Christian pastor who said he can’t get coronavirus: ‘I have tested positive for coronavirus’

In March, far-right preacher and radio host E.W. Jackson declared to his parishioners that there was no way he could contract coronavirus, saying that when it comes to Christians, they have a choice as to whether or not they get infected.

“I don’t have the coronavirus,” he said. “I’m not gonna get the coronavirus. I’m not gonna give anybody the coronavirus. Cause I can’t get it, because I talked to God about it, and I’ve taken my vaccine — my vaccine is Psalm 91 — and I am free from that mess.”

Fast forward to this past weekend, Jackson apparently ‘chose’ to get it after all. During a Sunday church service, he announced that he had recently tested positive but has since recovered.

“I want to say that I’ve been out for the last several weeks, probably… because I was speaking somewhere else,” he said. “And last week, I was out because I was tested positive for COVID-19. So… but I’m back, I’m healthy, I’m sound, I’m whole, praise God. I’m feeling good.”

He also said that he infected his wife as well. Thankfully, she doing fine.

As the Friendly Atheist’s Hemant Mehta points out, Jackson “is someone who downplayed the virus in its initial stages and vowed to hold in-person church services despite the governor’s stay-at-home order.”

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Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.