Pastor thinks 'true Christians' should ignore scientists and lockdown to not be 'like prisoners' (VIDEO)
Pastor Tony Spell of the Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, LA has been charged in recent days for violating a ban on large gatherings in the hundreds in his church.
He was questioned by TMZ on Wednesday if he felt like he would have blood on his hands if any of his members died because of his actions, and he didn't think he'd be to blame.
“The bible teaches us to be absent from our bodies so we can be present with the Lord,” Spell said. “So like any revolutionary, or like any zealot, or like any pure religious person, death looks to them like a welcomed friend.”
TMZ: You're saying they wouldn't mind if they die?
Pastor: True Christians do not mind dying. They fear living in fear.
TMZ: So, you're saying you think your parishioners would prefer to come to the service and potentially get coronavirus and die than not come to the service and be fine?
Pastor: People that deserve tyranny over freedom do not deserve freedom. People have been locked in their homes now for 23 days now like prisoners. The only vent they have to their emotion is coming to the house of God and worshiping, like free people.
TMZ: Why can't they just go on Zoom videoconferencing or something like that? That still works - God is everywhere.
Pastor: That does not work. If it worked, why did America spend billions and billions of dollars on churches.
TMZ: What would you have to say to someone's family for someone who died in your church?
Pastor: I'd have to say that they died like free people, fighting for their convictions. People died in my church from cancer, HIV/AIDS.
TMZ: But, this was preventable.
Pastor: Who knows what is preventable?
TMZ: Scientists...scientists do.