Pentecostal Leaders in Scandinavia Urge Believers not to Listen to Conspiracy Theories and “YouTube Prophets”

It’s easy to laugh at all the insane conspiracy theories floating around right now, with people claiming that coronavirus vaccine will kill you, change your DNA or transform you into a satanist. But really, it’s nothing short of a catastrophic tragedy that millions of people seriously believe these kinds of things.

As Christians, we should be extra alarmed by the fact that evangelicals seem to be more prone to believing and spreading COVID conspiracy theories than others.

YouTube, TikTok and other Internet platforms have no lack of Christians claiming to “prophesy” that the vaccine will insert microchips or that nurses will try to kill you if you don’t want to get vaccinated.

Apparently, the fact that many Pentecostals got their Trump prophecies wrong has not kept Internet preachers from using prophecy to push their own agenda.

To combat this pandemic of misinformation, Christian leaders need to speak up. This is exactly what the superintendents of the Pentecostal churches in the Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – decided to do last week. In a joint statement, they warned against conspiracy theories and YouTube prophets, telling their flock to listen to medical authorities and take the vaccine.

Here’s an excerpt of what they wrote:

Parts of those who sort under the Pentecostal-Charismatic umbrella in the body of Christ, must be self-critical in their evaluation in regard to their promotion of prophecies and conspiracy theories. No significant prophetic voices did foresee the arrival of the virus. We urge those prophets who now spend energy on scaring people with the consequences of the virus, and warning against taking the vaccine, to be more cautious. The church and the world need prophetic voices, but not “YouTube prophets” who do not stand accountable to anyone but themselves.

Therefore, we ask the Pentecostal churches in the Nordic Countries to be in prayer, and make aticons based on love for our neighbor, and not based on fear. There is no contradiction in devoting one’s life in prayer, at the same time as we listen to the advice from the health officials. The political leaders are not combating the churches, they combat the virus.

For the five of us this means that we will follow the advise of the health officials in our respective countries in regard to social distancing for as long as it is needed, as well as taking the COVID-19 vaccine when it is our turn in line. At the same time we will continue to pray and remain vigilant in our calling, serving God in caring for the people around us.

The question is: when will we see similar statements from Pentecostal leaders in other countries?

Micael Grenholm is a Swedish pastor, author, and editor for PCPJ.

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Pentecostals & Charismatics for Peace & Justice is a multicultural, gender inclusive, and ecumenical organization that promotes peace, justice, and reconciliation work among Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians around the world. If you like what we do, please become a member!

7 thoughts on “Pentecostal Leaders in Scandinavia Urge Believers not to Listen to Conspiracy Theories and “YouTube Prophets””

  1. Excellent. Thank you. As a Charismatic Christ follower living in America, I so much appreciate your critiques of the conservative American Church and how it’s been so misled by false prophecy, misinformation, and conspiracy theories, including those giving favor to Trump. Trump’s base, including millions of evangelicals, has been very manipulated for political purposes. This includes politicizing issues like Covid and climate change, because the American Christian Right is intertwined with the Republican Party. Jesus is not Republican or Democrat! The voice of PCPJ needs to be heard in the American Church.

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    1. You hit the nail on the head, Cory. The problem there in America is that religion has become so politicised and radicalised that they’d tout themselves as righteous to the exclusion of Muslims, non-believers and even fellow Christians who simply try to follow Christ’s teaching. And it’s appalling and disgusting for those so-called Christians to revere and give favour to a monster like Donald Trump just as when he made obscene remarks more often than not.

      Not to mention that it’s the very same conspiracy theories that fueled the rise of equally abhorrent fascists especially in the 30s as we all know.

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      1. your opinion is simply that,
        and its filled with hate.
        I can feel it,
        when I read your hypocritical words.
        trying to tie trump to nazi fascism!
        i hope you’ll see it for your self when the anger leaves you…
        there is genocide
        being committed against human children daily by the thousands here…
        and your worried about the man that was trying to save them…
        i pity you and pacifist like you, someone has to stand and fight for the right to life and obviously its not you…
        think about that today while your on your knees…

