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As far as is known, Neil Frisby is not a Frisbetarian, one of those people (as the old joke goes) who believes that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof & you can't get it down again.
Hey--maybe that's why Neil built his cathedral as a pyramid--no roof for Frisbee-souls to get stuck on!
"My favorite group of all that Randall visited was the Capstone Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona. This predominantly black congregation was run by Evangelist Neal Frisby, who is a known healer. Thursday evening was Miracle Deliverance Night. On this night Pastor Frisby healed a mentally retarded boy, helped another young boy breath better, and caused an elderly woman to walk without her cane. Frisby claims to have created ear drums and other body parts. He is convinced that he is a prophet sent from God, and the final prophet before the world comes to an end. Frisby even gives God credit for telling him where and how to build the Capstone Cathedral.
"Randall questioned Frisby of his calling to be a prophet. His answer shocked me at first, but after remembering what I've read so far about evangelicals it seemed typical. Frisby stated that after his wife gave birth to their second child, she killed herself and left him devastated. Soon he went to an Assemblies of God Church, a Pentecostal Church, and says his heart was healed when he was saved. He claims he spoke in tongues and was convinced that the spirit of God wanted him to preach and pray for the sick.
"At one time in our lives we have seen a televangelist on TV, whether it be Jimmy Swaggert or Jim Baker, claiming to heal. I have always wondered if they were for real, as did Randall. To prove his suspicions were right, Randall set up a test for Pastor Frisby. On Sundays, Frisby had a special healing service for those from out of town or those who came to pray for others. Randall attended and asked Pastor Frisby to pray for his friend who had lost the hearing in her one ear. Frisby placed his hand on Randall's head, shouted some prayers, and claimed the girl would be fine! When Randall returned home from his journey, he questioned his friend of her hearing. She answered that she still couldn't hear. It didn't surprise Randall, or me either."