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THE COVID SURVIVAL RATE:
0-19yrs = 99.997%,   20-49yrs = 99.98%,   50-69yrs = 99.5%,   70+yrs = 94.6%
[Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA].

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits"
"Prove all things: hold fast that which is good"
(1 John 4:1a; 1 Thessalonians 5:21)

"Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men"
"And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house ... Praising God"
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another"
(Acts 5:29, Acts 2:46-47, Hebrews 10:25)

"In our worship services we come humbly before God and celebrate our relationship with him.
We are not just individuals but a community of believers, praising and worshipping God together"

[Christian Institute, Summer 2020]

"Churches have been forced to capitulate to government and Church of England
[Baptist Union/Methodist] guidance and have been prevented from supporting their communities"
[Rev. Charlie Boyle, Christina Concern, July 2021]

"I'm not interested in what [man] says; I want to know what God says"
[Sarah Smith]

"While at the supermarket on Saturday, I saw a guy wearing a mask that had a quote from the Bible on it.
It said, 'The Lord is my protector'. I just thought, if you actually believe that, why are you wearing a mask?"
[comment at source]

"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"
(Galatians 4:16)

2020: The Year the Church Was As Sharp As A Two-Edged Marshmallow
"2020 has exposed a feebleness and a hollowness at the heart of many churches,
as well as a lack of proper theological framework with which to look at the whole Covid situation
and frame a response to it ... The feebleness must go. The hollowness must go.
The niceness must go. The paltry theology must go. The marshmallow must go"

Government, Health & Safety, the Court of Public Opinion... What About the Bible?
"Who is really Head of the Church?
Is Christ's authority over the Church absolute, or does the government trump Christ when push comes to shove? ...
What we need in this present crisis is more than just to act as implementers of government guidelines.
What we need, is to exercise real, courageous, spiritual, Biblical leadership.
And we need to be clear on what our ultimate authority is"

"As history invariably reveals, there will be many more (Christians) than expected who in the name of 'wisdom',
'obeying the government' and being a 'good witness' (aka getting approval of the media and society)
will, when push comes to shove, finally support an oppressive state and oppose the faithful Church.
The Barmen Declaration marked such a moment of division in the life of the German Church in Nazi Germany.
Some supported the freedom and independence of the Church under Jesus Christ, others accepted gradual Nazification"
[source]

Why Christians Are A Threat to the Lockdown Ideology
"The experience of the Underground Church in Communist Eastern Europe
has a vital lesson for any British Christians brave enough to defy lockdown ideology.
Compliant British churches are no threat to totalitarianism.
But courageous counter-cultural Christianity is"

YOUTUBE:
This Is A Spiritual Battle

"If you can see the truth of the reality around you, and you can recognise the evil for what it is ...
you have an obligation to plant a seed in the minds of other people..."
"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind"
(2 Timothy 1:7)


YOUTUBE:

Peace ~ Be Still ~ Lay All Your Worries Down
"Be still, O my soul, for our God is in control"

 

 

A Question for the Church...

Who is it that wants to silence the Church?  Who is it that most wants to lock the Church away out of sight and out of mind of the country - which needs the Church more than ever at this time of uncertainty and confusion?  Zoom 'services' are not the same thing at all as face-to-face meetings and personal ministry.  Who is it that hates the preaching of the Gospel, the corporate worship of God, the sharing of communion, and the prayers of the saints, all commanded of His people in God's Holy Word?  Vicars, pastors, church leaders - whom do you fear: God, or the enemy of our souls?

 

At Last! The UK Church Arises From Its Slumber!

Bible Believing Christians May Be Forced Underground  (October/November 2020)

"With no sign of release from the restrictions on public life, and half of the nation's churches still closed after six months, veteran minster David Hathaway claims the government is using the same fear tactics as Hitler and the communists of Eastern Europe and senses 'a lot of alarm bells ringing' ... A darker agenda behind the church closures and economic shutdown has been widely circulated on the internet between both Christians and non-churchgoers ... There was also a stronger response from other denominations to the latest threats to impose restrictions on national life. Five hundred ministers signed a letter to the PM which was published on 22 September, hours before Boris Johnson's broadcast when he warned new coronavirus restrictions could last six months..."

The Forced Closure of Churches by the State is an Extreme Interference with Article 9 Rights  (23 October 2020)

"In the event the Welsh Ministers carry out their stated intention to impose a blanket ban on church services in Wales, our clients intend to apply for judicial review of any such legislation on the grounds that it is (a) in breach of Article 9 ECHR and/or (b) ultra vires the powers of the Welsh Ministers, and/or the National Assembly for Wales, under the domestic constitutional law ... as a matter of principle, the imposition of appropriate anti-epidemic measures in the Church is ultimately a matter for Church authorities rather than secular state authorities..."

Leaders Take A Confident Stand for Christian Freedoms  (02 October 2020)

"Last week, over 700 church leaders wrote to the governments of all four UK nations, urging them not to ask churches to stop services again. It was wonderful to see so many leaders, from different types of churches, speak of the broader issues raised by Covid lockdown policies: the importance of the Church, the many other health risks being caused, the impact on the poorest and the hope of everlasting life in Jesus. Since then, the coverage of this letter also provided interesting opportunities for Christians to once again talk about the Church's response to Covid-19 and where we should go from here..."

Churches Vow to Stay Open This Time  (27 September 2020) (£)

"Church leaders have vowed to defy the government by staying open through any lockdown, with 700 [885 as at 5th October] signing a letter urging the authorities not to suspend services ... One of the letter's four authors, the Rev Dr Matthew Roberts, of Trinity Church, York, said many were prepared to defy the government. 'Would we be willing to continue to gather people and call people to come together to worship God in a safe way even if the government says we're not allowed to? The answer for many of our churches is yes, we would', he says ... 'It seemed to us as leaders of the church that there was a conflict between what God commands and the law', [Paul] Levy [minister of the International Presbyterian Church in Ealing, West London] said. 'We chose to follow God's commands'..."

Why I Signed an Open Letter Asking the Government Not to Close Churches Again  (26 September 2020)

"To state the obvious, I signed this because I agree with it. I'm encouraged that the letter evidences both church unity and engagement with the culture on key current issues in our society. It also addresses key issues of concern..."

Finally, the Church Is On the March Against Lockdown  (25 September 2020)

"Many of us Christians who have grown increasingly sceptical about lockdowns, due to the worldwide collateral damage to our lives and livelihoods, have felt very alone. Some of us have been the only ones in our churches. 'When will the church find its voice?' has been a question on many of our minds. So it has been a great joy this week to find that, at last, the church has begun to speak up! An open letter has been sent to our political leaders..."

Open Letter to The Prime Minister, First Ministers, and Deputy Ministers  (24th September 2020)  [PDF]

"As church leaders from across the four nations of the UK, we have been deeply concerned about the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic across society. We have carefully followed government guidance to restrict its spread. But increasingly our concern relates to the damaging effects of anti-Covid restrictions on many of the most important aspects of life. Our God-given task as Christian ministers and leaders is to point people to Jesus Christ, who said he came to being 'life in all its fullness.'  Therefore we are troubled by policies which prioritise bare existence at the expense of those things that give quality, meaning and purpose to life. Increasingly severe restrictions are having a powerful dehumanising effect on people's lives, resulting in a growing wave of loneliness, anxiety and damaged mental health ... We entirely support proportionate measures to protect those most vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2. But we question whether the UK Government and the devolved administrations have it in their power either to eliminate this virus or to suppress it for an indefinite period while we await a vaccine. And we cannot support attempts to achieve these which, in our view, cause more damage to people, families and society - physically and spiritually - than the virus itself..."

 

Who is Head of the Church: Christ or Caesar?

If to obey our godless governmental and/or craven denominational leaders regarding how our Fellowship orders its Sunday worship during the coronavirus season, is to disobey God's commands for worship in His Eternal Word, then I shall disobey our governmental and denominational leaders and I shall obey God.  To quote my younger sister many, many years ago: I am not interested in what man has to say; I want to know what God has to say.

WEBSITE:  Christ Not Caesar - Love, Lordship, & Lockdown

"In brave and beautiful ways, Jesus both called out & stood up to the bullying idolatrous state religion of his day, driven by love for the sheep without a shepherd.  That he was alone and risked only death with no chance of success mattered not at all.  In earthly defeat he worked cosmic victory: paying the price of sin and disarming the Satanic power behind every false religion - bringing true freedom and immortality to light.  To fulfil our duty of love to God and fellow Christians, we believe it is right to live & gather as Jesus' people by His Spirit, with measures proportionate to the various risks - if necessary, in faithful disobedience to the laws of men, recognising the Church has no King but Christ, and leaving the consequences to Him.  At the same time such a stand seeks to fulfil our duty of love to our neighbor: for their social dignity as human beings in the face of civil oppression and government overreach."

Christ Not Caesar: Manifesto

"To fulfil our duty of love to God and Man, we believe it is right to live & gather as Jesus' people by His Spirit, with measures proportionate to the various risks - if necessary, in faithful disobedience to the laws of me, leaving the consequences to the King of kings.  We recognise...  (1) Much 'Covid-security' opposes: The wisdom of Jesus, Loving like Jesus, The harm principle, Historic church teaching, The supremacy of Jesus.  (2) Evil impacts the world: Including state, industry & media, Constantly, via men & Satan, Especially when power is concentrated, Making blind trust unwise.  (3) Our duty to obey law is altered by: Conflict with Scripture, Harm to our neighbor, The State exceeding its remit.  (4) A duty to resist is created by: Threat to our fellow man, A citizens responsibility.  (5) A need to obey God, not men: For the Bride's purity, For loving one another, For loving society..." 

Church Worship Restricted, Devil Worship Fine  (21 June 2021)

"We are supposed to be grateful for the small mercy of being able to attend church at all and to practice our religion, but ... Christian worship may be conducted only under strict and completely unnecessary restrictions ... Enough has been said about the G7 summit in Cornwall; but the rank hypocrisy of the back-slappers, hand-shakers and huggers amongst the international leaders did not go unnoticed ... Is the tide turning? ... support for the restrictions may be waning. People who were 'on message' regarding Covid-19 months ago are now expressing frustration that we continue to have our freedoms curtailed ... an increasing number seem to have no idea what the regulations are, long ago having stopped listening to the government briefings. The people are beginning to see sense..."

Show Some Backbone - A Churchgoer's Plea  (17 June 2021)

"'Does it concern you that, at the behest of the government, churches across the country closed their doors for three months, without any protest?'  This was the question I put to my pastor when I bumped into him last October.  He justified it as being only for a limited time, and I understood this (although personally, I would have sought to go underground).  I went on to raise the issue of salami-slicing - the danger of the State incrementally reducing the substance of the Church until it no longer resembles what church should be. He graciously acknowledged my concern.  So, where are we now?  It's 15 months since churches first closed their doors and although they have reopened, a number of restrictions remain.  This, I would argue, is seriously undermining the integrity of the church..."

Christians Must Resist All COVID-19 Restrictions. Here's Why  (26 May 2021)

"From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is filled with commandments that demonstrate the value God places on life ... [so] can Christian do anything less than value life and resist anything that compromises human life in all its forms? ... CDC, WHO, and U.S. government lied about the severity of COVID-19 ... Domestic abuse, drug abuse, and suicides skyrocketed during lockdowns ... mask-wearing is unhealthy and has the potential for great harm and loss of life ... The shots have been proven to cause serious adverse reactions, including death ... There are effective treatments of COVID-19 ... All COVID-19 shots are connected to the abortion industry..."

Silencing the Churches  (23 January 2021)

"Increasingly the churches will either become tools of the State, or will be targeted by it.  Church and State exist in uneasy tension. Both institutions were created by God, and both have their rightful place ... In theory, the Christian gospel always puts a very real check on the state and its powers and pretension. Because God alone is to be worshipped, and not the state, the church has often had to stand against the state and say no to its grandiose plans and policies. Since Jesus alone is Lord, not Caesar, the state has always had mixed feelings about the church. The more raw power political leaders want for themselves, the more they must run roughshod over the churches. They can do this in various ways, such as banning them altogether; seeking to silence them; seeking to get them to compromise; or seeking to use them as tools of their own agendas..."

YOUTUBE Dispatches from the Front: The Psychological Attack on the UK  (12 January 2021)

"Brian Gerrish speaks to Alex Thomson for Part One of our video discussions on the psychological attack on the UK...  In the Church: (1) Charismania, (2) The Toronto Blessing, etc, (3) Ignorance of Scripture - replaced by church-created soft materials, (4) Empty rituals, (5) Women priests..."  /  MINDSPACE: Influencing Behaviour Through Public Policy [Cabinet Office, Institute for Government (2009)]

COVID: Where Are the Courageous Religious Leaders?  (28 December 2020)

"When are religious leaders going to issue demands to their members? Demands to express a duty to God first; above and beyond the restrictions of the State? These leaders certainly believe God created humans with the quality of freedom. The Bible irrevocably states it. Therefore, under the cover of COVID, the State cannot remove that freedom ... Is bargaining with the State over whether 10 or 50 members can enter a house of worship the cutting edge of rebellion? ... But perhaps some people believe God wants obedience to the State ... He wants worshippers to surrender to an all-encompassing secular new world order, in which citizens will function as pawns in a Brave New World technocracy. He wants the faithful to be stripped of their humanity. If so, let's hear THAT argument..."

2020: The Year that God Still Proclaims Good Tidings of Great Joy  (23 December 2020)

"Hush now, ye heavenly host. Don't you know there's a virus about? Do stop that loud singing, and do stay well apart from one another to show a good example of social distancing to the people. And shouldn't you be wearing masks? Oh, and what a good thing Joseph and Mary were turned away from the inn, because you know they hadn't downloaded the track and trace app and their presence would have made it Covid-insecure. And for pity's sake, stop all that stuff about having no fear and rejoicing! Have you not heard the message proclaimed by Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Misery? It really is deeply irresponsible, and you all need to remain permanently petrified and joyless ... The Covidian state is the wretched creation of miserable technocrats. Yet, in the grand scheme of things, it is only a small and passing thing - a Shadow, and a light affliction when set beside the eternal weight of glory. So look up. Let hope return..."

2020: The Year the Church Was As Sharp As A Two-Edged Marshmallow  (21 December 2020)

"I must admit to being more than a little stunned by the reaction of many churches this year ... Not only do the majority of the churches in this country seem to think the state has absolute jurisdiction over the church (it doesn't), but they have allowed it to reshape the way they worship, including singing, the covering of faces with bits of cloth, and the ceasing of physical gatherings and physical fellowship. The irony of course is that this is done ostensibly in obedience to God, yet the Bible commands us to worship God together physically (Hebrews 10:25); to cultivate fellowship together physically (Acts 2:42); and to sing loudly (eg. Psalm 47:1). Many churches have kidded themselves that this can all be done remotely, over Zoom. Well no..."

