By CNN. Remember the Louisiana pastor who defied the governor’s order not to hold gatherings larger than 50 people? . . .
On Sunday, Pastor Tony Spell said, his Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge drew about 1,000 people to its services, in part by busing people in from across five parishes.
“If they close every door in this city, then I will close my doors,” Spell told CNN on Tuesday. “But you can’t say the retailers are essential but the church is not. That is a persecution of the faith.” . . .
Chief Roger Corcoran of the Central Police Department in Baton Rouge told CNN that the “matter is under investigation.” (Read more from “Pastor Again Defies State Order Not to Hold Large Gatherings. He Says 1,000 People Came to His Church Sunday” HERE)
Hempfield Church Pastor Apologizes for Open Services on Sunday
By Trib Live. The pastor of a Hempfield church apologized Monday after roughly 200 people attended a Sunday service at Word of Life Church, against the advice of government and health officials.
“Please believe me when I say it was not out of arrogance or defiance, but solely for the purpose of praying for our churches, communities, and nation,” Pastor Tom Walters wrote in a post to Word of Life’s Facebook page.
In speaking with congregants on Sunday, Walters said that the national reaction to the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected around 43,000 Americans and killed nearly 460 as of Monday, “could possibly be, disguised in everything else, a direct attack on the church.’” The global death toll is nearly 16,500.
Walters cited much-higher U.S. numbers related to annual car-crash rates, flu deaths and abortions.
“The world doesn’t care about that,” he said in his sermon. “All they’re saying is, ‘Shut your doors to the church, lock your doors in fear, and shut your mouth about faith.” (Read more from “Hempfield Church Pastor Apologizes for Open Services on Sunday” HERE)