article will offend some and confuse others, but this is an issue
I am passionate about. So forgive me if my soapbox shakes a bit
as I take a stand on this matter, but when I see the "Bible
Cure-kinds of books," (for every illness that may be profitable)
1 Corinthians 3:18 comes to mind. "Do not deceive yourselves.
If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age,
he should become a 'fool' so that he may become wise."
Reginald B. Cherry, author of the original Bible Cure, has
a newsletter which blatantly states, "We cannot be sick in
our bodies to finish all the God has called us to do." This
is wrong. Isaiah 35:5,6 specifically states that there will be righteous
people with disabilities at the end of times: "Then will the
eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer." We can be sick in our
bodies and fulfill what God has intended for us.
a few men really know the cure to every illness under the sun? After
thousands of years of disease in this fallen world, were a few doctors
recently given the formula for healing? If so, why have they chosen
to sell books rather than taking their findings to scientists to
study? Standing at the Christian bookstore, reading the backs of
books claiming to include healing formulas direct from God, and
sold as "cures from the Lord" frustrates me!
Bible Cure series is a best-seller, but I can't help but wonder
about the 4 million people who have read the books and have tried
the formulas. Certainly, there are many who now feel hopeless, helpless
and even ashamed since they tried "God's formula" and
they've not been healed. I'm aware that this article won't help
my reputation among some health advocates, but look closely with
me at some of the information behind the book covers.
my opinion, here is why I question the advice:
Many of the authors sell nutritional supplements.
"Colbert's Divine Health Nutritional Products" are available
just in case eating like Jesus doesn't give you all the nutrition
you need. These "Nutraceuticals" and "Divine Health
Formulations" also include a divine disclaimer, so be sure
to pray before you pop those pills! Patrick Quillan, author of Healing
Secrets of the Bible, touts that he is CEO of three companies,
one of which is American Eagle Nutrition; with a couple clicks one
can order "ImmunoPower, a unique scientifically-formulated
nutrition supplement designed to bolster 'host defense mechanisms.'"
(He also sells his music to help you heal-yes, he's a musician too.)
Most these web sites offer unorganized gibberish with a fast link
to pay by credit card. It makes me skeptical.
They focus on cures, rather than acknowledging that the Lord may
wish to teach us character and perseverance in our suffering.
Dr. Scott K. Hannen, author of Healing by Design, is a board-certified
chiropractic physician and an ordained minister. Both he and Colbert
have been guests of Benny Hinn's-instilling my belief that he's
focused more on striving for a cure than character. At least James
P. Gills has a sense of humor. He's written God's Prescription
For Healing: Five Divine Gifts of Healing; but just in case
you aren't healed, he has a link to a funeral home on his web site.
Hey, despite healings, the death rate is still one-hundred percent.
The books make a chronically ill person believe he has control over
his healing, taking the control away from God.
While not taking care of one's body can surely lead to illness,
not all illness is caused by a lack of action or poor choices on
the patient's part. Scripture is used out of context. For example,
in Colbert's book for CFS and FM he writes, "Chronic fatigue
and fibromyalgia are not God's plan for you, for God's mighty Word
promises: 'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord.
'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future
and a hope.'" Since when did God start sharing the plans for
my life with Dr. Colbert?
These books perpetuate the myth that God works logically through
practical formulas we can just submit to.
It takes away God's power in our lives. In Bible Cure for
Arthritis it says, "This Bible Cure booklet is designed
to help you overcome your pain with good nutrition, exercise, prayer,
Scripture and faith in Jesus Christ." Hmm. . . sorry, but God
heals in many ways, even those we do not expect. Read in 2 Kings
5:1-14 the story of Naaman who gets mad because he wants to be healed
in a particular way. "But Naaman went away angry and said,
'I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call
on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and
cure me of my leprosy. . .' So he turned and went off in a rage,"
(v. 11, 12b).
Cherry, is the author of God's Pathway to Healing, which
is another series (the publishing opportunities are endless!) His
newsletter has an article on how to pray specifically for your immune
system. I ask, will I miss my opportunity for healing if I mispronounce
the words? His response to one reader's inquiry about taking Zoloft
for depression was, "We will stand in agreement with you that
you will be able to discontinue the prescription medication and
that the anxieties will disappear completely. God will give you
wisdom as to when and how to use the natural herbal supplements.
God bless you and in Jesus' name you are healed." Just like
that. (Yes, he also has supplements for sale.)
There's a lack of discernment. One of the main links for Colbert's
"preferred products" is for "instant meditation"
which states, "While we like certain altered state experiences
that can happen while listening to Holosync, just let whatever happens
be okay and adopt the position of being the watcher of whatever
happens." Sounds fishy to me, and I'm not talking about nutritional
value. . .
do believe emotions can impact our health a great deal, just as
Proverbs 15:30b says, "And good news gives health to the bones."
Yet, Colbert's new book, Toxic Emotions is troublesome to me. The
front cover lists various emotions and what illness they can lead
to. For example, since I have rheumatoid arthritis, it's likely
to be caused by my feelings of bitterness and self-hatred. What?
This "lay-the- blame-game" sounds sickeningly familiar
to me because I have a book called Heal Your Body: A-Z, by
a Science of the Mind minister. I purchased it six years ago in
order to show pastors what New Age Religion teaches about health
when I speak at seminars. It's scary information and spiritually
devastating to the people with illness. Now this information is
coming from Christian resources. It also perpetuates the attitude
among healthy Christians that if we aren't healed it's because we
don't really want to be well.
the books give false hope to people and insult to God. We are led
to believe that if we read the book and "have enough faith"
we will be cured. But "hope deferred makes the heart sick!"
(Proverbs 13:12). Although many of the books explain the benefits
herbal treatments, the titles and back-cover highlights are misconceiving.
I am sure these doctors are nice men and fine doctors. But don't
put discernment aside just because the book comes from a Christian
you're seeking a Christian perspective on alternative medicine,
my advice is to seek it from a source which doesn't tout their own
business or products, such as Alternative Medicine-The Christian
Handbook by O'Mathuna, PhD & Larimore, MD. or Examining
Alternative Medicine: An Inside Look at the Benefits and Risks
by Reisser, M.D., Mabe, D.O., and Velarde. Healing would be wonderful,
but don't expect to find the answers to it in one of these books.
Ecclesiastes 7:29: "God made mankind upright, but men have
gone in search of many schemes." Stay focused on the Lord and
not on man's treasure hunt. Personally, I will be praying to God
for wisdom before I will be praying for my macrophage cells.
Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and lives with rheumatoid
arthritis and fibromyalgia.