What Other Choice do I Have?

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/

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11 comments on “What Other Choice do I Have?
  1. Wally Fry says:

    All I will say here Patrick is that last time I checked, God had not stopped being God. He can jolly well still do anything He wants to do. Just sayin!

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    • Hi buddy…I have a feeling you think this was directed towards you. I assure you it was not. It was directed towards a fictional church that follows along the lines of the Church of Laodecia who thinks themselves rich but are poor, pitiful, blind, and naked. I’m using this fictional church to try and wake people up. Anger or offense is not my intent, even though I fully expect it to come. As for God being able to do what He pleases, I will have to respectfully disagree. He cannot violate His Word.

      As I wrote Mrs. Pam, what alternative do I have to believing in God’s healing power? If I lose faith in any portion of His Word, I will lose faith in God, Himself. He, through His Word, says I can pray for the sick and they will be healed. Is believing that way wrong?

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      • Wally Fry says:

        Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo. I didn’t think that Patrick! I’m sorry if you thought that. I was actually more or less agreeing with you! God is still God. He can heal anybody, anytime. Now, I do go to church with some, who will look you in the eye and say God doesn’t do miracles anymore. Sigh. Then He would not be God, would he?

        Yes, of course God can’t violate His Word. I just meant He is not limited in His power to make the universe and everything in it do whatever He wants.

        I think we actually agree here LOL. I was taking digs at my own folks when I made that comment.



      • Wally Fry says:

        I was going to mention this and forgot. We have actually taken to having prayer circles for some with special prayer needs. A very un Baptist thing to do! Prayer works, and the prayed for are uplifted. Some don’t participate, however, but that is their problem.


      • The prayer group is a most excellent idea. I am greatly relieved that I did not cause offense. That was my main thought when I hit the post button. Yet, I felt this line of posts has been where the Lord has been leading me.

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  2. I’m not charismatic but I also, believe Jesus heals even though, I’ve been sick for a very long time and have been asking for years and I’m still sick. There are people from every walk of life, religion, non-religion, and denomination who are quick to judge me on that one. Judgmentalism is a sin, it makes people feel like they can control what you can’t, it’s fear based. If I never experience healing now, I will know full healing in the world to come. Amen? I don’t think of you as charismatic even after all these posts, in you I see my brother in Christ. I think someone passed an unfair judgment on you and hurt your feelings. I’ve been there too. The names we label each other and ourselves with don’t matter that much. What matter is Jesus and what He is doing in our lives. God bless and keep you always, Patrick.

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    • Believe it or not, but I’ve not been hurt. Or, put it this way, I haven’t really cared what people thought. If you notice, I’m not picking on one group over another. It is purely a fictional church. I’m really just trying to shake people out of their sleep. If people are offended, it might be good for them to examine just why it is that they are offended.

      I know you have been sick for awhile and I hate that…I really do. I have a very close family member that is struggling with serious health issues as well. However, as I wrote, what is my alternative to believing…to having faith? It is nothing. We either believe or we don’t. I choose faith. I choose to believe God at His Word.

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  3. My dear brother, you have said so well what many of us are thinking. As a hospice chaplain, I am confronted with the balance of believing in God’s ability to heal here versus God choosing to heal through death. I don’t understand why God works the way He does, but I trust that His ways are perfect. All these on the committee that you mention can ya-ya their way through life, but their day of accountability is coming.


  4. usarmymsg says:

    Very good my son. You are closer to the answer than you think. Dwell a little more. POP


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