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      2. Dear Margaret, since when do a Christian Point at another Christian and call him a Monster who makes obscene remarks more often than not?? My belief is that you have not been a Christian at all or if you’ve been, You are now a Back-slidden a Lukewarm or even a Religious Zealot. Firstly here are my assumptions regarding your pitiful “Religious Life”
        1. You’re full of Jealousy-a root SIN that caused the 1st Murder in the bible-do you know where to find that? look in the Book of The Beginnings first few chapters.
        2. You’re full of Anger/wrath-because of Jealousy, Young Abel was innocently killed by an Angry-Vengeful Older & Religious brother Cain.
        3. You simply do not know the WORD of GOD-which basically tells and relays across for all to see that THERE IS NOTHING UP THERE OR IN THERE.. YOU SEE, IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE WORD OF GOD, YOU DON’T KNOW GOD. TYOU ONLY KNOW ABOUT GOD IN YOUR PITIFUL RELIGIOUS LIFE. YOUR WORD IS YOUR BOND-OR WHAT LORD JESUS CHRIST SAID, “THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART, THE MOUTH SPEAKETH”
        You point at “Religion…there…and Muslim non-believers and even fellow Christians” tells US REAL CHRISTIANS, YOU DON’T HAVE A CLUE OF WHAT A CHRISTIAN IS. DO YOU KNOW WHAT AND WHO A CHRISTIAN IS? AND WHO OR WHICH PEOPLE THE NEW COVENNANT BELIEVERS REFERE TO AS UN-BELIEVERS?
        4.Your words- “Not to mention that it’s the very same conspiracy theories that fueled the rise of equally abhorrent fascists especially in the 30s as we all know”
        WHAT A BUNCH OF LIES THAT IS!! TS A FAKE AND A TRAVERSTY OF JUSTICE & RIGHTEOUSNESS-CALLING WHAT IS GOOD AS EVIL AND WHAT IS EVIL, GOOD!
        Let me or ALLOW me to EDUCATE and CAUTION & WARN you Margaret.
        You’re in A DANGEROUS OR PRECARIOUS SPIRITUAL LIFE NOW, BASED AND FOUNDED ON THE LAWS AND TEACHINGS AND PRNCIPLES MADE BY MEN, ENGINEERED OR AUTHORED BY THE FATHER OF LIES, DEATH AND SIN, THE DEVIL-SATAN.
        WHY AM I HARSH, WELL,
        PUT IT SIMPLY, YOU MARGARET, MUST BE SHOCKED OUT OF AND RATTLED INTO AND SHAKEN TO BE AWAKEN OF THE STUBBORN & STIFF-NECKED UN-BELIEF AND RELIGIOUS LIFE YOU ARE LIVING IN RIGHT NOW!
        YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN FROM THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, GIVES ANYONE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE BORN FROM ABOVE-GO READ the gospel of JOHN Chapter 1 to chapter 4, then the Gospel of Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7, then Go back to Isaiah the Prophet, in the Old Covenant pages-Old Testament for you. GENESIS chapters 1-11 is THE TRUE FOUNDATION ALL BELIEVERS MUST BE BUILT ON!!!
        In those Genesis chapters alone, are TAUGHT all about you Physical & Spiritual Life, from Birth to eternity, Lost or With G_D ELOHIM.
        ALL “UNBELIEVERS” ARE ONLY!!! FOUND IN THE DENOMINATIONAL AND MAINLINE ‘CHRISTIAN’ CHURCHES TODAY, DESPITE WHAT YOU SAY ABOVE AND WHAT YOU ARE TAUGHT AND WHAT YOU BELIEVE!!!.
        BE A BIBLE BASED BELIEVER!
        IT IS THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE, BECAUSE LORD JESUS CHRIST SAID SO, AND WHAT HE SAID IS GOSPEL OR GOOD NEWS FOR YOU AND EVERY 7.2 BILLION PEOPLE ON EARTH TODAY.
        ” IF MY WORD, DWELLS IN YOU…” MY WORD IS A…” “THE WORD OF GOD IS…” many of these phrases from the English translations of the Holy Bible simply tells A True Believer that THE WORD OF GOD IS THE PRIMARY FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT MAN AND THE PHYSICAL MAN- Referring to Matthew chapter 4 and Luke chapter 4 OF YOU AND 7.2 BILLION PEOPLE ON EARTH TODAY HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE VICTORY OF & OVER THE SINS FROM GENESIS CHAPTERS 2- 3,
        1) LUST of the Flesh, (IDOLATRY)
        2) LUST of the Eyes, (IDOLATRY) and
        3) PRIDE of Life!!
        DISOBEDIENCE-REBELLION-PRIDE are the 3 ROOTS of your SINS and 7.2 Billions today….LORD JESUS CHRIST dealt with SATAN right there in the Wilderness by IMPLYING TO SATAN HE IS A LIER, A THIEF, A ROBBER AND A MURDERER FROM THE BEGINNING BY TELLING SATAN THE TRUTH!!! IN ALL 3 SEPARATE AREAS WHICH ADDRESSED SATANS MISLEADING / MISQUOUTING THE HOLY WORDS TO THE WORD MADE FLESH WHO IS FULL OF GRACE & TRUTH(verse 14-John 1)

        MY DETECTIVE ASSUMPTION THAT YOU, MARGARET AND SO MANY MILLIONS OTHERS, WHO GO TO CHURCHES OF VARIOUS DENOMINATIONS, ARE ALMOST 24/7 FED AND TAUGHT LIES, CORRUPTIONS AND FAKE NEWS FROM THE TELEVISIONS AND RADIOS AND INTERNETS YOU AND THESE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD, BUT PARTICULARLY AND SADLY EUROPE & AMERICA, HAVE BEEN HOOKED, LINE AND SINKER TO THE SPIRIT OF THE AGE-THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST, THE SPIRIT OF LAWLESSNESS, THE SPIRIT OF BELIEAL, THE SPIRIT OF JEZEBEL, THE SPIRIT OF DEATH, DARKNESS AND SIN WHICH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST DEFEATED THERE IN THE WILDERNESS EVEN BEFORE HE STARTED DEALING WITH DEMONS AND THE CROSS AT GOLGOTHA 3 YEARS LATER.

