Michigan Pastor Who Told Congregants to Get Coronavirus and ‘Get It Over With’ Says He Has Received Threats

Bart Spencer is senior pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Holland, Michigan. | Lighthouse Baptist Church

A Michigan pastor who went viral for coughing and telling congregants to get COVID-19 and “get it over with,” says he and his family are now being threatened.

Pastor Bart Spencer, who leads Lighthouse Baptist Church in Holland, insisted he will not be bullied into wearing a mask.

“Just respect my choice and I will respect yours. I don’t ask you to take off your mask, don’t ask me to put one on. That’s legit. You wouldn’t believe the names that I’ve been called, the threats that I’ve received for something as simple as that,” Spencer said in his sermon on Sunday.

The preacher, who is an Air Force veterantold The Sentinel that he and several of his family members, including older adults, have already been infected with the virus and recovered.

“It’s not fun, I lost my sense of taste and smell, but my bout with the flu was worse,” he said.

He explained that he has been doing in-person services since the spring with some people social distancing and wearing a mask and so far no one has died.

“We trust our people to make their own decisions,” he said. “We respect one another’s positions.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair