Louisiana Church Under Fire For Hosting Service For 1,800 People Despite Social Distancing Warnings

An Evangelical Christian church in the town of Central, Louisiana, congregated with more than 1,800 people this past weekend.

In addition to meeting in a large group, the members of the church were encouraged to put hands on each other, believing in the power of miracles demonstrated in the Bible over the recommended social distancing.

The church sent 26 buses out around the Baton Rouge area to pick up members of the congregation.

They were brought to the Life Tabernacle Church, which ultimately had more than 1,800 people in attendance. Despite suggestions from the Center for Disease Control, as well as state-issued travel bans and stated essential activities only guidelines, the congregation and its parishioners were seen standing close together, holding on to each other, holding hands and even touching the faces of those who needed healing.

Pastor Tony Spell explained that he does not intend to observe Louisiana Governor John Edwards’ suggestions to stay indoors and practice social distancing. Spell, instead, believes the pandemic will be corrected through the power of Jesus and people testing positive can be healed through the touching of hands at his church.

The Pastor specifically invited members of the church who had tested positive for the virus to attend, stating he would put his hands on them and heal them through the power of Jesus.

Spell said:

“I’m going to address that by laying hands on them and praying for them and depending on God to heal their body.”

“That is our command. ‘They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover’.”

“When the paramedics can’t get there, when the law enforcement can’t get there, the holy ghost can get there, and it will make a difference in someone’s life.”

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Anyone else starting to see a pattern of where the next outbreaks are going to occur? Preaching their Christian nonsense is allowed by the First Amendment, but why aren’t these Jonestown-like cult pastor’s being arrested for attempted murder?

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