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 General Assembly Church of the First Born

A small Pentecostal denomination of sorts, consisting of a few dozen independent, loosely affiliated congregations throughout the USA.

These churches teach and practice unbiblical doctrines regarding faith healing, resulting in needless deaths. Theologically they should be considered cults of Christianity.

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.

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.

Tuesday June 12, 2012
Christian ScienceFaith HealingGeneral Assembly Church of the First BornGregory and Garnet JaLea SwezeyRNB's Religion News Blog:
Christian Science A recent ruling upholding a Washington state law that allows faith healing for Christian Scientists but not other religions will go unchallenged after a couple on trial in the faith healing death of their son accepted a plea.

The religious movement, considered by Christians to be a cult of Christianity, has been able to negotiate exemptions to the health laws in a number of states.

Friday June 8, 2012
Faith HealingGeneral Assembly Church of the First BornGregory and Garnet JaLea SwezeyRNB's Religion News Blog:
Gregory and Garnet JaLea Swezey A north-central Washington couple on Thursday agreed to accept a plea deal that spares them jail time but holds them responsible for their teenage son’s death after they failed to call a doctor.

JaLea and Greg Swezey are members of the Church of the First Born, a group of churches whose extreme, unbiblical teachings regarding faith healing has resulted in the needless loss of life.

Sunday May 27, 2012
Faith HealingGeneral Assembly Church of the First BornRNB's Religion News BlogSusan Grady:
Susan Grady Susan Grady has been convicted on second-degree manslaughter in the faith healing death of her 9-year-old son, Aaron Grady.

Grady is a member of The General Assemblies and Church of the First Born church, a movement whose extremist teachings regarding faith healing have led to many unnecessary deaths.

Wednesday May 23, 2012
Faith HealingGeneral Assembly Church of the First BornRNB's Religion News BlogSusan Grady:
Susan Grady In Tulsa, Oklahoma, the jury selection process is under way for the trial of a woman accused of relying on faith and prayer, rather than seeking medical care, to treat her 9-year-old son who died of diabetes-related complications.

Susan Grady is a member of the Church of the First Born — a network of churches whose extremist teachings regarding faith healing have resulted in many unnecessary deaths.

Tuesday May 15, 2012
Faith HealingGeneral Assembly Church of the First BornGregory and Garnet JaLea SwezeyRNB's Religion News Blog:
Gregory and Garnet Swezey Gregory and Garnet JaLea Swezey have been found not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of their 17-year-old son.

They had been accused of relying on faith healing instead of getting their son proper medical attention

Friday May 11, 2012
Faith HealingGeneral Assembly Church of the First BornGregory and Garnet JaLea SwezeyRNB's Religion News Blog:
faith healing Gregory and Garnet Swezey of Carlton, Washington are on trial on charges of second-degree murder in the death of their 17-year-old son.

Their lawyer: if you ask the Swezeys what they would have done if they knew it was a ruptured appendix, and that their son was dying, “They both say, they don’t know.”

Thursday May 10, 2012
Faith HealingGeneral Assembly Church of the First BornGregory and Garnet JaLea SwezeyRNB's Religion News Blog:
Greg and Jalea Swezey The second-degree murder trial of a faith healing couple whose teenage son died of a burst appendix is underway.

17-year-old Zachary Swezey died of a burst appendix while his parents and other members of the Church of the First Born prayed for his recovery, and failed to call a doctor or ambulance.

Saturday April 28, 2012
Faith HealingGeneral Assembly Church of the First BornGregory and Garnet JaLea SwezeyRNB's Religion News Blog:
Swezey faith healing trial A Washington state law that allows faith healing for Christian Scientists but not other religions is not arbitrary, a judge has ruled.

The decision clears the way for the Tuesday start of a second-degree murder case against a couple whose son died three years ago.

Tuesday April 17, 2012
Faith HealingGeneral Assembly Church of the First BornRNB's Religion News BlogRussel and Brandi Bellew:
Russel and Brandi Bellew Six siblings in Creswell, Oregon, became wards of the state as their parents await trial in connection with the faith healing death of their teenage son.

The family attends the General Assembly and the Church of the First Born in Pleasant Hill, which generally believes in using prayer instead of medical care to treat illnesses.

Tuesday March 6, 2012
Faith HealingGeneral Assembly Church of the First BornGregory and Garnet JaLea SwezeyRNB's Religion News Blog:
Gregory and Garnet Swezey A couple from Carlton, WA pleaded not guilty today to charges of second-degree murder in the death of their 17-year-old son, Zachary Swezey.

Police say Zachary died because his parents failed to call for medical assistance, and relied on prayer instead.

Sunday February 19, 2012
Faith HealingGeneral Assembly Church of the First BornRNB's Religion News BlogRussel and Brandi Bellew:
Russel and Brandi Bellew Six children of an Oregon couple arrested in the faith-healing death of their 16-year-old son have been placed in temporary state custody.

Russel and Brandi Bellew each face mandatory prison sentences of six years and three months if convicted of second-degree manslaughter.

Wednesday February 15, 2012
Faith HealingGeneral Assembly Church of the First BornRNB's Religion News BlogRussel and Brandi Bellew:
Russel and Brandi Bellew A Creswell, Oregon couple charged with second-degree manslaughter in the ‘faith healing’ death of their teenaged son pleaded not guilty in court Monday.

The couple belongs to the General Assembly and the Church of the First Born — a church with a long history of controversial death related to its unbiblical teachings regarding faith healing.

Faith HealingGeneral Assembly Church of the First BornGregory and Garnet JaLea SwezeyRNB's Religion News Blog:
Zachery Swezey It took the Prosecutors’ Office in Okanogan County, Washington nearly three years to file charges against the parents of a teenager who police say died because the couple failed to call for medical assistance, relying on prayer instead.

Officials say the case was delayed by several priority cases, along with attorney staffing issues.

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