05 June 2010

Have You Had Your "Meal that Heals"?

I was browsing the shelves of the "Religion" section in Borders today. Among those books labeled as "Christian" it is amazing how many of the authors actually fail to meet that description. In fact, you're far more likely to find a book written by a heretic than you are to find one actually written by a true believer. The blatant, non-Christian authors I spied today included such names as T.D. Jakes, Deepak Chopra, Joyce Meyer and Paul Young. The quasi-Christian (at best) authors included: Rob Bell, Rick Warren, Beth Moore, Jim Wallis, and Perry Stone. Although, admittedly I'm inclined to include all of these authors under the first category.

It was ultimately a book of Perry Stone's that caught my eye. I didn't buy it. There's something about a book entitled The Meal that Heals that creeps me out enough to not even want it in my house. But I did take pictures of the back cover so that I could accurately quote it here. The back cover reads as follows:

CHALLENGE YOUR SPIRIT, HEAL YOUR BODY, AND EXTEND YOUR DAYS!
There is a way to experience life-changing intimacy with God and, at the same time, receive emotional, spiritual, and physical healing. The key is Daily Communion. In his book The Meal that Heals, Perry Stone explains how God established a total healing covenant that is available to you today through Communion.
Through a daily, personal Communion service with God--right in your own home--you can experience spiritual renewal and physical healing in your life.
IN THIS BOOK, STONE REVEALS:
  • Biblical and historical evidence that God heals people today 
  • How the early church celebrated daily communion and how we can restore the practice 
  •  The greatest hindrance to receiving your healing and how to remove it 
  •  How receiving daily Communion can extend your life and bring healing to your body, soul., and spirit
What is sad is that this is not a new book and yet it is still sitting on store shelves. At the same time, it is nearly impossible to find a book written by someone who isn't a vicious wolf in sheep's clothing. I admit, I'm strangely curious as to how Stone validates these claims with Scripture. I'm guessing it will be the same way he does it on his television show--by spouting off his reasons and out-of-context Scripture so rapidly that the viewer, or in this case the reader, is too dizzy and confused to determine if his claims are accurate.

Why do people flock to these false teachers? How can one claim to be a Christian yet be so consumed with desire to make this life their "best life now" by turning to men like Perry Stone and Joel Osteen? Once again, the Apostle Paul has the answer to my questions.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4

3 comments:

  1. Typical charismania double-speak and scripture-twisting. I've never heard of this guy, but as with all the other teachers you mentioned, their teachings are target-rich environments for apologists. People listen to these heretics because what they say feels sooooo good! Who needs proper doctrine when you can feel sooooooo good?!?!?

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  2. Yes, "double-speak"-that's the word I was looking for yesterday! You haven't heard of Perry Stone and his show, "Manna-Fest"? You'll have to check it out on one of the allegedly Christian television stations.

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  3. Mr. Stone teaches junk right out of the Kaballah. Glen check out his show but pay attention, he goes so fast and yakks so much he's hard to keep up with. And he has a seriously snazzy wardrobe. (that was sarcasm lol)

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