“COVID, it’s all good,” Spencer said. “It’s OK. Get it, get it over with, press on.”
The sermon was posted on the church's website and shared on Facebook, the newspaper said. Spencer later told the newspaper that he and several members of his family contracted the virus and have recovered.
“It’s not fun,” he said. “I lost my sense of taste and smell, but my bout with the flu was worse.”
Former Lighthouse Baptist member Miguel Medina said he posted the video clip of the sermon on Facebook.
“I had no intention of posting, but I couldn’t believe what I just saw and heard,” Medina said in an email.
The church has been holding services in-person. Some attendees wear masks and social distance. Others don’t, according to the newspaper.
“We trust our people to make their own decisions,” Spencer said. “We respect one another’s positions.”
In a later sermon posted on the church’s website, Spencer addressed the interview with The Holland Sentinel, saying that people have a “complete right and privilege to believe whatever you want to believe.”