By Patrick Hawthorne
For the past couple of posts, I have been somewhat abrasive towards the, O’ Woe is Me Committee of the Church of the Forever Dead. To that I humbly apologize. After all, it must have taken great talent for them to write such an artful Whine and Complain doctrine while maintaining their staunch religious overtone. But alas, I have yet one more Charismatic belief that I must express, and it concerns healing.
Yes, I believe that God still heals. I know I know…people get sick and people die; good people for that matter. And, not all people I pray for are healed immediately, and some not at all. You, O’ Woe is Me, demand that I give you an answer as to why some believing people are not healed, but honestly I don’t know the answer. I have a couple of thoughts and theories but really nothing concrete. But this I do know…I will not stop believing.
“But…but,” you stammer. “Our Whine and Complain doctrine, chapter 3, subsection A.(2) tells us, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous.” Only a fool would believe otherwise. After all, our doctrine is based on the Word of God. Therefore, we have agreed, as a committee, that wholesale healing is not for today and the healing that does take place is according to God’s will, and His will alone.”
Well call me a fool, because I believe. You see, I have reviewed, pondered, and meditated on James 5:16, 1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:5, all of Matthew chapter 8, psalms 103:1-3 and a hosts of other verses, AND I BELIEVE!
What other choice do I have? Believe like you? But that’s the problem. There is no substance to your so called faith; nothing to stretch you beyond your own self-reliance to a point where you are God reliant. By memory you recite the Lord’s Prayer but add your own interpretation of what “Thy will be done,” means. You prefer religion over relationship.
I’m sorry, O’ Woe is Me, but if I have to believe like you, I would rather not believe at all. Discriminatory faith is no faith. If Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, I must believe that He still works the same today and tomorrow as He did yesterday. I crave relationship over religion.
So, without further ado, I will once again sign off. Don’t worry…when I talk with Jesus in a little bit, I will remind Him that you and your congregation are planning a “Get to know Jesus” rally and do not wish to be disturbed. Until next time, this is the Ole Charismatic signing off.
(For the reference post, see https://servinggrace.com/2016/02/09/not-another-prosperity-message-insert-the-whine/ or for the post that got all this cranked up in the first place, please see… https://servinggrace.com/2016/02/04/body-of-christ-listen-upwe-are-our-own-worst-enemy/