In a recent message, California megachurch pastor Jack Hibbs argued that there has been a "demonic" reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic intended to sow fear and confusion into people.
Hibbs, who leads Calvary Chapel Hills Church in Southern California, was a featured speaker at the "Awaiting His Return" conference, which was hosted by Behold Israel and held at Birchman Baptist in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sept. 18.
During his message, Hibbs acknowledged the reality of the coronavirus but added that it has resulted in a "demonic" reaction of fear.
"COVID is a real sickness and virus, but here's what's demonic to me: there is an unexplainable, unreasonable reaction to it that has not come from the virus," Hibbs explained, according to The Christian Post.
"Seriously people, do you know the science? ... There are flus and sicknesses out there that are worse, but nobody's talking about them," the megachurch pastor continued. "Nobody talks about AIDS anymore. More people are dying from AIDS. Why not [talk about it]? Because it doesn't fit whatever agenda is going on. And friends and family, the agenda is spiritual. It's a demonic doctrine."
Hibbs then reminded Christians that God loves them and encouraged them not to give in to fear despite the ongoing pandemic.
"The demons are to deceive, and fear is the greatest power. Why do you think the Bible says, 'Perfect love casts out all fear?'" he asked. "When you know that God's heart is set on you, you don't need to be afraid. … We all get sick. Remember, we used to get sick before COVID. People used to die before COVID."
"Friends and family, the narrative is demonic to bring about confusion, to bring about fear." Why? So you have no hope," Hibbs added.
Hibbs also spent the duration of his message stressing the return of Jesus Christ, the importance of the rapture, and the hope of resurrection for all true believers.
"This hope is needed more than ever," Hibbs said. "You can't be a Christian and believe in reincarnation. The Bible teaches resurrection, which means this molecular structure of who you are is going to be resurrected or at the moment of the rapture, it is going to be metamorphosed, it's going to be changed, and this simply means … tweaked. … This is amazing."
In the meantime, Hibbs stressed that Christians should preach the Gospel to others and live in anticipation of Christ's return, which can happen anytime. He ended his message by encouraging believers to look unto Jesus and not get consumed with fear.
"Navigate toward Jesus. Get your armor on every day … because Jesus has set before you an open door. Do not deny His name. Keep His Word. And you're going to do fine. You will not fail," Hibbs concluded.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.