A Melbourne Christian pastor claiming Covid was a fraud has been arrested after threatening to open up for worship under lockdown bans.
Police shifted service Sunday morning after Revival Church leader Paul Furlong posted a video on Thursday threatening to lead Narre Warren to gather in defiance of Covid’s laws.
In the Facebook video, Mr. Furlong said he chose to “follow God rather than man” and called Covid “just cool”.
“My church is open. I said I would not close the church. This Sunday at 10 a.m., my church is Revival Church in Narre Warren… we are open for worship, ”Mr. Furlong said in the video.
“Many of you can tell me that I chose to follow God over man. It comes with a freedom of religion, movement, association. ”
In the video, Mr. Furlong says the coronavirus is a “pandemic” designed to create a new order in the world.
“It’s just cool,” he said.
“It’s the most deceptive, the most feared media power giant of famous boys around the world carrying a global government, a global agenda.”
Victoria Police said a 53-year-old man was arrested Narre Warren over the weekend for alleged arousal and breach of bail.
The Tyabb man was interviewed by police and charged with aggravated assault, making a charge of breach of bail and breach of bail.
He is also scheduled to appear in Frankston Magistrates Court on June 10.
Victoria entered a seven-day lockdown on Friday in a bid to prevent the latest Covid outbreak.
Gatherings for worship, prayer groups or any other religious purposes can only take place remotely.
People can only leave their home for important reasons, such as shopping, nursing, to get a Covid jab or test, exercise and authorized work or study.
Fines of up to $ 20,000 for individuals and $ 100,000 for corporations are possible through the court system for non -compliance.