A controversial Louisiana pastor under confinement for repeatedly defying coronavirus social distancing rules is at it again.
Pastor Tony Spell, who was arrested last month and charged with violating the lockdown order, was nabbed Sunday for holding a service for quite 100 congregants at the Life Tabernacle Church in capital of Louisiana telling them God would protect them from the coronavirus, Fox News reported.
“Shouldn’t nobody be scared right away but the devil,” the defiant pastor says on a live stream of the service posted on Facebook by center News. “God gave you an system to kill that virus.
“Come out of your hiding, America. Worship like people.”
Spell was placed under confinement Saturday after refusing to vow District Court Judge Fred Crifasi that he would stick and stop holding in-person services.
In another video posted Saturday by center News, the pastor signaled his intention to violate the judge’s order, whilst he was fitted for a monitoring bracelet.
“America, wherever you’re, if I don’t do what I’m doing right away, i’d must repent to Hebrew for what he did on behalf of me,” Spell said on the video, where he’s seen reception, sitting on the piano and singing hymns with four others.
“Tomorrow at 12 o’clock my voice are going to be silenced for several months,” he said. “You won’t hear from me again.”
A man wearing gloves and a mask then enters the house, has the pastor sign some paperwork, and fits him with an bracelet.
It is not known if he was taken into custody again after violating the order on Sunday.
Spell was jailed last week for refusing to abide by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ social distancing order, but was released on a $5,000 bond Tuesday that required him to abide by the order.
The social distancing violations aren’t his only problem with the law, he’s also accused of running over a protestor with a church bus last week. he’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon and improper backing of a vehicle therein case.
Meanwhile his lawyer, Jeff Witterbrink, revealed earlier this month that he had been infected by the coronavirus.