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Churches: Fearing God or Man?
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A Question for the Church   |   Further Relevant Questions   |   Medical Apartheid: Fascism in Christ's Church

Fearing Death   |   Caesar is Not the Head of Christ's Church   |   ...Neither Are Denominational Head Offices

Romans 13:1-7   |   Pastor Artur Pawłowski   |   The Frankfurt Declaration   |   Pragmatism

Biblical Ethics / Health Legalism / Binding Consciences   |   Compliant Churches and Compliant Christians

Counter-Culture Churches and Counter-Culture Christians   |   Open Letter to the Government

Persecuted / Underground Church   |   Mass Formation   |   Covid Cult: Deception / Discernment / Love of the Truth

Lockdowns   |   The Sin of Partiality   |   Holy Communion   |   Corporate Praise and Hymn Singing

Face Masks   |   Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals   |   Social Distancing   |   Judgement and Repentance

The Vaccines   |   False Prophets and Ravening Wolves   |   Prayer for Our Nation   |   The Legal Position

Church Autonomy   |   The Aftermath   |   Books   |   Pray...   |   Christ Not Caesar   |   Wake Up Folks

Get Off the Fence!   |   Believing Absurdities   |    20 Things I've Learned...   |   What is Covid-19?

Coronavirus Act: What Are We Consenting To?   |   Bayith Articles on C19   |   The Covid Cult   |   Covid-19 Home Page

Agenda 21/2030   |   Education   |   Scriptures to Strengthen Us   |   Political, Cultural, Social Issues
 

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"
"they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, 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
[also Baptist Union/Methodist] guidance and have been prevented from supporting their communities"
[Rev. Charlie Boyle, Christian 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]

"Worship of the state is the worship of force.
The worst evils which mankind ever had to endure were inflicted by governments"

[quoted at source]

"Beware those who come to you preaching another Gospel" [source]

"O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you ... Are ye so foolish?
having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?"
(Galatians 3:1-3)

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

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"

"A person's conscience is a faculty through which they are convicted by God
and by which they respond to God. A state that coerces someone to act against their conscience
risks usurping the place of God in a person's life. This is no small thing"
[James P. Smith, Test All Things: False/True, (2nd Ed., 27 November 2021), p.20]

"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?

 

Further Relevant 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]

"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].

 

Medical Apartheid: Fascism in Christ's Church


"But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in" (Matthew 23:13)

"[T]he silence of a majority of church leaders over the medical apartheid programme now being extended is scandalous.  Not content with the episcopal bench maintaining a discreet silence on this, we now learn that the Durham cathedral authorities have decreed that over the Christmas period the Covid 'passport' policy will apply to those wishing to enter ... I suggest that a thinking person would be bound to believe that Durham, and all others who promote the 'Covid' passport is clearly doing the wrong thing on so many counts.  Is the Bishop of Durham medically qualified above those who are, to pontificate a 'passport' policy as to suitability for access to the cathedral - an unprecedented step even at the height of other flu epidemics?  Does he not understand that the secular policy he adopts is unlawful as well as immoral?  Is he so uninformed that he is totally unaware of the principle of informed consent before a medical experiment can be administered?  By what authority does he presume to enforce a medical apartheid?  How is a 'Christian' Bishop so grossly ignorant of the God-given autonomy to all believers which directly contradicts the claim that the State owns that right and will proscribe it?" [reader's comment at source].


"I am reminded of Christ in the Temple and how he reacted.  A Cathedral is always and should be open to all who wish to enter and to pray.  It is the business of no man to interfere with that"  /  "Someone should ask this stupid worldly priest if he has the least idea what Jesus would have said!  Jesus did not hesitate to associate with lepers etc.  What kind of 'Christianity' does this apology for a Bishop think he is following?"  /  "Keep the unclean away from this hallowed place!"
[readers' comments at source].


"St Paul exhorted: 'Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ' (1 Corinthians 11:1).  Would Jesus say: 'Sorry, you can't come in and fellowship with us, for the safety of our nation Israel?'  In the 1980s, when there was much ignorance, alarm and dangerous falsehoods about the transmission of HIV/AIDS, with people believing it could be transmitted via toilet seats and door handles or mosquito bites, did any church make attendance at an act of worship conditional on proof of non-infection?  The annual flu epidemic kills many tens of thousands in the UK.  Do any churches say to the elderly and vulnerable: 'Sorry, but for other people's safety, you may not enter unless you've had your jab?'"
[source].


"There are sound scriptural principles which may be adduced in consideration of discriminating against fellow believers: 'My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.  For if there come unto your assembly a man with a Covid vaccination certificate, and there come in also a poor man wtihout a Covid vaccination certificate; And ye have respect to him that waveth the certificate, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor man without a certificate, Sod off:  Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?' (from James 2:1-4) ... it is concerned with social acceptability and judgments of status; with those who are considered worthy, and those who are treated like lepers.  One's vaccination status should not become an entry ticket for the right to attend an act of public worship ... there is life in the body and blood of Christ.  It should not be made a condition of church attendance that one must produce a vaccination certificate or any other kind of state-sanctioned license to worship ... 'There is neither clean nor unclean, for ye are all one in Christ Jesus'"
[source].
 

"The more I look at the higher levels of the present CofE [the more] they remind me of the High priests and Scribes at the time of Jesus who inverted religion to corrupt its real purpose"  /  "I would say to worshippers, simply go, ignoring anyone at the entrance to discourage you from worshipping.  I have been very disappointed at the church's response to covid instructions from the government and I'd have had much more respect in this time of need if there had been resistance 'Thomas Becket like', however there are no martyr types in [the] modern church with the spine to risk jail.  Some parishioners desperately needed their place of worship just as all churches padlocked their doors against the needy.  I saw it as most unchristian" [readers' comments at source].
 

"That is profoundly anti-Christian behaviour by the Dean of Durham Cathedral.  It's also profoundly anti-science!  What is he trying to do, curry favour with political masters on earth?"  /  "The church's agenda is now political and not about Christianity"  /  "Jesus excoriated the religious authorities of his day and associated with the excluded and the despised.  One can just imagine his judgement on the Dean and the Cathedral of Hypocrites"  /  "Utter disgrace.  Jesus didn't turn his back on the suffering or those in need.  During times of great difficulty the church should be offering support and not turning its back on people.  This is disgusting and not what the Christian message is about.  The churches' response to the government dictatorship over covid is utterly immoral.  Early Christians were persecuted for their beliefs.  Is this different?" [readers' comments at source].
 

