Pulpit & Pen has been documenting the charismatic prophets who are either selling snake-oil coronavirus cures or prophesying a swift end to the illness. Apparently there’s not a single faith-healer in the world who can heal those with the illness, but there’s plenty of them with promises to heal…for a price.
Even though Pat Robertson of CBN regularly stretches out his hand to miraculously cure people by their first name and a description of some troubling ailment (“There’s a ‘Karen’ out there right now with gout, yes I’m talking to you”) at the moment he’s busy selling gut-health cures. Because…you know…coronavirus.
Add this bizarrity (new word, deal with it) to Shawn Bolz prophesying an end of coronavirus (right before a half-dozen dropped dead in Washington state), Rodney Howard Browne promising to bind coronavirus from the United States (again, it’s growing), Jim Bakker claiming his venereal disease ointment also heals coronavirus, and Rick Wiles claiming Christians are immune altogether.
Pat Robertson recently had on a health reporter, Lorrie Johnson, and he claimed that 80% of immunity is in the gut, and if you have good gut-health you won’t get the dreaded COVID-19 illness.
Then…you guessed it…he clarified that he was peddling a booklet called Build a Better Gut.
My gut tells me that charismatic prophets are going to get people killed by their coronavirus advice.