2020: The Year We Sold Our Liberties For A Medical Tyranny  (19 December 2020)

"This year has seen what looks like the birth of a new religion. Let us call it Covidianity. It has its Prophets (eg. Neil Ferguson); its Priesthood of experts (eg. Whitty and Vallance); its own Soteriology (eg. The Vaccine of Salvation); its evangelists (eg. Piers Morgan); its own eschatology (eg. The New Normal); and of course its heretics (anyone questioning the data or the narrative). Not everyone who has adopted the bizarre practices of Covidianity is a Covidian. Many have been cowed into it somewhat unwillingly; many have been bamboozled into it somewhat unwittingly; and many others just do not seem to have thought through what is being done to them, much less whether it is right, necessary and proportionate. But there are definitely true Covidians, and you can recognise them by their insistence that all bow down to their cult, and that those who refuse should be shamed..."

Scientists, the False Idols Of A Faithless Land  (15 November 2020)

"Britain is in desperate need of spiritual direction ... The nation today thinks itself far too sophisticated to humble itself before the Lord, but its trust instead is in the precautions ... resorting to a thoroughly unwholesome trust in the State and its institutions ... Secularism lacks the mental and philosophical faculties to deal with a pandemic.  Its abandonment of the reality of the providence of God makes it react disproportionately to the need of the moment. When society loses an understanding of the sovereignty of God over creation, it resorts to excessive fear and a misplaced trust in human ingenuity..."

The New Covid Religion  (13 November 2020)

"As Covid continues to sweep across the western world, it is infecting us with far more than a virus. Religious leaders have abandoned their flocks, the churches have slammed their doors shut and the government now issues moral edicts from on high about what we can and cannot do. The Covid religion is here to stay and the State is providing direction. Can we be saved?  (1) The New Calvinists ... (2) Sacred Rituals ... (3) Sin ... (4) Test Your Faith ... (5) The New Priesthood ... (6) The Evangelicals ... (7) The heretics ... (8) Sacrificial Offerings ... (9) Second Coming..."

Fear Not  (10 November 2020)

"How did the law, which was to protect us from tyranny, become an instrument of tyranny? The answer to that question is what I want to talk to you about today. How did we get in this awful mess?  The original law, God's law, was thundered from a mountaintop in the wilderness. Its purpose was to call a nation out of slavery - slavery to human masters and slavery to sin ... Our politicians take everything the law defines as righteous and make it illegal. They take everything the law prohibits and they make it either legal or compulsory. They turn white to black and black to white. How do they do this?..." 

Whitty, Valance: 'No Evidence to Back Church Closures'  (03 November 2020)

"The Government's Chief Medical Advisor and Chief Scientific Advisor have admitted that the decision to close churches in England is not based on clear evidence. Appearing in front of the Science and Technology Committee in Westminster, Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance were grilled by Mark Logan MP about the advice the [SAGE} had given on church closures ahead of the Government's announcement on a second national lockdown. The advisors accepted that what little data existed to support the action was 'very weak'..."

Covid Conversations: Everyone Is Out of Step But Our Jock  (08 October 2020)

"A dear friend and I recently had a conversation about my not obeying the Government's rules and guidance concerning the coronavirus restrictions.  I shall not include the entire conversation here, but it may be that what is reproduced below will bless and strengthen other 'dissidents' to the narrative..."

This is Government by Bullying  (02 October 2020)

"All the talk of a 'new normal' has produced no new ideas, but it has exacerbated the division that existed between two old worldviews. One can be classified as socialist, or the belief that individuals are products of their societies and that virtuous people can be manufactured by a properly ordered state; the other as Judaeo-Christian, that the individual is possessed of innate moral agency that allows anyone to be virtuous and, moreover, that it is the right and duty of every individual to exercise that power for themselves ... Can conscience be manufactured and yet retain its value? Can it be imposed from without and still be called conscience?..."

Rules Are Rules!  (21 September 2020)

"One of the most oft-repeated and oft-heard mantras during the past few months of this Coronavirus, has been 'Rules are Rules!'.  No matter how illogical, contradictory, confusing, even bizarre, or downright harmful, the diktats imposed upon the public ... in the name of 'saving' us from Covid-19, much of the public's response has been to obey without question.  This has also been the case for a surprising number of Christians; despite the conflicting of some of these rules with God's commands to His Church in the Scriptures..."

Christ, Not Caesar, Is Head of the Church  (20 July 2020)

"Christ is Lord of all. He is the one true head of the church (Ephesians 1:22; 5:23; Colossians 1:18). He is also King of kings - sovereign over every earthly authority (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; 19:16) ... As His people, we are subject to His will and commands as revealed in Scripture. Therefore we cannot and will not acquiesce to a government-imposed moratorium on our weekly congregational worship or other regular corporate gatherings. Compliance would be disobedience to our Lord's clear commands. Some will think such a firm statement is inexorably in conflict with the command to be subject to governing authorities laid out in Romans 12 and 1 Peter 2..."

BITCHUTE:  Secular Sharia  (18 July 2020)

"The Covid Cult has taken over all public spaces, and the Church itself has even compromised: Social Distancing signs and seating arrangements in churches are a clear indication that the Church has adopted the State's secular position ... If Jesus were on earth today, He would be ripping off the Social Distancing signs and stickers in churches - just as He upended the tables of the money-changers in the temple. Fear has no place in the House of God. To place secular restrictions and rules between worshippers means that the power of the State takes precedence over Biblical teachings ... submitting to the fear of death. A fear that Christians are not supposed to have ... [people] couldn't congregate en masse in church because it was considered 'non-essential'. Only the religion of the State, only the Death Cult of Covid is permitted now; that's considered something that everybody has to take part in..."

Freedom, the Church and State Absolutism  (15 July 2020)

"Leaving aside debates around the reductionist character of civil government's concept of health and well-being, or the proportionality of the response over against the virus threat, the reality is that the Church has never been effectively 'shut down' by the state in this fashion in English history. Disease and plague are not unprecedented, but the mass long-term closure of churches certainly is, and it should concern every British citizen interested in freedom..."

Letter from Australia 50 - Health and Safety or Hope and Salvation?  (06 July 2020)

"I find myself increasingly concerned by the way that the church at large ... is handling this crisis ... I am concerned about the way that the State has taken so much power over personal, social and religious life ... I read that the UK government for example will now allow baptism by sprinkling, but not be immersion! When did the State get to make laws about religion in this way? And why have we acquiesced in it? It seems to me that the State says' 'jump' and the Church says 'how high?' ... we have inadvertently given the message to those both within and outwith the church, that meeting together, the sacraments, pastoral visitation, etc, are not 'essential' and we can do without them if we are asked to ... this pandemic has been teaching us to be afraid of our fellow human beings, rather than trust God..."

Government, Health & Safety, the Court of Public Opinion... What About the Bible?  (03 July 2020)

"Many [in the church] who want to at least question the overwhelmingly prevalent approach of simply accepting the government's every command and even wish, do so because they find themselves being asked by the government to disobey certain commands from the Bible, which as Christians they take to be the inerrant and infallible word of God, the final authority for all doctrine and conduct..."

If Church Leaders Will Not Lead, then the People of God Must  (03 July 2020)

"What's going wrong? Scripture speaks clearly of the transformative power of the gospel; we have evidences throughout history of the gospel triumphing even when facing overwhelming odds. Yet look around at the West today, particularly in Europe, and you are confronted with a church in headlong retreat ... In these days of lockdown, 25 Christian leaders signed a letter asking the Government to trust clergy to reopen responsibly. They argued that the right to worship is given to us by God and not the state. Not one of those leaders holds an official position in a mainstream denomination..."

Health and Safety or Hope and Salvation? The Church's Message During A Pandemic  (July 2020)

"In contrast to other countries - in Italy more priests than doctors have died, through resolutely visiting the sick in hospital - here [UK], senior churchmen have so effectively led the flight to safety they have disappeared almost entirely from public view, leaving commentators in the national press asking, 'Where is spiritual leadership at a time of crisis?'  The reluctance of denominational leaders to press for churches to reopen as a priority gives the message loud and clear: 'almost anything, even getting a haircut, is more important than public worship... it's not worth the risk'.  So, at the very time when so many have been forced to confront the frailty of mortal life, the message of the eternal - hope and salvation - has been entirely eclipsed by that of the ephemeral - health and safety..."

YOUTUBE:  My Church Was Totally Destroyed by German Bombs But We Didn't Stop Going to Church  (18 June 2020)

"David Hathaway, President of Eurovision Mission to Europe, was there during the blitz and when the first V2 rockets fell on London and its churches. Yet the churches did not close but were full and kept coming together to pray and encourage one another despite the terrible danger ... churches ... are urgently needed in our society now more than ever..."

YOUTUBE:  The Right to Worship Is Given Us by God - Not the State  (17 June 2020)

"Wilberforce Academy Director and Christian Concern's Head of Public Theology, Rev. Dr. Joe Boot, shares the approach they took in Ontario, Canada to get the government to reopen the churches during the lockdown. 'I pointed out that worship and work are not rights conferred by the government ... the civil government doesn't bestow on me a right to right to worship or work; those are given to me by God.' So when the government interferes in a Christian's right to worship, as commanded by God, it is right for that to be challenged: 'If the state forbids what God commands, or commands what God forbids, civil disobedience is a Christian duty', explains Joe. Within 24 hours of explaining this to the state government, along with a discussion on the role of the church in society, Joe was informed that the government would make accommodations for the churches to reopen..."

 

The Covid Cult / The Great Deception

The Great Deception  (18 June 2021)

"[U]timately, this Great Deception can have no purely human explanation.  Behavioural science alone cannot explain it.  I have been struck by the number of atheists who have - along with those Christians who have seen through it - commented that it has been as if some kind of spell has been cast on people, and that there is a mysterious, spiritual dimension to all this.  Something like this?  'For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.'  Many atheists will scoff at such a claim, of course.  Yet the truly astonishing things about this Great Deception is that more of them appear to be open and receptive to such an explanation than is generally true of the church..."

Climate Change, Wokeness, and Covid - the Un-Holy Trinity  (31 May 2021)

"The first and second commandments of the Old Testament, respectively, instruct the faithful - Jew and Christian alike- to have no other god above God and not to recreate false gods.  But God Himself was long ago abandoned by western society ... Into the vacuum have flooded false gods and a new religion with its own un-Holy Trinity of beliefs which have coalesced and now grip the minds of large swathes of our population ... The wonderful thing about this new religion is that it requires little sacrifice, an minimum of effort and can be practised from the safety and comfort of your own conservatory..."

For more articles, videos and comments on the Covid Cult please see here.

 

The Persecuted Church

Soldiers of Faith, Take A Sword to the Covid Rulebook  (20 June 2021)

"In the past, religions prevailed against impossible odds, faith moved mountains. Early Christians risked being burned at the stake or thrown to the lions. Not even the most terrible persecutions would shake their faith, and Christianity became the world's most successful religion, founded on the blood of its martyrs.  They would certainly not have let a little thing like a virus from which more than 99% of people recover put them off meeting to worship their God..."

COVID: Where Are the Courageous Religious Leaders?  (28 December 2020)

"Every early story about every religion shows how the State power of the day had to be overcome. Is it now time to develop terminal amnesia about these origins? Are these stories buried because they are inconvenient? ... 'By 325, an estimated 7 million were Christians with as many as 2 million killed for the faith ... they were accused of treason to the state' ... And now, in 2020, the major religious objection to COVID restrictions concerns the number of worshippers allowed inside a church during services? Is this the evolution of faith, or its destruction, at the hands of the faithful themselves? Is conscience 'outmoded'? Is civilisation now so 'advanced' that suffering and even dying for one's faith is considered absurd? ... It seems to me that people should renounce their religion, if they're unwilling to go to the wall for it. Just admit that what true faith requires is too much..."

Why Christians Are A Threat to the Lockdown Ideology  (24 May 2020)

"The experience of the Underground Church in Communist Eastern Europe has a vital spiritual lesson for any British Christians brave enough to defy lockdown ideology ... The late Richard Wurmbrand was a Lutheran pastor in Communist Romania ... Christianity, when practiced authentically by the likes of the Wurmbrands, is the ultimate threat to lockdown ideology ... compliant British churches are no threat to totalitarianism. But courageous, counter-cultural Christianity is..."

 

Fear Not, Little Flock

YOUTUBE:  How to Worship Fear  (12 May 2021)

I realise that some Christians might take offence at this video.  But sometimes it is necessary to use drastic measures to get across to folks - in this case, believers who should know better - that this is precisely what they are doing.

Your Life Today Depends on What and Whom You Fear: A Virus, or God?  (28 April 2021)

"The Bible has a lot to say about 'fear'.  In short, fearing the wrong things or wrong people can lead to your death, while appropriate fear will lead to life ... The masses ... are fearing a 'virus', and this fear, which is misplaced, is causing many today to die, because they are putting their trust in the medical system and their sorceries, pharmakeia, which are drugs and vaccines ... most churches today, and those who claim to know God, are encouraging people to sign up and get the experimental COVID injections.  They obviously fear 'the virus' more than they fear God, and some of them have already died because of their faith in vaccines and drugs ... This is no time to waiver in your faith, if you are a true believer in Christ and walking in the Kingdom of Light.  Misplaced fear today is deadly..."

In God, Not Scientists, We Trust  (28 February 2021)

"Covid-19, and society's response to it, have brought into sharp focus Britain's abandonment of the Christian faith. A society devoid of faith in the Creator has been reduced to disproportionate levels of fear ... the same Bible which stimulated the methodology of the great pioneers if modern science ... also teaches the historical reality of man's rebellion against God and his ongoing susceptibility to disease ... 'Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians' (2 Chronicles 16:12). This verse is not teaching that the King should not have turned to the physicians at all, but simply that he should not have made them his absolute trust to the exclusion of God..."

When Rebellion is Godly  (18 February 2021)

"Reflective rebellion is a character trait that must be instilled in one's youth. It is rebellion born of reflecting upon the deep issues and responding with thoughtful deliberation. It doesn't come naturally ... It is obvious that worldwide conformity is vital to the new world that is quickly closing in on us: ... In this new world it is vital that we as believers understand there are two forms of rebellion: one is reflective, and the other is reactive. We define reflective as rooted in wise reflection, whereas reactive rebellion is an automatic reflex action to things not going our way ... As the world marches closer and closer to the end times, we need to be armed with the understanding that there will be times in our lives when health, happiness, and well-being are not the end game ... Be one of those rare souls who are reflectively rebellious..."

COVID: Where Are the Courageous Religious Leaders?  (28 December 2020)

"Jesus endured pain and torture, and surrendered his human form, in order to save humanity, but now faithful followers can declare their loyalty during online virtual services. Or from their cars, in a parking lot. Without feeling a tremor of conscience ... Months ago, I said pastors and priests and other religious leaders should stand up in their houses of worship and confess their lack of courage and resign their positions. Confess they are unworthy to lead congregations. Ask for the most brave to step forward and take over. That's a correct course of action..."

