Holy Scam or Miracle? The Faith Healing Industry (Controversy Documentary) | Real Stories

Holy Scam or Miracle? The Faith Healing Industry (Controversy Documentary) | Real Stories

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[Music] faith-healing is a multimillion-pound international industry some people touch so-called healers when doctors and medicine I'm off to meet one of them who's visiting the UK and claims that God can heal people [Music]
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John Mellor is a healing evangelists who believes God's power travels through him to heal in the name of Jesus John has reached great faith in his home country in the press and national news how do you explain it doctors said he'd never walk talk or feed himself but after this healer laid hands upon him he can do all three he claims his abilities came to him after he prayed and fasted for 10 days and nights in the Australian outback that
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God would reach out to people and heal them be that physically mentally or spiritually I was born with cerebral palsy and I've been a wheelchair user since I was nine I'm really proud of my identity as a disabled person and all of my work is around disability and access and inclusion but there are things that
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I would really like to change and I would like to be different my thought is really really turned to quite painful I go really bad scar tissue pain and of course I don't I'd love to get apart for a week or a day or whatever it may be yes I'm terribly wrong in the world sin came in the world when man turn against God there's Wars to see cygnus but always find that in the middle of the problem God gives an answer when doctors say you'll never walk you'll never hear you
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never speak or you can never have children and all of a sudden impossible takes place to invest a miracle but do you think you could heal em thank you for a start John Malachi heal anybody but Jesus can and I never guarantee anything the evening before the healing session I decided to prepare by watching some of John's online videos there's three thousand-plus miracles on his YouTube
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channel I've watched this one a few times actually this seems to be the first one that comes up if you google John Mellor wheelchair so of course if it was the one that took my interest [Applause] it's very very entertaining and then from then really everyone gets excited everyone gets hyped up and that person if you feel able to gets up and tries to walk if they're in a wheelchair and I have to say I've not seen one where
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they're not able to do that yeah there is the possibility of giving donations and that's quite actively encouraged on John's website something that's quite concerning when there are people returning again and again to be healed but I've seen no substantial improvement to find out more we spoke with Andy Lewis a science writer and alternative medicine critic their extraordinary claims being made and has been said many times extraordinary claims require
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extraordinary evidence and as far as I'm aware there was no evidence at all that there's any long-term impact from such practices I always tell people don't give up keep coming and so they came to the second meeting was it much change when people come and they start to see God healed people their heart rise up says you know what if God can heal that person maybe rocket you're mean the next morning I arrived at the church wondering what John had in store for me [Music]
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[Music] [Music] now it's a great privilege and a real honor to welcome John and Judy Miller let's give him a great welcome this morning it is a wonderful day for
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miracles and the Bible says that Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever today you will see the power of God flowing in a sick body in a sick minds acceptable free in your name Jesus I command infirmity go in Jesus name playing dough in Jesus name it's a pain i decree honey whenever so we pause it every condition I command us to leave in front of an
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audience of 500 people John attempted to perform so-called miracles for those who are troubled far and wide with a variation of options I think two miracle is when something happens that transcends our sense of physical reality really there has no rational explanation Jesus I declare a miracle three miracles to man close
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scrutiny hey feeling mate John showmanship was electric and it almost felt like the power of Jesus had entered the whole church right now at Sephora slaughter less with the light with the light at Sephora for that for that for that what's that mean to your mind things don't get rid of coke shop but this is that your life as
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a lady you met in your stomach it's like this bloating tender I'm reminded of mine readers okay you get migraines you right now you've got a real terrible terrible headache they're saying things that almost certainly will resonate with some people in the audience where are you you and when someone comes forward it looks like a miracle there's a set of rules and expectations about what the crowd expecting from him almost like a
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pantomime really will emphasize the hits he gets and de-emphasize the missus is it they didn't if your expectations are that you're going to feel feel better in a certain situation when there's a lot of theater in such an environment and that theater adds a sense of occasion and then people that do feel better an hour later the next day it's very questionable right that they're going to
