FLORIDA: Arrest Warrant Issued For Megachurch Pastor Over Holding Services In Violation Of Governor’s Order

The Tampa Bay Times reports:

Worshipers gathered at a Tampa megachurch for services on Sunday, drawing a warning from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office about violating the safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of coronavirus.

A live stream on the River at Tampa Bay Church’s Facebook page showed congregants gathered for its Sunday morning “Main Event” service led by Pastors Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne. The three-and-a-half-hour stream started with nearly an hour of music performed by the church band.

Within hours, the Sheriff’s Office contacted the church to inform leaders the service had been held “in direct violation of the President’s guidelines for America, recommendations made by the (Centers for Disease Control) and orders from the Governor and the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group,” according to a statement the Sheriff’s Office released.

PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Howard-Browne tells worshipers that Jesus will “supernaturally multiply” the toilet paper in their pantry if they believe in him. Howard-Browne claims his church has “13 machines that shoot down the virus.” Pastor who performed at Howard-Browne’s church dies of coronavirus after calling it “mass hysteria” designed to hurt Trump. Howard-Browne vows to defy “ridiculous” bans on large gatherings. Howard-Browne says the coronavirus is a secret plot to “kill off many people with vaccines.” Howard-Browne says Jesus would “beat the crap” out of John Bolton. Howard-Browne says half of Congress performs human sacrifice and drinks blood. Howard-Browne says the CIA secretly trains ISIS at 49 US bases and ships them around the world. Howard-Browne says Hollywood is filled with cannibals who drink the blood of children. Howard-Browne issues a “restraining order” against the Antichrist.

UPDATE: Aaand he’s been arrested.

A Tampa Bay area pastor has been arrested following two large services at his church over the weekend. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister says he has made the decision Sunday night to seek an arrest warrant against the pastor of River at Tampa Bay Church for violating social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic. The sheriff confirmed in a tweet Monday afternoon that Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne had been arrested.