Oh Ye Of Little Faith: Bethel Church, a “faith-healing” California megachurch that teaches that the power of prayer can “raise the dead and cure the sick,” admits that they are no match for the coronavirus.
Raw Story reports:
A megachurch in California that regularly conducts “faith-healing” sessions at local hospitals apparently doesn’t believe the power of prayer is strong enough to cure coronavirus.
The Bethel Church in Redding, California, which serves as the spiritual home to an estimated 6,300 weekly worshipers, announced this week that it is canceling its regularly scheduled visits to hospitals as fears of the coronavirus pandemic take hold.
The Sacramento Bee reports:
A prominent Northern California mega-church whose members believe their prayers heal the sick and raise the dead is advising the faithful to wash their hands, urging those who feel sick to stay home, canceling missionary trips and advising its faith healers to stay away from local hospitals.
In a statement: Aaron Tesauro, a church spokesman, said:
Through email communications, signage, and church announcements, we are actively encouraging health practices and precautions to our whole community. We believe that wisdom, modern medicine, and faith are meant to work together, and express the value for each in the pursuit of continued health and healing.”
Though we believe in a God who actively heals today, students are not being encouraged to visit healthcare settings at this time, and moreover, are taught that even under normal circumstances, they must receive permission from both the facility and the individual before engaging in prayer.
While claims that church “faith-healers” have the power to “raise the dead and cure the sick” are dangerous and ridiculous, it must be noted that the fact that Bethel Church has decided to keep their faith-healers away from hospitals because of the coronavirus is a good thing.
However, not all religious institutions are responding well to the coronavirus crisis. For example, in a disastrous public health move, the Greek Orthodox Church has issued an official statement declaring that the coronavirus is not transmitted via communion.
And, as must be expected, some conservative Christians are blaming the gays for the coronavirus. For example, conservative Christian Pastor Steven Andrew, pastor of the USA Christian Church, claims that the coronavirus is punishment for “LGBT sin.”
Bottom line: Bethel Church, a “faith-healing” California megachurch that teaches that the power of prayer can “raise the dead and cure the sick,” admits that they are no match for the coronavirus.