Louisiana Pastor Tony Spell Escapes Social Distancing House Arrest to Hold Sunday Service

Tony Spell, pastor of the Life Tabernacle ChurchAP Photo/Gerald Herbert

A controversial Louisiana pastor under house arrest 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 more than 100 congregants at the Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge — telling them God would protect them from the coronavirus, Fox News reported.

“Shouldn’t nobody be scared right now but the devil,” the defiant pastor says on a live stream of the service posted on Facebook by Central City News. “God gave you an immune system to kill that virus.

“Come out of your hiding, America. Worship like free people.”

Spell was placed under house arrest Saturday after refusing to promise District Court Judge Fred Crifasi that he would stay put and stop holding in-person services.

In another video posted Saturday by Central City News, the pastor signaled his intention to violate the judge’s order, even as he was fitted for a monitoring ankle bracelet.

“America, wherever you are, if I do not do what I’m doing right now, I would have to repent to Jesus Christ for what he did for me,” Spell said on the video, where he is seen at home, sitting on the piano and singing hymns with four other people.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Lee Brown and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon