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An enraged pastor ordered police officers to get out of his church after they arrived with a health inspector to shut the service down.

The incident occurred at the Cave of Adullam Church in Calgary, Canada on Sunday.

The pastor, Artur Pawlowski, looked up to see about police officers escorting the health official into his church.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, the pastor ordered them to "Get out! Get out of this property immediately! Get Out!"

When the health inspector attempted to speak, he shouted, "Out of this property immediately! I don't want to hear a word!"

"OUT! Out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant!"

He continued to scream, "Gestapo is not allowed here. Do you understand English? Out Nazi! Nazis are not welcome here." The police seemed apathetic by the pastor's response to their presence.

The cops slowly turned, and without speaking, exited the church. Cops are generally respectful inside the Lord's house.

Pawlowski addressed the camera directly: "Can you imagine those psychopaths? Passover. The Holiest Christian festival in a year, and they are coming to intimidate Christians during the Holiest festival? Unbelievable!"

Social media users in America and around the world sided with the pastor. Pawlowski grew up in Poland and experienced marxism and communism firsthand.

Here in America, church attendance has declined to a historic low, as politicians use the coronavirus to keep church doors padlocked.
 

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Kirk Franklin says anti-LGBT+ bullying has no place in the church. Particularly since 80% of male church choir members are same-sex oriented.

Franklin spoke up about homophobia in the church during a recent interview on a Sirius XM radio show.

The Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, best known for his crossover hit song "Stomp," told host Clay Cane, "What is very important to understand is that the pulpit is not a bullying place, and we have to also understand that no group of people are monolithic. No Black person, all Black people do not think the same, do not process the same. Not all LGBTQIA+ people all think and process the same."

The 51-year-old married father of 4 battled le ghey rumors for most of his career. He encouraged church members not to "weaponize" the Holy Bible against LGBT+ people.

"I have some close gay friends who make decisions based on their interpretation of the Bible, and they live out their lives based on whether celibacy, or whatever they choose to do, and they should have the right to do that."

He continued:

"We have to not weaponize the Bible to cover up, a lot of times, our homophobic views that have nothing to do with the Bible. A lot of people that maybe profess Christianity, they have views that are not even bibliocentric. It's their personal views that they do not understand, sometimes maybe the biology of homosexuality, and so they want to find a scripture to try to justify their own homophobic views... you can't abuse people from a platform, because that ain’t love, that's not the gospel, to take a microphone and weaponize it to hurt people and to condemn people."

 

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Rapper Mase returned to the pulpit to lead troubled The Gathering Oasis Church in Atlanta.

Mase, real name Mason Betha, was pastor at El Elyon International Church in Atlanta more than a decade ago before leaving to attempt a rap comeback.

He cut ties with the church in 2014 after his long-suffering wife Twyla Betha's divorce filing angered his parishioners. Twyla withdrew her divorce filing and the couple was able to save their marriage.

Cornelius Lindsey, who founded The Gathering Oasis Church, announced Mase's hiring in a statement on Facebook Sunday.

Pastor Lindsey, who recently resigned as leader of the church following allegations of spiritual, financial and psychological abuse, was optimistic about Mase's return to the pulpit.

"I've been encouraged by our conversations and your heart for the people. You come with a fresh vision and renewed hope. I'm thankful for our initial conversation that started out talking about life and slowly unraveled into a serious conversation on transitioning that's brought us to this point today," Lindsey wrote.

In a discussion on YouTube, Mase, 45, said he hopes to lead today's lost youth back to the church. He said the violent crime spree that has gripped Atlanta is a sign from God that his people have lost their way.

"I really see this generation being turned back into God's hands. I think there's been a major challenge with the city like being able to direct people back to God and I really welcome the challenge to do so," he said.

Mega church leader and founder of World Changers Church Creflo Dollar praised Mase and Twyla and he has high hopes for The Gathering Oasis Church.

"We are transitioning over to Pastor Mase and Twyla Betha. You know what an act of love to decide that we can't leave you comfortless," he said. "It reminds me of what Jesus did when he left the earth. He said 'I won't leave you comfortless but I'll give you another comforter which is the Holy Ghost who will lead and guide you and teach you in all things. And that's what I see in this transition tonight. Another comforter."

He added that Mason and Twyla are "anointed to get the job done."

Mase was signed to Sean Combs' Bad Boy Records in the late 1990s. The Grammy-nominated rap artist had six Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 singles and five US Rap No. 1 singles.
 

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President Trump ordered governors to reopen churches in states where church services are banned. Open the churches, or I will, he said in a tersely-worded statement on Friday.

In his daily coronavirus press conference, Trump declared all churches should open for Memorial Day weekend. He said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance to governors declaring places of worship "an essential part of life," allowing them to reopen as of this weekend.

