People called him ‘Doctor Feel Good’ He was also known as the ‘Pill Doctor’ to many of his patients. ‘Doctor Feel Good’ was arrested by a task force of law enforcement in Niagara Falls, NY some time ago.
What gave ‘Doctor Feel Good’ his name was that for $85 cash, anyone could get any prescription they wanted. Law enforcement said that most came for pain killers.
The SWAT Team that made the sting called their mission ‘Operation Whatever You Want’. That grabbed my attention with the idea that human nature is to do only what makes us feel good and avoid what makes us feel bad. What compounds the problem is when someone enables our lack of control by giving us what we want.
If we preachers are not careful, we to can be like ‘Doctor Feel Good”, focusing on how people feel instead of what they must do. So much “church technique” today centers around what people want and how to give it to them. Consumerism has reached the church. If people don’t find what they want, they simply go somewhere else until they find it.
While I believe we must be discerning in our choices, we must never go in with the wrong questions. “Do I like it?”, “Does it make me feel God?” In doing so, we may find someone who will give us what we want, but not be where God wants us to be.
The answer to the question “What must I do to be saved?” posed in Acts doesn’t always feel good, but it will save your life. If a person needs a quadruple bypass, they don’t fix it by going to Disneyland. It might make them feel good for a moment, but will not heal them in the end.
Jeremiah, criticizing Israel’s spiritual leadership for giving the easy fix, said,
“They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 8:11).
We focus far too much on feeling good than on doing right. Are we seeking to medicate ourselves with religion that just makes us feel better or are we declaring moratoriums on what we want in order find true life?
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Proverbs 16:25