Pastor That Held Services Despite Orders Dies With Coronavirus
A pastor of the Richmond New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Virginia has died of coronavirus. According to the New York Post, Bishop O. Glenn continued to hold services amidst local rules being set in place limiting gatherings of 10 or more people.
The pastor was quoted by the Post saying to his congregation,
I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus. You can quote me on that.
The bishop continued to tell his congregation that he planned on keeping the church open until he was sent to the hospital or sent to jail. His church broke the news that Bishop O. had indeed died of the COVID-19 virus just a week after being diagnosed with it. The church also claims that his wife is also now sick.
Mar-Gerie Crawley is his daughter and made remarks as to his previous health conditions involving him having random fevers, along with infections, constantly. Therefore, the bishop just brushed it off to those underlying issues. Crawley told WTVR, that she now wanted people to grasp the reality of the current situation around them.
I am not knocking the fact that the man was trying to continue his ministry by showing his faith in God, but as a leader of his church, perhaps he should have lead his flock to better safety rather than into the lions den.