Obery M. Hendricks Jr., a religion professor at Columbia University, said last week that Christians who refuse to wear masks are possessed by “the spirit of antichrist.”
“These folk are not fulfilling their gospel responsibility. They’re violating it. They’re spitting in the face of it, Hendricks said. “It’s anti-biblical. It’s anti-Christian. And I’ll go farther … What we see reflected in their attitudes and their actions and their pronouncements is what 1 John calls the spirit of antichrist.”
In Christian theology, the term “antichrist” can refer to a particular human adversary who will appear shortly before Christ’s return, but it can also refer to any person or force that opposes Christ and his teachings.