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still sustain that soon enough my time had come to be healed bless you Emily just to be sure for Emily come on this pound that named found that wonderful name of Jesus and God begin to straighten this leg right now that's a ligaments tendons free free free free free she's touching at me right now God
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I command right now come this little palsy touching a brain right now I command pain to go right now set her free in the name of Jesus God touch her right now this is what Jesus more Oh pain to go strength and strength and strength a life live there gonna straight this body right now no more
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pain can you feel any pain discomfort I'm starting to feel a little bit tired because I'm taking lots of where's your pain no not on my legs because these guys they take it off what I want to say would it be normally be able to do this yes but you don't feel it now not at the moment give a lot of Hang [Applause] so sip set it up in there now this is very important we see something like
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users will instantly Bank other times is a process so how you feeling now don't think there's any change yet but I'm willing to keep going but you that pain will they have that with the pain be like that before it takes time for the pen to kind of get into my leg sites it's almost that that waiting for the pain to develop we just stand him for
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too long to be honest I wasn't surprised that it hadn't worked but it was interesting to see that John made such a celebration of the fact that the pen that wasn't there to begin with had apparently gone away I don't personally believe that people are crooks and charlatans I think they believe in what they do they might get carried away with their own beliefs and experience what's happening around them and if they're
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doing anything wrong I think it's probably perhaps they're not being circumspect enough about their own capabilities what do you say to people well I asked him to do is talk to people who've been healed very simple just talk to them would I pray the power God is so strong people will feel strange sensations sometimes they feel heat they feel tingly Michael Cole sensations some people for laughing I don't fully understand all of it how you feel to be back this Harry
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sometimes is spontaneous as your choo-choo it's crazy little more there's something else getting involved here as God as Jesus give him up Jesus as there's some people who make their whole whole life would out of deceiving people I charge large amounts of money and they have big promises and what what we offer is free it's not has to pay anything not has to give a cent and I'll
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pray for them as as long as I want me to pray for [Music] I spoke to other people about their healing experiences usually I can't stand up Ultima and I've stood at the back and inside damn I felt God touching me and I felt like he John played for me and he brought the power of witchcraft it's the
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last hope so we believe that would be a miracle here in England how many meetings have you been - with John probably about a dozen and every time I've seen many amazing things do I believe every single one I'm not sure I do but I've seen and I've spoken to people they've been healed of all sorts of things quite amazing and what's happened to you specifically anything have you seen any change not at this point but I'm still fully believing I'm gonna be well I will not die and live
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and declare the works the Lord [Music] and he's got Martin Iran disease and he's absolutely desperate to have more time with his wife and his children absolutely desperate this visiting John Mellor a dozen times is his way of of trying to kind of calm that desperation by taking action and by doing something about it but it's when that faith the healing and the physicality of stuff come into play that I'm still really not
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sure where I'm where I'm at with it and whether or not it's completely immersive on this video I feel like I got to say that very quietly Chris was still here after this session I couldn't stop thinking about how much of a performance it all was Haley's very subjective isn't it so for him to then put you under and say do you feel better and then you say yes all my pens gone but do fiddler there's a little bit of a game and a little bit for performance that people play if they're really that desperate
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and they really want to be healed tomorrow is my opportunity to sit down with John just the two of us and to basically have it out I want him to persuade me and I want him to prove me wrong whether he does or not is another question entirely roll cameras how are ya it's good to see you know right have a seat thank you thank you very much is there anything that I'm doing wrong no in fact what I always tell people if
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you come again I keep praying is it possible to not want to be healed enough and therefore it doesn't happen yes true that can't happen that's true because I've met people who said that to me I met a guy called MD who has much neuron disease so he's kind of followed you all over the place he said to me that you know as of yet nothing's happened woofers Forster I can't get my hand around it I wish I saw every single person healed I wish I could see everything perfect but I've done is
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there a moment where you think it's almost more appropriate to say to somebody like handy go home spend time with your wife any kids spend those final months that you have because you've been to 12 maintains and it's not happening I don't know to me is up to the person and things nobody knows I mean who I mean I mean I mean I don't know but if I could encouraged them because some people don't have any hope and to me it's we're for the ones who did get touched and there's something they've got to make up and at the
