Kari BrowningBlog, Healing

Todd White, a well-known minister, recently put a teaching online of why it is not necessary to get “inner healing.”

I’d like to respond.

I believe that many in the Church are physically sick (including healing ministers themselves) because they have been taught to repress their emotions. We are told in Proverbs 17:22 that bitterness dries up the bones. Medical science has proven that unhealed emotions do cause physical sickness.

We often inherit generational trauma. It can be passed down through the DNA. The Bible says the iniquity of the fathers is passed down to the third and fourth generation. Iniquity is an inherited weakness. That is why when you go to the doctor they ask you if there is heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. in your family line.

I see people re-creating their generational trauma all the time (even when they were separated from their birth parents through adoption). An example of this would be Whitney Houston and her daughter. Whitney died of a drug overdose and drowned in a bathtub. Her daughter also died of a drug overdose and drowned in a bathtub a few years later. They both had a lot of emotional pain that they tried to numb through addiction.

Many in the Church have addiction issues. Several well-known ministers have been involved in very public scandals. One is Ted Haggard, who pastored a mega-church and was also the head of the National Association of Evangelicals. He was using illegal drugs and having homosexual affairs while married with five children. When he went to counseling (after a very public scandal and losing everything), he remembered being sexually abused as a young man on his father’s ranch. If he would have had inner healing and deliverance, that scandal could have been avoided, I believe.

Inner healing is Biblical. In James 5:14-16, we are told to confess our sins one to another and pray for one another. In Luke 4:18, it talks about healing the brokenhearted and setting the captives free.

One thing I’ve observed is that we often don’t value what we don’t understand. Todd is an evangelist, not a pastor. I had a friend who was an evangelist who thought the cure to everything was “outreach.” 🤣 After pastoring for 20 years myself, I observed many that had been in the Church for years who were addicted, sexually broken, and were repeating generational patterns. I also traveled with many well-known ministers who were bound themselves and whose families were very broken. Many church leaders are burned-out, sick in their bodies, having emotional breakdowns, and even committing suicide.

We need an army of inner healers and that is why I’ve devoted my life to equipping others to do what I’m doing. ❤️