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by Carol Balizet
TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION My Qualifications......3 WHAT THE SYSTEM IS......6 A Counterfeit......6 A Profession......8 Egyptian in Origin and Nature......18 Dangerous......21 A Tradition......29 WHAT THE SYSTEM USES......36 The Counsel of the Ungodly......36 Drugs......40 Surgery......53 Hospitals......60 Blood......64 Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation......69 Psychic Power......71 Psychology and Psychiatry......72 "Stings"......76 Manipulation......80 WHAT THE SYSTEM DOES......82 Effects both God and Man......82 Curses......85 Puts Diseases On People......91 Fosters Double-mindedness......107 Supports Antichristian Activities & Philosophies....110 Controls Childbirth......115 Defiles......135 A WORD OF EXPLANATION........140 FINDING THE SPIRITUAL ROOT OF PHYSICAL ILLNESS......145 The Point of View......145 Possible Causes of Disease......153 Significance of Location Within the Body......167 Scriptural References to Specific Diseases......179 SUMMARY......185
JEHOVAH-RAPHA OR THE MEDICAL SYSTEM? I. MY QUALIFICATIONS Let's start with this question: why should you listen to me about the medical system? What are my qualification that I presume to instruct you? Well, I'm qualified to present my viewpoint partly because of my thirty-three years in service to this system, (beginning in 1950 as a nurses' aide and progressing through various levels of training and employment as LPN, RN, charge nurse, surgical first assistant, ICU/CCU specialist, and house supervisor) and partly because of God's revelation to me about it. In addition to exposure to the medical system from within, and to input from God about it, I have had years of experience in trusting God alone for healing - and according to an old saying, the man with an EXPERIENCE is never at the mercy of the man who has merely a DOCTRINE. For the past twenty years, my family and I have walked this out in experience, in faith and obedience assigning the role of healer to God ALONE. Our experience includes everything from chronic headaches and car wrecks through broken bones and childbirth, and we can stand at the end of these twenty years with the testimony that God has never, never failed. He hasn't always been real quick, but He's never failed. Not only does He heal the physical manifestations, He also reaches into the spirit realm and destroys the root problem which allowed the sickness in the first place. This is, of course, far more important than mere physical healing. I believe this subject matters to God. I think He would like for His people to believe Him, to mature and walk in the works He did, to fulfill His prophecy about "those who believe" in Mark 16 - and to become DIFFERENT FROM THE WORLD. I don't believe we'll raise the dead and show other signs and wonders until we are single-minded and fully committed to Him with no assistance from the arm of flesh. James says, "A double-minded man receives nothing from God", and surely one of the things not received must be miracles. Of course, I would greatly prefer a debate on the subject, instead of being in the position of bearing the whole burden of proof against an established and accepted point of view. I am totally convinced that if the opposing stand (that it is scriptural and logical for Christians to turn to the medical system for healing) had to PROVE its validity instead of operating from the enviable position of being assumed and accepted as correct, it would find such proof difficult - no, IMPOSSIBLE! - to obtain. I heard a very good teaching on the New Age in modern society by Dr. David Jeremiah, on his radio program "The Turning Point". He talked about the holistic health movement, and had counsel for people in doubt about whether or not a particular practice was godly. He had five questions he recommended we ask before submitting to anything doubtful: 1. Is the practice Biblically acceptable? 2. Will it lead into sin? 3. Does it work? 4. Does the practitioner hold a wrong world view? 5. Will it affect you spiritually? They're very good questions, and the answers will certainly reveal the
4 nature of the practice we're contemplating, but I wonder why Dr. Jeremiah doesn't suggest we ask these same questions about normal, standard, approved and accepted medical care? The answers might reveal something about ITS true nature too. Why do Christians so honor, and cling to, this system? Of all the things this world has to offer, I think medical care is the last one most Christians would be willing to surrender. Medical care in America covers so much more than physical illness! Americans look to medicine to handle such diverse problems as delinquency, crime, divorce, child abuse, court decisions, violence, poor grades, sexual deviation, alcoholism, teenage rebellion and stress. Joann Ellison Rodgers, writing for the University of California, states, "A whole constellation of rights and decisions with respect to lifestyle has been taken from the family and individuals and placed in the hands of medical or quasi-medical institutions... Responsibilities once considered the exclusive province of parents, clergy, teachers, judges and lawmakers are now declared targets for the health care system. Indeed, it is hard to think of any condition which people believe cannot be cured, or at least eased, by the medical system. "(But) contrary to widespread belief, science does not have much information about why people get sick or get better. Most human problems lie outside the province of medical science... and there is no evidence that physicians or psychotherapists are any more competent to deal with these problems than families..." There is NO scriptural incidence of healing through man's system. The woman with an issue of blood had been to physicians and according to the Bible, she had spent all her living, suffered much, and was not healed. In II Chronicles 16, Asa looked to the physicians and died, and although Luke was "the beloved physician", there is no record of any believer turning to him for medical care, or of his healing anyone. Certainly he wasn't there as a back up in case Jesus failed!
5 II. WHAT THE SYSTEM IS 1. IT IS A COUNTERFEIT The medical system is NOT God's provision for the outworking of His promise to heal. It is, in fact, a counterfeit of divine healing. "Counterfeit" is a perfect word to describe it; it is "Made in imitation, with intent to be passed off as genuine". It did not originate with God. It doesn't reflect His nature; it doesn't share His goals; it doesn't operate by His power. There may be a superficial resemblance to God's healing, but it is spurious. A counterfeit. It does not operated in the name of our God, and it gives Him no glory. (If medicine is a counterfeit of divine healing, then we can understand the failure of a world-renown ministry ordained of God to "Send healing teams throughout the world", which instead sent MEDICAL teams. The two are NOT synonymous.) An Illustration from Mythology This little story will help illustrate the counterfeit nature of the medical system. Once upon a time there was a god, a god of light, truth and beauty, whose son was a healer. In fact, the son healed so many that few people were dying and going to hell. This made the god of hell angry and he killed the son; but the father by his power raised the son from death and he still lives in heaven and still sends down healing to those on earth. If this sounds familiar, like some Father-Son combination we know, it is because in order to be effective, a counterfeit must resemble the real. But this story is not about our God and His son, Jesus; it is about Apollo, the Greek god of health, and about his son Asclepias, the god of healing and medicine. Asclepias is symbolized by a snake, and he is the snake which winds around the staff of the Caduceus, the emblem of the medical system. Many Christians believe that false gods, especially those which appear over and over in every mythology - under various names and guises - which are endued with supernatural powers and are worshipped, are truly supernatural beings, the "Principalities and powers, thrones and dominions" of Ephesians 6. If this is true, then it is obvious that Asclepias is the Satanic strongman over the worldly system of healing. This Asclepias is the same being who was worshipped as healer at the temple in Pergamos, where the ill lay overnight on the temple floor with the "sacred" (sic) snakes crawling over them. The Hippocratic Oath There is an oath which doctors may take upon beginning their professional life, called the Hippocratic Oath. It begins, "I swear by Apollo the physician, by Asclepias, by Hygeia and Panacea and all the gods and goddesses, that according to my ability and judgment I will keep this oath and stipulation." We shall pass over the scriptural injunctions against oath-taking itself, and address the content of this particular oath. Even if we acknowledge that some doctors refuse to take the oath - and
6 almost certainly no modern physician really means the words of this vow there is still an indication here of the background and the loyalty of this system. Whether the young doctors believe it or not, some spiritual force is empowered by this oath-taking - just as playing with a Ouija board releases spiritual power whether or not the player "really believes." Perhaps Christians should consider avoiding the ministrations of men and women who take oaths to four false gods. At least they should be aware of the danger of surrendering their bodies and their health to a SYSTEM which does so.
7 2. IT IS A PROFESSION A profession is a HUMAN institution. It operates in human wisdom to meet human needs by human efforts, and during my thirty-three years in the medical profession, I repeatedly saw that it is a system where man takes care of man. There is, in fact, no place you can go where there is less faith in GOD as healer. This system, like the Tower of Babel which it resembles, builds a complex, cooperative, humanistic way of meeting life's needs without relying on God. Its premise is: "MAN heals". The whole thing can, and almost always does, operate in an independent spirit; there are no requirements built into the system to operate according to God's will or ways, or to give Him glory. As David said, "God is not in all their thoughts". It is perfectly possible for a person to see a doctor, be hospitalized, operated on, nursed to recuperation and discharged, without anyone involved being Christian or submitting any part of the procedure to God. In fact, that's the way it usually works. A Religion? Dr. Robert Mendlesohn, author of CONFESSIONS OF A MEDICAL HERETIC, himself an M.D. and a practicing Jew, said the medical system is a religion, that it operates by faith in a higher power and contains all the trappings of religion: a priestly caste, confession, blood sacrifices, lofty temples, even the taking of a collection. He also claims there is a blood-thirsty pagan god behind all the trappings. Now I don't think the good doctor really believes this; he uses the idea merely as an illustration, but we can certainly see that Jehovah-Rapha is not the source of this system's power, nor the recipient of its glory. Their Conflicting Truths about AIDS One definition of "profession" is: a career or position wherein one is paid primarily for what he KNOWS, not for what he DOES. And under that definition, we seek help from this system primarily for the knowledge available there. If this is so, then the facts should be just that: facts. The knowledge should be trustworthy, consistent, true, lasting, good. But this is precisely what it is NOT. It is a constantly changing body of information, slowly disseminated. Here are a few examples of this so-called "truth" which people expect from the medical system. Let's begin with the subject of AIDS. Billions of dollars from tax-payers (you and me) are spent to educate the public (again you and me) about AIDS. Education is their number one weapon against this killer disease. But what is being taught? What are we getting for our billions? When I read Randy Shilts' history of the AIDS epidemic, AND THE BAND PLAYED ON, I made a star beside each official pronouncement made by the "experts", those at the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, others of the various health departments. Then I made a note when these official pronouncements were retracted or proved to be untrue. The results are astonishing! They were constantly having to reverse what they'd spoken officially, ex cathedra, earlier. The same fellows who are saying now "You can't contract AIDS by casual contact" were saying at one time (June, 1982) "No evidence exists that
8 [this] is an infectious disease". In June, 1983, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. David Sencer reported that AIDS was possibly "... not as infectious as we may have thought". And the chairman of the city's Human Rights Commission, Isaiah Robinson, told the DAILY NEWS unequivocally, "There is NO epidemic". In August of 1982 they maintained, "There is no evidence that AIDS can be spread through blood transfusions", and there was an official confirmation of this position in December of 1982. As late as July of 1983, Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler, along with Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Edward Brandt, stated, "...want to assure the American people that the blood supply is 100% safe." Dr. Herbert Perkins, medical director of San Francisco's Irwin Memorial Blood Bank, announced "The risk of getting AIDS from a transfusion is about one in a million". (This was a month AFTER France had banned the importing of American blood, considering it too risky for use.) Other "experts" rated the odds of contracting AIDS from blood were about 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 5,000. In February, 1984, the president of the Council of Community Blood Centers told the JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION that his group believed there might be a blood-borne AIDS virus, but that it probably was not highly infectious. By March 12, 1984 - only one month later - the Centers for Disease Control had counted seventy-three transfusion AIDS cases, twenty-two of whom had already died. It's abundantly clear that they were wrong about its being infectious; they were wrong about its being transmitted through blood. And it's highly likely they're wrong about casual contact. An AMA release way back in May 6, 1983, begins: "Evidence suggesting that AIDS can be transmitted by routine household contact is presented in this week's JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION", but we hear nothing of this now. And this despite facts like these: on August 25, 1986, Professor JeanClaude Cermann of Paris' Pasteur Institute reported that the AIDS virus had been found in African insects. It had been isolated in mosquitoes, cockroaches, ants, body lice, tsetse flies, bedbugs and black beetles. It would take far too long to enumerate all the reversals-of-position I found; suffice it to say I found a LOT! And it's still happening. To support my statement that what we're told isn't consistent with reliable truth, I offer this. In May, 1987, a memorandum to the House of Commons by Dr. John Seale of England's Royal Society of Medicine, made the following statements: "The most important and urgent task for politicians... is to force scientists to speak clearly, precisely and honestly about the AIDS epidemic. Half-truths, wishful thinking, flawed scientific hypotheses and deceptions have been perpetrated by scientists, and allowed to flourish as conventional wisdom, aided and abetted by editors of scientific and medical journals. These deceptions must be exposed with maximum publicity... The longer the truth is obscured from the public...the greater the multitude of innocent people who... die most horribly as a result... Disinformation weakens the political will to implement the tough control measures required to halt the spread of the virus." In short, if you're trusting in the medical community to know, and to tell, the whole truth, you're in for either deception or disappointment. Their Conflicting Truths about Other Things
9 Here are a few more examples of their less-than-perfect truth. Dr. Eugene Vayda, associate dean for community health at the University of Toronto, asked 73 physicians to make treatment recommendations based on three case histories. About 40% said they would operate, while just over 60% said they would not. Who was right? Jon Van of the Chicago Tribune writes, quoting Dr. Gerald Chodak, of the University of Chicago, and Dr. Martin Resnick of Case Western Reserve University, "If doctors could diagnose and treat every case of prostate cancer in its earliest stage, more men would die from complications from the surgery than would die of the disease itself." Mr. Van goes on, "Despite this, many physicians continue to urge healthy patients to have prostate cancer screening tests... this ignores the studies which suggest that early detection and treatment of prostate cancer does not prolong life and hold only the potential of harm for the patient... The idea of screening men without symptoms for prostate cancer is highly controversial among urologists." Gina Kolata in the New York Times writes of the somewhat shame-faced announcement by medical researches that they now believe cholesterol levels are harmful. I quote, "Although... low concentrations of cholesterol in the blood protect people from heart disease, there also seems to be newly found, but sometimes grudging, agreement that very low levels of cholesterol levels make death from other causes more likely." Then there's the question of mammography. A good thing? Dangerous? Do they even KNOW? The American Cancer Society says women aged 40 to 49 should have mammograms every year or two. The American College of Surgeons was asked to endorse the Cancer Society's position and refused. The American College of Physicians and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, advisors to the Department of Health and Human Services, openly oppose this recommendation. The American College of Radiologists say that 40% to 50% of the mammograms involved in the study which led to the Cancer Society's position, were substandard. Nobody agrees with anybody else! Mammography itself is fallible. A biostatistician at the National Cancer Institute, Lou Fintor, says it misses about 10% of breast cancers, and has a false positive rate of 60 to 70% Whoever is right, many studies, including the one discussed above, show that more women who received mammograms died of breast cancer than women who had not been Xrayed. The New York Times News Service published an article in December, 1987, concerning the long-held belief within the medical community that newborn babies are unable to feel pain. (Any mother who has accidently stuck her baby with a pin can affirm that infants are fully able to feel and respond to pain!) But for decades, surgery was performed on newborn babies without benefit of anesthesia. "Typically, an anesthesiologist would administer a drug to paralyze the muscles, so that the infant would not thrash around..." the article states. "The practice of withholding drugs was widespread in the United States and other countries from the 1940's..." Now the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Society of Anesthesiologists admit than "an increasing body of evidence" indicates that newborns do show physiologic responses to pain. This "new" evidence shows that "infants utter unusual cries, and secrete high levels of stress hormones in response to pain". Dr. John W. Scanlon, director of neonatology
10 at Columbia Hospital for Women, calls this failure to relieve pain "barbarous". I quote from Dr. Frederic Berry of the Children's Medical Center of the University of Virginia: "The long failure to provide anesthesia for newborns provides a salutary reminder that medical practices are sometimes based on flimsy science and erroneous beliefs... With the benefit of hindsight, the anesthesiologists who withheld painkillers all those years would probably admit they made a mistake..." Time magazine, October 27, 1958, writes: "One thing that medicine's learned men once knew, or thought they knew, was that cancer is not infectious. Therefore no infectious agent could be involved in its origin... Today no line of investigation into the origins of human cancer is being pressed more vigorously than that implicating viruses..." Daniel Q. Haney, a science writer for the Associated Press, has this to say about medicine's store of "trustworthy" information. "Two papers examining the effects of estrogen pills on older women reached the New England Journal of Medicine at almost the same time. One suggested that the hormone prevents heart disease, the other says that it causes it." "This illuminates that one should never take as gospel what is published in the New England Journal of Medicine, but should take it as the current state of the art," says Dr. Jay Winsten, assistant dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Marcia Angell, deputy editor of the journal, says, "No study we publish comes down to us on a tablet. There's always a possibility that something is wrong. I think it's a nice reminder that science is fallible." Yes, Dr. Angell. So it is. (And isn't it interesting to note that the truth they use to contrast with their own, the one they acknowledge is higher than theirs is first called "gospel" and then is called what "comes down on a tablet".) From THE NEW PHYSICIAN, March 1988: "Having fallen into disrepute since about a century ago, when they were prescribed so universally that they nearly became extinct in Europe, medicinal leeches are staging a comeback. At many hospitals they have been rediscovered as an ideal agent to drain accumulated blood. In order to prevent the transmission of diseases such as AIDS, each leech is assigned to one patient only. Each costs only about $6.00." Talk about changing your mind, changing what you believe is true! LEECHES again? How's that for state-of-the-art medicine? Through the media, we are barraged with details of research into the tobacco - lung cancer question. The effects of smoking or chewing tobacco is studied, the consequence of second-hand smoke, the effects on the babies of smoking mothers: we get so much information we may assume that we have the TRUTH. But do we? One point that is never published here is the fact that primitive tribes have been smoking for thousands of years, with no disagreeable after effects. Dr. Richard Passey, a researcher at London's Chester Beattie Research Institute, conducted twenty years study on this subject, and found no significant link between traditionally air-dried tobacco and lung cancer. He found no resulting lung cancer in smokers in the (former) Soviet Union, China or Taiwan, all of which produce air-dried tobacco. However, the American and English tobacco industries use sugar in their tobacco. England, which uses 17% sugar, has the highest lung cancer rate in the world. (The Unites States uses 10%). The results of Dr.Passey's
11 studies indicate that the addition of sugar to tobacco creates a carcinogenic substance in tobacco tar which is not present in plain, airdried tobacco. Had you heard this? Which is true: tobacco causes cancer, or tobacco with sugar added causes cancer? Even something as "carved in stone" as the so-called normal temperature of the human body is now being discredited. It's 98.6 Fahrenheit, right? Wrong! That "truth" has reigned since 1868, but is now being revised. A recent study by the Veterans' Affairs Medical Center and the University of Maryland show that the 98.6 reading accounted for only 8% of those tested. (700 individuals were checked, from one to four times daily, for two and a half days.) So now they're saying our "normal" temperature is a range - from 96 to 99.9. Impermanent, Often Conflicting "Truth" The point I'm making is, their truth is NOT permanent. immutable, trustworthy. We are foolhardy to trust that what this system says is TRUE. If they operate in ontological, immutable TRUTH, why the urging to seek a second opinion? If these men are tapped into incorruptible reality, how can they disagree? Won't they both say the same thing? But the fact is, they often don't; so often in fact that the Medical Society of Delaware is implementing a testimony review committee to handle the many court cases in which "expert testimony" is contradictory. What was believed as truth in times past has been replaced with newer truth, and there is every reason to believe the facts upon which they base their opinions and decisions today will continue to change. What is the public supposed to believe NOW about oat bran? Is milk good for growing children or not? How much sunlight is safe? How much exercise? A few years ago, a number of health care products containing hexachlorophene, a highly touted antiseptic, were withdrawn from the market. It was only after many years of use that it was discovered that a high concentration of this substance (manufactured from the same chemical as Dow Chemical's deadly weedkillers) could cause death when rubbed on the skin of babies. The horror is, it took a ten-year struggle to get all the highly profitable hexachlorophene products off the market. And what are they using NOW which they'll find in the future to be toxic? Is it safe to adopt a passive acceptance of all the hospital practices currently established as routine? Many are now being revealed as destructive. Like this: The Institute of Child Health studied 670 children born between 1965 and 1987. When they compared the records of the healthy children among the test group, with the records of one hundred and eleven children who had developed cancer, there was a SIGNIFICANT connection linking leukemia with injections of vitamin K at birth. Do we believe those who established the hospital routines and accept the injection, or do we believe the newer research and try to refuse it? Their Truth is Not Dependable What passes for truth within this system is, in short, not trustworthy. Certainly it is not true the way the Word of God is true (and remember, they only need to know 70% of it to pass their courses!) and yet it is often considered to be the final authority on health, even to Christians. And Christians are instructed in Psalm 1 not to walk in the
12 counsel of the ungodly. The Profit Motive Another aspect of a profession is: it's done for payment. Princeton University's health economist Uwe Reinhardt says, "America's doctors and hospitals never have practiced medicine for anything but money." The medical system has never operated under God's policy of, "Freely ye have received, freely give". Physicians charge for their services. Medical costs are out of control in America, while physicians average over a quarter of a million dollars a year in income - the highest paid profession in our country. They have no external controls: they aren't regulated by either competition or by governmental regulation. Eustace Mullins says in his book, MURDER BY INJECTION, "The AMA focuses on protecting physicians' incomes against government intrusion in the practice of medicine." The New York Times reported that "...in 1985 the cost of health care per person in the United States was $1800 per year; in England $800 per year; in Japan $600 per year... What is the $1300 difference? It is the $300 billion per year overcharging." Despite the respect which the medical community commands from the public at large, there is a good deal of price-fixing and other unethical behavior going on. For example, in 1982, Medicare paid out some $48.3 billion dollars, while Medicaid paid $38.2 billion dollars. Conservative estimates believe that some 11 billion dollars were skimmed off in illegal profits. Consider this in light of the Scripture which calls healing a GIFT!
13 3. IT IS EGYPTIAN IN ORIGIN AND NATURE Is It a Gift From God? Another thing about the system is: it's not native to God's people. It was not founded by God for man's benefit. Many people consider the medical system God's provision for dispensing divine healing, in the same way the church is God's provision for dispensing the teachings and ministry of Jesus. And with this point of view, these people feel they must remain loyal to the medical system no matter what inefficiencies, evils and flaws they see. We can all see flaws in the church, they say, yet we can not simply "come out from her". But the medical system is not entitled to any such loyalty and we are not bound to submit to it, for unlike the church, it is NOT ordained of God. He didn't establish it and He left us no promises of His continuing blessing and protection upon it. The medical system was never a part of Israel's heritage. Scriptural Symbology of Nations First. a brief review of the symbology of different nations in the Bible: on one level, they refer to actual lands and nations, but they also have a second, spiritual or symbolic interpretation. For example, when the Bible refers to Egypt, it means of course the nation of Egypt; but it also means a land or position which represents the world or the world system. A reference to Babylon would mean Babylon, but would also refer to a position or land which the enemy owns, where the people of God are in captivity. Babylon often refers to the realm of the occult or false religion. Scriptures concerning Zion, the promised land, also represent the kingdom of God, while the wilderness represents the life of those of God's people who have come out of the world but who have not yet entered the land of promise. With this in mind, we see significance in the fact that the medical system - indeed many of man's institutions - originated in Egypt and was developed by the Babylonians, Greeks and Romans. And God has always used the Jews, the Hebrew nation, as His chosen route into the world. We received the law, the Bible, the Messiah, the very idea of monotheism, all through the Hebrews. God doesn't send His gifts, or His revelation through pagan nations. He chooses His "Chosen People". Did God's Instate "Nice Jewish Doctors"? I quote from UNGER'S BIBLE DICTIONARY, Moody Press, page 267-268 (Emphasis mine). The author writes from the point of view that the medical system is a good thing; he is looking for evidence that the Hebrews had a part in the formation and appreciation of this system, and he is distressed that he cannot find such evidence. This point of view comes through his writing clearly, and there is something to be said for proof which is offered DESPITE the writer's perspective. "The Hebrews were greatly inferior to their powerful neighbors of Egypt, Assyria and Greece in scientific culture... Only by the most laborious search can we find in Scripture hints as to the scientific belief and practice which the Hebrews may have derived from their residences in Egypt and intercourse with their more enlightened and progressive rivals.
14 "...It is exceedingly difficult to establish from the Bible the existence of science or of a proper order of medical practitioners... in Hebrew history. There is nowhere in Scripture an intimation that a physician assisted at a confinement (Gen. 35:17, 38:27-30, Ex. 1:15)... circumcision was probably performed by heads of families on their dependents (Gen. 17:10-14, 34:24). "The law stated that one who injured another should 'cause him to be healed', (Ex. 21:19) but this does not state nor necessarily imply a physician. Physicians embalmed Jacob (Gen. 50:2) BUT THEY WERE EGYPTIAN, NOT HEBREW. "Of the diseases and infirmities mentioned in the Pentateuch... we have no hint of treatment except ceremonial and sacerdotal... Thus to the end of the Old Testament the Scripture reveals hardly a trace of medical science. This seems remarkable, CONSIDERING THE LONG RESIDENCE OF ISRAEL IN EGYPT, WHERE MEDICINE WAS WELL ESTABLISHED AND CULTIVATED TO A HIGH DEGREE. "Although a considerable number of hygienic precepts exist in Mosaic law... it is a strained interpretation to refer to them as medical knowledge. There was a tendency in all serious sickness to fall back on religious ritual and ultimately on the divine providence (Exodus 15:26, Psalm 103:3, 147:3, Isaiah 30:26, Jeremiah 17:14, 30:17). When Asa 'sought not to the Lord but to the physicians'(II Chron. 16:12) the record speaks reproachfully." Egypt is where we labor in bondage to a harsh taskmaster, under a king who "knows not Joseph". In the very first promise for healing, the Lord says, "I will put none of these diseases upon thee, WHICH I HAVE BROUGHT UPON THE EGYPTIANS, for I am the Lord that healeth thee" (Exodus 15:26). In Isaiah 19, the Lord tells us what His attitude is toward Egypt, and verse 14 says "The Lord has mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof [in Egypt] and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof..." It just doesn't work very well. It seems unlikely, at least, that God would keep His people out of man's healing system all through the old covenant, and then, after Jesus made a better covenant and made full provision for our healing, THEN send His people back into Egypt. If He didn't send His children to that Egyptian system BEFORE we were healed "by His stripes", would He do so now? No, He calls His son - and His Church - OUT of Egypt (Hosea 11:1, Matt. 2:15).
4. IT IS DANGEROUS In addition to being a counterfeit, a profession instead of a ministry and Egyptian in origin and nature, the medical system is also dangerous. As we stated above, the Lord mingled a perverse spirit in Egypt (Isaiah 19:14), and it just doesn't work well. Actually, the Bible says He causes it to err in EVERY way, and statistics, those published by the medical system itself, actually support the view that the system is dangerous.
Facts About Physicians Let's begin by talking about doctors, as a group. They're the ones who actually control the system. And they have enormous authority over people's lives. Eustace Mullins states in MURDER BY INJECTION, "One group has the power to issue life or death sentences to any American - our nation's physicians". Are they, again as a GROUP, worthy of our trust or is this a dangerous stance? In 1978, (and things have no doubt exacerbated since) the following statistics were compiled about licensed physicians in the U.S.: 1 in 20 is an alcoholic 35,000 are known drug addicts 40% admit to abusing barbiturates, narcotics amphetamines (A study in the American Journal of Psychiatry says the incidence of narcotics addition among physicians is from 30 to 100 times greater than that of the general population.) One half are divorced 1 in 2 is under psychiatric care Suicide rate is twice the national average for age group For psychiatrists, the suicide rate is 4 times the national average for age group An AP dispatch of February 11, 1988, headlined "Doctors Lie About Credentials", revealed disquieting facts discovered by a large health care corporation, Humana, Inc. They found that 39 of 727 doctors - that is 5% -
16 who applied for employment in Humana clinics over a six month period presented false credentials. (It is possible for doctors who have been convicted in one state of professional incompetence, or of drug or sex crimes, simply to move to another state and set up practice.) The Public Citizen Health Research Group reports figures from state licensing agencies: the number of physicians investigated and punished for "such offenses as performing surgery while drunk, sexually assaulting patients or acts of gross negligence in making medical decisions" increased in 1986 by 17% over the previous year, 1985, which in turn had seen a 46% rise over 1984. Dr. Richard Bagby, president of the Orange County (Florida) Medical Society, states "Every neurosurgeon in Florida has had a lawsuit against them (sic) and obstetricians are leaving the profession in droves, almost 50% now." Why? Malpractice suits. Why malpractice suits? Because something went wrong. I quote from U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, May 6, 1991, the Science and Society column: "In a survey of 254 interns and residents at three inner-city hospitals, UCSF researchers found than an astonishing 45 percent reported anonymously that they had made mistakes, most of them serious, when treating patients. Of the errors, 31 percent allegedly resulted in, or hastened, the patient's death." On four different occasions when doctors went on strike, statistics documented that the death rate went DOWN, by a rate of 15% to 18%! Then, after the strike had been resolved and the doctors went back to work, the death rate rose again. These are the men and women whom most Christians trust as healer. There is serious risk in this attitude. Inefficiency in Accounting The system is dangerous also because its worldly nature produces ineptitude. Even the billing is affected by inefficiency! Equafax Services, Inc. of Atlanta, which audits hospital bills for virtually every major health insurance company in the country, conducted a survey from November 1983, to March 1984, and were shocked to discover "sizable errors" in 98.1%
17 of the bills! In 1981, 90% of the audited bills were wrong and in 1982, 93% It's getting worse! Inefficiency in Laboratory Testing Published statistics indicate over one quarter of the laboratory tests done on hospital patients are inaccurate. Senator William S. Cohen (R., Maine) is the ranking minority member of a Senate subcommittee investigating medical testing. He states: "Inaccurate testing has become a serious health hazard." No one knows precisely how serious; there are no national statistics on non-hospital laboratory safety or efficiency. Only thirteen states regulate the 80,000 to 100,000 labs in physicians' offices. But the 1450 labs which are involved in interstate testing are under the supervision of the Federal Health Care Financing Administration. Its report to the Senate sub-committee was grim. Over the two-year period ending in June, 1986, 78 labs lost their licenses because of incompetence, and 108 others voluntarily relinquished their privileges rather than face administrative hearings. That means 13% of these labs were at least inadequate, possibly life-threatening. The statistics indicate there are somewhere around 240 million false, useless or potentially dangerous tests done annually. The requirements for labs are not stringent; generally a lab must fail three out of four quarterly tests before it loses the right to do any specific procedure. And the labs which fail are likely to be really in disorder, because they know they're being tested and so naturally they tend to do their best work. The tests don't really measure the lab's routine performance. The Centers for Disease Control occasionally do "blind" testing, sending test specimens which are not labelled as such. In one such test, six out of six labs failed the blind test, even though all of them had previously passed the proficiency tests. And when 5000 hospital laboratories were asked to perform a test which measured blood cholesterol, a test in which accurate readings are imperative, 800 of them gave results which were 10% off the true value; 400 were off by 15% The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology conducted studies which indicate that
18 20% to 40% of Pap smears involve false negatives. (The federal government requires no proficiency testing for labs doing Pap smears, and New York is the only state which does.) I detail all these dry and dreary statistics simply because this source of information is considered superior to the word of God by many Christians, and I wanted to point out its many imperfections. I am trying to make the point that it is DANGEROUS to trust this system; it is dangerous to take what they say as TRUTH. Dangers in Xray Therapy Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, author of MAL(E) PRACTICE, estimates 30% of Xrays taken in the United States, some 300 million a year, are ordered when there is no valid medical reason. Xrays are carcinogenic, you know. The genetic effect of Xrays on the population in a single year has been estimated to cause as many as 30,000 deaths per year. Dangers in Drug Therapy In 1978, doctors ordered one billion doses for sleeping pills, some twenty-seven million prescriptions, which resulted in 25,000 trips to the Emergency Room for adverse drug reactions, and some 1500 emergency room DEATHS from tranquilizers. (90% of these victims were women.) Danger in Cancer Therapy The medical system's treatment of cancer is far from safe, also. Dean Burk, head of the cyclochemical section of the government's National Cancer Institute, has stated, "...virtually all of the chemotherapeutic agents now approved by the FDA for use or testing in human cancer patients range from highly toxic to markedly immuno-suppressive, and highly carcinogenic in rats and mice, themselves producing cancers in a wide variety of body organs". "The medical community has been thrown into confusion by recent studies which show that metastases (spread) may be more frequent in cancer patients who have received radiation," states Dr. Lucien Israel, a prominent French oncologist. In short, the radiation used to treat cancer
19 has been shown to increase its spread. California physician Bruce Halstead, M.D., states that modern medicine has no cure for AIDS or cancer; meanwhile AIDS patients who are being treated by oncologist (cancer specialists) are reported to be dying at a much faster rate than AIDS patients who are treated by holistic methods. Dr. Hardin James, professor of medical physics at the University of California at Berkeley, addressing the American Cancer Society Science Writers' Conference, stated, "The life expectancy of untreated [cancer] cases is actually greater than the life expectancy of those who were treated". He summarizes by saying that his studies have proven conclusively that untreated cancer victims actually live up to four times longer than treated individuals. "For a typical type of cancer, people who refuse treatment live an average of twelve and a half years. Those who accept surgery and other kinds of treatment live an average of only three years. I attribute this to the traumatic effect of surgery on the body's natural defense mechanisms." Danger of Abuse Another frightening, and pitiful, danger is the increase of patient abuse. It doesn't receive as much publicity as child abuse or spouse abuse, but it's happening, it's increasing, and it stems from the same source: unregenerate humanity, under pressure from a hostile world and enemy activity, loses control and demonstrates its ungodly character. Newspaper Headlines Citing Medical Dangers I will share just a few of the hundreds of newspaper and magazine clippings I have which illustrate this system's various dangers. Prized by Hospitals, Accreditation Hides Perils Patients Face: Slip-shod institutions keep group's seal of even after forced closings Health Hazards: Medical Advances Often Worsen Illnesses and Even Result in Some Patients' Deaths Wrongly Injected Woman Dies: Given cancer-fighting drug in error Pap Test Misses Much Cervical Cancer Through Labs' Errors approval
20 Nurse Charged With Attempted Murder Improper Hospital Care Caused Deaths in up to 27% of Cases, Rand Study Finds Patients Face Increasing Risk of Hospital Infection: The threat is growing and is largely unreported Panel Told of Vaccine-Related Tragedies Hospital Cited for Mistake: 21 year old pregnant cancer patient left paralyzed by mistaken injection Deadline Nears for Filing Dalkon Shield Claim: Company will seek Chapter 11 because of an estimated 300,000 claims The Disease Doctors Don't Talk About: Doctor-induced illness is more prevalent that you may realize. Two Indicted in Infant's Death: Grand jury charges murder Minnesota Hospital Performs Ear Operation on Wrong Boy: Admitted for tonsillectomy. boy has tubes put in ears Clinic Malpractice Charged: Woman treated for miscarriage given formaldehyde injection instead of painkiller Baxter Inc. Faces Lawsuit After Disclosure of Heart Valve Failure Man Who Got Morphine Overdose Dies Following 9 Days in a Coma: Heart patient mistakenly injected with ten times the prescribed amount Couple Says Wrong Baby Circumcised Officials: Poisoning Discovered Too Late: Elderly eye patient given liquid air freshener instead of medicine Drugs Denied During Abortions, Women Say: Patients claim they were denied anesthesia, seemingly as a sort punishment Woman Recalls Being Wrongly Declared Dead: 75-year-old couldn't speak to say she was still alive Self-Proclaimed Weight Doctor Faces Sexual Abuse Charges Doctor Battles Washington in Patient-Dumping Case Physician Defends Research of Fetuses: Accused in lawsuit of of
21 violating rights of poor, pregnant women Two Small Boys Victims of Surgery Mix-up: 2-year-old Bryan and 4-year-old Ryan received surgery meant for Houston Doctor Indicted in Scam to Bilk Insurers: Claims of patient illnesses fabricated Mother of 4 Stabbed to Death While Patient in New York's LaGuardia Hospital Routine Surgery Alters Healthy 27-Year-Old's Life: "Grim to zero" chance of normal life following minor surgery Girl Gets Transfusion by Government Order 10 Patients Fed Oven Cleaner Family Sues Over Fatal Injection Child Forced to be Tested: E.R. doctor gets court order for spinal tap Accident in Surgery Leaves Man Comatose: An injection of an incorrect chemical apparently leaves patient dead brain each other
22 Bethesda was Hospital Where Too Many People Died: Dr.Donal Billig faces general court-martial on four manslaughter charges
"Don't Just Stand There! Do Something!" Physicians are trained to intervene. The older maxim of their profession, "First, see thou do no harm" has been replaced with a newer one, "Don't just stand there! Do something!" It's a rare doctor who adopts a wait-and-see attitude. This is despite the fact that God has made our bodies with a wonderful ability to heal and restore themselves. And also despite the fact that statistics prove that 85% of those problems which bring people into physicians' offices would probably cure themselves in time, if left alone. And half of the remainder are psychosomatic in origin! But there is almost always SOMETHING done, if only for the doctor's protection. This is the most honored, most respected and highest paid profession in the world; also the profession which has been the means of killing over 30,000,000 human babies since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, yet almost all Christian women submit themselves to this system to bring forth their young. We will address some specific dangers - those involving drugs, surgery, etc. - later on. For now, I am merely making the point that what has been touted as the best, the safe, chosen, dependable, proper, infallible, God-ordained (I have heard dozens of pastors say, "I thank God for giving us doctors and hospitals!") route to healing is in actuality a danger. The system just doesn't work very well. Yet with all its dangers, Christians continue to submit their bodies as living sacrifices unto this system. Why? Why do so many people trust the system, and even feel God is WANTING them to do so? Well, possibly it's at least in part because, in addition to being a dangerous, Egyptian profession which counterfeits divine healing, this system is a strong tradition.
