One of the reasons we see for healing and miracles in the Bible is to bear witness to the word.
It seems like a lot of the methodologies for healing in healing crusades are not done in such a way as to maximize the effect of healing as a sign and evidence.
Let’s consider the Benny Hinn style of crusade. Many of these elements show up in other Pentecostal and Charismatic healing crusades. I haven’t seen much of Benny Hinn in years, but in the early 1990s, he would tell people in the audience to pray for each other or lay hands on their own afflicated area. Then he would call people up to the front.
Might it not have a greater impact if someone with eyes that were obviously not functioning properly were called up and prayed for with a camera pointing at his eyes while he were healed? Wouldn’t it not be more convincing if someone’s cancer came off while the audience watched that if someone claimed a cancer had fallen off up in the balcony?
Plenty of Pentecostal evangelists encourage the audience to believe God and then call up those who report being healed. I am not saying this is wrong, just pointing out that in some ways it would be less impactful than laying hands on the sick before they were healed, which seems more in line with how Jesus and the apostles did it on numerous occasions.
I found Benny Hinn’s line of questioning to those who come up frustrating. To me, “What did you feel go through you?” is one of the most unimportant questions you could ask a middle-aged woman standing up there beside her wheelchair which she says she doesn’t need. How about “Could you stand at all without your wheelchair before you came here tonight?” That’s what I want to know. If he asks what they felt, and they were sitting under a vent in the arena, they could have felt the heat or A/C come on. That doesn’t mean much.
In the 1950’s and ’60’s, there were preachers who ministered healing who would lay hands on the sick. The ‘lay hands on the afflicted area’ goes way back and was used in large crusades. It’s good to have people pray in general for healing in a huge crusade where everything can’t be funneled through one person or a small group ministering healing in the front. But is good to keep in mind we don’t see Jesus doing that, and it is sad, IMO, that it is rare to see someone actually laying hands on the sick in public ministry.