What would Jesus Say about Violating the Law and Holding Church Services?

Jesus Sermon

I am not religious. However, I admire everyone who truly believes in their faith, whether it be Judaism, the Religion of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, or Christianity. More than anything I despise fake Christians. One illegitimate president, one entire political party, thousands of ministers and pastors mostly employed by major religions, and hundreds of thousands of Americans claim to be Christians while denying and ignoring the teachings of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. The Christian Religious Right is one of the primary reasons why our government is dysfunctional.

For your examination I offer the case of Louisiana Pastor Tony Spell. Although Louisiana is under a “stay at home order,” Spell violated this law the last two Sundays. The truth is that the reason is money. The collection plate and other donations make him a wealthy man.

A Facebook livestream from Life Tabernacle Church on Sunday showed Spell walking among more than 100 congregants, often repeating the phrase, “I’ve just got to get to Jesus. … Come on America, let’s get back to Jesus.” Nearly all parishioners were not wearing face masks, and social distancing was not being practiced.

Nowhere in the Old or New Testament does it say that worshipping God cannot happen outside of a church. God the Father, nor Jesus Christ built churches. These are edifices dedicated to religion, not to the worship of their deity. What God did create are the skies, the mountains, the forests, and the seas. In my opinion, this is where God should be worshipped and thanked for His gift of beauty.

Here’s what Jesus said about both the Law of God, and the law of man.

In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or. the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”

Most Christians are familiar with the story in the Bible when Jesus ‘threw the moneychangers out of the temple.’ The reason why He chose to act in this manner is explained in the New Testament.

Jesus and his disciples travel to Jerusalem for Passover, where Jesus expels the merchants and money changers from the Temple, accusing them of turning the Temple into “a den of thieves” through their commercial activities. For many fake “Christians” their only god is money.

This fact is based on the life and loves of my own daughter. She has been hired to be a pastor at a small Christian church in North Carolina. She is opposed to the salaries received by pastors and ministers in large churches in large religions. She believes that the money should be returned to the congregations.

There are thousands of Christian “leaders” who live lives of  millionaires. Mansions, expensive cars, clothes, jewelry, and even private jets are commonplace. Add to the fact that they do not pay income tax and it is apparent that they are grifters who are getting away with fraud.

Spell is a depraved, greedy charlatan who claims that “real Christians don’t mind dying for Jesus Christ,” referring to the dangers posed by the coronavirus. He is a perfect example of why I choose not to be a member of any organized religion. There are far too many like him. Don’t believe me? Look at evangelical leaders who continue to support Trump although he is a man without principles and morals.

Jesus Christ commanded his followers to obey all laws whether or not they believed in them. Anyone who claims to serve Jesus must obey his commandments. They are not allowed to make-up rules as they go.

Op-ed by James Turnage


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