5. IT IS A TRADITION The Random House dictionary defines tradition as, "Any long-continuing practice or custom; the handing down of beliefs, legends and customs from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or practice." In short, things which are done or believed simply because they have been, and are being, done and believed. We follow the examples of our parents and the custom of our experience and continue to submit to the medical system simply because it's done; it's habit; it's custom. Historical Background of the AMA It was not always thus. In 1847, when the American Medical Association was founded, there were basically two types of healing disciplines:
23 allopathy (whose practitioners received training in recognized academic schools, who relied heavily on surgical procedures and on the use of medications) and homeopathy (which means "like cures like" and works through the immune system, using nontoxic doses of substances which are similar to those causing the illness). From its earliest inception, the AMA has had one principle objective, attaining and defending a total monopoly of the practice of medicine in the United States, and thereby destroying freedom of choice in health care in America; allopathy was the basis of its practice. At the time, homeopaths outnumbered allopaths by more than two to one. The few surviving records indicate homeopathy was effective; in a cholera outbreak in 1854, deaths at homeopathic hospitals were only 16.4% while deaths in "orthodox" medical hospitals was 50% But the AMA's goal was the promotion of a myth, the myth that its type of medicine is the only one which is effective. Allopathy vs. Chiropractic Its first target was the homeopath, next independent health practitioners then chiropractic. They were ruthless, powerful and organized and they won many victories, but there were set-backs, too. In the battle against chiropractic, for example. In January, 1971, the committee reported to the trustees of the AMA that "... prime mission is first the containment of chiropractic and ultimately the elimination of chiropractic". The AMA pulled out a lot of big guns: they prevented the government from guaranteeing student loans for those studying chiropractic, they blocked grants for research, they lobbied in every state to prevent accreditation. Then they forced the Veterans Administration to refuse payments for chiropractic services. But several chiropractors sued, charging conspiracy, and after years of litigation, in August of 1987, a U.S. District Court found the AMA, the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Radiologists guilty of conspiracy. Traditional Medicine: A Threatened Monopoly? After all these years of effort, the AMA has achieved its goal in one way: traditional medical care in America in an incredibly potent force. It is supported and strengthened by law, it is supported by every facet of our society and it controls an enormous amount of the nation's money. Most people willingly submit to it, believe and do and pay whatever they're told, and consider it the absolute ultimate in health care. But the victory isn't complete. On the other hand, some folks are looking at medical care more closely and are discovering that the authoritative, honored, expensive old emperor is naked! A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that one in three Americans use alternative treatments, spending $13.7 billion, ($10.3 billion out-of-pocket compared with $12.8 billion out-of-pocket for all hospitalizations). More people use therapies (such as relaxation techniques, massage, herbal medicine and spiritual healing) than see all primary care doctors combined. (U.S. patients made 425 million visits to alternative care-givers in 1990, compared with 388 million visits to family doctors and internists.) The National Institutes of Health has recently established a new
24 Office of Alternative Medicine, to study therapies outside the realm of traditional medicine. Its director is a Native American who was treated for childhood illnesses with "herbs and things" by his mother, a full-blooded Mohawk. Hardly your traditional doctor! Lessening Freedom of Choice Up to now, we in America still have the right to go to chiropractors; or to acupuncturists, nutritionists, Christian Scientist practitioners, herbalists, psychics, snake charmers or even to Jesus. Like I said, we have this right SO FAR. The battle isn't over. We lose ground daily; already the state's rights and the rights of the medical systems to control the health care given - or NOT given - to our children is far greater than most people realize. The Accepted Christian Prespective But most Christians don't realize this; or if they do, they don't consider it a bad thing. Most Christians are told from their pulpits that God gave us doctors (and therefore allopathic healing with its attendant cutting, drugs and intervention) and their commitment and loyalty to this TRADITION is strong. But even stronger than tradition in shaping our beliefs and behavior is an Archetype - the mind-set or view of reality which is so accepted and so powerful that it is never questioned, never doubted, never even considered. It is assumed to be true on the basis of its mere existence. It is often a stronghold within the mind, built on a foundation of error and deception. I heard a university professor discussing his problems in teaching creationism as opposed to evolution at his college. He said, "People just believe in evolution without ever questioning it. It's only a theory; it isn't true, it isn't logical, it isn't Scriptural, but people believe it. And they get really angry if you say it isn't true." I thought at once of the similarity here to the way people feel about the medical system; people just believe it's good, believe it's from God, trust it as the oracle of God about the condition of their bodies - and it isn't true, it isn't logical, it isn't scriptural. And, WOW, do people get angry when you say it isn't! In Colossians 2:8 we are told, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." When we believe a tradition as TRUTH, accepting it without question, we can be "spoiled", carried into captivity. To come out of it requires courage - we may have to leave the comfort zone. It's not always easy, but it's better. In Psalm 118:8-9, the Lord says, "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes." The "confidence in" here is defined: "Go for refuge to." We may have to recondition our thinking and our responses. In a crisis of illness or accident, where do we go for refuge? Do we say, "Call 911! Get the Rescue Squad!" or do we say, "Let's pray!"? To discover truth, do we ask, "What does the doctor say? What were the test results?" or do we ask, "What does God say?" Some people continue to believe in the medical system in the teeth of evidence that it isn't safe, it isn't godly and it isn't working. They may
25 have frightening experiences or bad results, but they assume their situation is unique, the exception to the general rule. So great is their faith in this system that they deny the evidence of their own experience. And that's because most Christians don't believe - don't WANT to believe that God elects to heal outside the human institution. The Minority Perspective I recognize that few people believe as I do; but we know that the majority opinion is often wrong. The majority of humans on this planet do not believe Jesus is the son of God, and the majority is wrong. Only two of the ten spies believed the Israelites could take the promised land as God had said, and the two were right, the ten wrong. Remember, we're not seeking the most popular view; we're seeking truth. Our beliefs must reflect reality, even if we stand in a very tiny minority. And there is that minority - people who walk in divine health, who never even think of mixing human effort with divine healing because it is that very mixture which can rob us of victory. Unfortunately, the only ones folks ever seem to hear about are the ones who have apparently failed. The subject of receiving healing becomes a totally different matter if you consider the physical part of the human being as merely the tip of the iceberg, a tiny part of his being which extends into the visible realm from the spirit. And the things which happen to this tiny fleshly part of us are always parallel to, and result from, things which are happening within the spirit. That's where the action is; that's where we achieve victory. That's where we must focus our attention: not on merely controlling the physical symptoms but in addressing the spiritual roots. That produces not just healing, but HEALTH. The Minority Method This subject is covered in detail in the last chapter of this book, but to lay the groundwork, let's talk a little bit right now about how we our little tiny minority - do receive healing. First of all, we don't just pray and forget it. We don't whip out a simple prayer - or have someone else pray - and figure the ball is in God's court and it's up to Him. We need to pray and keep on praying. We ask and seek and petition and call on God. And we listen. We battle the enemy. We battle him in the spirit, using all the non-carnal weapons of our warfare. And we battle him within ourselves. Like resentment: "I did my part, God. Why don't you do your part?" We battle fear: "This child is going to die, and we won't be able to stand it." We battle self pity: "You poor thing; your back has been hurting for a week and nobody even cares". We praise God. We establish Him as Lord over this circumstance by our praise. We read the Scriptures about healing, and those about illness. We ask God: am I in sin? Have I opened a door for this by my disobedience? Is this a storm I rebuke, or one I ride out? Am I under some curse, some judgment, reaping some harvest? And we LISTEN. We may take some natural action; fluids, vitamins, herbs, exercise, rest. Maybe we fast; Isaiah 58 says that causes our health to spring forth speedily. But most of what we do is spiritual. We look for patterns - if something keeps happening over and over it's not just a problem, it's a
26 pattern. What does it mean? Did my mother have this same thing? Is it common to my local church? Am I always attacked in the same part of the body? The same time of year? We ask God: are there people I haven't forgiven? Have I failed to discern the body? Is somebody praying against me? Is this the result of some sin of my forefathers? What do I need to do - to learn - to die to to believe - to give - which I haven't yet? We remember that the relief of symptoms is not the primary goal: it's not God's first goal and it shouldn't be ours. The primary thing must be obedience to God, so that he can have HIS will. Don't forget, when our prayer is hindered, it may be because God is wanting to go deeper. So we LISTEN. In many different ways, at any time, God may speak. We must enlarge the ear, for His is a still, small voice. It isn't simple and it's seldom quick and easy. But if we look at it from God's point of view - that the illness itself is a symptom, it's the fruit growing from some root in the spirit realm behind the veil, if we keep the perspective that God has a purpose in mind and that curing the physical illness is probably not His primary goal - then we concentrate on the question, "Why am I sick in the first place?" And we listen for the answer. And when we hear, we obey INSTANTLY. It's not comfortable. It's like "The buck stops here", and there's a weight of responsibility we bear which is carried by the doctor when we're in the system. We have to shore up our faith constantly, get hold of God and not let go; as Jacob said when he wrestled all night with the Angel, we proclaim "I will not let you go until you bless me". The enemy attacks; other Christians attack. But we reach dimensions in Christ that aren't attainable any other way. And we get healed on BOTH sides of the veil.
III. WHAT THE SYSTEM USES When we progress from what the system IS to what it USES, it's interesting to note how many of the things it uses - things which are inherent in it and inseparable from it - are things which God has forbidden. 1. IT USES THE COUNSEL OF THE UNGODLY In Psalm 1, God says the man who "walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly" is blessed. So, what is is "the counsel of the ungodly"? "Counsel" is "Advice, plan, purpose" in Strong's Concordance and "Advice given to direct the judgment of another" in the dictionary. "Ungodly" is "Morally wrong, condemned, guilty" in Strong's and "Not godly or pious" in the dictionary. It is clarified by the distinction between two kinds of wisdom in James 3:15-17. There is "...the wisdom that is from above, first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy." This is describing God's wisdom and counsel, and our thoughts when we are operating in the mind of Christ. The other wisdom, which equates to the counsel of the ungodly, is described thus: "This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish." The carnal mind is enmity with God, and the thinking, advice, plans, purposes and counsel of the natural, unregenerate man are both evil and dangerous. And while we may find Christians within the medical system, they are not running things and their thinking (while in the system and operating from its point of view) is not godly.
The Counsel of Elizabeth Kuhbler-Ross Here is an example of how the counsel of the ungodly permeates the system, how people trained for any of the health care fields have their minds flooded with ungodly ideas and principles. For one thing, they are required to read and study the works of Elizabeth Kuhbler-Ross, the first and still most prominent of the thanotologists (those who study death). She presents her views of death, which are accepted as true, and they are almost diametrically opposed to what God says on the subject. God says death is an enemy, that He has conquered this enemy and that He holds the keys. Kuhbler-Ross says death is only "a beautiful life experience", and she is deeply involved in the psychic and occultic realms. She has chronicled encounters with spirit guides and other demonic manifestations. Surely she is a prime example of Psalm One's "the ungodly," but in order to be trained as a professional nurse, a lab technician, physical therapist, respiratory therapist, etc., one must study and learn her views on death. Of course, nothing is taught about God's views on the subject. The Source of The System's Counsel Another example of this kind of evil counsel constitutes the very
28 basis of truth in the medical system. As the seed of Abraham, we must believe as seeing Him who is invisible; not like Thomas, requiring confirmation within the realm of the senses - sight, touch, hearing, etc. The medical system relies on facts as discovered, defined and ordained by the sight realm. Their truth is based on such things as laboratory tests, diagnostics, observations, and the measuring and recording of indices such as vital signs. These are a poor basis for determining reality even if they are accurate, and in many cases they are not. The American Hospital Association estimates that probably 25% of laboratory tests are inaccurate - one in four is WRONG! Let's consider that. What if one of the four tires on your car was flat; what if one of every four paychecks you received bounced? What if your phone or your electricity only worked a fourth of the time? What if 25% of God's Word wasn't true? Would you still trust HIM? Yet most people consider this the final word about their health. What an example of building a house on sand! Counsel Without God But even when they are accurate, these kinds of things are a poor basis for determining reality. They do not take into account the reality of God, or of the spirit realm, where faith is higher than sight. And they don't acknowledge that the natural universe is inferior to, and subject to, the spirit. In short, when what they say contradicts what GOD says, then what they say is false, and if we believe what they say, then we are deceived. One Possible Result of Being Deceived And our belief in the lie may bring it about! A friend of mine had a vision which illustrates this situation. In the vision, she saw her house on fire. Great flames enveloped it and it was being consumed. She started crying out, "Oh, my house is on fire!" As she spoke, the Lord appeared and calmed her. "No," He said. "Your house is NOT on fire. Let me show you." He took her by the hand and drew her back, away from the house. As she withdrew, she was able to see, over at the side, the devil standing with a movie projector, projecting an illusion of flames onto her house. It was all a lie! It looked true from the original point of view, but a different perspective showed the truth: the house was safe and she had been deceived by a lie. How does this apply? Well, when we are told we have a certain condition, and the diagnosis is spoken over us, it may or may not be accurate. And our response can be incredibly potent in determining the end result. EVEN IF THE WORDS SPOKEN OVER US ARE NOT TRUE, if we believe them, proclaim them, walk in them, they may BECOME true. We believed, faith was released, we spoke as the confirming witness (II CVorinthians 13:1) and it becomes true. We bought it. Proverbs 18:21 says, "Life and death are in the power of the tongue". On the other hand, if we either deny the negative words spoken over us - or better still never seek their counsel and allow the negative words in the first place - and proclaim what GOD says about our health, we find we receive THAT reality. As the Bible says, "Be it done unto you according to your faith."
29 Of course, that's very simplistic; we certainly don't believe as the New Agers that we create our own reality. And there are other factors involved besides the spoken words of diagnosis - which can have the effect of a curse - but this is a very important and valid point. We can not safely believe their counsel in the same way we believe the counsel of God's word. What God says is always perfectly true; what they say may or may not be. And there is no virtue or safety in believing their words.
30 2. IT USES DRUGS Another thing used routinely by the medical system, also forbidden by God, is drugs.
Drugs and Medications: Are They Different? In our society, we have manufactured an artificial division in drugs; we call some "medications" and call them good, while others are considered bad. (Just like witchcraft, which some people divide into either good or white witches, and bad or black witches. God says all witchcraft is evil and He says "suffer not a witch to live.") He also says all drugs are evil. Jesus "Just Said No" to Drugs There is a significant teaching about the use of drugs to be found in the Bible, and five clear warnings against drug taking in the New Testament. Four drugs, in addition to alcohol, are named in scripture: hemlock, gall, wormwood and myrrh. (The last two are very potent narcotics, both more powerful than opium). Every Biblical mention of drugs is in a context of despair, mourning, grief and danger, and they are NEVER connected with healing. I want to repeat that. In the Bible, drugs are never connected with healing; they are connected with misery and gloom. The book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin. And He was tempted to use a narcotic. Let me explain. Crucifixion might possibly be the most agonizing method of execution ever devised by man. It originated with the Persians and was refined by the Romans. In Jesus' day, its use was confined to the slave class, or to perpetrators of the most heinous crimes. It was basically a death of exhaustion and suffocation, and it sometimes took days for the victim to die. It was carried out under the charge of Roman soldiers, who had available at the crucifixion site two different liquids. One was simply wine, (called vinegar in the KJV, and wine vinegar in the NIV). It was to quench thirst. The other was sour wine, fermented and strongly alcoholic, to which was added gall and/or myrrh. This mixture was a strong narcotic, available for use when the soldiers were feeling particularly humane. Jesus was offered both these drinks. He did accept the one which merely quenched His thirst: Matthew 27:48: And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave Him to drink. Mark 15:36: And one ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave Him to drink... John 19:29-30: Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar; and they filled a sponge with vinegar and put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth. When
31 Jesus therefore had received it, He said, It is finished. He refused to drink the other liquid, the one which contained drugs: Matthew 27:34: They gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, he would not drink. Mark 15:23: And they gave Him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but He received it not. If there were ever a justification for the use of a pain-killer, surely this was it. The torment was intense: the scourging, the crown of thorns, the crucifixion itself, protracted bleeding and sweating leading to the "somatic thirst" of electrolyte imbalance. Surely any one in this position would eagerly grasp whatever pitiful bits of comfort he was offered. But not Jesus. He refused to alter His perception of reality with a drug; He refused to leave us an example of accepting that option. "Pharmakia" The scriptural teaching about drugs isn't always clear at first reading, because the word used is not translated "drug taking". For some reason, the primary definition of this word - which is some form of the word "medicine" - is never used in our modern English Bibles. The usual translation is "sorcery". The word we're dealing with is PHARMAKIA in Greek, and the English words pharmacy, pharmacist and pharmacology are derived from it. In Vine's Dictionary of New Testament Words, pharmakia is defined: "PRIMARILY signifying the use of MEDICINE, drugs, spells; then poisoning; then sorcery, witchcraft." In Strong's Concordance it is #5331: "MEDICATION, by extension magic, literally or figuratively, sorcery, witchcraft". Strong's #5332 is "A drug, spell-giving potion, druggist, poisoner, by extension a magician or sorcerer." This word is translated "sorcery" in the KJV and "User or magic arts" in the NIV. In Revelation 21:8, sorcerers have their part in the lake of fire, and Revelation 22:15 describes sorcerers as one group of people who are kept outside the City (the New Jerusalem) along with dogs, whoremongers, murderers, idolaters and liars. Sorcery is defined as one of four end-time sins (the others being murder, fornication and theft) in Revelation 9:21. And what is really being discussed, the thing which is banning people from the City, consigning them to the Lake of Fire and being named a major sin of the end times, is primarily the taking of drugs. Drug Trafficking Let's look at the drug industry. It's VERY big business. The United States maintains an overwhelming lead in the production and sale of drugs; eleven of the world's eighteen leading drug firms are located here. Each year, doctors in the U.S. write 1.6 BILLION prescriptions. While other countries have negotiated prices with pharmaceutical companies, we Americans have let the drug industry decide for itself what to charge. Therefore drug prices went up at three times the inflation rate during the 1980's, an enormous 152%, and the average cost of the twenty drugs prescribed most often for the elderly has quadrupled in the past seven years. Hearings by the Senate Anti-Monopoly Subcommittee into abuses by
32 pharmaceutical companies revealed that drug manufacturers routinely showed profits of from 10,000% to 20,000% for their drugs. We pay the world's highest prices for our medicine. Europeans pay 54% less for 25 common drugs. Costly, Tested, But Still Unsafe For all their cost, it simply isn't wise to assume that all drugs are safe and effective, tested and found beneficial. (It's interesting to note that the most dangerous drugs are also the most profitable because they produce dramatic, easily seen results.) In fact, the Office of Technological Assessment of the U.S. Government states that 95% of the drugs on the market have not been proven to work. Almost all testing in done to determine toxicity, not effectiveness. We can question the "research", too. The National Bureau of Standards reports that half or more of the numerical data published by scientists is unusable because there is no evidence that the researchers accurately measure what they claimed to be measuring. Just one illustration of this point: 31 authors of scientific reports were sent questionnaires asking for their raw data; Only twenty one replied and they ALL said that their data had been "lost" or "accidently destroyed"! "Sixty Minutes" on January 17, 1988 presented an expose of the abuses within the community of scientific researchers. They estimated that up to 30% of all research projects carried out in the United States is totally faked. One scientific scholar advised, "I would think twice before I believe what I read in the medical journals... it is dishonest, fraudulent material." We must remember that this kind of possibly faked data is usually the basis for the acceptance or denial of new drugs. After the laboratory work, then there is the stage of clinical testing. First the new drug is given to a small number of healthy people. Next the drug is given to a larger group; frequently it's given secretly to school children, hospital patients or inmates of mental institutions, but by far the most common group for testing is the population of our prisons. (Upjohn and Parke-Davis have acquired "exclusive rights" to the inmates at Jackson State prison in Mississippi). An article in BUSINESS WEEK explains: "Tests at the prisons are designed primarily to measure the toxicity of the drug rather than its efficiency... doses are built up gradually to the point where adverse reactions occur." Prisoners are paid thirty cents a day for submitting to the experiments. Examples of Past Problems Within the departments concerned with the safety and effectiveness of drugs, things are pretty disorganized. For example, in September of 1980, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would remove from the market more than three thousand drugs whose effectiveness had not been proven. During the previous year, Americans had spent more than one billion dollars on these same "unproven" drugs, many of which had been accepted by the AMA. Many times dangerous drugs are sold in America, complete with all sanctions, seals and imprimaturs. A case in point: diethylstilbestrol was widely used from the 1940's to the 1970's as a synthetic female hormone, routinely prescribed to prevent miscarriage. It was not tested for possible
33 side effects. Despite evidence that it might be precipitating negative sequelae, it continued in use until after the long term effects began to appear: cancer of the breast, liver damage, and genital malformations and vaginal cancer in the daughters of those treated with it. In 1949, Park-Davis' chloromycetin was hailed as a new wonder drug. Several doctors were persuaded to give it to their children, some of whom then died of leukemia. Aplastic anemia was sometime a result from the administration of chloromycetin; it was fatal in 75% of the cases. Hoffman LaRoche marketed an intravenous drug, Versed, which was linked to forty deaths in two years by FDA studies. Ritalin, now the drug-ofchoice of educators for treating so-called hyperactive children, has had a 97% increase in use since 1985. Students are sometimes forced to take this drug or face being expelled from school. The WALL STREET JOURNAL of January 15, 1988, reported that a number of lawsuits have been filed against schools by parents who are resisting the forced use of Ritalin. Another drug, tryparsamide, manufactured by Merck, was a dangerous arsenical drug. It was abandoned by its discoverer, Paul Ehrlich, when he found that it caused blindness by atrophying the optic nerve. Erlich's warnings did not prevent Merck from continuing to distribute the drug. One of the most destructive errors was the approval of sulfathiazole in the 1940's. The first 400,000 tablets sold by the Winthrop Drug Company contained as much as 5 grains each of Luminal. The safe dosage of Luminal is 1 grain. There were a number of fatalities. Actions by the AMA Dr. Emmanuel Josephson, writing for SCIENCE MAGAZINE, states that the AMA "...deliberately concealed the benefits of Vitamin E therapy for more than twenty five years. This is only one of instance of hundreds where the AMA withheld life-saving information from the public". Dr. Josephson continues, "The history of the AMA... is replete with betrayals of professional and public trust. Drug products of the highest value have been rejected or their acceptance unwarrantedly delayed. Worthless, dangerous or deadly foods and drugs have been hastily accepted," America's Drug Culture We can not blindly follow the current vogue of "better living through chemistry", expecting God to bless us - and IT - when He has forbidden the use of drugs. Again, to emphasize, there is no scriptural distinction between a drug and a medication; actually there's none with modern society either, except a medication is a drug some other person has told us to take. In America we hear much about the drug culture. And truly here is an incredible use of drugs in this country, but the drugging of the population is not limited to sleazy pushers and rebellious teenagers. Most of America's drugging is done with pharmaceuticals. (Incidentally, here's an interesting fact. Only 26% of drug overdoses are caused by street drugs; the rest are done with legal drugs, pharmaceuticals.) And why do Americans take so many drugs? Even the system admits many of them aren't necessary. As long ago as 1972, Dr. Henry E. Simmons, then director of the Bureau of Drugs at the FDA, testified before a Senate hearing, "At least 60% of hospital patients who receive antibiotics don't
34 need them." Another witness, Dr. Harry F. Dowling said production of antibiotics had jumped more than 300% in the previous decade. "This would amount to about fifty doses of an antibiotic for every man, woman and child in this country per year," he said. Who is taking all those drugs, and what does it do for them? Here's a possible hint: in 1978, 363,800,000 prescriptions were written in the United States. 60,000,000 were prescriptions for Valium, for a total of 16,000,000,000 capsules. This resulted in a gross profit of $300,000,000 for the manufacturer. Part of the reason is PROFIT. These statistics on Valium are more interesting when you consider this fact: to a great extent, the indications FOR taking this particular drug and the side effects FROM taking it are the same - tremors, nervousness, anorexia, depression, etc. Millions of people spend great amounts of money to take a highly addictive drug, which the facts say may only INCREASE the symptoms they're trying to control. God Speaks to Me about Valium I see a clear correlation between Valium and depression. In the hospital one night, as I walked down a dark hall making rounds as House Supervisor, I heard a whiny little voice complaining, "I ain't had my Valium yet." The medicine nurse proceeded to administer the drug, but I thought, "You should be glad!" As I walked on, I received a vision from the Lord about the nature of drugs. I saw a zoo with large, barred cages holding huge, violent beasts. There were signs over the cages identifying the beasts: DEPRESSION, EPILEPSY, DIABETES. The beasts were really pitching a fit, shaking the bars and rattling their cages. As I watched, a keeper in a white coat came out to feed them, and as he tossed them their food, they calmed down and quit acting violent. Then I saw what they were eating: drugs! The Beast of Depression was feeding on Valium, and while it had a temporary effect of quieting him, he was growing stronger and larger from his feeding. The Beast of Epilepsy was feeding on Dilantin and Phenobarbital - I know these drugs are dated, but that's what I saw! - and of course Diabetes was eating Insulin. I saw the whole concept of drug therapy from a different standpoint. Even with a temporary relief from symptoms, it is unwise to use drugs something God has forbidden - to fight an enemy God says is already defeated - illness - when the end result might be that the enemy grows stronger. Another word I had from God concerning drugs also occurred in a hospital and also concerned Valium. I became a nurse in the old days; I was "capped" in 1951, and in those days, nurses took "The Florence Nightingale Pledge". Today they have something a little more modern, but in my day it was quite a ceremony, done by candlelight, all very moving. I didn't know then not to swear, and I took the pledge in good faith. It begins "I swear before Almighty God and in the presence of this assembly to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully." One passage is, "I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and I will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug." One night over thirty years later in the Emergency Room of a local hospital, I prepared a syringe of intravenous Valium for a patient, and as
35 I started to inject it I heard the Lord saying, "You promised me you wouldn't do that." It all came back: the ceremony, the pledge and its restrictions on giving drugs. After all the years, all the drugs I'd given - and taken God was holding me to my word. I had another nurse give the drug admittedly a compromise solution - and this particular Rhema was one of the many reasons I finally quit the profession of nursing and gave up my registration. Now I fully understand nobody but me heard that word, (I wonder so often why God says so much to me about this system and apparently so little to other people) but I DID hear it, and I had to obey. It seems incredible to me that Christians can believe God uses drugs; with all the scriptural prohibitions and its close companionship with other forbidden things like witchcraft, I see no defense for the position that this is something God chooses to use. Children on Drugs Our society's bondage to drugs is enormous. My daughter Cynthia attended the University of South Florida and her under-graduate degree is in Elementary Education. She was told in one class that as many as 40% of elementary school children are on drugs; on legal, prescribed, "medication" drugs. Add to this the fact that an overwhelming majority of children born in the United States are born under the influence of drugs, is there any wonder so many Americans take and use drugs? And I don't mean just "Crack" babies and those born to addicted mothers. Almost ALL mothers are drugged during labor. The drug culture begins in utero, as the mother - under sedation - labors to bring forth the baby. If the parents see drugs as a legitimate option, an acceptable answer to their problems - physical or psychological - then it is only logical that their teenage children should also consider drugs a suitable choice, and experiment with marijuana and other drugs. As Bill Gothard says, what the parents accept in moderation, their children will excuse in excess. It's a matter of sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind. Drugs: a Doorway into the Spirit One effect of drugs which many people don't know is its influence in the spirit realm. The taking of drugs is a SPIRITUAL activity; drugs touch and control our spirits. I know one clear example of how this works through the experience of a friend of mine. This girl is the daughter of TWO pentecostal preachers; she has been saved since early childhood. The habit of prayer is deeply ingrained in her; she prays constantly, without ceasing, instinctively. She had her first child in a hospital and she was given a routine injection of Demerol while in labor. She told me that from the time she received that drug, she ceased to pray. It simply didn't occur to her to pray. It was as though the customs and habit patterns of twenty years had been wiped out by the drug. This experience really upset her, so although she'd had a fairly good birthing experience, she chose to have her second baby at home. She wanted her prayer life unaffected. You have to search a very long time in America to find anyone who is truly drug free. I am continually astonished at people who are into the
36 healthy body scene, careful of diet and exercise, who avoid caffeine and fried foods and wouldn't dream of eating white sugar - but they fill this same body, this temple of the Holy Spirit, with any drug the doctor orders. And feel it's perfectly all right! Have you read Stormy O'Martian's autobiography? Her recovery from a number of destructive habits was a strong testimony to God's love and power. There's also a message in her description of the effects of anesthesia given her for a Caesarean section. She recounts that it took months to recover from this drugging. Raising [Totally] Drug-Free Children It's increasingly important to raise at least a few drug-free Christian kids. The vast majority of them are carted off to doctors at the first sign of ill health and they are treated for every disease (and every threat of disease) with drugs. Since we can seldom defeat any enemy which we serve, if the Spirit of Sorcery is to be cast down in the end times there will have to be SOME virgins, some remnant of the Church which is untouched and undefiled by the influence of drugs. We'll need some who won't look on this enemy, this force which has been revealed in Scripture as GOD'S enemy, as an acceptable, even a GOOD thing. The Future Our Children Will Face Maybe it doesn't seem horribly dangerous now. Maybe it's easy for people to consider drug therapy an appropriate solution for physical and social problems NOW. But it's not a static situation. It's growing worse. More people, and more different kinds of people, are taking more drugs; that's part of it. But the really scary part is, the drugs themselves are changing. They're getting worse. The drugs being developed now aren't soft, comforting, dreamy mood elevators, or zippy, enthusiastic, "let's party!" intoxicants. The drugs of the future will include performance enhancers; drugs which are designed not to help us escape from reality - like today's drugs - but instead are designed to change our abilities. Today's anabolic steroids, crack cocaine, amphetamines and such (which aren't used primarily to increase pleasure, but to expand the limits of human potential) will be improved and strengthened and others will be added. In addition, these new drugs won't be simple vegetable extracts which can imitate human biochemistry; they may well be pure bio-chemicals which can be produced cheaply in a laboratory, thousands of times stronger and more specific than today's version. So our children may face a generation which has the wherewithal to boost IQ, to enhance physical strength and endurance, to augment memory and the physical senses, to control physiology, and to expand emotion. And these chemically-enhanced supermen won't be either won to the kingdom of God, or overcome in their own kingdom, by Christians who are tainted and double-minded about the spirit of sorcery. As my sister put it, very neatly, "I don't think you can be used to raise the dead if you've just taken aspirin for a headache." We have to be pure, untouched, not partaking of their sins. We have to be undefiled virgins, like the 144,000 in Revelation 14.
