Despite thousands being wiped out by the deadly pandemic, and the rules put in place to keep people safe, some still think it doesn't affect them...

You'd think a religious organization would only ever do what's best for its congregation, but the shocking footage reveals this clearly isn't the case.

And now one pastor wants you to do the most unimaginable thing with your stimulus, all in the name of god.

This is one of the worst pandemics of our generation, if not a few generations before that.

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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...

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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.

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Our first case was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.

And, since then, the numbers have been rising at a frightening pace.

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Since the first case in Washington, there have been 614,246 more confirmed cases across the country and 26,064 deaths.

Yep, things are now deadly serious...

And many people have been descending into mass hysteria over the risks the virus brings with it.

The importance of self-isolation has been stressed globally...

And it has been proven that locking down public areas and avoiding social situations has helped reduce the chances of spreading the already out of control virus.

But despite the rapid rise in deaths and consistent warnings from health officials...

Many people continue to ignore the social distancing rules and go about their days as they please.

Officials have made it perfectly clear that mass gatherings are not allowed to happen until further notice...

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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.

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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 has vowed to never close his church...

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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.

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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.

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"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...

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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...

On the religious day of Palm Sunday last week, thousands of people across the country attended church services.

Our country appears to be in 2 minds about the closures of places of worship...

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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.

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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."

Of course...

People online aren't happy about these congregations - regardless of whether it is a religious holiday or not.

The Easter holiday has just been and gone...

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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...

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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.

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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...

But regardless of his ignorant mindset, he still continues to boast a huge following... and scenes from Easter Sunday most certainly prove this.

This photo was taken from Spell's Easter Service...

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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...

And the internet completely agrees with us.

Amongst his loyal followers, people have been slamming the Pastor for his actions.

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"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...

Or else more and more people will lose their lives to this deadly virus.

And If that wasn't enough, the Pastor is now coming for your stimulus check...

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The controversial leader has whipped up another flawless idea, which he calls the #PastorSpellStimulusChallenge.

It has 3 rules...

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The first rule is it starts this Sunday. The second rule is to donate your stimulus money. The third rule is to give your money away to North American evangelists, missionaries or ministers who haven't received any money in the last month.

Oddly enough none of the rules involve him pocketing the money. Still, that's not stopped people being skeptical.

He doesn't specify whether you should donate all your stimulus but has put his money where his mouth is, and donated all his $1200 to his cause along with his wife.

You'd think a pastor would understand that people are in desperate need of their stimulus to stay afloat.

Then again, he doesn't seem to be the type of person too concerned with the wellbeing of his congregation. Keep scrolling to learn about the Virginia Pastor who has passed away from the virus after continuing to hold gatherings...