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Matthew 18:19

Miracle Healing Revival

Not long ago I received a prayer letter concerning a “Miracle Healing Revival.” A Miracle Prayer Request Sheet was enclosed with the following instructions: “Take the prayer sheet I have sent you and write your name on it, and as you do, lay hands on it. We must have your prayer requests back from you so we can touch them and pray over them for ‘if any two agree touching anything, it shall be done.” Because of their misunderstanding of the King James Version, these well-meaning Christians hit a new low in biblical interpretation and application. The word touching, which is so crucial to their viewpoint, does not even occur in the Greek text, as the NIV makes clear in its rendering of the verse: “If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven” (Mt. 18:19).

Taking The Guesswork Out of Applying The Bible, Jack Kuhatschek, IVP, 1991, p. 7