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Nashville's COVID Police Are Coming After Christians Who Gathered to Worship Outdoors

10-14-2020
Image Source: Twitter Screenshot/Brendan Gutenschwager
Image Source: Twitter Screenshot/Brendan Gutenschwager

Authorities in Nashville, Tennessee are coming after worship leader Sean Feucht for holding a public event with people not masked.

Government officials across the country have imposed restrictions against Christians and holding indoor church services since the Coronavirus pandemic started. 

So religious leaders like Feucht have been gathering for outdoor worship events as a way for Christians to come together and for non-believers to find hope in our Heavenly Father.

Now, the local police and health officials are attacking Feucht for simply sharing the Gospel with hungry souls that are yearning to be a part of the church.

The praise leader brought his "Let Us Worship" tour to Nashville last weekend where an estimated 9,000-10,000 people gathered at Public Square Park.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department told CBN News the department is "assisting the health department in their review."

Police Chief John Drake said in a statement on Monday, "I am greatly disappointed that the organizer of Sunday's event and those in attendance did not better prioritize their health and the health of others through social distancing and the wearing of face coverings. Personal responsibility is a necessity regardless of the purpose for a public event."

But Feucht told CBN News, "There’s really nothing for Nashville to investigate. Thousands of Christians gathered together peaceably and responsibly to worship the Lord and pray for Nashville. It was incredible. We saw breakthrough happening. God is moving in all the cities we go to, miracles, salvations, healings, baptisms, but what we’ve discovered is that the greatest breakthroughs happen when we face the strongest opposition. Our nation needs worship and prayer right now, so we are not going to slow down, and we are not going to back down just because we face little opposition. God is moving. And thankfully we live in a country where the Constitution protects our freedom to follow Him and worship together. We are going to keep gathering and keep worshipping because revival is happening right now!"

Other faith leaders have come under attack for holding worship services that stand for religious freedom and revival.  

A 142-year-old church in Washington DC filed a lawsuit against the District and the mayor for the restrictions placed on worship gatherings.

Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC) had not been able to meet – even outdoors while inside the District limits – and was meeting at a church in Virginia. 

Amid the pandemic, churches in California have faced multiple challenges with singing and worshipping together.

Grace Community Church in Sun Valley has gone through a round of legal battles but vows to continue to fight and protect religious freedom for the church. 

Jack Trieber, pastor of North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, said his church is facing financial penalties in the thousands for gathering at indoor worship services. 

And Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Thousand Oaks was found to be in contempt of court after violating Gov. Gavin Newsom's orders prohibiting in-person worship, including home Bible studies and fellowship.

Despite the limitations that have been placed on Christians during COVID, many are willing to take a risk for the same reasoning – to worship Jesus Christ together. 

Feucht still plans on bringing the Let Us Worship event to the National Mall in Washington, DC on Oct. 25 for the purpose of sharing the Gospel in pursuit of a nationwide spiritual awakening.

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