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(from ACA) Most church services in Sydney have moved online due to strict COVID-19 lockdowns but it appears some have decided not to take the rules seriously.

Blacktown’s Church Embassy Sydney landed in hot water for an illegal service held over the weekend, with $35,000 in fines handed out by authorities.

And A Current Affair can now reveal another church has been seen breaking health orders and spreading anti-lockdown messages to its worshippers. 

READ MORE: Church livestreamed illegal gathering amid COVID-19 lockdown

Pastor Martin Beckett was on Sunday seen broadcasting the message online to the Rock Community Centre at Kingswood.

“I didn’t have a mask on, not because I’m a rebel, I just don’t care,” Pastor Beckett told some of his worshippers during an online sermon.

He claimed if people get sick after getting together “it’s called being human”.

Pastor Martin Beckett was on Sunday seen broadcasting the message online to the Rock Community Centre at Kingswood (A Current Affair)

READ MORE: Pastor told congregation ‘lockdown is over’ before illegal church gathering was shut down by police

The pastor then criticised the government’s stance on COVID-19 and downplayed the virus.

“The government keeps talking like this is a war time situation, shut up, I want to ship those people back to war and see how they handle it,” he said.

“They don’t know what they’re talking about. This is a seasonable flu we’re going through, come on.”

It wasn’t only the singers not wearing masks. (A Current Affair)

READ MORE: NSW records 818 new cases, three deaths

Pastor Beckett told worshippers online he had broken government rules even telling them on Sunday that he “married a couple yesterday” and “we had a meal together”.

But he said he wouldn’t reveal their names because “some gooses out there want to call the police and they’re r——d”.

A Current Affair was contacted by someone who was concerned about the rules being broken in the church.

They claimed band members weren’t wearing a mask.

“There’s not really many people in the room just the musos and the hundred or so people that we’ve snuck in,” Pastor Beckett said online.

When approached by A Current Affair reporter Dimity Clancey, Pastor Beckett’s excuse was that “you can’t sing if you’re wearing a mask,you don’t have to”.

However, it wasn’t only the singers not wearing masks.

“The bass player and the drummer they’re not wearing a mask because they’re exerting themselves, that’s their choice,” Pastor Beckett said.

The pastor told the congregation he is above the rules.

“My sermons don’t have rules. I don’t have to abide by any rules,” he said.

In a statement, NSW Police confirmed they have commenced an investigation into potential breaches of the public health order.

“The police are watching and so is the community. These are events that are being reported to police by local community members,” Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said.

“They know they are doing the wrong thing and they’re saying to police we don’t want it in our community, go and look at it, go and investigate it, shut them down and fine them if they’re doing the wrong thing.”

Mr Ayres said he has a message for Pastor Beckett: “Pull your head in, we know you’ve been able to do lots of good in our community but now’s not the time to really test those rules that we put in place, now’s not the time to breach the law, now is the time for western Sydney to rally around each other and follow the public health orders”.

Statement by NSW Police Force:

On Tuesday 24 August 2021, Police received a report of a live-streamed religious service. Officers from Nepean Police Area Command commenced an investigation to look into potential breaches of the Public Health Order.

Police continue to remind members of the public to report any alleged breaches of the Public Health Order to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, every report is being further investigated by NSW Police.

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