A San Diego church, fed up with unfair restrictions on churches while strip clubs are allowed to open to the public, has taken a dig at the city’s authorities.
Before the start of Sunday’s preach, the speakers at Awaken Church did a ‘strip’, where they removed their jackets, ties and belts, mocking the fact that churches have such strict guidelines.
“Strip clubs (Not Churches) are exempt from the Covid lockdowns, and are deemed essential by our governor!” senior pastor Jurgen Matthesius stated on Instagram. “Soooooo… we decided we are NOW AWAKEN FAMILY FRIENDLY STRIP CLUB! (Where we strip the devil of his hold, power & authority over people’s lives!) Enjoy the intro to the preach today!”
The pastor recently posted the image below, as there is a widening divide in just how many deaths are Covid related.
In early August, the megachurch responded after receiving a cease and desist order on indoor services from the San Diego county.
The church’s pastors were interviewed on Good Morning San Diego, where they pleaded the side of churches being allowed to re-open.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has been heavily criticized for ruling over churches with a heavy hand during the COVID lockdown, causing frustration, even anger, amongst both pastors and churchgoers who believe that worship and the work of the church are essential. At the same time, stores like Walmart and Home Depot see hundreds of people strolling through them.
“There is a desperate need for the church with the brokenness within our community,” senior pastor Jurgen Matthesius stated at the time.
“We have buried three people in the last five weeks who didn’t die of COVID, but because of it… the overbearing restrictions around COVID. There is no data that shows COVID signs linked to church services.”
“What we don’t do is compromise our First Amendment right that says congress shall make no law prohibiting churches from operating,” said Pastor Leanne. “We are doing as much as we can to be compliant, but there are some things that we will not compromise. Read Full Article >