The Church of God in Christ believes in and does practice Divine Healing. It is a commandment of Jesus to the Apostles (St. Mark 16:18). Jesus affirms his teachings on healing by explaining to his disciples, who were to be Apostles, that healing the Afflicted is by faith (St. Luke 9:40:41). Therefore, we believe that healing by Faith in God has scriptural support and ordained authority. St James' writing in his epistles encourage elders to pray for the sick, lay hands upon them and to anoint them with oil, and that prayers with faith shall heal the sick and the Lord shall raise them up. Healing is still practiced widely and frequently in the Church of God in Christ, and testimonies to healing in our Church testify to this fact.