A Louisiana pastor is reportedly ignoring public health warnings intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus by continuing to hold packed church services for over 1,000 people.
Rev. Tony Spell held a crowded service Tuesday night at his Life Tabernacle Church in East Baton Rouge, according to WAFB. Although Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has banned gatherings of more than 50 people and President Donald Trump recently suggested groups of no more than 10, Spell believes there is no risk to his congregation because the virus is “politically motivated.”
“It’s not a concern. The virus, we believe, is politically motivated. We hold our religious rights dear and we are going to assemble no matter what someone says,” Spell told the outlet. “I had 1,170 in attendance Sunday. We have 27 buses on Sundays picking up people in a five-parish area.”
Spell also claimed that the Louisiana National Guard showed up to his church after the service and warned that they would use force to shut down further gatherings. However, WAFB said the claim was false, citing a colonel in the National Guard.
The pastor also suggested that his congregants were not at risk from COVID-19 because the church is a “hospital” where “anointed handkerchiefs” have the ability to heal people of multiple diseases.
“Our church is a hospital where the sick can come and get healing,” Spell reportedly said during the service. “Cancers are healed here, people are healed of HIV in these services, and we believe that tonight, we’re also going to pass out anointed handkerchiefs to people who may have a fear, who may have a sickness, and we believe that when those anointed handkerchiefs go, that healing virtue is going to go on them as well.”
Healings from cancer and HIV aren’t happening there and their collective isn’t free from the pandemic. The lying pentebabbleist pastor is lying to make himself look holy. How ironic.