During an episode of VICTORY Update that aired Tuesday but was uploaded this morning, televangelist Kenneth Copeland condemned Christians who watch the news for updates on COVID-19 instead of listening to preachers like himself.
Paying attention to the news, apparently, gives the virus authority over their minds. And who cares if viewers test positive, anyway? Copeland said people with faith could just heal themselves!
Just to underline that point, he even displayed his “shield” to block the virus, saying, “You couldn’t give me that flu if you tried.”
A few clips from the broadcast are below:
… I’m talking now to Holy Spirit born again, Holy Spirit baptized, Holy Spirit speaking-in-other-tongue, healing, believing Christians that don’t watch anything but COVID-19 on the television: Your faith is idle and dumb…
Your angel has nothing to do because all you’re listening to is the news broadcasts, and you’re exalting this, this, this, this creep!… That you have authority over!
“Oh, yes, but Brother Copeland, what happens if I get it?” Well, get healed! Dear God…
… and you’ll get it. Yeah, you’ll get it. You’ll draw it into your home… I mean, the devil will see to it that you get in contact with someone that has it.
But when you stand in faith and say, no, I don’t mind telling you, I will never have COVID-19, I will never have any other kind of sickness and disease because, thank God forevermore, He bore my sins in His own body on the tree… Glory to God. I’m not healed now! I was healed then!… And grace is giving it to me now! I’m not the sick trying to get healed. I’m the healed and the devil’s trying to give me the flu.
Well, I don’t take it! I have my shield up, thank you very much. Glory to God. Lord. You couldn’t give me that flu if you tried.
Who wants to tell him the virus can’t be blocked by his arm…?
If all of this seems crazy to you, then you haven’t been watching Copeland over the past few months. In early March, he asked viewers to touch their TV screens against his oily hand in order to prevent the virus. He said Christian prayers had overwhelmed the virus (but if you lost your job, make sure you don’t stop tithing!).
Kenneth Copeland healed viewers of the coronavirus through their televisions last night. pic.twitter.com/8lwHufTIy4
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) March 12, 2020
By the end of March, he declared COVID-19 to be dead (“It! Is! Finished!”) and that a vaccine would be delivered immediately.
He even spit on the virus.
By the end of April, he was still declaring COVID-19 to be “OVER!”
It’s not over. If anything, because too many Americans (especially Republicans in power) refused to self-quarantine and wear face masks, the problem is only getting worse, and our nation is both a global embarrassment and global threat.
But Copeland is still very, very rich.
(Thanks to Kyle for the link)