Fox Business is airing weekly sermons from a Christian nationalist pastor who has called transgender people a “plan of none other than Satan himself”
The network is profiting from right-wing pastor Jack Hibbs’ sermons, which have aired dozens of times as paid weekend programming
Fox Business Network has been airing weekly 30-minute commentary from Christian nationalist pastor Jack Hibbs, who pushes apocalyptic rhetoric and conspiracy theories to viewers during paid programming in an afternoon weekend advertising slot on the network.
Since November 12, Real Life with Jack Hibbs has aired on Fox Business at least 27 times during the network’s Saturday paid programming, with a brief generic disclaimer — which appears to be standard for the network’s paid programming — that notes, “The following is a paid advertisement and does not express the views and opinions of the FOX Business Network.”
Fox Business airs paid programming for six hours on Saturday afternoons. Media Matters reviewed programming on Saturday, May 20, and found that in addition to Hibbs’ sermons, the network’s paid programming consisted of various gold and silver coin advertisements as well as vacuum ads.
Christian nationalism, which contends that the U.S. is a fundamentally Christian nation and should be governed by right-wing Christian beliefs, has been on the rise in Republican politics and among right-wing media figures. Christian nationalism is also associated with apocalyptic political rhetoric on the right, which often frames the country as in an existential battle against literal satanic forces.
Jack Hibbs is a pro-Trump Christian nationalist pastor who frequently warns followers of a coming “Antichrist,” and he has used the growing public acceptance of LGBTQ people to claim that humanity is living in the “last days.” As documented extensively by the watchdog Right Wing Watch, Hibbs not only regularly pushes Christian nationalist rhetoric calling for public institutions to adopt right-wing Christian beliefs, but has also advocated for concrete measures to enact these beliefs — including supporting right-wing political candidates at his church and promoting public education policies that would out LGBTQ kids. And earlier this month, Hibbs declared that transgender people are a “plan of none other than Satan himself.”
Hibbs is also closely connected to Turning Point USA founder and Salem Media host Charlie Kirk, whom Hibbs hosted for a lengthy discussion on the mythical “Tower of Babel” and the “great reset” conspiracy theory that later aired in part on Fox Business. In addition to building a right-wing media profile through interviews on Fox, Newsmax, and other right-wing programs, Hibbs also seemingly has other growing media aspirations — an eponymous radio show, an upcoming digital media platform, and airing his sermons and other commentary under the title Real Life with Jack Hibbs on a variety of platforms, including the “End Times TV network” and now, Fox Business.
Hibbs excitedly announced the expansion of Real Life with Jack Hibbs to Fox in October 2022, telling his 700,000-plus Facebook followers that the show would soon begin airing nationally on Fox Business. Since then, Hibbs has repeatedly urged followers on social media to tune in to the program on Fox Business, saying in April: “Check your local listings and or set your DVR to ‘record’ because the more viewers we get the longer FOX will keep us on.”
Episodes airing on Fox Business have also featured promotional video clips soliciting donations to Hibbs’ California church in exchange for a free booklet by Charlie Kirk titled “The Christian Response to the Great Reset.”
What’s more, Real Life with Jack Hibbs has also been airing on several local Fox affiliates, including Fox 11 Los Angeles. Hibbs even posted about his sermons being broadcast in an airport (seemingly via Fox 11): “You know the end is near when your sermons are being aired on secular tv at an Airport.”
Fox has a long history of pushing a narrative that Christians are being persecuted in dire terms, and blaming events like mass shootings on a supposed lack of religion and prayer in public life. The hateful and conspiratorial paid programming by Hibbs that has been airing on Fox Business is both bizarre and dangerous, but it fits into the worldview Fox has created for its viewers in which Christianity is increasingly under attack from secular forces. For instance, Fox host Pete Hegseth recently dismissed the separation between church and state as “not in the Constitution,” a popular talking point among Christian nationalists.
