Mark Anthony Spell, pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Central, Louisiana, told CNN the doors to his church will be open on Sunday, despite charges Tuesday for violating the governor’s executive order.
Spell said that opening the church is no more risk than the hundreds of people going and shopping at stores.
When asked why he will not follow the governor’s mandate, Spell said: “We have a mandate from the word of the Lord to assemble together. The first amendment says that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the exercise of religion.”
Spell said that officers came to him today and read him his rights. They did not arrest him. He said he was asked to stop having services and he told them that he would not stop.
“We aren’t breaking any laws,” Spell said. “The doors to the church will be open on Sunday.”