2020: The Year the Church Was As Sharp As A Two-Edged Marshmallow  (21 December 2020)

"It is a curious fact that the Bible contains the phrase 'fear not' many times, whereas the word 'nice' is never used (except of course in some of the really marshmallowy modern [paraphrases]) ... Yet, you'd hardly know it to look at the state of many churches at the moment. There seems to be an overwhelming emphasis on being 'nice', which generally means never saying anything provocative or dangerous or which could be seen as being judgemental. Yet when along came a virus, fear seemed to be in plenteous supply..."

Fear Not  (10 November 2020)

"Our politicians take everything the law defines as righteous and make it illegal. They take everything the law prohibits and they make it either legal or compulsory. They turn white to black and black to white. How do they do this?  They use fear.  In the King James version of the Bible, there are 170 cases of mankind being instructed to 'fear not.'  This is not a coincidence. It recognises a plain truth of the human condition. Two failings of the human heart can be exploited to get us to commit evil acts: pride and fear. Our politicians know this well and use both, all the time. If we remember to be neither filled with pride nor driven by fear, we become free (and we also become a threat to the system)..."

YOUTUBE:  Fear Not  (10 November 2020)

David Scott's speech at Holyrood, Edinburgh, on 7th November. A spiritual and Christian response to the tragedy of the ongoing suppression of our freedoms under the covid-lockdown. We hope you enjoy this and, please, comment as you see fit."  /  Viewers' comments:  "Now there's a sermon that should be heard in every church in the land!"  /  "God bless you David - a wonderful God-filled speech"  /  "Amen to that David"  /  "Psalm 37"  /  "The lie becomes the truth and the truth the lie"  /  "Great message David, The Lord God is in control. Those who know Jesus as their Saviour and Lord will be comforted"  /  "The churches are ... fully on board with all this government propaganda. All churches closed again"  /  "The truth shines so bright in these dark days, it is our most precious gift"  /  "2 Timothy 1:7 ... Brilliant speech, thank you David"  /  "Wonderful speech drilling down on the nature of the spiritual war we are now is with our dictatorial, tyrannical and repressive government"  /  "So much intelligence and dignity. Thankyou Northern Exposure and UK Column"  /  "An excellent speech exploring the ultimate background behind all that's going on"  /  "Either we place our trust in man or in God. No9 man can serve two masters ... 1 Corinthians 15:1-4"  /  "Thank you David for speaking the truth and highlighting that our freedom comes from God"  /  "It is incredibly uplifting to hear the word of God spoken aloud in public. God bless you for so doing"

YOUTUBE:  This Is A Spiritual Battle  (06 October 2020)

"If you can see the truth of the reality around you, and you can recognise the evil for what it is ... you have an obligation to plant a seed in the minds of other people..."  /  Viewers' comments:  "Dave, may God bless you and keep you safe so that your voice may be heard and spread far and wide. We must turn back to God to turn the tide"  /  "There's this really old book that talks about whoever doesn't have a certain mark won't be able to buy or trade..."  /  "He required everyone - small and great, rich and poor, free and slave - to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead"  (Revelation 13:16)

Rules Are Rules!  (21 September 2020)

"One of the most oft-repeated and oft-heard mantras during the past few months of this Coronavirus, has been 'Rules are Rules!'.  No matter how illogical, contradictory, confusing, even bizarre, or downright harmful, the diktats imposed upon the public ... in the name of 'saving'; us from Covid-19, much of the public's response has been to obey without question.  This has also been the case for a surprising number of Christians; despite the conflicting of some of these rules with God's commands to His Church in the Scriptures..."

Coping With Fear  (May/June 2020)

"The opposite of faith is not doubt. It is fear ... Many things can contribute to our fears: a sudden and overwhelming event, uncertainty about the future, a sense of powerless and inability to control what will happen. Death as a stark reality now threatens us and our loved ones, in particular the elderly. An unknown deadly virus, a force outside our control which has suddenly come upon us, is creating fear.  How should we respond?  The Bible has much to say about fear..."

Fear of Death and Disease Is A Snare  (23 May 2020)

"I do not know if the Lord will keep me or you from the coming tribulation or if we will be martyred for our faith ... I know that the Lord Jesus and our Father God are the victors in this battle of the ages. I know that I belong to my Saviour, the Lord of lords and King of kings. I know that Jesus told us that when we see the signs of the end start to occur, that we are not to be troubled but instead we are to look upwards, for our redemption draws closer ... And so finally, regarding 'the fear of death', those who truly belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, can surely say a hearty 'Amen'  to the following Bible passage. For this is the scripture that reminds us that the 'sting of death' has been removed for the Christian, whose sins are forgiven and covered by His precious blood: 'Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed - in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet'..."

Our Place of Safety  (26 April 2020)

"In the Old Testament, the places of safety for God's people, when He wanted to protect them from their enemies or from a pestilence or a judgement, were in a variety of different kinds of physical locales..."

YOUTUBE:  Peace ~ Be Still ~ Lay All Your Worries Down  (06 November 2009)

"Peace; be still, lay all your worries down,  Be still, O my soul, for our God is in control,  And if God is for us, then whom shall I fear?  And if God is for us, so lay me down, be still.  He is God.  Hallelujah, our God has overcome, Hallelujah, our LORD, Jesus Christ, has won.  Be still, my soul, He is GOD.  (Psalm 8:31 and Psalm 46:10)"

 

Judgement and Repentance

Silver Bullet? Golden Calf? Is the Vaccine Our Way Out of This?  (08 February 2021)

"Is the vaccine our way out [of the C19 pandemic]? How can it be? ... Not only are we looking to it as an alternative to repentance to get us out of the crisis: there are ethical concerns to do with the vaccines themselves. They have been produced with the help of aborted fetal cell lines, and the practice of organ harvesting from healthy, wrongly killed babies continues around the world today ... I don't think we really know God as we ought to if we think that this is his gift to us, as if he would give us something out of the fruit of child sacrifice..."

YOUTUBE:  Idolatry and Judgment: Are We Under God's Judgment?  (05 February 2021)

"Rev. Dr. Joe Boot's recent talk at the Wilberforce Academy refocus day, looking at the question of God's judgment in history and the nations. How should we approach the question of whether we are under God's judgment? How has the church historically understood plagues and pandemics? What can we say about God's judgment in history?"

Coming Into the Light  (27 March 2020)

"My greatest sadness today is that so many people in Britain do not even acknowledge the existence of God, and very few people are really listening to what God is saying to the nations through this pandemic. God has been airbrushed out of our national consciousness. But God has been sending us warnings for many years, although they have all been ignored. He has spoken quietly through many significant incidents such as financial crashes and natural disasters - storms, tsunamis, earthquakes, wind and fire - but few people have been listening. So now God is shouting to the nations! God is surely warning us that the world is heading for disaster..."

The Shaking of the Nations  (20 March 2020)

"The great shaking of the nations that in this ministry we have been prophesying for more than 30 years is happening now. It gives us no satisfaction in saying this, for, as leaders in each of the nations are saying, we are all in this together - no-one is immune from the risk of the coronavirus pandemic. But where does this fit in the purposes of God and what is God saying to the nations today? ... There are three outstanding things that God hates: Oppression and Violence ... Injustice and Greed ... Idolatry and False Religion..."

 

C19 Vaccines

Your Life Today Depends on What and Whom You Fear: A Virus, or God?  (28 April 2021)

"'And when they say to you, "Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter," should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living?' (Isaiah 8:19) ... The masses ... are fearing a 'virus' , and this fear, which is misplaced, is causing many today to die, because they are putting their trust in the medical system and their sorceries, pharmakeia, which are drugs and vaccines. As a result, many are dying, and many more will die who put their trust in the corrupt medical system, instead of trusting God and fearing him ... most churches today, and those who claim to know God, are encouraging people to sign up and get the experimental COVID injections..."

Replacing God with Medicine: 21st Century 'Idolatry'  (24 April 2021)

"Today, medicine is seen as the solution to almost all of life's problems. A pill or vaccine exists now for just about every ailment or problem in life, and for those problems that don't have a medical solution yet, billions of dollars are spent on research to find one. The belief system currently in place is that physical science and medicine can solve all problems in life ... The people who control the medical system are trained and licensed and given great authority to control our lives ... It is believed that life itself is dependent on medicine, and this belief system is used to justify the authority and power the medical system has in our culture ... This is especially true in the vaccine movement right now ... However, what is real 'medicine'? Can we find this term in the Bible anywhere to give us some guidance?..."

Silver Bullet? Golden Calf? Is the Vaccine Our Way Out of This?  (08 February 2021)

"Is the vaccine our way out [of the C19 pandemic]? How can it be? ... Not only are we looking to it as an alternative to repentance to get us out of the crisis: there are ethical concerns to do with the vaccines themselves. They have been produced with the help of aborted fetal cell lines, and the practice of organ harvesting from healthy, wrongly killed babies continues around the world today ... I don't think we really know God as we ought to if we think that this is his gift to us, as if he would give us something out of the fruit of child sacrifice..."

Vaccines - An Alternative View  (01 February 2021)

"We all know that a vaccine has been thought of by many as the holy grail which will lift us out of this [Covid-19] crisis, and the quest to find one has been embarked on by many pharmaceutical companies in the hope that they may restore health to humanity and deliver us from the pestilence we face. But with vaccines at the forefront of the conversation for a while now, a lot of Christians have become aware that the way many of them are produced and tested poses an ethical conundrum - the use of foetal tissue ... vaccines already widely in use such as the MMR vaccine are produced using this method ... It shocked me to my core to think that healthy babies had been killed and their body parts used in this way..."

Many Aborted Babies Are Used in Vaccine Creation  (01 February 2021)

"Dr. Stanley Plotkin is considered the Godfather of Vaccines. He is an American physician who worked as a consultant to the biggest vaccine manufacturers and biotechnology firms, non-profits, and governments. in the 1960s, he played a role in creating the Rubella vaccine. His book, Vaccines, is the standard reference textbook on the subject ... he reluctantly admits the horrific facts and gruesome details about the relationship of abortion to vaccines. Dr Plotkin was called to answer questions from a lawyer who was defending the rights of a mother who refused to vaccinate her child due to concerns about the ingredients in the vaccines..." [EMcD: Please note that this is a Catholic site, and that Bayith does not under any circumstances agree with or promote Roman Catholic doctrines or teachings. However, the medical information given in this video is of extreme Biblical and Spiritual import.]

RUMBLE:  Interview with Pamela Acker  (12 January 2021)

"Interview with Pamela Acker, one of the most knowledgeable people in the world on vaccines and on what goes into them." [EMcD: Please note that this is a Catholic site, and that Bayith does not under any circumstances agree with or promote Roman Catholic doctrines or teachings. However, the medical information given in this video is of extreme Biblical and Spiritual import.]

Oxford/AstraZeneca:  Vaccines and Aborted Babies  (04 January 2021)

"Last year, the BBC boiled vaccine 'misinformation claims' down to four it believed it could refute: (1) 'Altered DNA' claims; (2) Bill Gates and microchip claims; (3) Foetal tissue claims; (4) Recovery rate claims.  In the December 2020 Christian Voice newsletter ... we looked at these claims, together with: (1) Concerns about mercury; (2) The record of vaccine companies; (3) Genuine concerns about safety and (4) Why the vaccine has not been licensed as 'safe and efficacious'; (5) Why initial adverse side effects are so common; (6) The possibility of coercion, let alone (7) Whether the vaccine could become compulsory..."

Concerning Coronavirus Vaccines  (December 2020 / January 2021)

"2020 has been a very trying year for us all... and, at last, the Government is promising that the '(sort-of) end is in sight' via the coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and/or from Oxford/AsrtraZeneca.  Many folks are heaving a huge sigh of relief that a vaccine will enable the country to get back to normal; to the way things were before this coronavirus came along...  But - and, sadly, there always seems to be a 'but' - that hope is a forlorn one..."

Several COVID-19 Vaccines Are Made Using Aborted Fetal Cells  (15 December 2020)

"In addition to standard concerns over the safety of COVID-19 vaccines is the moral dilemma of taking vaccines made with aborted fetal cells. For many, this alone is a cause for objection. Several of the vaccine candidates, including AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, are made using aborted fetal cell lines ... While some may indeed be concerned about the actual, literal inclusion of fetal cells in the finished vaccine, typically, it's simply a moral objection to the use of aborted fetuses in medical research and development ... So, what is a fetal cell line, really, and how is it used in vaccine development?..."

Update: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines  (30 Sept 2020 / 14 Dec 2020 / 04 Jan 2021)

"Accurate information about the development and production of COVID-19 vaccines is essential, especially because many proposed candidates use newer molecular technologies for production of a viral vaccine. One concern regarding the ethical assessment of viral vaccine candidates is the potential use of abortion-derived cell lines in the development, production or testing of a vaccine. This analysis utilizes data from the primary scientific literature when available, along with data from clinical trial documents, reputable vaccine tracking websites, and published commercial information. It is the hope that by providing accurate data, recipients can make well-informed decisions regarding vaccine choices..."

An Ethics Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Programs  (06 May 2020)

"This page outlines the ethical considerations involved solely in vaccine production, based on information present at the time of publication. Subsequently, publication of scientific papers has provided additional details about the vaccines ... As shown in Table 1, there are a number of COVID-19 vaccine programs that are now in registered clinical trials or in early pre-clinical stages of development. Five of these identified efforts use genetically engineered adenoviruses for production of CoV-19 products ... their viral genomes are introduced into cultured human cells genetically engineered ... Several commonly used human cell lines developed for this function were established from cells taken from electively aborted human fetuses..."

Analysis of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates  (Last Updated December 2020)

Concerning whether they use abortion-derived cell lines.

Fact Sheet:  COVID Vaccines & Fetal Cell Lines  (No Date)

"What Is A Fetal Cell Line? ... How Are Fetal Cell Lines Used in Vaccines? ... Are Fetal Cell Lines Necessary for Vaccines? ... Do COVID Vaccines Use Fetal Cell Lines?..."

 

Face Masks

"...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 17b-18).

Why I Won't Worship in A Mask  (30 August 2020)

"For the last few weeks church-goers have begun to meet again for public worship. I have not joined them. The church I am a member of has implemented all government guidance on meetings lock, stock and barrel: no coming within two metres of each other, no singing and the compulsory wearing of face masks as well as the banning of small children ... What is the problem with just putting on the mask? Here is my answer..."

Why I Don't Wear A Face-Mask  (03 August 2020)

"In politics and in the Church, when things don't add up and my alarm bells start clanging wildly, I take a deep breath, gird up my loins, and begin some research...  This is what I did in April, when I began to see inconsistencies appearing in the received political narrative concerning Covid-19. One idea currently being touted by various governments and their chosen medical and scientific advisors is that the mass wearing of face-masks will help to prevent the spread of the virus..."

