Okay I got the memo.  People have been wanting an update, a post, anything that stated how things were going.  Okay, we are alive and doing well.  In fact, after having talked with Tanna I figured it was a good time to call my Mom tonight.  Though she just saw me two weeks ago, Mom will always be Mom and I love her so for it.

Okay, so what we've been up to.  When last we left our hero, he was valiantly defending his wife from a comment that would have better been left unsaid.  But it put a fire under me.  So I began a personal quest to study those that believe such.  I wanted to delve into a shady world where demons lurked under every corner and find where such belief had come from and more importantly what the true Biblical basis of such is.

So I bought a book.  Not just any book, Christianity in Crisis 21st Century by Hank Hanegraaff.  It is an expose of sorts about the Word of Faith movement and exposes the heresies that their preachers teach.  Somehow they believe that their words are more powerful than God for one.  In other words, God cannot do anything in our life, or even in this world, unless we allow Him to.  I'm sorry, but my God, my God is omnipotent.  All-powerful.  God can, and will, do as He please, according to His will.  As well, apparently sickness is, in part, because we allow the enemy access into our lives because of our words.  For example, according to them, if I say I have the flu, or cancer, then I'm allowing the enemy access to put that in my life and God can do nothing about it.  So what is their solution?  Deny the symptoms.  Speak in "faith", I do not have it.  As well, yes, it get's worse, you allow demons of sickness to come in, demons of headaches, cancer, etc.  The problems with this theology are many and it took a book to counter all the heresy, but it takes the responsibility off the person and puts it squarely on the enemy. Some of these preachers have not been "sick" in years, all because of this positive confession.

So in their eyes, Ginger has this disease called bipolar because of:

a) her words
b)lack of faith
c)secret sin
d)generational curse

any or all of these has, in their eyes, allowed the demon of bipolar to enter into her.  And, according to them, even though she is a believer, the demon can still come in.

So I have a message for these goof balls.  Your theology is crap.  First of all, a believer has the Holy Spirit in them.  God in them.  And if God is the strong man in us, then no enemy is going to strong arm God out of us.  Remember, God is omnipotent, all powerful, so who can defeat God?

If I have a cold and I say I don't have one I'm lying.  And lying is a sin, so I don't see how God could tell us not to say if we would sin.

Ginger and I's faith is in God, not our words, therefore the lack of faith is futile.   No I do not have faith in these faith healers, they are quacks in my opinion, only after money and prestige.

Considering that Ginger and I get up and give our testimony in front of 100+ people, exposing all the dark areas of our lives and how God has delivered us from them, I don't see secret sin as an issue.

And lastly, generational curses.  Read the book.  God doesn't curse us, but their are consequences to our sin.

There is so much more I could say, but what I loved about the book was it's documentation.  All the words the faith healers, preachers, etc., were documented, and the footnotes showed where and when.  As well, the Biblical truth was given along with their flawed theology.  As well, a primer in biblical interpretation and a back to basics section was included (that is the section I'm on now) that is quite interesting.

What I like about Hank is there is no denominational bashing.  He is found of saying, "In essentials unity, in nonessentials liberty, in all things charity.  What these preachers attack is the essentials to fit their doctrine, and that is the focus of the book.  Many denominations have secondary issues they disagree on and those can be talked about but in the end, we all, as true believers, come together in love.

So as you can see, I've been studying, reading, having Bible in hand as I read this book, looking up Scripture, showing myself approved.  Let me say again, my God is omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient.   My God is Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.  He is my Creator, my Provider, my Healer, my Everything.  There is nothing that can seperate me from my God, no power on earth, in heaven or in hell.  No amount of words, even mine, are more powerful than God's and one day we will all have our day with Him.  And my God, should He wish to heal instantly He can, or if He wishes it not to be healed but to walk with us through it, or even take us away, then He can.  Because as a believer it is not my will, but His.  I am His child, His sheep, and He is my Father and my Shepherd.  That is my God.


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