Quoting Quiverfull: Why God Doesn’t Heal?

by Colin Campbell in Meat For Men - February 12, 2013

Wouldn’t it be great if our church services were full of testimonies of God’s healing. Don’t you think that more people would want to know about our great God? Our hospitals that are full of the sick and diseased are a testimony of our present day lack of faith.

David praised the Lord in Psalm 103:2-3, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases.” How strange it is that we confess we have faith that if we repent of all our iniquities God will forgive us. But, when it comes to diseases and physical pain, we have so little faith to believe Him for the healing of our diseases.

Seeing God Himself links forgiveness of sin with healing our diseases, should not we do the same? There seems to be something wrong when we are so hasty to rush to the doctor or hospital after we have received prayer. Often we don’t even wait a little while to see if we are feeling better, and if so, cancel the visit to get another prescription of drugs  with all their negative side effects.

I am not against doctors and drugs. At least, If we don’t have faith in God to heal us, there is the alternative. Yet, would it not be more refreshing to tell all your friends how God healed you?

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • Mayara

    Wouldn’t it be more … Wouldn’t it make more sense if we just agreed that God made smart people so they could find out how stuff works and create medicine and make sure we got healed?
    Like, God acting through the doctors? Not that I believe that (I’m an atheist) but it still sounds like a better explanation.

  • Iris

    Totally agree. This reminds me of a joke that goes something like this: During a flood, there’s a religious man who had to flee to the first floor of his house. A boat comes with people who want to safe him. He says “No thanks, God will save me”. A few hours later the water has risen, he’s now on the second floor. Another boat comes, he tells them the same. The water rises even more and now he has to sit on the roof top. There comes a helicopter with paramedics trying to get him to come with them. He declines, telling them again that God will save him. After that the water rises some more and he drowns. After he has gone to Heaven he asks God: “Why didn’t you save me?” And God answers: “I sent you two boats and a helicopter! What more do you want?”

  • Nightshade

    That’s exactly what I thought when I read this! They say God helps those who help themselves, makes a lot more sense than just sitting back and expecting him to do everything.

  • Sarah

    This explains, of course, why God refused to heal the apostle Paul.

  • saraquill

    If I’m a hospital patient and someone like the quote writer tried to preach at me, they would receive a pillow flung in their direction as well as ears full of profanity and how they are bottom feeders trying to prey on others when they are vulnerable.

    On another note, I once encountered a nurse in a restaurant bathroom who a) never heard of my relatively common disability and b) suggested I use J*sus to cure it. I had no idea how to react.

  • BB/VA

    Aren’t these people giving doctors a lot of power? Saying that going to a doctor is interfering with God seems kind of sacrilegious to me.

    I am firmly in the camp that believes God gives us brains to seek out help when we need it and gave medical professionals brains and talent and the desire to help others heal. If you don’t use the brains God gave you, that is a real sin in my book.

  • SAO

    So, does Colin Campbell pray when he gets a cavity? How does that work out for him?

  • Staceyjw

    Instead of seeing the amount of sickness and disease, and the success of modern medicine, as proof that healing by faith alone is preposterous, this guy doubles down. Nice.

    This is the attitude that gets people killed. The Followers of Christ Church in Oregon has quite the body count- one 16yr old died from an untreated UTI. Yes, a UTI. Imagine the agony of that death. His parents ought to be jailed, but instead, they got probation. disgusting to me how you can maim, kill, and abuse this way but have no legal consequences. Had mom smoked a joint with his kid, or given him a beer, she might face criminal charges. But killing him, well, that’s OK if you did it “because god”.

    Here is the index to the stories of the faith healing deaths:
    http://topics.oregonlive.com/tag/followers%20of%20christ/index.html

  • http://biblicalpersonhood.wordpress.com/ Retha Faurie

    I rewritten the passage, only substituting a few words:
    Wouldn’t it be great if our church services were full of testimonies of God’s provision? Don’t you think that more people would want to know about our great God? Our offices, workshop and factories filled with workers are a testimony of our present day lack of faith.

    God of said He will provide. How strange it is that we confess we have faith but, when it comes to provision for our material needs, we have so little faith to believe Him for it.

    Seeing God Himself links His love to provision, should not we do the same? There seems to be something wrong when we are so hasty to rush to work after we have received prayer. Often we don’t even wait a little while to see if the money comes in, and if so, quit our jobs with all the negative things working brings.

    I am not against work. At least, If we don’t have faith in God to provide, there is the alternative. Yet, would it not be more refreshing to tell all your friends how God provided for you?
    (I can rewrite it with home schooling instead of work too – God will lead us in all truth.)

  • Brennan

    Wow . . . where to start . . . he actually quoted a freakin’ Psalm as evidence that “real Christians” don’t need doctors. Okay, others have stated the obvious, but can I just point out that this is a freakin’ Psalm? I know these guys have trouble with non-literal interpretations, but . . . this is a praise song he’s talking about! It was performed in David’s time, probably not unlike the Stephen Schwartz arrangement in Godspell (“Play it, honey!”). Songs contain figurative language. John Newton was not actually blind before he wrote “Amazing Grace.”

    Also, you know who else quotes Psalms while asking people to do rash things to prove their faith in/favor with God? The “tempter” in Matthew 4 (“Throw yourself down [off the temple], for it is written ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. (Psalm 91, 11-12)). Congratulations, Colin Campbell, I know you like literalism, so you should know that you’re quite literally doing the devil’s work.

  • Rae

    They’re ignoring the fact that if you do go to the doctor after being prayed for, you can evangelize to your doctor about how Jesus healed you! (Seriously, that was the thinking in my fundamentalist Pentecostal church. You went to the doctor to find out what needed to be prayed for, and you went to a follow-up so everyone in the medical community could hear about your miraculous healing)

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