Rod Parsley was diagnosed with throat cancer. It's not a big secret, though he has not been speaking much about it publicly—until now.
Rod Parsley is beating throat cancer.
Now, the TV host, evangelist, educator, humanitarian and statesman has shared his story with Charisma News. In part one of this interview, he shares how he discovered he had cancer, the battle that raged against his mind and how he used the Bible to battle against radiation side effects. Now in part two, he discusses his healing and God's miracles.
Charisma News: How did it make you feel when you were faced with your own mortality?
Rod Parsley: Out of nowhere, and immediately you come face to face with your own mortality. But the Word promises us that God will bless us with long life and good life, sufficient in quantity, superior in quality. At some point, we are all going to realize and enter into our own mortality. This accelerated the process. What would happen to my family? I'm not finished yet, I have so much more to do. And immediately, the Word of the Lord from Psalm 62 raises up in my spirit and says, "Let all that I am wait quietly before my God."
Charisma News: What did that look like?
Rod Parsley: The 'quietly' was very, very large to me because I was quiet during this process. There was a period of time where I could not utter a sound. I could not whisper. Nothing would come out of my voice, but God's Word said wait quietly, "Let all that I am wait quietly before my God for He is my hope, and He is my rock, and He is my salvation." Philippians 4:6, "Be anxious for nothing, because fear tries to come, panic tries to come, rage tries to come, anger tries to come hopelessness tries to come. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, and the very God, my God and His very peace will keep will guard, will garrison my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus and keep me. Oh how I leaned on this. He will keep me in perfect peace. For my mind is stayed upon Him. For the weapons of my warfare are not carnal, they are mighty through God. I couldn't fight this thing. I told Jonie (his wife) several times, "I feel like I just wanna reach in there and tear it out of my body because it doesn't belong there because my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit."
Charisma News: How would you respond to people who would suggest this was God trying to teach you something?
Rod Parsley: Listen, I am more convinced than ever that sickness, disease, pain, malady, malfunction, the cure for that curse, and it is a curse, is provided by the same cross that provided our salvation. Jesus said it Himself to the woman bent over for 18 years, he said to those religious spirits of his day, "Ought not this woman." Now, what the Scripture actually says is "This woman has a right, ought not this woman, she has a right to be loosed from this bondage where in Satan has bound her, these many years seeing that she is a child of Abraham?"
Oh, how my spirit ran to Galatians 3:19, "If you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed and you are an heir according to that promise." Don't you ever ... let the devil tell you sickness and disease is something god sends your way.
Sickness and disease were never present on the earth until Adam committed high treason against God. Now, the author of that instigation was Satan, because he wanted to mar the image of God. We are created in the image of God. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost. The Bible says our bodies are not for fornication, but for the Spirit of God. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit; He is the vine, we are the branches. What comes to us should come from him. This earth and the fullness there of are the Lord's.
The problem is, we act like it belongs to the devil and we are the trespassers here. In actuality, we're in the kingdom of God, we're in that cosmos of the kingdom of God, which is in the earth. And the earth and the fullness there of belong to God. Therefore in this kingdom, sickness, disease, pain, malady, malfunction, infirmity cannot exist. The word of God, Psalm 107 verse 20, "He sent His word and He healed them and delivered them from all their transgressions." Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24, "For this purpose, that God sent Jesus to be wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was laid upon Him, by his stripes we were (healed)." And 1 Peter 2:24, and are healed.
... Jesus was asked point-blank if it was His will to heal. His answer was in different translations, His answer was, "Of course I will, be whole. I will it. I will it from all my heart that you be made whole."
3 John 2, "Beloved I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers." God is the healer, look at me. He's the healer. This journey ends up with a "Hallelujah, I'm here talking today."
Charisma News: How has the Body of Christ come together in support of you?
Rod Parsley: Most humbling experience of nearly 40 years of ministry are the amount of people who have prayed with me, and we didn't even make it public nationally. And I hesitate to name any of them, Pastor Benny Hinn, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland. Brother Copeland prayed with me on the phone for 45 minutes one day. I never heard a man pray like that.
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