Monday, September 24, 2012

Should Faith Healing be ILLEGAL?


"Those beliefs don't align with the law"

Huffington Post story:

Russel and Brandi Bellew Get Probation For Negligent Homicide Death Of Son Austin Sprout

"An Oregon couple whose teenaged son died from a burst appendix because they don't believe in modern medicine accepted a plea deal to avoid jail.
The Bellews are members of the General Assembly and Church of the First Born, which heeds a passage in the Gospel of James calling for the faithful to pray for the sick and anoint them with oil, ABC News said."

Full story here:

The government is directly challenging the faith of a couple who believe the bible.  I am deeply bothered by this.  I am familiar with many people who if left to the medical industry to heal them would be dead now.  I am sure my followers can recall many prayers of faith being answered when the medical industry abandoned all hope.

I am somewhat confused by the plea of guilty. By pleading guilty - isn't this an admission of being wrong about faith?  Do the Bellews only have faith for their son's healing but abandon it when faced with jail time?    I don't remember Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego abandoning their faith for fear of government prosecution.   If the Bellews had enough faith to let their son die - why would a prison sentence bother them?  

I am very humbled by this story.  I am glad that I am not the one going through this.  Maybe, they plead out so the rest of their children would have parents - (contradicting Matthew 10:37-39).  Who knows for sure?

This is another assault against Christianity.  Unfortunately,  the contradictory plea is another foothold for the legal industry to start whitling away at the tenets of the Christian faith. The Bellews were probably doing the best they could from their perspective, but in the big picture this may lay legal precedent for other people of faith to be put in cages.

In the video, it stated the 16 year old son was on board with the faith decision.  The parents didn't make this decision against Austin's will.  They didn't railroad him into having a faith that he did not have. All three were in agreement.

Mat 18:19-20  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.  (20)  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

I must inject some personal experience here.  I have been sick many times.  One of two scenarious usually take place.  Either I pray like crazy, and then finally give in and go to the doctor -  OR I pray like crazy and get healed.  I can have faith for myself, but I would not impose my faith on another person.  If two or three are in agreement with what scripture says, then the battle is the Lord's.

What do you believe?

Should people go to jail for believing the bible?

Should Faith Healing be ILLEGAL??????

Revelation 2:13  I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

God bless you!  Please share this with your friends and family!