US pastor attacks insensitive hospital ‘prayer warriors’
Jared Laskey, above, who heads a ‘supernatural’ ministry school in Virginia, has attacked a bunch of ‘aggressive’ Christians for behaving abominably in a hospital’s intensive care unit.
Writing for Charisma News, Laskey – of the Destiny Open Bible Church and Fireborn Ministries – tells of how a woman in a coma was targeted by a group of “special” Christians who promised the woman’s mother that God would hear their prayers for Katie (not her real name).
They entered the ICU and prayed over her. But then they started binding, rebuking and ‘casting out’ demons. They called for Katie to ‘rise up’, getting in her face, with one lady taking oil and trying to anoint parts of Katie’s body that were covered up …
The louder they prayed, the more they worked up a sweat and became more aggressive. When the mother asked them to calm down, they retorted, ‘We will not be silenced!’
Due to their behavior, which upset the friends and immediate family members as well as other patients in the ward, the ICU nurses forced this prayer group to leave.
This sort of behavior gives us charismatic Christians a bad name and can ruin our witness. What may have taken years of seed-planting can be destroyed in an instant due to the careless and insensitive actions of a zealous few … Katie slipped into eternity with her closest friends and family by her side. Thankfully, her family were Christians who dismissed the actions of the zealous small group that had put on a show.
The ICU is a place for medical healing, not for aggressive warfare prayer that upsets the patient’s peace and rest. Warfare prayer is for another time and place.
I can only imagine the kind of damage done if her family didn’t believe in Jesus. The only winners in this scenario would be the ‘prayer warriors’, who walked off thinking they did something good when people’s eternity weighed in the balance.
Realistically, they hurt the kingdom of God for the family, patients and hospital staff as their behavior was arrogant and insensitive, lacking true compassion. In situations like this, Christians should abide by hospital etiquette… Let’s show everyone we have faith but also the best hospital etiquette. Let’s not be rogue prayer warriors who malign the kingdom.