Friday, 25 November 2011

Undercover investigation exposes evangelical church claiming to "cure" HIV

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An undercover investigation by Sky News has found that the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), a wealthy multi-national evangelical Christian organisation with a branch in London, has been claiming to "heal" HIV, and instructing sufferers to stop taking their medication.

A Sky News reporter, who is a genuine HIV sufferer, visited SCOAN's branch in Southwark, south-east London,  and was told by a pastor at the church, Rachel Holmes, that the ministry has a 100 per cent success-rate in healing HIV. The reporter was told that they could "discard their medication after their healing and that they would be free to start a family".

Sky report that churches in Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow are also claiming to cure HIV, and state that "Medical professionals have told Sky News of at least six patients who have died after being told by various churches to stop taking their HIV tablets".

When given the opportunity to respond to Sky's investigation, SCOAN made the following statement:
"We are not the Healer; God is the Healer. Never a sickness God cannot heal. Never a disease God cannot cure. Never a burden God cannot bear. Never a problem God cannot solve.

"To His power, nothing is impossible. We have not done anything to bring about healing, deliverance or prosperity. If somebody is healed, it is God who heals.

"We must have a genuine desire if we come to God. We are not in position to question anybody's genuine desire. Only God knows if one comes with true desire. Only God can determine this.

"That is why, if anybody comes in the name of God, we pray for them. The outcome of the prayer will determine if they come genuinely or not."
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