Charisma News (a religious news service) posted a story in May alleging that Robby Dawkins, a faith healer and author, raised a man from the dead during a prayer event in England. But, as is obvious, this is more hype and proselytizing than miracle. It has a very clear explanation. Followup on the explanations, though, has been cloudy.
The drama started just as he announced the title of his message. That’s when congregant Matt Catlow’s face contorted. His hands withered up and he starting twitching. Sitting next to him, Catlow’s mother started screaming for an ambulance.
“What I saw was a strong demonic presence over him. His head was contorting and looked to me like it would almost twist, as well as his jaw, face and hands contorting,” Dawkins recalls. “They were drawn up towards his chest and neck. It seemed every muscle was at an extreme strain in his body. He was jerking and twitching severely.”
Dawkins wasted no time responding. He rushed over to Catlow, put his hand on his chest and forehead. Dawkins started binding demonic powers and commanding his body to be loosed in Jesus’ name. He did not see immediate results. In fact, Catlow started turning blue as the life-and-death drama escalated rapidly.
Hmm, quite the dramatic story – it continues in full-color detail explaining “death rattles” and how Dawkins took credit for saving his life by casting out demons. An ambulance transported Catlow to the hospital.
A woman who says she is Matthew’s sister disputes the claims Dawkins did anything miraculous and delivers sharp criticism saying that he used her brother’s medical condition to promote his books and ministry.
“What Robby is telling everyone is not true,” she said. “It has since been MEDICALLY proven that Matthew had suffered an epileptic seizure which often can display similar signs of someone dying. TWO nurse family friends of ours both had their hands on Matthew throughout and not once lost his pulse. So no, Matthew did not die.”
She said her brother had suffered a debilitating stroke about a year ago and had worked hard in physical therapy to achieve the health improvements that Dawkins claims his prayers brought about.
She even says the last name is not even “Catlow” as described by Dawkins in the interview that formed the basis of the Charisma News story. Others have come forward in response to a Facebook page saying that Robby Dawkins is not being truthful about the story. The woman who came forward did not give her name so it is difficult to verify. But what can be said is that Dawkins is full out publicizing his “miracle”. Robby (I hate calling him Dawkins for obvious reasons) had frequently mentioned his eagerness to try raising people from the dead. Why he doesn’t visit the morgue and give it a REAL try is a good question.
Tip: Tim Farley @krelnik on Twitter