Maybe you already saw this article linked over at The Drudge Report. I am posting it here because of my own personal experience. You see, I wish that when I was mired in sin and depressed and hopeless, some good Christian doctor had just said, “Get thee to a rectory! find a priest and dig yourself out of this dung heap of sin!”
Well, I eventually found that curative on my own, without the help of the medical community. Still it is good to know that there are medical professionals that understand that God made us to be corporeal and spiritual, and the one affects the other. In England, a young man described as being “in a rut and in need of help” was lucky enough to find a doctor who was willing to see him as the whole person that God made him. After a lengthy consultation the doctor suggested that the young man return to the practice of his faith from youth. Fox News NY reports:
Richard Scott, a doctor for 28 years, is under investigation by the General Medical Council (GMC) and faces disciplinary action after he suggested to a 24-year-old man that he might find solace in Christianity.
Scott, who practices at a medical center in Margate, east of London, well known for having Christian doctors, insists he only raised his spiritual beliefs after carrying out a thorough and lengthy consultation, during which medical checks and referrals for further care were arranged.
When the man’s mother inquired of the consultation, however, her son apparently replied, “He just said I need Jesus.” This prompted his mother to refer Scott to the GMC, claiming that he had not offered medical advice during the consultation but instead talked about Jesus.
…He has continued to seek treatment from the practice despite the complaint filed by his mother.
The doctor, who has an unblemished record “has decided to fight the allegations and stand up to what he believes is a politically correct trend in Britain to persecute Christians for expressing their faith in the workplace.”
Scott fears that if he accepts the warning, and discusses his Christian beliefs with other patients, he could be struck off.
He maintains he acted professionally and says the complaint was made against him in the knowledge that professional bodies are nervous about claims of a religious nature.
Scott said, “I only discussed my faith at the end of a lengthy medical consultation after exploring the various interventions that the patient had previously tried, and after promising to follow up the patient’s request for an appointment with other medical professionals.
“I only discussed mutual faith after obtaining the patient’s permission. In our conversation, I said that, personally, I had found having faith in Jesus helped me and could help the patient. At no time did the patient indicate that they were offended, or that they wanted to stop the discussion. If that had been the case, I would have immediately ended the conversation.
“This complaint was brought to the GMC not by the patient, who has continued to be a patient in this practice, but by the patient’s mother.”
Scott is a partner at the Bethesda medical center in Margate, Kent. The six partners at the practice are all Christians and it has taken a biblical name. Practice leaflets and message boards publicize the doctors’ religion and invite patients to raise Christian beliefs with them.
Scott is being advised by the Christian Legal Center. Paul Diamond, the leading human rights barrister, has been instructed in the case.
Did you catch that? The practice is made up of Christian practitioners. Their leaflets and boards publicize their Christian beliefs and the nature of their practice. So my question is, did this mother take her son there knowing full well the nature of their practice? Was this some sort of set up? We know from experience that atheists and humanists are not content to simply keep religion out of government. They want it out of everyone’s lives and will not be happy until this is achieved. Their number one target, in fact their only target, is Christianity.
Pray for this doctor and his legal defense team. May we never be silent in proclaiming the truth. And for what it’s worth, I think the doctor is probably spot on. We all can think of examples where getting right by God ‘cured’ someone of pain, despair, depression, anxiety or other so-called mental illnesses.
It did for me.