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The Advertising Standards Authority of the Brittish government told the a congregation based in Brad-on-Avon to stop placing claims that God can heal illnesses on their website and leaflets. The ASA determined the leaflet proclaiming “Need Healing? God can heal today!” was misleading. The group known as HOTS or Healing on the Streets says their purpose was to promote Christian healing “as a daily lifestyle for every believer.”

The ASA said they had been alerted to the messages by a complainant, and concluded they could encourage false hope and it was irresponsible of the Christian group to make such a claim. The HOTS group said the complete message added that the group was a Christian group that prayed in the name of Jesus. They told readers they believed God loves people and could heal them, and they wanted the opportunity to pray for the sick.” The group said they will appeal because though they tried to reach a compromise, they could not agree to a ban on expressing their beliefs. A spokesman added, “All over the world as part of their normal Christian life, Christians believe in, pray for and experience God’s healing; our ministry, in common with many churches, has been active in praying for God’s healing (Of Christians and non Christians) for many years.”

--Bath Christian group’s ‘God can heal’ adverts banned, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-16871116 ; February 3, 2012, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.

James 5:15-18 (HCSB) (15) The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will restore him to health; if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. (16) Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect. (17) Elijah was a man with a nature like ours; yet he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the land. (18) Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its fruit.

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