Hibbs’ Christian nationalist rhetoric on Fox Business
Here is just a sampling of the recent apocalyptic Christian nationalist rhetoric and conspiracy theories that have been airing on Fox Business during the paid Saturday slot:
- During the introduction for a sermon dedicated to informing the audience on how to know you’re “living in the last days,” Hibbs claimed that “we’re starting to see the setup for these events to come to pass,” referring to the end-times in the Bible.
- Hibbs said transgender people are “satanic” and evidence of the “last days”: “What’s the result when a child has been told to question their gender? … Most often suicide, if not self-mutilation. What’s going on here? Satanic. And we don’t do anybody any favors by saying, ‘Oh, well that’s good for you.’ … I read that in my Bible that in the last days there’s going to be doctrines of demons and deceiving spirits. Wonder what that’s going to be like? You’re in it. This is it.”
- Hibbs agreed with Kirk that “we’re in the midst of the most consequential spiritual war” in millennia because “there is no other way to explain the campaign of arson and destruction against our country other than diabolical, spiritually dark influences that are fighting for dominion over this nation.” Hibbs also agreed with Kirk’s assertion that “witchcraft and the occult is a real thing, and there are portals to darkness and you have to be vigilant about this.”
- Hibbs fantasized about wanting to see atheists’ oxygen cut by 50%: “I know it’s carnal. You just want to see it, though, for once — it’d be kind of awesome.”
- Hibbs pushed the great reset conspiracy theory and said it was biblical prophecy, fearmongering that the World Economic Forum plans to “redefine faith” and “redraw the borders of nations.”
- Hibbs and Kirk fearmongered that “we are living, whether you realize it or not, in widespread paganism” and polytheism. Kirk complained that “this is why, as a country, we can’t say it’s wrong to chop off an 8-year-old’s private parts. Because if there’s many gods, there’s many moralities.”
- Introducing the episode with Kirk on the “Tower of Babel” — a biblical fable which has been the subject of conspiracy theories — a voiceover introduction blended the story with conspiracy theories by mentioning the “great reset,” framing it as applying to modern times: “In Genesis 11, the people’s motivation for building the Great Tower of Babel was their attempt to overthrow God. As man scrambles once again to try and create a world without God, is history repeating itself?”
- Discussing the “Tower of Babel,” Kirk claimed its builders “made a decision to deny and defy God,” baselessly suggesting that the World Economic Forum and leader Klaus Schwab are attempting to “be like gods” and “change human nature.” Hibbs claimed that cities “are known for the propagation of evil and danger” because “man doesn’t do well in cities unless God is the builder.”
Hibbs’ history of pushing Christian nationalist and extreme rhetoric
Hibbs’ documented Christian nationalist and other extreme rhetoric goes far beyond what has aired on Fox Business. Hibbs has declared that transgender people are “a direct violation of everything that is normal, right, scientific, and culturally sustainable,” proclaiming that “demonism” is behind public support for trans rights. He also recently announced a campaign to push back against the “demonic and dark satanic powers” that he claims are “sexualizing” and “mentally abusing” children in public schools.
After the January 6, 2021 insurrection, Hibbs made headlines for defending the riots as a consequence of “eject[ing] God from the courts and from the schools.” Hibbs later said that Biden “needs to be facing court-martial” and removed from office. He has also prayed with former CIA Director Mike Pompeo that God would forgive the state of California for electing “people with antichrist world views to office,” naming former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris as examples.
In 2015, per Right Wing Watch, Hibbs warned “evangelical Christians against seeking interfaith connections with Muslims,” saying at the time: “Islam is today is being embraced by so-called evangelical churches announcing that we worship the same god and they’re our brothers. Listen: That is not only false, it is a demonic doctrine being propagated by heretics.”
Hibbs is spreading this extreme rhetoric through interviews on right-wing programs, his radio show, and now, airing his commentaries on TV. Hibbs also plans to launch a digital media platform that he claims will offer “hope, faith, and life-changing Biblical worldview programming.”