Despite the world going through a pandemic, there are still people who believe social distancing is unnecessary and that the coronavirus is just a joke. We are divided as a country between people that are listening to the experts and are staying home as much as possible and people who are absolutely ignoring orders.
But there are consequences, fatal ones. A new report by the New York Post revealed on Monday that Bishop Gerald O. Glenn from Virginia passed away after contracting COVID-19.
Bishop Glenn decided to ignore state orders to stay at home and held a packed church service on March 22.
He had told his congregation at Richmond’s New Deliverance Evangelistic Church to stand, defiantly showing the world how many were willing to show up the despite stay-at-home orders meant to help curb the virus’ spread.
“I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus. You can quote me on that,” he said, adding that “people are healed” in his church.
Glenn vowed to keep his church open unless he’s “in jail or the hospital.”
“I am essential,” he said, adding, “I’m a preacher — I talk to God!”
His church made the announcement on Sunday that he had passed away just a week after testing positive for the virus.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Bishop Gerald O. Glenn, the Founder and Pastor of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church on Saturday, April 11, 2020 @ 9:00 PM,” the church wrote in a Facebook post.