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beginning of the meeting yesterday and I guess you do this at most of you meetings and you kind of were saying others somebody here that it's got a horrendous headache there's somebody here that's got a problem with the womb there's somebody here that has got really really bad stomach pain and and you know I've been told her to help them and many times I feel like I'm a third person it's like I don't try and process things I just pray and things happen obviously obviously I've read your
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material and I've looked a lot on you YouTube channel and your Facebook pages and things like that and I cannot find one negative comment not one so how much do you modify other motorists things you got nothing oh well I mean at least you know I okay don't put some silly thing in your facebook but you see when stuff stuff on a blog you can't control that it goes you know you can't control a lot of stuff he goes people that comment on your YouTube videos you can delete oh
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you can you can you can you can you can we actually we actually don't get that many comments on their own a youtube you know some people judge me because they haven't you know you you know you offer the money you try and rip people off yeah take it old lady's paid you know they've got strange ideas I never set out to do this I never planned this it just happened it just all of a sudden found myself and newspapers doing stories reporters coming and TV cameras coming and I wasn't too sure how to
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handle the media I really like yeah I like you too but I can equally understand how people would look at the situation and was saying man he's he's preying on some pretty vulnerable people there and there's people who are getting disability allowance and the spending all the money to go and see him and they're not seen any results even watching those YouTube videos all 5,000 of them it still doesn't give a viewer any hard evidence it's very very
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difficult to actually say this guy's totally legit I think we've seen it fair is fair enough because really we shouldn't always just look at everything and take it on face value all the time but that's why people come and have a look see for yourself make up your mind and and and that's how it is and I've been on the other side and I can fully understand what people are coming from and how did you feel about it I force a ripoff one thing that I guess put me off
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before I met you was the terminology that you use words like crippled and wheelchair-bound I almost felt like I couldn't be proud of my disabled identity and to come and see you for Sissel anyone apologize for that because I'm still learning and I but you're the first person who's told me that and so I will change that oh oh yeah I really will see main media Christians we call
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bigotry etc two-week attack on man all about we have to wear this is Julie Julie you it's okay how do you say someone in a wheelchair was healed what is that wheelchair user will chew you some asked a lot of the John's getting tight no no I just want to make one point I would go to sleep just thinking about the people that went away still suffering what's going to happen to them but because we do this every weekend you think I can't wear every unperson I don't see healed on the spot it would be the same thing with doctors you can't emotionally involved you can
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do is pray as best you can and hope that they'll be healed it's been a week since the healing session in a time for reflection I'm off to me and II to find out more about his situation and why he turned to John I guess the background married to Jim three boys about three years ago you know there were some issues with my movement and I went ultimately to the neurologist and then he diagnosed me
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with motor neuron disease I said how long do you have because there is no cure at this point and he said 80% of people of less than two years why why John you know wasn't real was my question was underpinned by the Bible was it some weirdo and you know I think it's easy to say he's a charlatan or he's this or that but you know I think they do it because of genuine reasons
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and I've seen with my own eyes the the impact it can have is anything changed since then I don't know is my honest answer I I feel after that meeting more positive but I'm not running around you know a lot of people look at life and think about the end and think about a hopeless hand and the way I'm looking at it is I've got an endless hope you think you're indestructible and you think you've got a clear path through life and
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then it is radically interrupted I think the hardest thing for me is thinking if the healing doesn't come and then what and that's gonna be tough but life without my best friend be rubbish really if if the healing doesn't come but we yeah I will not die just yet the doctors are saying no sorry we can't help you
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there's no cure yet you doing really really well you've lasted longer than we thought you would go home and enjoy your time what are his other options he has none he has no other option and I guess that's really hard because I keep hearing of all of these like amazing miracles that are happening and all these people with these horrendous illnesses that are getting healed and all we saw was people with sprained ankles and headaches and frozen
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shoulders feeling better I don't even go there my force I didn't think about it I can't afford to I've got one track just to encourage people and love them I never know what's gonna happen I don't know I don't know

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