"The churches' craven fear of even a tiny risk of death shows how much they have lost the plot"  /  "How is it that people that are in no way medically trained or have any comprehension of the covid virus but just happen to be in positions of influence and power can impose these authoritarian dystopian measures on people while pronouncing that it is to make them safe?  When all common sense, rhyme and reason indicates that having a vaccine passport can do absolutely zilch to protect someone from catching a virus, they are even less benefit than wearing a mask.  All they have become is a symbol pf oppression and compliance for ordinary people and symbol of supremacy for the powers that be" [readers' comments at source].
 

"Durham Cathedral, or any other [church], is not the private fiefdom of a presiding bishop [minister, pastor, elder, deacon], who has no authority to decide the medical status of those wishing to worship God within its walls.  Medical apartheid is an offensive denial of the freedom of every man and woman that Scripture clearly teaches - that is the full autonomy of mind, body, and spirit.  The bishop deems the unvaccinated as 'unclean', but as God is 'no respecter of persons', the bishop is in error and all should insist on entry" [readers' comments at source].
 

"'...in order to keep everyone safe'?  I could've swore I heard that the 'vaxxed' can infect others just as easily as the 'unvaxxed'"  /  "Yes, [Boris Johnson] said that the jabbed could still catch the virus and still pass it on...  but he insisted you get jabbed anyway - and don't forget your booster because the first two jabs didn't work (even though they are working 'Brilliantly')"  /  "He was echoing false prophets Fauci and Gates, and still people take the blasted clot shots and believe 'THE SCIENCE'."  /  "I would be interested to know what the legal position is regarding banning people from places of worship.  My understanding is that the grounds are very limited"  /  "I wonder how much of the Bible this Dean has read, and I wonder if he understands Christian teachings at all?  Jesus said, 'Whatever you do to the least of your Brothers and Sisters, you do unto me.'  Perhaps he might reflect on these words and reconsider his position as a man of God" [readers' comments at source].
 

"Well our church with NOT be following suit.  Everyone is welcome; anyone is welcome regardless of anything.  The gospel is for all and none should be turned away" [reader's comment at source].


"How many [church leaders] are excluding people who have vax hesitancy and/or good reasons for not getting jabbed?  So many pastors are excluding these people from worshipping the Living God.  They have let fear and panic over a virus - along with blind obedience to the Secular State - take precedence over being true shepherds of God's people ... One megachurch in Perth for example told its people that they 'will require anyone over the age of 16 to show proof of vaccination/authorised medical exemption in order to be in the auditorium.  This is in addition to the COVID protocols already in place (social distancing, face masks, hand sanitising...)'  Hmm, is Mark McGowan the Lord and Saviour at this church, or Jesus Christ?  Taking some sensible health steps is one thing, but treating the unjabbed as lepers to be shunned and discriminated against is quite another"
[source].

 

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].


"How have we come to the point where the fears of the most fearful are dictating corporate decisions in churches?  If fears a re accommodated instead of lovingly confronted, they grow, and debilitate.  One of the reasons the Son of God appeared was 'to free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death' (Hebrews 2:15).  Are we now going to allow the fear of death to run riot again, and rule the roost?" [source].


"[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 belief 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 in 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 way 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].


"The church has accepted the world's principle that remaining alive is the summum bonum of living.  Christian theology, however, has always asserted that eternal life takes precedence over temporal life.  When Jesus was tempted by Satan to turn the stone into bread, he asserted that to live by God's word was more important than to 'live by bread alone' (Luke 4:4).  Obedience to God was more important than staying alive.  The spiritual trumps the physical"
[source].


"[T]he government's restrictions on public worship prioritise human safety over all other considerations.  To not congregate, sing, or partake of sacraments is justified by the need to preserve physical life.  The church has concurred with the state's perspective by its willingness to set aside the ordinary means of grace lest there by any potential threat to the life of a congregant ... The testimony of Christians who take up their cross (Matt 16:24), are faithful unto death (Rev 2:10), and consider God's love more valuable than life (Psalm 63:3) stands in stark contrast to the world which is demonically enslaved by its dread of death (Heb 2:14-15)"
[source].


"One could understand how a secular people without hope and without God in this world would be susceptible to fear, yet the church herself has fallen into a similar panic.  Despite the plethora of biblical injunctions to 'fear not!' the church on the whole has not exhibited a robust spirit of courage.  It is understandable that churches populated by the elderly would be particularly cautious, but elderly saints should be exhibiting more faith than those who have journeyed fewer days ... The base-line attitude of Christians should be bold trust in God in the midst of a dangerous world.  The Christian knows that God watches over them, is with them, and keeps them throughout the course of their journey, so they should not be paralysed with fear by a respiratory disease.  Most of all, a Christians should have no fear of death.  Biblical testimony and empirical evidence have proven that the inevitable end of all humanity is death, so after our 'seventy or by reason of strength eighty' years of life (Ps 90:10) we expect to return to the dust.  Christians should therefore exemplify a wisdom and assurance in the face of the prospect of death"
[source].


"An essential axiom of the faith is that in Christ one has eternal life, and that the next world - not this one - is our true home.  This fear of death rife in the church undermines the core truth of the gospel which is 'to live is Christ and to die is gain' (Phil 1:21).  What does it say about our teaching and preaching ministry if our people cling to this life and have a frail assurance of their eternal salvation?  The teachers of the church need to reinforce the Christian affirmation of the brevity of temporal life, the reality of judgment, and the hope and certainty of eternal life in Christ ... In addition to the disease itself, the fear of people is rampant in the church ... Not only ministers and elders but also congregation members have fretted over what other members will think about their own level of personal compliance ... How can we fellowship as a church when every individual is seen as a threat to your life?  Fear has fractured the bonds of Christian fellowship"
[source].


"The church's pandemic response has exposed our languid reliance upon God's covenantal care of us ... If we discount God's special providential care for his children, it is no wonder that church members are more or less indistinguishable from non-believers in their fear of Covid ... The best substitute for worldy fear is godly fear.  When the church cries out to God for help it professes to the world her belief in the majesty and the mercy of God in his administration of the affairs of the world ... Let us first seek the help of the Lord before we rely upon the help of governments and medical experts"
[source].


"The covid scare created as much fear in [Christians'] lives as it did in the lives of the majority of people who make no profession of faith in God.  Laura Dodsworth's ... book 'A State of Fear: How the UK Government Weaponised Fear During the Covid-19 Pandemic' on the government's covid psy-op takes the Church to task for its failure to effectively present a message of courage & hope in the face of perceived danger" 
[reader's comment at source].


