Church selling £91 ‘coronavirus protection kits’ made of oil and yarn accused of exploiting deadly bug fears – The Sun
Bishop Climate Wiseman, head of the Kingdom Church in Camberwell, south London, tells followers a small bottle of oil and piece of red yarn will protect them from Covid-19.
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But the bishop has now hit back – and says his church isn't telling people to ignore the Government's advice.
In a blog post, he claimed the concoction of cedar wood, hyssop and scarlet yarn acts as "an invisible barrier to the powers of darkness".
'REMEDY' BASED ON THE BIBLE
He wrote: "It is by faith that you can be saved from the coronavirus pandemic by covering yourself with the divine plague protection oil and wearing the scarlet yarn on your body.
"This is why I want to encourage you, if you haven't done so already, to get your divine plague protection kit today!"
The 'remedy' is based on a passage from chapter 14 of the Old Testament Book of Leviticus.
According to reports, the kit was originally priced at £91.
However, the link to buy it has been deactivated.
Bishop Wiseman said more than 1,000 of the kits have now been sold.
"This is based on the Bible – I'm a Christian and there is a way that the Bible says to protect us from plagues," he said.
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"I haven't told anybody 'Get out of your house, go anywhere' or whatever.
"I can't just sit down as a religious leader and do nothing.
"Every one of us here is trying and when we go back again the Bible you begin to realise there's a way of God protecting his people."