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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio



WHAT DOES IT MEAN: The Prayer of Faith Shall Save The Sick?
The examination of James 5:13-16 Charles e. Whisnant February 16, 2011

Questions about these verses:
What kind of suffering is referred to in v. 13
What about sickness in v. 14
The Elders have more prayer than others?
Do Elders have a special access path to God?
What is the anointing and why oil?
Does the prayer of faith always restore the one who is sick and allow the Lord to raise him up?
What does sin have to do with it?
What kind of healing is this in v. 16
Why the illustration about rain?

The key to interpretation of any passage is always the context. In other words, each section of Scripture must be interpreted in the light of the whole book, the chapter it's in, the paragraph before, the paragraph after. In other words, context is the environment of thought in which a given passage is contained. We communicate using context. If I said to you, "Yeah, I went right up and right down." You don't know what I'm talking about. I might be talking about my temperature, my weight, a roller coaster ride, an airplane trip, short one, driving my car up a hill, taking a walk, you need a context. That's a simple way to say that every conversation with any meaning has to have a context. Every passage of Scripture has an environment of thought in which it exists and makes sense.

James 5:13 “Is any among you afflicted 2553 let him pray 4336 Is any merry?2165Let him sing pslams5567 kjv

James 5:14 I any sick770 among1722 you, let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil, in the name of the Lord;
The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth (can accomplish) much.

"But what about anointing218 him with oil1637 in the name of the Lord?
James 5:15 And the prayer2171 of faith4102 shall save3982 the sick2577, and the Lord shall raise1453 him up and if he have committed4160 sins,266 they shall be forgiven863 him.

James 5:16 Therefore, confess1843 your faults3900 one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed2390
"The effective1754 prayer of a righteous man can accomplish2480 much."