Mental Illness in the House of God

Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. Matthew 17:15

When I heard the news broadcasted on nine people being murdered in a church in Charleston South Carolina during Bible Study and prayer service, I immediately stopped what I was doing and began to pray for the families who lost loved ones and everyone in their community.

This situation is tragic all the way around.

The news has described these murders as a hate crime.

Neither I, nor anyone will be aware of the mental state of this young man’s mind until one sits across from him (should he remain alive) and investigate the why and what of his life circumstances.

What we must all do at this time is pray and trust that God will provide what the truth is and not leave it up to our fleshly thinking.

Mental illness is probably the least of topics discussed in churches.

Somehow, to mention that someone in one’s family is exhibiting irrational behavior, stating they hear voices or self-inflicting abuse on their own body is usually intentionally hidden from those who might be of help in uncovering the depth of their mental state of mind.

Yes, Christians have got to understand that mental illness in the house of God is real.

Jesus confronted the problem of mental illness head on when He walked this earth.

In the Books of Matthew, Mark and Luke, you will find stories about certain men and a boy who were described as lunatic or having demonic spirits.

In Matthew 17 v 14-21, you can read about a father who sought Jesus disciples to cast out the demon in his son, he thought they could cure him. But they could not do it. Why? Because Jesus explained to them that the kind of demonic spirit that tormented this father’s son could only be defeated by prayer and fasting.

Whatever made the alleged killer in South Carolina open fire and kill will eventually be discovered.

However, as this horrific tragedy evolves, Christians have to stop under playing and denying that mental illness is a non-topic.

14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17:14-21 KJV)

We are equipped with the truth and if we believe Jesus, when He said, this kind does not go out except for prayer and fasting…then, let’s be a doer of His word and not a hearer only.

The Counterfeit Christian

2015 The Year of Our Lord

Healing-Richard Smallwood