37 Satan's Weapons: Rebellion and Witchcraft I heard a great teaching lately about "The Devil's Plan for Your Children", and it spoke of the two-pronged lie Satan is promulgating through a dozen different channels which touch our children, including schools, TV shows, movies, books, modern toys, cartoons, music and even Sunday School Programs. These two lies are: first that there IS supernatural power, but it has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. It's magical, occultic, and has no relationship with the traditions of the Church, no requirements for holiness. And it's available to all, even children, to use for their own purposes if they only learn how. And secondly the Devil lies to children by saying that they are smarter than their parents, that they have greater wisdom and knowledge, and certainly the child's rights - his demands and desires - are far more valid than those of the adults in his life. The idea of submission to authority is disparaged and what is paramount is "the rights of the people" (which is what the word LAODACIA - one of the churches in Revelation 3 means.) At the root of those two lies are two of Satan's most frequently used tools - witchcraft and rebellion. He subtly encourages our children to USE unlawful power and control through the supernatural (which is witchcraft), and at the same time he urges them to REFUSE the lawful control which God has put over them (which is rebellion). And that's what's being molded and prepared to fill the world in the next twenty or thirty years: a generation of rebellious, undisciplined, lawless psychics, who will operate in drug-enhanced occultic power. We who are responsible for bringing up the next generation of Christians had better be aware of what they'll be facing, and we'd better be preparing them for the warfare with something a little more scriptural than puppet shows and trips to the skating rink! An hour of fun in Sunday School, after a week of humanistic schooling, television fare and worldly music, can hardly swing the balance against a supernatural enemy. That requires knowing and serving a supernatural God.
38 3. IT USES SURGERY
Statistics on Surgery Before we discuss the spiritual side of surgery, let's consider the subject from a purely natural standpoint. The statistics are not very favorable. In 1978, the American College of Surgeons released the following statistics: 2,400,000 unnecessary surgeries were performed in the United States. (This means normal tissue was removed.) These unnecessary surgeries resulted in 12,000 deaths. Where second opinions are mandated, the number of surgeries is reduced by as much as 45%. Approximately 90% of all surgery performed in this country is totally without value. (And that's what the surgeons themselves say!) Location can play a tremendous role in whether particular surgeries are performed. For instance, hysterectomy is performed 80% more often in the South than in the Northeast. According to Dr, John Wennburg of Dartmouth Medical School your child's chance of having his tonsils removed can vary from 8% to 60%, depending on where he lives. In some regions, only 15% of males underwent a prostatectomy by age 85; in other places the rate was 60% In one Maine city, 70% of women had a hysterectomy by age 75; just 80 miles away, the rate was only 25% Since Medicare was enacted, there has been a 130% increase in elective surgery for patients over 65. 787,000 women had hysterectomies in 1975 and 1700 of them died as a result of the surgery. Estimates are that at least half of these surgeries were not necessary. Medical patients over the age of 65 are subjected to 80% more surgery than those under 65 Unnecessary surgery is widespread. According to findings by the Senate Special Committee on Aging in 1985, unnecessary surgery on the aging include: 23% to 36% of all cataract surgery 27% to 32% of all knee surgery 17% to 43% of all hemorrhoid surgery 15% to 31% of all gall bladder surgery 14% to 29% of all prostate surgery 5% to 28% of all hernia repair surgery Nearly half of all Medicare costs are now for surgery or surgeryrelated expenses. Reducing just UNNECESSARY cardiac pacemaker implants alone could save Medicare up to $358 million per year. Dr. Paul R. Hawley, Director of the American College of Surgeons, has stated for publication: "It is reliably estimated that one half of the surgical operations performed in the United States are performed by doctors who are untrained or inadequately trained to undertake surgery". "If patients brought malpractice suits against all guilty doctors and against guilty doctors only - the courts would probably be flooded with THREE TIMES the suits now in litigation." (Emphasis his).
39 Senator John Heinz, R-Pa., chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, states, "Whether the result of inexperience, ignorance or greed on the part of some doctors, millions of older Americans each year face the double jeopardy of unnecessary surgery. Proof of this national disgrace is all too evident." One particular surgery, circumcision, is a good example of what conditioning, tradition, compliance and an unquestioning acceptance of the status quo is producing. In the first place, circumcision is done routinely only in this country and in Israel. In the United States, about 1,200,000 circumcisions are performed annually, and the average cost is between $150 and $200. Now for the bad news: 55% of these surgeries have some kind of post-operative complication, and 1 in 500 has a life-threatening problem. The operative site is tiny, the patient is awake - and feeling a great deal of pain - and frequently those performing the surgery are resident doctors. All of the traditional indications for this particular surgery have now been proved invalid. (Remember? Their truth isn't permanent; it changes.) The idea that circumcision is necessary for cleanliness, to prevent cancer, etc. aren't now in vogue. Since the middle 1970s, both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have stated that there is no valid evidence that circumcision is a medical necessity. In the old covenant, circumcision was a sign of Israel's relationship with God; but in our covenant it is no longer applicable. In Acts 15:1, the Judaizers falsely taught the necessity of circumcision, but in Romans 2:25-28, Galatians 6 and many other scripture, Paul said it no longer "profiteth". So our reason for performing this surgery shouldn't be spiritual. If the natural reasons aren't valid, and the spiritual reasons don't apply, why do it? But millions of babies still undergo this procedure every year in this country. Thomas Preston, M.D., chief of cardiology at the Pacific Medical Center, writes for THE ATLANTIC an article entitled: "Coronary-Bypass Surgery: Remedy or Racket?" In it he states, "In 1978 researchers for the National Institutes of Health completed a study, randomly assigning patients with unstable angina to either surgery or nonsurgery. No difference could be determined in survival rates between the two groups. In other words, surgery was not saving them." He also said, "...it is not so much the public's health as the medical profession's wealth that dictates the use of this expensive, risky and often unjustified operation." Has the number of these heart procedures diminished? Well, in 1983 doctors performed 180,000 bypass operations. 1992 saw nearly twice as many. In 1983, 30,000 patients had angioplasty to open heart blockages, in 1992 there were nearly ten times as many. The Trussell report dealt with treatment given to patients in 101 hospitals in New York. Its conclusion: one third of the hysterectomies performed were "unnecessary" and that "some question could be raised about another ten percent". A similar study done by the Rand Corporation, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, "Nearly half the patients... either should not have had the procedures or could have done without them."
Spiritual Dangers of Surgery Surgery has many subtle and hidden dangers. There are scars on the body following surgery, and we are finding more and more that there are scars on the soul as well. When we violate God's principles, ignore His laws and deny His power, the enemy will take the opportunity to claim ground within our very beings. We have surrendered our authority; the system has violated the borders of the body, the secrecy in which God works, the Scriptural injunctions regarding sexual purity and we have been contaminated. Dealing with the aftermath of surgical procedures is important. There is ALWAYS a spirit of sacrifice, for the shedding of blood and the relinquishing of tissue is a rite of sacrifice, no matter how righteous and beneficial we may consider it. There's a spirit of mutilation. If you've been anesthetized, that needs to be dealt with. In addition, there are specific spirits which are left within the body - sort of in exchange for the tissue which is taken out - and the spirits align with the specific organ which was removed or mutilated. For example, a hysterectomy will leave a spirit of barrenness and infertility; a vasectomy will leave a spirit of sterility. And the alarming consequence is, the spirits aren't content to remain just in the physical body. They spread out through the whole being; into the soul, the thought-life, relationships with God and with others, into ministry, finances. If you have a hysterectomy maybe you don't want any more natural children, but do you want a spirit of barrenness in your finances? Your career? Does anyone want to be poor? Unsuccessful? Unable to make or keep friends? All these and more are potential sequelae from surgery. Reasons for Surgery Surgery is done for a number of reasons, in addition to the obvious one that some people believe it may be of some physical benefit. Sometimes patients need attention, love, a time of being cared for and nourished. They think (mistakenly, I believe) that a hospital stay will provide an answer to these needs. They plan to rest in bed, be waited on, with back rubs and meals on trays - in general to be the center of concern and attention. They tend to forget the pain of injections and blood tests, the mornings without breakfast before diagnostic tests, the intrusion, embarrassment and discomfort of physical examinations, the danger of the drugs and Xrays, and the all-too-frequent lack of concern and compassion in the people who give the care. And since you can, on a daily cost basis, travel to Europe for less that you can enter a hospital, that seems a better option to me. But surgery is NOT always done for rational reasons, or even for reasons such as I have described above. It's not even done simply for the traditional reasons which imply that a child MUST be relieved of his tonsils at an early age and that a woman has no further need for a uterus after the age of forty and, therefore, it should be cut out. No, there's a
41 far more potent and wide-spread reason, and it is a spiritual reason. If we stand back from the practice of surgery and get a broad and unobstructed point of view, it's really a remarkable thing. Some totally neutral being who was completely untouched by the tradition of medical care in this country might find it hard to believe that we would allow someone to strip us, drug us into unconsciousness, cut us open and remove living tissue (which will later be burned), and not only allow it but pay handsomely for the privilege! Only if our lives hung precariously in the balance and the record of surgery were excellent would this be rational behavior. We don't allow anybody else to strip us, handle and manipulate or even deface our bodies - if anyone but a doctor cut us with a knife, it would be assault with a deadly weapon and we would have recourse to the courts to redress the wrong! But literally millions of people allow this kind of thing even when the surgeons themselves admit that 90% of the time, it's useless! There must be some compelling force behind it all. Again, I borrow from Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, who wrote CONESSIONS OF A MEDICAL HERETIC and MAL(E) PRACTICE. He is of the opinion that surgery is a spiritual activity, a religious ceremony. The doctors are the priests in this religion; they wear special priestly garments (their scrub gowns) and go through a ceremonial cleansing (scrubbing up). The patient is a sacrificial offering; he is stripped and drugged and spread out on an altar (the operating table) and his blood is shed and his tissue burned to satisfy the blood-lust of a pagan god. I can feel I'm losing some of my audience now; this is just going too far! But please strip the subject of its aura of respectability and the years of compliance and trust, and even more than that, ask God to confirm or discredit the idea. If it IS true, isn't it better that you know? Scriptural Prohibitions The Lord has forbidden it, of course. Deuteronomy 14:1 says, "Ye are the children of the Lord your God: ye shall not cut yourself." In Leviticus 19:28, the Lord says, "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you." And Leviticus 21:5 says concerning the priests "They shall not... make any cuttings in their flesh." This word is #8296 in Strong's Concordance. The verb is "To gash, cut in pieces, make cuttings" and the noun is "An incision." In Jeremiah 48:37, part of the judgment on Moab is, "Upon his hands shall be cuttings." This is Strong's #1417, from #1413, and it also means, "Gash (as if by pressing into)". When we fall prey to the scientific view point, we sometimes tend to think God didn't really mean what He said; or that something so wonderful as modern surgery certainly should supersede an old covenant injunction by God! And I agree we're not under the law nor bound to obey the Mosaic covenant. But God changes not, and the law is a clear indication of how He feels about things. The law is our school-master, to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:24) and one way of interpreting that is: the law shows us God's opinion about things so that we can freely choose to avoid what displeases Him, and in that way come to Christ. When Elijah encountered the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel (I Kings 18), he gave them the first turn at bat. They had literally hours to pray down (or UP?) the power of Baal but of course they failed. It's interesting to read the methods they used to attract Baal's attention. In verse 28 it says, "And they cried aloud, and they cut themselves AFTER THEIR MANNER
42 with knives and lancets... " Sounds like Baal was attracted to the sight of human blood being shed. And since the Bible is clear that our God hates, and considers an abomination, those who shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:16-17), it isn't surprising that Baal would enjoy it. If cutting with a lancet, a surgical instrument, was the custom with the prophets of Baal (and they did it to invoke his presence!) then certainly it's something Christians should avoid.
43 4. IT USES HOSPITALS Since World War II, when doctors were in short supply and patients were brought together to facilitate their care, there has been a steady decline of the "house call" and an increase in hospitalization. Just recently there has been a movement back to decentralized care, out-patient treatment and one day surgery, but even so most people face hospitalization several times in their lives. And hospitals aren't very pleasant places. The Danger of Infection For one thing, they're dirty. They have more germs and worse germs than any place else in town. If you're looking for the biggest and best collection of disease-causing organisms, where else to go but to your local hospital? And these germs are frequently the most resistant to antibiotics. For that reason, the incidence of "nosocomial infections", those contracted WHILE IN THE HOSPITAL, BECAUSE you're in the hospital, is on the increase. More statistics: Approximately 40,000,000 Americans are hospitalized annually, and 2,000,000 acquire nosocomial infections. That's one out of every twenty patients - infected IN the hospital, by pathogens contacted there. 80,000 to 100,000 patients die each year as a result of hospital-incurred infections. The average hospital stay is lengthened by four days, and the average hospital bill is increased by $800 because of these infections. Tests done in hospitals on things like frequency of hand washing also show hospitals aren't very clean. This means they're not especially safe, either. I quote from MEDICAL MAYHEM, by Dr. David T. Nash, published by Walker and Company in 1985: "A study was done of 815 hospital patients; 290 contracted hospital-caused ailments at least once, some an many as seven times. Sixty one had life-threatening illnesses and 15 died." Yet we're conditioned to think of hospitals as temples of healing, places of succor and security for the sick. The Danger of Abuse In addition to hospital-caused infections and doctor-caused (iatrogenic) complications, there is a very real danger of physical abuse like children, spouses, and the elderly, patients are targets of battering. Anywhere people are subjected to and dependant on others, and those others are under the sway of demonic activity, there is an opportunity for abuse. The Danger of AIDS And then there's AIDS. As I write this, the controversy rages about who has the right to know what about whom in regard to this disease. Should patients be told of a health-care worker's infection? Should the health-care worker be told if his patient is infected? The fear of infection batters against entrenched, legally bolstered rights to privacy, and what might once have been a medical - a public health - question has
44 become a series of political battles. People with AIDS aren't patients; they're "victims", and the questions surrounding their care seem to center more on their civil rights than on their physical condition. This is an incurable, virulent, adaptive, one hundred percent fatal epidemic. And as a source of infection, hospitalization is becoming almost as dangerous as IV drug use and casual sex.
The Danger of Demonic Assault But I think the main danger in hospitals, even more hazardous than other risks I've mentioned, is the presence of demons. Hospitals are FULL of demons! When you consider the things that attract demons: nudity, fear, pain, greed, lust, unbelief, drugs, death - these things are all abundantly present in hospitals and it's no wonder demons are there as well. And the danger is, they are often looking for a "swept and garnished" abode. A young friend of mine had a vision once; actually it was of Women's Hospital here in Tampa, Florida. He saw a large, dark cloud hovering over the building, and he knew he was seeing the seat of the spirit of child death in our area. (They do a lot of abortions there.) Then the whole subject of demons, their activities and their dwelling places was opened up to him. He saw people anesthetized on the operating table, and demons entering their souls without hinderance. As he put it, if we saw a bum passed out from alcohol, or a drug addict in the gutter stoned on heroin, we would know that these people were open to demonic attack; the voluntary surrender of the soul realm - intellect, will, memory, control - to a drug, opens a door for the entrance of demons. My friend saw the effect of general anesthesia as exactly the same thing, the "driver's seat" of the patient's being had been voluntarily vacated and given over to a drug. He saw demonic invasion as a very real danger in hospitals. There is No Faith in God Another thing you'll find in hospitals in unbelief. In order to be healed by God, faith must be released. It is one ESSENTIAL. In Luke 8, Jesus went to Jarius' home to bring healing to his daughter. When He spoke faith to the crowd, they "laughed him to scorn, knowing she was dead". So in order to work His miracle, Jesus put out the unbelievers, and the child was raised from the dead. In Matthew 13:58, Jesus was unable to do mighty works because of unbelief; the children of Israel could not enter the land of promise because of unbelief (Hebrews 3:19). A heart of unbelief is called "evil" in Hebrews 3:12 and we are instructed not to be yoked with unbelievers in II Corinthians 6:14. Now bear all that in mind as I state: there is no place on earth where there is greater unbelief than a modern hospital. (It's like going to a bank to receive a miraculous provision of money, or reading a book by Carl Sagan to learn about God's creation of the universe.) There are times when Christians who believe in divine healing go into
45 a hospital, but in these cases, they are bringing something foreign - faith in God - in with them. The belief in God as healer is not an integral part of the system. The medical system has belief in MAN as healer, not God. The weapons the system uses to fight illness are not faith in God, the Word, the Blood of Jesus, the power of prayer, dominion over the forces of darkness and the like. The system brings its own weapons, which are carnal, and require no faith in God. There is no Blood from our Lamb on the doors of these buildings.
46 5. IT USES BLOOD The Nature of Blood Bumper stickers and posters proclaim, "Blood is Life; Pass It On". That's a very subtle perversion of what God says about blood.
Of course it IS life. It is the essence of the Atonement and in almost every culture it has been a symbol of sacrifice. But even more than that, it's ALIVE. After it's been drawn, it's kept refrigerated in blood banks, and it must be used within a certain time limit - while it's still alive. This time limit is called the shelf life. The blood of Abel cried to God from the ground (Genesis 4:10) and Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant, sprinkled His blood "that speaketh better things than Abel" (Hebrews 12:24). Blood is different from other parts of the body; it has LIFE. It is the blood which carries life to all the rest of the body. God Forbids the Consuming of Blood Leviticus 17:11 says, "The life of the flesh is in the blood..." and verse 14 of that chapter says, "For it is the life of all flesh, the blood of it is for the life thereof..." but the prohibition there follows: "Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh, for the life of all flesh is in the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off." The prohibition in these scriptures is against eating blood; at other places they were forbidden to drink it. Today, through the marvels of man's technology, we can receive it directly into our blood streams. Isn't it logical He wouldn't want that either? We're discussing again an old testament law which I claim reflects a clear view of God's opinion. But in this case we also have a New Testament ratification; in Acts 15 we read of the apostles and elders of the church in Jerusalem meeting to decide matters of policy concerning the conversion of Gentiles. What portions of the law would be applied? Circumcision? Grace only? The answer is in verses 19-21. Only four requirements were made of the new converts. They were to "Abstain from pollutions of idols, from fornication, from things strangled, and from blood." Here the restriction isn't limited to eating or drinking blood; they were to ABSTAIN from it. That's Strong's #567 and it means "To keep away from, to hold oneself distant from, refrain, abstain, be distant." The very OPPOSITE of receiving it into our own blood streams, mingling it with our own "life". Is the modern church subject to the decision of the apostles and elders of the early church? How does the Lord expect us to relate to their decision? It isn't wise to ignore their opinion simply because it doesn't
47 coincide with modern thinking or line up with some worldly system, or because it just never occurred to us to obey. Certainly we over-ride their verdict only after prayer and seeking God. Those men were God's spokesmen, what they said has never been rescinded by God, and they said don't do it. So the question of taking blood is not a hazy, unclear matter; God has made His position known. What the medical system does is diametrically opposed to the REVEALED will of God. Spiritual Results of Disobeying About Blood Like every other mandate from God, the prohibitions regarding blood were given for our welfare. God's point of view about anything will always reflect His loving concern for us. God says the giving and receiving of blood is wrong - dangerous, forbidden - and this is true no matter what the world, the medical system, the hierarchy of the church, our own reasoning or anyone else says. These practices have a destructive effect on us. And because the soul life is in the blood, that's where the destruction is. In the case of donating blood, we are giving up, pouring out, surrendering, sacrificing a part of our souls. Maybe there is no lingering loss in the physical realm, since our bodies are wonderfully made to restore themselves, but there is a permanent forfeiture in the soul. A diminution, a deprivation, a leanness, which lasts until that soul life is called back. This is especially true of those who give frequently, giving a large amount. In the case of receiving blood, we have the "confusion of persons" which God found so abhorrent in the time of Noah. There is enormous danger in accepting the blood of other people into our bodies. We receive not only the natural but also the spiritual factors of that other person's heritage. In accepting a blood transfusion, we allow into our bodies the soul life of another person: that is, a portion of all the elements which comprise his soul: his intellect, emotions, will, memory. Whether or not we believe it, whether we're aware of it or not, it happens, and it lasts until we deal with the situation. Blood banks screen blood for compatibility and for such contaminants as they recognize, but there is no screening for the spiritual factors. We get all the donor's demons, blood-line curses, generational sins, destructive behavior patterns, strongholds of deception and unbelief, soul ties, emotional disturbances etc. His LIFE is in that blood, and when we receive his blood, we get the whole package, natural and spiritual. Natural Results of Disobeying About Blood Of course, there are also natural dangers to the use of blood; they're well publicized. An Associated Press release in May 1991 states that, "The Red Cross [has] inadvertently released blood contaminated by hepatitis, failed to follow safety procedures that guard against the use of AIDS-contaminated blood, and repeatedly failed to report errors and accidents to the [Food and Drug Administration] agency." This same release states, "Health officials have reiterated recently that there is no way to guarantee 100 percent safety of blood from the AIDS virus and other contaminants because the available testing procedures are not 100 percent accurate." The taking of blood is risky. Steven Spenser, writing in March, 1992 for the Associated Press,
48 states: "Fewer than 20 of the nations's 2400 blood banks and plasma centers - representing five percent by volume of all the blood collected currently test for HIV-2..." AIDS is probably the most prominent danger and it may be just the front runner in a number of similar diseases. We ignore God's will at great peril. He is not mocked. Deception in the Church About Blood Many churches, perhaps most churches, consider the donating of blood a virtuous thing. They have blood drives, bringing the Bloodmobile (I have a good friend who calls it the "Vampiremobile") right into the church parking lot, honoring those who give. But that's tradition, not Scripture. To call a thing "good", a thing which God has forbidden or cursed, is to fail as King Saul did in I Samuel 15. He kept alive the "good" part of the Amalekites. And the kingdom was rent from King Saul. In the old covenant it was animals who died in sacrifice and their blood was poured out. Then God so loved us that He gave His only begotten Son who died as sacrifice, and GOD'S blood was poured out. There is no place in Scripture where God advocated the shedding of human blood as sacrifice - remember, Abraham did NOT offer up Isaac - and certainly NEVER the co-mingling of human blood with human blood. With increasing evil abroad today, high schools have become armed camps, full of demonic music, violence, illicit yet sanctioned sex and, increasingly, the influence of Satanic cults. Our children should be learning what GOD says about blood, not what tradition says. We should teach our young people that if they are ever in a situation where others are suggesting that they cut themselves, shed their blood, mingle their blood with that of another, shed and drink the blood of an animal or the blood of another person, they should leave that place AT ONCE, praying as they go. There is great danger and unspeakable evil being loosed and no child of God should stay in the presence of such activities, unless he has been sent there by God to do battle. We don't want our children to be confused, helpless or double-minded in situations like this. But in how many local churches are they being given the message that the shedding of blood is a good, even a righteous thing? Even though God says one of the things He abominates are hands which shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17), our churches often call it "good". As with the taking of drugs, in the matter of blood the confusion about good versus evil is spreading like a contaminant from parents and leaders - who might be expected to know and speak truth - down to the youngsters, who are reaping a dreadful harvest of grief and death. Blood is given medically to pass on the life force of one person to another. And as I understand it, the reason satanists kill their sacrifices and pour out - or drink - their blood is the same: in order to receive the life force which was present in whatever it was they killed: the power of a goat if they killed a goat, the power of a dog if the sacrifice were a dog, and the power of a man if they've moved up to human sacrifices. And blood sacrifice is only the beginning of this evil. Next comes organ transplants, another great evil which is called "good" by the world. Then will come the increase of genetic engineering, the manipulation and alteration of the genes and chromosomes. Man playing God, saying that MAN
49 can design - create - life. Since the pollution of human blood was one reason God sent a flood in Noah's day, isn't it time to re-think our position on the subject of the taking of blood?
50 6. IT USES CARDIO-PULMONARY RESUSCITATION CPR, cardiopulmonary resuscitation. A good thing? For several years, I was licensed as an instructor in CPR and I was head of the hospital's CODE team for my shift. We were the ones who responded to cardiac arrest. And even back then, it always bothered me. For one thing, it so seldom restored life. In more than thirty years, I never saw it bring a patient back to a long span of good health. But I often saw the pitiful state of patients with pacemakers which artificially induced a heart beat, with ventilators which artificially produced respiration. Zombies! We really have contrived technological immortality! We can create an electronic zombie which will never die, at least as long as the electricity doesn't quit. But it's only a counterfeit of life and from my first exposure to this kind of thing, it was always incredibly grieving to me. I always wondered, where is GOD in this? I saw it as a perversion of resurrection. The system saying, in effect, "Thou shalt not surely die, we have conquered death." MEN claiming to have the keys to death. I always thought, the important thing isn't another few hours or days of life, but where will you spend eternity? I once envisioned a CODE team that responded to life threatening situations with the message of salvation, not drugs and tubes and electric shocks in an attempt to restore the clay husk. The System's Increasing Evil The medical system is fully committed to any practice - forbidden, heroic, draconian, destructive, expensive - anything at all to maintain control of the life or death subject. They implant baboon livers in human bodies to preserve some kind of life; or they cunningly devise killing machines to accomodate those who are determined to "shuffle off this mortal coil". Men like Jack Kevorkian risk prison to empower that scorpion spirit of suicide, while others extend the illusion of life by means of technology. Nowhere do we see God's sovereignty acknowledged. Nowhere is the knee bowed to the One who said, "There is a time to die... I hold the keys to death..." And Christians believe this is the repository to DIVINE healing!
