Background to Cancer in General

Article written by Dr. Michelle Strydom MD

Before reading about the specific cancer that you are interested in, you must read through the background of cancer in general which has information that is relevant to all cancers.

Background of Cancer in General

Cancer is the second greatest cause of death in the developed world. One in three people will get cancer at some time in their life. Two in three cancer patients die within five years of diagnosis – we can change that. As I explain cancer in this chapter, at various points I will be instructing you to read through other chapters which have essential background information that is necessary for you to understand the concept that I will be explaining next. So if you want to fully understand cancer, it is important that you follow my instructions exactly while you read through this chapter. There is a combination of multiple factors involved in the development of cancer and I am going to deal with each one, one at a time.

Prevention is Better than Cure

On page 63 in the chapter “Essential Background Knowledge of Disease from a Biblical Perspective” I explained that God’s perfect will is not actually healing, His perfect will is that you don’t get sick in the first place. These principles that I am going to teach for the healing of cancer are the same principles that when applied to your life will prevent cancer. This is a quote from Charles R. Shaw, Professor of Biology and Chief of the Medical Genetic Section at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston:

These principles for the healing of cancer are the same principles that when applied to your life will prevent cancer.

“The goal is prevention of cancer. Cancer specialists have long recognized that this is the best approach to the control of cancer. One often hears the question, “Do you think we’ll come up with a cure for cancer soon?” The more relevant question is, “Do you think we’ll come up with a prevention of cancer soon?”

In this chapter I am going to answer both of those questions. Understanding what causes cancer in terms of the spiritual, psychological and physical dynamics behind it is the primary route to curing and preventing it.

I’m going to share knowledge and insight with you that will give you the chance to defeat cancer forever in your families, in your church and in your nation. You need to teach this to your children and your grandchildren. Teach it! Teach it! Teach it! Teach it because this is knowledge straight off the hot flame of heaven to help you defeat your enemy.

In this chapter there are some testimonies of people who had terminal end stage cancer which medical science on its own was not able to cure. However they are totally well today and they did not have any biological intervention – they simply dealt with an issue and God healed them instantly.

What is Cancer?

Your body is made up of building blocks called cells. The cells in your body are able to increase in number by dividing. One cell can divide to form 2 cells. Then those 2 cells can divide to form 4 cells and those 4 cells divide to form 8, then 16, 32, 64 etc. This is how your body tissue grows or replaces tissue that has been damaged. The division and growth of body cells is tightly regulated by control mechanisms that cause the cells to divide when necessary and prevent them from growing and dividing at inappropriate times. Cancer cells have escaped these mechanisms that control growth and are able to divide continuously. As a consequence of their abnormal growth pattern, some cancer cells eventually form a mass of tissue called a tumor.

There are two types of tumors. Benign tumors remain at the spot where they first originated and can be removed by surgery. There is another type of tumor called a malignant tumor which is more deadly. The cells in this tumor are able to escape the controls that keep the cells in their proper location. These cells can metastasize which means they can spread to different parts of the body and invade other tissues and organs, forming multiple tumors. Tumors cause damage because they literally take over that part of body tissue and destroy it so that the organ can no longer function properly. Lung cancer, for example, is particularly deadly because its cells are highly metastatic and can spread via the blood stream to form tumors in other parts of the lungs or in other organs such as the liver and brain.

When it comes to cancer, there are 3 groups of people. One group of people will never get cancer. The second group is vulnerable or predisposed to getting cancer because of inherited genetic defects that they were born with. The third group is totally susceptible and can begin uncontrolled cell division (which is what cancer is) at any time.

The Genetics Behind Cancer

Researchers have shown that cancer is a disease caused by defects in the genes. At this point, please can you read through the chapter on “Genetically Inherited Diseases” on page 153 before reading any further.

As you learnt in that chapter, genetic diseases involve a structural abnormality in the DNA. Your DNA is made up of genes. Your genes are inherited from your father and mother. Each gene has specific instructions for how to make a specific part of your body. For example, you have a gene that has instructions to make your eyes blue or green or brown. You have another specific gene that has instructions to make you a certain height (short or tall).

Everything that determines the way you look and your whole body make up comes from an instruction manual which is encoded in your genes. When these genes are messed up, the instructions are muddled up – and the result is the formation of a defective part of your body that does not function properly and hence the development of a disease. In the case of cancer, the genes that control cell growth are defective.

