Right-wing pastor Shane Vaughn used his Sunday sermon to rant about vaccines, mask mandates, and other efforts to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Vaughn said that Covid-19 is “the forerunner of the Antichrist” and a test from God for the church, declaring that if Christians will simply stop showing “fear” in the face of the pandemic, then God will miraculously heal the land.
God spoke to me yesterday in my office and said, ‘Just as the spirit of Elijah must come before Christ comes, the spirit of the Antichrist must come before the Antichrist comes, and Covid-19 is the spirit of the Antichrist,'” Vaughn said. “God spoke to me and said, ‘Covid-19 is the spirit—not the Antichrist—it is the forerunner of the Antichrist.’ I didn’t understand what he meant, but he said, ‘Just like I send Elijah to test the people before I return, I’ve sent COVID-19 to test the people before the Antichrist.’ Satan sent that spirit to test not the world, [but] God’s weak, anemic church.
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