Faith Healer parents sent to jail for not seeking medical treatment for their daughter

Rebecca and Timothy Wyland, parents of Alayna May Wyland had a sentencing hearing yesterday in Oregon City. When their daughter had an “abnormal growth of blood vessels that covered her left eye,” decided to pray for her instead of taking her to the nearest doctor.

They were sentenced today in Clackamas County circuit court to 90 days in jail and three years probation.

Clackamas County Circuit Judge Jeffrey S. Jones also required Timothy and Rebecca Wyland to notify the probation department when spiritual healing methods are used.

“Your prayers should complement not compete with proper medical care,” Judge Jones said.

Jones also required the Wylands to:

  • Comply with all medical recommendations of the doctors treating Alayna;
  • Notify the probation department of all scheduled medical appointments for Alayna and prove they attended the appointments;
  • Inform probation officers of any significant injury suffered by any child in their care.

If you want more background to this story, please see my post on them made a few weeks ago.

Like I’ve said, this tragic story is the result of severe brainwashing heresy being taught as Christian orthodoxy. I do think justice has been done, but I also think that once the sentence has been served, proper counselling should be pursued. And I would heartily recommend a church change for the family.

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About Dean Roberts

Dean is a keen worship leader and blog writer who has a passion for Jesus, evangelism and worship. He became a Christian at the young age of 11 where he experienced God working powerfully in his personal life. Since then, he has been involved in church worship ministry, evangelism teams, and has served Cardiff University Christian Union as the Worship Coordinator. He graduated from Cardiff University with a B.A Hons. in Theology and Religious Studies. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. Dean is currently the Associate Pastor (Not ordained) at St Paul's Church in Newport, South Wales. He is also going through the selection process to be ordained in the Anglican Church.

His favourite Bible verse is Zephaniah 3:17: "For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty Saviour. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (NLT)

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One Response to Faith Healer parents sent to jail for not seeking medical treatment for their daughter

  1. Dilys

    I totally agree with the statement made by the judge: medical healing complements spiritual healing. There is no doubt that our God is a healing God. Nothing is impossible for Him. Nothing. But that doesn’t mean that He hasn’t provided medical treatment, doctors, nurses… They’re a gift from God too. Trusting in Him means looking for the subtle hints too in the amazing, miraculous world He has created around us!

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