Across America, pastors have been threatened, fined and some jailed for holding church services.
Christians attending church have been harassed, intimidated, and fined.
But for one church, the Christian haters burnt down their church.
Here is what Pastor Jerry Waldrop said:
“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that in America, in our church – the First Pentecostal Church of Holly Sprints, Mississippi – I would see armed police standing in our aisles, ordering us to shut down our worship services.
“Even worse, I never thought that in America I’d experience what it was like for those armed policemen to hand me an official government document, ordering our community of faithful to cease and desist worshipping on Easter Sunday and to depart the House of God.
“Or that in America we would have to go to court to confirm our right to the free exercise of religion, to peacefully assemble and to raise our voices in the adoration of God – rights that are expressly guaranteed in our beloved Constitution’s First Amendment and for which the brave men and women in our military services have fought and died.”
Then a few days later the church was set on fire – an arsonist left a message that was burnt – beware they should not be open.
“Someone burned down our church, leaving only a smoldering mass of debris and our dreams. They left graffiti, trying to shame us for worshiping together in our church.”
“But critics tell us that we are selfish, and that by gathering we are endangering other people who might believe differently. “
After the church burnt down, an appeals court ordered the government to let them worship – with a church completely gone.
The pastor’s message to all:
“We recognize that not everyone shares our belief in the Word of God as revealed in the Bible. We are not offended that others don’t share our firmly held belief that gathering together to worship and to study the Bible is an essential duty and necessary to the growth of the church and its members. And we pray for the soul and peace of mind of someone who would harbor such hatred that he would take from us our cherished spiritual home.”
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