Does Sin Cause Cancer? – Episode 162

Does Sin Cause Cancer?

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Featuring: Rev. Percy McCray and Wayne Shepherd

Published: May 4, 2019

In this episode of Health, Hope & Inspiration, the hosts talk about a challenging question commonly asked by people who are battling cancer: Does sin cause cancer? Rev. Percy McCray explores the Scripture to answer this question, and challenges listeners to engage the faith community on this important conversation.

Show Notes:

When a person receives a cancer diagnosis, all sorts of questions can come to mind. People begin to start looking for the possibilities of what has happened, where they have been, what’s going on in their life, and where is God in relationship to that. And ultimately it brings a person back to that fundamental question, “Why me?” and sometimes it leads to another question: “Is God punishing me?”

Rev. Percy McCray maintains this line of self-reflection, while normal, can put unnecessary fear in a person’s heart. “God has not given us a spirit of fear,” he says. “God is love. And when we begin to talk about a diagnosis of cancer, fear certainly begins to enter into the consciousness of one’s being that has to be addressed because it’s a real force that can cripple and disable one from being able to move forward.”

To counter this conflicted thinking, which can interfere with a person’s ability to move towards a potential of health, wellness and recovery, Rev. McCray stresses the importance of the grace of God and not blame ourselves—even if our lifestyles haven’t been the best. “We have an advocate, the Bible says, a high priest who ever lives to make intercession on behalf of the saints, that we have the ability to go back to the Father and to be forgiven of anything that we feel may have transgressed against the will and purpose of God and be renewed and be regenerated by that purpose and that call. And that’s part of the great gift of the grace of God.”


  • “God does not give us [a spirit of fear]. The idea of thinking that because of our sin, we’ve brought this upon ourselves, quite naturally that is going to create a fear. And not only does fear come and creep in, but also a double-mindedness creeps into our being.”
  • “When we’re dealing with conflict and negativity in our lives, our natural, logical brain is kicking into overdrive. We’re trying to rationalize and give some type of explanation. And we have to be very careful because, from a spiritual perspective, there are some things that we can’t logically explain or rationalize. Jesus says, “No—no one has sinned here.”
  • “What I know is a cancer patient needs all of their focused attention toward healing and recovery and working through the process of the rigors of clinical care. We can’t have someone sitting on the sideline lamenting over anything that may have taken place. Get that cleared up. If you need to make a phone call, call somebody. If you need to receive something from someone, receive it so that you can focus on your recovery and your wholeness so that you can allow the grace of God, along with good, clinical care, to work on your benefit and your behalf.”


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