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Emperor Constantine’s negative impact on the healing power of Jesus.

Colossal marble head of Emperor Constantine the Great, Roman, 4th century

Colossal marble head of Emperor Constantine the Great, Roman, 4th century

The era of Constantine’s conversion confessedly marks a decided transition from a purer to a more degenerate and worldly Christianity. From this period on [Edict of Milan, 313 AD], we find the Church ceasing to depend wholly on the Lord in heaven, and to rest in the patronage and support of earthly rulers; and ceasing to look ever for the coming and Kingdom of Christ as the consummation of her hopes, and to exult in her present triumph and worldly splendor. Many of her preachers made bold to declare that the Kingdom had come, and that the prophetic word, “He shall have dominion from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth” (Ps 72:8) had been fulfilled.

If now, as we have indicated elsewhere, the miracles were signs of the sole kingship of the living and exalted Christ, and pledges of His coming again to subdue all things to Himself, it is not strange that as the substance of these truths faded from men’s minds, their sign should have gradually disappeared also…

It is not altogether strange, therefore, that when the Church forgot that “her citizenship is in heaven,” and began to establish herself in luxury and splendor on earth, she should cease to exhibit the supernatural gifts of heaven. And there is a grim irony in the fact, that after death and the grave had gradually become the goal of the Christian’s hope, instead of the personal coming of Christ, then we should begin to find miracles of healing alleged by means of contact with the bones of dead saints and martyrs, instead of miracles of healing through the prayer of faith offered to the living Christ. Such is the change introduced by the age of Constantine.

(A.J. GORDON Ministry of Healing)

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