Churches are supposed to move all their worship services outside under state COVID-19 rules for counties, like Fresno, in California’s ‘purple’ reopening tier.

The Well Community Church‘ said it will continue meeting indoors this weekend, but will require people who attend in person to wear masks.

In a video posted to Instagram, lead pastor Brad Bell admits he and his church elders are not health experts, but they can’t let the virus get in the way of their mission.

“COVID’s not going away by the way. Can I just be honest with you? You can’t hide from it. It’s a virus. You’re gonna get it, eventually.”Brad Bell, Lead Pastor of The Well Community Church

“COVID’s not going away, by the way,” says Bell. “Can I just be honest with you? You can’t hide from it. It’s a virus. You’re gonna get it eventually.”

Bell says he doesn’t mean that to sound flippant, but he says getting a virus is not a matter of if, but when.

GV Wire℠ reached out to Bell for comment but has received no response. The city of Fresno tells GV Wire℠ there has not been any official contact with the church ahead of the weekend.

Bunker Analogy

“We could all lock ourselves in a bunker for 6 months and then come out and we’d all get it (COVID-19) then,” said Bell.

“It’s not just a health issue. Because, if it was just a health issue we’d all bunker up, we’d all shelter in place, (and) we’d never meet in public again ever,” he said.

Spiritual, Mental, Relational Needs

He says that’s not a way to care people’s spiritual, mental, and relational needs.

“When we look at all those issues together, our elders are saying we will continue to pray for governing authorities. We have no desire to be rebellious against governing authorities. But we’re going to continue to meet indoors,” explains Bell.

9 Responses

  1. Cynthia L Quintana

    And what will you do when many within your community become ill? Try being relational from the ICU. I am sure these “elders” could be more creative than that. “Elders” are supposed to be wise. Holding services indoors is irresponsible.

  2. Sam

    A pastor is supposed to guard his flock not place them in harm’s way. That being said, the church members can make up their own minds to follow or not follow a fool.

  3. Laura Foerster

    I think this is being selfish to those that obey the law. I hope you get a huge fine for meeting in doors. This dose not seem to be a Christian act of kindness or love disobeying the states orders.

  4. Ellen

    “We have no desire to be rebellious but…..” we are going to do whatever we want and to heck without the rules! Shame on you!

    • JP

      Exactly. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, Mr Bell. Witch away and the demons of Covid will find you eventually. When you or a loved one (if you have any) are gasping for air saying “I CAN’T BREATHE”, remember you brought this judgment on yourself and will stand before your Maker one day. “But Lord, Lord… and He will say Away from me you evil man” But you should know all this if you read your Bible. Repent or die. It’s that simple. Irvin Baxter is one example. He hasn’t been the only one.

      Brad Bell, you and your elders claim not to be health experts but act like you ARE the experts. I won’t change my own brakes because I am not qualified and it’s WAY too important to screw around with. YOU, sir, are not qualified to treat cancer, to treat any infectious disease, to treat diabetes, to treat heart attacks or strokes or ANY of the thousands of diseases that ANY of your congregation has. Yet YOU are are so arrogant to say you’re qualified to dismiss a potentially infectious disease because YOU HAVE A MISSION. (The serpent in the garden said “Did God reallllly say?” Did God really say to obey the authorities over you who are trying to save your sinful ass?) Your mission is to SEEK AND TO SAVE those who are lost. NOT to KILL THEM!!! You are the very definition of a demon-filled arrogant wolf in sheep’s clothing. If you and your elders don’t repent, your children will grow up and be ashamed of their fathers

  5. Nick

    During this pandemic I have experienced the ugliness of people. How selfish they are when it comes to other people’s heath. There are families who have lost their love ones to this virus. Yet, selfish people continue to not care due to money, prestige, and pride. Sometimes just to get on TV.

    Yes, people need to work in order to maintain support of their families, and there are ways around this virus by the protection of wearing masks and distancing. But so many people do not want to even wear a mask ignoring this simple rule. I remember when the first motorcycle helmet wearing law was initiated and there were some naysayers until these people who did not wear a helmet got into crashes, and received brain injury or death. I remember when people finally realized that smoking caused cancer and the government had to make a law. Because of second hand smoke, people had to smoke 15 feet away from buildings, and not smoke in a restaurant. This law, and others were for the protection from people who would not follow the law placing people in danger.

    My point is that laws are made because people just can’t follow rules for the needs of the many. Then because of failure of rules due to selfish people it becomes a law. Why can’t people just wear masks? We cannot count on people doing one simple courteous effort for the safety of others.

    As far as religion, I attend a religion where their message is, “We love you all very much, and we want to keep you safe.” This religion holds Sunday service on Zoom where 200 people in the congregation attended services.

    I see that this so-called pastor Brad Bell is all about his selfish needs. I am not a Bible thumper Yet, in the Bible at Proverbs 14:16 “The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.”

    Ecclesiastes 7:12 “For wisdom is protection just as money is protection, But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.”

    Proverbs 22:3
    A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

    If this pastor truly cares for his congregation then he would heed 1 Peter 5:2 “Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.”

    This pastor mentioned about not following the government or lawful instructions, and he is teaching lawlessness.

    Mathew 24:12- and because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

    Matthew 22:21 Jesus said “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” Romans 13:1 “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities.
    Does this pastor follow the scriptures or himself?

  6. Jeff

    First, if I’m “gonna get it anyway”, I’d prefer to be exposed AFTER I have as chance of getting vaccinated, and when there might be more ICU beds available.
    Second, let’s stop saying “never”, and “lockdown”, and “bunker” – these PARTIAL restrictions we are operating under will lessen. Until then, we can get by.
    Third, it seems like this church might be trying to mimic the exposure likelihoods that we might expect from a lengthy stay in a busy grocery store or big box store – masks, possibly limiting the number of indoor attendees, social distancing, managed entry and exit, ventilation, etc. They MIGHT be able to do that, but at this time it is NOT responsible to ADD another venue for spread of the virus when the church cannot control the spread of any virus from their services as churchgoers leave the church and go about the rest of their lives The church’s decisions affect more than just their members, and they should consider that as part of their role in our community, if not part of their faith.

  7. MGomez

    Scared of Covid and don’t want to attend service?

    Then stay home. In the meantime, shut up.


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