Jesus is credited with saying, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in my name, that will I do. (John 14:13-14) So why are there Christians who suffer? Why are so many of them poor? How is it that their needs are not being met? What is going on here?
In verse 14, he says, “if you ask anything in my name, that will I do.” Over and over again, this has been proven wrong. I have seen people suffering who have asked for healing in Jesus’ name and have died. There was a lady I knew who suffered from Crohn’s disease. This lady believed until the day she died that Jesus would save her. Why? Because of this verse.
Remember that the verse says, “If ye shall ask anything in my name, that will I do.” This lady prayed for healing. Her family prayed. The entire church prayed for her. She was loved by many people. They prayed for her and with her. They put olive oil on her forehead and everything. So why did she die?
When people ask for something and don’t get it, church leaders come up with several reasons why they didn’t get it. They might say it was her time to go. That sounds good and a lot of people will believe it. But it contradicts this verse. It says “whatsoever you ask”. She asked to be healed and was not. Some may say that she didn’t have enough faith. This is a great argument because there really is no way to measure one’s faith. It is a simple thing to say she didn’t have enough after the fact. I will tell you that this woman had more faith than most. The verse above and the rest of the chapter for that matter does not say that faith is a condition to receive what is asked. The only condition is that one must ask in his name. So not having enough faith is no excuse for her not being healed.
After the woman died, the pastor told us that she did get what she asked for after all. She was healed. She got the “ultimate healing”. She died. She wasn’t healed of anything. The excuse he gave us was nothing more than a way to keep us coming back for more. Had he admitted that it didn’t work, everyone would leave. There would be no more church. He couldn’t have that. So he made something up. After a while, no one even talked about her anymore. They simply moved on to the next thing.
That is how it works in charismatic churches. They have to keep you focused on something new at all times so that you don’t realize what is going on behind the scenes. I know because I was a part of it. They have all sorts of things going on. They call them ministries. They are distractions. People are encouraged to get involved in these distractions. Some of them do good work in their communities. That isn’t the point. The point is that while they are out doing things for the community, they don’t study. They don’t learn. They don’t come to any truth about their lives. They are distracted by what is in front of them at the moment, their ministry. I’m not saying they shouldn’t help the community, but some of these ministries do little or nothing for the community. Most of these ministries are nothing more than groups of people within the church getting together on a regular basis.
How many more times do you have to be refused of the things you ask until you finally get it. The fact is that since Jesus died over two-thousand years ago, he has done nothing for anybody. But what about those who do get something? I know a woman who wanted a cat. She asked Jesus for a cat. Very soon a friend of her daughter gave them a cat. Is it a miracle? No. It is a common thing for people who have cats to give away their kittens when they have them. One would think that if this person truly thought this was a miracle cat, they would cherish it. They would care for it greatly. The funny thing is that a few months later. The cat miracle was no longer the focus of their attention. The woman had given the cat away to her daughter who in turn tried to give it to me. The cat was supposed to be a gift from Jesus. It was no more important than any other cat to them. You see, once the focus has shifted to something else, the christian no longer remembers the things they prayed for. This sacred cat was tossed aside like refuse. This tells me that deep down inside they know it isn’t real. That’s why they are always ready with an excuse as to why it didn’t work.
Notice how, in both examples, the outcome is the same. Once the thing for which they prayed isn’t realized, the focus is changed. The thing for which they asked is never brought up again. There is always something new to take the focus away from all of those unanswered prayers.
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