Now Arrested –Tampa Evangelist Keeps Church Open Despite Coronavirus Anticipating the Rapture – Advising Toilet Paper Will Appear From the Lord

Update 11:28 AM PT — Howard-Browne has officially been arrested. He’s been booked for unlawful assembly and for violating health and safety rules.

Toilet Paper and Other Needs Will Be Met By the Lord

Pastor Howard-Browne, in a clip posted to Twitter, told his congregation that “this should be a time of supernatural sustenance, where what you have in your hand will multiply.”

“And every day there will be multiplications,” he continued. “You look at your toilet paper and you think I’m going to run out of toilet paper, but you have another roll where that one was and you don’t know how did that even take place.”

Howard-Brown added: “Are the toilet paper rolls getting together and having families now? What is taking place? When you look again, there’s still enough. You think you’re going to run out but when you look again there’s still enough. That’s supernatural sustenance.”

 In addition to his church services, Pastor Howard-Browne said, “This Bible school is open because we’re raising up revivalists, not pansies.”

To date, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has not issues a statewide stay-at-home directive, as governors of other states have done.

Tampa’s county — Hillsborough — announced an official stay-at-home order starting March 27.

On top of recommendations from health officials, which include practicing social distancing at least six feet apart and scaling back “non-essential” businesses, the county also announced an order limiting all gatherings to 50 people, which includes churches.

Sunday’s service

In a blog posted to Revival’s website on March 22, Howard-Browne claimed that government orders limiting public gatherings, along with the social distancing recommendations, are “arbitrary in nature,” and a “violation of the principle of separation of church and state.”

“There has been no tested nor proven scientific or medical data to show us what ‘number’ of people that congregate together are a danger to society,” wrote Howard-Browne.

“The number has varied from place to place and moment by moment. Somewhere it’s 50, other places it’s 10 and there are still other variations. When politicians assign an ‘acceptable’ number of people allowed in a private church, they are reducing our right to Freedom of Religion to a first come, first served privilege.”

it is hoped that Pastor Howard-Browne will fare better than Virginia pastor Landon Spradlin. The good Pastor Spradlin posted on Facebook that the “mass hysteria” surrounding the coronavirus was designed to hurt Donald Trump.

Unhappily, Spradlin took a trip to New Orleans with his wife, and days later, he died of COVID-19.

Pastor Used to Be in MLMs

Pastor Howard-Browne is Pentecostal and he and his wife, Adonica, founded the River at Tampa Bay Church in 1996,. He was born in South Africa.

During his services Pastor Howard-Browne often performs laying of hands and worshipers can be seen giggling with apparent drunkenness, speaking in tongues, making animal noises, breaking into uncontrollable “holy laughter,” shaking with mirth, dancing in the aisles, or falling to the ground.

He refers to himself as “God’s bartender” and the “holy ghost bartender”.

At one time, Howard-Browne and his wife ,Adonica, were top-ranking (“Black Diamond executive level”) distributors for Monavie, a multi-level marketing company that sold acai berry juice-based beverages until folding in 2014 subsequent to a $182 million loan default and allegations of pyramid scheming, fraudulent advertising, and patent infringement.

Howard-Browne also served as a “North America Emerald Director” for the multi-level marketing company Jeunesse.

In July 2017, Howard-Browne was one of 17 evangelical pastors who visited the White House to pray for and lay hands on President Donald Trump.

Referring to Trump, Pastor Howard-Browne praised God for giving America a ‘Rambo’.

Hollywood and DC Beasts

In an October 2017 sermon at The River at Tampa Bay church, Howard-Browne alleged that “They sacrifice children at the highest levels in Hollywood. They drink blood of young kids. This is a fact”, continuing, “The human sacrifice and the cannibalism has been going on for years” in Hollywood and Washington, D.C.

In November 2017, two days after the Sutherland Springs church shooting, Pastor Howard-Browne said his church was not a gun-free zone and that he and the church’s pastors “are all heavily armed” and would use “deadly force”.

Howard-Browne on March 15 told his congregants that the pandemic was a “phantom plague” engineered by the Rockefeller Foundation to shut down churches and force people to receive a vaccine that would cause mass deaths, all as part of a population control scheme.

Several weeks prior, Howard-Browne claimed in a video that he would cure Florida of coronavirus.

But in a video he posted later he said he was “excited” and “emotional” at the prospect that the pandemic could be “the end of days.”

“For me, it doesn’t matter … Jesus is coming really, really soon,” he said, saying he has for years “prepared our people for what’s coming.”

“If you don’t believe God, and trust God, you will not make it in the days coming,” he said, adding he would continue to “lay hands” on fellow believers.

“God will protect our people,” he said. “And if you die to be with Jesus, so what’s the problem?”

Cheers and applause could be heard on a Tampa megachurch’s livestream Sunday from a few hundred people inside The River at Tampa Bay Church. The church is refusing to close its doors despite a “safer at home” order in effect in Hillsborough County meant to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Yesterday, he said at services, “They are trying to beat me up, you know, over having the church operational. But we are not non-essential.”

