Jerry Pearce, a leader of the ministry, has admitted to buying gallons of mineral oil from a local Tractor Supply Co., though he says he never put the oil on the Bible or in the Bible’s container. Pearce has said the Bible has stopped producing oil in early January, around the time of the investigation.
Commentary and See-I-Told-You-So
L. A. Marzulli
I’m not happy about any of this. In fact, I’m troubled by it. I appeared in a film by David Heavener about the oil. Heavener actually went to the site and filmed there. He asked me what I thought of it and I stated on the record that I thought the whole affair was a parlor trick and that this is the kind of crazy stuff that gives the charismatic movement some really bad press. I also stated that the first thing that should happen would be to sit with the Bible and the container for 48 hours to see if it was really producing oil or it was getting a little help from folks in the church!
One well-intentioned woman called me and asked about the oil-producing Bible. I asked her what the difference between this and the statues of Mary that cry or communion hosts that bleed?
As it turns out the whole affair appears to be a ruse. That being said. I believe in the gifts of the spirit. I believe in Prophecy. I believe in healing miracles. I’ve seen the Lord show up and the atmosphere changed and when He does people usually eat carpet. There is weeping, repentance, and a deep spiritual catharsis. We serve a supernatural God and don’t need a parlor trick to appeal to our flesh. Glad the oil leaking Bible was “outed.”
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