Faith Leaders Hail Trump Order to Reopen Churches

Faith Leaders Hail Trump Order to Reopen Churches

May 23, 2020   |   by James G. Dalton

Faith leaders are singing Hallelujah.

President Donald Trump’s announcement Friday that he was declaring churches essential during the coronavirus pandemic — ordering them to “open right now” — was an answer to religious leaders’ prayers.

Jentezen Franklin, the senior pastor of megachurch Free Chapel in Gainseville, Ga., hailed the president for his decision, tweeting, “you always have the back of people of Faith.”

“We appreciate this very much. We will use wisdom about reopening but it’s our call not the governments!!!!” he tweeted.

Samuel Rodriguez, an evangelical pastor and president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, also praised the move.

“Churches are essential,” he tweeted. “The spiritual health of our nation is essential.  Churches can reopen safely with all CDC recommendations in place. Thank you POTUS for federally recognizing this truth.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines encourage houses of worship to address issues such as social distancing and to think about alternatives to common practices amid the pandemic. They also encourage an increase in cleaning, healthy hygiene and readiness to to close again, at least temporarily, if a member test positive for COVID-19.

With three campuses and more than 40,000 members, Prestonwood Baptist Church in North Texas is already preparing for reopening its sanctuary for services.

“I didn’t want to come back looking like a MASH unit,” Jack Graham, senior pastor of Prestonwood, told Faithwire. “When people come back, we want it to be a Prestonwood experience, a true worship experience.”

Greg Laurie, author and senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship with campuses in California and Hawaii, posted a simple, “Thank you, Mr. President.”

The Rev. Johnniue Moore, an evangelical leader and businessman who is a current commissioner for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, declared “Fact: Virtually every church, synagogue & mosque, etc. has been totally responsible.”

“& WILL BE responsible, deliberate & patient in reopening. But, many couldn’t. Now, they can — at the right time,” he added in the Twitter post. “Thanks @POTUS for putting Governors on notice. Faith is an essential service.”

Pastor Garth Gittens of Calvary Baptist Church in West Philadelphia lost several members to COVID-19, and told an ABC affiliate,”We closed because of a safety issue. For us it’s more personal than political.”

“We are definitely going to be prayerful, so when God opens this it will be well done,” he said.

via NewsMax

Recent Comments

  1. Charles Cummins

    May 23, 2020 @ 2:55 pm

    Without God we are nothing. Thanks Trump but fighting the anti-americans and the non-believers. Now in your spare time clean the swamp ASAP. Load them up send them to Cuba military trial for treason then take him out back and hang them.

  2. Joseph Corson

    May 23, 2020 @ 3:02 pm

    Thank you Mr. President! I knew you would clear up this attempt to control religious freedom by the Nazi left! They are all Godless fools and baby murderers!

  3. Lutes Jr. Tesla E.

    May 23, 2020 @ 4:47 pm

    Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    Excerpt From
    United States Bill of Rights
    United States
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  4. Ginny

    May 24, 2020 @ 5:20 pm

    Charles Cummins, very well said…thank you. God needs to hear from us all. We need to cry out for His mercy in all the situations we are facing as a whole and as individuals. Have a blessed day everyone.

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