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.”
“People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.”
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
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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?
- Does God heal the man who lost his daughter from a drunk driver?
- Does God heal the woman who was sexually abused by the Sunday school teacher from the time she was 6 until she was 14?
- Does God heal the person who has stage four liver cancer?
- Does God heal the person who has a stage four brain tumor?
- Does God heal the person who has been abused by an evangelical Christian church?
- Will I be healed from the false accusation and the psychological pain I endured?
- Does God heal a person and make them go from gay to straight?
- 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.