Bible Belt Blogger (whose site I lost for a long time and recently discovered again) writes about a story told at Oral Roberts’ Funeral:
Pentecostal televangelist Marilyn Hickey preached the sermon at Oral Roberts’ memorial service today. And she shared an insightful story about her faith and ministry, laughing while she told it….
She said the first time that she preached at an Assembly of God Church, she commanded a man in a wheelchair near the back of the sanctuary to stand up and walk. But the man didn’t budge. So she hollered at him again: Stand up and walk. But still he did not move. So a third time, she thundered: Stand up and walk. But still no movement.
About that time, the pastor of the church stepped to her side and whispered: “Mrs. Hickey, he’s not going to stand up and walk. He has no legs.”
Oh, the story brought laughter to Oral Roberts’ memorial service. And Hickey laughed along.
BBB’s Frank Lockwood’s response was profound:
I didn’t laugh, however. I’ve seen too many self-proclaimed faith healers use desperately-ill people as props over the decades. And if Hickey’s Almighty God is incapable of healing legless men, he isn’t much of an Almighty God.
I had two responses to this story:
- When I posted this on facebook, a woman who identifies as deaf wondered why people believe that “healing only means having senses and limbs that function “normally”?”
- I remembered that last month a youth told me about a friend who is missing a limb, and was told by her pastor that she was made “wrong” on earth and she would be made “right” in heaven, if she got there.