‘True Christians Don’t Mind Dying’: Pastor Calls On Christians To Defy Lockdown — Even If It Kills Them

The pastor of the Life Tabernacle Church near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who was arrested last week for holding church services in defiance of a state ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, told TMZ this week that if his church members die from coronavirus after attending one of his services, they’ve done so in the name of religious freedom.

Pastor Tony Spell told TMZ on Wednesday that, “True Christians do not mind dying,” and what they really “fear is living in fear.”

“What if in the future, one of your parishioners did die of coronavirus having come to one of your services, would you feel like you have blood on your hands?” TMZ asked Spell.

“The bible teaches us to be absent from our bodies so we can be present with the Lord,” Spell said. “So like any revolutionary, or like any zealot, or like any pure religious person, death looks to them like a welcomed friend.”

“So you’re saying that they wouldn’t mind if they died?” the reporter asked.

“True Christians do not mind dying. They fear living in fear,” Spell responded.

“You’re saying that you think that your parishioners would prefer to come to service and potentially get coronavirus and die than not come to the service and be fine?” the reporter pressed.

“People that can prefer tyranny over freedom do not deserve freedom. People have been locked in their homes for 23 days now like prisoners. The only vent that they have for their emotions is coming to the house of God and worshiping. Like free people,” Spell said.

“Why can’t they just do it on Zoom. That still works. God is everywhere,” TMZ asked.

“It does not work,” Spell insisted. “If it worked then why did America spend billions and billions of dollars on churches.”