The genes that control cell growth are called proto-oncogenes which are normal genes found in all body cells. When the DNA in these proto-oncogenes is changed around (i.e. the genes are messed up leading to muddled up instructions), these proto-oncogenes function abnormally
and become oncogenes. Oncogenes means “cancer causing genes”. These oncogenes transform the normal cell into a cancer cell. The growth and division of cells is triggered by signal chemicals in the blood stream called growth factors. These growth factors attach to special growth factor receptors on the surface of the body cell.

The growth factor “switches on” the growth factor receptor by attaching to it. This then
initiates a whole cascade of chemical reactions which leads to the activation of various enzymes, such as protein kinase. These activated enzymes then activate proteins in the nucleus of the cell, which then stimulate the DNA to send out instructions to the cell to divide and grow. This is summarized in the following illustration:

A Simplified Illustration of the Steps Involved in Cell Division and Growth

Even in the simplified scenario presented in this picture, it shows that multiple steps are required to control cell division and growth. Proto-oncogenes are the genes that contain the instructions on how to make the growth factors, growth factor receptors, enzymes and other chemicals involved in the control of cell division and growth. When these proto-oncogenes function abnormally (i.e. when they become oncogenes) they send out inappropriate signals to the cells to divide and grow. For example, the protooncogene that has instructions on how to make the growth factor receptor may become defective so that it causes the growth factor receptor to no longer be regulated. In other words it is always “switched on” even in the absence of the growth factor which normally controls it. Therefore the defective growth factor receptor is continually stimulating the cascade of chemical reactions… which in turn are stimulating the enzymes… which are continually activating the DNA to keep sending out instructions for the cell to divide. As the cells continue to divide uncontrollably they form a mass of cells which is what a tumor or cancer is.

What causes the DNA in the proto-oncogenes to be changed around so that it becomes an oncogene that causes cancer? Well, we’ve been learning throughout this book that science has shown that the mind-body connection is real – our body is affected by what goes on in our thought life. As you read in the chapter on “Genetically Inherited Diseases”, the science of epigenetics shows that our thoughts and perceptions can remodel our genes and determine which genes are switched on and which genes are switched off.

The devil is able to get in and alter our body chemistry and genetics through sin in our thought life. Examples of toxic thinking patterns (sin) that can cause a genetic defect leading to cancer are fear, anxiety, stress, strife, un-forgiveness and bitterness. We’ll be learning more about this later on. Viruses also play an important role in the development of many cancers. You must now understand what viruses are by reading from page 453. You can stop reading at the point where I say, “I cannot discuss all viruses because there are far too many”.

As you read in that chapter, viruses are what I suspect the Bible calls spirits of infirmity. I also said that viruses are an alien genetic life force that has an intelligence behind them that defies imagination. Researchers have discovered that viruses can infect cells and transform them into cancer cells. One way they do this is by taking the DNA of the proto-oncogene in the human cell and incorporating it into its own DNA. The virus then uses this DNA that it has stolen from the body cell to inappropriately send out instructions to the body cells to keep dividing. The body cells mistake these instructions as instructions from the real DNA in the human cell – they don’t know that these are false instructions from the virus. Thus they divide inappropriately causing cancer. Another way that viruses cause cancer is to take control of the proto-oncogenes in the human cell. They cause the proto-oncogenes to continuously give out instructions to the cell to keep dividing. Thus the cells begin to divide uncontrollably until they form a mass of cells which is a tumor.

You can be born with an inherited genetic defect that causes cancer from sin in previous generations in your family tree. However, you only develop the disease sometime later in life such as in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and even in your 80’s. This genetic defect can be triggered off to cause the cancer by a stressful life event. What connection does stress have to do with genetics? The answer is none. What I am saying is that even behind the release of a genetic defect is an invisible intelligence. Viruses, which are spirits of infirmity can set a genetic defect into motion. I’ll explain more about this when I talk about strife later on.

Apart from defective proto-oncogenes, there is another type of gene involved in the development of cancer called tumor suppressor genes, also known as anti-oncogenes. Anti-oncogenes were built into cells as a safety mechanism where their normal function is to block cell division when the cell has transformed into a cancer cell. When these anti-oncogenes are defective, they lose their ability to “put on the brakes” and uncontrolled cell growth ensues. An example of an anti-oncogene is the p53 gene which is a key sensor that detects damaged DNA and either slows down cell division to give time for the DNA to be repaired or it activates a series of chemical reactions that cause death of that cancer cell before it is able to form a tumor. Damage to this p53 gene has been found in at least 50% of all human cancer cells. This defective gene stimulates cell division instead of stopping it. These anti-oncogenes can be damaged by viruses, external damage (for example radiation) and by buildup of internal toxins as a result of fear, anxiety and stress. I’ll be explaining this is more detail later. There is normally two of each type of anti-oncogene in each cell. There are three classes of cells in the human body:

1. Healthy cells which have 2 anti-oncogenes present – these cells will never become cancerous. You cannot develop cancer when both of the anti-oncogenes are present.

