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Old Apr 16, '11, 7:28 am
PrayHarder PrayHarder is offline
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Thumbs down Review: John Cojanis and Healing

My wife and I went to a healing ministry lead by John Cojanis and his wife. It was advertised in the parish bulletin, he spoke at Mass, and had the permission of the pastor to do his ministry. He's been traveling around the USA for years leading people in prayer for all types of healing (physical, spiritual, etc.). Overall, I was not too impressed with his approach and style.

First, I believe he is sincere about his ministry. He told us up front that he does not heal people and that only Jesus can. He said he does not claim to have any special gifts and that he was just going to talk to us about prayer and lead us in prayer and let Jesus do the rest. And his talks about prayer were good and insightful.

I'm skeptical about all the healing that took place. Throughout the ministry he asks people if they are being healed. Have aches and pains gone away? Does your back no longer hurt as much? Can you hear better? I think much of the "healing" was just the effect of people feeling better and more at peace after spending time praying. Or many people came in wanting to be healed that they latched on to any small change as evidence that God healed them. If someone does feel better as a result of prayer then great. But people claiming to be healed of various afflictions by the dozen does give the event more of a "faith healing" vibe.

Although he claims he is not, John comes across as a charismatic "faith healer" who is trying to sell you something. I would say that a good quarter of the time of his healing ministry was spent trying to sell you things and solicit donations. He talks about how he gave up his full-time job for this, how expensive it is for him to travel, how he doesn't take money or stipends from the diocese, etc. He really milks the hardship story and then passes around baskets asking for money. And he makes it very clear that one or two bucks won't go very far and asks you to please give more.

I'm sure it is financially difficult for him to do this ministry. But his heavy-handed approach to asking for donations really detracts from what could be a good prayer experience. He was at our parish for two nights. My wife and I only went to one evening because we just couldn't take the infomercial, slick preacher sales pitch vibe any more. Has John Cojanis ever visited your parish? What did you think?
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Old Apr 17, '11, 7:40 pm
Inquiringperson Inquiringperson is offline
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My wife and I went to a healing ministry lead by John Cojanis and his wife. It was advertised in the parish bulletin, he spoke at Mass, and had the permission of the pastor to do his ministry. He's been traveling around the USA for years leading people in prayer for all types of healing (physical, spiritual, etc.). Overall, I was not too impressed with his approach and style.

First, I believe he is sincere about his ministry. He told us up front that he does not heal people and that only Jesus can. He said he does not claim to have any special gifts and that he was just going to talk to us about prayer and lead us in prayer and let Jesus do the rest. And his talks about prayer were good and insightful.

I'm skeptical about all the healing that took place. Throughout the ministry he asks people if they are being healed. Have aches and pains gone away? Does your back no longer hurt as much? Can you hear better? I think much of the "healing" was just the effect of people feeling better and more at peace after spending time praying. Or many people came in wanting to be healed that they latched on to any small change as evidence that God healed them. If someone does feel better as a result of prayer then great. But people claiming to be healed of various afflictions by the dozen does give the event more of a "faith healing" vibe.

Although he claims he is not, John comes across as a charismatic "faith healer" who is trying to sell you something. I would say that a good quarter of the time of his healing ministry was spent trying to sell you things and solicit donations. He talks about how he gave up his full-time job for this, how expensive it is for him to travel, how he doesn't take money or stipends from the diocese, etc. He really milks the hardship story and then passes around baskets asking for money. And he makes it very clear that one or two bucks won't go very far and asks you to please give more.

I'm sure it is financially difficult for him to do this ministry. But his heavy-handed approach to asking for donations really detracts from what could be a good prayer experience. He was at our parish for two nights. My wife and I only went to one evening because we just couldn't take the infomercial, slick preacher sales pitch vibe any more. Has John Cojanis ever visited your parish? What did you think?
I kinda liked John Cojanis. He helped me realize how important faith is, as I was a young person at that time who thought that besides going to Church, going to boring Catechist Classes would satisfy God the whole way.
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Old Jul 26, '11, 7:29 pm
Lucky Scrunchy Lucky Scrunchy is offline
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Default Re: Review: John Cojanis and Healing

I believe Mr. Cojanis to be humble, holy and sincere.

My friend bought one of his cds and I copied them to my Ipod. I then realized, hey, I need to pay him for this because I copied his property! I contacted him and asked him if I should. He responded "don't worry about it".

Now.... thats speaks volumes! If he was shady, I'm sure he would have welcomed the money, but no, he said I could keep it. He also asked me to pray for him.

The one thing that does make me kind of angry is... that he gave up his job and livlihood to serve God's people and the ministry is in the red!!! He shared this with us, and he probably shares this at his missions. It is very expensive to print the prayer cards, the flyers, the gas to drive all over the country. In his humility, he shared that he wears clothes from a thrift store, he has financial needs and a wife to support. he should not be in need. He spends all his time serving God's people. God's people need to come to his aid and help him. He's given up all to serve the Lord and his people, its about time we return the favor!

There... I'm done venting.... for now.
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