Generations Church in Rockwell, Texas and a Question that Must be Asked. Does God Heal ALL Wounds?

This article looks at a blog post from John Lea’s Generations Church in Rockwell, Texas. Generations is an Evangelical Free Church in the Texas and Oklahoma District of the EFCA.  The Wondering Eagle is going to wrestle with the following topic. Does God heal all wounds?  

“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.”

Euripedes 

“People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.”

Alice Walker

Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.

James 5:14 NLT

Outside Glacier National Park in Montana 

When I was working through the EFCA’s Texas and Oklahoma District I came across Generations Church which is located in Rockwell, Texas. Rockwell is in the Dallas and Fort Worth area of Texas. Let’s look at some background regarding Generation Church. 

Generations Church began in Rockwell, Texas in August of 2009. It started in the Chamber of Commerce and in the fall of the same year moved to a nearby Christian school. In the summer of 2010 Generations Church moved to an elementary school before finding a permanent home in August of 2013. The senior pastor and founder of Generations Church is John Lea. John is from Rockwell, Texas and according to my research it appears as if his father is famed televangelist Larry Lea. In 1991 Diane Sawyer of ABC’s PrimeTime did an expose on W.V. Grant, Larry Lea and Robert Tilton. Larry Lea came under fire for fundraising issues in regards to church planting in Poland. In the New York Times of November of 1991 it described the situation as the following.  “One of Mr. Lea’s most successful appeals on what his telephone solicitors call “the prayer warrior assistance line” has been for donations to build “the first spirit-filled church in Auschwitz since the end of World War II.” Inquiries on the spot reveal that out of the $1 million a month collected for the purpose, exactly $42,000 had gone to the Polish pastors who were building the church.” Larry Lea and his wife’s marriage in time did not survive and Melva Lea went through a public divorce. You can read about the situation in Charisma magazine here and see Melva Lee’s website here.  John Lea got involved in ministry at 19 and attended Oral Roberts University. John married his wife in 1995. It appears he tried to plant Life Church in Rockwell which in time closed. John has three children and he also loves animals as well. That is all I can find, I don’t see a Linkedin account for John in my research. 

The post below comes from the church blog and concerns the topic of God healing all wounds. I would like to let you read it then I have a number of thoughts on my mind that need to be raised. 


God heals – and He is the great physician and He can heal anyone of any affliction, whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or financial. There are going to be times in your life when you’ll need God to heal you or a loved one, so don’t be afraid to pray to God for the healing that you need.

And little do most people know, but reading the BIble can heal you, too. Maybe the Bible isn’t magical, but it will put you in the proper state of mind to be healed. When you open your mind to positive healing, the most amazing things can happen to you if you have Faith.

Pray to Jesus for a healing because He hears you. Please read our Bible verses and meditate on the on healing you desire to find the extra help you may. Just remember: God’s love heals and it always will.

Exodus 23:25 And you shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless your bread, and your water; and I will take sickness away from the middle of you.
Psalms 103:3 Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases;
Psalms 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Jeremiah 30:17 For I will restore health to you, and I will heal you of your wounds, said the LORD; because they called you an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeks after.
Matthew 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
Matthew 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said to them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received, freely give.
Matthew 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
James 5:14 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:
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.


 

Does God Heal All Wounds? 

Here is a question that bothers me deeply and its one that I think raises a deep issue in evangelical Christianity. Its one of the reasons why much of the movement is extremely toxic. The question is as follows: Does God heal all wounds? 

  1. Does God heal the man who lost his daughter from a drunk driver? 
  2. Does God heal the woman who was sexually abused by the Sunday school teacher from the time she was 6 until she was 14? 
  3. Does God heal the person who has stage four liver cancer? 
  4. Does God heal the person who has a stage four brain tumor? 
  5. Does God heal the person who has been abused by an evangelical Christian church? 
  6. Will I be healed from the false accusation and the psychological pain I endured? 
  7. Does God heal a person and make them go from gay to straight? 
  8. Does God heal the alcoholic in AA? 

In all of the above situations I would say that no. God does not heal all wounds. Actually I would suggest that the idea that God heals every wound, disease, pain and more is foolish. Its foolish sentiment based on personal desire. But its not bound in realism. Many people are going to disagree with me and that is fine. But one of the cruelest aspects to evangelical Christianity is that many people think they are going to be healed. I would prefer to tell them that they are wasting their time. Take many of the above situations when healing doesn’t come what happens next? Despair and the growing realization that they will not be healed? It plays on their emotions. Over at some of the atheist websites I notice is when some people talk about how Christians say God will heal someone dealing with terminal cancer or more.  When the person is not healed of the cancer then what some Christians will do is state that the person lacked faith or is not a Christian to begin with. Is that something people need? The idea that God heals every pain, wound, disease or more only causes pain and exacerbates problems. Is that what a person needs when dealing with cancer or more? Then on the flip side you also consider one of the things that makes evangelical Christians arrogant. Christians do not admit error or being wrong. When they can do something that can help people and bring some closure, evangelical Christians won’t do that. So however you look at it, its foolish to believe the idea that God heals people. In evangelical Christianity God is oversold. The promise of false healing causes damage as well. For example since we are discussing the EFCA I remember when I looked at an Evangelical Free church in California that had a program to heal someone from sexual abuse in 12 weeks. Is that feasible? You can read about that in, “Oakhurst Evangelical Free Church: Can One Heal from Sexual Abuse After a 12 Week Program?

