As we discovered in previous posts on James 5:14-20 (this is the fifth post on the passage; part one is here), James 5 requires the use of medicine in its commendation of oil. Nobody has been led by the Holy Spirit to reject medicine and the best available human means through which God heals the body. Christians should thank God for and use the best available resources that medical science makes available. Medical science is based upon the Biblical principle of subduing the earth and having dominion over it, as affirmed in Genesis 1, by studying it through the use of the scientific method. Unfortunately, many believers are not pleasing God by employing the best resources medical science has discovered in our created world, but instead employ a variety of unconventional medical techniques that do not fit within Scriptural principles.
Christians should not employ, recommend, or do anything other than oppose and warn against all New Age "medicine." Several articles warning God's people about New Age medicine are available on my website here. New Age "medical" practices at times engaged in, sinfully, by the people of God, include Reiki, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Reflexology, Iridology, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Macrobiotics, Naturopathy, Rolfing, Applied Kinesiology, Neuro-Emotional Techniques, Touch for Health, and Behavioral Kinesiology. All of these pagan practices are exposed in an excellent article by David Cloud here. Note that "chiropractic" is listed in this list. It is true that a minority of chiropractors practice medical science, but, unfortunately, it is a small minority. One can learn the distinction between the minority of chiropractors that employ medical science and the majority that employ New Age "medicine" and other quackery here. Another article, this one also by Bro Cloud, exposing the dangers of New Age chiropractic is available here.. A fine book exposing New Age medicine, available here, is Can You Trust Your Doctor? by Ankerberg & Weldon. If you are uninformed on these issues, the book could help you both honor the Lord and possibly save your life or the life of loved ones, and live longer and be a better steward of your body.
Christan leaders and workers should be aware of the New Age practices that are infiltrating churches all over the country, and the people of God should be warned about such errors. Usually New Age medical practices are advanced and advocated using the same sorts of techniques as other sorts of quackery. A reliable source (albeit by non-Christians), recommended by the Christian Medical Association, to distinguish between real medicine supported by science and quackery is Quackwatch, the website here. Apart from the evolution, I have found the information on Quackwatch to be extremely accurate, although, as they step on a lot of toes, they make those who endorse quackery their enemies. The articles on ways to spot quackery (here are some more ways) are not a bad place to start. The articles on how quackery sells, with the "related topics" link at the bottom of the page, is also very valuable. For the cost of one visit to a quack practicioner, you can also get the course Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us, taught by a professor at the Yale school of medicine (note the 70% off retail price coupon code.)
I have found that too often men in church leadership, and men leading their families, fail to take charge of protecting their families and churches from New Age and quack medicine, and what the Bible calls "old wives tales" spread as ladies, who are more easily deceived (1 Timothy 2), accept quack or New Age ideas, told to them without any genuine factual basis by other ladies who have themselves adopted ideas without any real factual basis, or from New Agers or quacks directly. Rather than men exercising godly leadership and discernment, they just roll over and allow New Age and quack ideas into their families and churches. Brethren, this ought not so to be.
God is dishonored and displeased when His people disobey James 5 and follow New Age or quack techniques instead. Furthermore, since He is the One who heals, healing in answer to prayer is less likely to come when God's people disobey James 5 and, instead of seeking the best of medical science, follow New Age or quack "medical" ideas instead. Nor is it being a good steward of one's body, or of the physical bodies of one's family, when the saints of God die earlier than they should have because of following New Age or inaccurate "medicine."
Christian leader--and men in general who lead their familes--be warned. Get informed. Reject all New Age "medicine." Reject all quack "medicine." Follow James 5, and, to care for your physical body when sick, pray and trust the Lord, and employ the best means of medical science God has made available.