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I’m sure Bayless Conley, a pastor who has a weekly TV show, means well. (I’ve written about him once before at this blog).
However, in today’s show, Conley was essentially making it sound as though if one wants to conquer clinical depression, one can do it by force of will, by thinking happy, sunny thoughts, and by having enough faith.
I’m not sure how much of a WoFer – Word of Faith (Wealth and Health / Prosperity Gospel) preacher this Conley guy is, if at all, but I am aware that many other WoFers have warped ideas about faith, healing, and human suffering.
Never mind the Bible does not teach any of this, but these WoFers all essentially teach you that if and when any calamity befalls you, and if you do not recover from it quickly, you were to blame for it. You are to blame for not being healed.
Their “you are to blame for being sick or having a problem” theology is disgusting to me, and it’s cruel and not compassionate.
These Word of Faithers all teach if you just have enough faith, you will be healed.
However, that is not so, as the book of Job and other portions of the Bible indicate.
I don’t want to spend an entire post discussing the flaws of Word of Faith; at this blog, my blog, it’s just a given.
The thing that annoyed me about this Conley person’s sermon was the assumption that depression can be easily cured, just toss in some prayer and some positive thinking, and hey look, you’re cured-
Sorry but depression does not work that way.
God does not heal everyone with depression of the depression, no matter how much faith they have, no matter how positive they are, no matter how often they “stand on the promises” and all the other mantras these “Wealth and Healthers” bray.
Christians with depression are not, and cannot be, healed of depression, or whatever mental health illness they suffer from, by “realizing and getting the revelation of Christ Jesus’ finished work,” which is just another way of spiritualizing away mental health problems; it’s the same as telling a Christian with depression to “read your Bible more,” or “trust in the Lord” or some other religious cliche’.
People with depression are not to blame for having depression. Depression is not a character flaw, the result of personal sin, or a sign of spiritual or character weakness or a personality defect.
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