I would like to spark some discussion of James 5:14 - "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the names of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up..." The most popular "interpretation" among Baptists of my acquaintance is that the oil here refers to using medicine in conjunction with prayer. I see this as a pragmatic and/or fright driven interpretation - because of faith (fake) healers and charismatics we flee to the opposite extreme. I do not believe the oil here is application of medicine because: (1) it would make physicians of the elders; (2) it would recommend oil as a universal remedy for sicknesses; (3) it is the prayer, not the oil, that is credited with healing power; and (4) it is the Lord, not the oil, the raises the sick from his bed. What think ye?