"So many are unaware of what's happening spiritually, rendering them void of any courage.  They fell for the fake fear of this plandemic that was and still is being propagandized to them"
[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].


"Regrettably, we believe the conventional relationship of trust and respect between government and the people has been sacrificed to a campaign which has elevated compliance over conscience, silenced debate, and, by the use of behavioural science and 'nudge theory', used fear as a tool to achieve its objectives ... we must expect the weaponising of fear to continue undiminished ... Let us seek to be led by the Holy Spirit and live out our faith each day.  The Bible gives us good instructions on how to deal with fear and we know that 'Perfect love casts out fear' (1 John 4:18)"
[source].


"It could be argued that the MSM has contributed significantly to raising unreasonable fear levels in society which is not surprising because if 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"
[source].
 

"Fear not.  Death is not the end, Jesus Christ has conquered death" [reader's comment at source].

 

Caesar is Not the Head of Christ's Church

"Adherence to government dictates is not the final determiner of biblical righteousness" [source].
 

"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].
 

"We know that our triune God is sovereign over all things, including the authorities set in place over us.  Does this mean that, as Christians, we should always submit to authority out of reverence to our Lord?  What are the four different types of authority instituted by God?  What about God's authority over rulers?  What about abuse of power and when rulers would cause us to sin?  What other Bible verses can we look to on this issue?  What does civil disobedience mean?  Do we have a right to disobey leaders in certain circumstances?  Is it legitimate opposition?  Why is civil disobedience important?  What are some examples from history, the Bible and today?  What about those pastors being arrested for civil disobedience?" [source].


"[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].


"There are three basic governments that have their existence directly from the hand of God.  These three governments are:  (1) the government of the church (Ephesians 2:20);  (2) the civil government (Romans 13:1-5);  (3) and the government of the family (Matthew 19:4-6).  All three of these were established by God directly, and all three are dependent for their health on the underlying reality of self-government in all the individuals involved.   These three governments must be distinguished from the organizations created through the by-laws forming your ham radio club, or your chess club, or your membership in the Kiwanis.  These latter groups are fine and all, but they are man-made institutions.  Men created them; they answer to men.  The former three are God's work directly.  He created them; He makes the rules for them.  He assigns them their respective responsibilities.  In normal times, those responsibilities are as follows:  (1) the civil magistrate is the Ministry of Justice and Protection;  (2) the family is the Ministry of Health, Education, and Welfare;  (3) the Church is the Ministry of Word and Sacrament"
[source].


"[E]ach one of these governments can get swollen, and can transgress the boundaries that God has established for them.  For example, in the medieval period, the [Catholic] church had an out-sized role.  In the time of the highland chiefs, the family had an out-sized role.  And in the time of the modern state, faceless bureaucrats have an out-sized role.  Sometimes this is evidenced through power grabs, and other times it shows up through gradual encroachments"
[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 on file, 30 August 2020].


"For those of us who believe that a spiritual battle is raging, the enforced closure of the Church, with the associated restrictions on the prayer and praise that not only worship Almighty God but also equip and strengthen the Heavenly host (army, not the Eucharistic type of host) is particularly sinister.  The Church Leaders have ceded to the State the right to determine when we are able to meet and what form our worship may take - no singing, or even more absurd 'remain seated to sing' because this lethal virus only spreads above certain a certain height? ... It is not for the State to tell us how we can worship and 'leaders' that defer to that secular regime have forfeited their right to lead ... The Church is supposed to be the spiritual and moral voice of the nation and the weakness shown by the leadership at a time when historically Christians have put their personal safety aside to tend to the needs of others is shameful ... We so need to rediscover prayer as the underpinning of society and for the Word of God to be spoken out with confidence" [reader's comment at source].


"Rutherford presents several arguments to establish the right and duty of resistance to unlawful government.  First, since tyranny is satanic, not to resist it is to resist God - to resist tyranny is to honor God.  Second, since the ruler is granted power conditionally, it follows that the people have the power to withdraw their sanction of the proper conditions are not fulfilled.  The civil magistrate is a 'fiduciary figure' - that is, he holds his authority in trust for the people.  Violation of the trust gives the people a legitimate base for resistance.  It follows from Rutherford's thesis that citizens have a moral obligation to resist unjust and tyrannical government.  While we must always be subject to the office of the magistrate, we are not to be subject to the man in that office who commands that which is contrary [to] the Bible"
[Francis Schaeffer, quoted at source].


"[W]hen there is a 'long train of abuses and usurpations' designed to produce an oppressive, authoritarian state, 'it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government...'  If there is no final place for civil disobedience, then the government has been made autonomous, and as such, it has been put in the place of the Living God, because then you are to obey it even when it tells you in its own way at that time to worship Caesar.  And that point is exactly where the early Christians performed their acts of civil disobedience even when it cost them their lives"
[Francis Schaeffer, quoted at source].


"If we have an academic, scientific, state elite without any controls upon them, without any outside universal to guide them, it will undoubtedly lead in the direction of an Establishment totalitarianism.  The danger is that the evangelical, being so committed to middle-class norms and often even elevating these norms to an equal place with God's absolutes, will slide without thought into accepting the Establishment elite"
[Francis Schaeffer, quoted at source].


"The state should always allow for personal conscience and has no right to coerce people to act against their conscience for the collective 'greater good' of society.  It does not matter whether you agree with someone's personal conscience, it should be given a place and not suppressed or coerced ... A person's conscience is a faculty through which they are convicted by God and by which they respond to God. A state that coerces someone to act against their conscience risks usurping the place of God in a person's life.  This is no small thing ... This of course does not mean someone's conscience is always right, but it is a God-given faculty that He uses to convict people. The conscience is not state-given and the state should not behave like it has any authority over someone's conscience. A state that does so is being tyrannical and is usurping the place of God in people's lives"
[James P. Smith, Test All Things: False/True, (Second Edition, 27 November 2021), [date], p.20].


"The health orders are like a giant Trojan Horse that we have welcomed into our city.  If a communist or progressive government made a direct attack against Christian assembly the church would undoubtably fight back.  If the government were to close our churches due to ideology, we would publicly resist - or go underground.  Yet, when the government closes our churches due to health orders, we submit without question.  Though the motives may be different, the end is the same.  The state has found an effective mechanism by which the church will cede its sovereignty"
[source].