 

Discussion on Religious Baggage 

There is another issue on my mind as I read the blog post from the Generations Church blog. It is the realization that people and pastors bring baggage into their churches and then combine past theology with new and create new belief systems or perpetuate older belief systems. Take John Lea for example. If he grew up in a Pentecostal background then in his past he would be more inclined to be of a prosperity gospel mindset. When you look at how healing is viewed in the above blog post at Generations Church is the prosperity gospel come through in the post? For me as I read and study it I honestly believes that it does. After all its implied that God heals all wounds which can be interpreted very broadly. That’s why I put the diverse types of situations in response. For me what needs to be discussed more is that people bring their past beliefs with them and it affects their current theology. Feel free to push back or criticize anything I say above. You are welcome to do so. That is it for the day. Generations Church I look forward to writing about you again. 

7 thoughts on “Generations Church in Rockwell, Texas and a Question that Must be Asked. Does God Heal ALL Wounds?

  1. I agree that this focus on healing is really a problem. It takes all the failed prayers and turns them into guilt. So the critically ill person will feel like their illness is their own fault, for not having strong enough belief, or for not praying the right way, or having some past “sin” or whatever. Any success is attributed to god, all failures are blamed on people. And what of the family of a terminally child, who not only has to deal with the pain of losing someone who cannot have deserved it in any way, but then has the tremendous guilt dumped on top of that pain, by blaming themselves for not praying hard enough?! I’ve read many stories from people who have left christianity, talking about how emotionally awful this kind of double-whammy was.

    “Heads god wins, tails you lose”. In this kind of system, people never get any credit, and god never gets any blame.

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  2. I think of the apostle Paul who struggled with a thorn in the flesh, and repeatedly asked God to take it from him. God did not heal him of this, and in fact, told Paul that “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

    At the risk of getting sucked into the perplexing “problem of pain” theological question, it does seem clear that our pain shows us our dependence on God, and it can cause us to be more sympathetic and empathetic to pain in others, allowing us to better minister to a hurting world.

    There is a lot of pain and hurt in the world, physically and psychologically and interpersonally. I’m all for praying for hurt and pain to be alleviated, but it is clear that many (most?) times it does not happen. When it does, thank God! But expecting it to happen can heap more guilt on the suffering (what am I doing wrong? am I praying the right way? do I have unacknowledged sin? why did so-and-so get better but not me? does God love them more than me?).

    This is another one of those areas where I am inherently distrustful of anyone who claims to have a neat, complete systematic theology to perfectly answer this question. We need to be humble enough to sometimes answer simply, “I really don’t know the answer.”

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    • Thanks Dave. I have never understood why so many act is if their wounds will be heal. Here is another factor to consider. What if your wounds or problems are healed through secular means without God at all. Does that paint God as weak or incapable of healing? These are questions that I have long wondered and finding myself dealing with from time to time.

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      • Well, that would presume that God is working only through the miraculous and unexplainable, and not in the everyday and common as well. I don’t see things in that fashion. I think God is at work in all things. Which is one reason why it is perhaps not advisable for us to try to determine what to attribute to God and what not to. Even in the common case “non-miraculous” healing, God created the minds that came to understand medical treatment and physiological/psychological systems. And God created systems of immunity, healing processes in the body and mind, etc. So I don’t think we have to limit God’s work to just the odd unexplainable cases.

        This is why I really don’t get the people who want to be healed solely through “faith” and not medicine. If they are people of faith, don’t they believe God also had a role in the development of medicines and the creation of people who are skilled in using medical knowledge and procedures? Why would they exclude those options as somehow being outside the realm of faith?

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  3. I agree, this is exactly the same mindset as the prosperity gospel movement. And it’s incredibly dangerous. In effect, both of them turn faith into an idol. God didn’t do what I wanted because I don’t have enough faith.

    Instead, the focus needs to be on the object of that faith. And that same Bible that they say requires God to heal also says that God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. If we were all perfectly healthy and filthy rich, there would be less room for God.

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  4. I think that most certainly God heals all wounds. He may do it physically here, and now. He may not. But one thing is for sure – Revelation is clear – there is a time and a place where there is no weeping no mourning no sickness no sorrow.

    “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.”
    ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭21:1-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”
    ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:1-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    The Lord can and may heal us our our sickness, our mental and physical wounds, the pain of loss the scars of grief and abuse if he wills it. The Lord not only can but WILL heal us of all wounds, and all sickness, he promises it – whether this life or on that great day when we see him face to face.

    This is why Paul could write with such confidence – “But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

    The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

    For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

    And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:10-11, 16-18, 24-25, 28-30, 35-39‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    We may suffer, we probably will suffer, we may be taken as sheep to slaughter – but we will (those in Christ) see the future Glory and our ultimate healing.

    John Lea is not a prosperity gospel preacher – he in no way loves a lavish lifestyle – he cares for the least of these, and cares for his church much like pastors of old – he’s the kind who is by their bedside asking the lord to heal – and when he doesn’t encourages the grieveing that there is glory (and I would add healing) beyond this life, face to face with the healer himself, Jesus Christ.

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