Christian Scientist Parents Rely too Heavily on Faith

January 13, 2009
By Hannah Ceschi, Hartland, WI

"The girl is not breathing," said Randall Wormgoor to the dispatcher. As the screaming and
wailing of a woman and the barking from a dog went on in the background, the dispatcher asked
Wormgoor's wife, Althea, to perform CPR. Unfortunately, the girl could not be revived. The article
"Parents Prayed with Ministry Founder" states eleven-year-old, Madeline Neumann, died of
diabetic ketoacidosis, a complication resulting from untreated diabetes. But the underlying cause of
her death was even more startling. Madeline's health had been deteriorating for some time, but her
parents were unaware she suffered from diabetes. As they watched their daughter weaken, the Neumanns
never once took her to a doctor. Instead, they prayed for their daughter's recovery. All she
needed was an insulin shot, and her life could have easily been spared. The Neumanns organized a
group that meets at a coffee shop to discuss their faith. Randall and Althea Wormgoor were highly
interested in the organization, so they went to visit the Neumanns. They soon changed their minds
about the Neumanns' beliefs the night they dialed 911. The article does not reveal the details as
to when and why the Wormgoors called. Although they claim they do not belong to any specific
religion, the Neumanns, also known as Christian Scientists, believe healing comes from God; they do
not believe in medical treatment. You can have strong faith in God, and believe God answers prayers,
but these people take it way too far. Praying is reassuring when a loved one is sick or dying, but
the Neumanns' didn't need reassurance. They needed insulin. The answer to their prayers was
right in front of them. They just needed to take Madeline to a doctor, who would then have given her
an insulin shot or other treatment. Parents are supposed to love their children unconditionally and
protect them. If the Neumanns truly loved their daughter, why didn't they do everything they could
to keep her alive? Yes, reported religious healings have occurred solely because of faith and
prayer, but when your child is dying right before your eyes and he or she is clearly in need of
medical attention, take your child to a doctor! How can any parent sit there, knowing all their
child needs is medication, and watch them die? It's a nauseating thought, and anyone who does this
needs the following: serious psychiatric help, God's forgiveness, and the Lord's guidance- they
are undoubtedly lost. The Neumanns are being charged with second-degree reckless homicide. If they
are convicted, they could serve up to 25 years in prison. Their punishment is certainly just. There
is never any excuse to take a life, whether it is directly taken, or in this case, indirectly taken,
especially if that life can be saved. May justice be served, may Madeline Neumann rest in peace, and
may God forgive those who have sinned.

-"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to
help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16

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