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Christian pastor: Do the ‘stimulus challenge’ and send churches your $1,200 relief checks

In a video posted to his YouTube channel this Wednesday, Louisiana pastor Tony Spell declared the launch of the #PastorSpellStimulusChallenge, where he called on Christians to donate their coronavirus relief checks to various church initiatives. Spell declared that the challenge is set to begin on April 19.

Spell’s challenge calls on participants to donate their stimulus money to “North American evangelists who haven’t had an offering in a month, missionaries who haven’t an offering in a month, music ministers who haven’t had an offering in a month.”

“I’m donating my entire stimulus, $1,200,” Spell says in the video. “My wife is donating her stimulus — $1,200. My son is donating his stimulus — $600.”

Spell has made a name for himself by refusing to shutter his Baton Rouge-based Life Tabernacle Church as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the U.S. Earlier this month, he said that he believes truly devoted Christians won’t mind dying from COVID-19.

Watch his video below:

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