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Parents Sentenced to Prison for Belief in Healing Power of Prayer

Two Pentecostal parents from Philadelphia watched two of their sons die from treatable diseases because they believe in faith healing. Now the couple has been sentenced to between three and seven years in prison.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible—already on a 10-year probation for the death of their 2-year-old son Kent from untreated bacterial pneumonia in 2009—were found guilty of third-degree homicide, endangering the welfare of a child, and conspiracy following the death of their second son, Brandon, last year.

The couple refused to take the seven-month-old to the hospital. Suffering from dehydration and bacterial pneumonia, Brandon died instead of being given fluids and antibiotics.

“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,” Herbert Schaible told police after Brandon’s death.

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  • arich45

    Damn right they should be sentenced. They, in effect, murdered two of their children. Dumbasses.

  • Sam

    That was just wrong. God gave us doctors, nurses, hospitals and medicines. Those kids could have easily been treated and alive today.

    • aRareSaneOne

      God did NOT give us docs/nurses/hospitals etc. Men developed them.

      God gave us great, creative minds, and left it up to us to decide what to do with them, for evil or good. Jesus didn’t spend his life preaching for people to study science and be doctors.
      This was not neglect, this was a conscious decision to trust God. The kids could be alive today and dead tomorrow from any number of other things. None of us knows how many days we have left. Best to remember life is a vapor and live accordingly. It’s a sad state, I value medicine, but I also believe God is real and did have power to heal those kids if He wanted. Parents should not be prosecuted, they are suffering enough from the losses they endured. They did not want death, ulike abortionists.

      • zombiekiller117

        ‘this wasn’t neglect, this was a conscious decision to trust God’
        So what’s that imply ?
        That God let them down, or that God isn’t real ?

        God had provided the solution through other people, for centuries it was the Church that ran hospitals and cared for the sick but in their pride these ‘parents’ refused the obvious solution and you want to defend their pride and false doctrine.

        Why is that ?

  • byronspokane

    Religious barbarians as I well call them. They cared more for their dam religion then for their childerens lives.

  • smogdew

    I hate to cast aspersions at another religion but their belief(s) is totally insane and stems from absolute ignorance. Over the years, many children have died from the same neglect and almost pagan religions and choices other than medical. In praying to God, He does things in His time, not ours, and does not always give us what we ask for – it could be a totally different ‘thing’ and many times goes unnoticed. Whatever, He wanted those children with Him; at least they won’t have to go through the same thing again.
    Makes you wonder why some people even bother to have children.

  • kebozarth

    . . . no more than parents that murder their unborn children – blood of the innocents.

  • Annette Rose Giesbrecht

    In our church, we pray that God will guide the hands of the doctors. So God does allow the use of the medical staff. The parents should have prayed that God would use the doctors to heal their child.

  • Wayne

    God has given us modern medicine. God has given us herbal medicines. If the children could be cured with herbs, would they have denied them the herbs. Why deny them modern medicine when it is available? We should take advantage of what God has given us the ability to use or create. We were made in Gods image to be creators, and we have wonderful modern medicines. I feel very sorry for those grieving parents, but I think they are misguided.

    • aRareSaneOne

      God did NOT give us modern docs/nurses/hospitals etc. Men developed them.

      God gave us great, creative minds, and left it up to us to decide what to
      do with them, for evil or good. Jesus didn’t spend his life preaching
      for people to study science and be doctors!!

      This was not neglect, this was a conscious decision to trust God. None of us knows how many days we have left. Best to remember life is a vapor and live accordingly. It’s a sad event, and I value medicine, but I also believe God is real and did have power to heal those kids if He wanted.
      Parents should not be prosecuted, they are suffering enough from the
      losses they endured. The parents did not want death for their kids, and clearly cared and are greiving – unlike abortionists who purposely with forethought kill the unborn life.

  • [email protected]

    Luke was a doctor, that should be enough, but even in revelation “…but if you are luke warm, I will spew you out of my mouth” is referring to healing springs. Cold for swelling and inflammation, and hot for sore achy muscles and joints as well as for detoxification. The Lord didn’t rebuke for using natural means either. When nothing else would help, Love lifted me…as the ol’ hymn goes. I could continue on but, most people seem to understand that many expect more from God than scripture allows. Oh, just read more comments and noticed “grieving parents”, what are they grieving more…their lack of enough FAITH, or the LOSS of something? Sin

  • WesTexan

    “Two Pentecostal parents ….” These parents do not represent the position of Pentecostals, Pentecostal denominations, Charismatics or Christians with healing ministries. They are members of a tiny splinter group that is basically a cult—legalistic, introverted, exclusive and obviously bereft of real Scriptural knowledge.

    All healing is from God, whether God heals directly and miraculously, by homeopathic remedies, through the hands of a physician or modern medicines.

    In Colossians 4:14, Paul refers to Luke as the Beloved Physician; in Mark 2:17 and Mathew 9:12, Jesus says it is the sick who need a physician; in 1 Timothy 5:23, Paul tells Timothy to stop drinking water and use a little wine for his stomach’s sake and his other ailments; and in 2 Kings 20:7 and Isaiah 38:21, Isaiah directs Hezekiah to use a poultice made of figs to heal a boil. These parents were not only negligent, but were repeat offenders. They deserve whatever the law allows.

    • Bighoss

      Very well stated WesTexan. No slack should be given to such crackpots as those disordered parents most certainly are. I am not Pentecostal, but I know people who are and who would never consider such shameful, callous neglect as these dingbat parents are most certainly guilty of.

  • barney

    They were trusting in a god that they made up, not the GOD of the Bible!

  • The Watchman

    These parents should be jailed, as they are certainly guilty of neglect for sure. I am a Christian, I place my faith in Jesus’ healing power. I also understand that the Lord has blessed many doctors and healers on earth. No, there is and was no excuse religious or otherwise for withholding medical care from sick children.

  • prbrown60

    While it is not a crime in asking our Father in heaven for healing of our loved ones, denying life-saving medical treatment when it is available is. These parents should be held accountable for the deaths of their children. In fact I would also hold the church accountable to some degree for teaching such doctrine, especially if it cost the lives of people and children, as it did in this case. The Bible teaches that in the case of illness, seek medical attention inn addition to having faith.,

  • Bill

    Like the couple on the roof of their house during a flood.
    Praying and trusting in God to save them.
    3 helicopters came – but they would not get on
    Said they were trusting in God to save them.
    God saves and heals in many ways.
    His ways, the Bible says, are above our ways – - Praise the Lord!

  • ConnieJ

    Their “faith in God” is sorely misplaced. God did answer their prayers — he provided accessible medical intervention, which was ignored. They continued to challenge God’s wisdom and allowed their children to be taken. They deserve every day of the sentences given by the court. God has blessed this country with doctors who utilized the knowledge and education He has provided to save and enrich lives. To reject His efforts, in favor of using only prayer, is arrogance. Yes, God wants our prayers. He also wants our gratitude for all else with which he has provided us. Don’t challenge God. He doesn’t like it.

  • John Flanagan

    God uses the medical technology available to cure many people. Sometimes it is his will that even the best medical attention does not cure. This couple’s discernment was erroneous, and their lack of common sense resulted in death. Yes, they do deserve the punishment they received.