Accomplice to murder
by: John Tyrrell
In Philadelphia, a judge has ruled that the trial of Herbert and Catherine Schaible should proceed. They are charged with third degree murder and involuntary manslaughter over the death of their seven-month old child who died in April of bacterial pneumonia, severe dehydration and an infection.
In 2009, their two-year old child died... of bacterial pneumonia.
In both cases, medical attention would have saved the children. In both cases the Schaibles prayed.
In a statement to police investigating the second death, Catherine Schaible said:
"Psalms 100:3 says, 'I am the God that heals you.' And another verse says that God does not ever change. So, I believe that he is still the God that heals."
Her husband, Herbert Schaible, told police:
"We believe in divine healing, that Jesus shed blood for our healing and that he died on the cross to break the devil's power. Medicine is against our religious beliefs."
As a result of the earlier death, the Schaibles were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, sentenced to 10 years of probation, and ordered to provide regular medical care for their children.
They disobeyed that court order. They prayed.
The Schaibles attend First Century Gospel Church. It's an offshoot of Faith Tabernacle Congregation. Between these two churches, they have had at least twenty-two unnecessary children's deaths in recent years, including six lost in a single measles outbreak. And the two Schaible infants.
The pastor of First Century Gospel Church, Nelson Clark is reported to have said that the Schaibles lost their sons because of a “spiritual lack” in their lives.
A spiritual lack? They prayed over their dying sons in full obedience to the pig-ignorant doctrine that Nelson Clark expounded. They believed Clark's nonsense absolutely. And after they wholeheartedly accepted this foolishness as some kind of absolute truth while their babies died, Nelson Clark turns around and blames them for not accepting his teachings enough.
According to Luke 17:6, a mustard seed sized faith will move a tree. Mark 17:20 has the same minute trace of faith moving a mountain. The Bible makes it clear to believers that not much faith is required to do great things. And clearly as they prayed over each of their dying children rather than seek medical care, the Schaibles showed an astounding amount of faith, not just a mustard seed of faith. And rather than comforting them, Nelson Clark blames them for a spiritual lack. It's their fault - not because of lack of medical care, but because they did not pray hard enough, they did not believe enough.
The Schaible's problem was not a spiritual lack - it was a spiritual excess - and an excess is still not enough for the likes of Pastor Clark. This isn't a spiritual leader - this is a cult leader.
It's one thing to blame the Schaibles for their children's deaths and charge them with murder, but is it enough?
Surely Pastor Nelson Clark should be considered an accomplice to murder. He's the one behind the Schaibles' blind faith in useless prayer.
The Schaibles may be directly responsible for the death of their two babies, but pastor Nelson Clark firmly placed the murder weapon in their hands.
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