Christian pastors – open church doors – Palm Sunday – strict lockdown orders – prevent COVID-19 [#ChristianPastors #PalmSunday #Lockdown COVID19]

Christian pastors – open church doors – Palm Sunday – strict lockdown orders – prevent COVID-19 [#ChristianPastors #PalmSunday #Lockdown COVID19]

Dozens of defiant Christian pastors across the country are preparing to open their church doors to their congregations for Palm Sunday, despite strict lockdown orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

‘We’re defying the rules because the commandment of God is to spread the Gospel.’
– Louisiana pastor Tony Spell

More than 8,000 Americans have died from the highly contagious coronavirus in recent weeks, prompting officials and medical experts to plead with the public to practice social distancing.

But Louisiana pastor Tony Spell, whose Life Tabernacle megachurch in Baton Rouge boasts 1,000 members, plans on holding 3 services on Palm Sunday.

It’s unclear how many of them will crowd inside the building to hear their pastor preach.

‘The church is the last force resisting the Antichrist, let us assemble regardless of what anyone says’
– Louisiana pastor Tony Spell

For Louisiana pastor Tony Spell and others, the public health orders are a threat to religious freedoms and constitutional rights.

‘Satan’s trying to keep us apart, he’s trying to keep us from worshiping together. But we’re not going to let him win.’
– Kelly Burton, pastor at Lone Star Baptist Church in Lone Star, Texas, wrote in a post on Facebook

Lone Star has been holding services in the parking lot – what it calls ‘Church on the Lot’ – and will do so on Palm Sunday.

Meanwhile, in California’s Sacramento County, officials have identified one evangelical church that has a cluster of 71 positive cases. They offered few details but said that while the church itself is closed, church members continue to gather in fellow parishioners’ homes.

Others in California are defying the ban.

Rob McCoy, the mayor of Los Angeles enclave Thousand Oaks, is one of them.

Rob McCoy also serves as the pastor of Godspeak Calvary Chapel, where he will offer communion on Palm Sunday – though encouraging worshipers to stand 6 feet apart.

‘It’s very important theologically that communion not be taken alone. What we are doing is exercising our inalienable rights. Communion is non-negotiable for us.’
– Rob McCoy

About 400 miles north of Thousand Oaks, police in Lodi, California, interrupted a service late last month at the Cross Culture Christian Center, an evangelical church with about 80 regular attendees, to tell members they were violating stay-at-home orders.

They have since been given a warning posted on the church door, a ‘Notice of Public Nuisance,’ demanding the center stop holding services, according to local officials.

‘This is a serious public health threat.’
– City spokesman Jeff Hood

Still, the pastor plans to hold services on Palm Sunday according to the church’s attorney, Dean Broyles.

‘Simply put, no, we’re not going to obey it. The virus does not suspend our constitutional rights, the right to assemble, freedom of religion and freedom of speech.’
– Dean Broyles

According to Dean Broyles, the church is taking steps to mitigate risks, including sanitizing the building before services and asking that the elderly or those with health problems remain at home.

‘We’re much safer than a Walmart or grocery store.’
– Dean Broyles

‘Think about it, you’re crammed into (store) aisles inches apart from other shoppers. Here we’re sitting six feet apart.’
– Dean Broyles

Meanwhile, Ohio megachurch Solid Rock has been holding its 1,000-strong gatherings in person, and plans keep the church open on Palm Sunday.

‘We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of anyone who comes to Solid Rock Church. We have scaled back our normal services; and there are not large numbers of worshipers in the facility, but we are open and continuing to practice and sustain our faith.’
– Solid Rock on its website

‘Satan’s trying to keep us apart!’ Dozens of defiant Christian pastors will hold Palm Sunday services throughout the US despite orders to self-isolate amid the coronavirus crisis
Daily Mail

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