The church said in statement posted to their website, “We feel that it would be wrong for us to close our doors on them, at this time, or any time. In a time of crisis, people are fearful and in need of comfort and community.”

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that they have “spoken to the leaders at the church regarding their Sunday services that were in direct violation of the President’s guidelines for America, recommendations made by the CDC, and orders from the Governor and the Hillsborough County Policy Group.”

As of Sunday night, both attorneys for the church and the sheriff’s office are in contact to determine how compliance can be achieved to keep the public safe.

A sign by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office was seen placed across the street from The River Church in Tampa recommending social distancing practices.

So far there have been no reports of anyone catching coronavirus from Pastor Howard-Browne’s church.

However, several students at Jerry Falwell Jr’s university have been told to quarantine themselves after the evangelical leader reopened the campus of his Virginia’s Liberty University last week despite the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Falwell said he believed he is “protecting” students by keeping them on campus together.

Officials in Lynchburg, Virginia, where the university is located, did not approve the campus reopening.

As Liberty University’s spring break was drawing to a close this month, Falwell spoke with the physician who runs Liberty’s student health service about the rampaging coronavirus.

“We’ve lost the ability to corral this thing,” Dr. Thomas W. Eppes Jr. said he told Falwell.

But he did not urge him to close the school. “I just am not going to be so presumptuous as to say, ‘This is what you should do and this is what you shouldn’t do,’” Dr. Eppes told the NY Times.

Falwell reopened the university last week. As of Friday, Dr. Eppes said, nearly a dozen Liberty students were sick with symptoms that suggested Covid-19. Three were referred to local hospital centers for testing. An additional eight were told to self-isolate.

As of 8 p.m. on March 29, of three students tested, one was positive. However the student who tested positive lives off campus.

Of the 1,900 students who initially returned last week to campus, more than 800 had left.

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  • Church-related, here’s a cautionary tale about ignored warnings, and the virulent spread of the virus (45 of 60 attendees):

    Washington choir rehearsal turns deadly after coronavirus kills 2

    ‘A Washington state choir rehearsal is now considered a “super-spreading event” for coronavirus after 45 attendees fell ill and two died, according to a new report.

    The Skagit Valley Chorale held a rehearsal at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church earlier this month — despite reports that the highly contagious bug had started to invade the state, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    At the time, no cases had been reported in the county, schools and business remained open and large gatherings had yet to be officially prohibited, according to the report.

    In a March 6 email, choir conductor Adam Burdick informed the 121 members that the scheduled rehearsal would proceed amid the “stress and strain of concerns about the virus.”
    ….
    Sixty members showed up for a rehearsal that lasted two-and-a-half hours, according to the LA Times. A greeter offered hand sanitizer at the door.

    “It seemed like a normal rehearsal, except that choirs are huggy places,” Burdick told the paper. ‘

    https://nypost.com/2020/03/30/washington-choir-rehearsal-turns-deadly-after-coronavirus-kills-2/

  • Toilet paper from heaven?

    Makes perfect sense to me…….Once I heard about this guy, who after he gave you a baby-batter-facial you would see a blue flame….

    …Unfortunately I missed the flame because I was wiping my face off.

  • The real culprits here are the health food stores, for selling overpriced garlic capsules. Readers of the Frank Report were warned about this and nothing was done.

    • And conniving with the depopulation conspirators, by not selling cinchona bark so everyone can have an herbal cure, and be saved!

      p.s. Paul, thanks for your informational contributions, and humor.

    • You’re totally off topic again, Shadow. What are you so frenetic about, that you think hijacking threads is justified? Ends-justify-the-means thinking is typical of the culty mindset, you know.

      But as long as you’ve gone there, we might as well fact- and reality-check your claims. In January, the direction from the top, was that China was a friend and their new flu wasn’t a problem – note, at the end, back then the White House was even touting coronavirus as a possible boon for the economy:

      Jan. 22: “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”

      Feb. 2: “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China. It’s going to be fine.”

      Feb. 6: “Just had a long and very good conversation by phone with President Xi of China. He is strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack on the Coronavirus.
      …Great discipline is taking place in China, as President Xi strongly leads what will be a very successful operation. We are working closely with China to help!”

      Feb. 13: “I think they’ve [China has] handled it professionally, and I think they’re extremely capable,”

      Feb. 25 “China is working very, very hard. I have spoken to President Xi, and they’re working very hard. And if you know anything about him, I think he’ll be in pretty good shape. They’re — they’ve had a rough patch, and I think right now they have it — it looks like they’re getting it under control more and more. They’re getting it more and more under control. So I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away.”

      Wilbur Ross says Coronavirus could boost US jobs
      Jan 31, 2020 – US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross has said the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China could be positive for the American economy.
      https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51276323

    • The “elite” are able to deceive and manipulate us because we don’t speak up. It used to be difficult to get attention, but now we have the internets and social media. But we still have many ignorant people who don’t realize the power they have at the ends of their fingers. We also have lazy, selfish, cowardly, and apathetic people. This website is a prime example of all of the above.

