Dr. Matt Mullins and Dr, Lee Pittsburg of Chiropractic 1st in Lititz are my Chiropractors. I’ve been going there for a few years now. The care I have received from their practice has been professional and healthfully uplifting. The upbeat small talk with Dr. Mullins & Lee before, during and after my adjustment is interesting and timely. The ladies at the front desk are beautiful and helpful. It’s almost always a positive experience and the only times it isn’t is when my present physical condition collides head on with Dr. Mullins adjustment and treatment that day.
I like Chiropractic care, it has helped me and I have been going for a long time for these adjustments. My mother, God rest her soul first took me to a Chiropractor when I was just a young boy back in that magical time of the 1950’s. She became aware that I was having some nerve and visual disturbances and she was very concerned, of course. She took me to see Dr. Hardy in Binghamton, New York. Dr. Hardy was a prince! He told mom I had a curvature of the spine and that I would have some lifelong problems. He said;“Mrs. Hobbs, I’ll do what I can do for Russy and it will be in God’s hands. I’m not sure what year it was anymore but the good doctor passed away. I believe it was in the 60’s. My mother sought out another chiropractor in Binghamton. Oh yes, before I forget, Dr. Hardy had told my mother that it was doubtful that I would ever be able to get a drivers license, so severe were my visual issues at the time. As I was saying my mom located another Chiropractor after Dr. Hardy’s death. He was Dr. Melville Leon, he too was a prince of a guy. I was taken to his office on a regular basis and he picked up where Dr. Hardy left off. I was only a kid and the adjustments and prescribed exercises were long! I would slouch in the chair and he would tell me to sit up. He did some visual exercises on my eyes where he would take a pencil and ask me to look at the point and follow it with my eyes. He would move the writing instrument up and down and all around for several minutes. The treatment was boring to me, I just wanted him to stop. The treatment went on for months and months. We would keep those Binghamton appointments with religious dedication and duty. Dr. Leon became a friend. Sometimes we would be early for our appointments. I would stand on the street in front of his office waiting for him. At just the right moment he would appear and would see him with his newspaper, enjoying his cigar as he approached the office. I would run to meet him and walk with him. We would talk, he would treat me and then we would go home, until next time.
Oh yeah, that drivers license thing. It was May of 1966. I nervously, waited for the state trooper who was about to administer my drivers test just outside the courthouse in Montrose, PA. I was administered the exam and the trooper failed me. I was sorely disappointed. I was nervous that day and when I backed up my wheel touched the curb and that was all she wrote. I returned the following week determined to do it again. That drivers license was very important to me. I took the test again, another trooper, another test. Again, I backed around the corner on Cherry St. The trooper, who was a man of all business and no nonsense said, OK, drive me back to the courthouse and park it! That’s all he said. I thought, shit, not again! I drove back to the courthouse and parked the Chevy that my uncle Don let me use for the exam. When we got back to that little historical courthouse the trooper said nothing. He just started writing on his clipboard. It seemed like an eternity of silence before he turned to me and said; Ok, you’ve passed your examination, take your permit inside to the desk, get it stamped, it will serve as your license until you receive your license in the mail. You should receive your license in about 15-30 days. He then exited the vehicle and moved on to the next nervous person waiting with the same anxiety that was starting to fade with me.
When we next visited Dr. Leon in Binghamton we told him the good news about the license. He smiled and said to my mother; “I give Dr. Hardy all the credit for that success!” Dr. Leon, was a very humble and gracious man. He undoubtedly was correct in some ways with his appraisal of where credit was due for my visual improvements but I believe that God gets the credit for my visual and nerve health and the healing thereof. Dr. Leon once also told my mother, “Sometimes, Russ loses vision and visual clarity, we don’t know why but when he has sight he does and when he doesn’t he doesn’t. But, I can tell you that since May of 1966 I’ve held an uninterrupted drivers license with no visual imparity to interrupt my adventures of the highway! I see that as a miracle from the God who loves and cares for me everyday. God often uses those earthly angels and saints like Dr. Hardy and Dr. Leon.
I’m a very spiritual kind of guy. Last evening I was thinking about “The spirituality of Chiropractic care.” Do you know how Chiropractic care originated? History of chiropractic – Wikipedia
Some people even think Chiropractic care is evil and of the devil!
One writer noted, “A deliverance minister came to our church and mentioned that all chiropractic care was demonic because of its original origin in spiritualism. I was shocked and had never heard anyone say that before.
