Pastor whose church was burned down vows to pray for soul of arsonist, continue worship

By The Christian Post

Smoke rises from the ashes of First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs, Mississippi after it was burned down on May 20, 2020. | Screenshot: WMC5

The pastor of the Mississippi church that was burned down last month after it filed a lawsuit against a local stay-at-home-order banning worship gatherings says that the church will pray for the soul of whoever destroyed his congregation’s “cherished spiritual home.” 

Pastor Jerry Waldrop of First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs wrote an op-ed published in USA Today in which he defended his church’s right to assemble in worship even after the church building was destroyed in what authorities believe is an act of arson.

“We recognize that not everyone shares our belief in the Word of God as revealed in the Bible,” Waldrop wrote. “We are not offended that others don’t share our firmly held belief that gathering together to worship and to study the Bible is an essential duty and necessary to the growth of the church and its members. And we will pray for the soul and peace of mind of someone who would harbor such hatred that he would take from us our cherished spiritual home.”

Source:The Christian Post