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Florida Pastor Who Called Pandemic A ‘Lie’ is Hospitalized With COVID-19

By Sarah Einselen
Fred Lowry COVID Florida
Pastor Fred Lowry, who is also a representative on the County Council for Volusia County in east-central Florida, has been hospitalized with COVID-19. (Photo: Volusia County / Facebook)

A Florida pastor and elected official who called the COVID-19 pandemic a lie is in the hospital “wrestling with COVID-19,” a fellow county councilor said this week.

Volusia County Council Chair Jeff Brower announced Councilman Fred Lowry’s hospitalization at a council meeting on Tuesday. Another council member, Billie Wheeler, told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that Lowry “has been sick for around two weeks” and was treated with monoclonal antibodies last Friday before heading to the emergency room Monday night.

Monoclonal antibodies are manufactured in a lab to mimic the human immune system’s ability to fight pathogens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization to administer monoclonal antibodies intravenously to COVID-19 patients who are at risk of progressing to a severe form of the disease.

Brower told the News-Journal that Lowry had double pneumonia, which concerned him because Lowry had battled pneumonia in the past. However, he said doctors were optimistic Lowry would get to go home sometime this week.

Lowry, 67, is one of the pastors of Cross Walk Church in Deltona, which formed last month when the church where he was senior pastor, Deltona Lakes Baptist Church, merged with another area church.

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He preached Aug. 29 during the dedication service of the merged congregation. An announcement a few days before that indicated the church had nixed plans to serve coffee and donuts before the service “due to rising Covid numbers.”

The Roys Report left a voicemail message with the church but it wasn’t immediately returned.

Some critics called for Lowry’s resignation over the summer after he preached a sermon at Deltona Lakes Baptist in which he promoted conspiracy theories associated with QAnon and the 2020 election. He also reportedly said “we did not have a pandemic, folks.”

Video of the May 30 sermon was previously posted to Deltona Lakes Baptist’s Facebook page, the News-Journal reported, but is no longer available.

Just over 552,000 people live in Volusia County, where Daytona Beach is located, north of Orlando. More than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the county for the week ending Sept. 2, according to the most recent weekly update published by Florida’s state health department. About 63% of the county’s population age 12 and up has been vaccinated for COVID-19, the update shows.

Sarah Einselen is an award-winning writer and editor based in Texas.



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  1. But about vaccines and a very real pandemic, things have been totally crazy around me for weeks now. Someone who was a frequent commenter here started going nuts sending me and who knows how many others a bunch of COVID videos and articles from people who have been called quacks by the overall science community. They were focused on somethings that may or may not be true. But when they made the statement that the vaccines help no one now or ever in the future, I called them on it. And that just set them off and they lost it and would not stop sending me more and more cherry picked stuff. I asked them to respect my own opinion and stop trying to bully people or at least me. Nope. Completely off of their rocker and refused to respect my simple no. I had to move their name to my spam folder three times now for additional email addresses because that is what they had become. They did not care if they drove people away, they just had go on and on and on. Absolute obsession on their part.

    No sooner did that end then I wrote something very basic dealing with the fact that the one thing that is absolutely rock solid and can be seen all over the world with millions now vaccinated is that they do make a real difference. This is not a small study but hospitals in countries with high rates of vaccination. The proof is there, most of those in the beds are not vaccinated. Very few have been or at least were supposed to have been. A sample size of hundreds of millions of people! And where are all the nasty side effects that are supposed to be happening to millions? Non-existent.

    Then that set off events where I was suddenly thrown out of a group I have been meeting with for four years. Crazy stuff. Leaders I had good relationships with acting totally nuts. I have never seen the enemy, the Devil, put this many resources into anything. They want Christians to not get vaccinated because they want many of us to die or at least have unnecessary hospital stays. It is just that simple. About two months ago or three a friend of mine told me the same thing. He had seen something that claimed to be scientific that claimed they are useless. The same exact lie. Then late in July he brought COVID home from work. By the end of the month, his wife was sick and severe too. He was too sick himself to drive her to the hospital, so called an ambulance. Soon she was in ICU and is still there now. The weeks past and alone and unable to eat or drink or take his meds he just kept getting sicker. Soon he drove himself down to the hospital with pains in places he had never felt before. He waited 9 hours to go in, then waited more hours before a doctor came in. Told him his internal organs were starting to fail, so they gave him 1 IV and some pills he could not keep down and sent him home. A couple of days later his mind was filled with thoughts of suicide as the pain was even worse. Called a suicide hotline and they came and got him and found out his organs were down farther now to 70%. They made sure he got a room and got enough treatment to get him back from that, then checked him into a psyche ward for a week. Finally he started to get better until he was released to go back to work where this all started before. His wife is in the ICU and the last I heard was taking a turn for the worse.

    Then the CDC came out with a study from CA showing that those who were vaccinated were 5 X less likely to feel symptoms, and 29 times less likely to end up in the hospital. And across the study all of the vaccinated reported less severe symptoms, almost to 100%. The short of this is very likely all of that could have been prevented but he got caught in a lie being told by many Christian Celebrities. The CDC also just reported that 99% of both hospitalizations and deaths have been in the unvaccinated.

