Televangelist Kenneth Copeland ‘blows wind of God’ at coronavirus and claims pandemic is ‘destroyed’ in sermon
American televangelist Kenneth Copeland, who recently claimed that the coronavirus pandemic will be “over much sooner you think” because “Christian people all over this country praying have overwhelmed it,” has summoned the “wind of God” to destroy the novel coronavirus during a recent sermon.
Before blowing at the camera, he said: “I blow the wind of God on you. You are destroyed forever, and you’ll never be back. Thank you, God. Let it happen. Cause it to happen.”
Leading a chant surrounded by members of his church and preaching to an empty room, he called out: “Wind, almighty, strong, south wind, Heat: Burn this thing, in the name of Jesus. I say, you bow your knees. You fall on your face.”
In a sermon last month, the pastor “executed judgment” on Covid-19, which he declared “finished” and “over” and made the US “healed and well again.” He also demanded “a vaccination to come immediately.”
His Texas-based Kenneth Copeland Ministries megachurch previously has claimed that viewers of his show can be healed of the virus by touching their screens, and he has urged viewers to continue paying tithes despite losing their jobs amid unprecedented unemployment claims within the last several weeks.
He also has compared the virus to the flu and suggested people who attended his services could be healed in person.
“If we have to pass out thermometers, if we find one with a fever, let’s get him healed right there,” he said. “What do you do if you get it? Big deal.”
The pastor, who supports Donald Trump, also argued to his followers that the president’s opponents had “opened the door” for the virus with their “displays of hate” against him.
Several other prominent evangelical leaders in the Christian right, who rely on miraculous healing in their ministries, also have denied the pandemic in addresses to their followers.
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