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Wednesday May 22, 2013 First Century Gospel Church • Herbert and Catherine Schaible • RNB's Religion News Blog:
The death of an 8-month old son of a Philadelphia ‘faith healing’ couple already on probation for the negligence death of another child has been ruled a homicide by a medical examiner.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible have been charged with third-degree murder.
Tuesday May 21, 2013 Cults • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Updated Israeli police have arrested man whom they suspect of leading a violent cult community that routinely practiced child abuse. City Harvest Church • RNB's Religion News Blog:
The group of people he controlled consisted of six families, including 11 parents and 25 children.
The pastor and five other leaders or Singapore’s City Harvest Church are on trial for alleged embezzlement.
Prosecutors say the six siphoned off nearly $40 million of church funds in a scheme to boost the career of pop singer Sun Ho, wife of pastor Kong Hee.
Monday May 20, 2013 RNB's Religion News Blog • Satanic and/or ritual abuse:
In October, 2011, two teenage girls were doused with petrol and set alight on a hill south of Johannesburg, South Africa, in what authorities, prosecutors and the accused say was a Satanic ritual killing. RNB's Religion News Blog:
Federal prosecutors and attorneys are seeking the seizure of more buildings from cult leader Tony Alamo — who is serving a 175-year prison sentence for taking girls as young as nine as his ‘wives.’
The properties are to be sold in order to satisfy judgements against Alamo.
Tuesday May 7, 2013 Faith Healing • First Century Gospel Church • Herbert and Catherine Schaible • RNB'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.
Monday May 6, 2013 RNB's Religion News Blog • Sound Doctrine church:
The trial of John Fraser, assistant pastor of the controversial ‘Sound Doctrine Church’ in Washington state, continues today.
Fraser stands accused of child rape and molestation charges.
Thursday May 2, 2013 RNB's Religion News Blog:
A fugitive Chilean cult leader who allegedly sacrificed a living baby on a bonfire in the believe the child was the ‘Antichrist’ has been found dead in Peru in an apparent suicide.
Most members of the tiny cult have been captured. International arrest warrants are still out for the remaining fugitives.
Monday April 29, 2013 Benny Hinn • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Televangelist Benny Hinn teaches that they way to get out of debt is to ‘sow seeds’ — a euphemism for ‘donating money.’
But this prosperity teaching scam is not working for Hinn himself, as evidenced by the fact that he is now asking for donations to get him out of debt.
Friday April 26, 2013 RNB's Religion News Blog:
Police in Chile have arrested members of a tiny religious cult for allegedly burning a baby alive on a bonfire in the belief that the child was the ‘antichrist.’
Cult leader Ramón Gustavo Castillo Gaete, who claims to be a deity, remains at large.
Wednesday April 24, 2013 Faith Healing • First Century Gospel Church • Herbert and Catherine Schaible • RNB'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.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 Michael and Debi Pearl • No Greater Joy Ministries • RNB's Religion News Blog:
The book To Train Up A Child, by Michael and Debi Pearl, has featured in several murder investigations.
While their influence is not as great as some people think, far too many Christians buy into this couple’s dangerous teachings.
Monday April 22, 2013 Juanita Bynum • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Prosperity preacher Juanita Bynum was arrested for failing to make court-ordered payments to an entertainment agency.
The agency had paid her for performing in a play that never materialized.
Saturday April 20, 2013 Faith Healing • First Century Gospel Church • Herbert and Catherine Schaible • RNB'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.
Friday April 19, 2013 Branch Davidians • RNB's Religion News Blog:
On April 19, 1993, a 50-day FBI siege of the Branch Davidians cult compound near Waco, Texas, end in an inferno that killed 76 people, including 21 children.
To-date what really happened back then is still being debated — and lessons are still being learned.