The spiritual silly season story of the summer sadly seems to have been slowly suspended (I know, I’m trying to be too clever with the alliteration).
In this case we are talking about the Welsh Outpouring at Victory Church, Wales. To recap, for those at the back, it all started after a reported miracle took place in which a wheelchair user named ‘Paul’ began to walk during a church meeting. He carried his wheelchair over his head. You can investigate the incident for yourself by looking at the United Christian Broadcasters documentary on the incident here.
For those short of time and interest, please watch the video from 2:40 minutes on.
And for those of us who were born cynical, you may be wondering just what all the fuss was about. Isn’t it just more bread and circuses for believers?
The trouble is that I have tried to dig up the dirt on this entire thing (believe me dear, longsuffering reader, I’ve tried so damned hard!!). And there isn’t much dirt. The church in question does a lot of good work in their community helping needy people. They don’t even seem to be in it for the money.
I’ve done everything I can from my lair (beyond dragging my sorry arse to the church in question (due to a lack of personal resources)).
And what I have to report for you are the following things:
1. There is no dirt. The closest you will find are some links to some dubious personalities and a few Christian conspiracy theories (which are always the best). But that means nothing.
2. Some alleged plagiarism on the church website has been discussed on some forums, but again it is meaningless and spurious.
3. A lot of people doubting the motives of the people involved, especially churches in the nearby area who may or may not be envious.
4. There was also one anonymous allegation that the initial healing was false because the person involved continues to smoke. The inhalation of nicotine has rarely been used as this kind of spiritual barometer before – so be very afraid you Christian smokers…
In the end, I have to fall on one side of the fence or the other. My belief is that God did do something miraculous at Victory Church Wales. I hope that he does more for the people of Britain, who may, or may not, be accusing him of negligence.
I don’t know. I’m quite mad you know? And this is just a blog…