2. Genetically predisposed cells which have only one anti-oncogene present.

3. A compromised cell which has no anti-oncogenes present – this cell can become cancerous at any time.

Henry Wright has documented medical evidence in his ministry of people who have been healed of cancer. These people had had their genes tested by a geneticist in conjunction with an oncologist. It was found that these patients had compromised cells with no anti-oncogenes present. After ministry where the issues behind cancer were dealt with, they were re-tested and it was found that both anti-oncogenes were present, where before they were medically proven to be missing. That is a miracle!

So far I have explained that cancer can be caused by a proto-oncogene that is damaged and thus transformed into an oncogene (cancer causing gene). Cancer can also be caused by damage to antioncogenes that normally prevent cells from forming cancerous tumors. Cancer also involves damage to special “Housekeeping Genes” (for example hMLH1 and hMSH2) that normally repair parts of DNA that are damaged from ‘wear and tear’ when cells divide. This causes the DNA to become unstable and it mutates (becomes defective) more easily. Finally, damage to the nm23 gene enables cancer cells to acquire the potential to spread and invade other body tissue and organs.

Fear, Anxiety And Stress

An article was written in Discover magazine by Dr. Stephen Rosenberg who is the Head of the National Cancer Institute in America. The title of the article was “I Have Seen Cancers Disappear.” This article was a case report about a man who had advanced cancer of the colon. He initially went in for surgery for the tumors in his colon to be removed. However, when the surgeons cut him open to operate, they saw a hard malignant tumor on his stomach that had grown into his liver and had metastasized (spread) to his lymph nodes. They just closed him up, realizing that it was not possible to remove this tumor and there was nothing further they could do to help him. They literally sent him home to die. 12 years later he ended up in a consultation with Dr. Rosenburg complaining of abdominal pain. After examining him Dr. Rosenburg realized that he needed to have an operation to have his gall bladder removed. However, there was a very perplexing question from his case history – why was this man still alive? He should have died 12 years ago! Dr. Rosenburg performed the gall bladder operation at Veteran’s Hospital in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, America. When the surgeons opened him up all they saw was soft, pink, healthy tissue with no trace of cancer anywhere in his abdominal cavity. Something happened in that man’s life that caused his immune system to strengthen. This led Dr. Rosenburg to study the immune system and its role in the development in cancer.

Before reading further, you need to read through the chapter “Long Term Effects of Fear, Anxiety and Stress on the Body” on page 180.

In that chapter you learnt that your immune system is the army of cells in your body that were created to protect you from harmful things like viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungus, toxins and cancer cells. When the cells of your immune system see these harmful substances floating around in your blood stream and body tissues, they go and kill or remove them, thus helping to protect you from getting sick and keep you healthy. However, in stage 2 and 3 of stress (chronic spiritual and emotional turmoil), the high levels of the stress hormone cortisol directly destroy various cells of the immune system and prevent the formation of new cells. As a result your immune system is weakened, leaving you with little defense against infections as well as cancer.

Normally there is a special cell which is part of the immune system called interleukin 2. This cell is like a police man. It patrols around the body checking all the cells. It is able to recognize harmful substances such as cancer, viruses and bacteria by the foreign proteins on the cell wall. When it detects a cancer cell, it alerts the other cells of the immune system to come and kill it. The cells of the immune system will then surround and destroy the cancer cells in their early state of tumor formation. However, during stage 2 and 3 of stress, the high levels of the stress hormone cortisol distort the DNA of the killer cells of the immune system so that they are less effective in killing cancer cells. The policeman (interleukin 2) is also damaged so that he is no longer able to function properly and he fails to detect harmful substances. So when a cancer cell comes along, he does not recognize it and instead of alerting the killer cells of the immune system, he says, “Hello Mr. Cancer! How nice to see you, thank you for coming. Welcome to the body. Have a nice day!”

Normally your body cells have receptors which are like the lock on a door. Only chemicals which the body cells need are able to fit into these receptors (like a key fits into a lock) and enter the cell. There are also harmful substances such as bacteria, viruses and cancer cells floating around in our blood stream all the time. According to the American Medical Association, the average person develops a cancer cell that floats around in their blood stream about 200 times in their lifetime. However, normally these harmful substances (viruses, bacteria, cancer cells) are not able to enter into the cells and cause disease because they cannot fit into the receptors (like a key that does not fit into a lock and therefore cannot open the door). In stage 2 and 3 of stress, the high levels of cortisol damage the receptors on the surface of the body cells, enabling bacteria, viruses and cancer cells to enter and cause disease.

