Conservative Pastor Claims He 'Healed' Viewers of Coronavirus Through Their TV Screens

Conservative televangelist Kenneth Copeland told viewers of his ministry's program that they were "healed" of the coronavirus disease as he prayed while asking them to touch their televisions screens to receive the spiritual healing.

Copeland's bizarre message to his followers during a "special report" on his Victory channel, titled "Standing Against Coronavirus," was first reported by Right Wing Watch on Thursday. In a clip of his prayer, the Christian pastor reaches his outstretched hand toward the camera, asking viewers to draw close and touch their screens.

"Thank you, Lord Jesus. He received your healing," the religious leader said in the video, bowing his head. "Now say it: I take it. I have it. It's mine. I thank you and praise you for it."

He went on: "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."

Kenneth Copeland healed viewers of the coronavirus through their televisions last night.

— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) March 12, 2020

At the end of his prayer, Copeland proclaimed, "Healed and well."

The televangelist isn't the first Christian leader to offer an unusual cure for coronavirus to his Christian followers. Pastor Jim Bakker, who hosts The Jim Bakker Show, told his viewers on February 12 that they could purchase a product called Silver Solution from a so-called natural health expert he was interviewing.

"This influenza that is now circling the globe, you're saying that Silver Solution would be effective?" Bakker asked. The guest, Sherrill Sellman, claimed that it would.

"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," Sellman falsely claimed. "Totally eliminate it. Kills it. Deactivates it." She went on to say that the solution "has been proven by the government that it has the ability to kill every pathogen it has ever been tested on, including SARS and HIV."

There is no scientific evidence to back up Sellman's claims. A message on the screen told viewers they could buy four 4-ounce bottles of Silver Solution for $80.

The state of Missouri considers the false advertisement on Bakker's program to be illegal, NPR reported on Wednesday. The state filed a lawsuit this week to block Bakker and his ministry from promoting and selling the fake coronavirus treatment.

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Televangelist Kenneth Copeland tells television viewers to touch their screens to be "healed" of the coronavirus as he prays. Screenshot/Vimeo/Twitter

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 help 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 sent a letter to Bakker on March 3, warning him to stop peddling the fake cure.

Globally, more than 127,000 people have been infected by coronavirus, according to a tracker by Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 4,700 deaths, but more than 68,000 people have already recovered from the infection.