Faith-Healing Parents Arrested for Death of Second Child
According to an article on ABC News, “Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith healing. They lost their 8-month-old son, Brandon, last week after he suffered from diarrhea and breathing problems for at least a week, and stopped eating. Four years ago, another son died from bacterial pneumonia.”
That boy, a two-year-old named Kent, died after the Schaibles refused to take him to the doctor when he became sick, relying instead on faith and prayer. The couple were convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years on probation.
In the latest tragedy, they told police that they prayed for God to heal Brandon instead of taking him to a doctor when he fell ill. Officials said that an autopsy will be performed on the child, and depending on those results the parents may be charged with a crime.
This makes me sad because I believe in divine healing. Heck I wrote a book about it. But I believe first and foremost in practicing it on myself, not on someone else. I heard Kenneth Hagin teach one time that when one of his kids was really ill he took him to a doctor and I can’t remember whether it was surgery or a medicine, but he’d never put his faith into practice on his own son or wife, if I remember correctly.
At any rate, just do a Google search about this couple, and read the comments for articles about this and you’ll see often there’s a carte-blanche assumption that having faith for healing automatically means stupid and don’t take medicine. I take medicine if I need to. I’ve had a close friend believe he was healed at a healing meeting of his schizophrenia and decided to stop taking his medicine. He was not ready or in a place of faith to do so, and confessed to me that about two weeks later he needed to go back on them again as he was not coping well at all.
If you personally have faith, great! However, practice it on yourself and nobody else, especially not little children. If you’re dying and a blood transfusion would save your life, get the life saving blood transfusion! Don’t be stupid or presumptuous and pretend that’s the same thing as having faith.
10:00 pm Edit: To clarify and qualify what I mean by “use on yourself and not someone else”:
I merely mean I’d never encourage someone not to see a doctor, or to stop taking pills, or not get a life saving surgery under the encouragement of “having faith”, but on the other hand if I felt that’s where I was at in my faith for a miracle, it would be between me and God and if I die, I’m the only one dying for my own presumption, not my own child or wife.
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