Every time I read another one of these stories, I want to scream!
Diabetes is not a disorder one can pray away. A person does not miraculously gain a working pancreas. Faith does not produce insulin. It would make no more sense to ‘pray away the disorder’ as it would to ‘pray away a compound fracture of the left clavicle.’ Not only will it do no good, and instead will make the person suffer needlessly if not result in permanent damage if not death. Which is why the faith healing performed on Syble Rossiter by her parents and church in Oregon is so tragic. Her death on February 5th was a completely pointless exercise in futility by her parents refusal to seek medical treatment for her type 1 diabetes, instead only trusting faith healing.
Syble’s parents, Travis and Wenona Rossiter, were arrested on manslaughter charges in connection with her death.
The Rossiter’s are highly religious folk, belonging to the Church of the First Born, which claims to have been founded in 26AD and that the United States is a theologically founded nation, alongside other tenets of belief taken from their webpage. One of their core beliefs given is that of faith healing, that ailments are resolved through prayer, not through medicine.