"[G]overnment authority is not absolute.  The state's edicts have ethical and ecclesiastical limits.  Citizens, especially Christian citizens, are under no obligation to comply with government laws that violate God's moral law.  The second half of Christ's injunction - '[render] unto God the things that are God's' is still perpetually binding upon the church.  The civil magistrate has no absolute authority over internal ecclesiastical matters, especially the doctrine that is to be taught and how worship is to be conducted ... gathering ... singing ... sacraments"
[source].


"It is time to shed our naivete and assume a posture of dubious and vigilant pessimism towards the government.  Without negating the biblical ethic of honouring and submitting to government, the church needs to acknowledge that once God-fearing governments are acting oppressively in manners detrimental to the flourishing of the church.  The church should not blithely submit to every edict of the state as applied to the church but vigorously scrutinise the character of every regulation in the light of God's law.  It is time for church leadership to establish boundaries of government intrusion into ecclesiastical operations, to define what areas are permissible and what areas are sacred.  Just as God shut in the seas, the church needs to have the fortitude to say to the state, 'Thus far you shall come, and no farther' (Job 38:11) ... human laws are never absolute and are subordinate to God's moral commandments"
[source].


"There is no doubt anymore than more people are suffering and dying due to the actions of these tyrants, than people being hurt and dying due to a virus ... But the only thing allowing them to continue their reign of terror, is a compliant public.  So far, at least, not enough people have chosen to resist, and fear God instead.  many of the edicts and commands that have been issued in the name of COVID have their roots in Satanic practices, and quite obviously against the laws of God, and the teaching of the Bible.  One of the best ways Satan works through tyrants to impose his will ... is through social isolation, which includes covering one's face"
[source].


"Covid has exposed the church's weakness in her ecclesiology (the doctrine of the church) ... The government's ability to run roughshod over every perceived inviolable practice of the church is astounding ... Those elements of church operation that were previously recognised as the purvey of ecclesiastical authority have been forfeited to the control of civil authorities.  When we allow the civil government the power to control the basic functioning of our churches our fundamental confession that Jesus Christ is the only Head of the church is under assault"
[source].


"That the state is the de facto head of the church is evident in how the standard decision-making processes of the church were abandoned without any compunction ... No emergency assemblies were called to discuss and make decisions about a proper ecclesiastical response.  When singing and sacrament prohibitions were issued, likewise no debate occurred at any ecclesiastical level.  It was simply assumed that whatever rules the government issued the church would follow.  We all knew who was calling the shots"
[source].


"Our ecclesiology needs to prioritise the Lord's mandate that God is to be worshipped rightly and continually with fear and trembling.  Our careless application and amending of our worship commitments reveal what little value the church places on the true worship of God ... why do we see it as a light thing to abandon our worship commitments? ... Instead of prvileging human safety and government edict we need to consider what worship the 'great King' (Malachi 1:14) and 'the ruler of kings on earth' (Revelation 1:5) requires from his redeemed people ... we need to covenantally recommit to public gathering on the Sabbath for all people with exuberant singing, and the right administration of the sacraments, and resolve not to abandon these regular practices in the event of another crisis in the future"
[source].


"God set up various authoritative social spheres such as family, the church, the state, science, business, the arts, and so on.  The state is just one sphere and it is not to impinge on these other areas.  None of these social institutions is sovereign - only God is absolutely sovereign.  Thus all spheres come under God, including the state.  Each sphere has limited and delegated authority and sovereignty ... 'Governments do not grant these rights; they are called to recognize rights.  We have families and churches and economic systems because they are grounded in creation itself.  Furthermore, God has ordained that these diverse spheres have their own places in the creation because they fulfill different creational purposes' "
[source].


"Resistance to tyranny is always a duty of ours.  And when the State seeks to displace God and shut down places of worship, all believers should be just like the courageous Artur Pawlowski.  Indeed, they should be just like the fearless Daniel when he also refused to submit to unjust authority.  He kept on praying to the one true God when he was told to cease and desist ... Now is the time for Christians to rise up and stand as brave Daniel did, saying no to the heavy-handed state as it seeks to assert its delegated authority over the authority of God Almighty.  Enough is enough.  It really is time to wake up before we lose it all"
[source].


"Polycarp ... was a citizen of heaven, but also of a locality here on earth (Smyrna).  But Christ came first, and he could not swear loyalty to Caesar.  As he famously said before being burned at the stake: 'For eighty and six years have I been his servant, and he has done me no wrong; how then can I blaspheme my King who saved me?'"
[Polycarp, quoted at source].

 

...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"
[EMcD, letter on file, 13 September 2020].

 

Romans 13:1-7


"What about Romans 13 and mask mandates, lockdowns, PCR tests, experimental injections, church closures and 'online church'?  Are these things good, acceptable and permissible or evil, unholy and abominable?  What should be our stance?  Should we obey these things and are there any scenarios when we are required to say, along with Peter in Acts 5:29, 'We ought to obey God rather than men'? "
[source].


"Romans 13:1-7 does not justify the sins of the state, as if might makes right and whatever the state is able to do is a reflection of God's will.  Paul is not calling for the resignation of Christian conscience, especially not in the face of a pagan state"  /  "Romans 13:1-7 is not ... a plea for a quietest theology in which 'the state' can get on with its own business and the church simply has to do what it is told ... If Caesar is giving himself divine honors, Paul will remind the early Christians that he is not in fact divine, but that he receives his power from, and owes his allegiance to, the one true God (cf. John 19;11).  The passage constitutes a severe demotion of Caesar and his pretensions, not a charter from him to do as he pleases"  /  "Romans 13:1-7 does not give governments a licence to do whatever they want to whomever they want and the citizens just have to take it ... 13:1-7 should not be seen as teaching unqualified obedience to the state.  Paul thinks authorities can be called to account because they are exercising divinely given powers and disobedience is warranted when this power is misused ... there are occasions when opposition to government is not only required but even demanded by discipleship.  Just as we have to submit to governing authorities on the basis of conscience, sometimes we have to resist and rebel against governments because of the same conscience"
[quotes from various writers at source].


"[T]he statements about government are predicated on, 'Does this government honour God by ruling according to His word?'  If yes, then obey them, if no, then obey God ... If governments being ordained by God is a blanket application then by extension, Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot plus others were duly put in place to be obeyed.  That would be a contradiction to God's character and His word.  In the same way, how can Christians support a government that legislates to kill the unborn, kill the sick and aged and legalise practices that are clearly sinful?  I think that some of the 'support government at all costs' is based on a fear of persecution.  No one would wish for it to come upon them, but eventually, we will be forced to make the choice, God or man"
[reader's comment at source].


