This past weekend Michael Sullivant, a respected, even beloved, teacher/preacher came to Hope Chapel at my invitation to lead us deeper into prophetic ministry as a Body of believers in Christ Jesus.
I believe this was accomplished to a fine degree. Michael whetted our appetite for things supernatural, things prophetic. He encouraged us to step into a greater degree of prophetic activity and demonstrated that himself by speaking several prophetic words to people at Hope which bore the ring of truth.
However, he also engaged in what, to me at least, was a questionable practice. In each of three sessions he asked people to stretch out their arms to see if one was shorter than another and then he prayed for God to lengthen the shorter arm. On Sunday morning he also added the technique of lengthening legs by having people sit in a chair to determine which leg was shorter and then prayed for an adjustment so that the shorter leg was lengthened to match the longer one.
I believe in seeking God for the healing of our bodies, of asking God to divinely align our spinal columns or granting to us limbs that are of the same length so that our backs will no longer be in pain.
However, I do not believe in the diagnostic practice of holding out one’s arms to determine if one’s spinal column is out of line, nor do I think it of any value to attempt to discover if one leg is shorter than another by sitting in a chair.
Chiropractors and traditional medical doctors have their techniques for determining such things and we should leave these diagnostics to them. These are the men and women who have studied the body and know how to determine whether one’s body is in need of alignment or whether a spinal column is ‘out of alignment.’
So let’s leave the measuring of limbs to the doctors and pray for God’s healing in our bodies wherever we discover pain or brokenness.
Please take note of the two previous blog posts “On Aligning Spinal Columns” and “A Very Slippery Slope” to discover more about this practice in Michael’s experience and why I want to discourage its practice at Hope Chapel.