Carl Lentz, pastor of Hillsong NYC, said he has tested positive for the coronavirus, revealing that while the disease “took him out,” he is “good” now.
The 41-year-old megachurch pastor made the announcement with Judah Smith, pastor of Churchome, on Instagram Live Monday night.
“I started feeling so bad,” Lentz told Smith, who pastors in Seattle and Los Angeles. “I got my test. It came back positive.”
According to the pastor, Hillsong NYC closed its doors on Sunday, the same day Governor Andrew Cuomo enforced a state-wide lockdown. A short time later, Lentz said, his “team got hit pretty hard.”
“I’m fine,” he said. “I’m good … Let me tell you something. It is definitely real … the symptoms are so real. It’s kind of like a flu times 50 … still don’t feel like myself … I look forward to getting my energy back.”
He added, “My breath is a lot shorter. Fatigue is a lot quicker. My advice to people is, try to take this as seriously as you can.”
If anyone else tests positive, Lentz encouraged them to remember: “You’re not alone. I’m praying that we find something that eradicates this thing completely. That’s my hope.”
Smith asked all watching to pray over Lentz and his family, stressing the pastor’s positive diagnosis is “sobering.”
The coronavirus has affected at least 52,215 people across every state, plus Washington, D.C., and three U.S. territories.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett