You'll pardon me, I hope, but I'm still feeling the after-effects of hearing Creflo Dollar insist, over and over again during his Sunday morning broadcast, that "It is not God's will that you should be sick" or something very near that.
Let's see. Lazarus was sick. Paul had some kind of physical problem. Epaphroditus fell ill, almost to the point of death. God allowed some of the Corinthians to become sick - and some to die - because they abused the Lord's Supper. And Jesus, well, He died. (So, by the way, will Creflo Dollar.)
But it's not God's will for me to be sick. I want to know (a) how this man presumes to know that; (b) why I should receive that as somehow related to the Gospel; and (c) why so many thousands of people are willing to sit through that nonsense week after week.
This is no-load Christianity at its most venal. God does not want you to have a hard time, no sir, not never, not at all! He wants your life to be easy, smooth, and full of all the stuff you want the most. So lean on Him for it! Go get what you want from God! Hallelujah for the good news of everything good!
I feel like I'm about to burst into one of those lawyer commercials for a class action lawsuit: "If you or someone you love believes that this is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then go look in the mirror at once and say to the face that appears there, 'What are you thinking?'"
"In this world you will have tribulation." Presumably, a little sickness along the way from time to time, as well as scorn, derision, opposition, persecution, chastisement, and more. The Christian life is a hard row, friends, and if you're not experiencing it that way, then you need to wonder whether what you're experiencing is the Christian life at all.
"In this workd you will have tribulation." But be of good cheer: Jesus has overcome the world.
Let's pray that He'll help the adoring followers of prosperity preachers to overcome their folly and take up their crosses before it's too late.
T. M. Moore
Not God's Will?
- T.M. Moore
- July 30, 2010
T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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