Death Cult: An Arkansas church is vowing to hold services this weekend and defy state and federal guidelines because “Jesus died with COVID-19 so that you don’t have to.”
A church in Arkansas plans to continue holding services this weekend despite federal and state guidelines against holding gatherings of more than 10 people amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Awaken Church in Jonesboro claimed in a Wednesday evening Facebook post that Jesus was the “first death of Covid-19,” the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The post included an image of a cross wrapped in a white sash against a sunset background, with the words “Jesus died with COVID-19 so that you didn’t have to bear it.”
A Facebook post shared by Awaken Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas reads:
The first death of Covid 19 actually happened 2000 years ago. 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!
In an earlier Facebook post the church wrote:
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. 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.
In a statement to Newsweek, Pastor Chad Gonzales said his decision to hold services was “one of the most gut wrenching decisions” he has ever made, noting:
Many people have said that us continuing to hold physical services was about the money, but that’s not it at all. The vast majority of our donations come through either our website or mobile app. It had nothing to do with money, but everything to do with my convictions.
So, to be clear, it sounds like it’s not about the money, it’s about the pastor’s vanity.
Bottom line: Awaken Church in Arkansas is vowing to hold services this weekend and defy state and federal guidelines because “Jesus died with COVID-19 so that you don’t have to.”