Are false claims to be able to heal people for money any better when they’re wrapped up in the trappings of religion?
Check out this story, out of Salt Lake City, Utah:
“Dear Father in Heaven,” Robin Johnson says as she kneels with her patient. “We pray that this session will go well.”
This isn’t a doctor’s office. Johnson is getting ready to perform Reiki -– a form of alternative medicine focused on energy. On this evening in Centerville, she’s working on a woman named Jessica.
“In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen,” Johnson says, getting up and beginning to place her hands just above Jessica’s body. The goal is to help Jessica get back into balance.
Johnson, in other words, is a faith healer, and a well-paid one.
The story also features another Utah faith healer, Tammy Ward. Ward is a Mormon, and interestingly her own church doesn’t endorse her practice.
But the LDS [Mormon] church is not sounding the same endorsement. 2News reached out to ask if the church has a position on Christ-centered energy healing and the movement spearheaded by Ward.
“We urge Church members to be cautious about participating in any group that promises-in exchange for money-miraculous healings or that claims to have special methods for accessing healing power outside of properly ordained priesthood holders,” said church spokesman Eric Hawkins.