Faith Required for Healing: Elder Bruce McConkie Encounters a Hostile Faithless Fellow

The following is adapted from the Bruce R McConkie biography, ‘The Story of Bruce R McConkie’ by Joseph Fielding McConkie, 2003

One approached Elder McConkie and said “I am a member of the Church of Christ” McConkie replied, ” well you can repent just like anyone else.” The man began to harass Elder McConkie and tell him that if he was an apostle, he needed to be able to heal him. McConkie replied “healings come by faith. There is no possible way for you to be healed because you do not have faith. You have an evil spirit.” The man persisted still citing the New Testament about apostles healing and McConkie said “I am doing exactly the same thing toward you that Peter or Paul would do, and that they did do, when people with evil spirits came to them.” The man just persisted in demanding that he heal him. McConkie then said “you have an evil spirit, and there is something I want you to know. I’m going to tell it to you and I want you to write it in your journal, and if you do not keep a journal, to write it on a piece of paper and your wife who is here listening will be a witness that I told it to you. I want you to know that unless you repent, you will go to hell. I’ve never told anyone else this before, but I am telling you.” p369-70

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