Megachurch pastor Brian Gibson — who’s urging churches to defy coronavirus closures and reopen Sunday — said governors have wrongly targeted religious services as “the most deadly hour in America.”
In an interview on Newsmax TV’s “Spicer & Co., Gibson, pastor of His Church, a megachurch with locations in Owensboro, Kentucky, and Amarillo, Texas, has dubbed his reopening effort —which will employ social distancing and follow safety guidelines —“Peaceably Gather Sunday.”
“When COVID-19 came out, we were willing to do all we could to keep our congregation safe,” he said.
But he said as businesses deemed essential were allowed to reopen, “the church was told we couldn’t.”
“The messaging is strong; Business can do things but the church can not," he lamented.
“So my question is why is the one hour on Sunday the most deadly hour in America?” he asked. “Why is the hour demonized while [big box stores] do this every day of the week and the church is the bad guy.”
According to Gibson, the online effort has gathered the support of 50 other churches so far, but predicts “thousands” will follow — and warns closing churches could have political consequences at gubernatorial election time.
“Thousands of churches across America are coming online and they're gonna open their doors,” he declared. “We’re not going to let our our governors tell us we're nonessential and I believe in the next election cycle some of those governors may be told that they are nonessential.”
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