So I was just reading an article about about faith healers. It reminded me of a tent revival that I went to once. My friend had asked me to go and I had no clue what I was in for.
There was a lot of singing, asking for money, praying, speaking in tongues and asking for more money. There was the baptism by fire bit but the thing that stood out the most, and still makes me laugh is when the pastor was laying hands on people prophesying over them.
What happened is that he would walk up, whisper something in their ear then slap the palm of his hand on their forehead and of course they fell back to be caught by a couple of guys from the congregation.
The part that is so funny to me is that a couple of people refused to go down. One guy I watched be forearmed in the forehead until he finally (had enough of that I'm sure) and went down. My friend however, was more stubborn. I asked him later and he said "I just wasn't feeling the spirit."
My friend for about 5 minutes looked like he was one of those life life punching bags that they use for martial arts. He took slaps, smacks, elbows, forearms and yes even a few headbutts. I was waiting for him to tap out or for a referee to call the fight but it went on.
This -for myself and others who weren't feeling it -set the tone. In hindsight I should have removed myself from the line but I didn't want to stand out. I thought to myself "don't resist and it'll be over with soon enough" and it was. I never had a clue as to what he whispered in my ear because I am deaf in that ear but I think its a safe to assume it was rubbish.
I look back and laugh but I cant help but to feel for the people that live for that type of thing. Ever been to a tent revival? Ever seen anything that hilarious? Just curious.
For some reason, I get a message that it can't be viewed in this country, but as you, Reg, are in a different country, obviously getting the same message, I can't help wondering what country you have to be in --
This, from the article:
Brown grew up Christian and saw faith healers as "worrisome" but not to be taken too seriously – a view he didn't change until he abandoned his faith. "Coming out of Christianity altogether and having a slightly clearer sense in my own mind of what I believed and what I didn't believe … it was much clearer to me: no, no, this is just a scam," he says.
Channel 4 (UK) is difficult to view even on youtube. Basically he exposes the fraud without demeaning the audience. Benny Hinn though was something else entirely.