Pentecostal preachers push a prayer 'cure' for Africans with HIV

Some pentecostal pastors in Africa are pushing those infected with HIV to abandon drug treatment and opt for a prayer "cure" instead. From Religion News Service:

The “cure” is not free, and some people say they shell out their life savings to receive a miracle blessing and quit taking the drugs.

“I believe people can be healed of all kinds of sickness, including HIV, through prayers,” said Pastor Joseph Maina of Agmo Prayer Mountain, a Pentecostal church on the outskirts of Nairobi. “We usually guide them. We don’t ask for money, but we ask them to leave some seed money that they please.”

But the controversial ceremonies are raising red flags as believers’ conditions worsen, and a debate has opened over whether science or religion should take the lead in the fight against the AIDS epidemic.

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Comments (4)

What these "pastors" are doing is contrary to what attitude the Bible says we ought to have toward doctors and medicine:

"Give doctors the honor they deserve, for the Lord gave them their work to do. Their skill came from the Most High... The Lord created medicines from the earth, and a sensible person will not hesitate to use them.... He gave medical knowledge to human beings, so that we would praise him for the miracles he performs. The druggist mixes these medicines, and the doctor will use them to cure diseases and ease pain. There is no end to the activities of the Lord, who gives health to the people of the world. Call the doctor -- for the Lord created him -- and keep him at your side; you need him. There are times when you have to depend on his skill" (Sirach 38:1-13).

They're not only not following the Bible; they're condemning human beings to needless death.

God, save us from such "Christianity"!

Not in any way in defense of these 'pastors' but they would not recognize Scriptural references to books of the Apocrypha - after all Saint (aka King) James didn't include them in the Bibles they use. :(

God, save us from such "Christianity"!

...to continue the theme of the previous thread.

JC Fisher

Bishop Moses Deng Bol in South Sudan says don't be fooled into paying for prayer.

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