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My Sick Body
by Patricia Backora
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My body the Church is sick from head to toe. There is no understanding in those who REFUSE to see the light I shed on what is happening today in church circles. None is so blind as he who will not see.

My body is fragmented, often alienated from itself in its behavior and attitudes. People are counseled to go it alone and to care for their own needs when spiritual attacks come. They are told they have to do it all or it won’t get done at all, even when pressure is overwhelming and even when the enemy comes in like a flood with reinforcements. They are told to rebuke the devil all by themselves with a few magic words and it will automatically solve all problems. This shows either a lack of faith, laziness, or a lack of love. Yes, the person under attack IS to do their part. But when one member of My body hurts, it ALL hurts (I Cor.12:26). Just like you can’t sleep if one tiny area of your body is throbbing with pain.

When one part of your natural body gets injured, the rest of the body rushes to its aid. Your feet run to the medicine cabinet, Your hand gets out and applies disinfectant or a bandage to the cut finger. Your brain is busy at work ordering the right functions of your body to spring into action to make the body whole again. Antibodies kill invading bacteria. Anti-coagulants in the blood rush to stop the bleeding. The body releases special substances to mend the torn tissue, even if the cut is a tiny one. It doesn’t just tell the finger to mend itself. You could bleed to death from the tiniest wound if your marvelously designed body wasn’t able to repair injuries!

It’s reaching the point where many of My people are rushing to heathen New Age practitioners for compassion and relief. So many excuses have been made to explain away body ministry and the supernatural aspect of the Christian faith that My body is more like a bloodless corps with no power to get anything done. No wonder so many of My wounded sheep are tempted in the area of New Age alternative medicine! It’s either that or continue to suffer oppression. My callous, uncaring, powerless people drive their oppressed brothers and sisters into the arms of the devil because continuing to suffer is no longer an option. And the devil always charges plenty for any false miracles he performs! So many of My dear children are falling into his net like fish hungry for juicy bait.

A carnival atmosphere pervades many assemblies. Step right up and buy a blessing from “God” for your biggest donation. Instead of being grounded in sound, balanced teaching of My Word as preached by the early apostles, Christians are being spoon fed a lot of unhealthy nonsense by hirelings who are out for a quick buck. They are being taught that the way to My heart is through their wallet, and only those standing on the podium represent Me. Christians are challenged (dared) to “prove God” (tempt Me) by waving their biggest bill in the air and then dropping it in the bag as ushers rush by.

Every time My Spirit pricks at their conscience about putting MEN on a pedestal and serving THEM, the vast majority of My people choose to cling to their oppressors instead of being set free from this end-time delusion. No matter how outrageous, no matter how insulting to My sacrifice on the Cross their teaching is, buffoons in fancy suits rule over hordes of desperate, hurting believers who have grown tired of fighting battles of faith with satan and want an easier solution.

The music plays, the tears flow, people jump up and down like jackrabbits waving their weary arms. The same chorus is sung over and over and over till everyone floats on a cloud of euphoria and they’re open to anything the preacher chooses to say.

“You’re on holy ground,” the preacher whispers in his cultured, well-modulated voice. “God sees your tears. All it takes is ONE little step of faith at a time. Surrender everything now to Jesus.”

“He gave His all for you. The book of James teaches that unless you SHOW your faith by your works, you get nowhere with God. So while the ushers go around, I want you to reach out to God with an offering which reflects the size of your faith. Even if it’s your rent money. Abraham sacrificed his son on the altar, so it’s up to you to do the same and step out on a limb for God, knowing He’ll hold you up.

“Fear is the opposite of faith,” the preacher insists. “If you withhold God’s money it shows you have no faith that He’ll provide when the landlord shows up. It shows that you don’t trust Him to feed your little baby when he gets hungry. Put God first and He won’t let you down.”

God’s money? Who is God in this context? The sheer implication is that the PREACHER is sitting in My seat of authority! The deluded believer is so deep into deception he thinks he’s giving to Jesus whenever he RUSHES forward to throw money at the ridiculous buffoon who is coaching them in silly “faith acrobatics”, where believers make all sorts of loud noises and go through useless motions to try and gain My favor and blessing on their offering. The preacher is mishandling a few vague references to My Word and equating foolish, rash actions with “faith”. The preacher is burdening his listeners with guilt unless they give in to his emotional blackmail. The preacher is pressuring the people to take away money which already belongs to others: the landlord, the baby who needs milk, and throw it away for whatever the preacher chooses to spend it on!

It makes Me sick to see how My sheep are being manipulated with greed for gain, guilt, social pressure and lies to jump ahead of Me instead of waiting for My Spirit to give them clear discernment about what to do. And many times some preacher might strongly imply that the reason Christians aren’t being healed more often is that they don’t give more!

These greedy preachers are the same as the horseleaches spoken of in Proverbs 30:15, where they cry “Give, give” and it is NEVER enough! My people are a sick body on a hospital cart with an IV drip attached to their forearm. Instead of getting a transfusion of power, they’re being drained CONTINUALLY by guilt teachings and by shame tactics designed to bring in more cash for preachers.

Those who DO give in and empty their wallet into the preacher’s offering STILL suffer chronic sicknesses and high medical costs they can’t cope with. Why? The Cross of Christ has been supplanted by New Age notions about the power of the Force of Faith. I see so many spurious ministries mailing out tokens to serve as so-called points of contact. Of course, these work only when an offering is sent back to these sneaky snakes! A few charlatans are even allegedly sending out their “auras” to people to heal them. Witchcraft techniques and mind-over-matter hocus pocus have replaced sound teaching on the healing benefits of Calvary!

O My people, don’t you realize that it is CHRIST IN YOU Who does the believing, and you could never in a million years bring forth faith on your own efforts? Your old man is dead, and it is Christ Who has quickened you back to Newness of Life. Christ is the Head of the Church. When you believe the earth is round, the believing takes place in your head, not other members of your body like your knee or your wrist. The “heart” spoken of as being the seat of faith is not that organ which pumps blood in your circulatory system. It is that spiritual chamber where Christ, Head of the Church, dwells by faith. Again, it is Christ to Whom you must look, never to man.

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