I, Chris Boersma Smith, affirm the historic Christian beliefs set forth in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, which have summarized Christian belief since the first century. Because of the nature of spiritual direction and Unbound prayer ministry, I particularly emphasize the need for the power of the Holy Spirit, who guides and empowers disciples to serve as instruments of God’s healing, transformation, and deliverance.
In addition to medicine, counseling, and other human means through which God can work, I believe that just as Jesus did when he walked the earth, God continues to work miracles of healing.
I am overtly Christian, and I accept Sacred Scripture as my guide and norm. 1 Corinthians 12:13 points out that we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one Body of Christ. I have always felt kinship and solidarity with my brothers and sisters in Christ of various Christian denominations, and I have no desire to divide but rather to bring together all strands of Christian truth.
In my ministry, I do not embrace doctrine or practices that are contrary to established Christian truth, including any healing that relies on a spiritual power other than that of Jesus Christ (e.g., New Age, occult, or spiritualistic practices). I do, however, show respect to individuals with non-Christian beliefs by including their stories in my book, Reap As You Sew, which shows various ways that the Spirit of God is at work in creativity, particularly quiltmaking. I included those stories as the Holy Spirit led me to do, and I encompassed them with clear statements of my faith, witnessing as to how the Lord and the Holy Spirit use that form of creativity to draw me and others closer, particularly through opportunities to be still and know that God is God.
I was trained by Christian Healing Ministries, among others, and I quote their website, www.christianhealingmin.org, as to the Biblical foundation for Christian healing:
In the healing ministry it is vital to establish that what we believe and teach is scripturally sound. When Jesus announced His ministry in Luke 4:18, He said He came to proclaim the year of the Lord, a time of restoration.
People today still seek restoration. They hunger and thirst to know God in a direct, experiential way. The sick still need healing, just as much as they did in Christ’s day.
When (Jesus) came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up, He went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was His custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’ And He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then He began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ All spoke well of Him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from His mouth.” —Luke 4:16-22
The numbers of people who were healed by Jesus during His ministry is astounding. When He sent out His disciples to further His ministry, “He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and He sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” —Luke 9:1-2
It is my belief, and the belief of Christian Healing Ministries, that this commandment is still very relevant to Christians today, and that the gifts of healing and deliverance from demonic influences are very much available to those who will simply ask God, believing it is in God’s will and power to keep the promises made, including that “It is for freedom that Christ set us free.” —Galatians 5:1.