Tennessee pastor Greg Locke has insisted on continuing to hold church services despite coronavirus lockdown orders in his state, saying that his ministry is an "essential service."
"It’s important for us to remain open," Locke said late last month. "It's not because we’re trying to prove a point."
Locke is continuing his defiance of social distancing orders and is holding a Good Friday service. In a video posted to his Twitter account, he showed preparations for a reenactment of Jesus' crucifixion. Among the actors was his 16-year-old son, who can be seen in the video portraying a bloodied Christ on the cross.
A look at our Live crucifixion scene. IT IS FINISHED. #GoodFriday2020 https://t.co/UFbgtriu4q— Pastor Greg Locke (@Pastor Greg Locke)1586534853.0
The pastor previously made headlines for his defenses of President Donald Trump.
Unsurprisingly, there were a few people who didn't approve of his Good Friday reenactment:
@pastorlocke Cult in action.— A. Bettik (@A. Bettik)1586534942.0
@pastorlocke Evangelical Christians: Movies & video games expose children to too much violence. Also Evangelical C… https://t.co/J4ntp7ZnT9— Am I Mombling? 🇨🇦 (@Am I Mombling? 🇨🇦)1586536667.0
@danthepsycho2 @pastorlocke I know in reality it’s kinda sad, but why do I have such a hard time controlling my lau… https://t.co/CCV2Cun4ws— justanotherhoser🇨🇦 (@justanotherhoser🇨🇦)1586536889.0
@pastorlocke This is truly disturbing.— The Ghost of Archie Bunker (@The Ghost of Archie Bunker)1586534901.0
@pastorlocke What in the hell is wrong with you? Do need some more attention or something? No one giving a damn abo… https://t.co/dEVdnCw6my— Alexander Gray (@Alexander Gray)1586535320.0
@pastorlocke "As long as the serious disease lasts, they will be ceremonially unclean. They must live in isolation… https://t.co/gkVehTiYSs— Álvaro Marqués (@Álvaro Marqués)1586536698.0