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Parents Sentenced to Prison for Belief in Healing Power of Prayer

Couple who broke probation with death of second son given one of harshest punishments for faith healing.
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Two Pentecostal parents from Philadelphia watched two of their sons die from treatable diseases because they believe in faith healing. Now the couple has been sentenced to between three and seven years in prison.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible—already ...

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darian brown

February 25, 2014  4:10pm

I also agree that the headline is misleading. It insinuates that the parents were imprisoned for praying. When they were imprisoned for refusing treatment and letting two of their children die unnecessary deaths

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darian brown

February 25, 2014  4:06pm

This is an awful case of a belief linked to a person's Christianity.What I'm saying is that the officials will look at cases like this one and link it to almost all Christianity. This is obviously a very bad thing. I am thirteen and have had several life threatening injuries and sicknesses. For one, when I was a baby I caught pneumonia and had to be hospitalized. God provided. There was a prayer chain sent out to my local church. Obviously I survived. I got help from medicine that God had provided and I'm sure the prayers went to the comfort of my parents and up to God. like Rick said few splinter denominations believe in only prayers for help. Now this will be used as an example against all Christians. I personally believe that God has already intervened in almost every medical case ever. Whether by miracle, or by the power of modern medicine ( which I'm sure was inspired by God ) He has helped us all sinners and Christians because he loves us all. In this I stand firmly and God bless

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E. Dean Cozzens

February 24, 2014  9:27pm

I agree that when safe medical treatments are available, people are foolish not to use them. I heard of a lady who died because she refused to get an enema. Foolish to ignore God's natural systems. However, here's one that gives us pause. Around 1900 there was a young boy about 10 who got an infection in his leg. It was spreading. His family took him to the hospital. Before the boy went delirious he got his older brother to promise not to let them cut off his leg. The boy went unconscious. The doctor said they needed to amputate to save his life. The family was devout Christian so they gathered in the hall, and prayed asking God what to do. They told the doctor not to amputate because they were trusting in God. Were they right or wrong? What say you? In the morning the boy miraculously recovered and the infection was gone. The boy's name was Dwight David Eisenhower. The faith he learned in this incident became a critical part of his faith to order D-Day to proceed.

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Deborah hamilton

February 24, 2014  8:11pm

God can heal even if we are getting treatment. Also, when God has provided through knowledge to doctors to easily take care of certain issues, like the urinary blockage situation, there is no sin in getting medical help. In dire cases, especially where doctors can't help or have given a very discouraging prognosis, the healing power of God is definitely needed and should be sought. Getting medical treatment is not all bad. Again . . . whether we are getting medical treatment or not, God is still able to heal in either case. So, medical treatment should be sought in serious cases and prayer for God to intervene during the process. Allowing children to die by withholding needed medical treatment definitely does not please God.

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Catherine F

February 24, 2014  6:01pm

I am a firm believer that the Lord can and will heal. I personally know people who have been healed of various afflictions by God. However, we have been taught that if there is a serious situation and God does not act immediately after praying for recovery, then off to the doctor you go. God does heal sovereignly, but He uses doctors to care for us as well. The Word of God says, "having done all, to stand..." That really does mean doing everything you can within any given health situation. Always pray first, then do all you can humanly do until the Lord intervenes. The Bible mentions the folly of committing presumptuous sin for a reason.

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