False Teachers – False Hope!
Wesley Parker was an active 11-year-old boy—a diabetic taking regular insulin shots. One day at church, after hearing a Word of Faith message to confess and claim their son’s healing, Larry and Alice Parker intentionally withheld their son’s insulin. As a result, Wesley went into a diabetic coma. In spite of warnings, these parents believed the “Prosperity Gospel” teaching: Don’t make a negative confession (don’t say he’s sick). Make a positive confession (say he is healed).
Three days later, Wesley lay dead. Because of the “revelation knowledge” these parents believed they had received through Word-Faith teaching, they held a resurrection service instead of a funeral service. In the end, young Wesley was not resurrected.
Larry and Alice Parker were arrested and jailed … then charged, tried, and convicted of manslaughter and child abuse. Though they believed they were right, their thinking was dead wrong. This passage from the Bible tragically fits far too many people who have let Prosperity Theology become central to their thinking. Too many discover too late what the Bible says,
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12)