The book may be the most significant reality check on your health that you have experienced recently. I can say this with certainty, not because I wrote it, but rather because the topic is most urgent.
Over the years, I've attempted to write on a wide range of themes, but I've never felt compelled to do so, nor have I ever had the self-control necessary to finish any of them. However, when I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension and the "Silent Killer," I was in grave risk of dying, and I believe the Holy Spirit wants me to share this experience with anybody who will read, share, and pay attention.
It has never been more crucial for me to be aware of my health and the value of treating my body as God's temple.
Even though I have an unfathomable amount of desire to treat my body well, one of my biggest challenges is having the "discipline" to carry out that goal. This may be true for others as well.
I do, however, think that if we, especially those who are in positions of leadership of God's people, cannot set an example by leading a disciplined life with regard to our health, then we may be acting hypocritically by telling others that Jesus Christ is calling them to live a disciplined life. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Should Christians who are aware of "the truth" suffer from the same health problems as people who are not saved including food-related illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol? “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
God said “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee” (Hosea 4:6). Knowledge is available. The word of God tells me that my body is “the temple of God.” “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19).
Satan is to blame for many evil deeds, but I am also accountable for what I eat, how much I consume, and how long I consume it. My biggest hope is that this book may at the very least prompt you to examine how you are treating God's temple in order to avoid being victimized by the "Silent Killer." I appreciate your kind support.
Struck by the “Silent Killer” is the spiritual account of a pastor’s coming to terms with illness, our relationship with God who would allow us to be stricken, and our role in recovering. Pastor Williams captures with great insight the conflicting emotions and responses that the faithful have wrestled with since Biblical times: Why is there illness and suffering in our life? Why should we pay for the transgressions of Adam and Eve? Is infirmity the work of God or the Devil? Are we the cause of illness due to our neglecting our health? How should we respond? Should we surrender to God’s will or should we pray for deliverance? Should we reach out to others for help, or should we embark on a course of prayer and fasting to atone for our sins and thus participate in our healing? What does Scripture tell us?
Pastor Williams is relentless in his quest for wisdom, citing liberally from his experience, from Scripture, from medical sources, and from his evolving relationship with God as he moves toward coming to terms with the stroke that unexpectedly struck, causing him to look for answers to troubling questions. Pastor Williams used his illness as an opportunity to explore what God expects of us and to come to a realization of the meaning of illness, sin, and healing. His book tells us there are no easy answers, but God’s presence, and our willingness to work with Him are ever present. Williams also shares with us many insights gleaned from medical sources as to the mechanism of strokes, its causes, and the areas of the brain that are affected by it.
One question that he brought up more than once but did not completely resolve is: Did God intend for us to live a vegan lifestyle: He mentions God’s directive to Adam and Eve that he has provided them with an abundance of plants for nourishment. He remind us of God’s prescription: "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat” (Genesis 1: 29). He points to this passage as justification for his belief that prior to the great flood, people’s diet was confined to fruit, vegetables, and plant-based food, and so lived incredibly long lives, some living for hundreds of years. He omits any reference to the fact that God gave man dominion over animals, which many have interpreted to be permission to hunt and kill animals for food. He points out that our current diet of processed food is demonstrably damaging to our health, yet instead of advocating for embracing a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, in the final chapters of the book, he advises readers to keep a close check on their meat intake. Why eat meat if it is depriving us of longevity?
The book, I was provided for review, is an impressive testament to Pastor Williams’ faith and unwavering willingness to live up to the Bible’s directive to treat our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit. Since none of us are impervious to the occasion of illness, this book is highly recommended reading to all who would follow the path of the Lord.
The author Bishop Errol Williams was born on the Caribbean island of Jamaica and is a devout follower of Jesus Christ's principles on living pure in the flesh. He is a man of God with adherence to Christian family values.
With his life partner and wife and fellow servant of God Angela E. Williams, Errol has fathered Niketa Cherilus and Christian J. Williams. In addition, he is the grandfather of Nathan and Jeremiah Cherilus. Jonathan Cherilus is his lawful son-in-law.
At the age of 18, he made a decision to follow Jesus and is a passionate teacher of the Bible. He is the founder of Wise Talk Radio and serves as pastor of New Alpha Worship Center.
Pastor Williams' greatest desire is for everyone to recognize their true purpose in life, to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and to recognize that their creator God has a magnificent plan for their lives.
