I was excited to hear your interview on Christian radio (which a rarely listen to anymore) and your perspective on the Sovereignty of God. I was looking forward to ordering your book.
However, upon checking out your website, I was disappointed to hear of your association with false teachers like Andrew Womack.
I have been counseling with a woman who had converted to CHristianity from Catholicism, and was terribly decieved and her faith was all but devastated by listening to ANdrew W. This woman’s son died with cancer, all the while believing whole heartedy while her son was alive, memorizing many various scriptures taken COMEPLETELY OUT OF CONTEXT thinking her son would be healed (as taught by Mr. Womack). As a result, she has a revulsion to reading the scriptures. Slowly but surely by God’s grace, she is understanding the fallacy of his teachings and is just now beginning to be receptive to the scripture, learning how to take them in context. Men like Andrew W. will have a lot to give an account for. People get sick and they die. Jesus did not come to give physical healing, although He can if he chooses. “by His stripes we are healed” is not about physical illness. Some of the greatest people of Christ have suffered the most, and have given Him the most glory. Being ill does not mean you have no faith. In fact, quite the opposite is most true.
Lynn, thanks for listening and thanks for writing. I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed the interview.
Regarding what you wrote about, I’ve known Andrew Wommack personally for around 10 years and I can assure you that he has never directed anyone to “get off their medicine”. I understand that he is regularly misquoted, and I’m certain that some might hear his teaching and misapply or fall into extremes, but this is not Andrew’s perspective at all. Andrew never teaches that being ill means that you have no faith either. I will say though that your conclusion about Isaiah’s word’s, “by his stripes we are healed”, include healing, spirit, soul, and body. We see this in Matthew 8:16-17 and Matthew himself tells us this “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses.”
It sounds like the woman you ministered to was caught in some extreme legalism when it came to healing and misapplied the teaching that she heard. I’m sorry to hear that you both had this experience and I would encourage you to read my book, Good God, regarding suffering. I address many of the main passages about suffering and I think you’ll find the teaching and conclusion, balanced, full of truth, and life giving.
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