If your faith healer is poorly trained or sinful, the session can backfire, leaving you worse off than before — or even a miserable freak! That’s the sobering warning of a top expert who has compiled 74 cases of faith healing gone awry.
“The power of the Almighty is like a laser scalpel,” explains the Reverend Gary Buskwood, author of the upcoming book Miracles and Mishaps. “In the right hands, it is a wondrously potent instrument. But when wielded by an unqualified individual, the results can be disastrous.”
Among the dozens of startling cases the Tennessee-based expert recounts:
* Rebecca M., 66, of Montgomery, Ala., begged the preacher at a revival to cure the crippling arthritis that kept her bound in a wheelchair. She had no way of knowing that he’d received his diploma in divinity online and had no training in faith healing.
“He placed his hands on her legs and prayed, ‘Let this woman walk again for the rest of her life,’” reveals Rev. Buskwood. “Almost immediately she rose from her wheelchair and was able to walk for the first time in years. The trouble is she hasn’t been able to stop walking. Two months have passed, she has lost more than 80 pounds and doctors are pessimistic about her long-term survival.”
* Exotic dancer Kari G., 25, of Tampa, Fl., was dissatisfied with her B-cup and, too frugal to go to a plastic surgeon, followed a girlfriend’s advice that she seek the aid of a faith healer. Rather than pay him in cash, she offered certain sexual favors – an offer the 54-year-old itinerant clergyman was too weak-willed to refuse.
“During the laying on of hands, the preacher asked that her breasts be doubled,” says Rev. Buskwood. “But instead of developing double D’s, as she intended, a pair of new breasts sprouted on her back!”
* Auto mechanic Mark H., 34, of Simpsonville, S.C., visited a respected faith healer who’d cured his cousin of deafness as well as successfully treating several neighborhood dogs for distemper.
“He wanted help for his receding hairline,” says the expert. “So the faith healer placed a hand on his scalp and prayed ‘Lord, please channel your might through me and give this man more hair.’ Sure enough, by the next day Mark could see in the mirror that his hair was thicker.”
What the unlucky grease monkey didn’t know, however, was that the respected Pentecostal preacher was under investigation for statutory rape — and was hauled off to jail just days after the session.
“Within a month Mark’s entire face and body was covered with hair,” says Rev. Buskwood. “He now looks like a circus freak. Even shaving three times a day, he can’t keep up with the seemingly supernatural hair growth.”
Traditional medicine is generally ineffective in treating people who’ve been the victim of such quacks. Their best hope of recovery is to consult a legitimate faith healer, advises the expert.
“Unfortunately, many victims are reluctant to seek the help they so desperately need, due to their bad experiences with faith healing.”
Copyright C. Michael Forsyth