A Christian TV show taped in London and broadcast over satellite TV is coming under fire for putting viewers lives at risk by telling them that they’re healed of diseases. The danger, of course, is that they’ll stop taking medication or other forms of medical treatment.
Miracle Hour is filmed at Faith World TV’s studio in south London. It is hosted by Bishop Simon Iheanacho, who is chairman of Minority Ethnic Christian Affairs (Meca), which supports black and minority ethnic Christians and is part of ecumenical body Churches Together in England.
In an episode broadcast on 4 January, on channel 591 on the Sky platform, a diabetic caller named Bode, from Leyton in east London, telephoned the programme.
Bishop Simon told him to lay his hand on his leg and said: “I cause diabetes to die in your body.
“I lose you and declare you set free from the power of diabetes.
“Thank you heavenly father for this miracle right now over your life in Jesus’s name.”
Bode was then asked to repeat the words “it is well with me”…
Later in the episode, Christy from London called the show to say her sister-in-law had breast cancer.
Bishop Simon prayed for her and said: “We remove out of your body that root of cancer.”
He later said: “We cursed the cancer. It’s dead,” and later still: “Tell them not to worry about anything.”
Though I’m always irritated by religious scams, it’s very difficult for the law to prevent such things without violating the First Amendment. But with faith healing, it really is putting lives in danger. There may be a case for stepping in.