Ken Ham’s Coronavirus Advice

Everybody is wondering the same thing: With all the confusion about this coronavirus that’s going around, what’s the opinion of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else? Well, today you have the answer.

Ol’ Hambo just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Coronavirus: Opportunity for the Church to Be the Hands of Christ. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Recently, my good friend Dr. Andrew Fabich, professor of microbiology at Truett McConnell University [a bible college], wrote an article about ways to keep safe, avoid panic, and trust God as we watch and wait out the well-publicized coronavirus outbreak. In this follow-up piece, used with his and Truett McConnell University’s permission, Dr. Fabich challenges churches to get people involved in practical ways to do things the church should scripturally always be doing anyway, particularly in times of crisis.

The earlier article Fabich wrote was posted a week ago at the AIG website, but we didn’t notice it then. Here it is: Coronavirus: A Biblical & Practical Perspective. Now Hambo is giving us a new article Fabich wrote. Here it comes:

I’m convinced that this coronavirus outbreak is possibly the greatest outreach opportunity for the church worldwide. [Ooooooooooooh!] The coronavirus has covered the globe and, thus, brought missions to our own turf. [Missions?] The church needs to respond to the current situation sensibly and centered around the gospel. Here are some things we should be doing during this time of worldwide panic.

Fabich is thrilled because the coronavirus outbreak is a great opportunity for the church. He lists three things the church should be doing:

1. Put together a medical mission team in your church for a local response …

2. Purchase as many personal hygiene products that are currently in high demand. We need to quit making memes about the shortages of toilet paper and hand sanitizer worldwide and begin to realize that people perceive these items as a need. Churches should stock up on these supplies for distribution to their local communities. … It just makes sense to promote good personal hygiene because it is ultimately derived from a biblical worldview.

3. Have someone creative and biblical write a tract for distribution to each person receiving the personal hygiene products. What a travesty to meet people’s physical needs and neglect to tell them about their most important spiritual need: a relationship with the Creator Redeemer Jesus Christ. …

The church should hand out both toilet paper and bible tracts. Wonderful advice! The Fabich article continues:

Everyone is talking about the coronavirus, so why should the church remain silent and not offer solutions instead of bemoaning the current panic. The church is called to be salt and light to this world (Matthew 5:13–14). We can be salt by promoting personal hygiene during this time of crisis. And we can be light to those in spiritual darkness, exposing their sin problem and sharing Christ.

After that great information, Hambo finishes his post by telling us:

I’m grateful for other believers, like Dr. Fabich, who are always looking for ways to emulate Christ through serving and, more importantly, to give others what they need most: the gospel, knowing the Lord will provide.

So there you are, dear reader. Now you know what you should be doing during this crisis. So what are you waiting for? Grab some toilet paper and go do it!

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18 responses to “Ken Ham’s Coronavirus Advice

  1. So he wants the churches to help empty the supermarket shelves, and take over the distribution?

    There is, actually, a major contribution that the churches could make at this point, and that is to cancel all services

  2. Michael Fugate

    He doesn’t say why he is skeptical of hand sanitizers. I don’t recall soap being mentioned in the Bible either.

  3. On what day of creation week were viruses created?

  4. Michael Fugate says: “I don’t recall soap being mentioned in the Bible either.”

    Soap and toilet paper weren’t needed until Adam & Eve sinned. Then things got messy.

  5. Michael Fugate

    The ones that move around through coughs and sneezes would be on day 5 with the birds and such, no?

  6. I approve of writing bible tracts for the church people as long as they’re written on the toilet paper.

  7. @PaulB: you beat me. What a PoS Ol’Hambo is, that he wants to force me to go to church to get the stuff I need.

    @PhilGB: I don’t. Cleaning the lower end of my digestive system has a much higher priority than writing Bible tracts.

  8. Desnes Diev

    “Churches should stock up on these supplies for distribution to their local communities”

    Is that a way to trust God? After all, if God created and spread the corona virus, he (/she/it/they) must have a reason for. So, what the church should do is nothing, or pray (which amount about doing nothing).

    Ham says it:
    “What a travesty to meet people’s physical needs and neglect to tell them about their most important spiritual need: a relationship with the Creator Redeemer Jesus Christ”

    So pray and be scrubbed by Jesus. Let the pagans and other heathens worship material idols like soaps and sanitizers.

  9. Roger Scott

    Bible tracts. Toilet paper. Same thing.

  10. Michael Fugate

    No toilet paper has a use…
    Like a bidet vs. a baptism.

  11. Karl Goldsmith

    So the answer to bulk buying is more bulk buying!

  12. chris schilling

    The spread of a virus. Ministry. Same thing.

  13. Michael Fugate

    People with weak immune systems?

  14. Formerly Holding The Line In Florida

    Here is a good one. The Catholic School/Church I currently labor at, teaching is not an acceptable term, has forbidden using the Common Holy Water because of concern for the Corona Virus. You can get your own sample from the big jar with a tap. So much for Holiness!

  15. Dave Luckett

    I don’t suppose it would be of any consequence to point out that Jesus never made any such connection. He healed the sick and quite often forbade them to tell anyone about it, Luke 5:12-14. He certainly didn’t include tracts or homilies with his cures. Ham, on the other hand, is reacting with the instinct of a natural publicist. Coronavirus is a situation to be exploited. He is also demonstrating that as far as he’s concerned, charity might be a fine thing, but only if it’s useful to him.

    As I’ve said before, if Ham and Jesus ever come face to face, I have the feeling that Jesus wouldn’t be pleased with him.

  16. Ol’Hambo and co have quite a few things in common with the Farisees as criticized in the four canonical Gospels.
    We should keep in mind that those criticisms very well might partly strawmen. The four Gospels were likely written between 70 and 100 CE, in a time early christianity and rabbinical judaism (the heir of the Farisees in terms of religious ideas) had become rivals.
    This is perhaps the best irony when it comes to fundagelicals. They have become what they partly in an unfair way criticize their orignal adversaries for.

  17. “2. Purchase as many personal hygiene products that are currently in high demand. . . . . Churches should stock up on these supplies for distribution to their local communities.”

    Corner the market, control supply.

    “3. Have someone creative and biblical write a tract for distribution to each person receiving the personal hygiene products. . . about their most important spiritual need: a relationship with the Creator Redeemer Jesus Christ.”

    Engage in spiritual blackmail, demand ransoms, obedience and obeisance.

    PS: What is the scriptural proof text that supports the promotion of good personal hygiene as ultimately arising from a biblical worldview? Makes no sense to me, them being oblivious to and ignorant of microbiology.

    Mark VII: The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.)

    So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”

    He replied, “You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”

    Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”

    Physical cleanliness (eg, daily bathing) was just a tradition the Jews had picked up in their Babylonian exile, and not a command from God.

    Jesus makes clear which takes precedence.

  18. Michael Fugate

    My favorite is that Covid-19 is a global conspiracy fine-tuned to damage the current US president’s credibility. The narcissism is strong.