    • That looks like a bunch of conspiracy theory nonsense. But on the topic of how the elite deceive and manipulate us, here’s a couple very real and timely examples, that actually affect all of us, from 3 and 2 weeks ago:

      “Anybody that wants a test can get a [coronavirus] test. That’s what the bottom line is”….
      “Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. And the tests are beautiful. They are perfect just like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.”

      “Google is going to develop a website — it’s going to be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past — to determine if a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location. We have many, many locations behind us, by the way. We cover this country and large parts of the world, by the way. We’re not gonna be talking about the world right now, but we cover very, very strongly our country. Stores in virtually every location. Google has 1,700 engineers working on this right now. They have made tremendous progress.”

      Can you get a test, Shadow? Are there stores like that in Chicago? Given that the answer is almost certainly “no,” what does that tell you about someone claiming those things?

  • “While Coronavirus spreads across the world, the Mexican President said during a press conference that Mexico will be an exception. ‘The virus will not come here,’ he declared. ‘We have been good. We have morally defeated neoliberalism, and I am informed from heaven that we are safe. So kiss each other, hug each other, Mexicans. Make love and be happy.'”

    This was a screenshot I captured sometime in the middle of the night. President Obrador saying “you do the hokey-pokey and you turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about.”

    Obrador has changed his tune slightly, during the last few days. Maybe someone is pulling his marionette strings to alter the tone of his “advice.”
    Bizarre lip-service, and what he said is not reflective at all, from what I’m hearing from my Mexican friends, who are listening to their own common sense.

      • Research for yourself instead of running your fingers. Maybe you will find the quote independently if you are determined enough. It isn’t that difficult to find. I have nothing to prove to you, and Scott Johnson, that’s life. Every comment that anyone writes is a slice of one’s own autobiography. Are you aware of that? Even one’s selection of what one posts as it if were objective is filtered through the individual’s subjectivity. You keep trying to find yourself outside of yourself. Good luck with that. Scott, I have no need whatsoever to be “believed” by you. Try to calm yourself, even if it takes the rest of your life.

    • I’ve heard similar complaints about Obrador’s ’Kumbaya’ posture from Mexican friends in LA, Shivani. I also heard he does wear a cavalar, bullet-proof vest.

  • And here we see some more of the changes of Orwell’s book “1984” being put into effect. The boiling of the frog is continuing, starting from the early 1990s when Bush gave his famous Iraq war speech and mentioned the New World Order. Now all the government will have to do in order to squash the right to public assembly is by declaring any type of serious health emergency or crisis. They already underhandly did this to all of the global protests that were occurring. The American people (and everyone else around the world) need to fucking wake up and realize that their freedoms are slowly being taken away from the by a few parasitic people at the top who want to maintain their super privilege where they control the entire money supply untied to anything but their whims and all the corporations and military they can buy with it.

  • Thanks for the update on other cultish groups. It’s interesting to see the common patterns, including absolute faith in even the implausible pronouncements of the (almost always male) leader, belief in the supernatural or miracles (in NXIVM, such as that Raniere didn’t get rained on), operating as if their mission puts them above civil authorities and the law, and of course conspiracy theorizing. It’s also interestng to see that in this case there’s a tie-in to MLMs or pyramid schemes, which is another frequent commonality if not quite a nearly universal characteristic.

    Scientology, which also has a mix of religious-like ideological beliefs that all illnesses are spiritual psycho-somatic, and conspiratorial beliefs that what’s going on is the work of time-traveling alien race enemies, are also defying orders to close, especially at their Florida “mecca” called Flag. The two major blogs covering that group have stories about that today:

    Scientology tries desperately to keep members from letting reality sink in during pandemic
    https://tonyortega.org/2020/03/30/scientology-tries-desperately-to-keep-members-from-letting-reality-sink-in-during-pandemic/

    Scientology Orgs Shuttering? Flag is NOT (update)
    https://www.mikerindersblog.org/scientology-orgs-shuttering-flag-is-not-update/

  • The Korean outbreak occurred in a church. Hitler used religion. Satan parades as an angel of light.
    I note that recently I was attacked when I posted about the dangers of the plastic tents in Central Park as if I were attacking Christianity.
    No doubt Frank will be attacked on the same grounds. There are people who hate his exposes, and some are trying to bring down an indictment on him – based on liars.
    Real religion exposes all of them. Real religion does not build plastic tents en lieu of hospitals and does not tempt people into dangerous and foolish stunts.

    • After all the reasons you enumerate highlighting the idiocy of religion – objectively so, you hasten to add you believe in it!
      This, is gold! You, Ken Gibson, are the perennial prototype of the Western voter!

      • I did NOT say religion was idiotic – I am highlighting the abuse of it,
        as does the Bible.
        Which I believe.
        And FYI, I have NEVER voted.
        “Woe to him who has his trust in man.”

  • Couldn’t get through writing the article without an MLM drop and without mentioning Hollywood drinking the blood of children. Paging Johnson and Shadow!!!

    Scott – you ever hawk acai berries?

    Shadow – does it feel good to be corroborated about the whole Hollywood/blood-drinking of minors thing?

    Aren’t Frank and Jimmer Del Negro from them parts? Wonder if they were in attendance? That would be an awkward handshake…

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