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‘But-if-not’ faith inspires Healing Center worshippers

“…But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up…” – Daniel 3:18

“…But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up…”

– Daniel 3:18

 
 Bishop Henry W. Hearns Sr. was featured guest last Sunday at The Healing Center. Hosts, Bishop William M. Young Sr. and Pastor Dianne P. Young, are also pictured. (Photo by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell)

Bishop Henry W. Hearns Sr. returned to his family’s home place down in Byhalia, Miss., last week. From the plantation where his parents worked as sharecroppers to Lancaster, Calif, City Hall as mayor, his 79-year journey has been impressive and eventful.

The prolific preacher and Bible teacher touted “But-if-not” faith in a Sunday (Feb. 19 morning message at The Healing Center.

“The three Hebrew boys refused to bow down to the idol god set up by the king,” said Bishop Hearns. “They understood that the God they served was well able to deliver them from the fiery furnace. And that if He did not deliver them, it was because He chose not to do so. ‘But-if-not’ faith can get you through any trial, regardless of whether God chooses to deliver you or not.”

Bishop Hearns last week was guest lecturer at the University of Memphis, where he shared life experiences – from the cotton fields of Mississippi to Lancaster City Hall and the pulpit. He remains the city’s only African-American elected as mayor, having served two terms and several terms on the Lancaster City Council.

Bishop Hearns is pastor of Living Stone Cathedral of Worship, a 3,000-member congregation. Healing Center’s Bishop William M. Young Sr. was in the U of M audience when Bishop Hearns spoke.

“I was just so inspired by this great man of God,” said Dr. Young.  “What Bishop Hearns had to say was so impactful and significant, I asked if he might be free to come and speak in our 11 o’clock service on Sunday.

“I don’t just let anybody preach in that pulpit. A pastor has to be careful about who ministers to his people. But I had no qualms about inviting Bishop Hearns to our church. It’s quite apparent that the Lord is still using him, even at nearly 80 years of age.”

Bishop Hearns earned a bachelors degree in both Agriculture and Civil Engineering from Tennessee State University in 1955. He later earned a masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Southern California. Bishop Hearns has pastored the Antelope Valley church for more than four decades.

 

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