He said if governors had any questions they could call him at the White House, but they're not going to be successful changing his mind.

Trump made it clear that if governors refused to open the churches, he would "override the governors."

Trump added: "In America we need more prayer -- not less!"

Watch Trump's press conference below.

Question: do you plan to attend church services this weekend?

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The Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, pastor of DeKalb County's New Birth Baptist Church, welcomed a baby with a church parishioner.

The promiscuous pastor transitioned from Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore to the church outside Atlanta to take over for Bishop Eddie Long who died of cancer in 2017.

According to Instagram blog @theBlackSocialites, Bryant fathered a baby with a woman who is not his ex-wife, Gizelle, whom he is currently dating again.

"Congratulations are in order for Pastor Jamal Bryant who's "Secret Lady" allegedly has already given birth to their NEW BABY ? Happy early Mother's Day to the new mommy. I wonder what's going to happen when church opens back up? Do you think she will be sitting front row First Lady style? Where do u think Gizelle will be seated? This is just too much."

Bryant famously cheated on his then-wife, Gizelle, by fathering a child out of wedlock. Bryant and Gizelle were married from 2002-2009. They share three daughters, Grace and twins Angel and Adore.

In 2016, Bryant admitted he had a sexual relationship with another church parishioner Latoya Shawntee Odom, 34, who gave birth to their son, John Karston Bryant. Bryant allegedly asked her to abort the baby, according to blogger William G. McCray III.

 


 

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Hundreds of parishioners ignored a ban on large public gatherings to attend morning services at Life Tabernacle Church in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana suburb on Sunday.

Church officials ordered the news media to leave church property as entire families arrived at the church.

1,265 attended morning services on church grounds in the state of Louisiana, where 3,500 residents tested positive for the Covid-19 virus that can cause a potentially fatal pneumonia in men, the elderly, people with chronic medical conditions, and smokers.

Pentecostal preacher Tony Spell, 42, stood in defiance of the governor's ban on large public gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He leaped into the pews and embraced and laid hands on worshipers' foreheads in prayer. "We're free people. We're not going to be intimidated," Rev. Spell said. "We're not going to cower. We're not breaking any laws."

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Seven people were baptized on Sunday, and 10 parishioners were filed with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. Tears streamed down their faces as they accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards banned gatherings of more than 50 people earlier this month. He issued a stay-at-home order on March 22. Most churches and synagogues complied with the orders, but Rev. Spell continues to hold services at Life Tabernacle.

Only about 10% stayed away from services on Sunday, including Rev. Spell's own 90-year-old father who in self-quarantine at home.
 

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As Mike Bloomberg stepped up to the pulpit to speak at the historic Brown Chapel in Selma, Alabama, on Sunday, a handful of congregants silently stood and turned their backs to him.

Political and civil rights leaders spoke at the church to mark the 55th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," when civil rights activists were brutally beaten by Alabama State Troopers during a march across Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams sat behind Bloomberg as he spoke. She didn't bat an eyelash during the silent protest.

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Before the service, Abrams, 46, shook hands with Bloomberg, who donated $5 million to her nonprofit voter suppression organization Fair Fight in Atlanta.

Pastor Leodis Strong applauded the former New York City mayor for even showing his face at the church in Selma.

"It shows a willingness on his part to change," said Strong.

The silent protest was in part due to Bloomberg's support of NY's controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

Critics say Bloomberg weaponized the policy to reflect his deeply held racist beliefs.

Bloomberg, 77, apologized in November for assigning more cops to minority areas "because that's where all the crime is."

Bloomberg apologized in January for ordering police to throw young Black males "up against the wall and frisk them."

And he apologized in February for saying Black and Hispanic males don't follow instructions at work.

One of the people who turned their backs to Bloomberg was Ryan Haygood, president and chief executive of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

As he stood with his back turned, Haygood thought about the police brutality civil rights organizers faced in the church 55 years ago as they protested for equal voting rights.

"I thought this could be the place where he could finally say, once and for all, 'Let me own what I did, let me atone for it.' He didn't even touch it which is more disrespectful," Haygood said.

Joe Biden, fresh off his decisive win at the South Carolina primary on Saturday, also spoke at the annual "Bloody Sunday" service.

78-year-old Biden, who has his own racist past to contend with, playfully suggested that Abrams might be vice president someday.

Abrams closed the four-hour service with a speech about her ongoing efforts to register every Black person to vote for Democrats through her Fair Fight 2020 campaign.

Thanks to fat checks from donors like Bloomberg, her Fair Fight campaign has amassed $25 million in the bank.