This is a quote from Discovery Health dated August 21, 2000: “The stress hormone is linked to earlier death in women with breast cancer. Abnormal fluctuations in the stress hormone cortisol are linked to a decreased survival time with advanced breast cancer.”

The bottom line is that when a person has a strong, healthy immune system, cancer just does not happen. The cancers cells are detected by the police man interleukin 2. This alerts the other cells of the immune system such as CD8 killer T cells which come and kill the cancer cells, thus eliminating them. Furthermore the cancer cells cannot enter into body cells anyway because they do not fit into the receptors. According to the American Medical Association, if a cancer cell is present in the blood stream or tissues and the person has a healthy immune system, the probability that cancer will develop is 1 in 1 000 000. That’s excellent. However, during stage 2 and 3 of stress, interleukin 2 is damaged so that it is not able to recognize cancer cells and alert the immune system. The immune system is weakened by the high levels of cortisol and the receptors are damaged allowing cancer to enter into the body cells and cause disease. When the immune system is weakened, the chances of a cancer cell attaching to body tissue and developing a tumor and full blown cancer is very, very probable.

When you sincerely make your peace with God and learn to trust fully in Him, when you make peace with yourself and with others – you will have a healthy immune system. When you deal with the issues that are stressing you out and get the fear and anxiety out of your thought life, the stress hormones such as cortisol will no longer be produced. Therefore the police man interleukin 2 will be able to function properly again. The cells of the immune system will be able to re-multiply and come back to full strength. God has created your immune system to be so strong that a cancer cell or tumor of any size, no matter how far it has spread will be totally destroyed and literally eaten up by the CD8 killer T cells until the tumor is completely gone. However, this is providing your immune system has not been weakened by excessive levels of
cortisol because of fear, anxiety, strife, unforgiveness and/or bitterness upstream in your thought life.

When a person has a strong, healthy immune system, cancer just does not happen.

In essence, if you have a healthy immune system, it will recognize a tumor and eat it. So if you have a cancerous tumor it represents a weakened immune system.

What happened to the man from the article by Dr. Rosenburg in Discover Magazine? His immune system was healed.

The Fear of Cancer

Cancer is one of the most greatly feared words in medicine because it is associated with a death sentence. An article from the New England Journal of Medicine said the following:

“Unfortunately when it comes to cancer, American society is far from rational. We are possessed with fear. But it is not only a matter of simple fear, Cancer-phobia has expanded into a demonism in which the evil spirit is ever present but furtively reviewed and spoken of obliquely. American cancer phobia, in brief, is a disease as serious to society as cancer is to the individual and more morally devastating.”

Job 3 v 25 – 26: “For the thing that I greatly feared has come upon me…”

With the diagnosis of cancer, comes the fear of death. Fear of cancer compounds the problem and the devil knows it. As we’ve seen above, fear can destroy your immune system which leaves you with no defense against cancer. Fear can set into motion the very thing we are afraid of. We need to be very careful of the fear of cancer!

Fear can set into motion the very thing we are afraid of. We need to be very careful of the fear of cancer!


Chemotherapy is aimed at killing cancer cells but it also kills the cells of your immune system. When your immune system is destroyed, your chances of recovering from cancer are very poor.

There was a black lady working in Henry Wright’s ministry who had leukemia because of father and husband issues. She had ministry and was healed. She went back to her doctors for tests and they pronounced her totally cancer free. The leukemia had completely gone. Two weeks later her doctors called her back and said that they wanted to put her on a course of chemotherapy. She asked why and they said it was for preventative purposes. The minute he said that fear entered her heart, including the fear of death. She then scheduled for a course of chemo and in two weeks she was dead. The cause of death was side effects to chemo.

If you are on chemotherapy, I cannot tell you to come off it. I am simply sharing knowledge with you so that you can make an informed decision. The information on chemotherapy world wide is not good. It has not extended the longevity of man, percentage wise by more than a year. It is an incredibly dangerous chemical that destroys your immune system and in this situation your body could never heal you.

I had an in depth discussion on the deception of prescription drugs and the damage done by the multibillion dollar pharmaceutical industry on page 80.

Strife Damages the Immune System

Medical studies have shown that strife puts your body into a toxic state of stress – it increases the levels of cortisol which subsequently weakens the immune system. Any time the immune system is weakened, cancer has a chance to come in.

According to the experience of Henry Wright, at least 30% of all cancer in people that he has dealt with is a result of a breach in a relationship.

