Evangelical ‘Dead Raising Team’ Seeking Corpses for Resurrection Ministry
An evangelical group is looking for families to volunteer their dead loved ones to be prayed over and brought back to life. The Dead Raising Team (DRT), a group of evangelical Christians that believe they have the power to resurrect the dead, is hoping that people will allow them to intervene when their loved one passes.
Based in Washington and founded by Tyler Johnson, a graduate of Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry, the group claims that it will stay for as long as is needed once a loved one dies and they are called in.
“Handling each situation with the utmost sensitivity, our team travels to the funeral home, morgue or family’s home where the deceased is being kept,” the DRT website explains, encouraging loved ones to volunteer their dead family members. “Upon arrival, we spend prayer time with the family, as well as the deceased.”
Yet, the DRT team does not only provide spiritual healing for the grief-stricken family; founder Tyler Johnson believes, based on a literally interpretation of Matthew 10:8, that he can physically raise the dead.
After the death of Johnson’s father, the grieving minister began to believe he had the power to resurrect other people’s loved ones in order to spare them the pain of losing someone dear. “This led Tyler to fling himself into praying for the dead whenever he got the chance,” the bio on the DRT website reads. “Soon others heard about this, especially after resurrections began to take place, and began to join him.”
According to the DRT website, 11 people have actually been raised so far by the group, although details are not provided.
Now offering training throughout the country to other believers to help them realize their spiritual gift “somehow missed by a majority of Christianity,” the ministry has grown and the core team was even recently featured in a documentary called ‘Deadraisers’ which followed the all-male team as they traipsed across the country and prayed over the recently deceased.
During the filming, no resurrections occurred, or as BBC put it, “Sadly, those they pray for in the film remain resolutely dead.”
Yet the team remains convinced of their mission.
“The validity of Christianity hinges upon one reality: “Dead Raising. Without it, the whole of Christianity is a sham,” the team recently posted on their Facebook page. “Dead raising isn’t an off-shoot, borderline, fringe, idea. Dead raising is completely central to everything you believe.”
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