Opinion

A conservative pastor claims God will protect the United States from the coronavirus outbreak because President Donald Trump’s administration has “aligned themselves” with the right side of life.

During a service in Omaha, Nebraska, last Sunday, pastor Hank Kunneman alleged the American people should not fear an infection from the deadly virus because God will “give mercy” thanks to President  Trump and his administration’s anti-abortion stance, Newsweek reported.

The coronavirus has spread from Wuhan, China, to nearly 30 countries and territories, including the United States.

The U.S. State Department on Monday confirmed 14 new cases of coronavirus after it repatriated citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise liner docked at Yokohama port in Japan. There were 15 cases of coronavirus in the United States before the repatriation.

Speaking to the Lord of Hosts church during the service, Kunneman prophesied that citizens in the United States will not have to fear the virus.

“Listen to the words that I speak to you at this moment, says the living God. Why do you fear, United States? For I have spoken to you before and I will speak to you again, I have extended and opened a window of mercy to this nation at this time. Therefore, the virus that they speak of, the bright prognostication, the diagnosis, the fear, my mercy is the quarantine that shall be greater than what they have spoken to you, United States,” the pastor said.

“And because of the administration that stands in this land, who honor me, who honor the covenants of your forefathers and of the Constitution. And because they have aligned themselves with Israel and because they have sided on the right side of life—life in the womb, life given outside of the womb—there I give life to this nation and I give mercy,” Kunneman added.

“Do not fear. This virus is the spirit of God,” the pastor alleged.

In China, the National Health Commission announced on Monday, Feb. 17, that the coronavirus outbreak has infected 70,548 people and caused 1,770 deaths in the country as of Feb. 16.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai has taken a survey, which shows nearly half of 109 companies in the poll report their global operations suffering from the shutdown in China, and 78% of them facing labor crunch due to the shutdown.