God will cure you

Another big win for religion.

At least three people in London with HIV have died after they stopped taking life saving drugs on the advice of their Evangelical Christian pastors.

The women died after attending churches in London where they were encouraged to stop taking the antiretroviral drugs in the belief that God would heal them, their friends and a leading HIV doctor said.

HIV prevention charity African Health Policy Network (AHPN) says a growing
number of London churches have been telling people the power of prayer will
“cure” their infections.

“This is happening through a number of churches. We’re hearing about more
cases of this,” AHPN chief Francis Kaikumba said.

AHPN said it believed the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), which has UK headquarters in Southwark, south London, may be one of those involved in such practices.

The church is headed by Pastor T B Joshua, Nigeria’s third richest clergyman,
according to a recent Forbes richlist.

Ohhhhhh those Nigerian clergy…what a lot of damage they do. Helen Ukpabio and now this guy.

When approached by BBC London, leaders of the church described themselves as Evangelical Christian pastors.

The church’s website, which was set up in Lagos, Nigeria, shows photos of
people the church claims have been “cured” of HIV through prayer.

In one example, the church’s website claims: “Mrs Badmus proudly displays her two different medical records confirming she is 100% free from HIV-Aids
following the prayer of Pastor T B Joshua.”

“HIV-Aids healing” is listed on the church’s website among “miracles” it says
it can perform.

“Cancer healing” and “baby miracles” are also advertised.

Compassion is at the heart of every great religion.


  1. FresnoBob says

    The recent House of Lords committee report into HIV awareness said… It is essential that faith leaders engage with HIV as an issue and provide effective and truthful support and communication around the subject,” it said.

    Essential? Does the same apply to scout leaders and football coaches?

  2. julian says

    Why not just promise to cure ED? With the psychological aspect to it they just might actually be able to deliver on that promise.

    This was a figure of authority (not state but still someone the victims viewed as ‘above’ them) giving medical advice that any sane person could tell you was likely to get someone killed. Surely they bare some responsibility for this.

  3. kantalope says

    I can cures you of the aids and the cancer and the witchcraft – hell, why not the ED too ..I’ll do it for half what those guys is charging. Just put the effected body part up next to your computer monitor and send in your payment.

    (Be advised that more than one treatment (and payment) may be required.)

    (Past claims of efficacy have no relevance for future possibility of cure.)

  4. sailor1031 says

    “Why not just promise to cure ED? With the psychological aspect to it they just might actually be able to deliver on that promise.”

    Could be a nice little business there, but it’ll help if you are a ‘clergyman’. For the cases you can’t cure by faith, because they’re cardio-vascular in nature, you could link to an interwebs viagra supply operation in Mexico and take a percentage…..

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