Twisted Tuesday; Isaiah 53:5
By: Becca Barner
Welcome to Twisted Tuesday, Dear Ones. I have the privilege of writing an article about a scripture that is often taken out of context and twisted to fit into a faith-plus-works salvation narrative. The scripture that we are going over today is:
Isaiah 53:5 ESV (English Standard Version)
“5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.”
I cannot honestly tell you how many times I “spoke this scripture over myself” and others- as though I carried the same power that Christ has. Speaking things into existence is the name of that game; and a very dangerous one at that. It’s a doctrine teaching that the believer carries the same power and authority as Christ; as though our very words carry power. This wades into the pool of “little god” theology, which will drown you if you stay in it. We’ll talk more about this in the future, but for now let’s just say that this doctrine is extremely dangerous/blasphemous.
I remember many years ago when I was heavily blinded by the “Word of Faith” doctrine. I once had a Joyce Meyer book with instructions to read many scriptures like this one aloud to make God do as I wished, like a spiritual genie. This beautiful passage of scripture is not a positive affirmation that we can say aloud to make anything happen. Here is the big theological breakdown of Isaiah 53:3… He was killed for our sins, and by his wounds or “stripes” we now have salvation. It’s that simple folks.
Now, you’ll still find many of the “Word of Faith” and “Prosperity” Gospel teachers trying to twist this scripture. My questions to them are many:
Why do people suffer? Why are we still aging? Why does it hurt to give birth? Etc.
“Faith healers” and false teachers will be held accountable to their misinterpretation of this scripture; false promises, false hope, and above all, a false Gospel. They are lying to many who are possibly in their most dire of circumstances- desperate for a miracle, and so they latch on to anything that gives them hope. My heart goes out to these people, because I happen to struggle with a chronic illness. I also know what it’s like when family and friends tell me that I “need more faith” to be healed, or that there’s some secret sin keeping God from healing me. These are just two examples of the lies I believed a few years ago.
Christ’s sacrifice is so much more than deliverance from physical suffering. It is the gift of Eternal Salvation. Reading Isaiah 53:5 now should give us so much hope of His Blessed Assurance, for it brings such hope and joy to me.