After a court held Pastor Rob McCoy and his California church, Godspeak Calvary Chapel, in contempt for failing to obey a COVID-19-related restraining order prohibiting indoor worship services, the pastor said it was a small price to pay to stand “in defense of a government’s overreach.”
“We’re standing in defense of a government’s overreach and a government that would call the church nonessential. It’s a small price to pay and I’m good with it,” McCoy said.
On Friday, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Vincent O’Neill Jr. issued the ruling, fining the chapel $3,000, which includes $500 for every violation. County officials had recommended $6,000 in fines against the church for holding six indoor services over the past two Sundays.
“I didn’t want this but I am a pastor. We live in a nation that allows us to worship and that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing,” the pastor said, as he spoke to journalists outside the court.
In a YouTube live video on Saturday, Pastor McCoy said, “This is not an issue of religious liberty or the church being singled out. This is an issue of all Americans being adversely affected.”
He said it was a small price to pay for liberty.
McCoy said the coronavirus cases were drastically dropping and the continued restrictions didn’t make sense. He rebuked the media on Sunday, saying that out of the 102 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Ventura County, “two of them died from COVID” while “the other 100 died with COVID.”
“Report the truth and quit keeping us enslaved to the deception of this,” he said in comments directed to the media. He noted that his church has been open since May 31 and that no one from his congregation has reported contracting the coronavirus during worship services.
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Source: Church Leaders