Coronavirus faith healers under attack > Faith healing has not covered by this blog, as it is does not fit comfortably within the term ‘therapy’. We only examine it today as faith healers are jumping on the coronavirus cures bandwagon. Critics say they are simply exploiting people’s fear.
Two examples are grabbing the headlines. The head of the Kingdom Church in Camberwell in South London claims his concoction of cedar wood, hyssop and scarlet yarn acts as ‘an invisible barrier to the powers of darkness‘. His plague protection kit costs £91, though it is currently difficult to buy thanks to action by Southwark Council. It states ‘It is wrong for anyone to exploit people’s fears at this time of high anxiety and we encourage people to report any issues like this to London Trading Standard’.
Not discouraged, Bishop Climate Wiseman says, “It is by faith that you can be saved from the coronavirus pandemic by covering yourself with the divine plague protection oil and wearing the scarlet yarn on your body. That is why I want to encourage you, if you haven’t done so already, to get your divine plague protection kit today!”
He says his remedy is based on a passage from Chapter 14 of the Old Testament Book of Leviticus * .
God is love
The second example has emerged from New Zealand. Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki claims tithe-paying, Bible-believing, Holy Spirit-filled Christians have a Psalm 91 Protection Policy against COVID-19.
His message has spread like the virus around the world.
Psalm 91 Protection Policy
This Pentecostal leader says God allows ‘epidemics, pestilence and famine‘ when people have departed from faith in Him. But for Bible-believing, born-again Christians who pay their tithes, God assures them protection from the virus. He said being guided by Psalm 91 ** is “the best policy that a family can have to protect them from any of these plagues and pestilences“. He adds, the outbreak was ‘energised by demons and evil spirits‘ to punish non-believers.
His critics fire back. they say ‘it is folly to say his followers are safe and no-one else, which is the absolute opposite of the Christian belief‘.
There are many other similar examples of faith healers peddling Coronavirus cures.
Now, our Bloggers would expect Tonic therapists to take a critical view of faith healing. Not so. Many of us take the view that there is plenty of evidence that it can be a power for good.
Can faith cure the coronavirus?
In the case of the coronavirus, people are scared because there is so little they can do to protect themselves other than isolation. Believing in God gives a sense of empowerment, direction and purpose. If it instils peace and the possibility of healing then it seems an excellent complementary therapy.
The problem with what people like Wiseman and Tamaki preach is that following them is more important than following medical advice. That is dangerous.
Our second objection is that both the cure examples given involve spending money, either by buying a magic potion or giving money to the church. Many have tried, but you cannot buy redemption.
In summary, the first priority is to stay safe by following medical advice. Then on there is nothing wrong in seeking comfort through your faith.
However, with places of worship shut, it is boom time for live-streaming religious services. If this is for you, then go for it. With faith comes hope, comes peace and who knows, maybe healing. But this is one therapy money can’t buy.
Footnotes > * Chapter 14 of the Old Testament Book of Leviticus. It reads … “Then he is to take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the scarlet yarn and the live bird, dip them into the blood of the dead bird and the fresh water, and sprinkle the house seven times. In this way he will make atonement for the house, and it will be clean.”
** Psalm 91 reads .… Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”