Televangelist Irvin Baxter, the founder and president of Endtime Ministries, died on November 3 from COVID-19.
Baxter had for months insisted that the coronavirus was caused by the “sin of fornication,” but no amount of divine intervention will ever supersede science.
“There are 7.5 million unmarried couples living together in the United States,” Baxter said on The Jim Bakker Show. “That means 15 million people are living together unmarried, and that’s increased over the last 10 years by 138 percent.”
Baxter complained that only “5 percent of new brides in America are virgins. That means 95 percent have already committed fornication.”
Baxter clung to 1 Corinthians 6 to justify his virulent homophobia and general creepiness.
“God is not mocked,” he said. “No fornicator, no adulterer, nor effeminate, nor abuser of themselves of mankind, nor extortioner, nor drunkard. None of these shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
He added that “if we think we can just ignore God and live a sinful lifestyle, well, we cannot do it.”
Baxter said that “God may be using this as a wake-up call. This coronavirus may be a privilege, because I will tell you right now, there is a much bigger judgment coming.”
In a message, Endtime Ministries announced Baxter’s passing:
It is with deep grief that we announce the passing of Irvin Baxter. Though, we find comfort in knowing that he has without a doubt entered his great reward. He was 75.
Irvin was hospitalised last week with COVID-19. Since then, a vast network of churches and ministries, have been in almost constant prayer for him. The team at Endtime wants you to know that we appreciate your prayers and support through this season.
A memorial service is being planned for later this month. As we have updates on arrangements, we will make you aware.
Endtimes Ministries still wants your money:
In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations to Endtime Ministries to continue advancing Irvin’s God-give vision and the Kingdom of God.
Baxter’s televangelist co-host Dave Robbins also issued press statement:
Irvin went on to his great reward. We celebrate his life, but at the same time, there is sorrow, there is grieving.
We will miss him, but he’s with Jesus. His entire life was about one thing, sharing the message of the Gospel. We will continue in his legacy, sharing the message and good news.
Baxter had hosted the End of the Age show on the Christian Trinity Broadcasting Network, where he preached about putting gay people to death and peddled false prophecies about impending Armageddon.
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