Proverbs 17 v 22: “A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

I explained earlier that you can be born with an inherited genetic defect that causes cancer from sin in previous generations in your family tree. However, you only get the disease sometime later in life such as in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and even in your 80’s. This genetic defect can be triggered to cause the cancer by a stressful life event. An example of such a stressful life event is when somebody really breaks our heart. When we are injured emotionally, when we are rejected, jilted, abandoned, victimized, humiliated, abused and so on, our spirit is broken. The cells of your immune system are made in your bones (the bone marrow). When you have a broken spirit or a broken heart, there are high levels of stress hormones in your body, one of which is cortisol. As you know, cortisol destroys the cells of the immune system – it literally dries up the bones. I’ve explained that when your immune system is damaged, you are at great risk of developing cancer. People with cancer often have a poor ability to develop and maintain meaningful long-term relationships without fear.

When we have a broken heart, fear, un-forgiveness and bitterness have the potential to come in. People with cancer often have a marked inability to forgive and a tendency to hold onto resentment and bitterness.

We cannot afford to stay bitter – we need to laugh and enjoy life! Laughing and a happy heart literally is good medicine that works healing because it rejuvenates the neuro-chemicals in your brain and it boosts your immune system. You need to boost your immune system to help you defeat cancer! Interestingly most cancer patients do not laugh and have difficulty with humor.

The Deadly Poison of Bitterness

Environmental factors can be involved in the development of cancer, for example ingestion of carcinogens through cigarette smoke or excessive exposure to radiation. While there are external chemicals that cause toxicity, it is important to understand that we can also experience toxicity internally. In the chapter “Long Term Effects of Fear, Anxiety and Stress” you learnt that the wall surrounding a body cell is semipermeable, in other words it acts like a filter. It allows for the diffusion of oxygen and nutrients into the body cell and removal of waste products out of the cell.

However, fear and anxiety as well as bitterness and unforgiveness upstream in a person’s thought life will put the body into a toxic state of stage 2 and 3 of stress where there are high levels of stress hormones such as cortisol. Cortisol causes the cell walls to become stiff or rigid. As a result the body wall cannot filter substances properly. So the things that the body cell needs like nutrients and oxygen cannot diffuse into the cell. There is also a build up of waste products inside the cell which cannot diffuse out. Thus the body cells are not able to cleanse themselves as they were designed to. The retention of toxins and waste products inside the cell, like battery acid, literally eats away and destroys the anti-oncogenes. So there is a lot of truth in the old saying, “Bitterness eats at you like cancer.” When the anti-oncogenes are damaged by the accumulation of toxins inside the cell, that cell can become cancerous.

Bitterness is the primary spiritual root that causes or accelerates internal toxicity within cells.

Bitterness of some form is behind most cancers. This involves long-term, lingering, festering bitterness which can be against others, against yourself and even against God. As a general rule of thumb: if a cancerous growth is benign, it is bitterness against yourself. If the growth is malignant, it is bitterness against others.

When you have bitterness, you have fear. When you have a breakdown in relationship with somebody, you can deny it all you want, but it is eating at you left, right and centre. This bitterness does not only affect you and that specific person where it came in, but it affects your relationship with everybody else. This is because you are projecting all that fear of rejection and disappointment into everybody you come in contact with.

The hypothalamus in your brain, which is the mind-body connection, translates your thought life into a physical reaction. When bitterness eats at you in your thoughts, you end up with cancer cells that eat away at your body. As a man thinks in his heart, so does he become (Proverbs 23 v 7). With bitterness you begin to wish that someone didn’t exist. God says, “If they don’t exist, neither do you.”

1 John 3 v 14 – 15: “We know that we have passed over out of death into Life by the fact that we love the brethren (our fellow Christians). He who does not love (remains, is held and kept continually) in [spiritual] death. Anyone who hates (abominates, detests) his brother [in Christ] is [at heart] a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding (persevering) within him.”

Dr. Don Colbert, who often writes articles in the Joyce Meyer magazine and regularly appears on the TBN TV station, has worked with the ministry of Henry Wright. This is a quote by Dr. Colbert from CBN, dated 2 July 2001:

“Nothing strikes fear more in a patient than the diagnosis of cancer. Let me say that yes, nutrition, vitamins and lifestyle changes are critically important in preventing cancer and helping us through cancer, but before we discuss nutrition, let’s look at deadly emotions. Many times cancer is associated with bitterness, resentment, un-forgiveness, hatred and especially guilt and shame. These emotions will actually cause the body to produce toxic material. They increase cortisol levels which will in turn weaken the immune system and allow cancer to begin to form in the body.”

