Andy Stanley Says He is ‘Embarrassed as a Christian’ by Churches Who Fought With Government and Accused Government of Shutting Down Churches When They Were Really Looking Out for the Good of the Churches and Community

Pastor Andy Stanley of Atlanta’s North Point Community Church said he is “embarrassed” by churches that engaged in “spitting matches” with state and local governments over COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, lamenting that far too many churches “abandoned the mission for the sake of the model.”

Stanley, who made headlines last year when he announced that his Atlanta-area multisite church would not resume in-person worship services until 2021, said during Exponential’s Future of the Church event on Thursday that many churches across the country had the “exact wrong” approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The thing that has been concerning to me about the local church is how quickly so many local churches felt like, ‘We’ve got to get back in our building, shoulder to shoulder, doing what we’ve always done,’” Stanley said.

“It was the exact wrong response to COVID because we had an opportunity … of a lifetime to do new things, try new things, experiment with new things because we couldn’t do the old things. And instead of focusing on what we can’t do, we should have been 100% … focused on what we can do.”

The megachurch pastor said he was “embarrassed” by the churches that sued and engaged in a “spitting match” with local governments over COVID-19 restrictions.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett