Pay to pray growing in Kenya faith healing churches

Kenya’s Healing Churches: Faith or Fiction?.

As Christian churches grow in size and number in Kenya, they have created a growing industry of faith healers and televangelists. Concerns are also rising that these new churches exist only to exploit the poor and desperate. Kenyans are looking to spot the wicked among the righteous.

Exorcisms, twice weekly. That’s what’s being offered at the Around the Globe Ministry in downtown Nairobi –one of the many new faith healing churches.

But some people are concerned over the growth of televangelists and radio shows who ask for donations.

“So the moment someone tells you pay something so that I pray for you and you’ll get a blessing or a benefit, that alone is a reason for you to recognize that here, you are being exploited,”

As they should be. The preachers say the proof is in their congregations that they have been leading for many years. They fail to understand how easily people are fooling into being faithful. The emphasis on faith healing and exorcisms is disturbing. Riddle me this, preacher man, if faith healing worked and every nasty illness was just demons, how come we had to invent science and modern medicine?

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  9 comments for “Pay to pray growing in Kenya faith healing churches

  1. Nos482
    August 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    “…churches exist only to exploit the poor and desperate”
    No shit, really?
    Tomorow they’ll tell us that earth isn’t the center of the universe.

  2. August 30, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    For those of us who understand that religion is evolved superstition, it is hardly adult to always find fault with it. It must have first arrived as soon as our homo line became conscious and so is engrained in what we humans are. Although we know that it has caused much hate and suffering, we are also aware that it has helped hoards of people live happier lives than they might otherwise have done. Perhaps, at some point in the future, religion will evolve away. Until then it is a little infantile to criticise it all the time.

  3. One Eyed Jack
    August 30, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    Riddle me this, preacher man, if faith healing worked and every nasty illness was just demons, how come we had to invent science and modern medicine?

    Because not everyone believes, and those that do sometimes don’t believe hard enough.

    Silly skeptic.

  4. One Eyed Jack
    August 30, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    For those of us who understand that bacterial disease is a product of evolution, it is hardly adult to always find fault with it. It must have first arrived when our homo line was little more than one celled organisms, and so is engrained in what we humans are. Although we know that it has caused much death and suffering, we are also aware that it is assists digestive and immune processes. Perhaps, at some point in the future, bacterial disease will evolve away. Until then it is a little infantile to criticize it all the time.

  5. August 30, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    @Jack,
    I don’t follow you. Belief is yet one more illusion. There is only cause, or evolution, or whatever you like to call it.

  6. August 30, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Biological evolution and cultural evolution are not quite the same thing. I don’t think religion is biological.

  7. One Eyed Jack
    August 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Yes, Michael. I’m well aware of how you view the world, but your last statement is very strange, considering that view.

    If all things are cause and effect, then biological and cultural evolution are EXACTLY the same. Both will proceed exactly as they are destined to proceed. There is no free choice. There is no randomness. All things are pre-determined.

    Your philosophy is ultimately bankrupt as it can never be tested. It adds nothing to our body of knowledge other than noise.

  8. August 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    You misunderstand me Jack, I do accept chance. When there are many equal causes and only one can succeed, it seems logical that the result is random. Nothing is pre-determined, yet we still don’t have free will.
    I may be wrong, but I think there is a difference between biological and cultural evolution. The first is Darwinistic (by natural selection) whereas the cultural sort seems to be slightly Lamarckist (with perhaps an element of over-compensation). I say that I don’t think religion is biological, although I have read that at least one scientist suggests that there may be a religion gene.

  9. August 30, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Extortionists for Jesus.

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