GRAPHIC:  Drawing the Line  (July 2020)

"No mask! That's where I draw the line!..."

What Are the Rules for Face Masks or Face Coverings?  (31 July 2020)

The government is adding museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship to the list of places where face coverings should be worn in England. It is currently a recommendation, but will become law on 8 August ... In England, face coverings do not have to be worn where it would be 'impractical' to do so..."

GOV.UK:  Face Coverings  (31 July 2020)

"For members of the public, from 8 August the places where you will have to wear a face covering will be expanded to include: ... place of worship..."

The Ritual Wearing of the Mask  (19 May 2020)

"[W]hy are the powers-that-be, globally, forcing their citizens to wear these masks, if the masks simply don't work against coronavirus, and might very well be dangerous to your health? ... Among other things, the wearing of a mask over one's mouth is a token of submission... a gesture of your willingness to be subject to others who are not your usual Sovereign ... Instead of being a sovereign representative of the Most High God and His Word on this earth, in essence, you agree to become a willing subject - a slave - to the very enemies of God and His Christ ... Mask wearing has nothing to do with coronavirus..."

Why You're Wearing A Mask: The Pagan Ritual of Transformation  (22 April 2020)

"Ritual is a spiritual psycho-drama of consciousness; a deliberate action taken to facilitate change; changes to the whole of the environment people exist in, starting with the mental landscape of the people themselves ... A ritual initiation introduces and inducts one into 'the way'; a new way of life or world view; a program to guide beliefs and actions, enabling the initiate to become a full and true member of the new society ... An initiation ritual typically involves three stages. Let's see if any of this sounds familiar to you..."

 

Corporate Hymn Singing

Why Does the Government Still Not Allow Hymn-Singing in Church?  (18 June 2021)

"Why is hymn-singing in church more likely to make people sick than drinking 10 pints and chanting 'Inger-land, Inger-land, Inger-land' in a crowded pub?  May we see the scientific analysis?  Why is this permitted during the continuing Covid lockdown? [photo] but socially-distanced hymn-singing in this cavernous space not? [photo]  Why may 100 people tuck into seafood pasta in a packed restaurant, but not sing 'Amazing Grace' in church?  Why may people cram into a steel tube and fly to Ibiza sharing the same stale air for two-and-a-half hours, but not spend four minutes quietly singing 'When I Survey the Wondrous Cross' in the echoing vastness of Canterbury Cathedral? ... The Tartan Army is apparently free to sing 'Yes Sir, I Can Boogie', with gusto while flying from Aberdeen to London.  Hymn-singing isn't therapy; it is intrinsic to the essential act of worship..."

 

Lockdowns

The Biblical Command

Our Biblical Duty to Challenge Lockdown  (30 March 2021)

"St Paul said of those who were near and dear to him but who rejected Christ that they were 'going about to establish their own righteousness [and] have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God' (Romans 10:3). This what non-believers always do. They seek to establish an alternative standard by which to live and reject God's appointed method of salvation. The imagine that they can make themselves good people by conforming to a fashionable man-made consensus ... The truth is that in this fallen world in rebellion against God viruses will always exist ... The Christian, therefore, must challenge the lockdown on Bible-based ethical grounds..."

Welsh Lockdown (October 2020)

Wales Lockdown Isn't Only Absurd; It Denies Freedom of Religion  (26 October 2020)

"The Church is a community, called to share its corporate life in worship and sacrifice, and that is its witness to the world. For the believer, this community embodies an alternative order of government which is a sign of God's redemptive purposes in the world ... The community of the Church is not simply a pub gathering or a business meeting; it is a reified social manifestation of the people of God ... The Church is the body of Christ ... it is not an atomised collection of individual members ... Christians are called - commanded - to live in community; to be responsive to one another's actions, attuned to each others' needs. It is not for the secular Government of Wales to prohibit the sacred sacramental life..."

The Forced Closure of Churches by the State is an Extreme Interference with Article 9 Rights  (23 October 2020)

"In the event the Welsh Ministers carry out their stated intention to impose a blanket ban on church services in Wales, our clients intend to apply for judicial review of any such legislation on the grounds that it is (a) in breach of Article 9 ECHR and/or (b) ultra vires the powers of the Welsh Ministers, and/or the National Assembly for Wales, under the domestic constitutional law ... as a matter of principle, the imposition of appropriate anti-epidemic measures in the Church is ultimately a matter for Church authorities rather than secular state authorities..."

 

Holy Communion

Tory's Snub for Worship in the Pub  (16 August 2020)

"'Dear Julian, Thank you for your email and for sharing your idea. As it stands this idea would not be permitted under the COVID guidelines. Kind regards, David Morris MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale'.  Mr Morris  obviously believes he is fully conversant with the rules but he is entirely wrong ... it is perfectly possible for Christians to gather in a pub or restaurant and celebrate Holy Communion, since there are no rules which preclude eating bread, drinking wine and speaking ... 'It is extraordinary (or perhaps it isn't) to see a Conservative MP behaving like a Soviet-style commissar towards Christian worship'..."

Eat, Drink, and Say A Prayer  (13 August 2020)

"The warm welcome [Julian Mann] received [at The Wheatsheaf Pub] led him to float the idea that church communities who are banned from taking Holy Communion in their churches could gather in pubs and celebrate the Lord's supper together at their tables..."

Breaking Bread in the Wheatsheaf  (10 August 2020)

"Writing about going for a pub lunch is something I never thought I would do. But these dystopian Covid days have brought that about. My recent experience at The Wheatsheaf in the village of Beetham in south Cumbria was a morale boost for three reasons..."

 

The Church of England

Is the Church of England Trying to Cancel Christianity?  (29 August 2020)

"This year covid struck and [our] church was closed. The non-stipendiary priest in charge retired. No services were held, and my husband I went Sunday by Sunday on our own to pray in the churchyard. The rectory continued to be inhabited, What was happening to the church? What was happening to the rector? In July when churches were allowed to reopen, albeit socially distanced, ours remained shut ... Is covid being used as a cover to close this little church? Is it being used as a cover to close other churches too? Our church could certainly open for socially distanced worship with a bit of imagination and motivation, but it stays shut..."

 

Grace Community Church (USA)

"God has established three institutions within human society: the family, the state, and the church. Each institution has a sphere of authority with jurisdictional limits that must be respected. When any one of the three institutions exceeds the bounds of its jurisdiction it is the duty of the other institutions to curtail that overreach. Therefore, when any government official issues orders regulating worship (such as bans on singing, caps on attendance, or prohibitions against gatherings and services [EMcD: and mandatory wearing of restrictive face masks], he steps outside the legitimate bounds of his God-ordained authority as a civic official and arrogates to himself authority that God expressly grants only to the Lord Jesus Christ" [John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church].

California Church Holds Indoor Worship in Defiance of Los Angeles Public Health Order  (17 August 2020)

"Grace Community Church went ahead and held indoor worship services Sunday despite an appeals court's stay of a judge's order that ruled the church's First Amendment rights are violated by bans on indoor services..."

John MacArthur Lawyers Up as LA Threatens Jail Time Over in-Person Church Services  (05 August 2020)

"'Our American system of government specifically recognizes that our individual, fundamental right to free exercise of religion and freedom of assembly is a pre-political, God-given, inalienable right. That right is not given by the government or the Constitution, but rather, government is mandated by the Constitution to preserve and protect it for the church ... Grace Community Church has every right to assemble without impossible and unreasonable infringement from the state, and the state has absolutely no power to impose the restrictions it is demanding. Church is essential, and the government has no power to arbitrate whether religious organizations are essential ...'  California is discriminating against churches by banning religious services but allowing protests to continue and allowing abortion clinics, retail outlets, and marijuana dispensaries to remain open..."

 

Restarting Church Services (8th July 2020)

Is It Safe to Restart Church Services?  (26 August 2020)

"The Christian Legal Centre's Rob Smith gives practical steps for pastors hoping to restart church services safely ... The following guidance will seek to debunk some of the myths and hopefully encourage more churches to open their doors to worshippers where it is safe to do so..."

 

UK Government Guidance

Guidance for the Safe Use of Places of Worship and Special Religious Services and Gatherings During the Pandemic  (04 July 2020 / Updates)

"This guidance is of a general nature and should be treated as a guide ... SHOULD: Where the guidance states that an activity should take place this is not a legal requirement under the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No 2) (England) Regulations 2020, however it is strongly advised that consideration is given to following the advice given..."

Please Note: Many church leaders are confusing GUIDANCE with LAW and in consequence are imposing unnecessary and unbiblical restrictions on congregations.

 

Books

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Beyond the Pandemic: Is There Any Word From the Lord?  (August 2020)

Author:  Rev. Dr. Clifford Hill

"Beyond the Pandemic provides a biblical view of the contemporary world situation.  It focuses upon what the biblical prophets called 'the deeds of the Lord' - the historical evidence of the activity of God in the life and times of the leaders of the people of Israel and Judah, from Moses to Malachi.  This revelation of the nature of God is set alongside contemporary events providing a prophetic view of God's purposes in these troubled times.  The result is both scholarly and compelling."  /  "Living in these unprecedented times of global turmoil and upheaval, we are seeing in our own lifetime the beginning of the 'birth-pangs' of the times which Jesus predicted to his disciples in the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24:8).  We see increasingly the rebellion of the nations against God and his Messiah as predicted in Psalm 2; and the present global coronavirus pandemic, which has come upon us, is a clear warning sign that the time for repentance is running out..."

 

Questions

Should churches obey the government's command to close their churches during pandemics or other infectious plagues?

The following extended extract is from the article: Government, Health & Safety, the Court of Public Opinion... What About the Bible?

"Many who want to at least question the overwhelmingly prevalent approach of simply accepting the government's every command and even wish, do so because they find themselves being asked by the government to disobey certain commands from the Bible, which, as Christians, they take to be the inerrant and infallible word of God, the final authority for all doctrine and conduct ...

No Lockdowns:  "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another" (Hebrews 10:25).

No Social Distancing / No Face-Masks:  "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19)  /  "Greet one another with a holy kiss" (2 Corinthians 13:12),

Holy Communion / No Face-Masks:  "And when had given thanks, he broke it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me" (1 Corinthians 11:24),

Corporate Praise and Singing / No Face-Masks:  "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord" (Ephesians 5:19),

"It is true that there are also verses in the Bible commanding general civil obedience, for example, the paying of taxes, but nowhere is it suggested that we are to take obedience of earthly authorities to the point of disobeying the Great Commission or breaking any of the laws of God. Indeed, we find plenty of examples - Daniel, and the Apostles, for example - of the people of God defying earthly authorities in the domain of what we might today call religious freedom, and they are commended for it ... they defied the authorities and paid the price...

Christ not Caesar:  "Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29).

"[D]o we, as Christ-followers, need the permission of the State to carry out the Great Commission, which includes baptising new believers for example?  Does our command to do so come straight from Christ without condition, or is it more like guidelines from Christ, only to be implemented if the government says we can?  Who is really Head of the Church?  Is Christ's authority over the Church absolute, or does the government trump Christ when push comes to shove?

"Here's a fun lockdown activity.  Pick an episode in the Bible, any episode, and try writing a risk assessment for it.  Turning the tables in the Temple, perhaps?  Paul's missionary journeys?  The four men lowering their friend through the roof to Jesus's feet?  Walking through the streets of a foreign city preaching against it?  Marching through the Red Sea with elderly and infants and then on to the Promised Land through a desert?  Publicly teaching against Artemis in a city were sale of her idols is a major source of income for many families?

"Almost every story we read in the Bible is dangerous! And in the centuries that have passed since then, Christian believers have continued to risk much - including their health and the health of others - in the spread of the gospel.  Mission to unreached people groups is particularly high-risk in terms of dangerous infection both ways.  But we have, up till now, taken the view that the urgency of fulfilling the Great Commission in its entirety trumps all.  Eternal well-being matters much much more than temporal well-being: that's at the heart of the gospel ... When Spurgeon ministered during the cholera outbreak, it would seem he considered things of eternity the absolute priority.  He continued to visit the sick and dying (today we would condemn him as a super-spreader), anxious that people in their final moments should have the opportunity of hearing the gospel.  Today we are keeping our distance, and seem more perturbed that a few should die from avoidable infection than that many should die alone and possibly without ever hearing the gospel ...

"Even if we agree that lockdown is doing more help than harm purely in health terms (that itself is an important debate to be had; because of lockdown, cancer patients are undiagnosed or untreated, domestic abuse is on the rise, mental health problems and suicides are increasing, and of course all manner of problems, including health problems, will come as a result of economic downturn), it has to be conceded if we believe our Bibles (and scientific reason) that many more infectious plagues are yet to come, probably of far greater severity than Covid-19 (which is closer to the common flu end of the spectrum than the black death end): disease and risk are here to stay, likely increase.  Are we going to give up meeting every time 'pandemic' is declared?  Is this how we propose to spend these last days?"

[end of extract]


The following extended extract is from the article:
Freedom, the Church and State Absolutism

"Right now, in Britain and other Western nations, believers are facing a relatively small test of their faith and resolve, which is revealing of how Christians may well respond when the testing becomes more severe:

  • Will we stand now for Christ and His Lordship over His Church, and indeed over all nations and states, by insisting that the liberty of the Church as a distinctive, unique and free institution, ruled by the Lord Jesus himself be preserved?
  • Or will we simply leave every law or bureaucratic regulation unchallenged and accept an indefinite lockdown that might well be repeated again and again based on the judgement of government bureaucrats?
  • Will we uphold an abiding and God-given distinction between the jurisdiction and spheres of Church and state?
  • Or will we allow the state to rule the Church, when in fact Christ claims to be the rightful ruler of both?
  • Will we clearly articulate the difference between a restaurant, cinema or sports club and the Church of the living God?
  • Or will we cave in to the radically secular notion that the Church of Jesus Christ is not a form of government nor the the people of the King of kings, but little more than a special interest group? ...
  • What is it that prevents evangelicals today from recognising the reality of God-given, pre-political rights, responsibilities and institutions that are to be protected but are not created or governed by the state?
  • Why do we find it difficult to discern what a just state is?
  • Why are we apparently so blind to the fact that life, cultural work, marriage (family) and worship are not rights conferred on us by the state that might be legitimately removed by the state on a whim, but distinct and sovereign spheres of authority instituted by God himself which the state is authorised (by God) to guard and protect?

"Christians are floundering in response to the Church in lockdown for the same reason we flounder over the growing collapse of Christian civil liberties, expanded abortion, euthanasia, divorce law, the redefinition of marriage, transgender issues and more: we do not have a scriptural world and life view  norming our understanding of these questions and the role of the state within them. Instead we have a secular humanistic worldview that has been drilled into us by the organs of cultural life, with Jesus and a hope of heaven spread on top as a sort of spiritual condiment.

