Thank you to Paul Skelton, founder of Healing On The Streets in Bath, for permission to post his recent Special E-News Update, which reads as follows:
The facts behind the story
Over the last few weeks “HOTS Bath” has been thrust into the media spotlight after the ASA ruling against our website and down-loadable leaflet in which we say that God can heal, physically as well as emotionally and spiritually.
Today, we met as a Trust to discuss where we felt Father was leading us from here and feel that it is important for us to do three things at this time.
1. To clarify the facts behind the story.
2. To clearly communicate our own position and response.
3. To give some guidance as to how the Christian community could respond.
We are therefore sending out this special E-News Update to cover these three areas:
Clarifying the facts behind the story
Fact 1 The ASA ruling is limited and only refers to our website and literature. It also only refers to medical conditions and not to spiritual or emotional healing where they acknowledge that prayer can have an effect. Below is the actual wording that has been given to us from the ASA.
The ads must not appear again in their current form. We told HOTS not to make claims which stated or implied that, by receiving prayer from their volunteers, people could be healed of medical conditions. We also told them not to refer in their ads to medical conditions for which medical supervision should be sought.
Fact 2 The ASA has no legal power to enforce such a rule and specifically one which is in clear breach of the Human Rights Act which refers to freedom of religious practice.
Fact 3 We have appealed against the ruling on many different grounds and are awaiting the outcome of the appeal.
Fact 4 The ruling does not prevent us from going out on the streets and praying for healing and we will be back out there on 1st of March. We very much welcome the general public to come for prayer during the specified sessions, but would respectfully ask any media representatives not to intrude into these times and to respect those who wish to receive prayer. We would instead ask them to contact us separately should they desire to do so.
Our own position and response
Following on from our quarterly Trust meeting this morning, the Trustees of HOTS Bath have decided the following. :-
1. To stand our ground in our belief that God can heal physically.
2. To wait for the result of the appeal.
In the mean time our website has been updated, please do have a look
Guidance as to how the Christian community could respond
Many people have contacted us to offer support and encouragement, for which we are most grateful and many have been stirred deeply and want to do something to help.
Our suggestions at this time are as follows:
- Join us in praying for a Godly outcome to the appeal process.
- Sign the E – petition that has been started up on our behalf to gain a discussion on this topic in the House of Commons. If it gets 100,000 signatures, then this is possible.
- Promote the E – petition in your churches and among your networks.
If you do decide to promote the E –Petition, then you may like to do this by :-
- Forwarding this email, or
- Forwarding a link to it via our website www.hotsbath.org, or
- Forwarding this direct link http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/29011
Thank you for reading this special and latest E-News Update from HOTS Bath.
We appreciate your support.