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Pastor Says ‘Virus Will Not Stop’ Him From Opening Church On Easter Sunday For 2,000 People

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Tony Spell, a Louisiana pastor that has been cited for violating an executive order that bans churches from holding large gatherings, says he is planning on holding an Easter Sunday service at his Life Tabernacle Church with over 2,000 attendees.

“Satan and a virus will not stop us,” he told Reuters. “God will shield us from all harm and sickness. We are not afraid. We are called by God to stand against the Antichrist creeping into America’s borders. We will spread the Gospel.”

Spell said earlier this week that “true Christians do not mind dying. They fear living in fear.” He also claimed that “like any zealot or any pure religious person, death looks to them like a welcome friend.”

Spell was arrested March 31 and charged with six misdemeanors after allegedly violating an executive order by Governor John Bel Edwards. The order prohibits gatherings larger than 50 people.

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