This pandemic has shown that a lot of churches aren’t taking the threat seriously. This week, an Arkansas church vowed to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic because Jesus already died of COVID-19 and thus their followers won’t have to bear it.
“Jesus died with COVID-19 so that you didn’t have to bear it,” reads the church’s Facebook post.
“The first death of COVID-19 actually happened 2000 years ago,” the post continues. “The Bible tells us that Jesus took on every sin, sickness and every disease…Jesus bore it so you wouldn’t have to. Salvation provided forgiveness and healing…if you’ll believe it, you can receive it!”
The church insisted in a previous post that it would follow safe practices recommended by the Centers of Disease Control, saying that canceling services would violate their religious beliefs.
“For us to not have services due to a virus would be for us to go against our extremely strong convictions of the power of God to protect and the power of God to heal,” the post reads. “Jesus knew the world He was sending us into contained sickness and disease. Instead of telling us to retreat from sickness, He told us to go into the world and to heal the sick.”
Since Arkansas has not issued a statewide stay-at-home order, Pastor Chad Gonzales said that the church will remain open.