“You can quote me on that,” he added, saying that “people are healed” in his church.
He also bragged about being “controversial” for violating the safety guidelines by having “way more than 10 people” at the church.
“I am essential,” he said of keeping the doors to his church open. “I’m a preacher — I talk to God,” he said.
Heartbreaking news: Bishop Gerald O. Glenn, the Founder and Pastor of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church, died Saturday from COVID-19 complications. https://t.co/L6EMpfu74S
— 8News WRIC Richmond (@8NEWS) April 12, 2020
On Sunday his church announced “with an exceedingly sorrowful and heavy heart” that Glenn had died a week after receiving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
One Twitter user reacted to the news by writing, “Heartbreaking? He did it to himself and put thousands of lives in jeopardy.”
Another added, “Yeah, my heart breaks for the nurse who rides the bus to care for people w/#Coronavirus while her kids stay home hoping she doesn’t come home sick or die at work. But this is not that. This is hubris. Hubris is not heartbreaking.”
A third wrote, “A lot of hate for a person who believed what he preached. He knew the risks. He was particularly vulnerable, but he felt his work for God was more important than his earthly existence. You don’t have to agree or approve. It was his choice, his life. The vitriol is just ghoulish.” To which this user replied, “He was wrong. And it cost him his life. You’re right, it was his choice, he chose poorly.”
Glen’s wife, Marcietia, is also sick with the virus.
Their daughter, Mar-Gerie Crawley, told WTVR that because her father had a condition that often triggered fevers and infections, he initially dismissed his symptoms.
“It becomes very real to you,” she told WTVR.
“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,” Crawley added.
In related news, a new poll conducted by Pew Research says 30 percent of Americans believe the COVID-19 was created in a lab, Complex reports.