"Because of this, when it comes to Christians analysing threats to freedom from their own civil government, courts and bureaucracy, we are generally poorly equipped. Like the proverbial frog slowly boiled to death, not detecting the rising temperature of originally cold water, we are sleepwalking toward tyranny. This is a tragedy because it is an abandonment of the legacy of the reformation which gradually gave us, with all its imperfections, both the English national church and eventually liberty for non-conformity"

[end of extract]


Question Asked By a Pastor of His Deacons Following a Church Meeting (24:11:2020): 

When Should Christians Employ Civil Disobedience?  [Pastor Patrick]

"Amen...  I was reflecting post [church] meeting, and Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego, and the fiery furnace kept coming to mind.  I sense it won't be too long before we have to choose either to be a man-pleaser OR a God-pleaser" [Sarah Smith].

 

Quotes


The Legal Position:

"[W]e are all conscious that we do not want our churches to be perceived as hotbeds of Covid-19 and should take all reasonable steps to keep our congregations safe, but the emphasis must be on reasonable ... the doomsayers in the Christian community quickly began circulating misinformation that made it sound like pastors would likely be prosecuted if there was an outbreak that might be linked to their church, unless every suggestion in the guidance was strictly followed. Fortunately, this was never the case, but the seeds of doubt were sown ... Once we get beyond the scaremongering and the urban myths, there really is very little preventing us from opening our churches and enjoying worship together ... We can pray together, take communion together, we can sing together, we can encourage one another., With a little effort and innovation, we can accommodate our church families whilst still keeping them safe ... Opinions can be split within congregations over whether the regulations should be adhered to strictly, or whether a little more discretion can be exercised. Nobody should be encouraged to participate where their consciences is troubled" [The Christian Legal Centre, at source].


Church Autonomy

"The principle of Church autonomy is zealously protected in ECHR jurisprudence under Article 9 ... The forced closure of churches by the state is an extreme interference with Article 9 rights.  Such a far-reaching and large-scale intervention may only be justified by the most compelling scientific evidence of a resulting benefit to public health ... In the domestic law of England and Wales, the principle of church autonomy is of a much greater antiquity than, and at least as important constitutional status as, under the Convention.  It is enshrined in c.1 of Magna Cart 1297 ... The Acts of Supremacy were necessary to establish the status of the Monarch as the Supreme Governor of the Church of England precisely because ecclesiastical authority is recognised by the common law as distinct from the temporal authority  ... The 1559 Church-State Settlement still has legal force and is specifically affirmed by every English sovereign in their coronation oath. This sets out separate spheres for church and state. Broadly speaking, the state may not interfere in either the interpretation of Scripture or the sacraments i.e. in effect worship, which the church must be subject to the law in other matters.  The government of the realm and the government of the Church of England were always distinct in our Constitution ... The Bible and centuries of tradition oblige Christians to gather weekly for worship and witness around the Word of God and sacraments; we need one another to flourish in our service to Christ (Exodus 20:9-11; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:42,20:7).  Neither confessional Christian faith nor the Church as an institution can faithfully exist without a Lord's Day gathering.  The Church has adhered to that obligation through long periods of persecution, where fulfilling it meant a risk of death at the hands of temporal authorities.  The church does not exist by permission of the state, for its establishment and rule is found in Jesus Christ himself" [source].

 

Comments


Fearing Death

"But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil" (Proverbs 1:33)

"It's a horrible insult to God, I think, to find how many of us think being with Him is the worst thing that could happen to us and especially from those who've been sitting in church pews being pillars and all that for 60 years" [reader's comment at source].


The Storm on the Lake:
"Jesus and His disciples needed to cross the lake, but a great storm blew up, Jesus was asleep, and, even though they were experienced fishermen, the storm caught the disciples by surprise and they began to panic. Jesus arose and said, 'Peace, Be Still.'  The Covid storm has come into our midst, and this story helps the Church to know what to do - this story is a message to the Church: Do not panic, God is in control. Our assurance is that God is still on the throne; He is still in charge"
[Raphael Khelawan, FBC, 27th September 2020].


"[W]e must remind ourselves that Jesus was not into self-preservation at all costs - either for himself or his followers. He knew that what he had to do would result in his death, and he forewarned his disciples that to faithfully follow him would lead to persecution and even death. Some things are more important than merely staying alive. That is not to say he would be unnecessarily reckless - nor should we be. But so many folk today, including far too many Christians, live in fear and paranoia and they demand and even expect complete safety. There is no such thing - at least in this life. But we do have ultimate spiritual safety when we abide in Christ. And Jesus did not seek to avoid the harsh realities of life - including disease and sickness ... And he dealt with somewhat infectious diseases ... He did not avoid [lepers]. He did not practice social distancing"
[source].
 

"It could be argued that the MainStream Media has contributed significantly to raising unreasonable fear levels in society which is not surprising because if ever anything is controlled by Satan the MSM is. A fact that should be obvious to everyone, but isn't because many people don't give their Creator a passing thought, never mind give Him thanks for their lives, is that death is always impending and God could call us anytime. He has given us a beautiful gift of life which lasts a certain number of years - a fact which is known to HIM alone. Therefore we have to put death from the Corona virus in its proper perspective. Most of us are going to die from other causes ... [The Lord Jesus] wouldn't want us to be unreasonably fearful of this virus" [reader's comment at source].


"There is nothing scriptural or historical that points to the notion that the state has the God-given responsibility or authority to determine and control the nature of human health and well-being and so to prevent elderly and lonely parents from seeing their children and grandchildren, block the access of pastors to the dying at their bedside, or to lock down Churches and shut down public worship for healthy individuals because there is some risk of developing a disease. In fact, even determining the need to quarantine a sick person is not given to the state (kings, judges, leaders of clans) in Scripture, but was determined by the health provision of the priests and Levites. The Church has a long history of providing healthcare and hospitals as an extension of its diaconal care and ministry of 'hospitality'. Only in 1948 did health become the province of the state in Britain with the founding of the NHS - an institution which has arguably moved to protect its own existence in the Covid-19 related crisis with serious consequences for others"
[source].


"Atheists are afraid of death in a way that Christians never have to be. A Christian country would have no reason to fear an innocuous disease like this one, whereas secular nations are absolutely terrified of it"  /  "Many atheists continue to tell me how my beliefs in a God ... is because I fear death and some form of comfort. But in fact, as is being shown by this bat virus and the numbers frightened witless that they may catch it and die, says it is they, those without a faith in an almighty creator that cannot deal with their mortality and the possibility of death. they are the ones running scared, hiding n corners, demanding we all wear face coverings (which really do not work), that we social distance to keep them safe, so they won't have to face death. I figure it this atheists - if God calls your number, there is nothing to be done. At least I have the hope of somewhere beyond"
[readers' comments at source].


"There are none so gullible as those who are scared witless by what is a non lethal virus for 99.8% of the population. That really only kills those who have many other issues and conditions and where the person has lived a full life span anyway. The scientists haven't done a very good job here have they? These people lock themselves away waiting for science to find a cure for them because they fear the death. They fear their mortality so much they would prefer a living death locked away. Yet still they are mortal. The scientists' approach will kill far more people than the virus ever will. Christians do not do that. They rely on the rules of God for a good life in the here and now. They recognise the importance of hygiene and they leave the rest to the grace of God"
[reader's comment at source].


"Whatever calamities befall us in life, Christians are exhorted to overcome by seeing them as a 'light affliction', which is 'but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory' (2 Corinthians 4:17). This does not mean never fearing. Rather, it means that we are to overcome that fear through faith. So in Psalm 91, the Psalmist can say: '
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.'  And he says this not because he's a stoic, but because he's just said this: 'I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.'  True belief in the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ is supposed to equip the Christian to overcome fear. Yet it has seemed to me that the reaction of much of the church to a coronavirus with an Infection Fatality Rate of around 0.2% - 0.26% has really been no different to that of the non-Christian" [source].


"[A] large part of human flourishing while living with uncertain outcomes involves coming to terms with the possibility that you may lose in the short term and will definitely lose in the long term where death is a certainty.  In the meantime most sensible people will want and should be allowed to find their own balance between the exhilaration and fulfilment which comes from taking greater risk[s] and the dreary dullness of always playing for safety.  Those of us who are Christians should have a particular understanding about these things.  We will have an eternal perspective which reveals them in a new light; in the parable of the talents it was the risk averse man who was condemned"
[reader's comment at source].


"Yes, there is some ridiculous, arrogant, Promethean death denial going on. The whole discourse is such as to make one think that this virus is the only thing that stands in the way of our immortality. Hopefully, there would be a great humbling round the corner"
[reader's comment at source].


Caesar is Not the Head of Christ's Church


"Public Worship Is Not Just A 'Nice-To-Have':  In Northern Ireland the Executive got their priorities right. The decision to let churches open before much of the leisure sector - albeit by just a few days - recognised that public worship has a significance far beyond the economic. In England, indoor public worship only returned on 4 July - the same time as pubs reopened. Churches in Wales followed on 13 July. Scotland delayed until 15 July - and then only after an outcry. Before its U-turn, the Scottish Government had refused to allow church services to take place before 23 July at the very earliest. It then unjustly set a limit of 50 people in a place of worship 'regardless of its size or capacity'.  In our worship services we come humbly before God and celebrate our relationship with him. We are not just individuals but a community of believers, praising and worshipping God together. That's why we've worked so hard to stop churches being pushed to the back of the reopening queue"
[Christian Institute, Newsletter, Summer 2020].
 

"[I]f the state presumes to forbid what God commands, or commands what God forbids, the state has moved beyond its sphere of authority, and those who obey God must at that point resist such arrogant presumption ... if the state becomes a terror to those who do good and rewards those who do evil, it is again in flagrant violation of God's command and ordinance, and Christians have at that point a duty to resist an authority that has ceased to be God's deacon. Were this not the case, we would be bound to state absolutism with no basis for resistance to tyranny of any and every kind. So, we are to obey God's ordinance to obey the civil authorities and fulfil our obligations until the state moves against God's ordinances" [source].


"State omnipotence is the opposite of Biblical teaching ... There are varied spheres of life within human society, i.e. the family, church, business, educational institutions, the arts and so forth, which do not owe their existence to the state, nor do they derive their internal sphere of law from the state. These spheres of life must obey the authority of God and His Word over them. They are not subservient to the state, nor do they relate to the state in parts-to-whole fashion as though they were lesser 'parts' of the state. As such the state has no right to overreach and intrude into them"
[source].


"The Church does not exist by government permission any more than the family is created by the state. The Church is governed and ruled by Jesus Christ under His Word. The state cannot command the Church not to preach Christ, baptise or administer the sacraments and exercise church discipline, because Christ Himself and His inspired apostles gave these commands. There are no caveats in the Great Commission or Christ's commands to His people - to do these things only when there is no persecution, war, or disease"
[source].


"[N]owhere is the state given a broad authority to command the Church not to gather, administer sacraments and lay hands on the sick or to lock its doors to the needy. Nor is it given authority to command the Church that they cannot pray together or determine what is and is not essential in worship (like singing or communion), let alone dismiss the Church as a non-essential service that is no different than a restaurant or a cinema. The Church alone must make prudential decisions for itself under God in times of crisis (as it always has) and determine how to respond to people's needs and guard people's overall well-being. If gathering for the sacraments, ministering to the sick, worshipping God as the Church (not the state) defines worship, is deemed criminal under public law, then civil disobedience becomes a Christian duty"
[source].


"The whole challenge behind the lockdown is the autonomy of the Church. By law the churches must make the decisions about how we worship. What the government has done is illegal"
[source].


"Many Christians have submitted to Hitlers, Stalins, Maos, and the multitude of lesser white, black, and yellow dictators. Many did it with good intentions, guided by the Lord's words 'Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's' (Matthew 22:21) ... If you say to a Czech, Hungarian, or Pole, 'Render to the Soviets the things that belong to them', he would understand you instantly. Nothing belongs to them. These words can only mean 'Give them a boot in the back and send them packing.'  This was also the sense of Jesus' words. If the Pharisees were so convinced that they served God, why were their minds preoccupied with things that are not godly? Jesus commands them, Do both things: serve a tyranny and serve God at the same time. He knew they would soon realize that these things ware not compatible. One must choose between being Caesar's bootlicker and a true servant of God who stands before a godless king like Herod and tells him to his face, 'What you do is unlawful.'  This is the attitude that cost John the Baptist his head. It is a misuse of Jesus' words to interpret them as counseling submissiveness to despots"
[Richard Wurmbrand, 100 Prison Meditations: Cries of Truth from Behind the Iron Curtain, (1982), pp.26-27].


"We are drifting into frightening levels of State control over every nook and cranny of our lives ... whilst governments in the past have occasionally endeavoured to direct the nature of Christian worship, the current situation of the State preventing Christians from worshipping at all is unprecedented in our history ... this is dangerous territory"
[source].


"By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion... They closed the churches and are keeping them closed one way or another. There was no Easter ... There was no Remembrance service either. Now, it is likely there will be no Christmas. Certainly no Christmas carols. Singing is banned or has to be muffled behind masks (absolutely disgusting really). Secularism with its new belief system of atheism is the order of the day now"  /  "Very apt I think at the moment, when really as believers, we do indeed find ourselves captive in such a strange land. I have indeed wept when remembering the land of the past"
[readers' comments at source].


"The left have been trying to replace God for over a century and it is starting to dawn on them that they will fail. It dawned on the Russians and they have returned to the religion that cements their society together and protects the family ... Over 70% of Russians are Church-going Christians and the Russian Orthodox Church has strengthened their society. Russia is becoming 50s America, while conversely Democrats in the US are trying to make America more like 50s Russia and Bojo seems to be trying to go down the US path. The Churches in Britain must be opened and the dead hand of the state removed. People must be allowed to Worship in peace, whatever the leftists might want"
[reader's comment at source].


"When a 95-year-old lady is sitting shivering with the cold, because the govt dictates on the one hand that churches must blast gales through their buildings if they want to worship God, whilst on the other hand depriving the population of that same fresh air, as well as vitamin D and oxygen, for months through lockdowns and mask-wearing, then I'm afraid my patience with the govt's diktats begins to wear a little thin"
[EMcD, email to [**********] on file, 30 August 2020].


"Ever more draconian and fear-driven restrictions are being imposed on [the churches] - even though C19 is now just in 24th place on the list of diseases that is killing people in the UK, and seasonal flu is higher up the list!  But, hey, if the churches do the Government's work for them now, it will make things so much easier for the State when they want to shut down Christianity completely in the days to come, won't it?  Where is the prayerful balance?  Where is the biblical sanity?  Where is the fear of the LORD?  Where were the scripture verses on the overhead today exhorting us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith?  Where were the scripture verses that remind us that God, not C19, is in control of all things?  That 'greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world'?  That Christ has overcome death and given us everlasting life?  Where were the scriptures to uplift and edify the body of Christ, to give us hope and strength, to encourage us to trust the LORD in all things?  That He alone is our Place of Safety in turbulent times? - And there will be a lot more turbulence to come in the years ahead before the Lord returns.  God's little flock doesn't need State propaganda plastering church walls, or childish, trite, psychologically-manipulative slogans rolling endlessly across the overhead.  They get far more than enough of that every time they turn on their TVs at home.  We come to church to look to God, not to the State.  We don't need infantile yellow circles stuck to the floor telling us where to sit as if we're five year-olds in nursery.  God's people need the Powerful and Ever-Living Word of God"
[EMcD, email to [*********], 04 October 2020].