When bitterness eats at you in your thoughts, you end up with cancer cells that eat away at your body.

Apart from identifying bitterness as a root behind cancer, Dr. Colbert made a good point about nutrition. Healthy eating, exercise and adequate rest are important for enjoying overall good health, but these things alone do not bypass the penalty of the curse and heal the defects that come from separation from God and His Word through disobedience and sin that causes cancer in the first place. Good nutrition does not replace repentance. Healthy eating is important, but healthy eating alone is not the answer to healing or prevention of cancer. For example we can eat healthily to help boost our immune system, but at the same time destroy it through fear, anxiety and bitterness in our thought life.

This is a testimony of a pastor’s wife from a book written by Dr. Neil Anderson and Dr Micheal Jacobson. In this testimony I want to show you why and how God healed her instantly and nobody prayed for her. I also want to show you how the body defeats cancer by itself without medicine or nutrition or chemo. She was a pastor’s wife from Ohio in America. She had stage 4 terminal breast cancer which had metastasized to her entire body. It was terminal and fatal. There was nothing further that the doctors could do for her. There was no hope. Had she been prayed for? Oh yes, of course – she was the pastor’s wife, the whole church was probably praying for her. Had she been healed? No. Why hadn’t she been healed? The reason is there was a root issue – she was not a doer of the Word in an area of her life and that gave Satan the power to come in and destroy. Satan had a legal right to her life because she had unforgiveness and bitterness in her heart. She didn’t know that satan had a legal right to her life because nobody had told her or discipled her in the roots of sin behind cancer. This is her testimony:

“If you were to ask her, Candice would say that the most powerful physical healing agent available is not a drug. It is a sound, healthy spiritual heart and mind. As a 50 year old pastor’s wife Candice was given the devastating diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer. By the time it was discovered, the disease had already spread through her body and she was given only a few months to live. In response to her diagnosis, she and her husband sought the council of a Georgia Pastor – Henry Wright whose ministry orientation is in identifying spiritual factors in the cause of disease. During the conversation, Candice became aware of the possibility that bitterness towards another woman had weakened her immune system and made her more vulnerable to cancer. So shortly thereafter she sought forgiveness and was reconciled in her relationship with the woman from whom she had been estranged. Her cancer has spontaneously regressed despite the fact that she has never changed her diet, has never had surgery, has never taken any medication including chemotherapy. It’s been at least 10 years now, she still has no symptoms and she feels great.”

Henry Wright did not pray for her when she and her husband called him. He discipled her with the knowledge that I am sharing with you now from the Word of God and medical science. He enabled her to recognize the roots behind her disease so that she could take responsibility and repent to God. After she repented to God for her bitterness and unforgivenss, she went to the woman and made peace. So now the conditions for healing in the Word of God were met. Did God forgive her? Yes. God delivered her of her fears, and bitterness and unforgiveness no longer dominated her thought life. Therefore the excessive production of cortisol stopped and interleukin 2 healed. There was now nothing to destroy interleukin 2 or the other killer cells of the immune system. So interleukin 2 could now recognize the cancer and her immune system began to serve her on behalf of God: the interleukin 2 and killer cells identified and killed every cancer cell in her body, even where it had spread and ate every bit of it until it was gone. She is cancer free today…and nobody prayed for her! This is happening all over the world as people are beginning to understand what God and medical science is saying. They are waking up. Are you waking up? Is there a revelation beginning in your heart as a work of the Holy Spirit? As long as the pastor’s wife stays in forgiveness, she’ll never get cancer again and she hasn’t.”

Sid Roth interviewed Henry Wright on a show called “It’s Supernatural”, where he showed the “before” and “after” pictures of a lady with cancer on her face. Apparently when she repented of bitterness and self-hatred, the tumor fell right off her face onto the floor and in less than a month, the skin underneath was back to normal. Nobody prayed for this lady either – she just got right with God.

Repressed Emotions

In the chapter “Dealing With Disease From A Medical Perspective” I explain the importance of expressing your emotions. At this point, please read through the section on page 554 under the heading “Express Those Emotions”.

A person who is prone to developing cancer represses their emotions and denies strong needs. They internalize the rage, anger and bitterness as well as their problems and weaknesses. They shut down and close up because they do not want to be hurt any more. Sometimes they may put on a fabricated smile and will use all kinds of defense mechanisms to hide the real pain inside. These feelings are not expressed to others. In James 5 v 16 it says that we are to confess our faults to one another so that we may be healed. But a person who is prone to developing cancer does not trust anybody and therefore does not do well in confession.


