- According to Pastor Robert Smith, Gospel Light Baptist Church is being persecuted.
- Increase in hospitalizations and ICU stays.
The pastor of an N.S. A church that received an event linked to a COVID-19 spike and three deaths this week told his parishioners that what happened was “unfortunate,” but it was all part of God’s plan.
On Sunday, Robert Smith, pastor of Gospel Light Baptist Church in Amherst, Nova Scotia, held his first in-person service in three weeks and a live-streamed video of his sermon on Facebook. The video was later removed.
Smith’s church received a multi-day gathering of faith groups from across the province at the end of October. As per public health officials, more than 100 people attended and were not required to show proof of vaccination, which is a violation of public health orders. “I caught what God wanted us to do,” Smith told from the pulpit. “We had a fabulous week of meetings a young lady got saved.”
Three people died in the last week of COVID-19, one at a group home in Amherst also 2 at a long-term care home in Pugwash, N.S., with the province blaming the Gospel Light event.
According to the province, community spread in Nova Scotia’s northern and western health zones is “primarily associated” with that event. The number of hospitalizations also people in immediate care due to COVID-19 has increased recently, prompting Premier Tim Houston to express his “consternation and concern” on Monday.
Smith compared the response to his church to persecution. Several times during his 30-minute sermon, Smith stated that people are attempting to shame his community. Still, he urged his parishioners to resist internalizing the feeling, claiming that Satan is “attempting to drag us down.”
Officials from Nova Scotia Public Health previously stated that approximately 70% of the religious community who attended last month’s performance was fully vaccinated. The community has also been helpful with contact tracing and testing.
Source: CBC News