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Evangelical Christians Claim Prayer Can Raise the Dead

| by Lina Batarags

Tyler Johnson runs a ministry called the Dead Raising Team, which, unlikely as it may seem, is exactly what it sounds like: Johnson claims to have brought 11 people back from the dead.

A new documentary film called "Deadraisers" follows similar enthusiasts as they try to bring people back to life in hospitals and mortuaries.

Unfortunately, despite the Deadraisers’ efforts, those who are dead at the beginning of the film are still dead at the end of the film.

Johnson is a graduate of Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry. He and his wife, Christine, have four kids. As described on the DRT website, they “hope to see a DRT started in every city in the world, so that nobody could die without being prayed back to life.”

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He says that he successfully managed to persuade authorities in his state to issue him an official photocard, which allows him to get through police lines at car accident sites.

However, Johnson is also unwilling to provide successful case studies. Generally, much of the proof cited by believers is questionable, such as one notable case in which an American heart surgeon allegedly brought a heart attack patient back from the dead with a prayer – and a defibrillator.

British couple Alun and Donne Leppit, both Evangelical Christians, are similarly convinced that the dead can be raised through the power of prayer. Alun is the pastor of a Pentecostal church is Southampton.

In the BBC 4 program "Out of the Ordinary: The Power of Prayer," Donna lamented the dearth of corpses in the U.K. that they can practice their prayers on.

One corpse they did get to practice on was Donna’s brother, who had died of a heart attack. He had been dead for eight hours by the time they prayed over him, which they did for nearly an hour; their attempts were not successful.

Rather than being discouraged, Donna looks on the experience as “practice.”

“But in this country, we don’t often get access to dead bodies,” Donna noted.

Alun and Donna Leppitt are part of a worldwide fellowship of Evangelical Christians called Global Awakening. Global Alliance missionaries are converting people in countries like Mozambique and Brazil to Christianity with spectacular displays that claim to heal through prayer.

Sources: http://freethinker.co.uk, http://www.bbc.com

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