“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….”
(Pulpit & Pen) Well, this sounds like satire, but it’s not. The world’s largest gathering of notable faith healers are canceling the grand opening of a faith-healing center because of coronavirus.
We reported on the grand opening of the Morris Cerullo Legacy International Center on Saturday, mostly because it has a design that looks like a dollar sign in the landscaping. Speakers include prominent faith-healers Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, and positive thinker, Joel Osteen.
Hinn claims to have even raised the dead. Heck, he’s claimed to have healed entire hospitals (those hospitals deny it, by the way). Kenneth Copeland claims to control the weather and rebukes tornados.
But apparently the charismatic power to heal stops dead at respiratory viruses. Charisma reports – without a sense of irony – that the meeting is postponed, saying, “Legacy will postpone its worldwide event, scheduled for March 31-April 5, featuring renowned speakers Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, Tommy Barnett, Sid Roth, Christian Harfouche, Marcus Lamb and Robert Stearns, plus many others.”