...And Neither are Denominational Head Offices


"I understand that the various denominations in the UK have issued standard recommendations to their churches, and I realise that it could be helpful to check the suggestions proffered, but it may be that what God wants one fellowship to do regarding this virus may not be what He wants another fellowship to do...  So could it not be that, rather than a one-size-fits-all decree handed down from head office by denominational leaders, who neither have a 'hotline' to God denied to the elders and deacons of individual churches nor are familiar with the details of each fellowship's situation, the Lord will direct the elders and deacons of each fellowship regarding their church's particular requirements?  That way, each fellowship can ensure it is benefiting from the provisions God has instituted in the Bible for the containment of contagious diseases, as well as being able to adhere to God's commands for the ways in which He wants His Church to worship Him.  For example, washing one's hands is a sensible precaution - and one biblically and medically proven to help prevent contagion.  But (a) the forbidding of communion and corporate hymn singing, (b) forcibly blasting freezing cold air through church buildings during the winter months, such that the elderly and/or frail risk contracting chills or worse (whilst simultaneously and illogically depriving congregants of that same fresh air through mask wearing), (c) pointless one-way systems, and (d) the severe restriction of fellowship with one another within the church stetting (spiritually and socially), along with all the rest of the arbitrary, fear-induced, impossibly restrictive rulings required of Christian fellowships in the UK, denies God's Word for His ways of worship and thus is surely not His way of doing things; and will merely serve to close churches again, irrespective of any further Government-mandated lockdowns...  [Our church] has been very faithful to God in opening up the church for Sunday services sooner than many other churches have done, and God has blessed us for that obedience to His Scriptural command for His people to gather together to worship Him.  Please, please let us not at this late stage in the trajectory of this virus now take steps backwards by adhering to guidance which may well give folks the illusion of 'feeling safe', but which in reality (a) is actually doing absolutely nothing to allay the spread off any coronavirus; be that this coronavirus or any of the other coronaviruses that underlie many of our usual seasonal colds and flus, and (b) is disregarding God's stated instructions for His required methods of worship"
[EMcD, letter to [********],13 September 2020].

 

Compliant Churches and Compliant Christians


"Why aren't the clergy speaking out against this Marxist tyranny?"
[viewer's comment at source].
 

"Is it really possible that the long list of catastrophic mistakes and apparent denial of reality from Boris and co is just an example of stupidity so surreal it goes beyond the comprehension of the sane? I don't think so. Something else is going on, and it has nothing to do with a virus. Where Covid is concerned, nothing makes sense, but where various 'conspiracy theories' are concerned, they all make sense one way or another. When fantasy collides with reality, a forensic detective would always advise you to look for the reasoning behind both and then draw the logical and inevitable conclusion"  /  "There is indeed something else going on and it bothers me greatly that the church is so compliant with the order to stay at home. If anyone should be aware of this 'something else' it's the church" [readers' comments at source].


"What has become [clear] in recent months is that we are entering an era (likely protracted) of struggle for the freedom of the Church in Britain, not just with the state and its bureaucracy, but with Christian leaders themselves, some of whom are emerging as committed apologists for the secular state and its egalitarian agenda ... There has never been a shortage of cultural leaders ready to support and advise falling down before the image of the absolutist state when the music plays - to obey the state without question - it is always the Daniels and his three friends ready to pray despite the king's edict, or refusing to bow to overreaching political power, who are in short supply. Tyranny frequently wears the smiling face of public health and safety - and always claim to be in the best interest of 'the people' - which makes the complacent, indolent and cavalier attitude of some Christian leaders regarding church closures incomprehensible"
[source].


"Some [Christian/church leaders] try to justify their [obeisance to the state] in reference to Scripture. It is not uncommon to encounter a kind of frivolous proof-testing among Christian leaders, with references about respecting political authority used as though the Bible gives the state cart blanche to regulate individual, social and ecclesiastical freedoms out of existence if deemed necessary. These texts are almost never coherently framed in terms of the totality of Scripture and a broad Christian world and life view, but are frequently manipulated to mean the opposite of what they are saying. The idea that Paul's teaching in Romans 13 or 1 Timothy 2:1-2, for example, somehow gives the state almost unlimited sovereign power is bereft of exegetical and theological substance and integrity"
[source].


"The violation of the consciences of thousands of believers in the UK by the state's stubborn refusal to recognise the freedom and independence of the Church, even while many aspects of economic and political life go on (including flying on holiday on planes with no social distancing and BLM protests in the street), should be offensive and deeply concerning to Christian leaders, but sadly it is not ... [T]his principle ... of Sphere Sovereignty ... not only provides a template for organisation of a Biblical worldview, it equally provides a scriptural principle of resistance to absolutism and tyranny. The current situation and the Church's response have exposed the need for the recovery of a distinctly Christian view of the state"
[source].


"In the King James version of the Bible, there are 170 cases of mankind being instructed to 'Fear not' ... But our politicians say, 'NO! Be afraid. The Lord cannot help you. Only adherence to OUR words and OUR laws can save you from Covid-19. To live, you must comply. To comply, you must fear. And to fear, you must be faithless. So abandon God and you shall not surely die'  hisses the politician. But we have been here before: we have a choice, we can refuse fear. We can choose the real law, the one that is based on the words 'Fear not' ... We have free will: we can choose, we do not need to consent. We can turn to our Lord and say He is sovereign, we can choose His law, a law of love and a law of freedom ... We find solid ground on which to stand as we reject the Covid scam, the global warming scam and every other state-funded boondoggle that tells us to be afraid and to yield our God-given liberty to a state that claims it will save us from our fears. For they will no longer be our fears. We can reject them as easily as we can remove a mask and smile and talk to our neighbour. And every smile, every caring word, every day spent living without fear is a victory!"
[source].


"[A]t a time when the comfort of religion is needed more than ever, where are the religious leaders telling us to take no notice of lockdowns and distancing and instead enjoining us to hold hands, come close, worship in goodly numbers and fight the good fight with all our might?  They are nowhere.  They are in retreat.  Instead of showing the courage of their founding fathers, they have become craven, fearful and timid.  Their swords remain sleeping in their hands"
[source].


"Some time ago it was said by someone that this coronavirus is splitting the country, families, and churches in two again as happened with Brexit, and sadly that seems to be the case ... the rule limiting socialisation [in churches] has serious ramifications for God-blessed fellowship between believers.  If churches, as well as families and friends (rule of six), pub-goers, and all the other means of the nation's grass-roots discourses are drastically limited and even forbidden, then discussions about this virus cannot be easily shared amongst the population, the nation will become ever more suspicious of one another and fragmented, and once divided from one another the people are more easily conquered.  We've seen it all before in Communist countries.  But, of course, the UK isn't like that, is it?...  Be that as it may ... It may well be that Christian fellowships in the coming days will have to seriously pray about taking the kinds of precautions against informers as did the churches under Communism and as did the Church in the first few centuries of Christianity ... [but] I must continue to speak forth the truth about this coronavirus in the limited ways and means available to me, because I know what its end will be ... I pray that more folks ... will eventually tire of their useless masks, and ... realise that 'masks are for life, not just for Christmas' ... Or, maybe everyone will just continue swallowing the blue pill until it's too late...  I'm trying every hard not to despair, but right now I feel like joining Elijah under the juniper tree"
[EMcD, letter to [*********], 20 September 2020].


Counter-Culture Churches and Counter-Culture Christians


"If I read the intentions of the government correctly they do not intend to let the people (Christians and others who wish to meet without stringent regulations), escape their tight control"  /  "I think we are coming to a crunch point with opening churches and government dictating what goes on inside the walls - some are already starting to take matters into their own hands in the US, despite threats of jail time and cutting off essential services to buildings including water and electricity. The church should realise that the government has no ecclesiastical authority over the church. In past times of national crisis, our leaders would call a national day of prayer, now our leaders call church a 'non-essential service' to be shuttered for as long as they dictate. We appear to be ruled by people who are philosophically and theologically illiterate and ignorant of the foundations of the western world"  /  "John MacArthur in the USA has taken the bold step of meeting as normal in his church, but I heard yesterday he has been threatened by the authorities"
[readers' comments at source].


"Guidance is not the law. Unless you are employed by the Government, whether you follow the guidance is entirely up to you. The difference between guidance and the law is the difference between a democracy and a police state. Read the regulations yourself, and if there's nothing against doing it, do it. Print out a copy of the regulations. In the unlikely event that the police turn up, film them and demand they show which particular sub-section they are acting under"
[readers' comments at source].


"As history invariably reveals, there will be many more (Christians) than expected who in the name of 'wisdom', 'obeying the government' and being a 'good witness' (aka getting approval of the media and society as a whole) will, when push comes to shove, finally support an oppressive state and oppose the faithful Church.  The Barmen Declaration marked such a moment of division in the life of the German Church in Nazi Germany. Some supported the freedom and independence of the Church under Jesus Christ, others accepted gradual Nazification. The way Western society is presently moving, we may not be far away from requiring our own version of the Barmen Declaration"
[source].


"I guess there will always be those of us willing to be burned at the stake for our beliefs. I never thought I would be one - but now I realise I am. I will not bow down to the NHS, to BLM, to climate change, to atheism. That may well cost me my life but better dead than living dead in this dystopia"
[reader's comment at source].


"We're in a time of great tribulation and turmoil. It's hard to know where or who to turn to as the World grows darker and such wretched evil reigns. I will continue to fight against this evil with my last breath because I will never accept or consent to the world the satanic globalists wish to build for us. All I can do is put my faith in a higher power and believe that God's will shall be done on this Earth and my hand will be guided by his divine purpose. We will live our lives as they should be lived, as free people who have been blessed with inalienable, God-given rights. When all those lost souls around us surrender to fear and darkness, we shall carry the torch of liberty and light and show them the way back to the Lord's path. When the time comes for me to face my final hour I will die on my feet and not on my knees. I will pass from this life and whisper the words of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. In his name all good, light, love, liberty and truth shall prevail. God bless you all. Never, ever, ever, give up. God feels your pain and hears your struggles. Your fears and difficulties are not ignored and your faith will be rewarded"
[Dave Cullen, Computing Forever, source].


Open Letter to the Government


"The public worship of the Christian church is particularly essential for our nation's wellbeing. As we live in the shadow of a virus we are unable to control, people urgently need the opportunity to hear and experience the good news and hope of Jesus Christ, who holds our lives in his hands. The supportive relationships that churches nurture between people are vital, and simply cannot be dispensed with again without significant harm. And most of all, we know that regular gathering to worship God is essential for human life to be lived to the full ... we must not be asked to suspend Christian worship again. For us to do so would cause serious damage to our congregations, our service of the nation, and our duty as Christian ministers. We there fore call upon the Westminster and devolved governments to find ways of protecting those who truly are vulnerable to Covid-19 without unnecessary and authoritarian restrictions on loving families, essential personal relationships, and the worship of the Christian Church"
[Open letter from 700 church leaders to the Government].


"They take their time, but eventually the Church catches on"  /  "I looked at the list of signatories, but couldn't find old Justin's name on it. Does he have an exemption?"  /  "I take it Welby and his sidekick in York have not signed and are fully on board with the government taking a wracking ball to what is left of our society and economy"  /  "IMO it is a considered, nuanced and thoughtful letter and in its coherence and gentle appeal to reason, a powerful plea is thus unleashed. The mighty rock of the church in its steadfastness of the eternal light must be the haven, allowed to reopen and to provide our shelter as the colossal tempest enters the English approaches"  /  "It is good that they are at least attempting to address their role in society and calling out Caesar for interfering in their domain. But the restrictions are not really aimed at them as the pews are so sparsely populated you're more likely to catch a chill from the cold drafty church. It is aimed at the growing other religion in this country whose places of worship are still packed and where social distancing isn't exactly high on the agenda ... they know full well they would not be able to police the other for breaking any rules applied. And so authoritarianism comes in under the guise of liberalism because that is where it always leads once the cognitive dissonance of their polices hit the real world"
[readers' comments at source].


"The letter expresses a right concern that the precedent of governments telling us when, how and whether we can worship in public, could result in a curtailment of religious liberty in the future. Churches in general are mature and considerate people who will take all the necessary precautions - without needing to be dictated to by governments ... churches should not be used in this way"
[source].


"The letter looks to the eternal. I am deeply concerned that people may get Covid-19 and die. I would never want either myself or any group I was part of to be a transmitter of that dreadful disease. But I also remember the words of Jesus, that we are to fear him who has the power to destroy both body and soul in hell, rather than just the one who has the power to destroy the body (Matthew 10:28)"
[source].


The Persecuted and Underground Church


"It is easy to forget the fact that there is today an official state church in communist countries like China, where the Church is fully authorised by the civil government to gather, worship, practice the rites of the church and even preach from the Bible. However, the apparent 'liberties' of those government-endorsed and approved churches are emphatically constrained by the state. Those same churches must submit themselves unequivocally to every regulation of government, recognising state authority as absolute. It has only been because of faithful pastors and leaders in China standing on the full authority of the Word of God and the sovereignty of Christ the King, that an 'underground' church, that refuses to recognise state control over it, has flourished, the gospel has been preserved, and millions in China converted to Christ in recent decades"
[source].


"My experience of working with the churches under communism for 30 years from 1961-1991 has shown me the potential danger. That's how communism forced churches underground. The UK government has been ruling by fear, which has become an overriding problem in Britain. Older people were afraid to go out lest they catch the dreaded Covid-19, even children were afraid to go to school. This is how Hitler and the communists ruled - by fear. I sense a lot of alarm bells ringing. Is the pandemic being used as a tool to increase centralised control? Why is such control necessary when every day there are more suicides than Covid deaths, and more deaths from influenza and pneumonia than Covid-19 since 10 July"
[source].


"The danger in accepting the restrictions on worship is that it can set a precedent. At the moment it is illegal for the government to do this, but if we do not object and if we meekly accept these restrictions, this may set a precedent that would allow the government to take more control over the churches in the future, particularly in controlling what we preach"
[source].


"If we are right in believing that things are going to get more difficult for Bible-believing Christians in Britain, when parts of the Bible may be labelled 'hate speech' and forbidden to be quoted in public or even read in church, it may be necessary for the formation of some kind of underground network for believers"
[source].


"The extreme Left has weaponised the Covid-19 pandemic to force its radical agenda on [us]. Their first goal is to shut down the Church"
[source].


"We need a new church post Covid - underground, I suspect"
[reader's comment at source].