51 7. IT USES PSYCHIC POWER The medical system uses the psychic or occultic realm, too, which the Bible has called an abomination. It's far more wide spread than people realize, and it's growing. "We'll Show You How..." My first experience with a real blatant case was an article about psychic healing in R.N. MAGAZINE way back in 1980. It was a "How To" article, with specific instructions for building up an aura between your hands, bouncing psychic energy back and forth till you feel tingles, then laying your hands on a patient with some kind of spoken words. They suggested this technique for potentiating the use of drugs, such as a sedative; stroking the patient with your tingling hands and murmuring, "You're getting sleepy, sleeeeepy." Christians need to know this kind of thing is going on and is being ADVOCATED in some quarters. Ouija Boards Another example: in the old days if a post-stroke patient couldn't speak, he was given a little chalk board, and he wrote out his messages. Today in some hospitals and treatment centers, the chalk board has been replaced with a ouija board. It's so easy to push that little pointer around to the letters, much easier than writing words out. How subtle is our enemy! Manifold Examples of the Trend We know the system uses hypnotism, biofeedback, behavior modification, acu-pressure if not acupuncture, meditation, visualization and many other techniques which are questionable if not out-right evil, and the trend toward this type of thing is growing. As the Holistic movement gains ground, so will these questionable methods. And as the world in general grows more and more evil and ungodly, so will everything humans do without the power and anointing of God. 8. IT USES PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHOLOGY The medical system embraces both psychiatry and psychology. Practitioners of the former, in fact, are themselves doctors of medicine. And I can hear folks saying, "So? What's wrong with that?" My answer is: quite a bit. The Church is Deceived As with so much in the world, we are expected to start from the basis that this is a good thing, and to accept that opinion without challenge. We are told, and an overwhelming majority of us believe, first that psychiatry and psychology are effective, scientific disciplines, based on empirical evidence gleaned from measurable and consistent data; second that there is a consensus in the field regarding emotional and behavioral problems and how to treat them; and finally that it has documented effectiveness with a high record of success. None of these assumptions is true, and even LESS true is the subtle and growing belief that psychology enhances Christianity, that the Bible needs additions and corrections from the likes of Freud, Jung, Adler,
52 Maslow, Skinner, Rogers or Dobbins. That the best counseling is a blend of Christianity and psychology - "the best of both worlds", so to speak. What a tragic deception! The Bible is the Word of God, immutable and unfailingly true. Psychiatry and psychology are derived from the mind of man - man's reasoning, man's conclusions, man's assessments. Does mixing them together add anything beneficial to God's word? Why These Disciplines Can't Help The problem here is simple; the foundation of what they believe is not true. Both psychology and psychiatry deny the need for God. They believe we can achieve peace, power and wholeness with only our human effort. God says we can't. They start from the premise that man is inherently good (God says we aren't) and that his help must come from within himself (God says our help must come from Him) and that the highest goal is self-realization (God says it isn't). As with everything else in the world system, the focus is on MAN. They preach a sort of Gospel of Self: self-esteem, self-realization, self-love, self-acceptance, self-help. As Martin Bobgan says, "According to the psychologizers of Christianity, the greatest detriment to a fulfilling life is low self-esteem. In their quest to bring their followers to the realization of their full potential, they substitute one form of selfcenteredness (high self-esteem) for another form of self-centeredness (low self-esteem). In either case, self is the focal point of the cure as well as the problem." Scripture does not teach self-love as a virtue; it is listed as a work of the flesh. II Timothy 3:1 says "... in the last days perilous times shall come...men will be lovers of self..." John Piper says, "Today the first and greatest commandment is 'Thou shalt love thyself'... the ultimate sin is no longer failing to honor God but failing to esteem oneself". Do we warrant admiration? Can we safely assume we're worthy of esteem? God loves us; does that prove we're loveable? Hardly. God says man is desperately wicked, that no good thing dwells in our flesh, and that we are already damned, without a saving knowledge of Jesus. He says we need Him, without Him we can do nothing, and it is His goal that we die to ourselves. Of course these two different concepts of the nature of man are antagonistic and mutually exclusive. They can't both be true, and it's wicked and dangerous to believe the word of the world as opposed to the word of God. The premises and counsel of psychiatry and psychology reveal their denial of absolutes; what was once a contrast between good and evil was briefly modified into right or wrong, and now has become "positive or negative" - or simply "what is right for YOU". The concept of righteousness is passé, as is our desperate need for a Redeemer. Guilt has become a guilt complex, sins are labelled "mistakes" or "illnesses", and "understanding our weaknesses" replaces "humble yourself in the sight of God". The world's answer to every problem is, "Get counselling". We're told to "deal with, come to terms with" our problems; no mention of God. It is MAN helping man, or man helping man help himself. And unless the power of God is invoked, it is vanity. And it can be confusing: there are over 250 separate systems of
53 psychology, often conflicting and contradictory, each claiming superiority over the rest. And even if it's labelled "Christian", that doesn't mean much. The Christian Association for Psychological Studies has stated "... at the present time there is no acceptable Christian psychology that is markedly different from non-Christian psychology". Yet more and more we see not just the world but the children of the kingdom turning to psychology and psychiatry for help. Leaven in the Church I quote from Martin and Deidre Bobgan in Media Spotlight's "Special Report on Psychology: Science or Religion?" "Psychology is a subtle and widespread leaven in the Church. It has permeated the entire loaf and is stealthily starving the sheep. It promises far more than it can deliver, and what it does deliver is not the food that nourishes. Psychotherapy is a most subtle specter haunting the Church because it is... a pseudoscientific substitute system of religious belief. Whenever psychology is intermingled with the Scripture, it dilutes the Word and deludes the Church." Psychiatrist Thomas Szasz, author of THE MYTH OF PSYCHOTHERAPY, says,"[Psychotherapy] is not merely a religion that pretends to be a science, it is actually a fake religion that seeks to destroy true religion". And Psychologist Daniel Goleman quotes Chogyasm Trungpa as saying, "Buddhism will come to the West as psychology". The REAL Answer When we have a problem in emotional or behavioral areas, we need GOD. He is the present help in time of trouble, His is the name which is like a strong tower, He is our refuge and hiding place. Not man. "Give us help from trouble, for vain is the help of man. Through GOD we shall do valiantly; for it is He that shall tread down our enemies". (Psalm 60:11-12)
54 9. IT USES "STINGS" There are a lot of deceptions going around concerning how Christians should relate to the medical system, or maybe it would be better to call them "stings". A sting is a con game, something that looks good, looks very appealing and desirable, very logical and proper, but it isn't true and there's a hook hidden in it somewhere. I'll give you an example. "God helps those who help themselves." Right? Sounds good, doesn't it? Some people even think it's scripture. But it isn't scripture and it isn't true. God doesn't help "those who help themselves"; He helps "those who ask". The criterion for getting help from God is not helping yourself. In fact, that can be a real hinderance. And believing this lie will make you susceptible to a sting. (Incidentally, this statement, this particular sting, was quoted by Aesop in his fables; later, in the 1700's, it was found in DISCOURSES ON GOVERNMENT by Algernon Sidney, and he was quoted by Benjamin Franklin. Lots of sources, but not the Bible.) Common Stings Some stings which involve the medical system are: "God gave us doctors." Well, certainly He created them; He created everybody, but if we infer from this statement that God gave us doctors TO IMPLEMENT DIVINE HEALING, then we're believing a sting. It looks good, sounds good, appeals to the natural mind, but it isn't true. God gave us Jesus, and heals us "by His stripes". To say the system is His divine provision is like saying, "Our God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by the banking system." Remember, the Bible calls healing a gift, so it should be free; and the Bible assigns the role of Healer to God. It is therefore a DIVINE GIFT, not a worldly trade. No one else should claim to function as healer. "God gave doctors their wisdom." Oh? Did He? Is this wisdom, and the effect it has, under the lordship of Jesus? Does it have the three New Testament signs that it is godly - is it done in the name of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Ghost and for the glory of God? Has God committed Himself to empower and protect this system, or is it part of Babylon, which is damned to fall? Does the wisdom of this system increase the reign and glory of God? Or is the wisdom used by this system merely natural? "I know I was supposed to go to the doctor (or hospital) because I was able to witness to him (or to a room mate)." Well, maybe you were able to witness; God never wastes anything and He is the master of Plan B, but if we really want to witness to the power of our God, it shouldn't begin with our saying, "I need the system." If we're going to witness to a bartender, we don't walk into the bar needing liquor. No, we go forth to witness in the mode of GIVING, giving freely of the Lord, not NEEDING or receiving from the world. Another sting you hear all the time is: it's tempting God not to use whatever natural means are available. Of course, we're told not to tempt God - and that He won't tempt us - and that the role of Tempter is assigned to Satan. But trusting God to fulfill His clear, unvarnished, unequivocal word is not tempting Him. It's trusting Him. And the Lord never rebuked His disciples for trusting Him; He never said, "Oh, ye of too much faith!" Neither is it presumption to trust God to do what He said, that is to heal our physical bodies. It's not a lack of wisdom, not foolishness, not
55 presumption or tempting God to believe His word. We simply act like He told the truth. Not My Child! One more sting: "I could trust God for myself, and wait for a healing, but I can't stand to see my children suffer." What a wealth of portent hides behind these lofty words! If we examine this statement, we can hear the speaker reveal his opinion of God: "If we trust Him with our children, they'll be treated harshly, they'll suffer. On the other hand, man will treat them with mercy and goodness. They're safer with man." The speaker therefore puts the blame for his lack of faith on God's faithlessness. "I love my children too much to run that kind of risk, trusting them to God." He professes faith he would trust for himself, he says, so there's nothing wrong with his faith - it's just the horrors of surrendering his child to God's control. In contrast let me quote from a conversation I overheard between a child who had just been to a doctor's office to be treated for a respiratory infection, and a child who had never been to a doctor. Both were about eight years old. The first child described the episode: she waited, she was taken into a little room, her clothes were removed, and a man came in and examined her body. The second child could handle all that fairly well, but the story moved on to a description of a blood test and an injection of penicillin in the bottom! - and the second child was obviously horrified. "WHERE WAS YOUR MOTHER?" Again, a wealth of portent behind the words: surely no loving parent would stand by and allow such assaults! "Oh, she was there." "Golly!" So our first speaker, the parent who hesitates to entrust his children to God, and our horrified child who can't comprehend how a loving parent would surrender his child to a man, stand in diametrically opposed positions. They have totally different answers to all the questions which could be asked on the subject of how should a Christian relate to the medical system: Where are you safer? Who can REALLY help in time of trouble? Which way is more likely to bring true health? Where is our faith fixed? Whose word is true? The little child knows, "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man." (Psalm 118-8)
56 But it Doesn't Work One final sting. People say, "I know a family - or I read about them, saw them on television, heard a sermon about them - and they refused to get medical care for a child, and he died. And that proves it's wrong not to take your kids to the doctor." This sting employs the flaw in logic called "Drawing a conclusion from insufficient data." First of all it assumes facts not in evidence; that the parents were in a position to receive from God, that their stand was based in faith in God and obedience to His word, that there were no weaknesses in their hedge through which the enemy might come. It also assumes that the child would have lived if he had received care from the system. This isn't a "given"; many children die within the system. For example, a Christian Scientist couple here in Florida lost a daughter to diabetes a few years ago. They were taken to court on charges of manslaughter and it became a real media circus. The thing that was never given any publicity AT ALL was the fact that 100 other children died of diabetes that same year, but only this case involved legal charges. No one charged the doctors and hospitals who were responsible for the other ninety nine children who died. I see one consistent pattern within all the different forces which are empowering the "medical care by law" movement, and this pattern is: the unspoken - and unchallenged - assumption that medical care is always effective, always safe, always a benefit. This is a dangerous assumption. This is the ultimate sting.
57 9. IT USES MANIPULATION In the system, you see a strong pattern of control, compliance and obedience. The authority rests in the system and the patient is usually very glad to relinquish responsibility for either making decisions or taking action. He surrenders his options to and trusts in the system. Most patients cooperate with the system remarkably. They trust their doctors with their lives, literally, and most patients have a really touching faith. They are submissive, yielding, and allow the system a lot of time and room to succeed. I would like to see the same kind of faith and submission when we're coming to God for healing. We need to give Him time, for one thing. Don't demand that He heal NOW, STAT, Sunday morning, or we'll see the doctor Monday. He has a deeper work than merely countering symptoms and He's NEVER in a hurry. Also, we need to stand against and resist symptoms; healing is a PROCESS. We grant doctors that favor. Take this example: you go to the Emergency Room with right lower quadrant pain, nausea and a slight fever. They do some tests and find you have a high white cell count and the differential indicates a hot appendix. The doctor operates, takes out the appendix and an hour or so later, he comes by to see you. There you are, lying in bed in great pain from the surgery - much greater pain, in fact, than that which brought you to the hospital in the first place. You're feeling the effects of being drugged. You still have some nausea, maybe a sore throat from intubation for anesthesia - in short you feel lousy. The doctor smiles proudly and says, "It was really hot, but we caught it before it ruptured. You're just fine!" And hear this, friend: YOU BELIEVE HIM! In the very teeth of evidence to the contrary, you believe that you have been healed, and it's now just a matter of walking it out, waiting for the full manifestation. Why can't we give God the same kind of faith? Why can't we cut Him the same slack? Faith is essential for healing; faith in God to receive healing from God, faith in the system to receive natural healing. And faith as we know comes by hearing. How often do we hear words to raise our faith in the system? "I take Tylenol for pain. Hospitals do, and that makes me confident." "My doctor said Mylanta." "Dristan takes care of all your cold symptoms." On and on, we hear and hear and faith comes. So, we get a headache, we take Aspirin, faith is released, and the headache goes away. (Sometimes.) And the more we use it, the easier it becomes. Wouldn't it be wonderful if several times an hour we heard a commercial for God? "He sent His word and healed them" (Psalm 30). "Bless the Lord, oh my soul, who healeth all thy diseases" (Psalm 103). "My son, attend to my words... they are life unto those who find them and health to all their flesh" (Proverbs 4:20-22). "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" (Proverbs 17:22). If we bathed our ears and minds and spirits with these commercials and endorsements, there would be more faith in GOD for healing GOD'S WAY.
III. WHAT THE SYSTEM DOES 1. IT EFFECTS BOTH GOD AND MAN So, we've talked about what the system IS and what it USES... now, let's talk about what it DOES. It robs God. It limits Him. It puts Him in a tight box of unbelief and obliges Him to heal through methods and procedures that He has clearly forbidden. God's Chosen Vessel He has specifically defined His chosen routes for authority, anointing and blessing, and the system requires Him to work through alternative channels. For example, the father is the priest of the home and the route God has chosen to use in healing and blessing the children, but when a child is ill or a baby born in the system, the source of authority is the doctor, not the father. Decisions are made and action taken completely apart from God's divine order, using the doctor's scientific knowledge instead of the parents' spiritual insight. And there are no scriptures to indicate that it is God's CHOSEN CUSTOM to use a doctor of medicine as a channel of grace; there are many to show that He DOES choose and desire to use the father. The system takes the place of Jehovah Rapha. It substitutes as a source of truth and an object of faith, and it receives to itself praise and glory. It equates "medical care" with "healing", then lifts up man as healer and takes to itself glory which should be given to God.
59 We Pay a Lot for What God Calls a "Gift" The system robs man as well. To begin with, it costs a blue fortune; health care costs have almost bankrupted this country. But that's only the beginning. The system also robs man by putting him under a covenant that doesn't believe in God as healer, and in that way it SEVERELY limits his chances of receiving a miracle. The workings of miracles require the gift of faith, and while it's not impossible, it is very difficult to believe God for miraculous healing when you're in the world system and subject to its methods and practices. Outside the Realm of Blessing Because man elects to hand over his God-given authority to the system, he falls into the "WOE TO THEM" of Isaiah 31:1-3: "Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord! ... Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh and not spirit. When the Lord shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall and he that is helped shall fall down, and they shall all fail together." Isaiah 30:1-3 has the same message. "Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me: and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: that walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth, to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt. Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion." In Isaiah 36:6, the Lord says, "Lo, thou trusteth in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it will go through his hand and pierce it; so is Pharaoh king of all Egypt to all that trust in him." The word "staff" is Strong's #4938, and it means "Support, protector, sustenance". It is derived from #8172, which means "support oneself, lean, lie, rely, rest". If we allow the symbology that "Egypt" speaks of the cosmos, the world system, and if we allow that the medical system is a part of the world system, then it follows that its use isn't just second best, it's actually dangerous.
60 2. IT CURSES THOSE WHO COME TO IT The man who goes into the system runs the risk of being cursed. For one thing, the diagnosis spoken over him may have that effect. The doctor has been handed the authority and his word is received as final truth and if he speaks a negative thing, it has force and effect. A Curse Around the Neck There was a word of knowledge at a service I attended which shows this sort of thing. The word was: somebody present had been praying for some time for a healing from diabetes; apparently praying without effect. The Lord told her, "You wear around your neck a strong, creative statement: I AM A DIABETIC. You are held in bondage by that chain around your neck. Remove it; proclaim what GOD says about your condition and I will be free to heal you." It was a Medic Alert (in her case a necklace although they're often bracelets, too) on which the words had been engraved, made permanent: I AM A DIABETIC. She wore it day and night, in preparation for a time when this particular enemy would overwhelm her and she would be carried into a hospital unconscious. It was a strong "it is written" kind of weapon against her, and even God was limited by its power. (And of course He was also limited by the fact that she believed what the Medic Alert said more than she believed what God said about "By His stripes ye were healed.") Curse from the Arm of Flesh There is another way that submission to the system can bring a curse. In Jeremiah 17:5, God says, "Thus saith the Lord, cursed is the man who trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm." What does this mean? Does God get His feelings hurt and take revenge on those who offend? And aren't we delivered from the curse? I think God is simply stating - predicting - what will happen to those who attack their problems from a fleshly, sight- realm point of view. Whenever we have a need or problem that requires help from outside ourselves, we have the choice of operating in the flesh, (the natural, temporal, visable realm) or in the spirit, (the heavenly, eternal, faith, kingdom-of-God realm). And God says that viewing the situation and attacking the problem from a strictly natural standpoint will not bring a spiritual blessing. It will bring a curse. What this means in healing is, what is manifest in the flesh (the body) is merely an outgrowth from, and a symptom of, a spiritual situation, and it's putting the cart before the horse to deal with the flesh first. (Or to deal with it ONLY, as some people do.) Healing from the Inside Out: Sarah's Eyes Here's an example of this. When my granddaughter Sarah was born there was a problem with her right eye. It was swollen slightly and there was some kind of discharge which sealed it shut. We kept cleaning it with warm water and for a while she would be able to open it, but the oozing and discharge continued and before long it would be stuck shut again. Because she was born at home, without medical attendance, there was no input about it from the system. We prayed for her and waited to hear from God. It went on almost a month without any improvement. We were considering
61 having the elders pray for her in church; we needed more than our own efforts. Then God moved. As Cynthia, the baby's mother, read the Bible one night, she read in Psalm 6:7, "My eye is consumed because of grief." WOW! The Lord quickened this to her as Sarah's problem, and He gave her the companion scriptures in Psalm 31:9 and Job 17:7. It was certainly possible, considering the circumstances surrounding their family at the time, for Sarah to be the victim of an attack by grief. Cynthia prayed once more for Sarah, this time in warfare against grief. There was an immediate healing; the swelling left, the draining stopped, the redness went away. She was healed. And, far more importantly, THERE WAS NO MORE GRIEF! We could possibly have obtained relief from the physical symptoms by submitting her to the system, and they might have brought about a healing for her eye, but she would still have had the grief! By trusting God, by attacking the problem in the spirit and winning the victory there, we conquered the real problem, which wasn't a weepy eye but grief. And now she's the happiest, most joyful person I know. She has overcome grief and it "hath no more dominion over her"; certainly more important than merely clearing out the discharge in the eye. If we had trusted in the flesh, looked at the problem from that point of view and chosen that route of healing, she would still be cursed by grief to this day. Even if the eye was healed, she would still have the grief. The system would never have considered the Bible as a source of diagnosis, nor spiritual warfare a method of healing! Healing from the Inside Out: Tanya's Heel Here is another example. A friend of mine had a very bad problem with her heel. There was pain, some swelling and she was having severe difficulty walking. She was told it was a bone spur and it would require surgery to correct. She chose not to do that and instead waited to hear from God. When He spoke, it was to impress her to do a word study of the scriptural passage II Corinthians 10:5, "Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God." Why? What does that have to do with a spur in the heel? But she did it, looking up every word in a concordance and then in a lexicon, trusting that God would being it all together. "Imaginations" (computations, reasoning); "High" (sky, barrier); "Thing" (that one is "Rhema" and every Spirit-filled Christian knows what that Greek word means); "Knowledge" (science); nothing here to relate to the physical problem. But what about "Exalt"? Aha! Following that one to its root, she discovered one of the meanings is "Of the heel, as of one lifting up the foot before kicking." So there was something, but it took some more time listening to the Lord to get full understanding. The problem was: This girl was absolutely firm and unyielding about marriage, something God told her He might want for her. Her attitude was, "I don't care what you say, Lord, I won't EVER get married." Nevertheless not thy will but MINE! Talk about being unblessable! Her heel was stubbornly raised against God, and the result of that
62 rebellion was a bone spur. The treatment she chose, which involved repentance and aligning herself with God's will, brought an immediate healing. A healing of the rebellious attitude, the real problem, and of the bone spur, which was just an outworking of the problem, a symptom. This demonstrates again that the flesh must obey the spirit and this is the way to win a victory not only in the natural body, but also in the spirit realm. Healing from the Inside Out: Lyn's Infection One last illustration. I have been involved with a home childbirth ministry, and there have been lots of examples of divine healing. These ladies are exposed to all the possible problems and symptoms of pregnancy, and almost all of them elect to receive healing directly. One case I remember is significant. This girl had a bad yeast infection which was giving her a lot of torment. She prayed for healing and held on until God spoke to her about the cause. He said to her, "Yeast is a kind of leaven. You get the leaven out of YOUR house and I will get the leaven out of you. You're MY house." In Exodus 12:15, when the Lord instituted the passover, He instructed the Israelites: "Ye shall put away leaven out of your house." They searched for natural leaven to make their dwellings clean before God. In our covenant the offense can be either attitudes or physical items whose influence may start small but, like yeast, can grow and swell and permeate the whole mass and cause it to change. In 1 Corinthians 5:7-8, the Lord says: "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is crucified for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." So she began to search her tent for leaven. God was faithful to show this girl and her husband what He meant by "leaven in your house." He revealed the specific items which offended Him. One was a collection of owls, which the scripture calls unclean birds, one of the creatures which inhabit land which has been cursed. Also, they are used to symbolize and exalt a wisdom other than God's wisdom. The home was also full of frogs, tiny little Zodiac signs and other kinds of "leaven." When they went through their "tent" and purged it of everything the Lord quickened to them as offensive, her body was healed of the yeast infection. Without drugs or any other kind of therapy, she was healed because there had been obedience and victory in the spirit realm. A Different Method of Healing I have a dream of Godly healers who are trained in this type of thinking instead of the ways of Babylon. Instead of learning the skills of the Egyptians, of drugs, cutting, and seeing diseases from the world's view point, let them spend their time searching the word for what GOD says about the cause and cure of physical problems. I know some of them. I know grief causes eye problems. I know envy brings bone disease; relationships which are out of order can produce arthritis; rebellion and idolatry can result in cancer. And if a person has gall stones and fails to deal with bitterness, he is still diseased no matter how much medical or surgical treatment he may receive.
63 Cholecystitis, cholelithiasis - these conditions are a symptom, a RESULT of bitterness, and the bitterness is the REAL disease, not the inflamed gallbladder. There are scriptures for these and many, many others. But even more than specifics, what the body of Christ needs is this way of looking at things. If it is true that our physical manifestations are parallel to, and result from, what is happening in the spirit, then it's IN THE SPIRIT that warfare and victory should take place. We are spirit beings, we should be fighting with spiritual weapons, not carnal ones. And our source of information and truth, in this as in everything, should be the Word of God, not the word of the world. We don't usually believe them. Even in science, which represents their version of truth, we don't accept the conclusions they draw from facts. Most Christians don't believe in evolution; we don't align with the increasing use of psychics and hypnosis by our public institutions; we don't consider "situational ethics" an adequate substitute for the absolute moral code of God's word; we don't agree that sexual freedom and lack of restraints will produce peace, joy and character in our teenagers. In short, when what "they" say differs from what God says, we usually agree with God. But not here. As a whole, the Christian body believes that the word of the medical system, and more importantly, its point of view, are absolutely true. This system allows man to act independently of God, and when we do that, we are reduced to natural resources. The natural, carnal mind cannot receive the things of the spirit, for they are spiritually discerned.
64 3. PUTS DISEASES ON PEOPLE God said He will never cause us to be ill (Exodus 15:26), but the medical system does. I don't just mean the nosocomial infections people get from being hospitalized, or iatrogenic diseases that result from what's done to them in the system: I mean a deliberate, purposeful CAUSING of illness. I'm talking about inoculations. Inducing Illness in our Children Why would we allow a doctor to inject our children with pathogens, deliberately producing illness? Well, we have the same situation here as with the rest of the medical system; we accept without question their assertion that it's the proper thing to do. We submit our healthy babies to deliberately inflicted diseases because we've been told it's good for them. It's all based on this theory: an injection of very weak pathogens will cause the body to contract a very mild case of the specific disease you're being inoculated against; the body will build up a defense against the disease, and acquire a permanent immunity. Sounds good. Most people believe this actually happens. The medical system claims that vaccines are not only effective but also safe; that the benefits outweigh the risks, and this also is almost unanimously accepted as true. But the "safety" claim, like the "effectual" claim, doesn't quite live up to its reputation; there is strong evidence against this tradition belief. Let me quote Dr. Christopher Deatherage in the January, 1993 edition of GENTLE SPIRIT MAGAZINE: "The practice of immunization is probably one of the most fundamental doctrines in Western medical practice. While there has always been a body of scientists and physicians that have opposed this practice, within the last twenty years the percentage of those opposed to immunizations, including parents, physicians,scientisits, etc., has and is growing markedly... It is my personal opinion that the theory of immunization is built upon a shaky foundation that is not supported by true science, and that it is a dangerous practice." I want to take this subject point by point. I'll start with the fact that vaccines are toxic compounds, then discuss why vaccinations don't deserve credit for the decrease in communicable diseases. Next we'll talk about the evidence that vaccinations OFTEN don't work, don't give a predictable, permanent acquired immunity. Then I'll explain why vaccinations are dangerous; they do much more harm than good. We'll conclude with what God says about preventing illness, and we'll summarize the legality of refusing vaccinations. Incidently, much of the following information and statistics are gleaned from the following books: WHAT ABOUT IMMUNIZATIONS? by Cynthia Couroyer DON'T GET STUCK by Hannah Allen IMMUNIZATIONS: THE REALITY BEHIND THE MYTH by Walene James THE CASE AGAINST IMMUNIZATIONS by Richard Moskowitz, M.D. HOW TO HAVE A HEALTHY CHILD IN SPITE OF YOUR DOCTOR by Robert Mendelsohn, M.D. IMMUNIZATIONS: ARE THEY NECESSARY? by Randall Neustaedter with Drs. Greg Manteuffel and Dennis Chernin THE DANGERS OF IMMUNIZATIONS, Humanitarian Publishing VACCINES DO NOT PROTECT by E. McBean DPT: A SHOT IN THE DARK, by Harris L. Coulter
65 CHILDREN AT RISK: THE DPT DILEMMA by Jennifer Hyman THE IMMUNIZATION DECISION: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS by Randall Neustaedter. Vaccines are Toxic Compounds So, what is a vaccine? Just what is it that's being injected into our kids? A vaccine is a culture of a disease-causing bacteria or virus which has been killed or inactivated and chemically preserved. Another definition, from Henry M. Shelton in EXPLOITATION OF HUMAN SUFFERING: "Vaccine is pus, either septic or inert. If it's inert it won't 'take', if septic it produces infection." (This explains why some children have to go back for a second inoculation, because the first one didn't "take" - it wasn't sufficiently poisonous and did not infect the body.) Mothering Publications IMMUNIZATIONS, SPECIAL EDITION, states "... manufacturers of vaccines admit they are highly toxic and BY THEIR VERY NATURE cannot be made safe." Here are just some of the ingredients found in vaccines. (If these substances were found in food, they would either be banned or the manufacturer would be required to use a warning label.) Phenol - (carbolic acid) a deadly poison Formaldehyde - a known carcinogen, also used in embalming fluid Thimerosal - (a mercury derivative) a toxic heavy metal, not easily eliminated from the body Alum - a preservative Aluminum phosphate - a toxin, used in deodorants Aluminum and oil adjuvants - known to cause cancer in laboratory rats Acetone - a solvent used in fingernail polish remover, very volatile Glycerine - a tri-atomic alcohol extracted from natural fats which are putrefied and decomposed. Some toxic effects are damage to kidney, liver and lung tissue, diuresis, local tissue damage, gastrointestinal damage and death But we're not through. There is the culture medium to consider. The infectious organisms are grown in animal tissue: pig or horse blood, chicken or duck egg protein, dog or monkey kidney tissue, human fetal tissue or other decomposing proteins. According to THE DANGERS OF IMMUNIZATIONS, live attenuated viruses used for vaccines implant foreign, alien material derived from the animal culture tissue (in which they were grown) into the human genetic system. It is impossible to separate the antibodies which have developed from the proteins of the animal tissue which was used as the culture to manufacture the vaccines. The injected germ proteins hybridize with the body's proteins to form new tribes: half animal and half human, whose characteristics and effects cannot be predicted. Let's examine how smallpox vaccine, an old, reliable (sic), tried-and-proven inoculation, is made. It's processed within the body of a cow. A cow is put in stocks, so that she can't move or lick her stomach, and a portion of her abdominal wall is shaved. Then it is sliced open and
66 the smallpox virus is introduced into the open wound. The virus multiplies in her tissue, and a week or so later they come back and put a stainless steel basin under the cow. They shave off the scabs which have been formed; they then collect the scabs, the pus and fluid which drip from the re-opened wound, then they dry it out and it's from this GUNK that the vaccine is processed. You get the small pox virus, true, but you might also get anything else the cow is host to. For example, between 1954 and 1963, an estimated 10 million to 30 million Americans were inadvertently infected with SV [Simian Virus] 40, an apparently harmless monkey virus borne as a silent passenger by both Salk's and Sabin's polio vaccines. There are greater safeguards now than were present at that time, but also there are more deadly viruses now. Great concern is expressed over whether or not the child is allergic to the medium in which the pathogen is cultured; for example a child with an allergy to eggs should not be given vaccines grown in chickhen or duck egg protein. But they essentially ignore the larger question of the KNOWN poisons, carcinogens, pathogens and alien proteins within the vaccine. Why is ANYBODY willing to have this stuff injected into their children? Well, it manages to masquerade as a safe and beneficial procedure (like so much within the system, it manages to look mighty good despite the facts) and it has been given unchallenged credit for decreases in the incidence in disease.
Vaccines Didn't Conquer All Those Diseases But Eustace Mullins points out that medical records prove that a 90% decline in child mortality from scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough and measles had occurred BEFORE the the introduction of immunization or antibiotics. In fact, there is evidence to demonstrate that vaccines had little or nothing to do with a decline in disease. I quote from MURDER BY INJECTION: "Edward Jenner 'discovered' that cowpox vaccine would supposedly inoculate persons against the eighteenth century scourge of smallpox. In fact, smallpox was already on the wane, and some authorities believe it would have vanished by the end of the century due to a number of contributing factors." From 1850 to 1940, diseases had declined 90% and were at an all time low, just when vaccines STARTED to be used. These huge reductions in disease prior to vaccines are due mainly to improvements in public and personal hygiene. During the nineteenth century, epidemics of cholera and typhoid fever devastated the inhabitants of large American cities, the outbreaks being due to poor sanitation and pollution of the water supply. Typhoid fever was largely due to the contamination of city streets by large quantities of horse droppings, which festered and drew flies. With the chlorination of water and the advent of the automobile, with the resulting disappearance of the horse from city streets, typhoid fever vanished. Polio was also on the decline before vaccines were invented or widespread. Where vaccines were not so extensively used, as in Europe and Australia, the disease also declined. For example, the incidence of death from polio in Great Britain peaked in 1950 and had declined by 82% BEFORE 1956 when the vaccine was first introduced there. The death rate from polio
67 had declined by 55% in the U.S. before immunizations were introduced here. Pertussis had been falling steeply for more than seventy years prior to the vaccine; in America, the death rate from this disease had falled by 82% by 1935 - years before the vaccine.. After the vaccine, mortality rates continued to fall at about the same rate as before. There is more current documentation for this. According to WORLD HEALTH STATISTICS ANNUAL 1973-1976, the rate of decline in infectious diseases in most developing countries is the same, regardless of the percentages of vaccines administered. In addition, diseases for which there was no vaccine also declined dramatically. It seems there is a natural fluctuation in the incidence of diseases, and recently there has been an alarming increase in our country in diseases which we had "conquered" in the past. And this in a population which is supposedly vaccinated! Carl Kendall, a medical anthropologist at Johns Hopkins University says, "We're entering a new era of infectious disease." A drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis swept through New York State prisons and killed 13 men. Country-wide, doctors are reporting difficulty treating a range of infections from pneumonia to gonorrhea. The primary weapons against infectious diseases - inoculation and antibiotics - are failing to halt the spread. One growing concern is staphylococcus, a potent bacteria which tends to breed in hospitals and infect surgical wounds, heart valves and blood. In some hospitals, half of these bacteria respond to only one antibiotic, vancomycin, and researchers warn that the infection could become completely untreatable within the decade. "We've been living in a bubble of time when our tools worked," Carl Kendall continues. "Unfortunately, the past fifty years may simply have been a historical anomaly." So it's possible that the so-called "conquest of disease" which is usually attributed to vaccinations was really the result of other factors. Maybe it's because of hygiene, nutrition, sanitation, that sort of thing, and because of natural cycles. Remember, there was also a decrease in the incidence of diseases for which there are no inoculations. Vaccines Fail to Protect And if it didn't conquer disease globally and historically, can vaccination conquer disease currently, specifically? Will a vaccination prevent YOUR child from contracting an infectious disease? Probably not. Half of all reported cases of measles and pertussis occur in vaccinated people. Most whooping cough in America today occurs in vaccinated children or those too young to be vaccinated. Only 37% of cases over all occur in unvaccinated children. One in three diphtheria fatalities occurred in fully vaccinated people; from 1965 to 1980, the same death rate and the same severity of illness was found among the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. In an outbreak of rubella in Wyoming, 73% of those infected had been fully vaccinated. In Chicago in 1969, a board of health report issued following an outbreak of diphtheria showed that 37.5% of cases occurred in fully vaccinated individuals. Vaccination appears to have actually increased the number of cases of disease in many countries. In the late 1930's, diphtheria vaccination was
68 made compulsory in Germany, and the rate soared to 150,000 cases in 1939. Nearby Norway, totally unvaccinated, had only 50 cases. When Hungary made vaccination compulsory, the diphtheria rate rose 35% in two years. When vaccination was enforced in Geneva, the number of cases tripled in two years. France vaccinated most children in 1941: there were 13,795 cases by the end of that year. Shots were continued and by 1943 the number of cases had tripled to nearly 47,000. Military records show that vaccinated soldiers have a four times higher disease and death rate from this disease than do unvaccinated civilians. Dr. William F.Koch, M.D., Ph.D., states, "The injection of any serum, vaccine, or even penicillin has shown a very marked increase in the incidence of polio - at least 400%. Statistics on this are so conclusive no one can deny it." An analysis of measles in school age children during 1985 and 1986 revealed that a median of 60% of cases occurred in vaccinated individuals. In one sustained outbreak in Dane County, Wisconsin, it was determined that over 96% of all cases occurred in children who had previously been vaccinated against measles. In 1988, 3,411 cases of measles in the U.S. were reported among school-aged children; 68.9% of them had been vaccinated. Polio increased 700% in countries which began compulsory vaccination. From 1980 through 1985 there were 55 cases of paralytic polio in this country. Of this number, 51 were caused by the polio vaccine and four occurred in people returning from third world countries. (The polio virus is excreted through both stool and urine for up to six weeks following vaccination.) Here are some more statistics: the state of Vermont reported 15 cases of polio during the year ending August 30, 1954. Then there was a massive immunization program against polio. The following year, ending August 30, 1955, recorded 55 cases - an INCREASE of 266%! Rhode Island reported 22 cases before the immunization program, and 122 cases after, a 454% increase. In New Hampshire, the figures for polio cases were 38 before immunization and 129 after, and in Massachusetts the figures were 273 before and 2027 after, a whopping 642% increase! When the use of smallpox vaccine was introduced in Europe, some remarkable things happened. In England the highest number of deaths for any two year period before its use was 2,000. Two years after compulsory vaccination, 23,062 people had died of smallpox. In Germany, 124,948 people died, all vaccinated. In Bavaria, there were 29,000 cases with 3,994 death; all were vaccinated. PLAIN TALK magazine tells us, "... during the Franco-Prussian War, every German soldier was vaccinated. The result was that 53,288 otherwise healthy men developed smallpox." The same thing held true in the Pacific. Prior to compulsory vaccinations in the Philippines, the death rate for patients with smallpox was 10%; after vaccine laws were enforced, the death rate from smallpox was 75%. In Australia there were no vaccine laws. There were 3 cases of smallpox in fifteen years. By contrast Japan with compulsory inoculations had 29,979 deaths from smallpox. The U.S. Public Health Service reported the statistics for four states, for the year before and the year after compulsory inoculation for
69 polio. The record shows 259 cases before inoculation, 874 cases after inoculation. Failing to Protect, They Often Damage In addition to being less than totally effective, vaccines are dangerous. A statistic from DPT: A SHOT IN THE DARK by Harris L. Coulter and Barbara Fisher, is a perfect example: "In the case of the pertussis vaccine, there are AT LEAST one thousand deaths per year from the vaccine and only ten deaths per year from the naturally occurring disease. The risks FAR outweigh the benefits." In 1985, eighty one adults were accidently given DPT. Seventy five had reactions; hard, painful red lumps on their arms, fever, dizziness, chills, nausea, pain and suddenly elevated blood pressure. In proportion to body weight, a ten pound infant receives TEN TO TWENTY TIMES more pertussis vaccine than these adults did. Pertussis toxin is highly noxious and scientists often use it to induce experimental brain damage in laboratory animals. The department of Health and Human Services estimates that every year in the U.S. about a HALF MILLION shots of DPT are followed by reactions severe enough to contraindicate the administration of more pertussis vaccine. One Swedish study of the effects of DPT inoculations shows a rate of permanent brain damage or death is one in 17,000 children. Fairly long odds, unless your child is the ONE. There is also a connection between DPT shots and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) or crib death. A study by Dr. William Touch of Nevada School of Medicine into the SIDS question showed that more than two thirds of these babies had the DPT vaccine prior to death. Other records show that 32% of vaccinated SIDS infants died within a week of receiving a DPT shot, and 11% die within 24 hours of the shot. Let's look at some facts. The Insurance Institute of America states that because of the number of lawsuits filed as a result of severe complications following vaccination, more and more pharmaceutical companies have stopped the production of vaccines. Seven companies used to manufacture whooping cough vaccine; now only two do. Only one still makes the vaccine for polio. One for measles. One for hepatitis. The number and severity of complications from these routine injections is enormous. And almost completely unpublicized until recently. There is now a national organization of parents of children who have been injured or maimed by vaccination. It's called "DPT", Dissatisfied Parents Together, using the same initials as the Diphtheria-Pertussis-Typhoid vaccine, the most common "baby shots." (And the pharmaceutical companies changed the order of those initials for their vaccine, in order to be different from this group.) DPT is headed by Jeff Schwartz, an environmental attorney based in Washington D.C. They are lobbying now for a national no-fault program to compensate the families of children who suffer permanent damage from any of the seven routine childhood immunizations: those against polio, measles, mumps, rubella and the three diseases included in DPT. Former Senator Paula Hawkins (R.-Fl.) said in support of this legislation, "Children throughout America risk permanent injury for the good of our society. It's time to stop trying to assess blame, and time to stop pretending that the problem will resolve itself."
