Megachurch Suspends Faith Healing at Hospitals Due to Coronavirus Outbreak
California megachurch Bethel Church in Redding, California is one of the largest churches in the country. Normally, the churches that are of this magnitude have many theological problems and controversies. Bethel Church is no exception.
Besides running services at two different locations and online, they also run a school of “supernatural ministry” where they are “taught” how to lay hands on the sick and heal people, just like these crooks like Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland who have made millions and millions of dollars.
Their website states that their goal is to teach every student to “know how to cast out demons, heal the sick, and preach the Gospel.” Those who they supposedly teach to do these things often go out to places like hospitals to “heal” patients.
Well, this may come as a surprise to some, but they are canceling their faith healing ministry in light of the new coronavirus outbreak.
Wait a minute…shouldn’t they be out more than ever to heal everyone who is potentially going to die from this virus? What’s the deal? That doesn’t seem like loving thy neighbor to me.
Aaron Tesauro who is one of the spokesmen for Bethel said, “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.”
According to Christian Post,
An unidentified Redding woman told The Sacramento Bee on Saturday that on Jan. 31, two Bethel students approached her in the emergency room at Mercy Medical Center in Redding and said “they would pray over the people there and put Jesus in their hearts and this would heal us all and we didn’t need to stay at the ER and could go home.”
She said she later filed a complaint with the hospital alleging that one of the students had touched her 5-year-old daughter without her consent.
When asked about the complaint, Tesauro told The Sacramento Bee that he was surprised to learn about the mother’s experience.
“We are surprised and saddened by the mother’s reaction and want to apologize for any unintended offense,” he said.