The Independent: ‘Televangelist Kenneth Copeland “blows wind of God” at Covid-19 to “destroy” pandemic’

Speaking of magical thinking (and incredible headlines1):

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.

Ah, the wind of God!

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.” […]

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.”

That’s certainly one approach. Reducing the mystery of faith to a form of spiritualized technology is as old as the books.


  1. When it comes to Word of Faith leaders, the headlines write themselves.


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