70 Doctors Salk and Sabin, developers of the two most common types of polio vaccine, have each stated in public that the other's vaccine is dangerous! A Few Quotes on the Subject: James R. Shannon of the National Institutes of Health declares: "The only safe vaccine is a vaccine that is never used." Dr. Henry R. Bybee of Norfolk, Virginia has publicly stated, "My honest opinion is that vaccine is the cause of more disease and suffering than anything I could name. I believe that such diseases as cancer, syphilis, cold sores, and many other disease conditions are the direct results of vaccination... The medical profession not only receives its pay for this service [vaccination], but also makes splendid and prospective patients for the future." Dr. Herbert Snow, senior surgeon at the Cancer Hospital of London, voiced this concern: "In recent years many men and women in the prime of life have dropped dead suddenly, often after attending a feast or banquet. I am convinced that some 80% of these deaths are caused by an inoculation or vaccination they have undergone [in childhood]... The coroner always calls it 'natural causes'." This astonishing and thought-provoking statement was made by another practitioner, Dr. W.B. Clarke of Indiana. "Cancer was practically unknown until compulsory vaccinations... were introduced. I have had to deal with hundreds of cancer patients and I never saw a case of cancer in an unvaccinated person." "The vaccination practice... has not only become the chief menace and the greatest danger to the health of the rising generation, but likewise the crowning outrage upon the personal liberties of the American citizen." So says Dr. J.M. Peebles in his book about vaccination. At a seminar of the American Cancer Society Science Writers, Dr. Robert W. Simpson of Rutgers University, warned that "...immunization programs against flu, measles, mumps and polio may actually be seeding humans with RNA to form proviruses which will become latent cells throughout the body... they can then become activated as a variety of diseases including lupus, cancer, rheumatism and arthritis." Jonas Salk warned in SCIENCE magazine of March 4, 1977: "Live virus vaccine against influenza or poliomyelitis may in each instance produce the disease it was intended to prevent... the live virus against measles and mumps may produce such side effects as encephalitis." Dr. Leonard Scheele, former Surgeon General of the United States, states, "No batch of vaccine can be proved safe before it is given to children." In 1980, scientific researcher Thomas Morgan wrote, "During the past five years, we have collected from newspapers over 500 cases of injury or death from vaccination. The victims died of hepatitis, post-vaccinal encephalitis, convulsions, tetanus, erysipelas, meningitis and others." Adverse Reactions There is a strong possibility that such reactions are more common than has been publicized. Although much is NOT known about the sequelae from inoculations, it is recognized that there is a pattern - a sequence - in the way reactions and
71 complications occur. That is to say, if there is going to be some sort of aftermath, it will probably follow this timing. If it begins, 1. Paralysis usually begins within 24 hours to six months after the injection 2. Cancer usually begins on or near the injection site sometime within three years 3. Brain damage or blindness usually has onset within four years 4. Heart disease usually begins within 10 years 5. TB usually begins within 20 years Since the compulsory vaccination of children, cancer has increased to such frightening proportions that it has now become the number one killer of children under 15 years of age. Heart disease is the number one killer of adults; TB is on the rise; mental disease is at an all time high and physicians tell us they don't know the cause of all this. Could it be connected to immunizations? WHAT ABOUT IMMUNIZATIONS? claims, "Artificial immunization has essentially traded off the acute, epidemic diseases of the past century for the weaker, far less curable epidemic of the chronic diseases of the present. If immune systems are being compromised by vaccines to such an extent that people cannot resist or overcome chronic diseases such as cancer and a myriad of other disabling and fatal conditions so rampant in our society, we may WISH we had the acute illnesses instead. Many of them are treatable and death rates are lower than all chronic diseases." London Cancer Hospital's Dr. Herbert Snow had this to say in the same vein: "The long-term effects of vaccine, lodging in the heart or other parts of the body, will eventually result in damage to the heart. Vaccine becomes a time bomb in the system, festering as what is known as 'slow viruses'." An AIDS Connection? It is also quite likely, and a growing number of scientific mavins appear to hold the opinion, that the HIV was first introduced into the human race by way of vaccinations, probably hepatitis or smallpox vaccine. It's far too involved and complicated a subject to discuss in this book, but this point of view about the origin of the AIDS epidemic is NOT a lunatic-fringe, off-the-wall stance. It is scientifically valid and many statistical studies support it. Actually, when you really investigate what's being revealed world wide, this opinion requires a far shorter leap of faith than either the Green Monkey theory or the genocide theory.
What God Says About It At the very least, an understanding of just exactly what is involved in producing and administering these inoculations will lead you to doubt their safety and their promised benefits. And God says, "I won't put diseases on you". So is it really likely that He approves of our going to a physician and saying, "Oh, doctor, please put a bunch of diseases on my child! It will keep him safe!"? Especially when God has said over and over that HE will keep us safe! Wasn't what He said true?
72 I find it simply incredible that so many Christian parents think that GOD wants them to have this biological pot pourri injected into their children! Exodus 15:23 says, "...I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord that healeth thee." If the medical system is designed by God as His channel of healing, why does it routinely PUT DISEASES ON, when He said He wouldn't do it? And why do God's people routinely submit their babies to a dangerous and ungodly practice? It all stems from a mind set that denies "I Am the Lord that healeth thee," and uses the arm of flesh to raise up a protection against disease. God, who made our bodies and sustains them by the word of His power, has made ample provision for our healing and our health. Inoculations are logical only if we don't believe this. (Remember, we can't say that inoculations are His provision; He said He wouldn't put diseases on us.) He gave us Jesus as Healer; He gave us an immune system for defense. The Immune System Over half of what is known about the immune system has been learned in the past twenty years; it is a highly complex - and highly efficient arrangement. It would take too much time to go into detail here; suffice it to say that contrary to aiding and augmenting the immune system, vaccinations will by-pass its first line of defense by being injected directly into the tissue, and secondly vaccinations deplete and suppress the body's immune system. Instead of producing a genuine immunity, the vaccine interferes with the immune response, suppressing it in the same way that radiation, chemotherapy and corticosteroids and other antiinflammatory drugs do. A matter as simple as breast feeding your baby is a great step toward providing support for his God-given, effective immune system. Another positive step is avoiding the use of antibiotics so that he can reap the benefits of the routine cycle of attack, defense and victory over disease germs which takes place repeatedly, especially in childhood. And I don't think it's a coincidence that a devastating curse, AIDS, has now come on the immune system. His first promise as our Jehovah was "I will put no diseases on YOU, which I have brought upon the Egyptians" (Exodus 15:26), but most of us have rushed into Egypt to receive what THEY do in an attempt to prevent disease. If we scorn God's provision, if we raise up our own, human, "strong tower" of defense, if we disbelieve His word about His protection against the diseases of Egypt, then it's not surprising that He is beginning to remove this provision. This glorious immune system which the human race, as a whole, has considered so inadequate, is being destroyed. We didn't value it and now we're beginning to lose it. There is no safety in Egypt. Christians who do things like refuse inoculations, deliver babies at home, and wait for a LONG time - forever, if necessary - to obtain healing directly from God, aren't doing something wildly fanatical and dangerous. These people are the very safest ones! And they do these things because of CONVICTION, not caprice; convictions which are based in REALITY, not fanaticism. It's NOT Compulsory - Yet One final word on this subject: contrary to popular opinion,
73 vaccinations are NOT unequivocally mandated by law; almost all states (all except Mississippi and West Virginia) will exempt a child if the parents object on grounds of religious conviction. Nor are immunizations required for admission to public or private schools. There are forms for parents to sign, available from the health department, which offer several reasons for exemption from this law, religious conviction being only one. The highest health authorities in the country, (the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now the Department of Health and Human Services), the Centers for Disease Control, and the United States Public Health Service), joined in 1977 to rule that THERE IS NO COMPULSORY VACCINATION IN THIS COUNTRY, and that the final decision is left to the parents. In their official PARENTS' GUIDE TO CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATIONS, it states on page 5, "The decision to have your children vaccinated is yours, alone, to make." Likewise, vaccinations are not required for foreign travel. Indeed. you may travel anywhere you like in the world without vaccines. The World Health Organization grants American travelers the right to refuse vaccination when traveling internationally. (One of the reasons for this is: so many countries do NOT have compulsory vaccinations.)
74 4. It FOSTERS DOUBLE-MINDEDNESS There are many things which hinder receiving from God, receiving grace or answers to prayer: unforgiveness, doubt, not knowing God's will, sin, asking in the wrong spirit, impatience - there are many other ways we can frustrate the grace of God and limit His ability to bless us. And one of these is a double mind. James 1:6-8 says, "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways." The opposite is the single eye, the single heart, and the service to a single master. In Matthew 6:24, Jesus says, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon." Jesus is speaking here of our decision about who is the god of provision; is it Jehovah Jireh or is it Mammon? We must choose who is really Lord over that area. Where is our faith? In whom do we trust? Does a financial need bring forth prayer and faith in God, or a trip to the loan company? This principle is true for other false gods as well as Mammon. In every area we must decide who is really Lord, Jesus or the system. Is Faith Augmented by Mixing it with Flesh? The deception here is that merging and mixing the world with the kingdom will make the kingdom BETTER! This implies that Jesus is a stronger and more dependable source of healing when He has man's system to work through. Despite its dangers, its sinful nature and its ungodly practices, its protocols are added to the promises of God in the misguided assumption that God wants to use this system; that NOT using it is somehow presumption, is tempting God, is increasing our risk. That is the position of almost every American Christian. Yet our God strongly and repeatedly forbid mixture. He consistently denies us a third choice: we're either saved or lost. We're either gathering or scattering. We are male or female: despite modern thinking, only these two choices are permissible. He prefers either hot or cold, despises lukewarm. Actually it's the enemy who advocates the joining of opposites; we see Satan's stamp on everything from the yang and yin of the Orient to such mingled beings as centaurs, mermaids and fauns. Some Christians feel safe in trusting God for the EASY things - small cuts, uncomplicated births, mild respiratory infections. But if it's a big cut, or a high-risk pregnancy, or if there's fever and vomiting with our URI, then of course it's too hard for God and we need a man. But God says He heals; either that is true or He is a liar. If we allow that latter option, then how can we trust Him for anything else? And if what He says is true, then we must act like it is. We must allow Him to heal, and to do it in His own way. And once there is a firm decision that Jesus is Lord of the realm of healing and health, that He is Jehovah Rapha and that if He doesn't heal us we won't be healed, then we are single-minded, and according to the Bible, in a position to receive from God. John Lake was a Spirit-filled preacher in the early part of this
75 century and the Lord used him mightily in healing. He had an outlook on this subject that is a little different from the modern-day teaching about receiving divine healing. He advocated our receiving Jesus as Healer once and for all, by faith, in the same way we receive Him as Savior. Jesus said He was Healer; we come before Him and accept Him in that capacity, and from that point on we allow Him to be Sovereign Lord in the area of our bodily health. Our bodies are His, after all; bought with a price and no longer our own. They are the temple of His Spirit. He created our bodies and he will eventually transform and glorify them. Now, in this present life, can He not maintain them in health and restore them if we fall ill? It is true that, "Unless the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain." (Psalm 127:1) If the Lord doesn't do it won't get done. Unless the Lord heals me, I just won't get healed. A total commitment to Jesus as Healer makes it so much EASIER. It makes Him indisputably Lord of your health. The whole subject of healing is changed, far less turmoil, less of a struggle. You don't have to fight the battle from the ground up about how to handle it, where to go. You have made a once-and-for-all-time decision to trust God. Presumption? A dangerous stand? Hardly. And while it may offend many people, it doesn't bother God one bit. Jesus never rebuked people for trusting Him, and while the Bible is FULL of His anger, hurt and disappointment with "Ye of little faith", there is little said in reproach to those who simply believed His word. The total commitment, the refusal to accept compromise or mixture, is the very thing that releases His power. It's what mobilizes Him. It's called faith. "I am the Lord that healeth thee." Period.
76 5. IT SUPPORTS ANTI-CHRISTIAN ACTIVITIES & PHILOSOPHIES If Jesus Christ is Lord of the medical system, then why does it endorse, support and sustain anti-God philosophies and activities? Why are the decisions about right and wrong made by so-called "Ethicists" rather than by consulting the word of God? Ethics Replace God's Principles "Ethics" is the branch of human philosophy that deals with right and wrong. It's a growing part of the medical system. An article in the Wall Street Journal in March, 1987, describes the role of a medical ethicist as, "... to counsel, educate and advise doctors, nurses and other health professionals on the ethical dilemmas they face..." One ethicist, Dr. Charles Culver of Dartmouth Medical school, says, "The medical world has become so complex, it's changing so fast, that it's useful to have people who have some well-defined concepts and who keep up with the literature and court decisions - people doctors can call up and say, 'what's the current thinking on this?'" Talk about walking in the counsel of the ungodly! Do we Christians really want to trust the "well-defined concepts" and "current thinking" of people who don't know our Lord? Ethics is what you have to use if you've thrown out what God says. But we have the Word of God; it tells us all we need to know about righteousness. We don't need to hear what unsaved men think, and what folly it is to base life or death decisions on such vanity! Evil Increases There is great evil loosed in the field of health care. In 1973 the World Health Organization recognized witch doctors, and allowed them membership as health care providers. (It's acceptable now to believe in the supernatural, as long as it's scientific and not religious.) What began as organ transplants is evolving into organ harvesting. Now two Indiana University professors are advocating keeping brain-dead patients on life support for up to ten years, to keep their organs fresh and available for harvest. These men, Professor Harold Shane and Dr. Walter Daly, refer to these bodies as the undead or neomorts, and they recommend the creation of special facilities where these bodies could be warehoused. And the next stage is the fabricating of human parts from living human cells. (Shades of Dr. Frankenstein!) At least three different companies are already at work on this; Organogenesis Inc, and BioSurface Technology, both of Cambridge, Massachusetts and Clonetics Corporation in San Diego. In November, 1988, doctors at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center implanted brain cells taken from an aborted fetus into the brain of Donald Nelson, a Parkinson's disease sufferer. He noticed a decrease in his symptoms, and the so-called success of this procedure has increased the controversy surrounding the use of fetal tissue. Most experimentation on fetal tissue was prohibited until 1993, but President Clinton removed the ban in one of his first official acts. (And he loosed a lot more than human researchers with this decree; he opened the door for even more evil spirits to enter the field of medicine!) How it will end is unknown. The Biomedical Ethics Board, whose purpose is to advise
77 Congress on such questions, was authorized by congress in 1985, but it's still non-functioning due to continuing battles over appointments. Don't you wonder why ANYBODY needs advice from an "expert" about what to do with the body of a murdered baby? Is there any possibility that what the Lord wants is for part of it to be inserted into - and made a part of - someone else's living body? Medical Abortions are NOT New In our country today, this system supports abortion on demand, and when the final word is said, the ones who have killed all those babies are doctors of medicine. And they didn't wait till "Roe vs. Wade" in 1973, either! In 1958, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimated that 84% to 87% of illegal abortions were performed by what they called "reputable physicians." In 1960, the estimate has risen to 90%. These are "reputable" men, performing abortions which were then ILLEGAL. Of course many doctors don't perform abortions, but we're talking about the system itself and where it stands in relationship to God. And in this case, it stands opposed to Him. Death is the Answer The system uses death as answers to social problems and this attitude (held not by the medical system alone but also by the courts and other institutions, as well as by many individuals) has pervaded our society with the spirit of death. We see it not only in child death in all its various manifestations - abortion, child abuse, teenage suicide, anorexia, incest, kidnapping, caesarean section - but now in euthanasia. And in the body of Christ we see an increase of other manifestations of the spirit of death the spirits of apathy and of sacrifice. The Paganizing of Society Francis Schaeffer and Edward Koop in their book WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HUMAN RACE? speak of the process of paganizing which is taking place in all our institutions. They say the hallmark of a system's complete paganization is seen when that system's original purpose has been totally perverted, turned around 180 degrees to its complete opposite. So when the legal system, which had as its original goal the maintaining of justice, becomes instead a means of upholding the rights of criminals to the detriment of the law-abiding segment of society, that system is becoming paganized. And when the medical system, which had as its original goal the maintenance of life and health, becomes the purveyor of death, then its mask of sanctity is slipping. In evil and depraved societies, the system becomes more and more depraved, because it is NOT upheld and sustained by the power and anointing of God. The system is of MAN, and when man lives independently, not subject to God and God's laws, he becomes utterly depraved - and so do his systems. On the other hand, these same conditions cause the Church - the TRUE church - to grow purer and stronger. In Nazi Germany the medical system performed unspeakable atrocities (called "research" or "experimentation") upon prisoners of the state. Maiming, sterilizing, surgery without anesthesia; we've all heard the
78 horror stories and we all deplore them. More recently, in what used to be the Soviet Union, doctors of medicine in hospitals "reconditioned" prisoners with drugs, mind control and subtle torture, used as weapons in an ideological war by the KGB and the GRU. And now even more horror stories. Thirty six people were arrested in Argentina in 1991 following the investigation of a mental hospital where organs were taken and sold. Amid charges of murder, abuse, starvation and rape, the director was accused of removing patients' eyes and replacing them with glass balls. In a fifteen year period, 1321 patients died and nearly 1400 disappeared. According to the Bible, there is no such thing as human goodness. "There is none good save God." Without His lordship, evil reigns. I could talk about genetic engineering, test tube babies, surrogate motherhood, animal organs implanted inhuman bodies, artificial insemination: the list of medicine's giant strides into new and ever more esoteric realms of knowledge and attainment is almost without limit. They are truly counterfeiting godhood! I mention these situations only as another indication that this system is not of God; it is not designed by Him, not anointed by Him and not under His lordship. It is not a system by which He brings into this world His virtue and His glory and His righteousness. If the medical system can still maintain a facade of virtue and beneficence in American society, I suggest it is like a willful and unregenerate man who may appear kindly and inoffensive merely because he is not being crossed. Even the most selfish person can be pleasant when he is having his own way. But thwart the will of this man and he may become a raging beast. And those of us who have related to the system AS AN ADVERSARY can testify that like an unregenerate man, it has a will, it hates opposition and it wants to control.
79 6. IT CONTROLS CHILDBIRTH
American Obstetrical Care Is Not Safe "Life and Death: Problem of High Infant Mortality is a Persistent Blemish on Health Care in the U.S." This was a headline in the Wall Street Journal in October, 1988. Why is this true? I have worked Labor and Delivery in hospitals and I worked several years in an obstetrician's office. I had five children, and I have been present at many hundreds of home births. Add to that a twenty-year study of the spiritual significance of childbirth (of how the natural process is a parable and an example of spiritual activity) and frequent, gracious input from God on the subject, and I feel justified in saying that I could be something of a resource person in this area. And if I'm experienced in how THEY do it and also how WE do it, guess which way I think is best? That's easy - I think God's way is better than man's way. But did you know that statistics, logic and scripture all agree with me? And increasingly, the medical system itself agrees with me! Let me explain. Childbirth Should Not Be Dangerous In considering the idea of home childbirth, most people have to overcome two different misconceptions, two traditional ideas which are just plain WRONG. The first is that childbirth is dangerous, a major physiological crisis, requiring a great deal of medical intervention. This is just not true. Childbirth is a perfectly natural phenomenon; a normal, beautiful, complex and efficient process which does NOT involve a state of illness. It's not dangerous; it's not an illness. God designed it and therefore it's PERFECT. It works! Childbirth is a marvelous thing! In it we share a creative act with God, and we see eternity touch time as a new yet everlasting creature is brought through the veil of flesh into the here and now. It has incredible significance and is one of God's most important teaching tools. Childbirth Is Not Better in a Hospital The second wrong idea most people hold is that it is better, safer, easier and somehow NORMAL to have a baby in a hospital. This is also untrue and I'd really like to see somebody take the opposite point of view and defend the position that one SHOULD go to a hospital. In spite of the way those in the system make positive, authoritative statements about the benefits of hospital birth, they would be hard pressed to prove their point. In addition to the very poor statistical record, there's all that stuff they do to you! Much of what is routine to childbirth in American hospitals is either pointless or actually damaging in most cases, states Diana Korte in A GOOD BIRTH, A SAFE BIRTH. The perineal shave, the enema. routine IV fluids, fetal monitoring, chemical enhancement of labor, bed rest, amniotomy (rupturing membranes to "break the water"), episiotomy, and delivery in the lithotomy position are now being questioned as to their value. The Oxford Study
80 A research team at Oxford University in England has recently presented what is perhaps the most careful and systematic study on childbirth ever done. For ten years this group, led by Dr. Murray Enkin, professor emeritus of obstetrics at Canada's McMaster University in Ontario, focused on studies of childbearing done from 1950 to the present which were published in 60 major scientific journals. They corresponded with the authors of these articles; in addition they interviewed 18,000 obstetricians to obtain unpublished data. The results were remarkable. Their research revealed that "... much of what our doctors and hospitals do for pregnancy and birth is wrong, expensive and dangerous... (they) routinely employ methods of care that not only offer little benefit to mother or infant but actually can be dangerous to them." They evaluated 285 procedures and policies of care and only 100 of them were rated as successful and safe. Sixty were rated as dangerous, and should be abandoned; 88 had unknown effect; 37 were possibly effective. Among those procedures found UNSAFE were: Putting healthy newborns in nurseries (Tends to increase infections) Separating mother and baby (Interferes with breast feeding and increases risk of child abuse and neglect later) Preforming episiotomies (Causes increased bleeding, infection, tearing) Using forceps (Damages both baby and mother) Positioning mother on her back with legs in stirrups (Adversely affects labor by interfering with blood supply of both mother and baby) The project labelled as "False" all five of the following statements: 1) A medical doctor must supervise the entire pregnancy and delivery in case something goes wrong. 2) It is really much safer to have a baby in a hospital, using the latest equipment and know-how. 3) Hospital nurseries protect newborns from germs. 4) Episiotomy eases birth and suturing the cut afterwards prevents pain and infection. 5) Once you've had a Cesarean, all later births must be Caesarean. Dr. Marc Keirse of Oxford sums up the results: "Hospitals are dangerous for both mother and baby. Having a doctor involved in ALL pregnancies can be a bad thing. You get more technology, more hospital infections, more unhappy mothers and more cost." "It comes down to whether you consider pregnancy and birth pathological (disease) or physiological (normal) events." Dr. Keirse continues. "As soon as a doctor shows his face, everything turns toward disease." Quotes From the Experts Dr. Don Creevy, professor of obstetrics at Sanford University School of Medicine, says, "Many procedures that doctors use... are performed because they are the force of habit, tradition. That's the way it's always
81 been done". They're more a matter of hospital routine and policy than prudent medicine. Perri Klass, a Harvard medical student writing of her pregnancy for the New York Times Magazine, says, "I came away from the course [in obstetrics] with a sense that pregnancy is a deeply dangerous medical condition, that one walks a fine line, avoiding one serious problem after another, to reach the statistically unlikely outcome of a healthy baby and healthy mother." She adds that the lectures were centered on abnormalities and labor emergencies. There was no mention of the emotional aspects of pregnancy. This summarizes how American doctors are trained in the field of obstetrics. Obstetrical Statistics The United States ranks only #22 in the world in maternal and neonatal safety, so there are 21 countries where it is safer to have a baby than our country. We rank below every other developed nation. The safest place is Holland, and there a large percentage of babies are born at home. Worldwide, only two out of ten attended births are handled by doctors. The rest are attended by midwives. There are really lots of places where it is safer to have a baby than the standard, traditional, normal, expected American hospital. Jamaica is safer than a hospital in Washington D.C. Actually, an American taxi cab is safer! Allow me to quote some statistics. The U.S. has 9.7 deaths per 1000 births Japan has 4.4 deaths per 1000 births Sweden has 5.7 deaths per 1000 births Hospital born babies are six times more likely to suffer distress during labor Hospital born babies are eight times more likely to need resuscitation Hospital born babies are four times more likely to become infected Hospital born babies are thirty times more likely to suffer permanent injury Their mothers are three times more likely to hemorrhage That's right, the high risk is in the hospital! In most countries, normal births are handled by midwives, and only those with serious, risky complications are admitted to a hospital. Even in our very "medicalized" country, home births are on the increase and the armed forces are now favoring midwives for normal deliveries. Childbirth is a Spiritual Activity Up to now, we've been talking about the natural realm only, not even considering the Lord! If you add to these statistics the dimension of having at your side the very One who created the baby ( and who created YOU), the One who said, "I am the Lord that healeth thee - I will perfect what concerneth thee - I cause the hinds to calve - is there anything too hard for God? - With God all things are possible - Come to me all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest - I gently lead those who are with young - whatsoever ye ask in my name I will do..." well,
82 you've really got hold of something. Statistics prove home birth is easier, safer, cheaper and far more satisfying emotionally than hospital birth. And if it's easier and safer, why do women pay that enormous sum to subject themselves to hospital control and to routines and procedures which do little or nothing to help them or their babies? The answer, of course, is: it's what they're expected to do. And most of them don't realize they have a choice.
Comparing Home and Hospital Birthing: Authority Let's contrast hospital and home birth - or more accurately, system and kingdom birth. The first and most important difference concerns who is in control. In a hospital the doctor is the final authority and at home of course it's the husband. The doctor has his years of professional education and experience; the husband has his position as priest of the home and as the one person most accountable in God's eyes for stewardship over the baby. The making of decisions and wielding of authority will ultimately rest with one of these two. One of the clearest words I've heard regarding this question was given to a young man of my acquaintance as he signed the release and consent for treatment forms to admit his wife to a hospital. The Lord told him, "You have just signed away your priesthood". Comparing Home and Hospital Birthing: Pain A second difference involves the whole question of comfort during labor. Research conducted at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles determined that labor speeds up more effectively when the mother stands or sits. The freedom to move around, to assume the position of greatest comfort, to be surrounded by family and friends who are loving and supportive, to eat and drink as your body dictates, and to avoid procedures that are embarrassing, painful, defiling and frequently pointless: all these things make home birth clearly preferable to the greater regimentation of hospitals. One girl summarized the difference this way, "Hospital birth is something that happens to you. Home birth is something you do." If you are moving into faith for a painless childbirth, assigning childbirth pain to the curse of Genesis 3 and not applicable to Christian women who walk in the victory of Galatians 3, the chances for success are greatly heightened by being at home. In the presence of the spirit of God, with prayer and praise and total confidence in the Lord, then the door is open for God to move far more freely than in the system. I have seen a lot of childbirth, and most of it pretty painful - at least involving a great deal of travail and effort - but I have also seen childbirth totally without pain, and of course these births were at home. Comparing Home and Hospital Birthing: God's Presence Then there's the question of the glory and presence of God. I know
83 that God is always with His children. He will never leave or forsake us, and in Psalm 139, David spends several verses saying how impossible it is to get away from God even if we're trying. But our awareness of His presence can vary, and the anointing of His spirit and the amount of control He has are different in different circumstances. In a home birth which has been dedicated to Him, which is done through faith in Him, which has been surrendered to His control, He is free to be a far greater factor than in a situation where the decisions and control rest with the system. Comparing Home and Hospital Birthing: Infection Another difference is in the realm of infection. Infections are caused by germs of some kind, some pathogenic organism which invades the body. As we mentioned before, hospitals are full of germs; it's where all the sick people go! The system tries to make the process of birthing a baby a sterile procedure, but even so there is a risk of infection. At home, the baby will only encounter germs resident there: familiar, family germs, and no congregation of people with pneumonia, hepatitis, strept throat and such are under the same roof. Only if we consider hospitals cleaner than homes would it be logical to worry more about infection at home, and statistics support the greater safety within your own dwelling. Comparing Home and Hospital Birthing: Drugs There are no drugs at home, and to me that is an very important difference. Of course, hospitals have what they call natural childbirth, and there may be no analgesics or sedatives given, but other drugs will be: some are required by law for hospital births. And keeping a child free of drugs should be of PARAMOUNT importance to parents today in our society. Children born in America at this time WILL face a battle with the spirit of sorcery - Pharmakia - and those who have never had drugs introduced into their bodies will find it easier to walk in victory. It's FAR more difficult to "just say no" if your parents have already said "yes" for you. A lot of women want to be drugged. They say, "I don't want to feel anything. Just put me to sleep and wake me up after it's all over." But what a shame! In the first place, they are missing what can be a glorious experience, and also they are ignoring the fact that the spirit never sleeps and whatever happens to them WILL have its effect, even if the conscious mind is drugged or anesthetized. Comparing Home and Hospital Birthing: Attendants Another difference is: the personnel. Things are easier at home because of the emotional support the mother receives from her family and friends. Surrounded by those who love her, she isn't lonely or frightened and she is in control of things. One of the most delightful parts of a home birth is the unity and fellowship in the spirit among the people present. The decision about whom to invite is always a weighty one to home birth couples, and made after prayer and input from the Holy Spirit. In hospitals, it can be like the toss of a coin; some hospital employees are kindly, dedicated, capable and caring. Some are not. Sometimes their motives involve helping people, altruism, even service to God, but I can
84 tell you from experience, there were particular nurse went to work was to patients were WAY down on my list of when those present are there because times when the earn a salary, priorities. It they have been only reason this and the needs of the makes such a difference summoned by God.
