By Linda Wilson
Dear Elders and Pastors,
Governor Newson said the opening of churches will be “months away”. That is my reason for writing to you now. Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel, Chino Hills, is calling for all churches in California to stand together and open our doors on May 31st (YouTube link below). It is a call that I believe our church should prayerfully consider. I have spoken to Calvary Chapel. A Faith and Freedom Law firm has filed a legal declaration of essentiality with Governor Newsom’s office, with Pastor Hibbs’ name on it. Over 1,000 churches in California have signed it online and stated that they are opening their doors on May 31st. Calvary Chapel expects many more churches to sign the declaration. We have a big voice in the South Bay. I believe we need to display our Courage in Christ and stand with all churches in California, for Him, and for His church.
I ask that you look into facts and numbers that you may not have seen. I have included the CDC report for all deaths, by ages, in the US from February 1 to May 13th. Pay particular attention to the total deaths since February 1, from all causes, compared to COVID-19. Pneumonia turns out to be the big killer, of all ages. Almost 7,000 Californians have died from pneumonia in the last three months. This has been the worst year for pediatric deaths from influenza, in decades. Over 750,000 died from something other than COVID-19 in the US, in the last three months. Almost three million people die each year in the US. Almost half of our US COVID deaths are from New York and New Jersey. Over half of our California COVID deaths are from LA County (mostly LA City).
h ttps://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm State statistics.
A number of scientists said we couldn’t know the mortality rate of COVID-19 until we had random testing of antibodies. We now have four large random tests, from Stanford, UCLA, New York State and Miami-Dade County*. The scientific (true) mortality rate is about the same for three of the studies, 0.10 of 1.0% (one tenth of one percent). New York’s was closer to 0.15-0.20 of 1.0%, which was 20-30 times less than what we were told it was going to be. New York City was at 0.4 of 1.0%. According to those tests, many millions of people have already had the virus. *
Out of over 150,000 living in Torrance, only 34 have died from COVID. Thirty of those were in nursing homes. The rest of the South Bay, including the Palos Verdes Peninsula, has had few deaths, with most of them elderly, or from nursing homes.
Knowing the actual numbers matters in making a truly educated decision.
I have been so happy to hear that our online services have been reaching so many thousands of people. It is my prayer that many first steps have been taken for Jesus. It is on my heart to have them be able to become physically engaged in meeting and fellowshipping with other Christians so that they may grow in their journey with Christ. I believe God has blessed our church to be His Light to the South Bay. “Courage of the heart is rare. There is a power when it’s there.”
*The mortality stats from the random, antibody studies already have factored in any false positives. There appear to be no false negatives.
Linda Wilson lives in Southern California