Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Church in Chino, California is one of 3,000 other churches in the Golden State that plan to reopen on May 31 in defiance of state coronavirus safety orders that save lives.
Hibbs called into Frank Sontag’s Christian radio show on Los Angeles-based KKLA to justify the his church reopening on May 31.
Sontag has mocked people for being afraid of the coronavirus and tried to unsuccessfully to lecture an ER nurse on why there was not a shortage of medical masks.
Hibbs said that he faced opposition from “Christian community” and the “pastoral community” for wanting to reopen his church against state health orders.
Hibbs said it was silly of Christians to say people could get the coronavirus in church because it “implies that they came to church and got COVID, and it implies that they couldn’t have gotten it the night before, Saturday night, at either Taco Bell or at their kid’s birthday party.”
Hibbs said he was hearing from ministers who were concerned they could get the coronavirus if they went to church.
Hibbs fired back: “You can’t prove that!”
Hibbs said his church was going to create the “most sterile, beautiful, loving environment possible, much more clean than driving through McDonald’s.”
Hibbs compared the criticism he has received from Christians to the Biblical character Nehemiah when he was told to stop rebuilding a wall around Jerusalem.
Hibbs then complained that California Gov. Gavin Newsom could not give churches an exact date when it was safe to reopen during the biggest pandemic since 1918.
Hibbs said that Christians have to “stop hiding behind, ‘I’ve got to obey the government. I’m going to be obedient to the powers that be.'”
Hibbs declared the “church must open up in full trust of God in winsomeness before the world, as a great example, and we’re going to do that.”
Hibbs claimed “that every model given to us by Anthony Fauci and the CDC has failed.”
Hibbs failed to mention that those scientific models have always been estimates that are constantly being re-evaluated in accordance with changing factors.
Hibbs tried to discredit medical science again, by complaining about contradictory advice about masks and social distancing.
Dr. Zeynep Tufekci noted in the New York Times that some recommended against masks early on because of the shortage of masks for medical providers.
Hibbs insisted that “confusion is an indicator of Satan’s involvement in this stuff.”
Hibbs also claimed that Stanford and Johns Hopkins have said there are deadlier flus than COVID that are not being addressed.
However, the Mercury News reported that COVID-19 may be more dangerous than previously thought:
Today, by the WHO’s global case and fatality tally, the world’s COVID-19 death rate is twice what it reported in March — 7%. Other organizations tracking figures, such as Johns Hopkins University, show a similarly high global case fatality rate. Regionally, the figures vary more. WHO and Johns Hopkins figures for the U.S. show a rate around 6%, while the WHO’s figures for Europe indicate a rate of 9%.
Dr. Vinay Prasad, a hematologist-oncologist, and Dr. Jeffrey Flier, the former dean of Harvard Medical School, wrote in STAT News that the public should not be demonizing medical professionals who differ on the coronavirus:
[W]e are concerned by a chilling attitude among some scholars and academics, who are wrongly ascribing legitimate disagreements about Covid-19 to ignorance or to questionable political or other motivations.