Cancer thrives in an atmosphere of sadness. Sometimes a loss of hope and despair is involved in the development of cancer. According to case studies done on cancer patients, often there is a loss of a serious love object up to 24 months prior to the onset of the cancer or continued grief and unresolved issues relative to the love object. This could also involve the loss of a significant life role or purpose such as getting fired or being rejected in vocational pursuits. A person who develops cancer responds to loss, whatever it is, with profound feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Basically there is a loss of hope or hope deferred and a tendency towards self pity.

Proverbs 13 v 12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled it is the tree of life.”

This is an incredible medical statement: “Malignancy at the cellular level is despair that has been experienced biologically.” It is possible that many cancers are a state of despair made manifest and real where our thought life gets translated into malignant cells. We reach a point at which our deepest need and wish is to withdraw from life and we therefore choose to develop cancer. This is truth although we may find it hard to accept and adamantly deny it.

Lift Up Your Eyes – It Is Not Too Late!

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, I would like to strongly encourage you to not accept the label or the limited time span that the doctors have said you have left. If you give into it that is exactly what you will become. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23 v 7). Obviously you must not go into denial, you have to acknowledge the facts. However, there is hope! Don’t look at your symptoms and the word “incurable” and your prognosis and accept all this as the truth. I encourage you to rather live by faith and not by sight, and pursue healing in the face of what everything in the physical realm says. Jesus said in Matthew 9 v 29: “According to your faith and trust and reliance [on the power invested in Me] be it done to you.” The Bible says that the spirit of man will sustain him in his infirmity:

Proverbs 18 v 14: “The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear?”

King James Version: “The spirit of man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?”

There is something that has to happen deep inside you for the cancer to be overcome and that is you must have the will to live!

I say to you, “Wake up Spirit of man! Get up! Lift up your eyes! Take your place in the land of the living!” There is something that has to happen deep inside you for the cancer to be overcome and that is you must have the will to live! It is no good being hopeless and full of despair, just waiting for the fatalistic end of some conclusion. The Lord made a phenomenal statement to Joyce Meyer one day, “You can be pitiful or you can be powerful – make your choice.” Pity is like super glue that will bind you to cancer and keep you in your pit. Encourage yourself in the Lord – stand up spirit of man! Get up son or daughter of God! You have an awesome destiny and call of God on your life to fulfill in your generation that God saw from the foundation of the world!

Ephesians 2 v 10: “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].” Only when you have finished that call, then you can lay down your spirit, thank you very much!

Psalm 30 v 9: “What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit (the grave)? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your Truth and faithfulness to men?”

Isaiah 38 v 18: “For Sheol (the place of the dead) cannot confess and reach out the hand to You, death cannot praise and rejoice in You; they who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness [to Your promises; their probation is at an end, their destiny is sealed].”

I want you to say this out loud to yourself, “I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord!” (Psalm 118 v 17).

Does God get any glory by losing you prematurely off this planet? God does not need you in Heaven before your allotted time is up because you are of no earthly good in heaven. If you are not 120 years old yet, it is not time for you to kick the bucket – you still have work to do for God. If you’ve lost your purpose for living, you need to seek God until you find it again. You cannot retire – you need to re-fire! God can use you mightily if you will just make yourself available to Him. If you look at all the heroes in the Bible who did great and mighty works for God, they were originally nobodies. Many of them were over 80 years old before they even started in ministry (for example Abraham and Moses). You just need to go before God and say, “Use me Lord, I’m available. Take me, just the way I am, I give all I have to you…”

2 Chronicles 16 v 9: For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward him…”

Let me tell you a little about who you are as a child in Christ: I want you to say this out loud to yourself, “I am a victorious over-comer, (1 John 5 v 4; Revelations 2 v 11) a mighty woman or man of valor, a champion overcoming warrior, who possesses dignity and honor. (Judges 6 v12) I am more than a conqueror. (Romans 8 v35) In all things I gain a surpassing victory (Rom 8 v 37) and in all things God leads me to triumph in Christ. (2 Corinthians 2 v 14) Through my union with God, I am strong in the Lord and the power of His might. (Ephesians 6 v 10) I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me. I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me. (Philippians 4 v13) Because I believe in, lean on, trust and rely on God, I do the things that Jesus did, and greater things will I do, for His Spirit within me knows no limit. (John 14 v 12 – 14) Therefore I believe that all things are possible and limit not the Holy One within me. (Philippians 4 v 13) As Jesus is, so am I in this world (1 John 4 v 17) and the immeasurable, unlimited and surpassing power of God is on the inside of me! (Ephesians 1 v 19) The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in me! (Ephesians 1 v 20)”

With the power of God on the inside of you, you literally have the potential to shake nations, never mind overcoming cancer!