"The evil that we face in terms of the artificially constructed 'pandemic' and health crisis and the policies of repression, and draconian restrictions on freedoms of movement, of speech, and of conscience, all being concerted globally by governments cannot be justified for a complacent and false pacifism not grounded in Scripture.  What is happening is a deliberate violation of the rule of law, as well as all known and received moral standards.  Christians are not encouraged to allow that to remain unopposed through a false view of the authority of the state.  Romans 13 is clear that on principle we are to submit to the God-given authority of the state, but not when it is the state itself which openly militates against, and violates by deliberate intention, the laws of God with the ensuing moral chaos and death which the current policies of enforced experimental 'vaccines' is the clear example.  Whatever their view on how to oppose such policies Christians are free to differ, whether through legal passive resistance, or more militant political activism, albeit without violence" [reader's comment at source].


"All Christians would presumably agree that the current attempts to implement genocide via an atheistic ideology of 'population control' as espoused by Mr Gates and his government lackeys (Eugenics) are indeed satanic in source.  Jesus clearly declared that he came 'to destroy the works of the devil' and Christians therefore are obligated to use whatever peaceful means to work to that same end.  That the final victory of justice and redress of all evils is absolute and assured for Christians who believe in the sovereignty of God is a given (read Psalm 2) but that is no reason for the Christian to adopt a head in the sand complacency"
[reader's comment at source].


"As we all know the government has gone a step further in seeking to experimentally 'vaccinate' children even though they are not at risk from Covid.  That is the most sinister move yet and proves that the policy has nothing whatsoever to do with children's health.  That outrageous policy too must be opposed by Christians if only on the grounds of the sanctity of God-given life"
[reader's comment at source].


"We are not a cinema.  We are not the O2 Arena.  We are not a football match.  We are a family of brothers and sisters in Christ who come together on a Sunday to worship the living Jesus Christ ... I am not going to close our services until I am ordered by law to do so, and even if that happens it will be screaming and kicking, because we are not an entertainment venue.  We are here to worship the God who is sovereign over all of this mess, over all the ineptitude that the Government can throw at us, and it is all the more important that we gather together as brothers and sisters in Christ to worship God"
[Rev'd Will Pearson-Gee, Rector of Buckingham Parish Church, quoted at source].


"[Rev'd Pearson-Gee] grasps the essence of Christianity, which is so rarely articulated or heard at the moment.  Our task is to love and worship God first and foremost: loving one's neighbour comes second.  And yet we hear so much about the second from bishops and archbishops that we sometimes lose sight of the first ... worshipping God is the imperative witness of our faith.  The Government increasingly treats religion as theatre ... When the Church gathers, the Body of Christ meets in a union of heart and mind, of word and sacrament, of text and ceremonial.  It isn't an optional extra: the Church has to worship incarnationally"
[source].


"When the state does what God has authorised it to do, the believer should obey it.  But when it does not, the believer need not obey - indeed, the believer at times may need to resist the state when this happens ... While earthly rulers have limited sovereignty, given to them by God, only the one true God has full sovereignty, and only he can demand complete loyalty and obedience of us ... The point of Romans 13 is there are limits to what the state can rightly do, and when it oversteps its God-given boundaries, then the believer can rightly disobey, especially when it seeks to clamp down on another important sphere of authority: the church ... In sum, the state is just one centre of authority, and God has set up others, such as the church and the family.  The state is not absolute - only God is.  Generally we are to submit to the state, but only as it carries out its God-ordained powers.  Beyond that, we can and should refuse to submit"
[source].


"The authority of the church places normative limits on the authority of the state.  If the church has the authority to do certain things, then the state does not have the right to prevent it from doing those things.  Should the state try to prevent the church from doing those things, it exceeds its authority"
[Nicholas Wolterstorff, The Mighty and the Almighty: An Essay in Political Theology, quoted at source].


"[T]he 1 Peter 2:13 passage confirms the same thing as Romans 13, that the Government's primary role is to 'wield the sword', punish evildoers, restrain evil etc to result in an orderly society.  The Christian will always want to 'do-the-right-thing' to please God and not bring disgrace to His name, and thereby will also receive 'praise' from Government because he is being 'good'.  Neither passage gives Government absolute control over all aspects of a person's life, because then Government itself would be Lord, not God.  One of the biggest issues of the 1st and 2nd centuries was the question: 'Who is Lord, Caesar or Jesus Christ?' .  Thousands died based on the answer to this"
[reader's comment at source].


"Should the Church 'settle down in Babylon' (Jeremiah 29), or rise up and resist, saying 'we should obey God rather than man' (Acts 5:29)?  How do we approach the 'subjection to the higher powers' verses in Romans 13 and Covid 19? ... I have observed that few Christians have really wrestled with Romans 13:1-7 in [a] diligent and earnest way in light of the huge change of tide that is Covid ... most Christians I meet day-to-day are just not interested in looking into this.  If it was because they are so busied with the things of Christ, such as evangelism and worship etc then fine, but I'm not sure it is.  I think it's more to do with fear, deception and allegiance to what the news, governments and 'medical experts' are saying"
[source].


"[T]hree positions that Christians tend to take on the magistrate's authority to shut down a church in an emergency situation:

  • The first is that the civil magistrate has no authority over whether a church holds worship services.  They may advise, but not command.  The church is like a house cat.  Unlike a dog, it never obeys you; it sometimes agrees with you;
  • The second position is that the magistrate has genuine authority in times of emergency to command the church to do certain things, or refrain from certain things (as with a quarantine in a time of plague).  When the church complies, it is obedience not happenstance agreement.  At the same time, because no human authority is absolute, and because every form of human authority can be corrupted, those under authority, including the church (and especially the church), have the authority to identify when the genuine authority of the magistrate is being abused or mishandled to the point where it is now legitimate to disregard what they are saying;
  • The third position is to take a surface reading of Romans 13 (obey the existing authorities) as a straightforward absolute.  Whatever they say, we are supposed to do.

"To help you keep track of things, I am arguing for the second position here.  I am doing this because, among other things, it is the correct position" [source].


