Tuesday, February 20, 2018

What Does it Mean to be Cursed?


What Does it Mean to be Cursed?

“But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee.” (Deut. 28:15)

“But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels. Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries. (Psalm 81:11-14)

Commentary:  The “curse” takes place when God gives His people up to their sins and allow them to suffer the consequences of them. A “curse” is the loss of God’s protective presence: “….they have become cursed. I will not be with you again” (Joshua 7:12; Hebraic Roots Bible). The New International Reader’s Version gives the permissive sense of Joshua 7:12 when it says, “I have decided to let them be destroyed.”

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sin itself will Destroy You


“When God designs to bring his severest wrath upon a people, or a particular soul, when he resolves to afflict them to the uttermost, he doth not say, I will bring plague, or Sickness, or famine upon them, but I will deliver them up to their sins.... Now all that are damned, are damned or destroyed by Sin, and therefore it is the worst of evils.”
Keach, Benjamin Tropologia: A Key to Open Scripture Metaphors (London: William Hill Collingridge, 1858), p. 914

Yep. God does not have to do anything to hurt us. When we choose to sin and rebel against God then He will allow our own sin to destroy us: "Sin and self-satisfaction bring destruction and death to stupid fools." (Prov. 1:32; Contemporary English Version)

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Laws of Love for Our Protection


“God establishes laws of love that keep men protected from the evil forces surrounding them. Even when men rebel against God and break these laws God looks for ways to lead men to repentance and to restore them to favor with Himself.” The Lord "Sent" It, p. 11

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Does God Personally Inflict Curses?


Does God Personally Inflict Curses?

Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king of Judah (2 Chron. 34:24; King James Version)

….what I say. See, I am bringing much trouble to this place and to its people. I am ALLOWING all the curses to come which are written in the book they have read in front of the king of Judah. (New Life Version)

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Contrary to popular (or "unpopular") belief, God does not personally use His divine power to afflict people with the curses listed in Deuteronomy 28. The curses are the automatic built-in consequences of sin. Our disobedience removes us from under the umbrella of God's protection and God, in respect to our free-will, must PERMIT us to suffer from these consequences until we repent.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Henry B. Wilson on Sickness and God's Character (Meme)


"The false theology that God is, in some mysterious way, connected with the sending of sickness and pain and death, blotted out His true character as a God of love many centuries ago, and this theology has become so imbedded in the system of the Church and her teachings that it requires a strongminded minister or priest to extricate himself from it and practice and teach the simple acts and words of Christ the great healer, who still heals."
Wilson, Henry B. Mr. Hickson's Healing Mission in The Nazarene: Presenting the Message of Healing in Christ, Volumes 4-6 (Boonton, NJ: The Society of the Nazarene, 1919), p. 10

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Miriam and Leprosy


Miriam and Leprosy

“And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and he departed. And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous.” (Numbers 12:9-10)

“Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us? (Deuteronomy 31:17)

Commentary:  The VOICE translation renders Deut. 31:17, "When they do, I’ll be furious with them and abandon them. I won’t look on them when they pray. I won’t protect them, and they’ll be eaten alive.“ God did not personally afflict Miriam with leprosy. God is the healer not the sickness bringer. God’s only part was to remove His protection when Miriam rebelled. God exercises His anger, not by personally inflicting an individual with sickness, but by removing His protection and leaving them to the consequences of the rebellion.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Charles Cuthbert Hall on Sickness (Meme)


“....pain, calamity, sickness, and death are not to be attributed to God as causing them, and as sending them upon us, but that they and all other evils have entered into the world as the fruits and consequences of sin.”
Hall, Charles Cuthbert Does God Send Trouble? (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1894), p. 80

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Exodus 15:26 and the Hiphil Stem


“‘For I am the Lord that healeth thee.’ Not the Lord that makes you sick.” - Evangelist George O. Barnes, Sermon, 1883

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

I Will PERMIT None of these Diseases Upon Thee



I Will PERMIT None of these Diseases Upon Thee

By Troy J. Edwards




If we believe that God afflicts sickness then we will be less likely to ask Him to heal us. Instead, we will believe that enduring sickness is submission to His will. This is why our ministry is adamant about refuting ideas that mischaracterize God as the distributor of sickness and disease.

Sometimes people dispute our teaching that God does not send sickness and disease. It is not that they have read any of my books to see our Biblical evidence for our claims. They simply assume that, because some passages in our English Bible translations and some "experts" of the Hebrew language claim that the Bible teaches that God is the sender of sickness and disease then it is so.

