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Megachurch pastor holds service despite coronavirus warnings & promises everlasting toilet paper

Rodney Howard-Browne
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Tampa megachurch pastor Rodney Howard-Browne has already made several wild claims about his power over coronavirus as he continues to defy social distancing requirements. The outlandish minister claimed the church has installed machines to shoot down sneezes to keep the sanctuary sterile earlier this month, and his latest statements have critics saying he’s fooling his flock.

The outlandish evangelist promised his followers that if they trust in God, they will never run out of toilet paper.

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“I believe that this is a time of supernatural sustenance. Every day, there will be multiplication. What you have in your hand will multiply,” Howard-Browne preached.

“You’ll look at your toilet paper, and you’ll think, I’m gonna run out of toilet paper, but you have another roll where that other one was! You don’t know. How did that even take place? Are the toilet paper rolls getting together and having families now? What is taking place?”

“When you look again, there’s still enough. You think you’re gonna run out, but when you look again, there’s still enough. That’s supernatural sustenance!” he continued. “And God really wants you to trust Him at this time. Are you with me?”

The pastor has refused to cancel services despite the dangers to his followers, many of whom are elderly or in poor health.

“We are not stopping anything. I’ve got news for you, this church will never close. The only time the church will close is when the Rapture is taking place,” he said earlier this month.

“We brought in 13 machines that basically kill every virus in the place, and uh, if somebody walks through the door it’s like, it kills everything on them. If they sneeze, it shoots it down at like 100 mph. It’ll neutralize it in split seconds. We have the most sterile building in, I don’t know, all of America,” he said.

Jerry Falwell Jr. reopened Liberty University last week. Now a dozen students are sick.

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