A pastor in Baltimore, Maryland, tore a cease and desist letter ahead his congregation on Wednesday after he was ordered by local officials to prevent hosting in-person services during coronavirus lockdowns.
Governor Larry Hogan said last week that places of worship could reopen at 50 percent capacity.
However, many members of Calvary Baptist Church attended a service officiated by Pastor Stacey Shiflett’s last Wednesday.
The following day, Baltimore Council Executives decided against it on an area level, and put Pastor Shiflett in violation of Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services’ rules.
Also, Baltimore Mayor Jack Young limited religious and spiritual gatherings to only 10 people.
On Tuesday, May 19, Pastor Shiflett announced on social media that he received a threat of a $5,000 fine.
In spite of the threat of a fine, on Wednesday night, May 20, he returned to the church where he tore a cease-and-desist letter from local officials ahead of his congregation.