I have come across an article and book authored by Pastor John Piper, entitled “Don’t Waste Your Cancer” (link to article). Even though I haven’t read the book, the article is quite shocking.
It contains some terrifying teachings about healing and sickness which I believe are damaging to God’s Kingdom.
“I believe in God’s power to heal—by miracle and by medicine. I believe it is right and good to pray for both kinds of healing. Cancer is not wasted when it is healed by God. He gets the glory and that is why cancer exists. So not to pray for healing may waste your cancer. But healing is not God’s plan for everyone. And there are many other ways to waste your cancer. I am praying for myself and for you that we will not waste this pain.”
According to the article you will ‘waste your cancer’ if:
- You do not believe it is designed for you by God
- You believe it is a curse and not a gift
- You refuse to think about death
- You think that “beating” cancer means staying alive rather than cherishing Christ
- You treat sin as casually as before
Satan’s and God’s designs in your cancer are not the same. Satan designs to destroy your love for Christ. God designs to deepen your love for Christ. Cancer does not win if you die. It wins if you fail to cherish Christ. God’s design is to wean you off the breast of the world and feast you on the sufficiency of Christ. It is meant to help you say and feel, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” And to know that therefore, “To live is Christ, and to die is gain”
My intention is that instead of bashing the Pastor who wrote this, we combat the false teaching by speaking Biblical truth and life. And we pray and break Satan’s power over the book and article and make it of non affect, to rather allow people to experience God’s goodness. That no person will be influenced by that wrong teaching. And let the author come to realize that sickness and death is straight from the pit of hell!
1 John 1:5: This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
John 10:10: The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: But I [Jesus] came that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Anything that steals, kills, or destroys your life is the work of Satan. Jesus came that we may have life in abundance. Cancer is a sickness straight from hell designed to kill people. Living with cancer is NOT God’s will.
Acts 10:34 says that God is no respecter of persons. Yet, people say that sickness is judgement from God. I’d like to ask those people what makes them think that other people are judged for their sins, but not them? So the people who have cancer ‘sinned more’ that those who don’t have?
You will waste your cancer if you treat sin as casually as before.
If I interpret this correctly, Pastor Piper feels that cancer may be the result of sin. This is in no way a Biblical teaching.
Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
If it is true that God condemns no one who is in Christ, how can it possibly be that sickness is inflicted by God? Sickness and death is the work of devils.
You will waste your cancer if you think that “beating” cancer means staying alive rather than cherishing Christ
People should take up the authority God gave us over death and sickness. God’s will is that we are healed and live healthily in a relationship with Him. If we were meant to live in Heaven, God would have created us there.
And that is my 2Cents