Pastor Ron Arbaugh, pastor of Calvary Chapel of San Antonio in Texas says he accepts responsabiblity for spread of covid-19 in his church.
According to News 4 San Antonio, the pastor Ron said “I accept full responsibility. I’m the leader of the church. We kept all of the rules to the letter of the law.”
The members of the congregation started their services in person and around 51 of them contracted the covid-19 virus late last month; including Pastor Arbaugh and his wife, Paula.
Due to this the church was thoroughly cleaned and closed until July 12. The church passed the information through its bulletin saying:“CCSA is suspending all other church activities through July 11.”
“Hugging” could have been the reason of contagion
The pastor said if he could have done it all over again, “I would have said ‘no hugging.’”
He regreted what happened, and immediately took action when he learned about the contagion.
“Immediately we shut down the church to get everyone through a quarantine period,” he said.
The pastor affirmed that he and his wife recovered from the virus and that the majority of the church members positive for the covid-19 reported only mild symptoms.
Two days after members tested positive, the pastor wrote to the congregation, saying, “We will not have worship but I will be here teaching and look forward to joining with you online. There will be only a couple of us here in the building to ensure that everyone is safe.”
“Please be safe. Keep your focus on Jesus. Read your Bibles and try not being consumed by the news or by the strange times we are living in. We will be fine; God’s grace is more than sufficient. We will return together as a church body to focus on the marvelous mission God has blessed us with. Pray for others and know that they are praying for you. Nothing can stop the work our Jesus has for us!”
He also quoted Philippians 4:6-7, which reads: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Source: The ChristianPost