Katie Luce teaches a women’s class at the Honor Academy called Risen. Some wonderful people inside Teen Mania have provided me with the audio and powerpoints from some of her messages during the fall semester of 2010.
Katie often likes to talk about God’s power and desire to give us physical healing. During that sermon she said:
Is God this God that puts sickness on us just to teach us? Well, did Jesus do that? Can anybody tell me a Scripture where Jesus put sickness on somebody to teach them? You can’t find it! Its not there. I’ve read the whole bible a bunch of times.
After I listened to this statement and read the powerpoint slide above, I wondered to myself what she must think about ESOAL. After all, the entire premise of ESOAL is that it uses physical pain to “teach a lesson.” In fact, Teen Mania uses (or should I say twists?) Scripture to back up the fact that physical pain is a part of spiritual transformation. Why else are the interns forced to memorize I Cor. 9:27?
No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
Or Isaiah 21:3-4?
At this my body is racked with pain, pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor; I am staggered by what I hear, I am bewildered by what I see. My heart falters, fear makes me tremble; the twilight I longed for has become a horror to me.
My curiosity was quickly satiated when she started her class the week after ESOAL with this statement:
I feel like the most important lesson that you come away with from ESOAL is just learning how to push through past what you know you physically, emotionally and mentally can do. Really learning to trust God and go with His strength, the joy of the Lord is your strength. That’s something that. You will use that the rest of your life, every day of your life. I just think its one of the most amazing learning experiences here that we have at the Honor Academy.
So Katie teaches that God won’t give us sickness (or pain) in order to teach us spiritual lessons yet Teen Mania can inflict injury, infection and pain through ESOAL and she deems it “one of the most amazing learning experiences at the Honor Academy.”