If you have watched Christian TV for sometime and attended various church healing crusades and meetings, you will know that ‘healings’ such as below have become the norm.

Have you ever been supicious of these practices? Well you should be. This week on TV here in the UK, ‘Derren Brown: Miracles For Sale’ was aired. This was the advertisement for the program.

As per Channel 4, the documentary saw….

…Derren go undercover to investigate the reality behind the faith healing phenomenon, in America, and the belief in faith-inspiring miraculous recoveries.

With the cameras in hot pursuit, Derren undergoes his toughest project yet, going in search of an unsuspecting member of the British public prepared to adopt the guise of a Pastor and miracle worker. His chosen one is then tasked with six months in which to learn the trade and flourish across the pond as a convincing Pastor.

The final phase of the volunteer’s extraordinary challenge will see them attempt to perform faith healing miracles live in Texas – will Derren’s new recruit be accepted as a faith healer or cast away as fake healer? Is the belief in divine intervention really justified or will Derren expose the industry as one giant hoax?

On his first TV pursuit into faith healing, Derren says ‘You are about to see a world where greed and deceit raise their ugly heads, where lives have been needlessly lost and where hope, the most precious gift of all is pedalled at a price’.

An example of a life that has ‘been needlessly lost’ can be seen below

For those of you who are not familiar with Derren Brown, click here for more information. Even though none of this was a surprise to me, the program approached this subject from another angle and to be honest, the world did the job that the church should have done ages ago in speaking out against these charlatans. Derren basically trained a scuba diver to become a fake faith healer called ‘James Collins’ (initials J.C.). He was taught (with some help of others including Christians including those from the Trinity Foundation) all the ‘tricks of the trade’ and even though they used deception to do this project, I for one was glad that this practice was exposed. Not suprisingly, on Facebook and Twitter, people were condemning Derren for being wrong but some of these are the same people who will no doubtedly defend the likes of Benny Hinn and Todd Bentley and wouldnt call them evil. Oh the irony.

To see ‘James Collins’ in action using the techniques that he learnt, look at the videos below

As you can see , ‘Pastor James’ was very convincing. In preparation for this exposure, they even set up a fake website called Gifts Of the Spirit Minsitry which you can visit here.

Those who prey on the vulnerable and the desperate are not just wrong, they are down right evil especially when they con people out of their money and encourage some to throw away their medicine with some having fatal consequences. Derren was interviewed about why he made the program which you can read here and I have to say that I agree with his motives.

Even though the videos below are in the How False Prophets Work post, I thought it was worth repeating them here to see how these guys work and manipulate people for their money. There is nothing new under the sun.

Marjoe Gortner, self proclaimed false faith healer

Peter Popoff Exposed

Deception is rampant in churches today but what I have seen lately is that many people are beginning to wise up and wake up to this deception and I thank God for that. However, many are still asleep and it is for those that we must continue to pray as I believe that some will be lulled into hell because they were self-deceived. Many people will also get poorer as a result, many will be blinded by false promises and many will be disillusioned with God because they never got the blessing, breakthrough or divine favour that they were promised.

One post that I definitely will recommend is A Call for Discernment by Justin Peters who addresses this in his videos. Now let me make it clear, I personally believe that God can and does heal people today but he does this in his sovereignty and not how these tricksters do it. Some people get healed but some people never get healed.

So in conclusion, do not just swallow anything that is fed to you on TV or by any preacher (even your favorite ones) but like the Bereans in Acts 17:11, check the scriptures to see if it lines up and if it doesnt, reject it.

For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect–if that were possible. (Matthew 24:24)

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Comments
  1. eric thompson says:

    YOU REAP, WHAT YOU SOW! God have mercy on there souls.

  2. yemi says:

    Hi thanks for the post. I’m not a great fan of Derren Brown as you know his background in the occult, especially with his latest TV program, but i have to say what he has highlighted in the church is something most people know. Money for prosperity, money for miracles, healing, and so on and so forth. What i can’t fathom is that when did money become such an issue with the power of God. I remember watching a programme on channel 4 to do with child witches. it talked about pastors demanding £1000 from an undercover reporter for deliverance, and when she said she only had £150 his response was well i will only be able to say a simple prayer for you and that was it. In another instance this same pastor asked a small congregation of people for £20,000 to buy a mini bus for himself b/c he needs to get around. I couldn’t believe what i was seeing or hearing, and this was shown on channel 4.
    I have always said to people that if a so called man of God is telling you to sow a seed for healing or deliverance before he prays just walk away quietly. Also if someone says God said that i should sleep with you for 21 days (as it was in the same programme), for you to be delivered run a mile. People need to wise up. i have gone through deliverance and healing and no one asked me for a dime, and God did his work. I have also been healed through praise, worship, and just plain serving him. God heals and delivers people in different ways, and like you have said in your report sometimes God heals, and sometimes he doesn’t. i know of 2 people who died of cancer God could have healed them, but he didn’t. both of them on their dying bed said they could see a beautiful city, or they could hear beautiful singing. Sometimes God allows you to carry your pain, and sometimes he takes it off you. I know i’m a living proof. The bible says his ways are not our ways. We are truly living in the end times, and the rapture is at hand, many so called christians will be left behind, and many will not see his face.
    Thank you yemi

    • Neil Robson says:

      Darren has always been up front that EVERYTHING he does is a fake,and can be learned.I dont see him as involved in the occult,more para psychology,and the art of manipulation.

  3. Corey says:

    Question, is Derren Brown’s motive to expose Christianity or false preachers?

    • Alan Higgins says:

      The latter. He made it very clear that this was nit against Christianity as he recognised that there are a lot of genuine ones out there. It was more about exposing the ‘bad apples’ who con people

  4. Mark 3:23 So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan?
    Mark 3:24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

  5. Acts 5:35-39 “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36 Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37 After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

    • Alan Higgins says:

      Do basically nobody is allowed to critique anybody? We should just be quiet and let God deal with it and if it be of God it will not succeed?

  6. […] do not need to take their medication anymore is nothing less than evil and deceptive (see my post Derren Brown: Miracles for Sale). Now this church follows the false teacher T B Joshua and I do not have time to go into this man […]

  7. Jesus says:

    Gods not real, fact.

    • Mike says:

      You must have an intelligence greater than any man to understand things beyond the universe. I’d love to hear how you know this.

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