Another day, another Pastor Tony Spell controversy.
This week, as his defiance of the law continues, the infamous pastor has held a church service despite being on house arrest.
Keep scrolling to watch the shocking clip, and to see how local authorities have reacted...
This is one of the worst pandemics of our generation, if not a few generations before that.The deadly virus has completely taken over the world and there's just no stopping it.
World leaders have been left with little choice but to bring their countries to a total stand-still...And many have now banned large and crowded events, including any travel to and from infected countries.
It didn't take long for the virus to reach us here in the States.Our first case was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.
Things are now deadly serious...
Continued visitation surges @ state parks yesterday have resulted in the closing of vehicle access @ ALL 280 state… https://t.co/qqF8njX0Tq— CA State Parks (@CA State Parks)1585497448.0
The importance of self-isolation has been stressed globally...
Self-isolation is about protecting others and slowing down the spread of #Covid_19. It is very important that anyon… https://t.co/vccShkApbV— FishCross Medical (@FishCross Medical)1587977196.0
But despite the rapid rise in deaths and consistent warnings from health officials...
You used to have only one job: social distancing, to slow the spread. Now you also have a second job, and it's muc… https://t.co/6CDUxByhMu— Mark D. Levine (@Mark D. Levine)1585576111.0
Officials have made it perfectly clear that mass gatherings are not allowed to happen until further notice...And this includes religious gatherings, such as going to church on a Sunday.
But it seems that some people are needing God urgently during these difficult times.Scenes at the River Church in Tampa, Florida recently showed hundreds of people congregating to hear Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne deliver his Sunday Service.
The Pastor vowed to never close his church...Despite every doctor and scientist in the country saying social distancing is the only thing that will prevent the disease from spreading even more.
He clearly has very strong views on the matter.The Pastor boasted his place was white-glove clean, saying, "We brought in 13 machines that basically kill every virus in the place, and uh, if somebody walks through the door it’s like, it kills everything on them. If they sneeze, it shoots it down at like 100 mph. It'll neutralize it in split seconds. We have the most sterile building in, I don’t know, all of America."
He is reluctant to abide by the rules."We are not stopping anything. I've got news for you, this church will never close. The only time the church will close is when the Rapture is taking place," he then said.
Many pastors and priests around the world have been live-streaming their services on social media instead of holding mass gatherings...And it's unclear why Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne can't do this instead, like many other preachers.
But it seems that Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne has set a trend...
“I’m covered in Jesus’s blood” says a church goer claiming she cannot get the #Coronavirus. One of the struggles ac… https://t.co/FOVtr1i6bY— Bel Trew (@Bel Trew)1586072170.0
Our country appears to be in 2 minds about the closures of places of worship...Several governors have designated houses of worship as providing essential services, exempting them from shutdown orders, whilst in other states, places of worship are choosing to defy orders to shut their doors.
It's clear that some preachers aren't aware of the severity of this situation.Jack Roberts, a seventy-six-year-old preacher at Maryville Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, told the Courier Journal that he would rather face a fine than close his doors. "I’m not interested in trying to defy the government," he said, "I don’t want to battle with anybody. What I’d like to do is just preach the gospel, and that’s become more difficult as time’s gone on. And it’s truthfully what I plan on doing."
To laugh or cry or rage. That is the question. https://t.co/PWJ4zrcYRQ— Amarnath Amarasingam (@Amarnath Amarasingam)1586061556.0
The Easter holiday has just been and gone...And photos have emerged online showing how packed a Baton Rouge church was on Easter Sunday.
Pastor Tony Spell doesn't exactly have the best track record...The Louisiana pastor, from the Life Tabernacle Church, is notoriously anti-LGBTQ and is a member of the homophobic group, Louisiana Family Forum, according to the LGBTQ community of Louisiana.
And the Pastor has really been outdoing himself during the pandemic by encouraging mass gatherings at his church.Spell could potentially face charges for continuing to hold these gatherings, but this doesn’t phase him, as he was simply doing "what the Lord told him to do."
His comments surrounding the pandemic certainly didn't impress...
Louisiana Pastor,Rev. #TonySpell: ‘True Christians Do Not Mind Dying’ Of Coronavirus If Infected At Church Spoken… https://t.co/6z8ud4WqIv— Sabrina McDaniel (@Sabrina McDaniel)1586437297.0
This photo was taken from Spell's Easter Service...And after he had told local media he was expecting around 2,000 heads, it looks like he certainly got what he wanted.
It is sickening to see hundreds of people crammed together in such a tight space...
@NightlyPolitics #TonySpell Happy Easter Rev. Tony”Jim Jones” Spell. Why risk their lives. That’s not faith. https://t.co/rWoY4gf9aL— Tell Me Something Good (@Tell Me Something Good)1586608688.0
Amongst his loyal followers, people have been slamming the Pastor for his actions."You're an actor. Quite the performance. I've met you face to face. You hold no intellectual grasp of the gospel. You are an imposter of the utmost degree," one Facebook user wrote about the photo.
Spell needs to realize the severity of his actions very soon...
@tony_spell your Easter Service is going to kill someone very soon. You can’t see it...yet, but you will. That’s bl… https://t.co/o6lfTNmADL— noisy dad (@noisy dad)1586913434.0