An Alabama pastor invited people infected with COVID-19 into his church for healing prayer, according to RawStory.
Chris Bartlett, pastor of Boaz Church of God in Boaz, Alabama, shared the invitation on Facebook in a post that has since been deleted.
Bama Politics reports that the post said:
“So with boldness of faith if you have the coronavirus or feel threatened by such, you are most welcome at Boaz Church of God Sunday morning at 10 AM where we will anoint the sick with oil and pray the prayer of faith over you!”
Bartlett began his post by saying he wasn’t trying to stir up controversy. He then expressed his frustration that churches were following governmental and CDC guidelines by cancelling in-person services.
“I am not making a statement of criticism against my fellow Pastors who do not agree with me,” he reportedly wrote. “However I may be exercising a little foolishness. But I am somewhat moved over the fact that all it takes to disassemble God’s church is the threat of sickness by germ spreading. It seems the early church wouldn’t have made very far with this type of timidity.
“Our top priority is not primarily the safety and health of our members, but that they advance in faith and godliness even on occasions at the expense of their safety and well-being.”
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SOURCE: Charisma News