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 Faith Healing

Faith healing refers to healing that occurs supernaturally, as the result of prayer rather than the use of medicines or the involvement of physicians or other conventional medical care. Such healings are often referred to as miracles.

The term is best known in connection with Christianity, but is also used in other religions. It is further used in relation to such occult, New Age healing techniques as Reiki.

Some individuals, groups or churches have extremist teachings and practices regarding faith healing — often resulting in needless deaths. Many such instances are related in this news archive.

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Friday February 21, 2014
Faith HealingFirst Century Gospel ChurchHerbert and Catherine SchaibleRNB's Religion News Blog:
Herbert and Catherine Schaible are sent to prison for the faith healing death of their 2nd child.

But the abusive church they belong to — a cult of Christianity — continues unhindered.

Monday January 27, 2014
Christian ScienceFaith HealingRNB's Religion News Blog:
When it comes to issues of child abuse or neglect, followers of Christian Science — which is neither ‘Christian’ nor ‘science’ — should be held to the same standards as members of other groups.

A lawmaker in Washington state has introduced a bill that would eliminate a ‘faith healing’ exemption for Christian Scientists.

Saturday August 31, 2013
Faith HealingGeneral Assembly Church of the First BornRNB's Religion News Blog:
Authorities in Albany, Oregon on Thursday arrested a couple on charges first-and second-degree manslaughter in the death of their 12-year-old daughter.

The couple belongs to the Church of The First Born, which eschews modern medicine in favor of faith healing. The church is part of an nationwide network that is linked to numerous preventable deaths.

Thursday August 8, 2013
Faith HealingFirst Century Gospel ChurchHerbert and Catherine SchaibleRNB's Religion News Blog:
Herbert and Catherine Schaible, charged with murder in the faith healing death of their 8-month old son, have lost their bid to have those charges dismissed.

The couple, members of an abusive church that teaches you can lose your salvation if you seek out medical help, is already on probation in the 2009 faith healing death of another son.

Friday June 21, 2013
Faith HealingFirst Century Gospel ChurchHerbert and Catherine SchaibleRNB's Religion News Blog:
Herbert Schaible, charged — together with his wife, Catherine — with third degree murder in the faith healing death of their 7-month old son, has been denied bail and will remain in jail.

Monday June 17, 2013
Faith HealingFirst Century Gospel ChurchHerbert and Catherine SchaibleRNB's Religion News Blog:
Former members of First Century Gospel Church, which teaches that a person’s salvation depends on trusting God to heal without medical help or medicine, refer to the church as a cult.

Two of its members will soon stand trial on murder charges in the ‘faith healing’ death of their 7-month old son.

Tuesday June 4, 2013
Faith HealingFirst Century Gospel ChurchHerbert and Catherine SchaibleRNB's Religion News Blog:
For faith healers there is no protection when faith and law collide, one legal expert says in reference to the case of Herbert and Catherine Schaible, who have been charged with third degree murder in the death of their 8-month-old son.

Tuesday May 7, 2013
Faith HealingFirst Century Gospel ChurchHerbert and Catherine SchaibleRNB's Religion News Blog:
Seven children of a Herbert and Catherine Schaible, couple under investigation in the death of their 8-month old son, have received court-ordered medical examinations and any needed immunizations.

The Schaible’s are members of the First Century Gospel Church, which teaches that a person’s salvation depends on trusting God to heal without medical help or medicine.

Wednesday April 24, 2013
Faith HealingFirst Century Gospel ChurchHerbert and Catherine SchaibleRNB's Religion News Blog:
Prosecutors are awaiting the autopsy results of an 8-months-old boy whose ‘faith healing only’ parents are on probation in the 2009 death of their 2-year-old son.

The parents attend a church whose false teachings regarding faith, healing and salvation are a form of spiritual abuse.

Saturday April 20, 2013
Faith HealingFirst Century Gospel ChurchHerbert and Catherine SchaibleRNB's Religion News Blog:
A faith healing couple who are members of a church that shuns doctors and medicine have lost a second child.

Convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment, two years ago the couple were sentenced to probation under the stipulation that they schedule regular medical appointments for all their children.

Wednesday March 27, 2013
Faith HealingMadeline Kara NeumannRNB's Religion News Blog:
Five years ago this month, an 11-year-old Wisconsin girl died from a treatable form of diabetes after her parents prayed for healing rather than seek medical treatment.

But five years later her parents, convicted of second-degree reckless homicide, have yet to spent a day in jail.

Thursday January 10, 2013
Ariel Ben Sherman and Jacqueline CrankFaith HealingRNB's Religion News Blog:
The late Ariel Ben Sherman was charged in a teen girl’s faith healing death, but he sought medical treatment for his own conditions.

Even after his death legal arguments in the case continue: still up before the appellate court to decide is whether the state’s spiritual exemption law that allows parents to forego medical treatment in favor of faith healing is in violation of the U.S. Constitution and its equal protection guarantees.

Wednesday December 5, 2012
Faith HealingMadeline Kara NeumannRNB's Religion News Blog:
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is hearing the case of Leilani and Dale Neumann, who in separate trials were convicted of second-degree reckless homicide in their daughter’s faith healing death.

The case poses questions for the justices about when the state’s responsibility to protect children trumps religious freedom.

Wednesday September 19, 2012
Faith HealingGeneral Assembly Church of the First BornRNB's Religion News BlogRussel and Brandi Bellew:
Russel and Brandi Bellew A couple charged with manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 16-year old son, Austin Sprout, were sentenced to five years probation.

Russel and Brandi Bellow are members of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn — part a network of churches that have extremist teachings on the subject of faith healing.

Sunday July 1, 2012
Faith HealingMadeline Kara NeumannRNB's Religion News Blog:
Madeline Kara Neumann In a case that could define when faith healing crosses the line into criminal behavior, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of two parents convicted of homicide after opting for prayer over medical care when their daughter was dying of undiagnosed diabetes.

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