        STOP WHAT YOU’RE FEEDING YOUR SPIRIT PERSON ON!
        STOP WHAT YOU’RE LISTENING IN, STOP WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT! STOPE WHAT NEWS YOU ARE LISTENING TO!
        STOP YOUR LIFTING A BLAME, OR A FINGER POINTED AT OTHERS, LET ALONE A FELLOW PILGRIM BELIEVER IN DONALD-JOHN-TRUMP, A FELLOW BORN-AGAIN AND SPIRIT FILLED BELIEVER, UNLIKE THE MANY MANY UNBELIEVERS IN THE VARIOUS CHURCHES WORLDWIDE, BUT PARTICULARLY EUROPE AND AMERICA!!

        AT LEAST DONALD JOHN TRUMP IS TRYING HIS HARDEST TO STOP ABORTIONS-DID YOU?
        STOP THE ROT-DID YOU?
        STOP THE WARS-DID YOU?
        STOP THE LIES & CORRUPTIUONS IN THE WHITE HOUSE-DID YOU?
        STOP THE ILLEGALS TAKING JOBS AND PUSHING DRUGS AT AMERICAN KIDS-DID YOU?
        STOP THE MUSLIM NATIONS FIGHTING EACH OTHER-DID YOU?
        STOP THE ENEMIES OF ISRAEL FROM WIPING THEM OFF THE EARTH AND KILLING THEIR KIDS AND INNOCENT PEOPLE AND KILLING THEIR BUSINESSES & TRADES WORLDWIDE-DID YOU?
        STOP NORTH KOREA FROM STARTING A WAR-DID YOU?
        STOP THE CCP CHINESE FROM STEALING SECURITY AND TRADE AND ACADEMIC ASSETS FROM THE USA-DID YOU?
        STOP THE LIES OF AL GORE AND THE GLOBALIST ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT LIES AND FAKES CLIMATE CHANGE-DID YOU?
        REFORMED THE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND GAVE JOBS BACK TO AMERICANS-DID YOU?
        MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN-DID YOU OR CAN YOU AND YOUR MANY DEMONSCRAP PARTY OR LABOUR PARTIES WORLDWIDE WHO ARE BLINDED BY MEDIA AND FAKE NEWS OWNED BY BILLIONAIRES BENT ON POPULATION CONTROL INTENT ON KILLING OFF ONW THIRD TO HALF OF THE POPULATION OF THE WORLD AND RULE BY TOTALITARIANISM AND RELIGION OF CO-EXISTENCE PROMOTED BY POPE FRANCIS AND THE VATICAN AND MAJOR RELIGIUONS OF THE WORLD FOR THEIR FALSE UOTPIAN-SATANIC CONTROLLED/ RULED WORLD!

        YOU’VE BEEN HOODWINKED OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS MARGARET, WAKE UP, HUMBLY WALK BEFORE THE LORD ALMIGHTY FATHER OF TRUTH & GRACE WHO HAD DEMINSTRATED HIS LOVE TOWARD US, IN THAT WHILE WE WERE STILL “SINNERS” CHRIST DIED FOR US-Book of St Paul the Apostle to the Romans chapter 5 verse 8- READ AND KNOW YOUR BBILE, it is your only FOOD, MUSIC, NEWS, For your Correction, Teaching, , Encouragement, and Discipline in Holiness..

        You must in all Humility as a Child, REPENT TOWARD THE HOLY & AWESOIME FATHER GOD ALMIGHTY and BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST FOR YOU SHALL BE SAVED,
        YOU MUST BE BAPTISED IN WATER-FULL IMMERSION (no one gets buried in a cup of sprinkled water!) THEREIN IS YOU GRAVE-YOUR TOMB WHERE YOUR BODY MUST GO UNDER AND THEN BE RISEN UP A NEW PERSON IN CHRIST JESUS-DISPLAYING AND WITNESSING A RESURRECTED LIFE-YOU AINT A BELIEVER UNTIL YOU DO THIS!!!

        AFTER BAPTISM IN WATER BY A PRIEST AND OR PASTOR OR ELDER WHO HAS TRAINED YOU UP IN THE WORD FOR YOUR DEATH-See St Pauls Letter to the Galatian Church, chapter 2, and read and memorise verse 20- “I’VE BEEN CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST, AND ITS NO LONGER I WHO LIVES, BUT CHRIST WHO LIVES IN ME, AND THE LIFE I NOW LIVE IN THE FLESH, I LIVE BY FAITH IN THE SON OF GOD, WHO LOVED ME AND WHO DIED FOR ME” and then read St Pauls Letter to the Colossian Church chapter 3, and then memorise verse 3-“AFTER ALL YOU’RE DEAD, YOUR LIFE IS HIDDEN WITH CHRIST IN GOD”
        THAT LIFE STYLE AND ATTITUDE MARGARET SHOULD BE NOW YOURS AS SOMEONE WHOSE GIVEN OVER TO OR IN CHRIST,
        Bravo!
        God Bless you for your new journey-you need it!

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