One of the most frustrating things I experienced as a pastor during my 20 years of pastoral ministry, was dealing with the constant physical problems being experienced by the people in the various churches God had given me oversight. People would get sick, they would ask for prayer, and I as their pastor would pray earnestly and fervently for the Lord to remove their sickness. I would also frequently share their prayer request with others in the congregation, so that in addition to my prayers, hundreds of others in the church were praying for them as well. Yet, in spite of all this prayer, time after time, I saw some of those for whom we prayed, no matter how spiritual they were, continuing to be sick and often times getting even sicker.
When Prayers Don't Bring Healing... Then What?Prior to entering the ministry, I had been raised in a home by a mother who was a registered nurse. Mom had programmed me from earliest remembrance that when you get sick, you go to the medical doctor, and you do what the doctor tells you to do. So now that prayer had failed to bring about healing, I would encourage these people to go to the medical doctor and my prayer would be one of asking the Lord to give the doctor wisdom to know what drug to give that sick person. But all too often the doctor’s drugs couldn’t bring about healing any more than prayer had, and the person died! Now here is something that is really strange. Prior to becoming a pastor, I had spent four years in school in preparation for the ministry, yet when it came to having to deal with the various sicknesses being experienced by the people within the various churches I pastored, I found that I had not been adequately prepared and I had no answer for all this sickness. After four years of schooling in preparation for the ministry, at graduation, I remember thinking I had learned all that was necessary to be a good pastor to the people over whom God would place me as shepherd. Yet after God led me to my first church, and with each of the three other churches I pastored, I became increasingly frustrated when having to deal with the physical problems being experienced by the people in these churches. Sadly, it was only after that sick person had died that I found I had been adequately prepared for what lay ahead – the funeral. Four years had not prepared me with the knowledge necessary to help a sick person while they were still alive, yet it had prepared me to conduct the funeral after that person had died. Is there not something wrong with this picture? How is a pastor supposed to handle and account for this when he has not been trained? And there is more – Did not God say in John 14:18: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do.” And in James 5:14-15: “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: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.” Certainly I am not the only pastor that has ever had a problem reconciling these verses found in the Bible, with the continuing sickness and sometimes death of those for whom we have prayer. Have you ever attempted to justify this in your own mind? Those who have attempted to justify this usually come to this conclusion: “Well, it must have been the Lord’s will that they not recover from their sickness.” But 3 John 1:2 would seem to blow that conclusion out of the water, for in this verse we are told “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” These apparent contradictions bothered me for many years, but in answer to prayer, one day God revealed the answer I was looking for.
God's Creation Follows Natural LawsWhen God created this earth, and when He created the physical body of man, He established NATURAL LAWS to govern everything He had created. For instance, there is a natural law called GRAVITY! Violate that law by placing yourself too close to the edge of a high place and you will suffer the consequences of that violation – Christian or non-Christian. By the same token, when God created the physical body we each possess, He created NATURAL LAWS that would govern the health and well being of that physical body. He reveals one of those natural laws in Genesis 1:29:
“AND GOD SAID, behold I have given you every herb (VEGETABLE) bearing seek, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the FRUIT of a tree yielding seed; TO YOU IT SHALL BE FOR FOOD.”When we study the anatomy and physiology of the physical body, it becomes abundantly clear that God gave us a physical body designed to be nourished with the living plants God had created on the third day of creation. See Genesis 1:11-12 and told us to eat in Genesis 1:29. Then repeatedly throughout the Scriptures we are cautioned with this warning: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7). The Bible also tells us that the curse of sickness will not come without a CAUSE in Proverbs 26:2. “…The curse causeless shall not come.” After some 40 years of research, and personal experience, I have learned that the “curse” of sickness is almost always the result of putting into our God-created bodies things God never intended to enter them. That is why Christians are just as sick as non-Christians. Each suffer the same physical problems to the same percentages, because both are eating the same toxic, non-foods of this world, rather than the foods God designed our physical bodies to be nourished with as outlined in Genesis 1:29.
The Christian Community Rejects God's Natural LawsIn 1992, over 22 years ago, Hallelujah Acres was established primarily for the purpose of reaching the church with God's health message. In the early days of this ministry, the Christian community rejected this Biblical health message we were proclaiming primarily because Christians had adopted and become addicted to the world’s foods. In the same way, the Israelites had become addicted to the foods found in Egypt, and murmured when Moses brought them out of that land and gave them manna to eat:
“And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. “And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full: for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” ~ Exodus 16:2-3But in spite of that rejection, we continued on, against great odds, sharing this Biblical health message with all who would listen. Slowly, pastor after pastor, and Christian after Christian, adopted what we called “The Hallelujah Diet” based on that Bible verse found in Genesis 1:29. These few people who adopted this Biblical diet almost always saw their physical problems simply disappear. Some of these healings were almost “miraculous”. And guess what? Those people who made the diet change and saw their physical problems go away after adopting God’s diet, couldn’t keep their mouths shut. This resulted in word of the Hallelujah Diet spreading in churches, and among Christians around the world. Today, we estimate that millions have adopted the Hallelujah Diet worldwide. To help spread this message, Hallelujah Acres has trained over 12,000 Health Ministers who are now located in every state in the United States as well as in 65 foreign lands. But the most thrilling result of all this is that tens of thousands of Christians from around the world who have written to tell us that they have seen over 170 different physical problems simply disappear after adopting the Hallelujah Diet. One gentleman, after only six months on the Hallelujah Diet, reported a sixty-pound weight loss and the disappearance of 28 different physical problems. Please pray for us here at Hallelujah Acres as we continue our efforts to take this Biblical health message to the Church. If the entire Christian community would adopt the health message we are proclaiming, we could practically eliminate the prayer requests for sickness in our churches that dominate prayer requests. Interestingly, God’s Original Genesis 1:29 diet will not only bring healing to the Christian community, but also to the non-Christian community as well when they followed these teachings. For you see, these natural laws apply to ALL of God’s creation! Sadly, we find the animals in the wild to be far wiser than we humans. If you have ever noticed, when it comes to how these wild animals nourish their bodies, whether they be plant eaters or flesh eaters, these animals always eat their food in its natural, raw, living form, as served up by nature. How long will it take we humans, and especially Christians, to not only learn from the animals in the wild who seldom get sick on this raw food diet, but to also get back to eating the living plant foods as God designed us to be nourished with and instructed us to eat for nourishment in Genesis 1:29.
“I call heaven and earth to record against you, that I have set before you LIFE and Death, BLESSING and cursing: therefore choose LIFE, THAT BOTH THOU AND THY SEED MAY LIVE.” ~ Deuteronomy 30:19 “I beseech you therefore, BRETHREN, by the mercies of God, that ye PRESENT YOUR BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY, ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD, WHICH IS YOUR REASONABLE SERVICE AND BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD. . . . .” ~ Romans 12:1-2If you are not already on the Hallelujah Diet, may I encourage you to give it a try! Hallelujah Acres is a Christian ministry that teaches health from a Biblical perspective! Hallelujah Acres is trying to help the Christian community (as well as anyone else who will listen) realize that God’s ORIGINAL diet, as given by God in Genesis 1:29, was God’s perfect plan for the proper nourishment of his human creation. Multitudes have made this diet change and experienced normalization of weight, as well as the elimination of almost all their physical problems. Click here for more information. Next week, the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high we will return with another exciting issue of the Hallelujah Health Tip. Trust you will join us and that you will share these Health Tips with friends and loved ones.