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After the service, Democratic presidential candidates, Bloomberg (left), former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (center left), Amy Klobuchar (right), Senator Elizabeth Warren (center) and Rev. Jesse Jackson (behind Warren) marched during the annual Bloody Sunday March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the violent clash with Alabama State Troopers in 1965.

Buttigieg, 38, who dropped out of the presidential race on Sunday, promised to help make sure a Democrat wins the White House in November.

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Pastor John Gray was a no-show for Sunday morning service at his Relentless megachurch in South Carolina, just days after it was reported that the church received an official eviction notice.

Gray spoke to his congregation via video from an undisclosed location. The embattled pastor delivered a message of defiance and hope, even as his church undergoes an eviction filed by the former owners.

In a calm voice, Gray explained that his absence was "pre-planned before there was a setup with a camera to serve papers to our church."

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Gray also noted that he was not in church so he could take "a necessary day” with his wife, Aventer Gray, to "build my marriage so that it can be healthy and vibrant."

Gray was the subject of cheating rumors and an extramarital affair with a woman in the Atlanta area.

The church's month-to-month lease expired last week. The Redemption Church, which owns the property, filed documents in court to evict the church.

Gray claimed the lease was paid and his church was not in default.

"We have paid what we owe, according to our agreement, and everything is going to be shared at the right time trough the proper legal channels," he said. "But until then, we, the Relentless Church, will continue to have service and we will maintain the moral ground."

Gray did not address rumors that he may be moving his megachurch to Atlanta.

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Former comedian and Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell is now an officially licensed pastor after graduating from theology school.

Pastor Mitchell currently serves as youth pastor at Spirit Food Christian Center, a church in Southern California, according to WENN.com.

Mitchell, 41, is best known for his comedy hijinks with sidekick Kenan Thompson on Nickelodeon's hit 1990s series All That.

They were so popular that Nickelodeon rewarded them with their own TV spin-off, Kenan and Kel.

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The guys used their television success as a launching pad for movie fame. In 1997 they starred in the movie Good Burger.

They also appeared together in an episode of Sister, Sister with Tia and Tamera Mowry, four episodes of The Steve Harvey Show, and an episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

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The Chicago native has a 2-year-old daughter, Wisdom, with his 2nd wife, Christian rapper Asia Lee (pictured above), whom he married in 2012.

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Asia, 41, is stepmother to Mitchell's two children, Lyric and Allure, by his first wife, Tyisha Hampton, whom he divorced in 2005. Kel and Tyisha are pictured above during happier times in 2004.

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Pastor John Gray did not receive an "eviction notice" as was reported by multiple news outlets. Gray's publicist reached out to Sandrarose.com on Monday to deny reports that Gray's Relentless Church received an eviction notice from church landlords, Ron and Hope Carpenter.

According to Gray's publicist, the Carpenters sent Gray a notice terminating the oral lease for two properties occupied by the church in Greenville, SC.

In his response, Gray's attorneys noted that the leases are all paid up. The lawyers are in possession of a direct message that Hope Carpenter allegedly sent to someone on Facebook.com. The lawyers said the DM makes "very serious defamatory statements" about Gray.

Hope reportedly calls Pastor Gray "a shady man" and "dishonest". She allegedly said Pastor Gray and Relentless "are 3 to 4 months behind in all the bills" and "[w]e (Hope and Ron) will be taking our church back... We are very excited to have our campus back but we are very sad John Gray has not lived up to his end of the bargain."

Gray's attorneys dispute Carpenter's allegations, saying:

"The exact opposite is true. Pastor Gray and Relentless have gone above and beyond the original transfer terms to make this work. It is Ron Carpenter and Redemption Church who could no comply with the transfer agreement."

The law firm also said a church the size of Relentless can not possibly "move in 30 days, especially when the rent is current. Could it be the author threat of eviction on a 30-day notice is rally so the Carpenters can do exactly what Hope has outlined in her Facebook DM? I sincerely hope not."

Below is the letter from Gray's publicist.

Please note: Sandrarose.com is a gossip blog, not a news media outlet. We gossip here. Please do not hold the Sandrarose.com blog owner to the same standards as a professional who holds a journalism degree.

Hi Sandra,

I hope all is well. Reaching out regarding your headline "John Gray's Relentless Church Faces Eviction for Not Paying Rent" mentioning my client- along with the first sentence of your story. It's false.

There is absolutely no eviction notice. They have not been served with an eviction notice and they are current with every financial obligation as outlined by the leases they are under.

A termination letter referencing a verbal agreement was sent. The letter did not however reference the actual signed lease agreement in which Redemption/ Ron Carpenter are in violation of not honoring nor did it state the notice was concerning failure to pay. Again, Relentless is current with both of their leases.

Please see attached the termination letter and the legal response to the termination letter and please edit your headline and story to reflect the truth of the situation.

Thank you