Clark Taylor (The Worship Centre)
Clark Taylor was the former head of the Christian Outreach Centres (COC) but broke away from the denomination in 1990 after committing acts of adultery with congregation members.
Rather than repenting publicly, Clark
resigned and had a letter read out to his
separated from his
wife and began selling plants at a nursery to generate income.
A Youtube "documentary" by GodScreen tells part of the story of him trying to restore the relationship with his
What it doesn't mention is the divorce, marriage to another woman and then divorce from her
It picks it up at the point where he
is having a simple marriage ceremony for the remarriage to his
He made a comeback in a few smaller settings before starting The Worship & Ministry Centre in 2000, later being renamed to The Worship Centre in 2003.
now has a substantial following with a number of conferences being hosted there throughout the year.
Their September 2013 program lists prophetic training courses where you can get "coaching" for prophecy, words of knowledge, releasing prophetic blessing, dream interpretation and tattoo interpretation.
should be permanently disqualified from ministry on account of gross sexual sin which the Bible mentions explicitly (1 Corinthians 9:27; 1 Timothy 3:2, 10; Titus 1:7; Proverbs 6:33; 1 Timothy 3:2), false prophecy and false teaching.
With the music softly playing, Clark
gives a "word of knowledge" and calls out those who have pain in their body at 00:10 and again in 00:26 - "The Lord's also telling me you have pain in your body".
A woman with pain in her
shoulder comes out and is pushed over by Clark
(01:09) and another man with shoulder pain is pushed and caught, although he
does resist a little more (01:32).
Unsurprisingly the guy with the headache who gets yelled at while being pushed falls to the ground pretty quickly (01:37).
Then the woman he
first sent to the floor gets up and he
"Don't think about your arm, think about Jesus" (01:43).
uses somatic anchoring to focus on a particular area of the body e.g. stomach, followed by suggestions "let it go", "that would have hurt before", "that pain's gone now" which activates the brain's inhibitory response (Donatone, 2013).
So for a period at least people may be pain free.
In other videos he's
claimed to have made the lame walk by helping a man out of a wheelchair and watch him stumble across the stage.
When Jesus made someone walk they went from immobility to full function instantly, no such evidence in this case.
This man might have managed to make it through the church service either because he
had a temporary reduction of pain or as an expectation/audience response, but he
would be back in his
As a side note I also have personal testimony of Clark
healing someone with a severe mental illness.
declared they were healed in Jesus' name and told them to dispose of their medication.
was very mistaken and the person became very ill.
In this low key presentation we see Clark
heal a lady of "dry hands".
also talks about how he
healed himself of a sore tongue and throat (even though he
is still visibly affected) and his
wife of vomiting and diarrhoea (even though she
was still ill in bed) . He
explains to his
audience that they can heal themselves, others and children by cursing the demonic sickness cells in their body.
To cure his
laid hands on his
tongue and throat and commanded the demonic cells to leave.
I have two problems with Clark's claims: (1) Promotes himself as a faith healer yet he
wife struggle from health complaints, when sickness comes from the devil and has no place in the life of a Christian (his beliefs, not mine), and (2) Claims healing has taken place when it clearly has not.
The human body is very complex and God designed it so that it has innate healing processes.
I don't know why people like Clark
have an obsession with miracles when vomiting and diarrhoea are going to cease when the disease has run it's course and the body's immune system has killed it.
The part of the video I find most remarkable is when someone in the audience asks about people who are resistant to healing (i.e. those who aren't slain in the spirit).
says that the hardest people to pray for are the religious people and when they come out the front for healing "don't let them pray" (07:19).
then gets an audience member out the front for a demonstration and shows them how to get into someone's defences.
asks them a few questions and while responding shocks them and sends them to the ground (08:55).
This is an example of simultaneous attention and would work in situations where someone may be suspicious of the manifestations going on around them and have their reasoning mind active (Donatone, 2013).
In this Youtube video "Prophet" Ruckins speaks a Prophecy over Clark
Apart from looking like someone who is under the influence of drugs or something more sinister, he
declares "woe to the man who speaks against you" so I guess that's me and other people who search the scriptures to test everything.
goes on to prophesy "you wrote some things down 20 years ago about the end times and God says now is the time to let that which you wrote down 20 years ago come forth on this generation" (04:38).