February 28, 2009

Is The Church Supposed To Leave A Brother In Need Indefinetly?

by @ 11:39 pm. Filed under Saints In Need

Last year, I made a post titled Yet Another “Slain in the Spirit” Injury Lawsuit. Please read it to understand some of the details of this latest related post. Also see the comments under that previous post, where Matt Lincoln offers some updates about the situation.

Basically, Matt dropped his lawsuit and I’ve seen copies of the court filed documents ending the lawsuit, which prove the case has been dropped. But despite Matt first seeking help from his local church, not receiving it and after the strife involved in a lawsuit, then dropping the case. Matt still is not receiving any assistance from the church group he was part of. If Matt was 100% wrong for filing a lawsuit, he’s dropped his case. Should his former local church still hold it against him, or should they now embrace him and seek to help him with his mounting medical bills? It’s pretty much a given that they know he’s got lots of mounting medical bills! I feel, regardless of whether someone sees Matt’s lawsuit as good or bad, someone who did a deed not known among Gentiles was received back in 2 Corinthians 2. So no matter how someone cares to view Matt’s prior actions, there is no longer any lawsuit and leaving a Christian to suffer with no aid for their medical bills is just evil. I mean I can’t come up with any term to call it but evil. Letting anger rule instead of love.

So here’s the deal, you now have an opportunity to stand in the gap! You who wish to help Matt Lincoln with his medical bills can forward him funds via Paypal to the e-mail address eyelovejesus [put an at symbol right here]

If you feel what Matt’s local church is doing is wrong, rather than responding in anger, respond in love and help Matt. Fellow Christians, consider Matthew 25:31-46 and consider that you didn’t deserve the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ. We have a brother in need and I feel he deserves better than us leaving him to suffer physically and suffer the hassle of debt from medical bills.

I really don’t like that some pastors lead people to feel they should fall backwards. While there are plenty of cases in scripture of people falling, who, why and how they fell is not a trivial matter, but of great importance. Saints feeling the power of God fell to their knees or face forward, while often falling backwards was not a sign all was well. So I dislike seeing pastors approving of people falling backwards and claiming they were “slain in the spirit”. It’s a per meeting practice in some churches, while in the Bible regular falling backwards was not occurring. Take some time to read this short write-up that explains in detail: Slain in the Spirit. With Christ present in flesh and later His Apostles present, we didn’t see people who loved God falling backwards from the power of God, especially not as some regular routine. People getting hurt should help identify something is not functioning in proper order.

5 Responses to “Is The Church Supposed To Leave A Brother In Need Indefinetly?”

  1. stan Says:

    Great effort on behalf of this traumatized brother, IC. I feel so terribly sorry for him suffering like he is over this. I hope many will help Matt out the best they can.

    We need to let him know that even if we strenuously disagree with the modern “slain in the spirit” tradition, that we won’t stand by and let him go unaided. Unless we show love by our deeds according to our means, what good are our words? This is the very point about love both James and John make in their inspired letters.

  2. mattlincoln Says:

    Thank you all so much for the kindness you have shown. Just when my faith needed a jolt, God delivered through His people. Kindness in the form of words has done more for me than any other therapy. It’s one thing to have physical pain, another to have emotional pain, but the worst pain, at least for me, has been the pain in my spirit. Not only did I feel betrayed by the Pastors and church members, but also I felt like God was just ignoring my plight. Then the members from this community started showing up and it reminded me of the poem “Footsteps In The Sand”. God wasn’t ignoring me but rather was carrying me…and I didn’t realize it. And finally, kindness in the form of monetary donations is very much appreciated. The mounting medical bills put my family in a very bad financial situation. It is further compounded by the fact that I am unable to work the hours I used to which means our income dropped while our bills increased. Right when this storm is raging at it’s worst, God’s people are coming through with their best. That’s a real show of Christianity. As I mentioned, this is all happening when my faith reached a low point. So thank you all again and I pray God’s blessing on you and yours.
    In His Love,
    Matt Lincoln

  3. KyleAndrews Says:


    I feel for your plight and will do what I can to help financially.

    That being said, please continue to search the scriptures and find the true gospel which is clearly presented. Please understand that the Arminian/Prosperity/Free Will Gospel will leave you empty in the end.

    God is Sovereign!


  4. awriter4evr Says:

    This unfortunate situation reminds me of the following Scripture:

    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” –Luke 13:34-35

    It is obvious that this church did not love Matt. May the Lord heal Matt’s body and heart.

  5. mattlincoln Says:

    Thank you awriter4evr, Kyle & Stan. Your support with God’s help will get my family and myself through this storm. I also thank everyone else who has prayed for me. I have been feeling better about my circumctances and that is due mostly to the prayers you have offered up in my behalf. The donations I have received have managed to almost pay my legal expenses, so that is off our back. We have also been negotiating with the hospital, raiologist, anasthesiologist and surgeon and we are trying to negotiate the bills with monthly installment plans, so hopefully that emotional stress will be lessened. So I still need your prayers for that. God bless you and yours.

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