Couple Involved In Faith Healing Case Fight For Custody Of Daughter

A couple at the center of a faith healing case wants to regain custody of their daughter.

KPTV reports:

Timothy and Rebecca Wyland lost custody of their baby, Alana, last July because they refused to take her to a doctor for treatment of a serious eye condition.

In October, the state allowed Alana to return to her parents’ home, but state workers were still in charge of her medical care.

Since then, officials say the Wylands have followed doctor’s orders.


Doctors treating Alayna Wyland said a growth over the girl’s left eye continues to shrink. Her vision is now 20/360, and surgery will not be needed, the Oregonian writes:

A DHS caseworker and a Court Appointed Special Advocate said Thursday that the Wylands have fully complied with a court order provide proper medical care. Circuit Judge Douglas S. Van Dyk then agreed to drop a requirement for video verification that the girl was receiving medication.

The Wylands are members of the Followers of Christ Church in Oregon, which relies on faith-healing instead of medical care to treat illnesses. As a result of its unbiblical teachings and practices the church has left a trail of dead children in its wake

Theologically the Followers of Christ Church is a cult of Christianity. Sociologically the church may have cultic aspects as well.

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This post was last updated: Dec. 16, 2016