The hubris they exhibit in their purported nearness to God and their pretend miraculous occurrences are bad enough, but when they talk about some Dawkins person ‘raising a man from the dead’ not only does it smack of foolishness, but their theological ignorance is astonishing.
Did such an event occur it would only always and ever be true that God raised so and so from the dead. To attribute to some portly dude the power of life is reprehensible and disgusting.
Report: Robby Dawkins Raises a Man From the Dead in England
Last summer, Robby Dawkins was bemoaning the fact that American Airlines would not allow him to pray for God to raise from the dead a passenger who died in-flight. Thankfully, no one at the church at which he was ministering in the United Kingdom put such restrictions on the Holy Ghost. Dawkins, author of Do What Jesus Did: A Real-Life Field Guide to Healing the Sick, Routing Demons and Changing Lives Forever, saw a resurrection from the dead at his April meeting in Northern England. In fact, he was leading the prayer.
Well… well… well.
To be sure, I accept the notion that would God wish it he could raise anyone he wanted from the dead. What I cannot and will not accept is the notion that God will use a self-aggrandizing braggart to achieve such an act. Furthermore, such ‘sign gifts’ are no longer part of the work of God in history. We have Scripture- and Scripture speaks with crystal clarity about such things as this pentebabbleist claims:
“There was a rich man who dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. But at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus whose body was covered with sores, who longed to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. In addition, the dogs came and licked his sores. “Now the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. And in hell, as he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. So he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in this fire.’
But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish.Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us, so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’
So the rich man said, ‘Then I beg you, father– send Lazarus to my father’s house (for I have five brothers) to warn them so that they don’t come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to them.’ Then the rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ He replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'” (Luk 16:19-17:1)
The only thing that Dawkins (why are all the imbeciles pretending to know enough about God to say something named that?) has accomplished is to bolster his own stock among the ignorant and bring into disrepute the true power of the Gospel which consists not in claims of the miraculous but of the power of God itself to change lives from the inside out.