Pastor Tony Spell Bio, Wiki, Age, Wife, Church ( Life Tabernacle Church), Coronavirus
Tony Spell Bio
Rev. Tony Spell is a pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge. On March 17, 2020 he defied an order by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, that bans groups larger than 50 from gathering at any one time, by welcoming in hundreds of people into his church service.
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Tony is the pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge. The church was founded by Bishop B.A. Spell and Dorothy Spell.
Pastor Tony Spell Defies Social Gathering Ban Over Coronavirus
On March 16, 2020 Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards banned gatherings of more than 50 people as a way to fight the spread of COVID-19 across Louisiana. On March 17, Pastor Tony defied the order and conducted a Tuesday service at Life Tabernacle Church in the City of Central, located in East Baton Rouge Parish. He alleged that he didn’t believe that the congregation was at risk of getting COVID-19.
He alleged that the virus was politically motivated and alleged that the gatherings would happen no matter what. He added that the number of people in attendance was 305 and that 1,170 people attended the Sunday service.
“It’s not a concern. The virus, we believe, is politically motivated. We hold our religious rights dear and we are going to assemble no matter what someone says. I had 1,170 in attendance Sunday. We have 27 buses on Sundays picking up people in a five-parish area.”
He said that police officer arrived after his Tuesday night service and told him the National Guard would force any services over the 50-person threshold to disperse. On Wednesday, Louisiana National Guard Colonel Ed Bush revealed that is not accurate.
“The National Guard has not been tasked with enforcing any of the curfew, social distancing or meeting requirements set by the governor. Our focus right now is completely with helping state agencies with preparedness and medical readiness.”
According to WAFB 9 Pastor Spell said he was encouraging other religious leaders not to let the fear of prosecution to prevent them from worshipping. He alleged that churches are like hospitals where the sick can go and get healed.
“We want to encourage other religious leaders in churches like us, do not let the fear of persecution of any government official, any dictator law, prevent you from worshiping God, which our First Amendment states you are not allowed to do in any form. Our church is a hospital where the sick can come and get healing. Cancers are healed here, people are healed of HIV in these services, and we believe that. Tonight, we’re also going to pass out anointed handkerchiefs to people who may have a fear, who may have a sickness, and we believe that when those anointed handkerchiefs go, that healing virtue is going to go on them as well.”
Pastor Tony Spell Arrested For Preaching
On March 31, 2020 Pastor Tony Spell was issued a misdemeanor summons for six counts by police in suburban Baton Rouge, Louisiana for violating the governor’s executive order barring large gatherings.
Central Police Chief Roger Corcoran released a statement terming the pastor’s actions as reckless and irresponsible.
“Earlier today, Chief Roger Corcoran with Central Police Department issued Mark Anthony Spell, (Aka: Tony Spell), Pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Central, a Misdemeanor Summons for six counts of violating the governor’s executive order (LA R.S. 29:724E) following his decision to host multiple large gatherings.
Over the last two weeks I have worked with the Sheriff, State Police the State Fire Marshal, Reverend Tony Perkins and others to address this matter outside of legal action. Mr. Spell made his intentions to continue to violate the law clear.
Instead of showing the strength and resilience of our community during this difficult time, Mr. Spell has chosen to embarrass us for his own self-promotion.
Mr. Spell will have his day in court where he will be held responsible for his reckless and irresponsible decisions that endangered the health of his congregation and our community.
This is not an issue over religious liberty, and it’s not about politics. We are facing a public health crisis and expect our community’s leaders to set a positive example and follow the law.”
According to CNN Pastor Tony said the officers went to him and read him his rights but didn’t arrest him. He said he was asked to stop having services and he told them that he would not stop. He was later served summons at his church by two police officers but in a Facebook Live video, he maintained his defiance.
“We will continue to have church, this is a government overreach. They are asking us as a government to stop practicing our freedom of religion. And we have a mandate from God to assemble and to gather together and to keep doing what we’re doing.”
He also added that he believes the pandemic is “politically motivated.” He also said that several members of his congregation have been suspended from their jobs after their employers saw videos of them worshiping at Spell’s church and were concerned about the spread of the coronavirus.
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Victor Blackwell, CNN host, hosted Pastor Tony to discuss his decision to defy order barring large gatherings.
Blackwell asked him, “If you believe the science ― and I assume you are pro-life, is that correct? how is this a pro-life stance to put people in jeopardy of contracting a disease, getting a virus that has no treatment, no cure, often has no symptoms and has killed more than 8,500 people [in the U.S.] in five weeks?”
Spell responded, “We believe the science of this but we do have a command from God and there are no governing bodies that tell us we can not gather freely.” He also added that “people’s hope is in the House of God.”