Faith healing preacher attracts crowds in Australia

California pastor Bill Johnson is on a healing tour in Australia. And he’s drawing in the crowds quite well. This story is a bit… disturbing.

Teens flock to experience ‘healing’ faith for themselves | Ipswich Queensland Times.

Hundreds lined up for hours to hear the Californian-based based teacher, author and healing evangelist speak at a Brisbane church on Monday night.

Many in the 1750-strong crowd were young people attracted to the fifth generation pastor’s teachings about ‘encountering God’ for themselves – and having the faith to pray for healings for others.

The practice has already made headlines in Brisbane – as well as YouTube postings as people tell of experiencing ‘liquid love’, a warm sensation, and healing.

At the end of Monday night’s service, dozens of people indicated they had been healed after being prayed for, for head trauma, knee and back injuries, hearing loss, and other ailments.

Others were not healed but Johnson said some did not receive their healing straight away but days later.

Johnson himself never laid a hand on anyone, instead encouraging those in the crowd to pray for others.

Among the lucky who were healed right away was a woman who had had pain in her knees for some 17 years after a skiing accident, a man whose hearing became clear as day after years of listening to loud music and another man with torn ligaments in his knees. All dubious and none verified by any medical evidence. This is the same old story of faith healing evangelists. In a word, performance. People wish to believe so deeply that they have been healed that they experience a rush of what feels like a miracle. But does any one ever follow up on these people? Are their real stories ever documented? No. It’s all about the moment.

Plain and simply. Faith healing is bogus. Spectacles like this are just… a spectacle. I can’t even say “be skeptical”. I can only say, don’t fall for this stuff. It’s theatre.

Bill Johnson is not quite finished with Brisbane as he’s scheduled to appear again next week.

  3 comments for “Faith healing preacher attracts crowds in Australia

  1. Brian
    July 10, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Awww… Doncha wanna feel the faith? (ugh)

    I love this line: “as well as YouTube postings as people tell of experiencing ‘liquid love’, a warm sensation, and healing.” I know too many people who can find ‘liquid love’ at the local bar or liquor store…. 😀

    Before I deconverted, I had gone to one of these ‘faith healing’ joints. The person running it, shot past a group of us, slapping on the forehead and screaming “ughglagbouugh!”. What’s even more interesting is that after he did this, he spends *literally* 15 minutes with this family decked out in jewels, fancy suits- you could smell the money. (nothing got healed, BTW).

    I went outside for fresh air, and encountered a *VERY* angry jewish family. When I say angry, it’s an understatement- they were seething. They were all too eager to tell my *why* they were mad. I cannot blame them for being as upset as they were! They had brought their daughter for healing, she had been pretty ill, and the doctors weren’t able to help her. They tried to get this hack to do something for her- and they were summarily told “We’re taking another collection”, and pretty much to shove it.

    Oddly enough, the father’s prediction for me came true: “you’ll find someone to be in your life”. They were very honest, and desperate, and were treated like that…..

  2. One Eyed Jack
    July 10, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    I know it’s old news, but it’s worth posting this link whenever the topic of faith healers comes up.

  3. July 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Scientists have told us, in the last few days, that there are about sixty billion planets which could support life. They also point out that they are talking about our own Milky Way galaxy. As there are billions of galaxys the total number of such planets is too large to contemplate.

    If they all have the same God he must be fairly busy. If each planet has a separate one, ours cannot be much good.

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