As we have been chronicling at Pulpit & Pen religiously (no pun intended), charismatic prophets are going to get people killed with their crack-pottery. It’s one thing to decree-and-declare an end to coronavirus with ineffectual blathering, but it’s another thing to offer horrible medical advice and instill confusion into the global discourse on this pandemic.
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 Stone 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. Also, this charismatic prophet says coronavirus would disappear if China would grant religious freedom to Christians (why America is getting now is anybody’s guess).
The world effectively in shut-down mode over the virus, people are staying home in record numbers. The best long-term solution to this crisis is for vaccine manufacturers to come up with a preemptive cure and get it produced in mass and sent out to the public. But because of the scare-tactics of charismatics, who give the worst advice ever, a significant portion of the world might consider such a move to be a globalist plot to kill people with vaccines.
Adding to the cloud of nonsense that surrounds charismaticism is Rodney Howard Browne, the “Holy Ghost Bartender” who gets people “drunk in the spirit.” He’s now claiming that the vaccines will be designed to kill people.
How many foolish people will not take a vaccine – not based upon a careful and medically-focused cost-benefit-analysis – but because a drunken babbler told them a conspiracy theory he made up in his head?
Whether or not a person takes a vaccine should be left up to their personal determination of its value and potential risks. It should not be informed by someone who already promised to bind the virus from the United States (it didn’t work).