"'social disapproval' was a big feature in our Church.  There are still those, good people, who cannot even look me in the eye"  /  "I think that along with most other people, they've created a personal outlook that views authority in general as being incapable of being anything other than beneficent.  If there are people who are making a valid case that is critical or contradictory to the authority position, most people would conclude that authority, in its guaranteed state of being beneficent, would immediately recognise its error, thank the dissenters for pointing this out, and immediately make the necessary corrections to the official position.  From this outlook, though, most people would also conclude that if authority rejects outright the criticism and contradiction of its position, then the dissenters must be wrong, and that authority is perfectly justified in doing whatever it needs to do to rebut them and shut them up"
[readers' comments at source].

 

Pastor Artur Pawłowski


"Resistance to tyranny is always a duty of ours.  And when the State seeks to displace God and shut down places of worship, all believers should be just like the courageous Artur Pawlowski.  Indeed, they should be just like the fearless Daniel when he also refused to submit to unjust authority.  He kept on praying to the one true God when he was told to cease and desist ... Now is the time for Christians to rise up and stand as brave Daniel did, saying no to the heavy-handed state as it seeks to assert its delegated authority over the authority of God Almighty.  Enough is enough.  It really is time to wake up before we lose it all"
[source].


"Pastor Pawlowski drove the coppers down the stairs, like Jesus throwing the money changers out of the Temple.  For it is written: 'My house shall be called the house of prayer and you are not gong to make it a den of totalitarian goons.'  The only people committing a crime there were Her Majesty's miserable and unworthy Calgary constabulary who were in breach of Section 176 of the Canadian Criminal Code: 'Everyone who wilfully disturbs or interrupts an assemblage of persons met for religious worship ... is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction' (Government of Canada, Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, C. C-46).  That's a slam dunk and that Canadian pastor should file a complaint with, er, oh, the police...  There is a tragic element to the state of Christian churches a year into this thing ... when the churches fall silent, the only religion left is the State"
[source].


"Even during the times of the Middle Ages, the knights were commanded to leave their swords outside the church; they were not allowed to enter the church.  But these days, nothing is holy for those people.  They just walk in like it's a restaurant.  I grew up in Poland under the boot of the Soviets, behind the Iron Curtain.  What I see right now, I see everything escalating and moving to the new level.  They're acting just like the Communists were acting when I was growing up when the pastors and the priests were arrested, and some were murdered.  Many were tortured.  That's why I say what I say, because I see a repetition of history"
[Artur Pawłowski, quoted at source].


"I grew up under Communist dictatorship behind the Iron Curtain under the boot of the Soviets, and I'm telling you that's no fun at all ... police officers could break into your house at 5 in the morning; they could beat you up, torture you, they could arrest you for no matter, whatever reason they would come up with.  There was a famous saying in Poland when I was growing up by the police: 'Give me a man and we will find something on that man.'  So it was like a flashback when those police officers showed up at my church.  Everything kind of came back to life from my childhood and the only thing I could do is to fend off the wolves as a shepherd, and I used my voice to get rid of them.  They were illegally encroaching on our rights during the most holy days, during the Passover celebration.  How dare they?!  The audacity of those people coming!  It was a shocking thing; I was a little bit shaken, but I did what every shepherd right now on Planet Earth should be doing: fend off the wolves.  We as lions should never bow before the hyenas.  That's what they are right now"
[source].


"Artur [Paw
łowski] stood boldly against the evil that authorities were imposing ... Most Christian churches, in Canada, as elsewhere, did not resist, but meekly complied with state diktat ... Artur's message?  Get off the fence, you must choose a side.  You must be like lions" [source].

 

The Frankfurt Declaration of Christian & Civil Liberties


"In the course of human events, it sometimes becomes necessary for people of good faith to speak out against the abuse of power.  This should be done only after serious and prayerful deliberation, and even then, in an attitude of humility and with respect for the authorities that have been established by God.  Such protest should be expressed in the hope that civil authorities who are found to be eroding rights and liberties may yet fulfill their responsibility as their rightful guardians.  A few concerned pastors from different continents, moved by an emergent totalitarianism of the State over all realms of society, and particularly the Church, and the disregard of God-given and constitutionally guaranteed rights during the Covid crisis, joined in common cause to draft a solemn declaration, which seeks to address these threats with the timeless truths of God's Word.  The following affirmations and denials, derived from biblical principles, we put forth for consideration by all Christians and relevant authorities, in the hope that this document will give light and strength for faithful witness to Jesus Christ in our day"
[source].


"The Frankfurt Declaration of Christian & Civil Liberties is a thoroughly biblical and sound theological response to the authoritarianism and folly that has been thrust upon us, and it will hopefully serve as something of a wake-up call to those sections of the Church which went along with what was undoubtedly the biggest mass propaganda event in the history of the world ... [The Declaration] recognises God's sovereignty over all of life, not just in matters pertaining to worship, but in things like the God-given right of every person to go about their lawful business unhindered; the God-given right to take our own medical decisions; and the God-given right to meet others in-person, face-to-face"
[source].


"In the Government's Covid advertising campaign we were told, 'Act like you've got it.'  However, for someone who has no symptoms whatsoever to act as if he is infected is to knowingly live out a lie.  How could a Christian do this?  The Government's injunction was simply not compatible with the walk of faith which praises God for the blessing of health, and which desires to live only according to that which is true"
[Pastor Peter Simpson, comment at source].

 

Pragmatism


"Church decision-making has also been driven by punitive and pragmatic concerns instead of principles.  What is the main driver behind the church's submission to health edicts?  Was it the principles of submitting to government and preserving life, or was it the fear of government's punishments?  I venture the latter.  People are more easily motivated by punishments than principles.  In my own church, elders argued against congregational singing solely based upon the potential financial fines levied against leadership if we violated the health order.  At a state informational meeting a church leader argued that the non-enforcement of vaccine mandates carried with it costly financial, legal, and potential criminal consequences.  Scare tactics are effective"
[source].


"Pragmatism is evident when the compromising of normal church practice is justified on the basis of its short duration - 'It will only last a little while.'  Initially the church accepted al the worship restrictions because we thought it would only last a few weeks.  Almost two years into the pandemic many churches are still in the same place.  Let us remember that King Darius' injunction prohibiting prayer was for only thirty days (Daniel 6:7), yet Daniel prayed the next day"
[source].


