A ministry called His Name is Flowing Oil, based in Dalton, Georgia, has shut down following an investigation by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
The ministry centered around a Bible that allegedly miraculously produced oil, which the group called a "sign and wonder." Jerry Pearce, a leader of the ministry, has admitted to buying gallons of mineral oil from a local Tractor Supply Co., though he says he never put the oil on the Bible or in the Bible's container. Pearce has said the Bible has stopped producing oil in early January, around the time of the investigation.
Pearce and fellow leader Johnny Taylor say their decision to end the ministry had nothing to do with the Times Free Press probe.
People who used the oil claimed they experienced dramatic spiritual incidents or were healed from ongoing health problems. Ministry leaders report they have given out 350,000 vials of oil, which they said flowed from the book.
As part of the Times Free Press investigation into the ministry, scientists at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga analyzed samples of the Bible's oil. They found it to be nearly identical to oil sold by the Tractor Supply Co.
A local church where His Name is Flowing Oil held prayer meetings has asked the ministry to no longer use its facility.