This is getting old, admittedly. We’re trying to chronicle all the crazy things charismatics are saying about the coronavirus. You know, to make fun of them in the future (like God intended).
So far we have, Bethel’s affiliated pastor, Shawn Bolz, declared a prophecy that God had ended the virus. Perhaps Bethel didn’t get the memo. Rodney Howard Browne promised to bind coronavirus from the United States (again, it’s growing), Jim Bakker claimed his venereal disease ointment also heals coronavirus, and Rick Wiles claimed Christians are immune altogether. Pat Robertson claimed his gut-health booklet will make you immune. A charismatic prophet from New Zealand claimed that all Christians were immune. Another prophet declared that Republican states were immune. Perry Noble says coronavirus is a Satanic scheme to help socialism. Kenneth Copeland said that touching his oily hand through the television would heal coronavirus. Lou Engle has told his followers that a three-day fast can cure coronavirus (health experts say that lowers the immune system). And one charismatic prophet claimed that a potential vaccine would be the Mark of the Beast. And a charismatic prophet interprets his dream to mean that coronavirus is trying to sabotage President Trump. And this Bethel prophetess claims that she decreed and declared coronavirus away from the world for good.
Now we come to a “messianic communicator” named Ron Cantor who knows why coronavirus persists: China restricts religious freedom.
Claiming “this whole plague could be stopped in one hour” if China gave religious freedom to Christians, the prophet went on, “God is just asking you one thing. Give the people freedom of religion. Give them freedom to worship. And if you do, God will bless you. And if you don’t, you could be in danger of a plague coming on you, destroying your economy and government.”
There’s no word from the prophet as to why God is throwing coronavirus on America, considering the United States has Religious Freedom written into the First Amendment.
But it doesn’t have to make sense. It’s charismaticism.
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