Ayeisha Kirkland (“The Young Evangelist”)
I believe this book will produce fruit in you as you dig into each page.
From esteemed educators, preeminent politicians, and bodacious billionaires to acclaimed athletes, memorable musicians, and world-class writers, it is evident that over the course of my life I have been able to shake hands with prominent people who have majorly impacted the world. Despite the greatness of all of the notable individuals I have been able to come across, I am most grateful for the day I met the laudable leader, passionate pastor, and faithful follower of Jesus Christ that Apostle Errol Williams embodies. His zeal for God, the things of God, and the advancement of God’s people serves as the fuel he uses to push individuals like myself from places of paltry living to purposeful reigning.
Having him as a spiritual father for the last 10 years, I have not just been a sheep of the congregation he shepherds; on the contrary, I’m a member of a family with a selfless head of household who, like John the Baptist, clears the path for those under his leadership to step into what God has called them to do. For this reason, I am no longer the oafish, oblivious eight-year- old who he baptized that lacked true understanding of who God had called me to be. I stand as an eighteen-year-old award-winning writer and speech artist who leads an award-winning Christian youth organization that has evangelized, educated, and cultivated over 200 teenagers so far to be effective in the body of Christ.
This testimony of my transformation and the similar personal experiences that countless others can recall for themselves would have been impossible without the transformative power of Apostle Errol Williams’ leadership. He is a world changer. Once you meet him and begin to partake of the ministry God has called him to, you will never be the same.
I recall sitting in the pew during praise and worship of our routine Sunday services. As always, Apostle Williams had his hands on the keyboard, serving as a minstrel unto the Lord, stretching out the strings to set the atmosphere in the sanctuary, monitoring the room as the set man of the house, listening to God’s next instruction, but then, boom. That was the sound of his body hitting the ground as he passed out behind the keyboard. Shrieks filled members of the church as his daughter, Niketa, ran out the room frantically with tears in her red eyes and a cell phone at her ear to call 911. Years later, I was sitting at a lunch table at my high school when I received the regretful phone call from my mother that informed me that the pastor who changed my life was just admitted into the hospital because he had a stroke. I instantly recalled my grandmother who was left a paralytic after having a stroke years prior. I grew fearful but still kept the faith in the healing power of God that Apostle Williams constantly taught about.
Within this book, it will be the fervor for God’s people and desire for vengeance on the “Silent Killer” that Apostle Errol Williams will use as ammunition to shoot down the unhealthy customs God’s people allow to perpetuate in their lives. As he takes you through the journey of his personal experiences, you will be challenged in the area of your health to ensure your overall spiritual, emotional, and physical wealth and wellbeing. You are no longer just a reader, but you have just been adopted into the family of believers that he fathers to ensure they grow into mature believers. This comes with love and support, but also the beatings of correction. In the words of scripture, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (English Standard Version; Hebrews 12:1).
The author has clearly set forth his reflections of his encounter with the “silent killer”. He strikes a perfect balance between the natural and the supernatural aspect of dealing with sickness, disease, infirmity or affliction. His candor and transparency enables the reader to assess their lifestyle and make the proper adjustments to develop a healthy environment.
“Struck by the Silent Killer “ helps the reader to understand the challenges involved when sickness occurs and provides the guidance required to navigate through it. He successfully communicates the heart of God to keep loving, praising and worshiping through it all and despite it all. This book is informative, thought provoking, and life changing.
Dr. Rebecca Ingram
Missionary Network, Inc.
Apostle Williams presents a much needed expose of his journey from ignorance to the pursuit of knowledge following his encounter with the “Silent Killer”. He presents a vivid picture of how his ignorance, disobedience and lack of knowledge about management of his healthcare needs resulted in a mini Stroke (Trans Ischemic Attack) or TIA affected his well being, and his subsequent battle understanding God’s will, and supernatural healing on his road to recovery.
This is a must read for all christian as the author explores and explains a myriad of biblical truths about sickness, diseases and God’s will for us; in caring for His temple (1 Corinthians. 6:19). His transparency will enable readers to assess their lifestyle and seek the knowledge necessary for making life-style modifications for improving their overall health and wellbeing.
“Struck by the Silent Killer “ informs the reader of the challenges involved after a stroke occurs and provides the guidance required to navigate through it. His candor and transparency enables the reader to assess their lifestyle and make the proper adjustments to develop a healthy environment.This book is thought provoking
Ph.D., MPH, MSN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner and Retired Professor