    1. How was the person able to contact you directly from here? I believe you, based on the behavior I’ve seen from some commenters here, but I thought our contact info was private here.

        1. Julie,

          One of your commenting rules here is that commenters must have their real name. I have a feeling that someone googled Ralph Jesperson, tracked him down and then began to harass him by email.

          1. “Jesperson” IS an unusual family name. I’ve never been able to shake the feeling that I’ve heard it before in a fictional context, and my attempts at a simple search on “jesperson” first brings up a serial killer with that name.

            And when you have an unusual name and know how to work the Internet, finding someone with an unusual name for doxxing purposes can’t be all that hard. That’s one of the reasons I normally use a handle (the other being I have a name that’s so common there’s usually more than one “Ken” on a well-commented blog). Julie’s requirement for real names comes with that risk.

    2. Ralph Jesperson

      1) You are consumed by fear. Where is your trust in Jesus?

      2) My friend, his brother-in-law, his sister and his mother all had Covid. They all recovered and none of them had the vaccine. My friend was at deaths door but Jesus Christ pulled him through.

      3) Boost your God given immune system using natural elements which God in his wisdom has made available.

      4) When pedophile associates of Jeffrey Epstein (who was a known pedophile since the 1990s), like Bill Gates and corrupt organizations like the CDC and WHO offer you a poisoned apple (i.e. the kill shot), you reject it.

      5) Your account does not change that fact that natural immunity is better than kill shot immunity.

      Study: Natural immunity ‘stronger, longer’ than vaccine immunity

    3. I’m so glad you posted this information. I’ve been wanting to get vaccinated but my spouse doesn’t want me to. It’s a real heart break. I am holding on a little longer. I don’t want to lie to my spouse but I am getting the vaccine whether he likes it or not.

  2. One thing that disappoints me regarding the covid, vaccine and mask discussions, regardless of one’s views towards these things, is how divisive this matter can be among some within the body of Christ. In the best of cases, there might be disagreements without breaking fellowship, which is fine. No issue with that. But in the worse of cases, there might be very outspoken dissensions spoken by certain church leadership to the point where it can become a distraction from leading others to Jesus as their Lord and Savior and a distraction from discipling people within the body of Christ. When that happens, it can lead to disunity among believers (or even disunity among churches), and it isn’t productive.

  3. Things sure have gone bat crazy!

    Abusing others is not part of the behaviour the Apostles (I mean the real Apostles, not the modern pretenders) have called us to in the Spirit.

    So, here are a few tips:

    1. ‘pandemic’ is a technical term. It means an illness prevalent over a whole country or multiple countries. So we have a SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, objectively.

    2. the vaccines are mostly novel mRNA treatments. Higher rate of adverse reactions, so you should make your decision on the balance of risk between contracting CV-19 and reacting adversely to a vaccine. I am in a higher risk group, so I’ve been vaccinated, but I have no opinion on anyone else’s private decision, nor should you, dear reader.

    3. the authorities have seemingly played fast and loose with the facts, and their response strategies. After the initial wave, they should have adopted the Swedish approach, and supported those in vulnerable groups to protect themselves. Many jurisdictions have gone ‘bat crazy’ over restrictions that would make sense if this was anthrax or Ebola virus, but it ain’t.

    4. but, we are where we are.

    1. I have joked with my wife that the government is acting like it is the Ebola virus we are fighting. God forbid that that ever happens. You would never find toilet paper again! New Zealand, I believe, had a lockdown with police making sure no one left their houses at night. One person died of complications. 1 ??? Pesky Wuhan flu, prowling around at night. People forget that we had a truly nasty strain of flue a few years back.

      Preachers have to watch what they say. If they are over 60 with either diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, poor diet, which compromises your immune system etc… they need to take precautions.

      There is a shot that is like the regular flu shot, but it has not been approved yet. People do not realize that the shots available are still “experimental” and some of the side affects have been severe. I take a flu shot every year so will be happy when Novavax comes along.

      I also did not know that some of the vaccines use technology derived from stem cells taken from aborted babies. I might be misinformed about where the stem cells came from, but would not mind someone in the know explaining this. If I am misinformed I apologize beforehand as I received this information via my church.

      1. Vance,

        I included this link in another article, but later in the comment timing. The cell line testing done on the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines is an industry standard done on virtually all common medicines, including most over the counter medications like Tylenol, Ibuprofin, Tums, ect.

        Also, Delta is very different from last years virus. My wife’s hospital has 3 people in their 30’s on life-support who aren’t expected to make it.

        Lastly, if you aren’t already aware, the J&J vaccine doesn’t use mRna technology if that’s the concern.

        1. VS and LM,

          Plus they are in foods as “flavor” enhancers

          Re-posting from another thread:

          Aborted Fetal Cells Used As Food Flavor Enhancers RSS
          Comprehensive List Of Companies That Use This Flavor Enhancer

          Need proof of Senomyx use of aborted fetal cell lines?

          Following is the link to the online article for their patent on sweet receptors (they filed several separate patents for each of the different taste receptors):

          As it is lengthy and technical, we recommend you simply do a search in the document for HEK-293.

