The news is out: [A pastor at a Florida megachurch has encouraged his parishioners not to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, and instead told them to “believe in divine immunity.”
Guillermo Maldonado, the founding pastor of Miami’s King Jesus International Ministry, made the scientifically inaccurate comment during a sermon that was streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday.
“Do not [take] the vaccine. Believe in the blood of Jesus. Believe in divine immunity,” he said to parishioners at an in-person service.
He also made false statements about the vaccine being used to track people, and claimed the vaccine would “alter your DNA” – a theory that has been debunked.
The pastor, who hosted President Donald Trump for a rally in January where the campaign launched an “Evangelicals for Trump” coalition, also referenced a “New World Order” conspiracy theory, warning parishioners about a “satanic global agenda.”]
Another esteemed pillar of society.