"Some Christians are sensing a call back to a New Testament church ... The early Church met in homes and shared their lives together. They were radically committed believers, mission-orientated, God-centred and prepared to die for their faith. We will need to be flexible in how we organise meetings and will probably have to go underground. The new model would be a 'hybrid' of real and virtual meetings. People would be encouraged to use and develop their gifts, minister to each other and to reach out into the community"
[source].


"In the past, religions prevailed against impossible odds, faith moved mountains.  Early Christians risked being burned at the stake or thrown to the lions.  Not even the most terrible persecutions would shake their faith, and Christianity became the world's most successful religion, founded on the blood of its martyrs.  They would certainly not have let a little thing like a virus from which more than 99% of people recover put them off meeting to worship their God.  In Soviet Russia, Christians were persecuted and many places of worship were destroyed.  Did religion die away?  It did not.  People met secretly in each other's homes, often putting themselves in great danger.  Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian churches are full again thanks to the brave believers who kept the faith alive.  But here, at a time when the comfort of religion is needed more than ever, where are the religious leaders telling us to take no notice of lockdowns and distancing and instead enjoining us to hold hands, come close, worship in goodly numbers and fight the good fight with all our might?  They are nowhere.  They are in retreat.  Instead of showing the courage of their founding fathers, they have become craven, fearful and timid.  Their swords remain sleeping in their hands"
[source].


Holy Communion


"It may seem peculiar, but the sharing of a chalice for communion is not forbidden by the Regulations, falling within the 'should' rather than the 'must' category ... although it is not strictly forbidden, a little common sense might not go amiss, and the use of individual communion glasses may be a safer option if your church tradition allows. As far as the distribution of wafers or bread is concerned, it is recommended, but not compulsory, that the person handling these should either have washed their hands thoroughly, or wear gloves. Once again, these steps are simply and impact little on our ability to worship"
[The Christian Legal Centre, at source].


"It's as much the various church hierarchies as the government which has forbidden communion. I have now taken communion twice in the last two months so it is in fact still possible. I would be planning to take it again next month but for the fact that, despite having survived the last two visits to church, I am now required to wear a face mask. I won't be returning to church until that particular edict is revoked (if that ever happens). Meanwhile, the senior clergy are happy to kowtow to whatever absurd law the [PM] decides to introduce"  /  "What a delightful idea, breaking bread at the pub. I think it would prove very popular with Christians unwilling to be muzzled in church"
[readers' comments at source].


"As soon as they get wind of any such 'gathering', the rules will be changed and extended PDQ. Can't have Joe Public using ingenuity to go about their lawful occasions"  /  "'The Church' is the faithful. Thus, a meeting room is sufficient, where all can break bread in pious gathering. Christian kindred, meeting in a communion of profound and joyful worship of the Lord. It doesn't have to be sanctified ground"  /  "Brilliant, where there's a prayer there's a way"  /  "The government is petty enough to use it as an excuse to clamp down on the rules for eating out - of course, blaming the so-called irresponsibility of people who merely took advantage of the rules. Officialdom doesn't like its stupidities being shown up - and certainly won't like Christians reclaiming a small freedom other than the crumbs it has thrown at the churches"
[readers' comments at source].


"It's time for pushback ... hold your service and film it especially if the authorities arrive (which they won't) to physically stop prayers to God"  /  "[The Authorities] have no authority to take away ... Christian worship in churches. It's scandalous that the clergy ... have behaved like so many invertebrates. The police presumably have better things to do (like kowtowing to BLM and XR) than arresting members of congregations for daring to pray to their God, and (shock, horror!) singing hymns. Get out there and be damned to rules and regulations dreamed up by complete fools
[EMcD: 'fools' being absolutely correct in this context; the vast majority of the UK Government disbelieving in (and certainly dishonouring) God (Psalm 14:1)]"  /  "One rule book for the law abiding and for peacefully gathering Christians - and the rule book torn up for [government]-sponsored devilry" [readers' comments at source].


"Just go ahead and do what you want to do within the guidelines (remember it is only 'guidelines') have a complete understanding of these, and YOUR rights and the laws in general. Document and film evidence of your actions. They think people are more stupid than they actually are, they depend on them obeying without fully understanding what is being imposed on them"  /  "Just go ahead and the Holy Communion. These are only guidelines and unenforceable. Who is going to check up anyway"  /  "Are there any independent-minded clergy who will disregard their pathetic superiors?"  /  "They just keep quiet about it. It's the only way to do things nowadays with snitches around"
[readers' comments at source].


"Can you imagine the blowback if anyone was prosecuted for receiving Holy Communion? Many of the leaders of modern society hold Christianity in contempt but I doubt even they would be stupid enough to do such a thing"  /  "I don't suppose those 'breaking the rules' would be supported by the Archbishops of Canterbury or York - or any bishops at all for that matter. Too feeble, too emasculated, too feminised, too pathetically stupid and ignorant to even stand up for their ... beliefs. What a disgusting shower they all are"  /  "There is no law that we cannot commune anywhere we want. Guidance is not the law"
[readers' comments at source].


Corporate Praise and Singing


"For the avoidance of doubt, there is no prohibition on singing in church. The regulations say: 'There should be no group singing by worshippers.'  It goes on to say: 'Small groups of professional or non-professional singers will be able to sing in front of worshippers both outdoors and indoors from 15 August. Singing in groups should be limited to a small set group of people and should not include audience participation' ... The use of 'should' rather than 'must' means that the recommendations do not have the force of law and are therefore discretionary"
[The Christian Legal Centre, at source].


"Regardless what insane restrictions Govt try to impose on the Church, we have our guidance - the Bible.  Just follow that, Christian, and ignore Govt advice.  'Come before His presence with singing' (Psalm 100:2b)"  /  "It's almost as if some people believe the rules are based on science, rationale or logic, rather than just whim & theatre.  But then a frighteningly large number of people still seem to believe there has been a deadly pandemic and the BBC are a trustworthy source of information"  /  "Don't you just love it when 'worship leaders' alter old hymns to update the language, then copyright the thing?  Like this: 'Come let us join our cheerful whispers, With angels socially distanced around the throne, Ten thousand thousand are their tongues, But all their joys are gone' ©Isaac WattsApp"
[readers' comments at source].


"Have you not tried the candle test?  Hold a lit candle a foot away from you and sing.  It hardly flickers even with loud singing.  Whisper and the candle goes our immediately ... Why won't our government do as Switzerland and leave it up the common sense of the people?  After all, most churchgoers do not confuse a worship service with a football field"  /  "What on earth is the point of singing in a whisper?  As Psalm 100 says, 'Make a joyful noise unto the LORD'"  /  "Yes.  Sing means sing.  Not some pathetic whisper which isn't really singing but designed to quell fear of man rather than praise God"
[readers' comments at source].


"The more robust churches - the ones with faith - have been singing for a while now.  I despair of the effete CofE and Vatican II Catholics.  When they are not worshipping Moloch they're worshipping Covid"  /  "There is no ban on singing in church by the government, in England at least ... Bishops and vicars are either ignorant, craven or believe they are doing the right thing"  /  "I doubt that many people with a respiratory virus are liable to be singing loudly & heartily.  We've all been treated to an evil scare campaign, deliberately promoted by politically- ctive government advisors.  It's time to stop being scared and ask the difficult questions"
[readers' comments at source].


"I went to my Mum's Church last weekend; we were all muzzled and carefully spaced and spoke responses.  I genuinely don't understand why it is acceptable to say the Lord's Prayer in unison, but not to sing?"  /  "Break the law people.  Sing to your hearts' content.  Damn the consequences"  /  "People are so unbelievably feeble and fearful thanks to the torrent of lies and disinformation with which they have been fed for months on end" [readers' comments at source].


"While it’s welcome news that churches have been able to meet again, some restrictions really limit our ability to worship God as we did previously.  One of the major areas is the current guidelines that say we shouldn’t sing corporately.  Corporate singing is an essential element of our worship to God.  A recent study by Bristol University found that speaking and singing generate similar amounts of tiny particles of liquid called aerosol droplets - which are thought to carry Covid-19.  Recently the government relaxed the rules to allow public performance singing, including in places of worship, by paid individuals or groups - but for believers, corporate singing is how we worship together as a body.  Let us pray that, in the light of this study, these guidelines are swiftly changed, because this is an area where the biblical instructions to obey authorities is coming into conflict with our freedom to worship"
[Intercessors for Britain, Prayer Bulletin, Number 288, Sept-Oct 2020, p.2].


"I have been well taught that Christians are to submit to rulers and authorities until and unless they require us to go against what God commands.  How then have you, church leaders, consented to the muting of singing in your churches?  Are we not instructed throughout the Bible to 'sing to the Lord'?  Do we not have a whole songbook, the Psalms, incorporated within our Bible?  Did you not once press upon me the book 'Sing!', which urges the importance of congregational singing?  Were the authors - renowned song writers ... wrong to say, 'congregational singing is one of the greatest and most beautiful tools we have been given to declare God's "excellences", strengthening His church and sharing His glory with the world?'  It seems to me that the State's prohibition of singing in churches is diametrically opposed to what God commands"
[source].


"Personally, I'd prefer to be present in a 1000 voice choir belting out the Halleluiah Chorus (without masks) than I am rolling up my sleeve to receive 'the jab' based on the current uncertainties of where that mRNA induced spike protein can end up in the body, and what it may do there (short and long term) ... There's scant evidence that the kind of congregational singing we all know and enjoy in our Christians churches raises [the viral load] so significantly that it becomes a lethal risk.  Those who feel they just can't face that chance are free to refrain from corporate Christian worship; but I think that's sad and I wonder if some people have been so psychologically wounded by the over-hyped narrative around risks from Covid that they may never return to the public worship of God without anxiety.  I wonder what spiritual power will see that as a well-engineered victory"
[reader's comment at source].


Face-Masks


"A question we are frequently asked is 'should we refuse entry to anyone not wearing a face covering?'  It may be appropriate for your welcome teams to give people a friendly reminder, but churches are not expected to enforce the regulations, any more than Supermarkets accost anyone entering their stores without wearing a mask"
[The Christian Legal Centre, at source].


"If I were to go to a Church service (supposing I could find a place that was actually open) with my 'Mask Exempt' lanyard ... sewn on my jacket, do you think I would be let in and allowed to stay without a muzzle on my nose and mouth?"  /  "I went to church today and last Sunday displaying my [mask exempt] and have been welcomed. Our rector thanked those who came masked - which was the majority - but asked for trust and no interrogation of anyone not wearing one"  /  "Let's get back to real services, real communion, real churches - and chuck those damned muzzles in the nearest bin"
[readers' comments at source].
 

"For several weeks we have been attending a church in southern Germany that took a deliberate decision to not wear masks. Their reason was that it interfered with relationships within the church and relationships were central to a functioning church. Our family were met with smiles, handshakes and hugs. The Pastor told us that they took sensible precautions, but he also correctly stated that being a Christian meant that one does not fear death. To date no one has even got ill" [reader's comments at source].


"[W]hat of the masking policy in your churches?  I suppose it's true that there is no direct proof text regarding masks.  But what of your doctrine of Man?  Have you not taught me that human beings are the pinnacle of God's creation - made on the sixth day, before He rested?  Made in His image?  Are we really to have our faces covered?  The face, which in the Bible, clearly represents the Person, rather than just its constituent parts?  How could you consent to the depersonalising of entire congregations?"
[source].


"What are [masks]? A symbol.

  • They are a symbol of irrationality - we wear them despite knowing they are useless;
  • They are a symbol of fear - fear of death, fear of others' opinions and fear of angering the government;
  • They are a symbol of compliance - I will do whatever the state tells me to do;

"Given this, it is simply incongruous to attend Christian worship in one. I am created a rational being in the image of God.

  • I am not to fear death (Jesus Christ has conquered it);
  • I am not to fear man (the Lord is greater);
  • I am not to fear the government (it is God I must ultimately give account to);
  • I am not to be a compliant coward (God has called me to serve him).

"Given this, how Christians cannot see the irony of wearing a mask to attend public worship I do not know" [source].


"While at the supermarket on Saturday, I saw a guy wearing a mask that had a quote from the Bible on it.  It said, 'The Lord is my protector'. I just thought, if you actually believe that, why are you wearing a mask?" [reader's comment at source].


Baptisms


"Some churches seem to be under the impression that the Regulations prohibit baptisms altogether; this is simply untrue. In fact, the following section is expressly dedicated to the procedures that the Government suggests churches should follow when using a baptismal pool: ... Once again, the Regulations are drafted in helpful language that recognises the importance of the sacrament, whilst sat the same time urging sensible caution"
[The Christian Legal Centre, at source].


Weddings and Funerals


"I think the Church's withdrawal from funerals and hands on visiting of the dying is one of the worst things to have happened during the lockdown"  /  "Yes, and it won't soon be forgotten or forgiven"
[readers' comments at source].


"Going to the funeral of a very elderly friend next week and she didn't die of or with the virus. Instead of celebrating her life it will be a very mournful affair with people in bubbles, wearing masks and no singing allowed. It will bring no comfort to her family. Whether you believe in God or not how was it allowed to come to this?"  /  "My mother attended the funeral of one of her Sunday school friends last week and it was exactly like this. Barely anyone showed up, my mom was one of the handful not masked even though it was outside and they played 2 songs on a computer for the people to sit and tap their toes to ... My mother got rid of her TV years ago and so far as I can tell, that's the one difference between her and her friends who attend funerals in bright sunshine through triple-layer masks from 200 yards away"
[readers' comments at source].


Social Distancing

"What of social distancing within your churches - members confined to their household bubbles, isolated with at least two metres between them?  How does this fit with your theology of the Trinity?  I thought that the relational nature of the Trinity meant that, as those made in God's image, relationship is fundamental to our humanity?  What about all your exhortations to serve the church, based on the teaching that we are 'one body'?  How can we possibly operate as one body when [we're] all physically separated out?" [source].


Judgement and Repentance


"The real crisis of the hour is a spiritual and moral crisis. We have sinned; we are under judgment; and we are not repenting. Each of these is a spiritual and moral crisis in its own right, largely unnoticed or ignored by God's people in the UK, but together they form a constellation of historic proportions. The call of the hour is not to beat the virus.  I'll say it again.  The call of the hour is not to beat the virus.  The call of the hour is to hear God, humble ourselves, confess our great sin, repent, and beg his mercy. But this we are not doing. This pandemic is a wake-up call from God to do with our spiritual and moral crisis: but we insist on sleeping still"
[source].


"We should clarify, as we set out to identify significant unrepentant sin, that we should be looking for corporate sin, not just individual, since this judgment we are experiencing (if indeed it is judgment) is being inflicted at a corporate level, sweeping up Church and nation. So, is there some great national sin, in which the Church has also played a part? The answer of course is yes ... more than 9 million innocent bearers of the image of God have been systematically 'terminated' by the State, through the NHS, with our taxes, since the Abortion Act was written into the statute books in 1967. This law was passed with the blessing and help of the national Church, and also with the support of evangelicals for many years"
[source].


