Evangelical Christians Lie About Curing HIV

Posted: November 26, 2011 in health, religion, science
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I’ve had enough of Christian nutloons most of the time, but this is just the worst. We’re living in an age where religion, for reasons I can’t fathom, has certain forms of legal protection – how is that even possible? Your age, gender and sexual orientation is inherent, but your religion?! Nonetheless there’s an expectation that the rise of mega, overzealous, largely African ‘churches’ should be accepted or even respected. LBC reports on a Sky investigation into why that’s a VERY BAD IDEA INDEED:

There is evidence that evangelical churches in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow are claiming to cure HIV through God.

We sent three undercover reporters to the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), which is based in Southwark, south London.

All of them told the pastors they were HIV positive – all were told they could be healed.

Once a month the church has a prayer line, where people from across Europe come to be cured of all kinds of illness.

At registration they have to hand over a doctor’s letter as evidence of their condition

They are filmed giving before and after testimonies, which are put on SCOAN’s website.

The healing process involves the pastor shouting over the person being healed for the devil to come out of their body, while spraying water in their face.

One of the pastors, Rachel Holmes, told our reporter Shatila, who is a genuine HIV sufferer, they had a 100% success rate.

“We have many people that contract HIV. All are healed.”

Prayer heals nothing and there’s no such thing as ‘God’, the ‘Devil’ or ‘evil spirits’ – these are fraudsters who destroy people’s lives in the name of religion. There shouldn’t be protection by the Charity Commission, nor by the law – this is the 21st century and any organisation which says it can heal ANTHING through prayer should be shut down immediately, and its leadership prosecuted. But guess what this ‘church’ says?

“We are not the Healer; God is the Healer. Never a sickness God cannot heal. Never a disease God cannot cure. Never a burden God cannot bear. Never a problem God cannot solve.

“To His power, nothing is impossible. We have not done anything to bring about healing, deliverance or prosperity. If somebody is healed, it is God who heals.

“We must have a genuine desire if we come to God. We are not in position to question anybody’s genuine desire. Only God knows if one comes with true desire. Only God can determine this.

“That is why, if anybody comes in the name of God, we pray for them. The outcome of the prayer will determine if they come genuinely or not.”

This batshit stupidity needs to be condemned as backward, dangerous and out of step with a single British value. But again and again I find theists 0nline brazenly defending the claim that any illness, including HIV, can be cured by prayer. Catch me any day of the week on Twitter to see how well they fare with me.

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