First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs, Mississippi has been involved in a court battle with the city over its lock down order. In its legal battle, Pastor Jerry Waldrop wanted churches declared an essential services, allowing them to reopen.
While Republican Governor Tate Reeves declared church “essential services” allowing them to reopen, the city did not.
According to reports, the church was recently burned to the ground and investigators suspect arson after finding the following note scrawled on a wall inside the church:
“I Bet you stay home now you hypokrits.”
It appears arsonists are trying to intimidate believers into complying with city orders.
The pastor noted that there have been several negative comments about the church on social media because of its legal battle and the church’s lawyer, Stephen Crampton, told Fox News:
“We’re in a time where I don’t think it’s any secret that there’s a growing hostility toward churches, across the board. And now, here are churches like First Pentecostal that are sort of stirring up the waters by being outspoken and somewhat firm about seeking to protect their Constitutional rights.”
READ: ‘Bet You Stay Home Now Hypokrits’: Church That Refused To Close During Lockdown Gets Burned Down, Investigated As Arson