Now I am a believer in the divine inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible. I believe that the Bible is fully the Word of God. What I DON'T believe is that men have offered us an unbiased translation in the English. Most Bible's have been translated with a theological slant, ignorance to idiomatic language, as well as with the neglect of the different uses of certain Hebrew conjugations. In Exodus 15:26, apart from recognizing the  HIPHIL CONJUGATION that renders many causative verbs permissively, one gets the false idea of a schizophrenic God here:

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. (Ex. 15:26)

Here we have a God who inflicts sickness and heals sickness. No one would commend a scientist who creates a virus that starts a plague just because he offered a cure for that same virus. But Christians don't seem to be troubled by a God that they believe inflicts sickness and might possibly heal sickness.

God says, "I am the LORD that healeth thee." In the Hebrew this is the compound name "Yahweh-Rophe". God's Name represents His nature and being and therefore His nature is "The Lord that heals" and NOT "the Lord that maketh thee sick." Yet, this same God who claims that His nature is healer says that He makes people sick in the same passage, or, does He?

In the earliest books of the Bible we find that Satan attacked Job's family, servants, and livestock. Later, Satan inflicts Job with sickness. However, because God PERMITTED Satan to do this He took full responsibility for what Satan had done as if He had done it Himself (Job 2:3; 42:11). In the New Testament, it was made much clearer that Satan is the only inflictor of sickness and that God's only supernatural act is to heal and deliver people from it (Luke 13:16; Acts 10:38; 1 Cor. 5:5).

Therefore, when passages such as Exodus 15:26 says, "I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians" we are to understand that, there is hiphil stem connected to the words "put" and "brought" and this conjugation renders the words in the permissive sense.

I agree with the late 19th century healing evangelist, John Alexander Dowie, when he writes the following:

The last clause is properly translated in the permissive sense: ‘I will permit to be put upon thee none of the diseases which I have permitted to be put upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.’ (Dowie, Leaves of Healing (Volume 8), 1901, p. 362)

The hiphil conjugation allows for this. That is also why I can agree with the rendering that the Seventh Day Adventist minister, Dr. Jack Blanco, offers in his Bible paraphrase:

The Lord said to Moses, “If you will listen to me and do what is right, if you will keep my commandments and laws, I will not let any of you come down with the diseases of the Egyptians. I will heal you for I am the Lord.” (Exodus 15:26; The Clear Word)

When you see that God is not literally the distributor of sickness and disease, you are less likely to accept but will instead resist it in the authority and Name of Jesus. God bless.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Does God Send Sickness? Negative


“Believing that God is a sender of sickness causes one to submit to it. It also paints a very negative picture of God.” p. 5

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

William Matson - Why there is Evil


“God, then, did not make this world a scene of sorrow. It was not His purpose that it should be such, but the contrary. It became what it is by the deed of Satan, in opposition to the will of God. ”
William Matson, The Adversary: His Purpose, Power and Person, 1891, p. 43

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Submission to Circumstances - S. D. Gordon


“There is a good deal of meek submission by Christian people that is both cowardly and sinful. What comes along is yielded to as God's will. Whereas a great deal of what comes along is not His will, but is the result of the planning of the evil one. ”
Gordon, Samuel D. Quiet Talks on The Tempter (New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1910), p. 179

The result of the Calvinistic idea of sovereignty is lazy passivisim, or submission to all circumstances as if everything that happens is the will of God. God's command for us to resist the devil (James 4:7) is meaningless in this man-made philosophical system. Calvinism is the coward's way of being relieved of the need to persist in prayer and walk in aggressive victory over the enemy.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Cornelius Nuzum on Revelation 12:11


“In Revelation 12:11 we are told that, 'And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.' Sin, temptation, sickness, disease, everything that comes from Satan is included in that. The Blood overcame him. When anything is overcome it has no more power.”
Cornelius Nuzum, The Life of Faith, 1928, p. 54



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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Robert Eyton on Revealing God's Character


“Christ’s Life, then, was a Revelation of what men most wanted to know, of the Character of God. God was in Christ not only ‘reconciling the world,’ but making Himself known to men: ‘He that hath seen Him hath seen the Father.’ As we gaze on Him going about with that calm, steadfast mien, doing good, healing the sick, sitting with the despised, at home with little children, counting none too sinful for His help, as we see Him in the Gospels, we gaze on the face of God”
Robert Eyton from his sermon “Christ the Revealer of the Father” in “The True Life: And Other Sermons,” 1889), pp. 155-156

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