FAITH and CHURCH BRING BENEFITS
Go to any Pentecostal church and you'll get testimonies of healing.
The Hindmarsh Assembly of God (Adelaide) has a regular attendance of
Most individuals I asked have experienced physical or emotional
benefits from faith. That included three former alcoholics reformed,
strained marriages healed, finances and personal problems improved, and
physical ills cured.
"We are victorious," said one speaker addressing the
congregation. "We are born again. We are sons and daughters of
God. We are a holy people. We are a kingdom of priests."
Chats with church members confirmed that remarkable changes happen.
The senior pastor, Robert Pascoe, was an alcoholic thirteen years ago
but was cured after his conversion.
David Oakley, lay pastor, also was an alcoholic. "From 16 to 30 my life
was drugs, parties and car crashes," he said. "I lived in gutters and
"One morning in the Britannia Hotel God spoke to me audibly. He said,
‘If you don't give up drinking you'll be dead in a year.'"
Mr Oakley spent time in three clinics for drug and alcohol dependency
and was "saved" the following year.
Ray Jones similarly said, "I was an alcoholic." His marriage was ruined
and for 12 years he and his wife separated. Then by faith he was healed
of alcoholism and his marriage restored. "I have no desire for drink,"
David Macdonald, a railway worker, had stomach acid rising up the
esophagus due to a faulty valve. The acid caused ulcers and entered the
lungs. "I had to sleep sitting up," he said. After prayer
the condition subsided and tests showed the valve healed and without
Andrew was stung by a wasp in Vanuatu. "My hand swelled up," he said.
"I had prayer for it at a prayer meeting. Then the swelling quickly
Rosie Villani is back temporarily from missionary work in Columbia.
She had rheumatism as a teenager for four years until cured, she said,
by prayer. Also: "I didn't do well at school. I was introverted.
When someone called me an idiot I believed it."
Ms Villani spoke enthusiastically to the church about her teaching role
at a Bible college in Columbia. Clearly she was no longer
"introverted". "We are vessels in the hand of God," she said.