicine or using doctors is contrary to the laws of faith because they read a book by someone with an extraordinary gift of faith. But the Word says:

 

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine (Prov. 17:22).


The fruit thereof shall be for meat and the leaf thereof for medicine (Ezek. 47:12).


We need to act at our own level of faith.  If you do not have sufficient faith to believe God will heal you, if a doctor is your level of faith, then go to a doctor.

 

Likewise, refusing needed medical treatment, believing God will heal you, in some cases, can be your pride speaking, “I am a super faith Christian”. Pride is a sin.  Unless we refuse medical treatment in response to the Lord’s specific guidance.  


James 1:16 says, Do not be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of heavenly lights…. God’s perfect gift is just as true if the healing comes directly from God or from God through a doctor.  As with all things in life, look to God for His guidance.



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