Comparing Home and Hospital Birthing: Ambience The environment that greets the baby is better at home. It's softer, warmer, not so harshly lighted. The first sounds he hears are songs of praise and worship to God, and there is NO separation of family. We don't have Mama in the recovery room, Daddy in a waiting room, and baby in the nursery. The aunts and grandmothers can be there to hug and coo and probably cry. I heard it put very neatly one time; the baby was born and one of those present said, "Welcome to the world, son!" Somebody else corrected: "No, welcome to the Kingdom!" Comparing Home and Hospital Birthing: Ceasarean Section The danger of Caesarean Section is avoided by a home birth. I know a little bit about this subject, again from both sides. Four of my children were born by Caesarean; for four years I worked as first assistant to a surgeon who did a number of these procedures; and I also have heard a lot from God about it. And I am absolutely convinced that it is an abomination to God and a serious spiritual attack on our children. Tradition says the first baby born by this method - a surgical incision through the mother's abdomen - was Julius Caesar, and it takes its name from his. Caesar was quite an individual. He ruled the Roman Empire single-handed, and defeated every enemy that rose against him - military, political or spiritual. He was gifted with words and was a skillful writer. He was married but he had a torrid affair with the queen of Egypt (that sounds mighty symbolic to me) but he was also reputed to be bi-sexual. After his triumphs at war and government, his person was declared to be sacred, even divine, and each year the citizens of Rome burned a pinch of incense as worship to Caesar, the god. He ruled only four years, but his reign established his family in line for political power for generations, and his name is still used in many languages to indicate a despot, a monarch - like "Kaiser" in German and the Russian "Czars". He died of knife wounds at the hands of assassins. (How's that for symbolism? Born by the knife, died by the knife.) I got my first indication of Caesar's connection with childbirth while in New York City, where a friend and I had gone to talk to ladies who were establishing home birth in their local body. They reported that most of their opposition came from women who had Caesarean deliveries. My friend said, "Like a spirit of Caesar or something." Then it started opening up; the nature of Caesar and his role which represents the skill, strength and authority of MAN; the scripture in Matthew 22:21 "Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's." And the fact that what determined whether or not it belonged to Caesar was "Whose image and superscription are on it?" If we, and our babies, are to be conformed to the image of
85 CHRIST, not of Caesar, then they must not be "rendered" to Caesar. "Render" is Strong's #591 and it means "To give away, give up, give over, DELIVER" (emphasis mine), and it is formed by two other words (Strong's #575 and # 1325) which mean "separation, departure" and "bring forth, deliver". We do this to Christ, not Caesar. "Caesar" is the name of the Strong Man, the Satanic high prince over the organizations and sphere of humanism. In the kingdom of humanism, man sits on the throne, and is both the center and ruler of all things. He has no need for God, he IS god. And he can do anything, even bring forth a baby, all by himself, without calling on God. Actually, he can improve on God! And how 85D Section falls in line with this philosophy! I've heard girls praise Caesarean Sections; they say it's easier, no need for labor, and you can pick the date and plan ahead; they seem to consider it an improvement. But what a perversion! True there may be no labor, but the pain of a surgical incision is far worse. And, yes, you can pick the birth date for your child. But God already has a date picked and His way and His timing are ALWAYS perfect. "...there is a time to be born..." (Ecclesiastes 3:2). It ISN'T better. It ISN'T easier. It's a major operation, it sheds a lot of blood, and makes birth more traumatic and risky for both mother and baby. It circumvents the timing and purposes of God by imposing human will, and it leaves permanent scars - and not just the physical ones. There are spiritual scars. It is a violation, a defilement and a mutilation of the entire person. One of my daughters can trace a life-long problem with fear of man and fear of knives to her birth experience. Her father was out of the picture, off in some waiting room and not there to support or protect or be a conduit of God's power on her behalf. I, her mother, was lying strapped to a table, drugged. Her first contacts with the world were masked men with knives, reaching out to drag her from the warmth and protection she had known into the cold, harsh light of an operating room. No welcome of mama and daddy speaking soft words in familiar voices, no gentle comfort. Only cutting and grabbing and the soul of MAN in charge. Her spirit was aware of all these things, of course, and her being felt their effects for over 25 years. I know this can sound very far out and radical, but there is a spirit of Caesar abroad in our society. And it is typified by despotic, humanistic man ruling without the Spirit or wisdom of God. This way of looking at things is not common, but it's valid and it gives a far greater perception of REALITY than assuming that the seen, temporal, common sense world is all there is. Comparing Home and Hospital Birthing: Unclean Hands Another danger home birth avoids is "the laying on of hands" which are contaminated. The Lord showed me this parable, and it's as compelling a reason as any I know for having babies outside the system. There was once a condition known as Childbed Fever. It was prevalent back when women first switched from midwives to doctors for delivery. Those doctors didn't yet know about handwashing to prevent the spread of infection and they'd go from tending sick people or from performing an autopsy right into the delivery room,
86 without washing their hands. The death rate from the resulting contamination was horrible, as high as fifty percent in some places. A few doctors were beginning to believe the theory that germs cause disease, but most of the profession laughed at the idea of a little bitty organism, which couldn't even be seen, which was said to cause infection. Men like Semmelwiess and Lister, who advocated the idea of hand washing, were ridiculed for their beliefs. But once handwashing became an accepted practice, the infection rate went down and Childbed Fever diminished. Well, the Lord showed me that this was a NATURAL phenomenon - an infection spread by contaminated hands - hands which hadn't been properly cleansed. And now we're seeing the same thing in the SPIRITUAL realm. There can be an unclean spiritual substance on uncleansed hands. Since 1973, the profession of medicine has endorsed death and over 30,000,000 babies have died at their hands. The killing of these innocents leaves a spiritual contamination on the hands of these certain doctors; they go directly from performing abortions to delivering babies without a spiritual cleansing of their hands. There is an unseen agent attached to the hands of a man who does abortions. Like germs, it is not discernable to the natural eye, but it is nevertheless real and the danger is real. There is something imparted by the laying on of hands and it is very dangerous to have the first hands which touch a baby those of one whom God considers a baby-killer. The only way to cleanse those contaminated hands, those which have performed abortions, is by the blood of Jesus. A simple washing in water won't suffice for that kind of stain. Pilate tried to wash the sin of murder from his hands; it didn't work. Comparing Home and Hospital Birthing: The Angel of Death And there is a spirit of child death hovering over and within hospitals in which abortions are performed. These spirits have a legal and spiritual right to inhabit those hospitals, and they take full advantage of this right. Surely God doesn't want HIS babies brought forth on territory so yielded to enemy activity. A few years ago, in 1983, there was quite a battle in Florida over the right to have home birth unattended by medical personnel. The medical system felt this was dangerous to the unborn child, and fought it vigorously within the courts - and within the even stronger corridors of power: within HRS. I found it illogical to allow a woman the right to kill her baby by abortion, but not to allow her to have a baby at home because it might die. Apparently, the woman could bring death to a baby legally, provided to was done within the system. I was involved to some extent in this battle - I felt the legal requirement to receive medical care and to submit all newborn babies for such attention was neither constitutional nor scriptural. I asked the Lord for a summary of His viewpoint; just one sentence that I could use to "convince the gainsayers". He gave me one, and like everything He says, it was meaty, memorable, pointed and true. He said, "It is ironic that the system which has killed 30,000,000 babies in the last generation presumes to hold itself up as the legal and moral guardian of infant safety." Oh, yes. Lord! This attitude must hurt Him, the creator of the babies. But how much more painful it must be when His own people, the vast majority of them,
87 AGREE with the system's point of view, and give to it the place of honor and respect and authority it has presumed to usurp from God. Comparing Home and Hospital Birthing: Sacrificial Rites In a hospital, the baby is delivered then handed off to a nurse for routine newborn care: drops in the eyes, blood test from the heel, etc. A midwife friend of mine accompanied a young couple to a hospital to be with them during their delivery and she witnessed this post-natal "care" with distress. The baby was screaming, fighting the drops, resisting the heel stick, frightened by the rough and unloving hands of a stranger, and my friend saw all these procedures as a means of "branding" the baby. She believes these activities are a ritual of sacrifice; a means of dedicating the baby's eyes, his body to the false god who rules in hospitals. Comparing Home and Hospital Birthing: No Mixups Here's another danger - a rare one, admittedly, but still it exists. If you have your baby at home, you won't ever have to worry that your baby was switched with somebody else's!
88 Comparing Home and Hospital Birthing: Whose Blood? One final (at least for this little book) difference between home and hospital birth. The blood of the lamb was put on the door of the HOUSE, not on some public building in Egypt! It was within their private dwellings that the Lord promised protection. "The Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you." (Exodus 12:23b) But there was an injunction given: "None of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning." (Exodus 12:22b) When an enemy is on the prowl, be he spiritual or natural, we are safer within our own homes than anywhere else. More Than A Baby But safety isn't our major benefit. There is far more involved in home birth than just successfully bringing the baby out. If I have learned anything about Christian home birth, it is this: if He's allowed to, God always does MORE than merely delivery a baby. There are many things God would like to do, for us and through us, and in order to work His will on earth He needs our cooperation. He needs our faith, our unity, our praise, our prayers, our commitment to Him and His word, and He needs us to keep at it till He's through. I have seen countless examples of the "more" God does: healings, salvation for family members, revelations from God, deep and soul-shattering repentance, the breaking down of enemy strongholds in families, miracles and angelic presences. I saw the dead raised. A baby who had not breathed for 24 minutes by the clock was restored to life with no adverse effects from her long period of anoxia. These things happen far more readily where God has been put directly in charge. And sometimes I wonder what these "babies" will face in the next thirty or forty years. I've seen incredible changes in my fifty-odd years, and within the past ten years the changes have been so rapid, so radical, so wide-spread that no one could have predicted them. Half of America's children are raised in single-parent homes. One girl in four and one boy in six is sexually assaulted before adulthood. High schools are armed camps, with God evicted, overt Satanism welcomed and government-supplied condoms on demand. Communism is breathing its last; our own governmental leaders are revealed as law-breakers. We have polluted air, diminished resources, and a species-threatening, one hundred percent fatal pandememic which can't be handled effectively because of political and civil-rights issues. Organ transplants; surrogate-mothers; rampant, open, homosexuality; witches and goddess-worshipers on TV talk shows; and God walking through His temple again, whip in hand, to clean out the defilers. How will things be in another twenty years? Will we even last that long? I sometimes consider the circumstances which will face this new generation, and I thank God for those who are born in Zion, born into the kingdom - not subject to the world, to its evils or its gods; unspotted by its drugs, its controls or its unclean hands. So when Christians have the idea of home birth presented to them, either directly by God or indirectly by testimony from others, and they choose to submit to the system instead, my response isn't really one of judgment or condemnation. My response is one of great sorrow and a sense of
89 loss, knowing the glory that might have been. It's knowing what the potential was, what can result from stepping out of the boat and walking on the water, that makes me grieve so when almost all of God's people chose the other option. And I agree with the poet who said: Of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: "It might have been". My Answers to "What If..." Here lately, when people start with the "What if something goes wrong?" I just shake my head. "Yeah, how could we possibly survive? All we have is GOD!" I'll say. "And in the hospital, of course, it's all safe: there's technology. Things NEVER go wrong in the hospital!" (My skills at sarcasm are being finely honed!) But most Christians really think the flesh., man's system, is better than GOD! And sometimes, if I'm feeling particularly feisty, I may even says, "Look, if your God isn't big enough to get a baby out of the mama's body, then you need a new God." Honestly, why do they bother to serve a God who is too powerless to do even THAT? I want to holler like Elijah, "How long will you halt between two opinions? If Baal be god, then serve him, but if Jehovah be God, then trust HIM. Trust Him completely, totally, without reservations." But Christians say things like, "Maybe home birth is okay for some people, but I need medical care because I have certain problems", or "because I had a bad experience with my other births", or "because I'm high risk", or worst of all "because I need to have a Caesarean Section". Don't they realize what they're saying? Do they really believe that God can only handle easy things? It seems they can trust His power and His willingness to move on their behalf only if there are no problems, no potential problems, nothing to deviate from perfection. But, boy, if there's anything at all that might possibly go wrong, they need a MAN; they're convinced that human beings and modern technology are better than God in case of crisis. I think of Elijah, who went out of his way to make it hard for God! (I Kings 18) The odds were 450 prophets of Baal to one prophet of God. He gave them the first turn at bat, and he gave them HOURS to work at it..Then he soaked Jehovah's altar and the sacrifice with twelve barrels of water - in the depths of a drought! And the fire fell! Well, of course it would! God was delighted to honor Elijah's prayer. Don't you just love the way Elijah taunted God's enemies as they tried to get Baal to move on their behalf? He laughed at their efforts! Doesn't sound like he'd have the doctor's phone number by the bedside, "just in case something goes wrong". No, not this man. Here he was: long before the cross, without our "better covenant", without the indwelling Spirit of Christ, without the full Logos, without the reality of the resurrection, just an assurance that God is who He says He is. But this man Elijah challenged the enemy to a life or death encounter, and he WON! Of course he did! It is IMPOSSIBLE that our God should be defeated! Maybe instead of saying, "Where is the God of Elijah?" we ought to be wondering, "Where are the Elijahs of God?" Where is the faith of God's people TODAY? It breaks my heart! How must God feel when His people have more faith in a worldly system than they have in Him? And how will these Christians
90 feel when they stand before God and must explain to Him their lack of faith? Now I'll get off the soap box and continue. Spiritual Lessons From Childbirth The things that can be learned from considering childbirth from a spiritual viewpoint are really instructive. For one thing, the process of conception and birth is one of the most common parables in scripture, and parables are used to teach us spiritual truths from our understanding of natural phenomena. "The kingdom of God is as a seed planted" - so is natural birth. "Ye must be born again" into the kingdom of heaven as into the natural state. "Ye shall through much tribulation enter the kingdom," and through much effort pass from the womb into the world. We go from tightness, "straitening," into enlargement; we pass into successive stages of spiritual growth by repeatedly going through a process which is just like natural birth. We are intimate with our heavenly Bridegroom and a seed is planted the seed is the word of God. It enters, joins, and gives life to, something within us. It is nourished and begins to grow. We are a little Bethlehem, a House of Bread. In the fullness of time, that holy thing within us is brought forth through the travail and labor of the female part of us - the soul. It comes through the veil - the flesh - from the hidden realm into the realm of the senses and is manifest. Natural birth is accompanied by the breaking and outflowing of water and the shedding of blood. In the same way, everything which is birthed from the unseen realm into the sight realm is accompanied by the outflowing of water (which is symbolic of the Holy Spirit) and the shedding of blood (which is symbolic of the sacrifice of the Lamb on the cross for our atonement). The children of Israel put blood on their doorposts, and crossed the water of the Red Sea. Jesus' work on the cross was accompanied by the outpouring of His blood, and water flowed from the wound in His side. Always, water and blood. Natural labor to produce a natural child is very much like spiritual labor to bring about spiritual increase. Knowing about the natural process makes the spiritual walk more comprehensible. As a student nurse at Tampa General Hospital YEARS ago, I witnessed a 13 year old, mentally retarded girl in labor. When she was not having a contraction, she was coloring in a color book. When contractions came, she was totally devastated. She had no understanding of what was happening to her; it was just a horrible state of capricious pain, coming sporadically, without cause and to no effect. It was one of the worst labors I've ever seen. There was no "joy set before" her, no rational cause for it. (Even with knowledgeable women, I have discovered that one of the keys to a joyful labor is having the mind set on the baby, not on the present suffering.) This is true of spiritual birthing, too. If we are the equivalent of a mentally retarded 13 year old, then the dealings and chastenings and prunings of God will devastate us. We won't see cause or pattern or ultimate reward. But when we can say, "Oh, yes, things are rough, but I'm in labor with something GREAT, and this is just another contraction to bring it forth,"
91 then we can handle it a lot better. It's just another way of understanding Romans 8:28. Description of Christian Home Birth I could describe Christian home birth for hours without ever really imparting the flavor of it. It is kind of like a party, but you're expected to work and your hostess might well ignore you and do her own thing for hours at a time. It's kind of like a prayer meeting, but you find people eating and drinking and taking naps and doing a lot of unprayer-meeting-like things. It's very spiritual, with lots of scripture reading and psalm singing and praying and such, but almost everybody is barefooted, sitting around a bedroom watching a scantily dressed lady. You've been invited, they know you're coming and the host and hostess have prepared for their guests, but the house is usually a mess, with Bibles and shoes everywhere. It's very family oriented, with often three, and once in a while four, generations together, but you'll also meet people you never saw before, and you're expected to treat them like brothers and sisters. It's always centered on God, but the real star of the show is a little fellow who isn't even there for most of the get-together. And it might last all day! And the whole thing ends with the guests helping the hostess shower, changing the sheets on her bed, cleaning up the house, telephoning dozens of people, doing the laundry, taking out the garbage, passing around the new baby, washing dishes, taking pictures, crying, eating birthday cake, singing, praying and finally leaving in a state of real glory. But that still doesn't explain it. I guess you'd have to be there. After all that, I summarize with this: in childbirth, as in everything, in Jesus we have a better covenant.
92 7. IT DEFILES The last thing I will name that the system does is: it renders those who touch it unclean. It leaves them damaged and defiled. Methods of Desecration: Miscellaneous This is done a number of ways; by the shedding of innocent blood, by the use of drugs, by the cutting of flesh, and by the laying on of unclean hands. The scriptures which deal with all these subjects are listed elsewhere in this study. Methods of Desecration: Death There is also a defilement which results from touching a dead body or being in the dwelling where someone has died. "He that toucheth the dead body of any dead man shall be unclean..." (Numbers 19:11) and "This is the law, when a man dieth in a tent, all that come into the tent, and all that is in the tent shall be unclean" (Numbers 19:14). Methods of Desecration: Invasion In addition, we are defiled by any procedure which violates the borders of the body or the secrecy in which God works. This includes any breach of our bodily integrity by endoscopy, Xrays, spinal taps; also by any kind of imaging such as sonograms; by internal monitoring, and by penetrating the body with any instruments, including needles, scalpels or catheters. These are intrusive procedures which are a violation of God's revealed will; and the enemy takes these opportunities to claim ground within our very beings. Methods of Desecration: Surgery Of all intrusive procedures, surgery is of course the most prominent and most destructive. In addition to the violation of the integrity of the body, there are the effects of being drugged, and of having surrendered our God-given authority over our body to another person. We have presented our body a living sacrifice to someone other than God. All these factors must be considered in redeeming our physical being from the aftermath of surgery. In reality, surgical operations are something of an exchange: we surrender blood and physical tissue, and we get a scar and a demon. (And a bill.) The spirits which invade and set up residence within our bodies as a result of surgery are always aligned with the operative site, or with the organs removed. For example, a hysterectomy will result in barrenness; not only in physical barrenness but also in demonically-controlled spiritual barrenness. We will be unable to have more NATURAL children of course, and we will find it increasingly difficult to reproduce in every other realm: in our finances, our prayer life, our relationships, our thought life, our business or ministry. Every part of our being is influenced by this spirit of barrenness.. A vasectomy produces sterility; it produces both natural and spiritual sterility. The cutting of the vas deferens in the physical body will prevent our begetting natural children, and the spirit which enters our body, when we surrender it to a procedure which God has forbidden, will
93 prevent our begetting spiritual offspring. An abortion, of course, leaves a spirit of child death RESIDENT WITHIN US. And just as the sin of murder remains until it is repented, this spirit of death remains until he is commanded to leave. And again, the really horrifying consequence is: the spirit isn't content merely to operate in the physical realm; he'll kill wherever he can. He may reach out to snatch another child, or a new business, or a chunk of our finances, or a friendship, whatever. He has a legal, established right to operate within our life. He is "the enemy within" which God says to rout. There are spirits which align with every possible surgical procedure, and with things like amniocentesis, internal fetal monitors, cardiac catheterizations, even tubes-in-the-ears for children. Because we are ONE triune being, whatever is done to the body affects the soul and spirit as well. Especially for Christians, it's FOOLISH to think that anything as traumatic and as catastrophic as surgery is has no effect on the spirit man. And it's just about as foolish to think that the effect will be beneficial. In the same way that we can be healed on both sides of the veil by adhering to divine principles of healing, we can be diminished, damaged and cursed, both physically and spiritually, by yielding to counterfeit healing. Methods of Desecration: Nakedness In considering medical defilements, we need to address the question of the uncovering of nakedness. The Lord is very specific about who can do what to another person's body; in marriage he says the woman's body belongs to her husband and that the reverse is true. And He forbids the looking on or handling of the body of another man's wife. The things that are done within the medical system in the name of health, healing or therapy are often things forbidden by God. There are no scriptural exceptions for doctors or nurses; if we assume an exemption we're in error. The handling of bodies in an intimate way outside marriage is forbidden, and to assume it's acceptable to God because it has a supposedly righteous purpose is illogical and dangerous. For example, when a doctor does a pelvic examination on a woman, it violates God's laws about sexual purity, and the procedure will leave that woman with an uncleanness - a unseen residue of defilement. In addition, there is a sin to be repented, usually a spirit of fornication to be cast out and a soul tie with the doctor to be broken. (I'm sure there is also a contamination of the doctor's being from his participation in activity which God has forbidden, but that's not what we're discussing here.) Results From Defilements I know that in almost every case, this isn't a knowing, willful sin. It's simply a matter of doing what everybody else is doing without even thinking about it, but this lack of knowledge - this assuming that we know the mind of the Lord, or indeed never even thinking about it at all - is the very thing that can "carry us into captivity" (Isaiah 5:13). The Lord says we perish - we are destroyed - for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6), and whether we know it or not, whether or not we understand the dynamics of it, there is an effect from these things. Their power does not depend upon our knowledge. And we can't trust our ignorance to alter predictable cause and
94 effect patterns. When we come before God to pray, to present to Him our petitions and our intercessions, how much better it is to stand free and clear of all these things which might hinder His answering. I don't mean to imply that God is a legalist, or with- holds our answer out of annoyance, but our enemy IS legalistic, and his legally-held positions within our lives CAN hinder God's response. It's not the only impediment to answered prayer and spiritual growth, but it's one of the most common, and one very few people seem to consider. The Antedote Annulling the sequelae from this kind of uncleanness isn't a complicated matter. The main thing is to believe that it exists; to consider that possibly some of the problems we experience are rooted in the spiritual effects from ungodly medical care; then we take the steps necessary to reverse the evil consequences of these experiences. Almost always, that involves repentance from sin, deliverance from evil spirits, reversing curses - such as the curse from leaning on the arm of flesh (Jeremiah 17), as well as the curse resulting from various test results and diagnoses, breaking soul ties with medical personnel, reclaiming surrendered authority and asking God to cleanse what has been dirtied. What About Christian Health Care Workers? If all this is so damaging and so dirty, how do we react if we're part of the system? What do we do about all this defilement, this uncleanness, this danger in the medical system? If we get enough Christian doctors and nurses and if we pray over the patients and ask God to bless, and if we call it a Christian hospital, won't that make it clean? I quote from Haggai 2:12-14. "If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said no. Then said Haggai, if one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean." So the principle is this: the unclean is NOT cleansed by contact with holiness. It works the other way. We don't cleanse their filth by joining them; we become dirty ourselves. The Christians within the system aren't going to purify it; they won't change how God feels about drugs and unbelief and blood and defilements and such - what He says about these things reflects their REALITY. They are REALLY dirty - objectively, truly dirty - and no amount of effort and prayer on the part of Christians who serve within the system will change that reality. There are many things about it that God hates and has judged UNCLEAN, and we need to adjust to HIS point of view and not continue in the futility of trying to change HIM. We'd better change because He changes not. We can't clean it up. The only way out is OUT. "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you." (II Corinthians 6:17). We're not able to cleanse what God has called dirty; we can only avoid contact with it.
95 A WORD OF EXPLANATION Before you even begin this section, I'd like to address some of the various assessments and comments we've heard about our point of view, and examine their validity. One attack is that it's all just too Charismatic, too much like the "What you say is what you get" school. You know, "Blab it and Grab it". Or more poetically, "Shout it, don't doubt it, no longer be without it". We've been compared to those who pray one little prayer, then talk about claiming their healing, holding on, believing God for a miracle and such - without ever asking Him why they're sick in the first place, and what He might be wanting to do in their lives. This objection can be summarized as: "You're trying to control God, making Him into a power you can use for your own purposes." Actually, the exact opposite it true. We are actively looking for a way to yield to God, die to self, become purer. We don't want to control God; we want to surrender control TO God. Another accusation is that we are totally centered on avoiding suffering and don't believe in the discipline of God. And that isn't true either. We believe that the thing that separates Divine and human love is the element of CORRECTION, that we're perfected through suffering, and that chastening is the hallmark of God's love. (We know the Scripture doesn't say, "Whom the Lord loveth, He blesses.") So to the best of our ability we embrace the dealings of God, counting them all joy. And the point of this book isn't that we should necessarily be healed at all costs - the point is that if we do seek healing, it ought to be via God's route rather than man's. Also, we've been accused of being formulaic, of believing that we have a lock on God, and of assuming we know all the right moves to make. Of thinking we can wrestle Him to the ground and get our way no matter what, because we have our little lists. We just keep on pushing buttons till we find the right one, and finally prevail over God. And that's not true! None of this is a formula! Let me stress again that all of this is merely to explain a point of view, and to illustrate precepts. The principles I expound are never to be considered a substitute for God's input, but merely a tool to help. I don't want to point to lists and experiences and observations: I want to point folks to Jesus. I do not think I have all the answers; in fact I know I don't, and certainly one of the main goals in this kind of operation is that each one hear from God personally. That's what's needed not hearing what God told ME, but each person hearing from God for himself. Another comment which we've heard in opposition to our position is that it puts God in a box to totally reject the medical system. The people who say this think that God might possibly prefer to use man's system. Of course, we don't think that's conceivable. (He might be forced into using the system, but He would NEVER choose it.) Do these people think that the goal of being healed is so important that it overrides God's clear admonitions about faith vs. flesh? Do they think anything goes as long as we get the physical symptoms alleviated? I wonder if these people ever draw the line. If so, where? Do they believe that God should be given the option of using psychic healing? Does refusing
96 to use witch doctors and satanic rituals also put God in a box? How gray does gray have to be before it gets to be just plain BLACK? Then there are those who agree with us that the medical system is ungodly and dangerous, but still believe that physical healing should be attained through natural means. These include all the people who put their trust in herbologists, naturopaths, nutritionists and the like. They use herbs, follow dietary laws, and maybe have excercise programs. And none of these things can be considered actually sinful - but putting faith in them for healing IS. What is forbidden is trusting in the realm of the natural instead of in God. God gave us herbs (and these other things) for SERVICE (Psalm 104:14); they are given to maintain health. But HEALING comes from the stripes of Jesus, from His word and our faith in that Word. Divine health is wonderful, and if eating certain foods helps you stay healthy, fine. But when you need divine healing, that's a different matter, and it is SPIRITUAL. No natural means will ever bring about a victory in the Spirit. Of course we're called elitist and judgmental and critical and lacking in love and all of that, but that just goes with the territory. It's some of the suffering which we believe will be good for us, and we count it all joy.
97 FINDING THE ROOT OF PHYSICAL ILLNESS 1. THE POINT OF VIEW I once heard a preacher say that over ninety five percent of what Christians believe is based in the world's ideas, rather than in the word of God. I wondered where he got his numbers, but even without knowing his source, I agreed with his percentages. Most of us cling to the traditions and beliefs we grew up with, or those which prevail in our society, or those which appeal to our intellect and logic, even when they're contrary to what God says. There is a way (of thinking) that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is death. Bill Gothard defines "wisdom" as looking at life from God's point of view. It sounds good, but how many of us actually do it? We need to earnestly seek to know what God says, how God feels, what God thinks about things, and not assume that what we've always believed is true. We need the renewing of the mind, to conform to what Scripture teaches rather than what the world says. What I'm going to say is contrary to what almost all Christians believe, but remember, that doesn't mean it's wrong. On this subject, as on every other, God's word is TOTALLY at variance with the world's way of thinking. I urge you, do your own studying, you and God. The Bible says, "Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (11 Timothy 2:15). And it says "study", not "be instructed". They're not synonymous; to study is active, to be instructed is passive. What does GOD say about this subject? Let God be true, and every man - even you and me - a liar. He is our only source of truth. Spiritual Causes, Spiritual Cures When we advocate a spiritual cause of physical illness, it's almost as offensive to many people as when we advocate a spiritual cure, because the hallmark of human reasoning is: MAN IS AT THE CENTER. There is a drive - a striving - to find natural causes and to find natural solutions to human problems. There's strong resistance to the spiritual point of view, because it has the effect of de-throning man. Human beings don't want to walk in the spirit realm (until their thinking has been re-conditioned by God) because they know instinctively that in the spirit realm, they are not in charge. If they think they are, they're deceived; they're actually in bondage to enemy spirits, who are really the ones in authority. A friend of mine once said about childbirth: "Before my home birth, I thought bearing a child was a natural procedure, with a little bit of spiritual activity accompanying it. After our birth, I realize that bringing forth a baby is a SPIRITUAL process, with a TINY bit of natural activity attending it." Of course this is true not only of childbirth, but also of EVERYTHING which touches a child of God. Certainly it is true of illness. We are spirit beings, and our bodies only reflect the things which influence the spirit man. This concept is IMPERATIVE to understanding healing. Three Parts of Our Being Consider the extent of a human being: the height, depth, breadth and
98 duration of his existence. We can liken it to an iceberg, with the enormous expanse of the spirit stretching from everlasting to everlasting and from the here and now unto the uttermost reaches of the universe; and even the soul extending far beyond our ability to see, understand, remember or control. The physical body is only the tiniest tip of this incredible iceberg, the puny little temporary part of our being which extends beyond the veil into the realm of sight and flesh and mortality. If we are seeing ourselves from God's point of view, from the realm of the spirit, of eternity, a physical illness loses some of its magnitude. It becomes easier to regard illness in light of the whole person, not merely the body. I repeat what I've said many times: the things which happen within the realm of sight - the realm of the physical, natural, fleshly part of our being - are parallel to, and result from, things which are happening to us in other spheres of our existence. That hidden part of the iceberg which is the most significant portion of our being, the soul and spirit part which is out of sight under the water - that's where the action is. It's where the roots grow, where the causes begin, where our attention should be focused, because it's where God is centering His attention. Does God Want Us Healed? Is it always the will of God to heal? Can we take the words John wrote in his third epistle, "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth" as God's will for us, or are they merely John's will for Gaius? Is physical illness ever sent by God for our correction and chastisement? For His glory? Exactly what was accomplished "by His stripes" in reference to our physical healing? There are many points of view about all this, and I don't intend to go into them now; I'll merely assume that whatever we believe about God's goals, WE want healing. I have found that people almost always want to be healed, regardless of their beliefs about the will of God. Especially in modern America, where we are used to getting our needs met and our problems solved - where we are conditioned from birth to consider this our RIGHT - the idea of accepting physical pain and disease without a battle is very rare. So for the purpose of this book, we'll assume a wholehearted desire to be healed. Hearing God Yourself Like everything else with God, this subject involves personal contact WITH the Lord far more than formulas or information ABOUT Him. Just as you can't get saved by following a list of rules, so you can't understand the spiritual significance of your illness without God's personal input to you. The possible causes for physical illness are numerous, possibly infinite, and in order to discover what is relevant to your own situation, what is needed is not so much this summary of my understanding of the subject, but your own communication with the Lord. Now, having said all this, I will review the things I've learned on the subject, in the hope it can help others. But remember, this can never be a "How To" handbook; it is merely a summary of my own conclusions. Roots
99 We begin by thinking of the disease itself as merely a symptom of some deeper problem. (And by "deeper" I mean just that - less on the surface, less superficial.) If we have headaches, arthritis, measles, cancer, AIDS, a dislocated joint, allergies, dermatitis, boils, diabetes, morning sickness in pregnancy, WHATEVER, our first question should be WHY? What conditions exist that cause, at least allow, the body to be sick? Only as we know and treat the TRUE cause can we be healed totally. Here's an example of this. For years, I suffered from headaches; very severe, frequent and long-lasting. After I was saved, I moved into that realm of faith which involved not taking aspirin, praying, and enduring but I still had headaches. I can't recall a single time that my little regime of no aspirin, prayer and "holding on" resulted in a healing. I had others pray, I said all the right things, I persevered - but I still had headaches. One night I was praying about this, in intense pain, frustrated and confused about my record of zero success, and more than a little angry. It wasn't working and I really took God to task. "Don't you WANT to heal my headaches?" I demanded. And He said something that transformed the way I believe about healing. He said, "No. I want to heal the CAUSE of your headaches." Oh, ho! Even better! I yielded at once to the deeper work. I agreed that healing the cause is preferable to healing the symptoms - always. And over the next eighteen months to two years, God dealt with my REAL problem, which wasn't headaches at all. My problem was anger - a lifetime of hatred and resentment toward others. I had managed to suppress it; I seldom showed anger, but underneath my cheerful surface I was boiling with fury. I went through lots of repentance and forgiveness, some deliverance, some tearing down of strongholds of deception, some attitude adjustments and even some more headaches. But God was faithful and now I have no more headaches - and I'm also cleansed of the seething internal lake of rage which I had carried for over forty years. That was the REAL disease. That was the root; the headaches were merely a symptom. And no aspirin, no doctor, no counselling sessions, no physical treatment of any kind could heal my sickness of heart and soul. Only God could do that; and even He couldn't unless I aligned with Him and let Him. I had to agree with Him about my sickness, about its treatment and about His goal. Components of "A Dealing" I could recount literally hundreds of such examples. They would all have the following factors in common: 1. The individual involved agrees to the deeper work, makes a commitment to stand 2. It is NOT a quick work; God is never in a hurry 3. When the healing comes, it is total in both the natural and the spiritual realms 4. God is glorified 5. The individual learns things about God he could never have learned any other way; it deepens his walk with God Walking Through "A Dealing" So, let's enumerate some of the steps we usually take.
