USA - Bill Gates Said, ‘At Least 3 Billion Need to Die’?

Arno Froese

A video viewed thousands of times on social media attributes to Bill Gates a quote about “sterilization and population control.” The clip shows a man saying: “In the words of Bill Gates, at least 3 billion people need to die.” Reuters found no evidence Gates ever made such a statement.

The viral clip does not feature Bill Gates, but a man identified as “Dr. Robert O. Young” who is allegedly quoting Gates during a panel entitled “International Tribunal for Natural Justice,” a group that has spread conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic, news reports.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gates has been a constant target of disinformation. In an interview with Reuters, he said he was taken aback by the volume of “crazy” and “evil” conspiracy theories about him spreading on social media during the pandemic and would like to explore what is behind them.

False. There is no evidence Bill Gates said, “at least 3 billion people need to die.” The statement appears to be a misrepresentation of his view on slowing population growth through improving access to healthcare, including vaccination and contraception.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team., 29 January 2021

Arno's Commentary

The conspiracy theorists’ statements are of no more value than gossip. We call attention to the danger of such imagination-based reports. Worse yet is that many respectable Christian leaders and organizations have not publicly opposed such outspoken lies—that is most alarming. We, the Church of Jesus Christ, are the light of the world, not darkness. 

Jesus said: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Carefully note that we are not to show off our “good works,” but when we shine His light with our lives in truth and humility, people will see our works and will “glorify [our] Father which is in heaven.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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