For those of us who don’t know, televangelists are evangelical preachers who appear regularly on television to promote Christian beliefs and appeal for funds in the States.
More often than not you will find a televangelist screwing their face up making animated gestures as they ‘hail the Lord’ and rally their Christian troops.
Of course, in a time of need people of faith often find themselves turning to their God with prayers in hope of answers, redemption or an end to their suffering.
With coronavirus fears now gripping hold of the globe it is no wonder many worshippers are tuning into such televangelist shows in search of comfort and even ‘healing’.
Copeland can be heard asking viewers to touch their television screens during his show as he prayed to receive spiritual healing.
It came during a ‘special report’ on his Victory channel, titled ‘Standing Against Coronavirus’.
With an outstretched arm Copeland directs a message of prayer towards the camera saying:
“Thank you, Lord Jesus. He received your healing”.
He then bows his head and says: “Now say it: I take it. I have it. It’s mine. I thank you and praise you for it”.
“According to the word of God, I’m healed. And I consider not my own body. I consider not symptoms in my body. But only that which God has promised”.
At the end of his prayer for healing, Copeland proclaimed: “Healed and well”.
And then just like that all those watching should now allegedly find themselves ‘cured’ of the virus and life returns to normal.
We’d love to know who it worked for.
It seems Copeland isn’t alone in his Christian quest to ‘heal’ those with coronavirus as it was only last month pastor Jim Bakker, who hosts The Jim Bakker Show told his viewers they could purchase a product called Silver Solution which claimed to “totally eliminate” and “deactivate” the coronavirus.
Interviewing a natural health expert, Bakker asked: “This influenza that is now circling the globe, you’re saying that Silver Solution would be effective?”.
The expert, Sherrill Sellman then replied: “Well, let’s say it hasn’t been tested on this strain of the coronavirus, but it has been tested on other strains of the coronavirus and has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours”.
She went on to claim that the ‘miracle’ solution could “totally eliminate” and “kill” the virus and had “been proven by the government that it has the ability to kill every pathogen it has ever been tested on, including SARS and HIV”.
But before everyone starts taking to Google to bag themselves some bottles, the state of Missouri have since branded it ‘false advertisement’ and have filed a lawsuit to block Bakker and his ministry from promoting and selling the ‘fake’ coronavirus treatment which reportedly cost $80 for a 4-ounce bottle.
Missouri’s attorney general said: “Bakker and his ministry were falsely promising to consumers that Silver Solution can cure, eliminate, kill or deactivate coronavirus and/or boost elderly consumers’ immune system and keep them healthy when there is, in fact, no vaccine, pill, potion or other product available to treat or cure coronavirus”.
The New York Attorney General’s Office have now sent Bakker a letter warning him to stop promoting the ‘fake cure’.
False or not it sounds a smidgen more promising than bathing in cow dung which some men in India claimed offered up immunity from the deadly virus.
Which would you hedge your bets with?