Franklin Graham Warns Andrew Cuomo ‘Don’t Dismiss the Power of Prayer and the Ability of God’ After Governor Insisted ‘God Did Not Stop Spread of Coronavirus’ in New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that people, not God, are responsible for the fact that COVID-19 cases in his state have plateaued. His comment stirred reactions among some Christian leaders, including Franklin Graham.

Cuomo, a Catholic Democrat, told reporters on Monday while comparing society’s coronavirus response to being on a diet that the social distancing effort of people in his state is responsible for the plateauing of coronavirus cases.

As governor of the state that has been by far the most affected by the pandemic, Cuomo stressed that the number of new cases is down “because we brought the number down.”

“God did not do that. Faith did not do that. Destiny did not do that,” he stressed. “A lot of pain and suffering did that.”

The 62-year-old governor stated that the data is a “direct result of what we do.” He warned that if people “do something stupid,” the numbers will “go right back up tomorrow.”

“You get on the scale every morning. ‘I lost five pounds. I lost five pounds. I’ve lost five pounds.’ Oh, you’re declaring that you have lost five pounds forever? No, [if] I lose self-discipline today and I go home and I eat like a horse and I’ll get on that scale, it’s going to give me a different number tomorrow,” Cuomo explained.

“And that’s why we lost five pounds because we went out every day and we exercise and we burned more calories than we ate. That’s how it works. It’s math. And if you don’t continue to do that, you’re going to see that number go back up. And that will be a tragedy if that number goes back up.”

In an interview with CNN the next day, Cuomo reiterated his claim.

“Our behavior has stopped the spread of the virus,” he said. ”God did not stop the spread of the virus. And what we do, how we act, will dictate how that virus spreads.”

“We changed the trajectory of the virus by our actions.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith