WATCH: Louisiana church defies Gov. Edwards, hosts 1,800 at Sunday service during coronavirus stay-at-home order

On Tuesday, Pastor Tony Spell of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, held a service for 400 people at his Apostolic Life Tabernacle Church. He also held a service on Sunday, where he had over 1,000 people show up.

Spell’s decision to hold services disregarded a state-wide order not to hold gatherings larger than 50 people. Some may genuinely find it difficult to understand why a man of the cloth would risk his congregation. As a man of faith and a man of science, I feel God gave us the brains and this lovely, complicated universe to work a lot out on our own.

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The Life Tabernacle Church hosted 1,825 people at their Sunday morning service. 26 buses were used to pick people up from around the Baton Rouge area and transport them to Sunday service.

Pastor Tony Spell says the way to handle a pandemic is through the healing hand of Jesus. That is our command, they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.

Social distancing did not happen at the service, held outside. All 1,825 people were spread across the campus’s seven buildings. Throughout the service parishioners could be seen touching each other and closely gathering, very few wearing masks or gloves.

Spell says if anyone in his congregation contracts covid-19 he will heal them through God. “I’m going to address that by laying hands on them and praying for them and depending on God to heal their body,” Spell said. [NBC4I]

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We know that we have a right to meet, and the government should not interfere, but President Donald Trump and the Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards both banned large assemblies, taking precautionary measures necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

In our digital age with empirical access to just about everything imaginable, most people have computers which allows worship via the Internet.

This piece originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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