The other Sunday, I had a chance to watch Peter Popoff or Ernest Angley on TV. We know that Peter Popoff was exposed as a fake by skeptic James Randi a decade or two back. It’s a wonder that Popoff is back on TV.
I opted for Ernest Angley, who wandered about for a while trying to explain the book of Job. Then he got into his healing message. This, as with other similar evangelical “healers” involves talking for a few minutes to each of the lined-up parishioners about their specific medical problem.
Then he taps them or hits them on the forehead to call on the healing mercies and blessings of Jesus, explaining that their infirmity was leaving them at that instant and that Jesus – yes, Jesus – was healing them. Upon being hit in the forehead, the parishioner falls back into the waiting arms of Angley’s minions to be placed on the floor while they recovered from the healing power of Angley.
This is a standard procedure for these TV healers and evangelists. Sometimes you have people spread out all over the floor like the victims of a really big automobile accident on a major Interstate.
Angley was healing people all over the place on this particular broadcast, pointing out earlier that through the healing power of Jesus, people could be healed of cancer heart disease, AIDS/HIV and all sorts of medical problems.
One lady in front of Angley noted that she was having a severe build up of cholesterol in her neck. Angley/Jesus healed her, right on the spot, as she fell to the floor. Yeah, I thought that this cholesterol healing was pretty funny also.
Of course, Angley was crediting Jesus for all this, including the healing of the cholesterol build-up in the neck. Even so, Angley was probably getting his fair split of the take from believers, since he owns or has use of a 747 for his travel. Yeah, let’s call it for the work of his ministry.
So here, right on TV, Angley is claiming all of these miraculous cures and healing events by Jesus, with up-close and obvious examples of Angley popping each sick person on the forehead to bring into them the healing power of Jesus to cure their disease, regardless of the illness that knocked them low.
Then I noticed something. Angley was using his right hand to do all this, or using both hands to clasp an ill person by the cheeks as they fell to the ground. And there it was. Right there, easily visible by the TV camera, was the back of Ernest Angley’s healing right hand. It had a Band-Aid on it. A Band-Aid!
So let’s see what this message is. It tells us that while Jesus can instantly “heal” everything from cancer to AIDS to organ failures, to who knows what, he can’t heal whatever small wound or damage Angley has to his right hand.
Wait a minute, some believers have said to me. Maybe Angley had a scratch from a cat. Maybe he had been to a dermatologist and had a suspicious or malignant mole removed. Maybe he had a touch of skin cancer or melanoma.
Maybe. But if so, couldn’t Jesus have healed it? Why go to a dermatologist (if he did) or use a Band-Aid (which he did do) when you have the healing power of Jesus right there? Why not just whip up a quick cure through Jesus and be done with it?
Doesn’t this all seem a tad suspicious? I’m sorry – color me skeptical.