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"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)
Government, Health & Safety, the Court of Public Opinion... What About the
"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"
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"
"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)
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?
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..."
"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..."
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..."
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..."
"...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 then 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 lie 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..."
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..."
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 clover 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..."
"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].
"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..."
"'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..."
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 rick 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]
"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:
"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]
"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].
"Given this, it is simply incongruous to attend Christian worship in one. I am created a rational being in the image of God.
"Given this, how Christians cannot see the irony of wearing a mask to attend public worship I do not know" [source].
"Covid-19 is supposedly a pneumonia as a complication of SARS-COV-2, but ...
"[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].
"As Frank Herbert wrote in his novel, Dune, 'Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration' and collective fear is also the primary tool that governments have long used to bring potentially recalcitrant populations under control... sometimes to the point of obliteration. Historically, that type of fear is not sudden but eats away at the heart and soul of a people one small nibble at a time until the minds of a now docile demographic willingly acquiesce to any number of outrageous edicts and restraints upon their lives and freedoms in the hope that in so doing this will ensure their personal survival. And note always that once this induced fear has taken a firm hold the decisive instruments of draconian suppression are placed in the hands of powerful enforcement agencies who invariably career out of control and become a law unto themselves, quickly becoming too big and too powerful for even the political drones who unleashed them to restrain.
"Look about you now at the actions and verbal vomitus coming from HM Government's emergent blue uniformed SS, particularly their local Obersturmbannführers so erroneously referred to as Chief Constables. (Did anyone else notice the Home Secretary singing their praises at the daily briefing session a few days ago... with the senior Obergruppenführer by her side?) Have no doubt about it, this is the situation extant in so many once-democratic countries throughout the Anglosphere and the Staatspolizei certainly won't give up their intoxicating new found powers easily, so think again - is it really worth the candle that you should sell your children into a future defined only by blind obedience to the Diktats of a monolithic controlling State in order to prolong your lives by a few years? 'Action this day or never' is a cliché that has so often turned out to be a truism.
"And, finally, the seminal question that will probably remain unanswered until sanity and honesty return - why is it that a particular subsection of the demographic is being so grotesquely pandered to and permitted to break all social distancing rules with impunity whilst the original indigenes are not? Also, have you noticed the constant compassionate references to 'Little Ishmail' and his poor family? No mention of little David or Julia and their families, of course. Perhaps the answer lies there.
"In conclusion, I am convinced that above all other political aberrations Selective Policing is the definitive sign of a corrupted Establishment acting with malignant intent to a hidden agenda and thus, with reference to the two preceding questions, I regret that I must leave you to mentally fill in, in private, those details which we are not permitted to mention in the public domain or face being prosecuted for a hate crime if we do... damn! How Orwellian is that?" [Reader's comment at source].
"In the UK, it is worth recapping what it is we are consenting to with the Coronavirus Act:
"He that dwelleth in the
secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.