Court evangelical tells his congregation not to take COVID-19 vaccine

Some of you may recall Guillermo Maldonado. He is pastor of King Jesus International Ministry in Miami. Maldonado hosted Donald Trump and the rest of the court evangelicals on January 3, 2020 at the “Evangelicals for Trump” kickoff rally. (The above pic was taken at the event). I wrote about this event here under the title “‘Evangelicals for Trump’ was an awful display by supposed citizens of the Kingdom of God.”

Maldonado is in the news again. He is telling his congregation not to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Here is Carol Kuruvilla at Huffington Post:

Guillermo Maldonado, founding pastor of the Miami-based King Jesus International Ministry and a loyal supporter of President Donald Trump, shared already debunked claims from the pulpit on Sunday about the vaccine altering DNA and being used to track people down. 

The Pentecostal preacher imbued those conspiracy theories with religious significance by connecting them to his beliefs about the end of the world. Pointing to verses from the Bible’s Book of Revelation, Maldonado suggested that the coronavirus vaccine would help lay the groundwork for the coming of the Antichrist.

“Do not [take] the vaccine. Believe in the blood of Jesus. Believe in divine immunity,” Maldonado said in a bilingual sermon that was translated live and streamed on Facebook. 

He also claimed God had warned him about a “satanic global agenda” that is trying to establish one worldwide religion and bring the Christian church under governmental control ― an idea that echoes decades-old conspiracy theories about a global elite secretly working to create a “new world order.” 

They want to stop President Trump because he’s against that agenda,” Maldonado said.

Read the entire piece here.

In the days before the Evangelical for Trump rally on January 3, Maldonado had to calm the fears of undocumented members of his congregation who thought Trump would deport them. It appears Maldonado is now playing on those fears, suggesting that the government will use the vaccine to “track people down.”