David Hathaway: Healing

Do you want God to touch you? Fight for it! Come on! Fight for it! Dont take things lying down. If I want things, well, where did Jacob get his power with God? Come on! He wrestled with God and when he won God touched his thigh and said, and said, and said, "As a prince you have power with God." Come on, you want power from God, I have power with God. You understand? Right. Fight for your Jesus. Stand up and fight. Fight the old devil. Where did sickness come from? If you had no devil you would have no sickness. If there were no Devil you would live for more than a thousand years. Oh yeah, that's true. These words of David Hathaway can be found here at approximately 1.00 in.

This video raises concerns for several reasons. The immediate problem is his strident approach. Zedekiah List does not normally question what could be part of his personality, yet it is clear that he is being extremely dogmatic about his views on healing. His demeanour and body language are such that it suggests that he believes that his audience has a very lackadaisical view of God and has a low opinion of healing. Jesus never had to use strong language when dealing with ordinary people.

The problems David Hathaday presents begin when he says: Where did sickness come from? If you had no devil you would have no sickness. Did the Devil create sickness? This would make him a co-creator with God, which he is not: Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1 v2. The him in this verse clearly refers to the Word which John identifies as Jesus Christ. Therefore the statement David Hathaway has made has no scriptural warrant and is simply adding to scripture and sadly, misleading people.

The second problem is the statement: If there were no Devil you would live for more than a thousand years. The Bible is quite clear when it says: The length of our day is seventy years - or eighty, if we have strength. Psalms 90 v10. This is important because the Psalmist is telling us our God has set our age limit. David Hathaway ignores scripture and prefers to give the Devil the dubious honour of limiting our years. Again he is ignoring the plain words of scripture.

Leaving aside these two big problems, which show clearly that David Hathaway has wandered from the path of scripture, one finds other problems. He says where did Jacob get his power with God? Where in scripture did Jacob obtain power? Nowhere. The Bible statement from which David Hathaway gets this idea is Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed. Genesis 32 v28. There are translation problems with this verse. Jacob struggled with God is often translated as Prince of God. Whichever is the true translation of these words David Hathaway is using a statement which is explaining why God is changing Jacob's name. Can we seriously use this statement as a the basis for solid doctrine?

David Hathaway tells his audience Come on, you want power from God, I have power with God. You understand?. So we are to understand that we must contend with God in the same manner as Jacob wrestled with God. Where is that in scripture? It isn't there. What is more scripture says: So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak Genesis 32 v24. It does not say that Jacob invited or even expected this wrestling match, but David Hathaway implies that we should initiate such an encounter with God for ourselves.

Finally, he says: Fight the old devil. Again this is not a scriptural command. In the very same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings. But even the Archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses did not dare bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" Jude 8-9.

When we consider all these problems created by David Hathaway, it becomes clear that he is grasping at straws to convince his audience that his ideas on healing are correct and scriptural. Such beating about the bush demonstrates that his "God wants all healed" approach is simply not true. When we consider also his strident approach, which is very unChrist-like it all adds up to just one thing: his case for healing is based on a flawed exegesis of scripture and therefore is by no means watertight. Avoid him.

7th November 2016

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