The same power that raised Jesus from the dead and conquered the grave is in you! The immeasurable, unlimited and surpassing power of God is on the inside of you! It’s time that you discovered your potential as a child of God! With the power of God on the inside of you, you literally have the potential to shake nations, never mind overcoming cancer! Are you willing to stand up spirit of man and be what God has called you to be? Don’t allow the devil to rob you of your destiny by cutting your life short – aggressively take back the ground he has stolen from you. You need to become aggressive with the existence of cancer and deal with the issues that cause it.

Much of my understanding of disease from a spiritual perspective, including this chapter on cancer, has come from the teaching of Pastor Henry Wright. He has an international ministry where doctors and patients world-wide consult him concerning diseases. His healing ministry and walk with God was greatly impacted by his mother’s testimony of healing from cancer. Angus Buchan has a saying, “The condition for a miracle is not difficulty, but impossibility.” His mother was on death’s door step. There seemed to be no hope. The doctors could not do anything to help her. Then she had an encounter with the Almighty God with Whom nothing is impossible. I quote directly from Henry Wright as he told this story:

When I was in my mother’s womb, she was dying of Fibrosarcoma Cancer. Her mother died of cancer shortly after giving birth to her. My mother’s cancer was fast growing and fatal. It had wrapped around her jugular vein (the main vein in the neck), up and down her neck and into the base of her brain. When I was two months old she was totally paralyzed and could not care for me, so they hired a nanny. My parents were ministers. They were pioneer pastors in Hatfield’s Point, New Brunswick, Canada. My mother was dying and there was no hope. There was nothing they could do. There was no surgery. It was impossible. It was incurable. It was just a matter of waiting it out until she died. All manner of people had prayed for her, but she was not well. Even in her condition, she insisted on being carried on a stretcher to church
services so she could lie in the front and be part of the services. That is dedication.

Several years ago my wife and I had the pleasure of having dinner with Lee and Helen Boyd of Hatfield’s Point, New Brunswick, Canada. I grew up with their son Carl and their daughters. I am using their names in this testimony because they were eye witnesses to my mother’s healing. They were in that service when the invisible, living God reached down out of nowhere and plucked masses of cancer out of my mother as though it never existed. She had no special nutrition, no surgery and no chemotherapy. No one was even praying for her at the time. These two eye witnesses told me it was one of those services they could not get off the ground. Some of us may have been in that kind of service where nothing is happening. In that church service was a man who harbored bitterness against another man across town for 20 years. He stood up at the front of the church in that dead, dead service and said, “This service is cursed because of me. I have had bitterness in my heart for 20 years toward a man across town and God’s not going to bless me, or you or anybody in this church until I get it right. I will see you later. I am
out of here.”

The condition for a miracle is not difficulty, but impossibility

People began to repent, one to another. Knowing a little bit about my father today, I would say, even in that first year of marriage, my mother probably had developed a massive case of bitterness because I had a very difficult father. I am suggesting that because the whole place erupted in repentance and forgiveness. In that meeting, paralyzed and on a stretcher, no one prayed for her. It was just her, God and silence, with everyone else doing what they were doing, when something happened. She connected with the invisible God without even trying.

Something happened. Maybe she forgave my father. Who knows what she was thinking? She came off that stretcher unaided from paralyzed to non-paralyzed, and she ran around the church shouting at the top of her lungs, “I’m healed! I’m healed! I’m healed!” I was told the people’s mouths were hanging open as they watched her run around and around and around. She would go up to them, take their hands and thrust them to heaven saying, “Praise Him!” “Praise Him!” She lived another 34 years disease free. The cancer disappeared! Now that is a testimony!”

There is absolutely nothing that is impossible with God. He designed the human body and He knows exactly how to fix it. He is faithful to fulfill His promise for healing when His conditions are met. What He did for that lady, He can do for you. The Bible says God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10 v 34). However, you also have a part to play – you need to deal with the issues that caused the cancer in the first place.

Discussion on Specific Types of Cancers

On top of the issues discussed in the background to cancers in general, some cancers have very specific spiritual roots behind them which are explained on the following pages. I cannot discuss all the different types of cancer as there just isn’t the time and space. Therefore I have mainly discussed the most common cancers. Furthermore, when it comes to cancer, I do not have all the answers. I am still learning and hopefully will have more information in further editions of this book. However the background to cancers in general on page 257 is relevant to most cancers and on page 284 I explain how to deal with the issues behind cancer, regardless of what type of cancer it is.

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