"The church acts pragmatically when t chooses options because it feels like it has no choice.  Online-streaming services, recorded services, virtual communion have been conducted as a replacement for gathered worship, so that we could provide some facsimile of a genuine worship experience.  We thought, 'We have to do something!'  In a crisis the church needs to stop and consider how and why it is making decisions.  What doctrines are at stake?  Are there any bad precedents being established or principles violated because in haste the church had to 'do something'.  The safest course of action is to either do nothing or, like Daniel, 'do as he had done previously' (Daniel 6:10)"
[source].

 

Biblical Ethics / Health Legalism / Binding Consciences


"The innumerable, confusing, and ever-changing health advice and restrictions furthermore create a burdensome weight of human tradition which binds the conscience of people.  You could call it 'Covid morality'.  The essential moral imperative underlying all Covid policy ought to be do not infect another person with Covid.  Now the focus shifts to the minutia of keeping health rules.  The government has generated a morass of health legalism: mask wearing, social distancing, social isolation, fastidious cleaning, and vaccine compulsion.  Our consciences are burdened not with the fundamental issue of 'Am I infecting anyone else?' but with subsidiary questions like, 'Will I get into trouble because my walk in the park is recreation and not real exercise?' or 'Is it wrong that I visit at home my friend whose child has just died?'  As with all legalism, human rules eclipse God's laws and we lose sight of the original moral imperative"
[source].


"Adherence to government dictates is not the final determiner of biblical righteousness.  The ethical confusion rampant in the church reveals the deficiency of our understanding of biblical ethics.  It would serve the church well to study God's moral law from the Old Testament and how Jesus and the apostles taught its application in the Christian life ... The consciences of Christians need liberation from the web of health legalism that is burdening and binding them"
[source].

 

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 very hard not to despair, but right now I feel like joining Elijah under the juniper tree"
[EMcD, letter on file, 20 September 2020].


"For many of us in the West, not only have our comfortable lives sedated us against creeping statism, but we have also allowed that to infiltrate the church.  The promo video for the evangelism training resources my church has bought into makes Christianity look like just another cosy middle class lifestyle option, indistinguishable from an ad for a fitness plan or John Lewis home furnishings.  This does not look like reaching out to a fallen world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, it looks more like an advert to make us more acceptable to the world.  For so long much of evangelicalism has been intoxicated by a feel-good vibe and wanting to attract the world to that feel-good vibe.  Many in the church, lost or saved, want a costless Christianity.  Few are willing to take up their cross to follow Christ.  So they are willfully ignoring the rise of totalitarianism and its persecution of the church, believing that if they don't speak out, but keep smiling, the world will join them or leave them in peace.  They will be happy with vax passes and state licensed churches when they come"
[reader's comment at source].


"What is most amazing to me is how so many Christians just accepted this... no argument, no questioning, no nothing.  They just nodded their ... heads and accepted it.  It's pathetic beyond description - there is no spirit at all alive in those people"  /  "The battle is a spiritual one"  /  "It's disturbing to me the number of Christian men that are currently cowering"  /  "Just a peaceful Sunday protest in God's name"
[readers' comments at source].     


"'There's the local vicar who told me
[the journalist Alice Thomson, Times] he's now horrified that he demanded young children sit separately from their grieving families at funerals.  He remembers with shame reprimanding a widow with dementia who started singing softly as her husband's coffin was carried up the aisle.'  Let that sink in there.  It may seem small but it's monstrous.  It's inhumane.  This behaviour is disgusting in its cruelty and the fact that a vicar could ever think it was appropriate to treat either children or a widow in such a manner tells you how monstrous the Covid propaganda was, and how easily people went along with it ... Yes, the vicar is right to be ashamed of his behaviour at those funerals.  He was wrong to do such a thing, not because Boris Johnson might have been having a birthday party at the same time, but because it is wrong to do such a thing.  Morally wrong.  If there are laws that ask you to inflict such cruelty on the vulnerable, you ignore them" [source].


"I questioned the lockdown of the Church and mask wearing in Church and people looked at me like I was insane.  When I called the government an authoritarian tyrannical regime they looked at me blankly.  Like the population at large, too many Church goers and Christians are plugged into the media grid.  Others just don't have the tools to question the heinous crimes against humanity that went on.  You can't expect anything from Welby.  A clear Common Purpose infiltrator who is there to run the Church like every other public sector institution is run.  Badly, and entirely to the liking of the globalists"
[reader's comment at source].


"I would never have believed that the churches would have been closed with the permission of the church leadership at such a time when people who are fearful, and in despair would be desperately seeking God's comfort, help and love.  Our Christian faith has survived reformations, inquisitions, wars and plagues because the vicars, pastors, monks and clergy were the everyday defenders of the faith and gained the trust of their Christian followers and new converts.  Over the recent few years the closing of the churches has shown the weakness and lack of character of many clergy who were no more than fair weather friends with God"  /  "Christians have often demonstrated great courage in the face of hostile, tyrannical regimes, but not this lot"
[readers' comments at source].


"I understand the desire to be on good terms with everyone, especially your own government, but there can come a time when you cannot in all good conscience go along with it anymore.  The church has had these events over the centuries, it's nothing new.  No where in the bible, as far as I know, are Christians exhorted to 'stay safe' "  /  "Many church leaders are being psychologically castrated and are failing God.  Leaders must use the masculine 'strong stepping out' aspect of their nature to lead their flocks onto better pasture"
[readers' comments at source].


"The church, in broad terms, was a disgrace throughout the whole covid ****show.  So many CofE Parish Churches slammed their doors shut and allowed the clergy to vanish.  Did they not think that they should have been out there, with their terrified and often isolated flock? ... Did they not think to question the first and longest closing of churches since the time of King John, when England was under papal interdict?  When they did reopen, they did so with those ghastly signs, with one way directions, with masks and hand gel and treating people as if they were dirty ... [the] Methodist church ... behaved just the same as the CofE ... book a seat for a service, sit in strict household 'bubbles', mask up, not sing, stay apart from others and leave as soon as the service was over ... There may have been non-compliant churches, and all credit to them. Only I never heard of any"
[reader's comment at 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 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].


"In the States, John Macarthur never deviated from his normal practice.  The authorities tiptoed round him, blustering, shutting his church's carparks, but never quite daring to send in the heavies.  So it would have been here, if any of these craven apostates had held to their duty to God and to their people"  /  "Had the Churches remained open, regardless of the threat of Police raids and fines, the rules were advisory and not enshrined in law and therefore not enforceable ... Local vicars did not want to shut churches, they wanted to offer hope in opposition to Project Fear, who better than God to help people"  /  "It should be noted that in ancient plagues Christians were the ones who stayed and tended the sick and dying"  /  "As it was when Martin Luther did that very thing, and John Calvin.  And in the plague of 1665-6 it was notable that the Anglican clergy ran from London, and the nonconformist clergy took over their pulpits of preach hope in Christ"
[readers' comments 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].