          HEK CELL (Human Embryonic Kidney 293 cells), also often referred to as HEK 293, 293 cells, or less precisely as HEK cells are a specific cell line originally derived from human embryonic kidney cells grown in tissue culture. HEK 293 cells are very easy to grow and transfect very readily and have been widely used in cell biology research for many years. They are also used by the biotechnology industry to produce therapeutic proteins and viruses for gene therapy.
          Below is a list of products that contain HEK cells.

          HEK cell Products;

          Pepsi Beverages on the Boycott list:

          • All Pepsi soft drinks
          • Sierra Mist soft drinks
          • Mountain Dew soft drinks
          • Mug root beer and other soft drinks
          • No Fear beverages
          • Ocean Spray beverages
          • Seattle’s Best Coffee
          • Tazo beverages
          • AMP Energy beverages
          • Aquafina water
          • Aquafina flavored beverages
          • DoubleShot energy beverages
          • Frappuccino beverages
          • Lipton tea and other beverages
          • Propel beverages
          • SoBe beverages
          • Gatorade beverages
          • Fiesta Miranda beverages
          • Tropicana juices and beverages

          Nestles Products:

          • All coffee creamers
          • Maggi Brand instant soups, bouillon cubes, ketchup, sauces, seasoning, instant noodles.

          Kraft – Cadbury Adams LLC Products:

          • Black Jack chewing gum
          • Bubbaloo bubble gum
          • Bubblicious bubble gum
          • Chiclets
          • Clorets
          • Dentyne
          • Freshen Up Gum
          • Sour Cherry Gum (Limited)
          • Sour Apple Gum (Limited)
          • Stride
          • Trident

          Cadbury Adams LLC Candies
          • Sour Cherry Blasters
          • Fruit Mania
          • Bassett’s Liquorice – All sorts
          • Maynards Wine Gum
          • Swedish Fish
          • Swedish Berries
          • Juicy Squirts
          • Original Gummies
          • Fuzzy Peach
          • Sour Chillers
          • Sour Patch Kids
          • Mini Fruit Gums

          Other Cadbury Adams LLC Products
          • Certs breath mints
          • Halls Cough Drops

          Not part of Senomyx – Neocutis Products

          This company produces anti wrinkle creams that contain cells from a 14-week gestation aborted male baby. Following is the list of the creams, but we recommend a full boycott of all Neocutis Products.

          Bio-Gel Prevedem Journee
          Bio-Serum Lumiere
          Bio-Restorative Skin Cream

          Vaccines Containing HEK Cells And the Manufacturers:
          MMR II (Merck)
          ProQuad (MMR + Chickenpox – Merck)
          Varivax (Chickenpox – Merck)
          Pentacel (Polio + DTaP + HiB – Sanofi Pasteur)
          Vaqta (Hepatitis-A – Merck)
          Havrix (Hepatitis-A – Glaxo SmithKline)
          Twinrix (Hepatitis-A and B combo – Glaxo)
          Zostavax (Shingles – Merck)
          Imovax (Rabies – Sanofi Pasteur)

          Other medicines:
          Pulmozyme (Cystic Fibrosis – Genetech)
          Enbrel (Rheumatoid Arthritis – Amgen)

          Note: Moral options exist for Rabies, Polio,
          Rheumatoid Arthritis. Separate moral options
          currently not available for Measles and Mumps.

          source; http://birthofanewearth.blogspot.comvia

          Biotech company using cell lines from aborted babies in food enhancement testing…

          Origins of HEK 293 Cells

          “HEK 293 cells were generated in the early 70s by transformation of cultures of normal human embryonic kidney cells with sheared adenovirus 5 DNA in Alex Van der Eb’s laboratory in Leiden, The Netherlands.”

          “The human embryonic kidney cells were obtained from an aborted fetus and originally cultured by Van der Eb himself; the transformation by adenovirus was performed by Frank Graham who published his findings in the late 1970s after he left Leiden for McMaster University in Canada.”

          “They are called HEK for human embryonic kidney, while the number 293 comes from Graham’s habit of numbering his experiments; the original HEK 293 cell clone was simply the product of his 293rd experiment.”

          Other References:
          HEK 293 Transfection and Selection Data @ Cell-culture Database
          HEK 293 Database
          293 Cells (CRL-1573) in the ATCC database
          Transcript of FDA meeting, in which, starting page 77, Dr. Alex Van… .pdf

          Originally Posted by Krishna Kalki on June 8, 2017, at 3:41 am in Food, Health, and Nutrition

  4. Since March 2020 there has been a first wave, a second wave a third wave a “fourth wave?” A delta variant, a Brazil variant a South African variant of the virus and so on. Around 500 days and counting with this current pandemic.

    Now I am still waiting to catch the first variant which seems to have surpassed me , perhaps because I actually believe Psalm 91 , unlike others who may as well tear it out their bibles, but this is not my point.

    In June 2021 and Aug 2021 I took without fuss my first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

    Am I still a Christian? Please tell. All answers to be sole scriptura and not links to science, media and pseudo science. Thanks anyway.

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