100 It starts when we have some problem big enough to get our attention. (It doesn't have to be just physical illness - I believe any time we have a situation which doesn't respond to prayer it's a sign God wants to go deeper - but we'll stick to the arena of sickness for the purpose of this book.) We may not realize this situation at first; it sometimes takes a while before we comprehend that, "Hey, this thing has been around a long time, and I'm not getting victory." We see that what we thought was just a little problem is probably going to be a DEALING! Oh, gosh! We begin by asking, "God, what is your goal in this situation?" We can pretty well assume His first priority is NOT the quick, easy healing of the natural disease - or we'd already be healed! We face the fact that He has something else on His mind. We take by faith the CERTAINTY that His will is good, better for us than the quick healing would be. And we need to put our desire for natural healing on the back burner and let God have His way. This isn't easy, ever, but especially if the disease is painful or debilitating. Family members, Christian friends, folks at work and anybody else the devil can get hold of call us foolish. They accuse us of tempting God, not using wisdom ("God gave us common sense, didn't He?"), and speak horrible consequence over us. Even if it touches only a minor thing, the world HATES the walk of faith, and frankly, so does most of the church. They don't want this kind of Christianity, and they'll make it as rough as possible for us. SO? Isn't that exactly what we've been promised? He never said it would be EASIER; He just said it would be BETTER. And some of the most glorious promises in the book are the rewards for SUFFERING! And there's simply nothing like it to get our attention! Now That I Have Your Attention... I recall a precious young man whose wife was in labor. He realized at a certain point that nobody else was going to get there in time for the delivery: he would have to handle this birth alone. The description of his reaction to this realization was funny, but also a valid picture of an ingredient sometimes lacking in Christians: The Fear of the Lord. This expectant father relates that he hustled all over the house; getting rid of newspapers ("They have horoscopes in them"); putting the kids' Easter Baskets in the garage ("They're pagan"); trying in every way possible to please God. Finally, he sat down on the couch and spoke to God. "Okay, Lord. You have my attention. I'm focused on You." I'm sure God was pleased. How seldom do we get trapped by circumstances that way, with the Red Sea before us and a bunch of angry Egyptians charging up from behind. We are totally at God's mercy, REALLY living out Psalm 127: "Unless the Lord build the house, we labor in vain... Unless the Lord watch the city, the watchman waketh in vain..." Unless YOU do it, Lord, it won't get done. If You don't move, we are lost. Unless You heal, I won't be made whole. We almost never find ourselves in that state; if we do, we don't stay there! We do SOMETHING: we call 911, we take a drug, we borrow money from the bank, we seek advice and counsel from anybody who'll listen, we eat TWO big bowls of ice cream, we sue somebody, we quit our job, we file for divorce. We're Americans! We're Christians! We aren't supposed to SUFFER!
101 We do ANYTHING to crawl off the Potter's wheel, to prevent God from having a free hand. But how He loves it when we don't! This young man's wife had a glorious, less-than-two-hour, uncomplicated, totally successful delivery. And at least for a few hours there, Jesus Christ was truly Lord of that family, all the way down to the roots. And when we're in pain, and it's likely we're going to stay in pain till God moves, then like this expectant father we bustle around our lives, getting rid of things that might offend God. And we say with all sincerity, "You have my attention. I'm focused on You." We battle fear; Job said what he greatly feared came upon him (Job 3:25). Fear is the opposite of faith, or it is faith in what the devil can do. It can have the effect of bringing upon you whatever it is you fear. (I rally believe that fear of cancer is one of the strongest carcinogens in the world.) And we commit to trusting God, waiting on Him, allowing Him a free hand, and we resist the negative words we get (from almost everybody!). If we can't trust the fact that He is GOOD, we might as well hang it up and go find us another god. Pick-Up Stix Then begins the search, the questioning, the listening. My sister often used the kids' game of Pick-Up Stix to illustrate this activity. You remember? There are all these little sticks, all different colors, dropped in a pile on the table. We're looking for the sole black one, and sometimes it's on the very bottom. That represents our answer, and we keep moving the other little sticks out of the way, trying to get to the black one. Sometimes there are LOTS of other little sticks! We hold onto the big picture ("God has allowed this for my good; it will produce a wonderful harvest in my life; I can trust Him"), and stay attentive to hear each tiny HINT of the next step we are to take. We repent of this sin; we forgive that person; we separate ourselves from a particular sin or pattern in our family tree; we study the subjects relating to our illness in the Bible and look up specific words to find their meaning; we battle certain demonic influences; we relinquish old, close-held beliefs as God shows us we were in error; we clean house spiritually; we clean house naturally; we renounce curses; we pray God will cleanse us of defilements; we guard against just putting the thing to tribute and learning to live with it in more or less peaceful co-existence. On and on and on until the work is done. It's not quick and it's not simple. But when it is done, it is total and final. God has healed us by laying the axe to the root, by bringing hidden things out of the depths of darkness into the light and air. Light and air will kill a root, and then the branches, leaves, blossoms and fruit shrivel up and die. We don't have headaches any more. We go on our way rejoicing, until after a while, somewhere along the road, we hit another problem that doesn't yield to prayer. We don't get healed despite our faith, and lo and behold! we have another DEALING! No Medical Care We receive no input or ministry from the world's system of healing: we
102 obtain no medical care. And this is the real separator. Lots of people can agree with the rest of our ideas and methods, but this is considered radical, dangerous and offensive. Why don't we "believe in doctors"? (Of course we BELIEVE in them they exist and we know it - it's just they have no part or portion of OUR healing.) Let me see if I can explain it. Actually this whole book is my explanation, but for now I'll just say, briefly, that we believe that seeking medical care from the system is: 1. FORBIDDEN: it offends a jealous God who hates a mixture, and hates confidence in the flesh. 2. COUNTERPRODUCTIVE: any authority we surrender to another will decrease God's activity on our behalf. Adding flesh to Spirit doesn't increase the Spirit; it nullifies it. 3. DANGEROUS: the devices and ministrations of man are never as wise, as loving, as powerful or as trustworthy as those of our Father. We believe it must be one or the other, not a mixture of both. As I've said before, you can have God OR Baal, Jesus OR Barabbas, flesh OR spirit, blessing OR cursing, but you can't have both at the same time in the same area. No man can serve two masters. The following are some notes I've taken over the years as we learned more and more about the "Pick-Up Stix" phase. I pray they'll be of help to you.
103 2. POSSIBLE CAUSES OF DISEASE We assume every physical illness - including trauma, infection, inflammation, tumors, irritation, allergy, paralysis, atrophy, etc. - is a result of some SPIRITUAL reality. The natural realm - the realm of sight is always parallel to, and results from, some spiritual activity. The physical manifestation is just the fruit of some spiritual root. Possible roots include: 1) Generational (blood line) sins, curses, diseases, familiar spirits, genetic weaknesses 2) Unrepented and unconfessed sin 3) Blood infusions, organ transplants 4) Defilements 5) Curses, including medical diagnoses and test results 6) Drugs, especially those called "medications" 7) Not discerning the body (I Corinthians 11:29,30) 8) Bitterness, bitter roots, bitter harvests 9) Unforgiveness (A sin as #2, but so basic and significant it needs its own section) 10) Demons 11) Calling illness "good", a way to get attention, sympathy, release from responsibility, etc. Accepting disability payments 12) Miscellaneous such as inoculations, lack of faith, double mindedness, not asking God to heal you, impatience In the following comments, I will explain very briefly the dynamics by which each element works to cause physical illness, and the customary method of counteracting it. All these subjects are far too broad to be dealt with in any detail. Remember, we're trying to expound a point of view, a way of looking at life and how the universe operates, not trying to tell each person what his own particular root problem is. We must deal with underlying principles, not specifics (except when we use specifics to explain the general). This little book can never become a cross-reference of diagnosis. 1) GENERATIONAL (BLOOD LINE) SINS, CURSES, DISEASES, FAMILIAR SPIRITS, GENETIC WEAKNESSES We're the product of our ancestry, affected physically via genes and chromosomes. Ps. 139 refers to the genetic code, the blueprint God put within each cell: "In thy book all my members were written while I am continually fashioned..." We receive our physical make-up from our family
104 line. And we're patterned after them spiritually as well. Even the world recognizes this: those with problems of substance abuse come from parents with these difficulties; fathers with violent tempers produce offspring who are full of anger. If the grandmother was controlling, if the mother used emotional manipulation, there's a good chance the daughter will operate in witchcraft (which is controlling other people through spiritual power). She inherited it, with its attendant demons, and there will be no clear victory unless she addresses the spiritual aspects of the problem. (Some of this may be a result of living with the example, but most of it is spiritual.) In addition, we are somehow credited with, or held accountable for, the actions of our ancestors. For example, in Hebrews 6:9-10, we read, "...Levi also, who received tithes, paid tithes in Abraham, for he was yet in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him". Levi was in some way a partaker in the action of his great-grandfather. We are part and parcel of our family tree, and when we have a DEALING, we need to see if it's rooted somewhere in past generations. As a wise lady once said, "If it happens once, you have a problem. If it happens over and over, you have a pattern." We can often see the repeating pattern: some families have allergies, some have weak eyes, some have difficult pregnancies,
the same problems over and over in successive generations. All these things and countless more are spiritual in origin. In Exodus 20:5, the Lord says. "...for I the Lord am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me." The harvests and penalties for sin are included in this arrangement, and frequently they exacerbate. Here's an example. Abraham called Sarah his sister (Genesis 20) and because she was his half-sister, we can consider this a half-lie. A generation later Isaac said Rebekkah was his sister (Genesis 26) and although she was a kinswoman, she was no sister, so this was a full lie. The third generation had Jacob claiming to be Esau (Genesis 27) which was a
105 full lie, in conspiracy, to steal his brother's inheritance. The sin of lying got worse. Or we can see this principle with a modern family, the Kennedys. Joseph Kennedy had a long-lasting, fairly public affair with a movie star, Gloria Swanson. His sin: adultery. In the next generation, two of his sons shared a movie star, Marilyn Monroe. This was adultery with a hint of incest - if the Mosiac law forbid a man to "take" the wife of his brother (Leviticus 18:16, 20:21), now much worse would be the sharing of a mistress? (And incidentally, all three of these gifted and idolized young people died by violence; at least two were murdered). A generation later, the Kennedys' nephew William Smith was publicly tried for rape; fornication with violence. The sins of the fathers keep coming back again and again to successive generations, getting worse and worse. For this reason, many curses flow down a blood line. When we're busy "picking up sticks" to find the little stick of healing, we consider this principle. And if it seems a possible source of trouble, we repent for our sins and the sins of our "fathers", pray for God's action on our behalf to correct generational difficulties, and we separate ourselves from the sins, curses, etc. of our ancestors. We put the Cross, the benefits of the Atonement, between us and these destructive harvests. 2) UNREPENTED AND UNCONFESSED SIN Persistent, uncontested sin renders us unblessable, outside the "commonwealth of Israel". It separates us from God (Isaiah 58) and hinders His work. Despite a lot of modern teaching, grace does not cover persistent disobedience to the revealed will of God. He may not require our perfection, but He does require submission to His hand in our lives. Healing is only one of MANY things we can't receive if we persist in sin. In this particular area - of physical illness - the sins are often those involved in dealing with the medical system itself; the various things they do, the things we allow them to do, and our attitude toward them. These sins include idolatry, presenting our bodies a living sacrifice unto a false god, the taking of drugs, unbelief and such. And they're the
106 greatest hinderance sometimes. If we were asking God for something in the financial realm we would realize the need to stop sinning in that area. We wouldn't expect God to bring in money supernaturally if we were involved in theft, embezzlement, non-payment of just debts and such. We would want to go to Him with clean hands, at least in the area where we're praying. The same thing is true of healing. We need to stop sinning. In this realm and all others, sin is repented and confessed. 3) BLOOD INFUSIONS, ORGAN TRANSPLANTS The earlier section on the subject of blood was fairly comprehensive, so I'll limit myself here to the remedy. If we believe the taking of blood could be a root of our illness, we repent for the sin of disobeying God's commandments, and we command the foreign soul life to be gone from us. We ask God to cleanse us of any defilement or any "confusion of persons". We ask that our entire being be made clean and whole. If we have donated blood, again we repent of the sin, and we call back the soul life we have poured out. We ask the Lord to restore our being, whole and clean. We cast out a spirit of Sacrifice. (Sacrifice is ALWAYS a part of the deliberate shedding of blood.) To be honest, I have never dealt with anyone who has received an organ transplant. But I know that in the case of tissue - as opposed to blood the recipient accepts all the components of the FLESH: uncrucified, unregenerate flesh which probably died violently, from another human being (or from an animal!) There is growing evidence that the recipient takes on characteristics from the donor, in behavior, tastes, attitudes, skills, even appearance. (I have wondered: when the cells of the donated organ begin to replicate, whose DNA governs, the donor's or the recipient's?) Evil which comes in by these routes must be REPENTED, and the mixture purified, if that be possible. There must be separation from the foreign elements within. But it's possible that a person who has received an organ implant may be beyond redemption. What about people who are given a baboon's liver? Can this mixed being ever go to heaven as God's child?
107 Hasn't he become a "giant" as in Genesis 6:1-8? I'm not saying this is true; I just wonder. Since I have no experience in this area - and I cannot STAND the promulgating of what is merely THEORY - for those who are interested in the subject I recommend UNHOLY SACRIFICES OF THE NEW AGE, by Mary Pride, and THE LAND OF THE GIANTS, by David Alsobrook. 4) DEFILEMENTS The Mosaic law addressed the question of defilements, and made provision for cleansing. Even under our better covenant, there are still defilements and these can prevent our receiving healing. Any breach of the individual's borders - his dwelling, his privacy, his stewardship, his will, his areas of God-given authority, his body (his skin, his gates such as eyes, ears, mouth, genitals etc.), his mind, his relationships - anywhere these boundaries are invaded there WILL be defilement. The Greek word which is translated "profane" in the New Testament literally means to cross the threshold, to pollute or defile. It is bringing something unholy through a doorway into a holy place. (Mathew 12:5, Acts 24:6, 1 Timothy 1:9). We can compare this phenomenon to house-breaking, or rape, or any other invasion: the enemy comes within. Even people who are ignorant of the spiritual realm know when their borders are breached, and most victims of these crimes say they feel contaminated, ravished, violated. If the natural invader can have such an effect, the spiritual is far greater! There are countless ways these invasions can take place; and any natural trespass will have its spiritual parallel. Since we're talking about physical healing, again I must stress the defilements in the area of medical care: stripping the body, cutting or puncturing it, laying hands on - or IN - it, looking inside it via technological imaging, etc. It is FAR more difficult to obtain healing for a body which has been defiled! The residue left by these procedures is a great hinderance to our prayers. We must pray that the Lord will heal us, cleanse our beings of the
108 contamination left by enemy invaders - Vandals - who breached our barriers and came within. And we must repent of allowing our bodies, which are the temple of the Holy Spirit, to be so abused. 5) CURSES
The Random House Dictionary defines curse, "The wish that misfortune, evil, etc., fall upon another; an evil that has been invoked upon another; to wish calamity on another." Unger's Bible Dictionary says of curses, "These divine maledictions are not merely imprecations, nor the expression of impotent wishes; but they carry their effects with them, and are attended with all the miseries they denounce or foretell." That is, they are predictions of what will happen if we violate God's word or principles. They are the opposite of blessing; there are at least 72 curses in scripture, and many of them are from God. In Deuteronomy 28, we have the primary Biblical contrast of the blessing or the curse; and in Deuteronomy 30 we have the three choices: life or death, good or evil, blessing or cursing. It's our choice. Proverbs 26:2 says the curse "causeless" (free, without effect, without cost) can't "come" (apply, rest, besiege, befall). We can supply a "cause" - a basis or ground for a curse, the nesting place, so to speak by not giving glory to God's name (Malachi 2:2), by being under the works of the law (Galatians 3:10), by being wicked (Proverbs 3:33), by trusting in the arm of flesh (Jeremiah 17:2), by being born out of wedlock in the past ten generations (Deuteronomy 23:2), by rewarding evil for good (Proverbs 17:13), by not obeying God (Deuteronomy 28:15), by bringing an accursed thing into our home (Deuteromony 7:25, 26), by loving cursing (Psalm 109:17); these and many, many other conditions permit curses to "come". And in the area of healing, we can come under a curse because of their words over us. When we accept another person's evaluation of our condition instead of God's, we are open to being cursed. (One of the most fruitful ways the devil has of getting us to accept a disease or physical problem is to pronounce it over us out of the mouth of someone we trust, like a doctor.)
109 Many illnesses come from the diagnosis: we give the system authority over us, we pay them, we believe them, they curse us, and we have it. Their words become true, and maybe a Medic Alert bracelet will sustain them. And it's very hard to get DIVINE healing unless you reverse them. What about Galatians 3? What does the Cross really do, reverse ONLY the curse of the law, or any curse we apply it to? In my experience, the power of the Atonement is sufficient to reverse cursing and establish blessing in every case where we remove the "cause". We gain victory over curses by removing the ground they rest on and then reversing them. 6) DRUGS The taking of drugs is sin, a very dangerous sin. And those drugs called "medications" can be especially detrimental, because we have called them "good". Because we have turned to something which God has forbidden drugs - to obtain something God has promised - healing - we have augmented their spiritual power over us. And they are indeed spiritual. Their physical effects merely reflect their action within the spirit. We've covered this subject earlier, so I'll merely repeat that God does not advocate the use of drugs to heal. AS HE LEADS, and IN HIS TIMING, we may have to break free of drugs to obtain healing. This MUST be done under the leading of the Holy Spirit. If the taking of drugs - illicit or legal - is a root of sickness, the sin needs to be repented and the physical effects of the drug countered with prayer. 7) NOT DISCERNING THE BODY Paul says, "For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep". (I Corinthians 11:29-30) Several versions translate "sleep" as "die". If this is a clear Scriptural cause of physical illness, we need to examine it. It may reveal a little black stick! There seem to be two factors: first, receiving the elements of
110 communion unworthily, without examining ourselves or being in sin. And secondly, not discerning (Strong's # 1252, "separate thoroughly, withdraw from, oppose, decide, hesitate, judge"), the body (Strong's # 4983, "the body as a sound whole"). These verses are subject to several interpretations, and one we've found which has a clear relationship to physical illness is this: we must learn to discriminate and to contrast the ORGANISM, the Bride of Christ, a beautiful, unified, living, growing, procreating being; and the ORGANIZATION, which is the counterfeit of the Bride. There is a harlot church today, operating in a religious spirit; she is an adversary of the true Church. She functions in bondage instead of freedom, in the law and efforts of the flesh, in deception rather than truth, and her paths lead to hell. We must recognize that not every organization which calls itself a church and not every person who calls himself a Christian IS. (Of course the vast majority are mixtures of varying purity.) Our membership in - and submission to - a false church can hinder healing. If this seems a likely source of our illness, we need to pray for discernment to know what is His body and what is not. We know there are wolves in sheep's clothing - and some in shepherd's clothing. We must be able to recognize them by the Spirit. We must refuse, renounce and get rid of ungodly coverings and soul ties. We must be healed and cleansed of any effects from their destructive words or ministry. It's very difficult to receive healing from God if we're sitting in submission to a man who does not believe in divine healing. If we live under this man's authority and covering, if he stands between us and God, then his unbelief can block our healing. This is so common it's heartbreaking! 8) BITTERNESS, BITTER ROOTS, BITTER HARVESTS, JUDGEMENTS God is a God of order. There are laws governing the physical universe like gravity, inertia and thermodynamics, and there are similar laws which operate in the spirit. Principles like sowing and reaping, rejecting lawful authority, honoring parents, judging others, etc. are ordained by God and
111 they never fail. Judging another will bring a judgement on you
(Matthew 7:1); you will become either guilty of, or victim of, the thing for which you condemned the other person. If you sow hatred, you will be hated. If you steal, others will steal from you. And there is an immutable, consistent and predictable cause and effect relationship between bitterness and illness. Anger and hatred which are not repented can become bitterness and bitterness, over time, can become a bitter root which will spring up and defile many. We simply cannot continue in the climate of these negative emotions and receive healing from God. When we have violated these principles, we must repent, and ask God to correct the wrong we have set in motion. He always forgives, but as for blocking the harvest due from our sinful attitude, well, sometimes He does and sometimes He doesn't. 9) UNFORGIVENESS Not forgiving others seventy times seven is sin, it renders us unblessable and hinders God. Forgiveness is Square One with God; it precedes our receiving forgiveness FROM God. Unforgiveness creates a soul tie with the person we're not forgiving and keeps us in bondage. It constructs a nesting place for demonic activity: in Matthew 18, it's the wicked servant who won't forgive who is turned over to the tormentors. If we're in this predicament, in the clutches of demonic torturers, the Lord will do almost anything to set us free; and that includes getting our attention by allowing an illness to linger. If the sin of unforgiveness is our little black stick, the answer is simple: to forgive. And forgiveness is an act of the will, not an emotion. 10) DEMONS This is an enormous subject! There's so much to talk about here, it's more a matter of what NOT to say! I'll try to limit myself to how demons relate to delayed healing. Elbert Willis says any cause of disease which has LIFE is demonic: germs, viruses, tumors, etc. I tend to agree, and even illnesses which are strictly functional (broken bones, for example) have a demonic element. I
112 believe any SIGNIFICANT difficulty in a Christian's life will involve demonic activity to some degree. Usually we don't have just A sin, or AN illness, or A demon, we have a combination of all these things and others as well. So our dealings about healing usually involve some spiritual warfare. Some people divide demons into 4 groups: unclean, oppressive, occultic and infirm. If this idea is true, and if the divisions are equal, it would mean that one quarter of the enemy's ground troops function to make us sick. Still, there is a root underlying the demonic attack: how'd they get there in the first place? It just keeps going: if the demon is the root of the illness, what's the root of the demon? We keep moving little sticks. I want to point out that drugs support and nourish demons, and much medical care aligns with their goals. The system MAY cause a decrease of symptoms, but it will strengthen the enemy's hold; via unbelief ("The system healed me") and via drugs (they reinforce demons). If this is a part of the illness, we need to recognize it, identify the spirits, and "wrestle" with "weapons not carnal". Christians do a lot of different things in warring against demons: they "take authority over" them, bind them, rebuke them, "come against" them, cast them out. My personal favorites are to "trample them under foot" as in Psalm 91, or to do as Jael did with Sisera in Judges 4:21 and hammer a tent peg through their temples and pin them to the ground! We have no choice about whether or not we're at war - that's already established - but we do have a choice about whether or not we win. Remember, there's nothing left out there that hasn't already been defeated, so the question never is, "Will we win?" If we fight, we win. They only triumph over us when we allow it. 11) CALLING ILLNESS "GOOD" A lot of people like to be sick, WANT to be hospitalized, even operated on. They think it's a way to get attention, sympathy, a feeling of importance, release from responsibility, etc., or even a way to put guilt on others. In some cases they are paid to stay sick; both insurance companies and the Social Security system pay "disability" compensation, and
113 our accepting those payments - and our agreement that we are "disabled" will strongly hinder our being healed. These payments may seem a good thing, but again we must remember King Saul in I Samuel, and his assessment of the Amelakites as "good" when God had called them "evil". This failure to agree with God produces great loss, it's a part of the reason Saul lost the kingdom. And healing is part of the kingdom. We cannot be like Cain who didn't recognize God's judgment of the cursed ground and offered God its fruit. We must always agree with God and HIS evaluation of things. Most Christians agree that illness came on the human race as a result of the fall of Adam, and as such it is NOT a good thing. Even if God uses it for our perfecting, it is not His will that we embrace illness FOR OUR OWN PURPOSES. God doesn't want us coddled, important in our own eyes, free to abdicate our responsibilities. If we enjoy our illness and receive comfort from it, God is thwarted in healing us. We must understand and renounce our deception and agree with God. 12) MISCELLANEOUS Most of these are covered in other parts of this book but I will mention them again. INOCULATIONS: This is a deliberate act of seeking out and soliciting an illness. God almost NEVER operates in opposition to this kind of active choice on our part. The elements injected in the body may remain for decades, and may have an effect of fostering other illnesses, even in adulthood. We need to repent of violating God's principles, then command any residue from the "putting on of disease" to be gone. We thank God for HIS immune system and ask Him to restore what might have been damaged. We need to tell the spirit realm that we are NOT Egyptians, (not of this world, but of God's kingdom) and therefore no disease may be put on us. LACK OF FAITH, DOUBLE MINDEDNESS: Of course, in order for God to work on our behalf, we have to believe that He both can and will. Like with Mary and Martha in John 11, He stands before us and says, "I
114 am..." whatever it is we might need: your Provider, your Healer, your Peace, your Defender. And the next, absolutely ESSENTIAL step is ours. We must respond, "Yes, Lord, I believe. Thou art..." my Provider, my Healer, my Peace, my Defender. This is the point where faith is released and the "thing hoped for", the "thing not seen", comes through the veil from the spirit realm and makes us whole. It's first person, singular. Jesus talked to those women one-on-one, and He does that today. What do YOU believe about Jesus Christ? Can He heal? WILL He heal? It's done unto you according to your faith. In my experience, very few believe in Him. My heart breaks as I see so many Christians knocking on the World's door, hat in hand, saying, "Oh, please help me! My God has failed, He is too weak!" I think it's ASTONISHING to see how many Christians serve a God they consider inferior to the natural efforts of man! I tell you, if I had a god who claimed to be healer, and he didn't heal, I'd have trouble believing anything else he said. NOT ASKING GOD TO HEAL YOU: The Bible says: "...ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts". (James 4:2-3) The word used all three times for "ask" is Strong's # 154, "ask, beg, call for, crave, desire, require". We have to make a strong petition to God to receive from Him. Like everything else in the kingdom: we believe it within, and some words need to come out of our mouths to confirm the belief. We may get a natural healing because our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made to restore themselves, but we don't get divine healing without somebody asking for it. IMPATIENCE: "Be followers of those who through faith and patience possess the promises". Hebrews 6:12 is only one of several Scriptural connections between faith and patience. And with healing, especially, we need the fruit of patience (Strong's # 3115, to be longspirited, forbearing, longsuffering). Healing is a PROCESS, and I for one an convinced that those zip-zingo, instantaneous healings that sometimes happen are more properly defined as miracles.
115 Impatience can impede healing because it urges us to do anything but wait on God. If we hit the Ephesians 6 position of "...and having done all, stand...", and we DO just simply STAND, we have all the forces of the world, the flesh and the devil coming against us. The soul who is waiting with composure, patiently enduring tribulation, is so close to the Father, and so susceptible to the ministrations of the Holy Spirit, that the enemy just can't stand it! And mighty changes are made in that soul, from glory to glory.
2. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE LOCATION WITHIN THE PHYSICAL BODY When God made Adam from the dust, did He have a pre-existing pattern? Why are we bipeds; why composed of these particular elements; why these organs, systems, tissues, functions? Many people believe there WAS a pattern for our bodies. They believe our physical bodies resemble our souls; that the two are counterparts if not duplicates. This would mean that the locations of the various functions of the soul would align with the locations of these same functions within the physical body. Therefore, it's often helpful to consider the part of the body involved in a physical illness, and to think about what Scripture says about that specific organ or member. (A good idea is to go through Proverbs and note any reference to the specific body part that's affected; or get a concordance and check the whole Bible.) There's almost always a correlation between the physical body part involved and the spiritual, soulish or symbolic meaning attached to it. The following is a "bare bones" outline of what a few of these natural body parts may represent in the spirit. For example, the feet are symbolic of faith; the ankles involve putting faith into action, like the lame man in Acts 3. Our "walk" symbolizes our growth and progress in the faith. (I think it's significant that those healed of lameness - foot problems - don't simply walk, they leap or run or dance. They have come through the illness and healing with an INCREASE.) The clearest example about healing (or not healing) feet is Asa, II Chronicles 16: he was "lame on both his feet", went to the physicians and then died. My sister said that large evangelistic ministries which blend the gospel with medical care are demonstrating the spirit of Asa; they take the "feet generation" - the last part of Jesus' body to touch earth - to doctors. And the result is, they're "lame on both their feet". One of these men said that God told him, "Send forth healing teams", but he sent MEDICAL teams instead. He didn't see the difference! No wonder this titanic
117 enterprise failed to prosper. If our illness concerns our feet, we consider all the many, many Scriptural references to feet: the bruising of the heel of the Woman's Seed, the anointing of the big toe of the priest, the piercing of Jesus' precious feet on the Cross, the statue with toes of iron and clay. Feet should be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Our feet should not be swift to run to mischief; they can be beautiful upon the mountain, and like hind's feet on the high places. We should wash the saints' feet... We study and pray and meditate, and sooner or later something will be illuminated. Something will click, and we'll know the next step to take on the road to healing. The mouth, with the hands, is one of two primary instrument of worship. The spoken word is creative; life and death are in its power. Praise should continually be in our mouths (Psalm 34), but it's also the seat of lying spirits, as with the Prophets of Ahab. Our words are one of four things for which the Bible says we'll be held accountable. The mouth is one of the gates to our being. (Remember, the word "profane" means bringing something unclean across the temple threshold.) The tongue runs things - it is the rudder, the bridle, and the fire of James 3. No man can tame it; poison may be under it. The mouth and the tongue depict taste, which is symbolic of pleasure, desire and experiencing ("Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good", and we "hunger and thirst after righteousness"). It also represents consuming. Our soul's intake can be "sweet in the mouth, bitter in the belly" just like natural food. Our teeth are referred to as weapons; the enemy's teeth are broken in our defense: "pulled" or broken teeth render the ungodly helpless. Other tissue is touched by blood - the nutrition comes in and the waste goes out via blood. But teeth are bathed in saliva, and according to Scripture, there is poison under the tongue. Teeth are somehow under a slightly different covenant, because they're not naturally regenerative like other tissue (even other bony tissue) but naturally tend to decay. All this probably means healing per se doesn't apply, but what's needed is a miracle. On the other hand, teeth are "twins" in Song of
118 Solomon. There is so much in Scripture about the mouth, tongue, teeth that much study is required to find possible roots for their diseases. The head represents the authority. The head is bowed to show respect, submission and worship; it is covered for protection; anointed for consecration, crowned for the role of ruler. It is lifted up in exhilaration and sprinkled with dust or ashes in grief. "Wearing a hat" denotes the filling of a role and hats are often part of a uniform. We must be careful about false or evil coverings of the head (as when the father surrenders his authority over the family to someone else) and false anointings (as when we have or heads sprinkled in baptism into a cult). The neck is symbolic of submission or stubbornness; a stiff-necked generation is resistant to the Lord. The neck is the seat of rebellion or of yielding and taking the yoke. The neck is also affected by control spirits. Neck tension can cause headache; a stiff neck brings pain to the Head, both naturally and spiritually. Hair is connected with strength (as in the Nazarite vow, as with Samson) and with rebellion. The length of hair speaks of rebellion and of shame, for both men and women. In I Corinthians 11, Paul says women should have long hair, men short. Today's women are often shorn; men have long hair and earrings. Paul would be appalled! Baldness is associated both with mourning and with degradation. The eyes are the window to the soul. It's another one of the gates, especially for light. The eyelids allow closing this gate: we can't close the ears. (Serpents have no eyelids, and can see even when asleep!) Eyes are indicators of the emotions; joy (twinkling), sorrow (tears), fear (enlargement of the pupil), anger and rage (flashing), peace (clear and steady), grief ("running down", being "consumed"). Bitter, hurt people often close off, and their expression becomes hard and set, also indicating an emotional state. When pupils don't react properly to light it can indicate brain damage, and there is certainly a spiritual parallel to that. John 3:19 says the rejection of light is THE condemnation. If the eye is evil, we're dark
119 inside. God wants a single eye (Matthew 6:22), without motes and beams. If our right eye offends us, we should pluck it out; it's the route for "the lust of the eye" and can lead us into sin. Curing blindness - of one born blind - was a predicted Messianic miracle. In Song of Solomon, the Beloved has Dove's eyes, and that means eyes which can see only one thing at a time. In Israel, they speak of "Arab's eyes", those which are very insensitive to light. The opposite of photophobia. The Arabs have no problem in the bright desert sun, which causes others to reach for sunglasses. Here's the spiritual parallel: the sons of Ishmael also have a spiritual insensitivity to the Son's light also. All the organs of sense parallel their spiritual equivalent. The eyes: vision of course; we see with both our natural and our spiritual eyes. The ears represent hearing; they are the first sense organ to awaken from sleep, the last to lose their function. The skin, especially the hands, represent feeling, touch, pressure, pain; the skin is a significant border which is not to be breached by cutting, injecting, etc. The nose is designed for smelling aromas in the natural, and the equivalent in the spirit is the discerning of spirits. The thorax, the chest cavity and lungs, is the seat of "pneuma" (the wind, breath, spirit) within our being. Lungs function to breathe in lifegiving air, breathe out poison. Some people believe it's the site within the physical body for the spirit. And the blood is of course the site of the soul. "The life of all flesh is in the blood thereof". The blood contains every facet of soul: intellect, memory, emotions, will. An outflowing of blood may reflect loss of soul power in whatever part is bleeding. It frequently indicates an attack from a spirit of death. As we said before, one wide open door for infirmity is taking blood or blood components: we receive into our being another person's soul and there is no immunity given, or walls built, against "strangers within". This sets up civil war within; the recipient's body naturally rejects the invader - the foreign, discordant blood or the strange flesh - and drugs are used to inhibit or destroy the body's defense against this
120 infringement of its integrity. If we receive a portion of the donor's soul and flesh life, we become one with him, a house divided against itself, and a mixture. Cannibalism today is manifest through the giving and taking (consuming) of blood and tissue. The same spirits of sacrifice, false worship and death that acted in ancient or primitive societies are in operation today. And the same attitudes prevail ("This is a good thing, a benefit, brings a good result, it makes the donor's death a proper thing"). God still HATES it. (Too bad much of His Church thinks it's so great.) The interchange of body parts is called good. It's being supported and encouraged by our society, and because this practice is in reality canniblism, the spirits of cannibalism, of human sacrifice and idolatry, have a legal right to operate. It's the same principle as when legalized abortion loosed the spirit of child death in America. More and more serial killers are cannibals today because that spirit is now loosed in our country; and how about "Silence of the Lambs"? Most honored film of 1992, all about a cannibal. Or Disney's "Alive!" in 1993, about plane crash survivors who turned to cannibalism? But I digress. If we have given or taken blood in the past, we pray about its being a cause of delayed healing. The bones represent the spirit part of us, the substructure of life, the support and configurations of the being. Their marrow is the site of the beginning of life of the blood - red cells are born within the bone. The Bible has many things to say about bones: none of Jesus' bones were broken; but Psalm 22 says (of Jesus) "...all my bones are out of joint". Jacob became Israel after his thigh was dislocated; bones were the site of Jeremiah's "fire" to prophesy. Bones are a sign of kinship ("bone of his bone") and they are the last remaining part of natural body. Even after his death, the bones of Elisha were used to heal. The Man seated on throne in heaven is flesh and bone, no blood. The most common "what if?" we hear from those who question the wisdom of our stand outside the medical system is; "What if you had a broken bone? You'd need to have it set, wouldn't you?" I only know that God never allows a trial without supplying the grace
121 to handle that trial without sin. If He allows a broken bone, He'll make a way for healing that doesn't involve using something He has forbidden. If we have a disease that concerns bones, we consider things which have to do with the spirit. The joints are symbolic of relationships, the way people fit together and relate. We should join together spirit to spirit (bone to bone) not in the flesh or soul. Every joint should supply, and this is hindered by wrong relationships. Derek Prince once said that there is enough provision for the entire body, and nobody would lack anything if the joints were rightly aligned and supplying - and receiving - properly. But over ninety percent of the money given to God in America goes to build and maintain BUILDINGS. Joint diseases like arthritis are often based in dysfunctional relationships. If the joinings hurt, the joints hurt. The stomach is the seat of the appetites, of digestion. The abdominal cavity as a whole contains "the belly", the residence of the god of the belly, the bowels and the other organs of digestion. There is some connection with the emotions; different Scriptures mention the belly in association with mercy, with physical love (Song of Solomon), and as the source of living water which flows out. If there are stomach and digestive problems, we might consider what we're taking in - both naturally and spiritually. What tastes sweet in the mouth can be bitter in the belly. The kidneys are called the "reins of the heart", and as with a horse, the reins control where we're going and how fast. This involves the matter of CHOICE; the setting of our will. The kidneys are also concerned with the elimination of poison. If we're persisting in a wrong choice, taking in an accumulation of some kind of spiritual poison, this may be a root of illness. The liver has all kinds of functions; it's involved with the metabolism of carbohydrates, the clotting of blood, even circulation. With the heart, kidneys and brain, the liver was an organ most frequent used in pagan cultures for cannibalism; and today for organ transplants, which is modern cannibalism. The face is the countenance, and it turns toward or away from the
122 Beloved, or from light. It's expressive of the disposition within the soul. Setting the face like a flint indicates firm purpose. The gall bladder is the reservoir of bile, a very bitter digestive juice. It's the location of bitterness, of bitter roots. Malfunction of the gall bladder causes problems in the digestion of fat; with cramping, severe pain, especially if there are stones in the common bile duct. A typical patient for gall bladder surgery is female, fair, fat, forty. Lots of modern techniques make the elimination or extraction of stones a fairly simple process. But the real problem is bitterness, the stones are just a sign of it. The breasts are concerned with the nourishment of young; they symbolize the outpouring of kindness, nurture, the flow of life to another. Compassion is called "the MILK of human kindness". Lactating women who cannot nurse a baby have first pain, then engorgement, then clogged ducts, possibly infection. There is the same sequence in the spirit: those who have a nourishing deposit of God within, and no route to pour it out to others, will suffer pain, engorgement, clogging, etc. Like the Dead Sea, which cannot sustain life because it has no outlet for what pours into it, the breast becomes painful and swollen, and what should have ministered life to others become dead. A Dead Sea. Many local bodies are guilty of quenching the flow of nourishment by demanding that all life flow from the pulpit, and most "pew-sitters" are both starving and engorged. The flow of provision is clogged by the assumption that only the pastor and/or his assistants are fit to feed others; and that these leaders need no feeding from the body at large. Have you ever come home from church grieved, feeling somehow frustrated and suppressed? This might be because you didn't get to "nurse your baby"; that is, to pass along some spiritual nourishment to someone, and you're feeling the pain. Or maybe you leave church unsatisfied, still hungry, sick and tired of a pacifier. You're like the baby who's not being fed properly. When we either refuse input, or are hindered from giving out, we can have this kind of consequence. Hands speak of work and ministry; they are instruments of praise and
123 worship, and they are the members used to impart and stir up gifts. The laying on of hands opens a channel to pass along whatever is inside. The Bible says our hands should be clean and holy, and they should not shed innocent blood. Hands write, make war, bare wounds like Christ. They're often used to symbolize God's power. Gideon's men could chose whether to drink water from their hands or to lap it up, and this was grounds for a separation. Wounds in the hands demonstrate the Christ nature; Jesus used His wounds to convince Thomas that He was risen. "YAD" means the open hand - as opposed to a fist - and it means POWER. "YAD" is a part of the word "YADAH" (Judah) which means PRAISE. Praise and power are often connected in Scripture. The fingers align with each of the five-fold ministries, and the nails are protection. The shoulder denotes government; also burdens, responsibilities, other masculine functions. I think it's significant that today women pad their shoulders to look - as indeed they have actually BECOME - more manly, to assume the masculine role. They say it's to make their hips appear smaller, but why are big shoulders acceptable and big hips not acceptable? Just because rounded hips are feminine? We don't see men wearing hip pads, to make their shoulders look smaller, do we? Well, not yet, anyhow. To pull away the shoulder means to resist. The back relates to punishment, the most prominent example being the stripes of Jesus (Pro. 26:3, Is. 50:6, Ps. 129:3). The back also refers to affliction, where long furrows prepare the way for planting the word (Psalm 129:3). Back trouble can mean rejection of light, turning back, back sliding. But pain and dislocation of the back also mean wrong burdens, false burdens, burdens not from the Lord, or other people's burdens we've picked up. God gives grace and anointing to carry any burden He ordains - His yoke is easy and His burden light - but not those falsely imposed by other people, local bodies, the law, or our own misjudgment. The heart is the central core of the being, our most important organ. It spreads the blood to the lungs to be exposed to the air, then propels it
124 throughout the body to carry food and to eliminate toxins. We're warned that it should be guarded with all diligence, for it contains the issues of life. It has desires, intents; can be hard, soft, flesh, stone; it can become sick from deferred hope; it fails for fear. Like the eyes and the belly, the heart has some connection with emotions. It is the reservoir of our words. The heart of man without Christ is "desperately wicked" and unknowable. In the end times, prophecy says, "men's hearts fail them for fear", and heart attack is now the number one cause of death in American males. The mind is a component of the brain, and within it are situated intellect, knowledge, wisdom, understanding. This is the organ through which all sensory input is received and processed. The brain has control of the body and its functions by either the central or autonomic nervous systems. The former is primarily the forebrain, the site of the higher functions, while the latter controls heart rate, digestion, temperature, blood pressure, release of hormones and enzymes, etc. We're born into this world as carnal beings, our minds at enmity with God, and they're either renewed - leading to our transformation, or they're darkened - leading to a reprobate mind. The mind is the site of many strongholds based in deception. Many people consider the mind the primary battleground for possession of our souls. It is the arena in which we contest the enemy for dominion over our own beings. It's the ground in which he plants the seed of sin. We must continually wash our minds in the water of the word; to believe a lie or to give place to fear are both powerful supports for illness. The loins are the location of the organs of reproduction: the male begetting, the female bearing and birthing. They are all aligned with their spiritual parallel. Adam's "rib" which was removed to create Eve was literally "chamber" - the womb. "Woman" means "Womb-man, that is: man with a womb". The whole human race is female in relation to God's male role; the church is Jesus' bride, His womb. Gender confusion and all the modern unisex movements are an assault on this fact. The press for women's rights, for equality, liberation and such, and the same-with-same activities (such
125 as homosexuality, humanism, peer-pressure etc.) all try to deny the Godordained distinctions between male and female. The first word from God to our race was "Go forth and multiply..." He says children are a gift, a blessing, and HE wants to control the womb, to open or close it. If we frustrate His authority, it can cause sickness or hinder healing. (It's interesting to note how many barren wombs in scripture brought forth very special people: Sarah, Rebekkah, Rachael, Samson's mother, Hannah, and Elizabeth birthed Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Samson, Samuel and John the Baptist respectively. And a virgin womb brought forth Jesus!) In our ministry of home childbirth, we have seen many of these "spiritual roots of physical difficulties". For example, breech births. This is a situation where the baby is not in proper position; he's bottom first or feet first. The cause of this is some "breach" in proper relationships, most often in the chain-of-command. I Corinthians 11 gives us God's word on order: reading from the top down it goes God, Christ, Man, Woman, and from other references we know that the children come next. If this arrangement is distorted anywhere, the result can be a breech birth. Of course the problem is NEVER Christ, but it can come anywhere else along the line. The husband might not be submitted to Christ or wife might be in rebellion against her husband. However, in most cases we find it's the children who are unruly. (There are many unruly - that means "not ruled" Christian children because many Christian parents buy the lie that discipline is abuse, despite God's assurances that it is a PROOF of love.) Morning sickness is the result of somebody - usually but not always the mother - rejecting the pregnancy. If the baby is born with the umbilical cord around the neck, it's the spirit of death. This can come down the generational lines, or from abortion or other deaths of siblings, or from somebody CLOSE not wanting this baby. (If a pregnant woman has previously lost a child, or if the expectant father is angry about the pregnancy, this is a very common aftermath unless the situation is dealt with.) Perineal tears can result from past defilements. Difficult and painful labors can be the result of not the parents agreeing with God about the
126 subject of discipline (not calling chastisement and correction a good thing, not disciplining children, and resenting it when they're disciplined by God). Labor is also adversely affected by leaven within or without; and of course by past mutilations and defilements in previous births. This area is FULL of parallels and we are totally convinced that comprehensive preparation in the spirit realm will result in a perfect birth. So in our picking up sticks, we consider the part of the body involved in light of what the Bible says. We study to see what the Scriptures tell us about that particular part of the body.
BIBLICAL REFERENCES TO SPECIFIC DISEASES But before we go into the next point, let me re-cap our position, and emphasize that the first step in trusting God ALONE as healer is to forget a lot of what the world believes. We must realize that the true causes for diseases are totally in conflict with what the world teaches; with natural, carnal intelligence. We believe that these causes actually originate within the spirit realm and represent the root from which the "bitter fruit" of illness springs. If we are wise we will believe what God says, not what man says; so to discover truth about illness we search the Bible, not the world's medical books. This search often yields pertinent information. The following is a TINY sampling of the different illnesses which are specifically mentioned in the Bible, either by etiology or by treatment. In addition, I mention others which have only anecdotal evidence, but enough to convince me, at least, of the truth about it. Sleep disorders can lead to futility and despair (Job 7:3). One frequent cause of sleep problems is: previous anesthesia. Drugs which induce anesthesia leave a residue of sleep disorders, and also a demon. Analgesics and soporifics have the same effect, but much milder. Blindness can result from following blind leaders, and there is no growth in God (2 Peter 1:5-9). Blindness can come from rejecting light, or from worshipping an idol. Worshipping an idol? In twentieth century America? Certainly! Of course most Christians wouldn't even tip their hats to the likes of Dagon, Osiris, Kali, Moloch, et al. But how about sports - the events, the teams, the stars? Or money, or possessions, or television, or music, or food, or men they honor, like pastors or doctors or movie stars. This can also be idolatry. And worshipping idols can cause (at least spiritual) blindness. The idols are blind and we become like what we worship (Lam.4:13-15). Some physical results of these roots are cataracts, glaucoma, detached retina, other vision problems. Warts are rooted in witchcraft; witches are usually depicted with a
128 wart or two. The witchcraft might be inherited, or active and deliberate occultic behavior. It's not necessary for the one afflicted to have full knowledge of what he's doing, but if he does, healing requires repentance and cleansing. Warts can also be an indication that you're under oppression or attack by someone who's operating in witchcraft. Plagues, epidemics and other communicable diseases stem from not having proper fear of God (Deut. 28:58-61). These diseases can be visited on the children of parents who don't listen to God. Gluttony and alcoholism (and probably other forms of substance abuse as well) result from rebellion or stubbornness (Deut 21:18-21). This is the way it works: refusal to yield to proper authority (which is rebellion) produces bondage to UNLAWFUL authority (which is slavery); we become slaves to an addiction. (That word's from the Latin ADDICUS, meaning "slave"). Stubbornness makes getting healed even more difficult. Castration and transsexual surgery produce the status of: "not in the congregation" (Deut 23:1), which is spiritual alienation. It can manifest in isolation, loneliness, withdrawal, or possible mental illness. Surgery for the purpose of sterilization can have the same effects, to a lesser degree. Adultery can result in menstrual disorders: irregular periods, painful periods, endometriosis. It can also cause bowel cancer. Diarrhea can result from cursing others, from showing no mercy. It may be deliverance, too. Demons which inhabited "the belly" may come out via diarrhea. (This happens especially with the spirit of cancer; in many cases, this spirit is delivered through diarrhea.) Arthritis comes from unforgiveness which is producing resentment and bitterness toward others, usually long-standing, deep rancor with possible alienation, within close relationships. It's most often within the family. Healing requires repentance, forgiveness and the RELEASE OF DEBTS, that is, the price we feel we're due for old un-met needs and past offenses. We must let go all those past "unpaid debts". Nothing that happens today can compensate for the love we DIDN'T receive as a child; for example, nothing a husband can do for his adult wife will fill the gap left by a lack of love from her father years ago,
129 when she was a little girl. Only JESUS can heal these old wounds and pay off all the old debts, and even He can't do a total work, until forgiveness flows and we release all the un-paid debts. TB of the bone and cancer of the bone can be the consequences of grief, depression, or fear (Psalm 31:10). Other bone diseases ("rottenness to the bone") may result from an unfaithful wife (Pro.12:4) or envy (Pro. 14:30). Heart diseases stem from stress (Ps. 73:21, 26), heart failure from fear (Luke 21:26). Nail biting, especially when the cuticle and the flesh around the nail ares also bitten, is rooted in cannibalism. Many of the diseases which at root may be a condition where the body consumes itself, such as gastric ulcers (the stomach lining begins to digest itself) or anorexia nervosa (the body burns muscle tissue for fuel) may have a spirit of cannibalism. (These may also be rooted in spirits of self-hatred and suicide.) Remember, this spirit of cannibalism is greatly strengthened in our country by the acceptance and affirmative legislation concerning organ transplants. Leaven - yeast in a state of fermentation - is a symbol of a hidden, pervasive influence. It is forbidden in the natural in the Old Testament, and warned against in the New Testament. In the latter case, it is the spiritual leaven, that of the Pharisees, Sadducees, Herod, Corinthians, Galatians, that the Lord is talking about. Both injunctions apply today. Natural leaven might be abominations in the homes (Deut 7:26). Things like statues, drugs, paraphernalia connected with false religions or the occult, pornography, evil music, stolen articles, etc. plus countless more. Spiritual leaven would include religious externalism, unbelief in the supernatural, worldliness, compromise, infectious sin, false doctrine. Both natural and spiritual leaven can produce vaginal yeast infections, fungal infections of the skin (Athletes' Foot, etc.), certain scalp conditions, and ear aches in children. If the natural body manifests a yeast infection, there is a parallel within the DWELLING, either the natural home or the spiritual abode. Disobedience and self-effort (Humanism) cause "the diseases of Egypt"
130 (Deut. 28). These attitudes are always a potential root of illness; these people - the spiritual equivalent of Egyptians - are not under the covenant of healing; in fact, God has promised to put diseases on them. Hemorrhoids (varicose veins of the rectum) are a judgement from God because of defiling and abusing the things of God (I Samuel 5:6). "Things of God" may well include the person's own body. Breast infection, inflammation: some clogging up of ministry or of spiritual activity. An example might be refusing Baptism in the Holy Spirit, refusing to answer a call of God on your life through which you might feed others, or staying in a dead church which either is not feeding you or is suppressing some ministry God has called you to. This effect can come because we ourselves actively resist God, or it might be that someone else is hindering our ministry. Another root of breast infections is a renunciation of the female role. If we reject the functions of helpmeet, mother, homemaker and such, if we long for and prefer the more masculine roles, this can result in breast infections. It can come down the family line, and not really be present in the afflicted party, but may be seen in her mother, sisters, aunts and such. This of course doesn't mean we can't hold positions outside the home; but it does mean we have to accept - all the way down - the fact that we're female and there are certain functions and roles which God assigned to females. And we must accept the fact that they are GOOD. Harlotry or the spirit of harlotry causes venereal diseases and cancer of female organs. This doesn't need to be literal, physical harlotry; the spirit can come through any activity which involves seeking an immediate, illicit, destructive, expensive answer to a need, instead of the answer God has provided. Kidney problems can come from envy of men (Ps. 73:21), or offence at God (Job 16:13). Idolatry and lawlessness cause cancer of the bowel (2 Chron 20:12-15, 18-19). Eye problems which cause tearing or discharge (sties, "Pink Eye") can come from grief and sorrow (Ps. 31:9, Job 17:5) and eye problems in
131 children may be the result from parents who flatter (Job 17:5). Headache can be caused by strongly suppressed, long-held negative emotions, particularly hatred and anger. Migraine headaches often stem from control spirits - especially through past religious affiliations not fully broken, such as the Roman Catholic Church or small, close-knit local bodies, where the ruling spirits still attempt to control. Soul ties must be broken, past idolatry repented, and certainly any formal covenant renounced. Another possible root of migraine is a control spirit from a mother operating toward a grown daughter. After the children have reached maturity, parents must drop any reins they may still hold. Parental love must grow from the stage of wielding the rod and of being responsible for our children; it must mature as the children do. It will either develop into agape and friendship, or it will deteriorate into apathy, or into manipulation and control. This latter kind of relationship can cause headaches. Headaches result in pain in the natural body, and a hopelessness in the soul. Some kinds of headaches remove the helmet of hope. So there you have it, a very rudimentary overview of what we do to receive healing. It's very far from presumption; of praying and then doing nothing, which is what most people assume we do. That indeed would be foolish, and it would frustrate the purposes of God. I want to reiterate that these lists should serve as examples only; they have hardly scratched the surface of the information available from the Bible.
IV SUMMARY Divine healing isn't imaginary; it's not simply the exercise of willpower or denial. It is not immunity from sickness, nor is it presumption. It is the direct power of God on the human body. Why is it so seldom believed in the American church today? Why Do Christians Use Man's System? There are all kinds of reasons why Christians go into the system, why they don't trust God alone. Most of them never even consider it; it just doesn't occur to them NOT to go to a doctor. They think they're supposed to; they think it's God's provision. Or maybe they've been taught it's presumption to ask God to heal directly. Maybe they lack faith, or they don't understand what faith really is. Perhaps they don't want the responsibility. It could be any of these things, and more. But probably the biggest reason for using doctors and hospitals instead of God alone has got to be because they don't think it WORKS to depend on God alone. Why So Little Divine Healing Today? Most Christians have a pretty dismal record of healing. They may have a few experiences where natural healing came a little faster than usual, and they've heard some testimonies in church about people who were healed, but for the most part, they don't see enough divine healing manifested to make trusting it a smart option. So why doesn't it work? At the risk of sounding arrogant, I must say I don't think many people know how much is involved in appropriating divine healing. It's so often diminished to the simplicity of "Do you have enough faith?" Of course, faith is needed, but there is so much more. Even more, we need to see physical infirmity as a reflection of spiritual activity, and begin our quest with that mindset. "Why am I sick? - Injured? - Wounded? - Suffering? What does this natural phenomenon indicate about the spirit realm?"
133 We need to be single-minded. Sometimes things aren't really surrendered to God. Frequently, it seems that people pray for healing, and while they might DELAY consulting the system, there are very few who just leave it with God, and if there's no healing, or if things get worse, well, so be it. No, the vast majority approach healing with the idea of giving God a shot at it, but having as the last resort the thing that REALLY works, the system. But that is counterproductive in itself, because it's only when you're TOTALLY committed, with no other options, when you don't look on the counterfeit as GOOD; in short, when you "hate and despise the second master" as in Matthew 6:24, that you even begin to understand supernatural, divine healing. Another thing which hinders divine healing is: it's corporate to a large extent, and because the body as a whole doesn't believe in scriptural, supernatural, direct healing, we don't get much. Your typical healing testimony today in the American church goes something like this: "I got sick, and the doctor said I'd be in the hospital a week. I was only in the hospital six days. Praise God!" Couldn't the God who created the whole universe, who holds it together by the word of His power, in whom all things consist; and can't His people, who have dwelling in them the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead, do any better than THAT? Also, there isn't much healing in the church today because that isn't where the authority lies. We have done exactly what Adam did. God gave him dominion over the earth, and Adam surrendered it to Satan. Jesus gave healing and dominion over sickness to the Church, but we have surrendered it to the system. That's where our faith lies - almost all of us - and without faith in GOD, no mountains are moved and not many get healed.
A Modern Version of James 5 It seems to me the modern day American church has rewritten scripture to this effect: James 5:14-16, in the original, goes like this:
134 "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let
them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." Today it reads like this (at least in practice): "Is any sick among you? Let him go to the doctor's office, and let the doctor do a physical exam, some lab tests and xrays, giving him drugs in the name of the system. And the natural healing processes and the regimens of the system will raise him up, maybe, and if he have committed any sins, they shall be ignored because the only thing that matters is getting the physical problem alleviated and the idea that his problem is spiritual in origin just isn't considered." If our pattern is Jesus' healing as recorded in scripture, we see only natural or supernatural healing - never artificial healing. (And He never hurt anybody as He healed. The system inflicts a lot of pain and damage.) What About Luke? We hear a lot about Dr. Luke, and his profession is taken as a divine endorsement of the whole medical system, but there is no evidence that he was ever used by God to heal AS A DOCTOR. Nor is there a mention by Luke himself of being used in the profession of medicine; he wrote 52 chapters in the New Testament so there was ample opportunity for him to mention it. And nobody considers tax collecting, commercial fishing or political activism as especially holy, and other disciples followed these professions.
Hinderances to Healing Many things can block healing; a state of sin, bitterness, unforgiveness, not discerning the body. Sometimes the problem is a confusion of need. A person asks prayer for healing, and what he really needs is deliverance, or a miracle - he asks amiss and doesn't receive. Maybe we don't differentiate between illness, symptoms, habit patterns, demonic attack or whatever. All these situations give the appearance of another vain prayer for healing, another failure, when in reality it was a matter of mistaking the need. It's not simple; our bodies reflect the activity of our souls and spirits and without doubt the first thing we need to do is hear from God about how to pray. It takes more than just faith. But it does take faith, and faith cometh by hearing. And not many people are preaching it. But if and when the body begins really to believe God, to shun the use of things He has forbidden, to consider obedience more important than relief of symptoms, when the elders we call when we're sick are themselves full of health and life and not in bondage to illness and drugs, when we stop going back into Egypt to have our needs met and go there only to give of the life and truth in us, then we'll see God move in power. I have been trying to balance this little discourse between scripture, facts and statistics, logic, experience and opinion. I have been trying to show that the medical system is not godly by origin or practice, because of what it is, what it uses and what it does. I feel each Christian must prayerfully, with light and truth at his service, decide for himself whether the medical system is a part of the worldly cosmos, damned to destruction with the rest of Babylon, or is instead a part of the kingdom of God, with its origin in the mind and heart of the Father, its power from the Holy Spirit, its authority in the name of Jesus, its practitioners His disciples, and its goal being the glory of God. It's not neutral. It can't be neutral. The fact that God has claimed to be our healer makes that office divine, and if another claims to be
136 healer, he must back it up with righteousness and the anointing of God, or be branded a usurper. It's Not a Popular Viewpoint It seems most people don't want to believe in unmixed healing, healing which comes directly from God; they don't want it to be true. There is a strong attachment to the system and attacking it brings up the same reaction as if one attacked the flag, motherhood or apple pie. I have wondered why so many resist this truth. Those who stand outside the system can say with such great relief, "I'll never have to have another shot, another blood test, another hospitalization insurance payment, another doctor's bill, another dangerous or embarrassing examination - I've been set free from all that..." Why wouldn't everybody want that? Well, maybe because it isn't comfortable to trust God alone. The faith realm is seldom as comfortable as the natural realm. And very few people are willing to forsake what's comfortable. So those of us who proclaim our walk with Jehovah Rapha, who trust Jesus ALONE for physical healing, come into this arena of battle with Aesculapius, Apollo, Hygeia. Panacea, Asa, Sorcery et al at a very interesting time. On the one hand, God is speaking more and more about maturing, about obedience to the Word, and about coming out of the world, so it's not completely out of sync with His timing. But on the other hand, the system is incredibly powerful at this time, entrenched in our society by tradition, habit, archetypes of mind control and by a close alliance with the governmental arm, the media, the law, and the institutional church. Despite increasing publicity about its dangers and flaws, people lean on this system as never before. So we fight an enemy which most of the church views as not only a friend, but an especially godly, sacrosanct one. Increasing Evil The system is evil now; it was evil in origin and several thousand years haven't improved its nature. But let's imagine what it will become in the future.
137 As we know from II Timothy 3:13, in the end times "Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse". Incidentally, the word for "seducer" is Strong's #1114, and it means "One who wails, a wizard [as muttering spells], BY IMPLICATION AN IMPOSTER." (Emphasis mine). Like I said, a counterfeit. It's not getting better; no matter how many discoveries are made, how marvelous the technology, how organized and mechanized and well funded it is, it will never become godly. On the contrary, it too shall "wax worse and worse". If it's going to grow more evil, what will the result be? What kinds of changes? One way it's changing is that it's gaining more and more control. The idea that we are sovereign over our own bodies is waning, and our rights to determine what kind of health care, if any, is given our children is already gone. I know personally of four cases where children who were taken to Emergency Rooms were subjected to tests and procedures the parents objected to; they were threatened with state intervention if they refused. In the HRS, we have publicly supported and legally sanctioned kidnappers; their rights of entry, their legal clout, is incredible. And most people don't even know it. "Withholding medical care" is translated "child abuse" in the state of Florida now, and the death of a child by abuse is a capital crime; they can invoke the death penalty. (Nothing is said about the children who are submitted to the system and die. That's accepted, considered normal. As a gentleman from the State Attorney's office once told me, "Well, you know, we expect people to die in hospitals.") So I see the system becoming more and more in control of our bodies and our children's bodies, enforcing the system's point of view and decisions on us, over-riding our wills and opinions if necessary. Not just in the matter of things like child birth or immunization, but expandingly and increasingly, till we face things like mandatory surgery, permission needed to have children (maybe having to pass "Parenting" classes and prove psychological fitness), psychological and psychiatric testing for children, commitment to psychiatric institutions for "social abnormalities", conscription of organs ("donor parts") from the dying, the system's making the final decisions about who dies and when - not just euthanasia but also
138 the practical immortality of life-support systems - and the development of a whole new code of ethics to accommodate all the new situations created by science gone mad. Personal Responsibility: An Endangered Principle I read an article once in a magazine written for successful businessmen. In the article, the author told his readers all the different experts they needed to live a safe and prosperous life in modern American society. An attorney, of course, an accountant, an estate planner and insurance consultant, at least one physician (more if there were any conditions that required a specialist), a stock broker and market analyst, a banker, possibly a business manager - the list went on and on, until there was no area of the readers' lives left to their own discretion. In this age of experts, they were encouraged to portion out little chunks of their God-given authority, responsibility and stewardship, to be controlled and governed by others. Seems it's a growing trend. The system wants to make the decisions about your body. King Saul's Costly Blunder It's very dangerous to call "good" something God has called "evil". In 1 Samuel 15, Saul loses the kingdom for precisely that. God had told him to smite and utterly destroy Amalek, spare not and slay everything. Saul came back to Samuel with "the best". He had spared the King, the best of animals and "all that was good". But God had said it was all evil. How could there be anything "good"? God always despised Amalek. In Exodus 17:14, He said, "I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven." And of course Amalek represents, "That Satanic attitude of self-sufficiency and independence which is characteristic of the flesh, the carnal mind". (THE SAVING LIFE OF CHRIST, by Major Ian Thomas). God was at war with Amalek from generation to generation. But Saul couldn't believe God really felt that way. Such a judgment on Amalek seemed to be unwarranted, a fanatical exaggeration of the issues; so in defiance of God's word, God's mind, God's will and God's judgment, he
139 tried to discern between good and evil in something God had wholly rejected. And Saul lost the kingdom. Samuel said to him, "...thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord hast rejected thee from being king over Israel." (I Samuel 15:26.) If God says something is evil, we'd better believe Him. It seems most people think the system is all right, maybe not quite as faith-filled as walking outside it, but certainly allowable. At least until our faith grows for the radical stance. But again I state; there is no Biblical basis for believing that the medical system was designed by God to bring forth divine healing. It is damaging and defiling to those who submit to it; it is truly evil, using and endorsing many things which God has forbidden. So our coming out of it might just possibly be a matter of OBEDIENCE. Maybe what is needed is not so much "faith to believe" as it is "grace to obey". If it's evil, and I can see no other conclusion to draw from an examination of its nature and practices, then we need to shun it. And that takes a ready will, not hyper-faith.