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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 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"

"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?

 

Who is Head of the Church: Christ or Caesar?

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..."

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..."

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..."

 

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..."

 

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 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..."

 

The Persecuted Church

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..."

 

Grace Community Church

"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..."

 

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 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]


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 by 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]

 

Quotes


"[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].

 

Comments


Fearing Death

"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].


"It could be argued that the MSM 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 calls 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 if 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].


Caesar is Not the Head of Christ's Church


"[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 out 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].


Compliant Churches and Compliant Christians


"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].


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 a s 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].


The 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 shame 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].


Holy Communion


"It's as much the various church hierarchies as the government which has forbidden communion. I have now taken communion twice in he 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


"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].


Face-Masks


"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].


"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].


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 ands 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].

 

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].

 

Fear is the Little Death

"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]. 

 

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 t 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].

 

 

 

"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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