(ETH) – The California city prosecutor has just threatened to press criminal charges against the pastor and the congregation of Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena. The new warning comes as the Church of Harvest Rock has continued to hold indoor worship services in direct violation of Governor Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus orders.
The report states that the congregation was also observed not wearing masks and not complying with social distancing rules as well. “All of these are violations of the law,” prosecutor Michael Dowd wrote in a threatening letter to the church.
The governor has also warned that churches may not hold indoor services – and the congregation is not allowed to sing songs even home Bible studies are covered under the order. “Your compliance with these orders is not discretionary, it is mandatory,” Dowd wrote.
“Each day in violation is a separate violation and carries with it a potential punishment of up to one year in jail and a fine for each violation.” The city has now threatened to arrest the entire congregation.
“Any violations in the future will subject your church, owners, administrators, operators, staff, and parishioners to the above-mentioned criminal penalties as well as the potential closure of your church,” Dowd wrote. The city’s prosecutor also threatened to permanently shut down the church building citing an “unprecedented and catastrophic health emergency.” “Your future compliance is expected,” Dowd said.