I have words to say about this, but they are generally pretty awful and are about 4 letters long each.
Watch the news report too:
NBC10’s Lu Ann Cahn spoke to one member of First Tabernacle Thursday about the church’s beliefs.
“The church believe that people get sick because they’re not doing the right thing,” the man named John said. He refused to give his last name during the interview.
“God promised us that if we do his will, that there’s no infection; all these diseases that you name, would not come to you,” the man explained. John says he believes the congregation is being persecuted for their beliefs.
You say you want freedom of religion, but would you allow this?
Families who attend Faith Tabernacle Congregation in North Philadelphia and First Century Gospel Church in Juniata Park have lost more than two dozen children to illness since 1971, according to non-profit Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty, Inc. (CHILD, Inc.). Both churches believe in the power of prayer over modern medicine.
I experienced this as a child personally, and then as something of a young adult, when I watched someone die of a cancer that could’ve been prevented.
So, I guess by their count, the world has gotten wonderfully better since the last plague… And why does God hate so many children?
- ‘Faith Healing’ Responsible For Dozens Of Deaths, In Philadelphia Alone (youngprogressivevoices.com)
- ‘Faith Healing’ Responsible For Dozens Of Deaths, In Philadelphia Alone (addictinginfo.org)