Faith healer claims to raise man from dead, that is, seizure

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.

Woman calls bullsh*t on pastor’s claims that he raised her brother from the dead during church service

“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

  4 comments for “Faith healer claims to raise man from dead, that is, seizure

  1. June 5, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Re: “Why he doesn’t visit the morgue and give it a REAL try is a good question.”

    I’m reminded of a point made by Reza Aslan in, “Zealot,” his recent book about the life and times of Jesus. While Palestine, especially Gallilee, abounded with wonder workers, exorcists and charismatic healers of all kinds during the first century, what set Jesus apart (according to Gospel accounts anyway) is that he worked for free. This is a significant point because the itinerant healers of the day who channeled the divine customarily charged a fee… more than a day laborer or wood worker could make (though not as lucrative as being a Temple priest, of course).

    So my challenge to psychics — be they channeling the dead, pets or previous lives — is to work for free! I realize no one really should have to work for free, but I reckon that someone who really has special psychic powers should be able to make enough of an honest livelihood playing the casino, the stock market, the lottery or some other field where correctly intuiting another person’s mind has a monetary payoff.

    That would free them to devote their powers for charitable and other beneficent purposes. And what more beneficent purpose than to reconnect someone with their beloved passed away spouse or pet without any taint of commercial gain?

  2. Tony
    June 5, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on the altar.”

  3. busterggi (Bob Jase)
    June 6, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    “what set Jesus apart (according to Gospel accounts anyway) is that he worked for free.”

    Yep, all you had to to was sell all your belongings, turn the money over to his treasurer and agree to follow him for life.

  4. June 6, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Bob: Not to dispute that, but a critical difference in my mind is that the Jesus of the gospels (which may not be the historical figure, if there was one) did not live the lavish life of a Temple priest. Furthermore, his alleged healings and public appearances didn’t require any shekels or denarii to change hands much less for anyone to follow him for life. Of course this could all be moot since details of an actual historical Jesus are pretty doubtful.

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