The child who died recently of bacterial pneumonia because his parents believed it was a sin to take him to the doctor is not just the second child of those parents to die from lack of medical care, it’s one of more than two dozen deaths in two Philadelphia churches that believe in faith healing rather than medicine.
Two Philadelphia faith-healing churches have a long history of the youngest members of their congregation dying because parents refused medical care.
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…The Schaibles are members of the First Century Gospel Church. Founded in 1925, the church is an offshoot of its mother church Faith Tabernacle Congregation. At least 22 children from the congregations have died from illnesses.
In 1991, Faith Tabernacle lost five children to the measles after an outbreak. One child from First Century Gospel also died.
Every single child in those families should be taken away and given to parents who will care for them. We cannot wait for them to die and then punish the parents. That’s more than two dozen dead kids in one city.