Readers, do you have stories about your experience in a church that teaches its members to avoid medical care? Please share them here, especially those that involve children. Make them as long or as short as you like, just so they stick to the subject of faith healing and the avoidance of medical care. I am also interested in sharing stories about group pressure to avoid medical care.
Please note that this is not a forum to run down
any church, its leaders, or its members, including any parents who may
have denied a child medical care because of their faith. There are
plenty of online forums where people can vent their feelings about
negative experiences in various churches, but this is a forum to help
parents free themselves to seek competent
medical care for their children without worry that they are failing a
test from God when they do so.
From my own background, I
believe that churches who teach the avoidance of competent medical care
are acting out of ignorance and terribly misguided good intentions.
stories can help others find their way out of darkness by letting them
know they are not alone, that their doubts about avoiding competent
medical care are not wrong, that a church that proclaims spiritual
authority over its membership in these matters has none. Personal
stories can also be a way of redeeming what are otherwise just painful
memories. If one child is saved from needless suffering and death
because her parent reads about your experience, then you have redeemed