There was on Church in Nashville (Mt. Juliet just 20 mins east) that said come all ye faithful as you know they also don't believe in Government intervention.
And for the record I believe it is the Evangelicals holding the cards on Trump's current focus on opening the doors and social distancing guidelines by the most important day on the Christian calendar - Eastr. This is Trump pandering again to the faithful who don't believe in Government intervention unless it suits them. And those suits are made in China.
Mt. Juliet Pastor Greg Locke holds church Sunday despite coronavirus warnings from governor,
The Tennessean March 24, 2020 Andy Humbles
A pastor of a Mt. Juliet church said holding a physical service Sunday was not to defy the governor's plea for congregations to stop meeting because of coronavirus, or COVID-19.
"We're an essential service," Global Vision Bible Church Pastor Greg Locke said. "It’s important for us to remain open. It's not because we’re trying to prove a point."
Gov. Bill Lee said last week that churches are "risking people's lives" by continuing to meet as health officials set out recommendations to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. Many churches have moved to online services or have canceled services in place of physically meeting.
Locke estimated around 250 people attended Sunday's service, slightly lower than the approximately 300 that fill Global Vision for a typical service at its campus on Old Lebanon Dirt Road. A few attendees were from other churches that aren't holding physical services, according to Locke.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that the nation halt all gatherings of 10 or more people, or hold them virtually instead. Lee's executive order prohibits social gatherings of 10 or more.
Pastor Greg Locke held service Sunday at Global Vision Bible Church after the governor requested congregations to stop meeting because of the coronavirus.
The decision to hold service was made in conjunction with staff, elders and the congregation, Locke said. Locke expressed to the church body, including staff, that anyone with concerns or who could be at greater risk should stay home.
The church conducted extra cleaning leading up to Sunday's service, and had sanitizing stations and face masks available, Locke said. Global Vision livestreams its services, which Locke encouraged anyone who was not comfortable attending to watch.
"We don’t minimize the fact there is a problem, that there's a sickness, that there's a virus," said Locke, who has a large social media following and has been outspoken about a number of social issues in past years. He has sparked controversy over past statements.
"We want people to know we are a clean environment, we’re a safe environment and we want people to know that we're a necessity, we’re an essential in the community," he said.
Global Vision has a food and clothing ministry on its Old Lebanon Dirt Road campus that has increased in scope and volume since deadly and destructive tornadoes hit Middle Tennessee on March 3. The outreach has workers on site and is open to the community during the week.
The church plans to continue Sunday services, Locke said. The pastor may consider an outdoor service under a tent that could provide a better set up for social distancing recommendations of keeping people six feet apart, though Locke said that is still undetermined.
"It’s not about everybody else’s faith, it’s about my faith, it’s my conviction, and so we want to just leave the church open to be a hub in the community to help people that need us," Locke said. "They need somebody standing to give hope in all the chaos, and so we’re just offering hope so that’s why we’re staying open."
And it appears another in Arkansas said door is open and guess who walked in? Satan in the form of Corvid Virus. Well prayer is that working for you?
Again separation of Church and State so anyone who refuses a Government order are defying Christ as he is ordering through the word of the Leader of the State to proclaim something and if you fear the Lord you obey or some shit like that. So should they get any Government aid as in testing or medical help is that not the evil Government and Science and shit? Gosh the mixed messages. I need a choir to sing to me!
Nearly 3 dozen who attended church event test positive for coronavirus
Mar 26th 2020 12:41PM
Nearly three dozen people who attended a recent children's event at a church in Arkansas have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to church officials.
Donald Shipp, a deacon at First Assembly of God church in Greers Ferry, about 75 miles north of Little Rock, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that 34 people who attended the event in early March at the Cleburne County church had tested positive for the coronavirus, and that an unknown number of others were awaiting test results.
Danyelle McNeill, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Health, said a number of coronavirus cases have been associated with a church in Cleburne County, which she did not identify.
"We are still investigating newly reported cases and can’t definitively say they are all connected to one church," McNeill told NBC News on Thursday. "This is a cluster within a larger outbreak in that area of the state."
There were at least 310 reported coronavirus cases and two deaths in Arkansas as of Thursday morning.
Mark Palenske, a pastor at the church, said in a lengthy Facebook post late last week that he and his wife, Dena, were among those to test positive for coronavirus.
He said that when such a virus spreads on the other side of the world, "your first inclination is to assume that time and distance are on your side."
But "that false assumption" recently caught up with him and his wife, he said.
The couple and dozens of others from their church initially could not get tested, according to Palenske.
"One local doctor had a very small number of commercial tests and the rest is history, I suppose," he wrote.
He said that before even receiving positive test results, the church had followed medical advice and canceled services.
The couple's symptoms began with headaches followed by intense body aches and lethargy, as well as waves of chills, sweating and nausea, Palenske wrote in his post.
"Dena had a very scary morning a few days ago, which included a seizure of sorts and required hospitalization," he said.
His wife's condition has since improved and they are both back home, he said. Palenske said he could not pinpoint "where the virus came from."
"Even though we were the original positives, there are people who have been sick longer than we have," he said. "It clearly made its way through a special weekend of children’s ministry at our church."
He requested that people pray for health care workers, and he advised that people "take this medical threat more seriously."
"Maybe you assumed that it couldn’t happen to you, just like I did," he wrote. "Please adhere to the social instructions that you are receiving locally and nationally."