A video taken back in the month of June that shows a gathering of a large group of Christians at a Walmart in North Versailles, Pennsylvania has recently gone viral.
According to the report of LifeNews, the group met at Walmart because they were unable to go to Church because of the church closure order given by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.
The exact post on Twitter published by LifeNews said, “AWESOME!”
This church organized a worship service at Walmart since it wasn’t allowed to gather anywhere else.
The Post Millennial reported:
The video shows congregants singing “Our God Is Greater,” “Waymaker,” “Great Are You Lord,” and “We Worship You.” People sing in praise, and everyone seems to be recording the happening via cell phone.
A site called Faithpot reports that Halford works at the North Versailles Walmart, and “immediately dropped what she was doing when she heard them singing.”
Customers appear to join in as well, and the Walmart is soon ringing with the sounds of praise.
It was on April 3 that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf asked religious leaders in that state to “consider alternate forms of worship” as a result of the coronavirus. Wolf said “Religious leaders are encouraged to find alternatives to in-person gatherings and to avoid endangering their congregants. Individuals should not gather in religious buildings or homes for services or celebrations until the stay-at-home order is lifted.”
Franky Rodriguez, the local pastor of Philadelphia, said, “In more than 2000 years the church has faced and survived many adversities, including two world wars, The Spanish Flu and The Great Plague. The church is not going to go away because we the people of God are the church! In times of trouble the Church gets closer, not further apart.”
“This is not a physical closeness, it’s a spiritual one,” he further added. “Although we will not be in the same physical location, we have the technology to share the word of God. This Easter the Church is still united like every other Easter, with thanksgiving, prayer and supplication for the inhabitants of the world. So, let’s be responsible and be together, apart.”
The Post Millennial further stated:
Governor Wolf’s directives were clear that there were no official restrictions on houses of worship, but they have primarily closed their doors at the guidance of religious leaders.
The people of North Versailles, however, came together to share prayer songs and community in one of the only places that the state allowed people to do so at the time, on June 26.
The state has since entered the “green” phase of reopening, which means that Department of Health guidelines must be followed, but that “aggressive mitigation orders lifted.”
A few months back, a Florida pastor was arrested for holding church service despite the restrictions. He then complained that he was the victim of “tyrannical government.”
Ron DeSantis, the state’s republican governor, issued a quick statement this week where he designated religious service as “essential service”, and then he eliminated the rights of cities and counties to ban it.
“I don’t think the government has the authority to close a church. I’m certainly not going to do that,” DeSantis said. “In Easter season, people are going to want to have access to religious services.”
“This decision comes out of sacrificial love, not from habitual or casual disregard for worship,” the leaders of Christianity Today and the National Association of Evangelicals said in a joint statement.
“We will not be passing the peace with hugs, but rather with texts and phone calls. Are these modes inferior? Yes. Will they be acceptable to the Lord? We also believe, yes.”
Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, signed his own executive order designating religious service as “essential” and allowed houses of ownership to make their own decision while urging them to work remotely.