NLQ Question of the Week: Why Are Complex Problems Always Met With ‘Turn to Jesus’?

NLQ Question of the Week: Why Are Complex Problems Always Met With ‘Turn to Jesus’? June 2, 2016

QuestionoftheweekThis is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.

This question comes out of tonight’s Quoting Quiverfull where Michael Pearl seems to believe that the way to overcome things like addictions, pornography, prostitution and other serious problems like depression is to turn away from the problem and fear God. Many times I’ve seen Fundamentalist Christians try to claim that cancer can be cured only by turning to Jesus for healing, or mental health and depression can only be answered by prayer, Bible study and believing more strongly in every word of the Gospel. Why this reluctance to use real proven methods to deal with complex problems, and only relying on prayer and Bible study? Going to a doctor or therapist doesn’t make you any less of a Christian.


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  • Nea

    Why this reluctance to use real proven methods to deal with complex problems, and only relying on prayer and Bible study?

    Because real proven methods are hard. They cannot give a guarantee. Oftentimes they require a certain amount of critical thinking and assessment: should one first try beta blockers or diuretics to combat hypertension? Even proven methods have levels of grey.

    So, why would this prove difficult to the point of avoidance for a sub-culture which considers critical thought rebelliousness, promises easiness and happiness, and guarantees that if you do X, Y, and Z but never A, B, or C, then salvation will literally fall from heaven? Answer’s in the question, really.

  • Astrin Ymris

    I’m not sure about the cancer thing, but the CPM leadership has strong reason to discourage their followers from contact with secular therapists, who are likely to point out the toxic bullshit in the ideology, or at the very least encourage critical thought. Cults try to isolate their members from “outsiders” who might break through the brainwashing, remember.

  • SAO

    I’ve noticed that plenty of people attribute good things to the work of God, so they may have personal examples of people with cancer who were cured by prayer and chemotherapy, but they gave God, not the chemo, credit.

    Further, they want to believe prayer works, because medicine doesn’t always and facing the fact that someone may have a fatal disease is hard.

  • TLC

    Exactly. The other component is this: When you “turn to Jesus,” you can be strung along and held in suspense forever, while you’re “waiting on the Lord’s timing.” Because “God is faithful!” And while you’re waiting, the preachers con continue to practice their mind control and get more money out of you.

    In the meantime, those scientific things usually have concrete and measurable results that indicate whether they’re being effective or not, so you have to think and evaluate and (gasp!) make changes if needed. Wouldn’t want all that rational activity to muck up our mind control program, would we?

  • Nightshade

    ‘Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.’ Coming up with real solutions means thinking and making your own decisions, leaning on your own understanding. Not the only factor involved of course, but I think a significant part of it.

  • Frozen Blue

    It seems like a Schrödinger’s cat type thinking…as long as you don’t open the box you can believe whatever you want to, they fear knowing and certainty.

  • Abigail Smith

    I have been on the receiving end of this and it was so damaging. I was told to “pray away” my son’s autism (and also to send him away to a Christian boys’ ranch for troubled kids by my “Mentor”…no way…. and also my own anxiety (which was lifelong) and that I was sinning by being anxious because God tells us so many times not to be anxious. I checked for myself and He never says it’s a sin. When I got out of QF, I got on meds for my anxiety. And we finally found the right combo of meds for my son.
    I truly believe (as a believer) that God gives people the knowledge to make these amazingly helpful meds as one way to help them.
    I am still so angry about being told lies that all “secular” therapists are “out to get you” or will try to take away your children. Paranoid much, QF? …we have gotten so much help in the last few years from therapists and I wish we had gotten it sooner.