"[T]he shedding of blood is no small thing ... The mass killing of babies through child sacrifice ... [is] a sin in God's eyes: turning a blind eye to child sacrifice is a sin (Leviticus 20:1-5). You and I may not have had an abortion ourselves, but we've looked the other way and left countless babies and mothers unrepresented and undefended. This is a grave spiritual and moral state fro the Church and nation to be in ... Child sacrifice, practised at a national level, is precisely the kind of behaviour that we see biblically provoking God to national judgment"
[source].


"Various leaders have called for days of prayer, but these have generally been devoid of repentance. Some will say this is harsh but many of these prayers have in fact been pagan prayers - prayers for health and safety and deliverance but without repentance"
[source].

"[T]he only and whole solution to our spiritual and moral crisis is repentance. Anything apart from repentance is at best futile but more probably aggravating the problem" [source].   


The Vaccines


"We are looking to the vaccine, instead of repentance, for our help and salvation. Isaiah 30 and 31 tell the story of the Israelites failing to listen to the word of the LORD. They do not consult him, but instead carry out plans that are not his, and go down to Egypt for help. Because it is not God's plan, the LORD says that Egypt [i.e. the vaccine] will be 'utterly useless' to them ... Not only are we looking to [the vaccine] as an alternative to repentance to get us out of the crisis: there are ethical concerns to do with the vaccine themselves. They have been produced with the help of aborted fetal cell lines, and the practice of organ harvesting from healthy, wrongly killed babies continues today around the world"
[source].


"The Bible is clear that when it comes to the good things which all of humanity enjoys they come from God. But we should be careful in attributing to God things which He hasn't expressly taken credit for. I have to admit I have winced when I've heard Christians giving thanks to God for the vaccine. Can we really attribute something of such questionable origins to God? Surely just the association with child sacrifice is enough to testify against these vaccines as being blessings from God ... the very fact that these vaccines are linked with the practice of abortion should signal to us as Christians that there's something not quite right here"
[source].


"I don't think we really know God as we ought to if we think that [the vaccine] is his gift to us, as if he would give us something out of the fruit of child sacrifice and it would be our way out of judgment for child sacrifice even though we are still not repenting of child sacrifice. Yes, Christians have been praying for the vaccine, and so it is unsurprising that they think that this is God's answer ... Yes: we can pray to the living God for our idols. Shocking! The fact that we prayed for this and it has come is no evidence whatsoever that it's a gift from God"
[source].


"We are meant to be repenting, but instead we are turning to a vaccine that is itself produced with the fruit of the very practice we're meant to be repenting of. Why is this not ringing alarm bells? ... even if we were to lay aside ethical concerns to do with the vaccine, the absence of repentance alone means that the vaccine cannot be our 'way out; of the crisis, not God's way out. We still haven't learned, we still haven't repented"
[source].

                          
False Prophets and Ravening Wolves

Neil Ferguson, Chris Whitty, Patrick Vallance, Matt Hancock, Anthony Fauci, Bill Gates...

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves" (Matthew 7:15)

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world"
(1 John 4:1)

"For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land" (Psalm 35:20)


"We are in a dangerous place as a nation when we cannot trust Ministers of the Crown to tell us the truth. Equally, where HM Ministers do not trust the public to make their own decisions based on reality but must be duped by falsehood into compliance with unlawful diktats. 'And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter' (Isaiah 59:14).  Mr Hancock was appointed to be Her Majesty's Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. He has damaged the nation's health through his lockdown, sent death into care homes and paralysed the NHS. He must believe he is Her Majesty's Secretary of State for eliminating infections of coronavirus. In such a role he thinks he has permission to mislead and bully the public for the greater good. But the word of God says: 'Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness' (Psalm 52:3).  As the BBC reports: 'Hancock: "Follow Covid rules or they will get tougher."  'For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions' (2 Chronicles 10:1)"
[source].


"Now I dread specialists in power because they are specialists speaking outside their special subject. Let scientists tell us about sciences. But government involves questions about the good for mankind, and justice, and what things are worth having at what price; and on these scientific training gives a person's opinion no added value. Let the doctors tell me I shall die unless I do so and so, but whether life is worth living on these terms is no more a question for them than for any other person"
[C.S. Lewis, quoted in reader's comment at source].


"For a long time we have chosen to believe atheist 'experts' who claim 'science' proves God's Word false and we are now starting to see the fruits of this idolatry in the removal of God's blessings of freedom, peace and prosperity"  /  "Very few 'scientists' have done themselves many favours during this pandemic... they've jumped on the lockdown bandwagon when it flies in the face of all the known experience of dealing with viral outbreaks... 'take no one's word for it' should be something we should all take to heart"  /  "[A]s this pandemic shows, there is much we neither understand or seem able to control. Many scientists are aware of this while others arrogantly elevate themselves to the level of deities"
[readers' comments at source].


"The New Priesthood:  Divine wisdom is bestowed upon us by those who can interpret the Word of the Covid Data God. A new Priesthood has emerged that instructs the common folk, through televised sermons and governmental encyclicals. The Holy men Ferguson, Whitty, Van-Tam and Vallance are versed in the theology of population control and they have developed computer models that guides new doctrine. By having exclusive access to hospital data, which they wield over their congregation like latin bibles, they are in a unique position to interpret the will of the Covid God. Their word is final"
[source].


"There are none so gullible as those who are scared witless by what is a non lethal virus for 99.8% of the population. That really only kills those who have many other issues and conditions and where the person has lived a full life span anyway. The scientists haven't done a very good job here have they? These people lock themselves away waiting for science to find a cure for them because they fear the death. They fear their mortality so much they would prefer a living death locked away. Yet still they are mortal. The scientists' approach will kill far more people than the virus ever will. Christians do not do that. They rely on the rules of God for a good life in the here and now. They recognise the importance of hygiene and they leave the rest to the grace of God"
[reader's comment at source].


Prayer
for our Nation

"Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright" (Psalm 20:7-8)


"On 26th May 1940 and again in 1941, the UK held Days of Prayer to seek God in the midst of war. But today there is no Government or Church call for a Day of Prayer during this coronavirus.  There is no call to seek God from any one of the churches: CofE, Catholic, Baptist, etc… Yet they think that without God they will sort it out… Let us pray that God will intervene in C19…"
[Rev. David Rose, FBC, 11th October 2020].


"[D]uring the war, although the nation's spiritual condition was far from thriving, there was still a general acceptance of the concept of God's providence overruling in the affairs of men. Faced with a powerful enemy in the form of Nazi Germany, society understood that military might and strategy were not the only answers, but that there was also a need to seek the aid of the Almighty, He who determined the outcome of wars. Even the politicians publicly acknowledged this. As a result the war witnessed no fewer than 12 national days of prayer, all widely supported throughout the land, and this revealed that society still broadly appreciated the words of Psalm 20:7 ... Britain today is doing the equivalent of trusting in horses and chariots in respect of dealing with Covid-19"
[source].


"The nation today thinks itself far too sophisticated to humble itself before the Lord, but its trust instead is in the precautions ... When society loses an understanding of the sovereignty of God over creation, it resorts to excessive fear and a misplaced trust in human ingenuity ... Covid-19 is God calling upon the nation to humble itself before Him and to come in repentance and faith to the Lord Jesus Christ. However, instead of crying out 'Lord have mercy upon us', the nation has tragically been proclaiming, 'We shall beat this virus by working together and stopping normal living' ... we should learn from the willingness of the wartime generation to swallow their pride and to confess in time of adversity their utter need of the help of the one true Trinitarian God"
[source].


"I have been utterly amazed that we have not had a National day of prayer. The Queen could have called it as her father did in WWII.  No one in power defends our faith anymore but thankfully many of the non-important people do"  /  "[I]t should be remembered that in 1940 the government did all it could to stoke the people's resolution, whereas in 2020 it has sought to promote their fears"
[readers' comments at source].

 

Pray...

"Pray for a complete return to normality and sanity, for our respective governments to lift all restrictions, masks, social distancing, and let us all get on with providing for our families, socialising, singing praise in church, and generally rebuilding life, society, and the economy.  'The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God' (2 Samuel 23:3).  Pray for humility and the fear of God to descend on Her Majesty's Government" [source].

 

Christ Not Caesar

"Much 'Public Health' opposes:  (1) the wisdom of Jesus; (2) loving like Jesus; (3) the harm principle; (4) the supremacy of Jesus.

"Evil impacts the globe in every aspect:  (1) including state, industry & media; (2) constantly, via men & Satan; (3) especially when power is concentrated; (4) making blind trust unwise.

"Our duty to obey law is altered by:  (1) conflict with Scripture; (2) harm to our neighbour; (3) the state exceeding its remit.

"A duty to resist is created by:  (1) a threat to our fellow man; (2) a citizen's responsibility.

"A need to obey God, not men:  (1) for the Bride's purity; (2) for loving one another; (for loving society" [source].

 

Wake Up, Folks...

"The UK Government first insisted in the lockdown/house imprisonment to (supposedly) enable the NHS to cope.  The NHS has coped.  The hastily thrown up Nightingale hospital across the country (across the world) are standing empty: the 4000-bed Nightingale hospital in London has had a maximum of nineteen (if I recollect correctly) Covid-19 patients.  The Government has now moved these initial goalposts; insisting instead on five utterly vague conditions that can be drawn out indefinitely: i.e., primarily until a certain billionaire founder of Microsoft (with a certain chief medical advisor to the UK Government and a certain Imperial College 'scientific' computer modeller in his pocket) can implement his long-held desire to impose his mandatory vaccinations and digital certificates on the world's population.

"The bigger picture is the global implementation of Agenda 21/2030 ... A21's Sustainable Development Goals are directly relevant to our current situation because the social/travel/other limits now being placed on the world's population are the seeds of the UN's A21 programme for its planned one world government.  And in its turn, A21 is a precursor or a shadow of the trib and will be preparing the world for antichrist's 15 minutes (well, three-and-a-half-years) of fame.  How long it will take for the post-lockdown 'New Normal' to morph into Agenda 21, and how long the world will be subjected to A21 before the trib starts, I have no idea and I think I'd rather not know for now.  However, the good news [is that the Lord will] return to put an end to all these shenanigans, and set up His eternal Kingdom" [source].

 

Believing Absurdities

"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities" (Voltaire)

"Well, we're now living in a time where a huge chunk of the global population seem to believe that wearing a face-nappy or a face-shield, and quarantining the healthy, and destroying the economy, and putting millions out of work, and not treating cancer patients, and preventing dying people from having family at their bedside in their final hours, and keeping humanity from each other with anti-social distancing, and treating school-children like this: ... and this: ... and this: ... is somehow justified.  These are absurdities.  And the vast majority of people either firmly believe in them, or at the very least, tacitly endorse them through lack of resistance ...

"But with sufficient amounts of fear and propaganda pumped into their brains for months on end, [people have] been convinced that to protect them from a virus with the same fatality rate as the flu, they believe it is justified to wear a face-mask.  Re-breathing in their own CO2, compromising their immune systems, and even breathing through [the mask] when it's soaking wet and thus increasing their chances of becoming actually sick.

"What can one say about the mindset of a populace that is comprised of docile, reprogrammable sheep, with a herd mentality and no critical or rational thinking?  That, I fear, may be a society that will permit tyranny, and even atrocities, because it lacks the ability to question media messaging, government mandates, and reflect on the nature of reality and their own behaviour.  Moreover, a people who have outsourced their critical and reasoning ability to someone else, will soon find that evil flourishes in a moral vacuum.

"Truly horrific outcomes become possible, when the populace at large have been trained to place their unwavering trust in authority and simply obey government mandates without question" [source].

 

What is Covid-19?

"Covid-19 is supposedly a pneumonia as a complication of SARS-COV-2, but ...

  • For most people, Covid-19 is a mild illness which is never confirmed as being due to SARS-COV-2, but the perception of reality is created by official general prognosis,
  • A developed SARS-COV-2 infection could be flu, or even a bacterial infection, and Covid-19, or the pneumonia associated with it, would in fact arise as a complication due to these other causations,
  • Pneumonia or severe respiratory complications can occur from a treatment for cancer - which incriminates other pre-existing conditions in combination with their medical treatments,
  • Meanwhile, quite astonishingly, there is no acknowledgement of what might be true Covid-19, which is an infection of the lungs related to the interaction between SARS-COV/SARS-COV-2 and Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 (ACE2) that is promoted in treatment by prescribed drugs.

"[T]he UK Government's reaction to Covid-19 has been way beyond anything anyone could call proportional. It has been unnecessarily, grotesquely exaggerated, and pointlessly damaging" [source].

 

Coronavirus Act: What Are We Consenting To?

"In the UK, it is worth recapping what it is we are consenting to with the Coronavirus Act:

  • We consent to increased State surveillance of ourselves and our family;
  • We are happy that we could be detained, without charge, because some state official suspects, or claims they suspect, we may be infected;
  • It is fine with us that we or our loved ones can be sectioned under the Mental Health Act on the recommendation of a single doctor and neither we nor they need to have the protection of a second opinion we are locked up;
  • We accept that the state can retain our biometric data and fingerprints for an extended period;
  • We consent that jury trials are a bit of an anachronism and Judges can hear more evidence by video or even audio link;
  • We think it's fine that the evidence required, and processes undertaken, to determine and record our or our loved ones' deaths can be eroded to the point where they can be registered by people with no medical or legal expertise at all;
  • We don't think the NHS needs to adhere to practice standards or bother with assessing the needs of some patients, especially older people;
  • We are also fine with the complete suspension of democracy in Britain;
  • We accept all of this based upon a unique subset of scientific opinion which, contrary to every known scientific principle, can never be questioned;
  • We agree with the MSM that people who question any aspect of the stories they tell us are dangerous because these people just don't care if their own loved ones die. Only true believers care about their families;
  • We also accept the need for the State to invest considerable resources creating counter disinformation units whose purpose is to censor anything and everything which questions our firmly held beliefs. The beliefs informed by many of the same people doing the censoring..." [source].

 

Bayith Articles on C19

Concerning Coronavirus Vaccines  (Dec 2020 / Jan 2021)   |   Covid-19 Vaccines: As in the Days of Noah  (Nov 2020)

A Bit of Dirt...  (Nov 2020)   |   Covid Conversations: Everyone Is Out of Step But Our Jock  (October 2020)

Rules Are Rules!  (Sept 2020)   |   Why I Don't Wear A Face-Mask  (Aug 2020)

Coming Out of Lockdown - Part Two: Hugs  (May 2020)   |   Coming Out of Lockdown - Part One: Rebuilding Our Immune Systems  (May 2020)

Wake Up, Folks...  (May 2020)   |   Our Place of Safety  (April 2020)

  

 

 

 

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.
Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday ...
He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways ...
he shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble ... and show him my salvation"
(Psalm 91)

 

 

 

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