A new study shows that Pentecostal preachers in the UK, especially ones that have congregations made up predominately of those of African descent, are destroying the health and lives of those who are HIV-positive by telling them to stop taking their meds and rely on God to heal them instead.
Faith leaders in the UK are telling vulnerable people to stop taking life-saving drugs and their HIV can be cured through prayer in many African community groups, a new study has warned.
In seven different groups, members said they were pressured into stopping taking antiretroviral medication, according to the African Health Policy network.
Most respondents to the AHPN survey said they were “aware of more than one case of faith healing claims and pressure to stop taking medication. One member was aware of five cases.”
And most said they believed the pastors, the majority Evangelical or Pentecostal Christians, when they said they could cure them…
Last year, BBC London identified three people with HIV who died after they stopped taking antiretroviral drugs on the advice of their Evangelical Christian pastors.
One of the churches allegedly involved in the practice was the Synagogue Church Of All Nations, which has a UK base in Southwark, south London.
The BBC reported that the SCOAN website showed videos of people who say they have been cured of diseases.
Videos have been posted on the site of people in Nigeria who say they have been cured of HIV/AIDS.
The church is led by Pastor T B Joshua, Nigeria’s third richest clergyman.
Pentecostal preachers are also the primary force behind witch hunts in Africa.