When someone gets sick, their religious friends often offer to pray for them as they recover.
While many people believe in the power of prayer, they usually also acknowledge the need for doctors and modern medicine. After all, God gave us doctors to help us get through these difficult times, right? Not so in the minds of “faith healers,” or people who believe that faith alone should be able to heal any ailment.
While adults are free to do and believe whatever they want, faith healing can become illegal when parents deny their children appropriate medical care under the guise of faith. This is abuse, and it’s resulted in multiple deaths.
Sarah and Travis Mitchell belong to Followers of Christ Church, where they are firm believers in faith healing. Sarah’s sister Shannon and her husband were sentenced to six years in prison after their infant son died in 2009.