With the passage of “2: ON THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL” the SBC in its Annual Meeting of Tuesday, June 14, 2022 joined the UMC, PCUSA, and other mainline Protestant denominations in affirming that LBGT individuals cannot change how they feel or to what gender they are attracted.
“WHEREAS, The prosperity gospel is the belief that Jesus’ sacrificial and
atoning death grants believers health, wealth, and the removal of sickness… be it RESOLVED, that the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Anaheim, California, June 14-15, 2022, in accordance with sound doctrine and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, denounce the teaching of the prosperity gospel; and be it further RESOLVED, That God and God alone is our highest good and our supreme treasure, not health, wealth, or the removal of sickness.”
For a number of years the idea that a person who believes they are a male inside a females body or vice-versa could be “healed” has roiled mainline denominations. Conversion “therapy” (cures) through prayer, laying on of hands, and other means as prescribed in Scripture for the removal of “unclean” spirits has been denounced by many.
Perhaps in advance of U.S. President Biden’s directive the SBC affirmed that the Holy Spirit of Christ does not have the power through believers to “grant health and the removal of sickness.” So even if an individual wished to be “healed” of any gender issues or gender attractions the SBC declares this is not “in accordance with sound doctrine and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
By denying the Holy Spirit’s power to heal, transform, and change individuals, the SBC presents Southern Baptists with a difficult choice:
- Either welcome LBGT individuals who, through no fault of their own, are born a certain way
- Declare that LBGT individuals live in sin and that Christ cannot change them
Is the Holy Spirit of Jesus still at work or did some of his Spirit’s power fade with the passing of the last apostle—the one Jesus loved?
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” (3 John 1:2)
Why intercede for the health of others if we do not believe Jesus and his Spirit’s power still heal? If we truly believe God’s will is for that person to remain sick are we not giving others false hope to say, “I’ll pray for you?” And if so, is that not in itself the work of a false prophet?
“Jesus himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
Are we only healed of our sins? If he bore our sins in his body on the cross, for what purpose was he wounded? Were James and Paul false prophets for instructing others to pray for and expect healing?
“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.” (James 5:15)
“If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:14-16)
“The Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given the gift of healing by that one Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:8-9)
“Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” (Acts 3:6)
Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. (Acts 14:3)
“In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.” (Acts 16:18)
“Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk. (Acts 14:10)
God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. (Acts 19:11-12)
A lesser Jesus is no Jesus at all. When it doubt open His book and read what the author says.