In his 52 years of preaching at Maryville Baptist Church, Pastor Jack Roberts never once closed the church.
But on March 25, pro-abortion KY Gov. Andy Beshear banned ALL worship, including parking lot services. And, like other governors that unlawfully restrict churches, he declared abortion centers and liquor stores to be “essential.”
On GOOD FRIDAY, when Christians around the world contemplate Jesus’ crucifixion, Gov. Beshear warned that no one should dare attend EASTER services in his state. He warned that he would send police officers to monitor churches and take down the license plates and VIN numbers of offenders, and then issue Notices of Quarantine - even for parking lot services.
Never mind that Gov. Beshear allowed big-box retail centers, abortion clinics and liquor stores to stay open and largely unrestricted. Churches and houses of worship were required to shut down.
On the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter, a church located in a county near Maryville sued the Louisville mayor and won an injunction, preventing the mayor from stopping parking lot services. The precedent set by that Trump-appointed judge should have served as a warning to Gov. Beshear, but the abortion-loving governor didn’t care. Instead, he doubled down on restricting the other Kentucky counties.
On Easter Sunday, Maryville Baptist Church opened its parking lot and readied its loudspeakers for a drive-in service. Attendees arrived and stayed in their own cars and prepared to listen to Pastor Roberts’ sermon.
But there was a surprise waiting in that church parking lot, as well – the police. The officers went car to car, taking down the license plate numbers and issuing citations to the faithful flock who just wanted to worship their Lord – safely encased in their cars! Even the local news team sent to cover the event received the notice. Many who were still arriving saw the police cars and turned away, sacrificing their right to worship out of fear of tyrannical punishment.
On Monday, as Maryville attendees went to work, reports of the church’s experience hit the media. Multiple Maryville Baptist attendees report being sent home and/or immediately fired from their “essential service” jobs.