About 3,000 California churches are planning to reopen on May 31 in defiance of state coronavirus safety orders that save lives, reports the Christian Post (MORE VIDEO BELOW).
The churches, which represent 2.5 million members, are part of an organization called Church United, which has attacked California Governor Gavin Newsom, and even called him a “dictator.”
Gov. Newsom explained his science-based health concerns on May 9, reports The Center Square:
Our fear is simply this, congregations of people from far and wide coming together in a closed space at a large scale remains a point of concern and anxiety for us. We are working on guidelines for physical distancing and working with faith leaders talking about unique conditions in their own facilities. Nothing is etched in stone.
Attorney Bob Tyler, who is representing the churches, compared California Gov. Gavin Newsom to a “dictator” for instituting safety rules that have saved lives, notes CBN:
The churches are not asking for permission. The governor is sitting here as a dictator, trumping the Constitution and is kind of hanging on to this state of emergency for as long as he can hold it.
Tyler failed to mention that churches seat people in pews for 1-2 hours during services, and churchgoers breathe the same air in a confined space during that time.
This is why Newsom placed churches to stage 3 of California’s re-opening plan.
Newsom is allowing the opening of “lower risk” workplaces like clothing stores, florists, and sporting goods stores — where people normally walk around and only stay for minutes — to open now under stage 2 of his plan.
Judge John Mendez ruled on May 5 that Newsom has the right to temporarily ban church gatherings for the sake of public health, reported the Associated Press.
This science-based ruling caused conservative pastors to go into persecution mode and choose to defy the state’s COVID-19 safety rules, which will likely result in more coronavirus-related death.
Pastor Jim Franklin of Cornerstone Church in Fresno parroted the Trump/Republican line to push for reopening: “There is a saying, the cure must not be deadly than the disease.”
However, since the disease in this case (coronavorius) causes death, it’s impossible that the cure could be worse than the disease.
Pro-Trump Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel in Chino Hills told CBN News that he wants to follow Romans 13 and obey the government, but also claims he must minister in person to the sick and dying (which could spread the deadly coronavirus).Hibbs uploaded a video in which he claimed that the “pandemic has been far less lethal, than they told us.” Hibbs also claimed without evidence that the U.S. has reached the point of “bankruptcy.” Hibbs read from Acts chapter 2 in the Bible — which does not mention opening churches in pandemics — to tell pastors to reopen their churches.
Hibbs also claimed the May 31 date is “not my decision” because the date was “deposited in my head” during prayer three weeks earlier.
Pastor Rob McCoy of Calvary Chapel in Thousand Oaks claimed in a video that the governmental “authority” who Christians are told to obey in Romans 13 is actually “We the people” in the U.S. Constitution, which is is not true.