“This particular minister stated from Wikipedia that the founder of chiropractic care was Daniel David Palmer who was a magnetic healer but also was interested in phrenology, vitalism, naturalism and spiritualism. Therefore, the source of chiropractic practice is evil. He also went on to bash essential oils and its sources as well.
“With that said, I had a red flag in my spirit, but almost everyone in the room felt like they needed deliverance because of using chiropractors. I guess his point was to get free from anything tied to ungodly sources and just rely on Jesus as the healer. Of course, I believe that completely, but honestly, when I am suffering and am standing for my healing to manifest, I do consult other remedies in holistic health with herbs, essential oils, supplements and chiropractic care. I have never considered the sources of any of these.”
Response From Mark Virkler
“Is it not true that God gives revelation to evil people and false prophets such as Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar and Balaam (Gen. 41:15-36, Dan. 2, Num. 22)? If so, are we to discard the revelation and insight they received, saying the source must be evil as they are worshippers of false gods, or do we honor the fact that God is Lord of all, and gives revelation to all, and as long as it is compatible with Scripture, we are to receive it?”
Personally, I believe non-Christians can receive insight from God. I certainly did. It was His voice that called me to come into His kingdom! I responded to it, and now I am saved.
It would sure be tiring if before I purchased anything, ate anything or learned anything, I had to ask, “Who was the person who created or discovered this, and were they a Spirit-filled Christian?” If they weren’t, then I am not consuming this item or this information.
I certainly don’t intend to live this way, as I don’t see it as a scriptural way of living.
Examples of Wisdom and Revelation That Came From ‘Outsiders’ and Evil People
Balaam, an evil prophet (2 Pet. 2:15) prophesies concerning the Israelites: “God said to Balaam, ‘You will not go with them. You will not curse the people because they are blessed” (Num. 22:12).
Pharaoh, an evil king who is holding the Israelites in captivity: “In my dream, I stood on the bank of the Nile. And suddenly there came up out of the river seven cows, fattened and fine-looking, and they grazed in the reeds. Then seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt. I have never seen such ugliness in all the land of Egypt. And the gaunt and ugly cows ate up the first seven fat cows’ … Then Joseph said to Pharaoh … ‘God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do'” (Gen. 41:17-25).
Nebuchadnezzar, an evil king who is holding the Israelites in captivity: “There is a God in heaven who reveals secrets and makes known to King Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head upon your bed are these: ‘As for you, O king, your thoughts came into your mind upon your bed about what would come to pass hereafter, and He who reveals secrets makes known to you what shall come to pass'” (Dan. 2:28-29).
Pilate’s wife has a dream: “Have nothing to do with that righteous Man [Jesus], for I have suffered much today in a dream on account of Him” (Matt. 27:19).
Caiaphas prophesies as he plots to put Jesus to death: “Then one of them named Caiaphas, who was the high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, that the whole nation should not perish.’
“He did not say this on his own authority. … So from that day forward they planned to put Him to death” (John 11:49-53).
Shall we reject the above because we assume the source is not God, and thus evil?
My answer is no! God rules over all (Ps. 103:19, Ezra 1:1, Isa. 45), and from the examples above we see He gives wisdom and revelation to all.
So I am free to receive from anyone. If they have something to give that is compatible with Scripture and bears good fruit, I am glad to try it on and see how it fits.
May the church be known for its meekness and humility, not its arrogance, pride and judgment.
May we “honor all people” (1 Pet. 2:17a).
Mark Virkler, Ph.D., has authored more than 50 books in the areas of hearing God’s voice and spiritual growth. He is the founder of Communion With God Ministries and Christian Leadership University (cluonline.com), where the voice of God is at the center of every learning experience. Mark has taught on developing intimacy with God and spiritual healing for 30-plus years on six continents. The message has been translated into over 40 languages, and he has helped to establish more than 250 church-centered Bible schools around the world.
Wait a minute, what is the truth. Some estimate that 88% of chiropractors self-identify as Christian while at the same time research suggests that 80% of chiropractic physicians subscribe to metaphysical beliefs about innate intelligence. Innate Intelligence is the belief that the body has a life force which is responsible for organizing, healing and maintaining normal conditions throughout all of the body’s systems.
Isn’t God the author and creator of all life? Tell me more about innate intelligence. What is it really? Who created it? I’m going to ask my Chiropractor that question the next time I see him. Meanwhile, feel free to comment and share your knowledge and wisdom with us below right here at Russ Hobbs Ministries. Have a fantastic healthy day, blessings to you and yours.