The last time Bishop Gerald O. Glenn delivered a sermon at Richmond, Virginia’s New Deliverance Evangelistic Church, which he founded, he proudly proclaimed how full the church was despite the threat of COVID-19.
He didn’t give a damn that gatherings were supposed to be limited to 10 people.
“I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus. You can quote me on that,” he said, repeating it a second time to claps, saying that “people are healed” in his church.
So I guess God has His limits.
Their daughter, Mar-Gerie Crawley, told WTVR that her father initially dismissed his symptoms because he has a condition that often leads to fevers and infections.
She is now urging everyone to stay home.
“It becomes very real to you,” she told WTVR after her parents’ diagnoses.
“I just beg people to understand the severity and the seriousness of this, because people are saying it’s not just about us, it’s about everyone around us.”
It’s too bad it took the death of Glenn — and the current sickness of his wife — for the family and the congregation to take this virus seriously. Had they listened to medical experts instead of the voices in their head, perhaps Glenn would still be around today. Instead, he believed his religious standing gave him immunity against the virus.
“I am essential,” he said of remaining open, adding, “I’m a preacher — I talk to God!”
The church has removed his final sermon from YouTube.