Televangelist who blamed COVID-19 on premarital sex dies from virus

The reverend previously claimed the president was 'messing up' satan’s plan for creating a one world government

The Rev. Irvin Baxter Jr., who once blamed premarital sex for the COVID-19 pandemic, died this week after a weeklong battle with the virus. He was 75. 

Baxter Jr. was a prominent Trump-supporting Evangelical pastor who claimed the president was “messing up” Satan’s plan for creating a one world government. He often took aim at Trump’s critics, who he called “satanic.”

“Even Republicans have not been hated like this guy [Trump],” Baxter said last year on the Jim Bakker Show. “And it’s because he was against their one-world government and this hatred is deeply inhuman. It’s satanic. Satan hates it that Trump is messing up his plan. That’s what’s really going on.”

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The reverend is best known for his television program End of the Age, which reaches 100 million households in North America and millions more globally, per Christian Post. He founded Endtime Ministries in 1991, and later published several books, a magazine and his radio program has aired on several AM and FM stations. 

Endtime Ministries confirmed that Baxter died on Nov. 3, days after he tested positive for the coronavirus and was hospitalized. 

“Irvin went on to his great reward. We celebrate his life, but at the same time, there is sorrow, there is grieving,” said Dave Robbins, co-host of End of the Age.

Robbins said the ministry will “continue in his legacy, sharing the message and good news.”

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Baxter Jr. previously preached about the sin of fornacaton and linked it to the pandemic as a punishment from God, TheWrap reports.

“I was thinking, as I was putting all this together in my mind, about the sin of fornication. I thought about fornication and I did a little research. There are 7.5 million couples living together in the United States, this is not worldwide, just in America. 7.5 million couples. That means 15 million people that are living together unmarried,” Baxter Jr. said. 

“And that’s increased over the last 10 years by 138%. Now, in addition to that — I hope this research is not correct, but I got it straight from the encyclopedia — it says that 5% of new brides in America now are virgins. That means 95% have already committed fornication!” he added.

“If we think we can just ignore God and live a sinful lifestyle, well, we cannot do it. You know, I believe in what you’re saying, that God may be using this as a wake-up call. This coronavirus may be a privilege, because I’ll tell you right now, there’s a much bigger judgment coming. It’s in the Bible.”

Baxter reportedly leaves behind his wife, three children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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