The current state of many so-called ‘Christian’ leaders highlights why true believers must know Christ for themselves by reading and studying his word for themselves, praying to him themselves, and putting his word into practice for themselves. If our faith is placed in religious leaders, we open ourselves up to fall with them when they fall. That’s why I admire the saints Christ commended in the letters to the seven churches in Revelation who were surrounded by sinful leaders and churchgoers, but were the faithful few that “have not defiled their garments,” (Rev. 3:4).
Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, believes that allowing people to end their lives via euthanasia/doctor-assisted suicide is a “noble thing” and “profoundly Christian.” Carey also stated, “Some people have said on the issue of compassion that actually pain is a noble thing… There is nothing noble about excruciating pain… in my view it is a profoundly Christian and moral thing to devise a law that enables people…to end their lives with dignity.” However, Lord Carey has been either bamboozled on this issue or has intentionally adopted the false doctrines behind euthanasia.
There have been huge advances in medicine to help alleviate excruciating pain that are readily available and easily accessible for patients under palliative care until such a time as they die naturally. There is still much to be discovered about the human body, so it’s really callous to quickly write someone off (or yourself off) when suffering comes. As a matter of fact, earlier this year a man in a coma for 12 years said he was aware of his surroundings during his coma. A recent study has also found that a patient can have their pain alleviated and use of painkillers reduced when their choice of music is played in their presence.
Furthermore, if Carey is truly a man of God, he should know that the prayers of the righteous by faith bring healing and this has been proven scientifically. Does he realize that healing the sick is part of the church’s continuing ministry, as started by the Lord himself and passed down to Christ’s church?
Matthew 4:23— And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
Luke 9:1-2; 10:1,9 — Jesus sent out the 12 and then the 70 and commanded them to heal the sick.
Mark 16:28– Jesus said one of the signs of believers would be that they would lay hands on the sick and the sick would recover.
James 5:14-15– The apostle commanded the sick in church to call the elders so they could pray for healing from their sicknesses.
So why is this church leader speaking the opposite of what Jesus and his followers said and did? Could it be that he is someone that Proverbs 26:24-25 warns us about?–
He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
Lord Carey has spoken “fair” in that his words seem kind and compassionate, but the end of those words is to “dissemble” a person’s very life–a result of hatred. And his words reflect “seven abominations” as listed in Proverbs 6:16-19 if you care to read them, especially “hands that shed innocent blood.” When one knows the word, it is clear Carey is under the influence of forces opposed to what God wants.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 2
Source: Ian Johnston, Lord Carey: Euthanasia for terminally ill is ‘profoundly Christian’, The Independent, August 13, 2015.
Harry A. Gaylord