It hasn’t stopped. In all this time, since at least the early to mid-90s, people are still using other people for a spiritual sideshow. They ask if they can pray for your ‘healing’ to give ‘god’ “glory”. Puh-lease. If any glory was going anywhere, it would be for the two guys who stopped me to use me as their glory trip. As always, the healing prayer didn’t work, and today, I am more disabled, and close to being housebound than I ever was.
I thought I’d seen it all. Not even close. The lads who stopped me that day had something of a so-called ‘christian’ label on their tee shirts. That must have given them a bit more courage, perhaps? They tried the normal ‘prayer of faith’, asking me if I’d ‘felt anything’! Do me a favour, folks. This gets old, now, and I’m sick of it. Even after all these years, people still do this. I dunno. But someone ought to take those two lads in hand and teach them this:
The Prayer of Faith
13Is any one of you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone cheerful? He should sing praises. 14Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick. The Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven…
That’s how James, in chapter 5:13-15 teaches the sick person to handle their need. According to Scripture, it is up to the sick one to go and ask for prayer, and to take that request to their church elders. Why? Well, give it some thought. Elders are those who have believed longer than the rest of us, probably. They’ve had time to study the Scriptures, so should be able to know how to pray. They would ask the person what they wanted, perhaps going through a few Scriptures as well to ensure they knew how to approach the Lord. See, it’s a relationship. We have one with Jesus; those we go to for prayer have a relationship with Jesus and with us. It’s a family thing under the headship of Christ. James reminds me of the times when the Lord and later on, His apostles were around, and people went up to them to ask for mercy. Yes, Jesus and the other apostles sometimes went to those who couldn’t go to them, or even prayed over the dead and the prayers for healing and raising the dead were answered. These days, because of all the ‘power shows’ and ‘faith prayer’ claptrap that goes around this poor old world, (buy your tickets here, ca-ching!) I prefer to do things James’s way. It’s just sensible and safer to follow Scripture.
In yesterday’s post, I mentioned Christ naming His people before His Father and the angels. Well, we all really need this reminder of what will happen at the Lord’s return. Matthew 25 spells it all out really well, but the main point I’d like to make is that in Matthew 13, in quite a few verses, we are told that the angels will come to separate the good from the evil. There isn’t going to be a great whip away of a crowd of people. The whole world will see Christ’s return, and various terrifying things are going to take place. While the world is going through its final destruction (2 Peter 3); those who don’t know Christ are going to be crying out for the rocks to fall on them, hiding them from the face of God Almighty. That’s insane. Who would go and stand before a mountain or a great rock and want it to fall on them? Come on. That’s not natural. Not normal. We talk about the madness of sin; what about this special terror that will afflict those who are not in Christ?
It’s gonna be a horrific day for them.
Not only will every single living soul see the face of God; they will notice other special heavenly beings coming for them to bind them, hand and foot. Don’t we all think this is what we should be telling people? Warning them that they are not only going to hell without the Lord, but angels will be preparing them for that final destruction? That’s why they will be told our names, folks. It isn’t only the Lord Who knows us, but His holy angels who come to do His work. They’ll know who is a true believer and a false one; or a non-believer. In that day; those who refused to believe will see the effects of their folly and try to run from it. But they won’t be able to.
That’s why I don’t believe in the rapture. Another cursed teaching. Get shot of it folks. Get it out of your ears. It’s unholy and unclean. Believe what Christ and His apostles have already taught us, and take up Paul’s warnings about false teachers. Ask the Lord’s protection from these evil things. They’re not worth your time or interest.
Prophecy. Phfff. Honestly. God forbid that we should waste any more of our time on false prophecy. We are not to despise prophecy, but we are certainly to despise and forsake false teaching in whatever form it comes.
That’ll do for today. I still haven’t covered betrayal yet. That’s in the next one.