"We had cases in Scotland where churches were meeting in secret.  There is a back story for this in Scotland; it's called the Covenanters.  The Covenanters used to have to meet in the hills roundabout the towns because otherwise they would be killed.  They were being persecuted because of their lack of compliance with the official state religion, and they were resisting.  They had to meet in secret.  This came back [during the Covid years].  There's a little place, not far from me here, called 'Vicar's Bridge'.  It's called 'Vicar's Bridge' because that's where they hung the Pastor during these times of persecution.  This is not long ago in Scotland.  And the fact that the churches, for the most part, forgot about this, and complied with [the State during Covid] was a great shame.  But there was a few that resisted.  And they were meeting in secret in Scotland.  They had to do that in order to worship God"
[source, at 32.00 - 33.00 minutes].


"
Early Christians were systematically persecuted in the most horrendous ways.  They had to have a burning faith to keep going in the face of rejection, torture and death.  The weak appeasement of these spineless bishops of today would never have cut any mustard of they had lived in the first centuries AD.  They would probably have recanted and run for the hills at the first sign of a Roman magistrate questioning their beliefs" [reader's comment at source].


"I know that in China millions of Christians have met in house churches for a long time, against the orders of their government.  Many have been arrested and imprisoned for doing so.  The same is true of believers in the Communist countries of Eastern Europe during the Cold War and many suffered terrible persecution and torture as a result.  They took the command to meet together seriously I guess ... unlike churchgoers in modern Britain"
[reader's comment at source].


"Christian minorities ... in Eastern Europe and in Asia, including China and Africa are still attending services ... at pain of death or torture.  Yet our own priests, pastors and vicars are supine.  Their very British Christians have gone along with the edicts passed from Westminster ... in this country there are outliers where ... both the priests and the parishioners have familial experience of past repressions in their old countries [and] their services although limited in number are still vibrant and uplifting for the soul ... Christianity will not survive in the type of world that has been planned for in the Great Reset"  /  "China [must] look with envy at the Doris got almost all UK churches to shut themselves down"
[readers' comments at source].

 

Mass Formation Psychosis


"The most important thing for people to do is to continue to speak out even if it's just to say that you don't agree with the mainstream narrative because mass formation is provoked by the specific voice it's gotten used to.  Totalitarian leaders know this very well.  They start every new day with thirty minutes of propaganda in which the voice of the leader constantly penetrates the consciousness of the population ... If other voices are available in the public space, then the mass hypnosis will be disturbed"
[Dr. Mattias Desmet, clinical psychology professor, Ghent University, quoted at source].
 

"Mass formation is a type of mass hypnosis and has a huge impact on an individual's intelligence and cognitive functioning.  Around 30% of the population will succumb to mass formations while 30% will not.  The remaining 40% will realise something is wrong, but may not understand exactly what, and remain silent" [source].
 

"Usually it is only about 30% (of a population that gets) grasped in a mass phenomenon or hypnosis.  An additional 35-45% usually does not want to raise a dissonant voice in the public space because the are scared of the consequences.  So, usually about 70% who shut up - 30% because they are convinced by the mainstream narrative and 40% because they don't dare to speak out.  And then there is an additional 20-25-30% who does not go along with the narrative and says it in certain situation" [Dr. Mattias Desmet, clinical psychology professor, Ghent University, quoted at source].


"The Belgian psychologist, Matthias Desmet, has done a number of interviews discussing the phenomena of Mass Formation (or Mass Psychosis) over the last two years.  Amongst his many insights is the idea that totalitarian systems tend to see populations split into three broad groups.  Firstly, there are those who are utterly hypnotised by the propaganda.  Secondly, those who are not necessarily in thrall to the propaganda, but who nevertheless tend to go along with the demands it exacts on them.  And thirdly, those who seem to be not only immune to the propaganda, but who oppose it as they are able"
[source].


"Mass formations are similar to [cults] and the symbols of the new social group, mask wearing for example, are similar to [cult] rituals which members will 'push' to ensure their continuation ... A cult is a group or movement held together by a shared commitment to a charismatic leader or ideology,  it has a belief system that has the answers to all of life's questions and offers a special solution to be gained only by following the leader's rules.  It requires a high level of commitment from at least some of the members ... cults will rush you; a cult's leader is their higher power; cults control rather than guide; and, cults make it impossible to trust fellows followers.  The current mass formation facing our world seems to fit more with the description of a cult rather than a religion"
[source].


"Any new science that conflicts with the current cult beliefs cannot be accepted by its members - they are closed off to new information.  People become radically intolerant of dissident voices, those who challenge the official doctrine.  These voices threaten to wake the people up and people within the cult get angry when confronted by the initial anxiety and discontent they experience.  And so, the mass formation crowd direct all their aggression at dissident voices"
[source].


"[T]he problem comes when we take into account, as we must, that God never tells His People to outsource their critical faculties to another person, be it concerning biblical or political issues.  He has given everyone, not just State politicians and Church leaders, a mind with which to think about, analyse, and weigh up all issues, no matter their source"
[source].

 

The Covid Cult: Deception and Discernment / The Love of the Truth


"Let your credo be this: Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me. The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world. In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future"
[Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, quoted at source].


"We can either stand for truth, or we will get falsehood; we can either retain our integrity, or we will invite deceit"
[source].


"The centrality of the Christian faith is truth, embodied in the One who claimed to be 'THE Truth'.  Followers of [these two websites] have, on a daily basis, seen the lies, deception and falsehoods that have been used to promote lockdowns, vaccination and the greatest loss of liberty in British history ... When God asked Solomon to ask for anything he desired, he requested a wise and discerning heart.  The Bible is clear that whilst love is important, it is 'wisdom that is the principle thing'.  A wise and discerning heart sees tight through the Covid deceit, its manipulation, its disempowering.  For these three reasons, as a Christians since 1973, I will oppose this wickedness with all my being"
[reader's comment at source].


"MORALITY: Doing what is right regardless of what you are told.  OBEDIENCE: Doing what you are told regardless of what is right"
[source].


"The ease and willingness of the masses to bow down to the Almighty State and buy whatever it dishes out has been one of the more scary things I have witnessed in my entire life.  This is not mere compliance or obedience - this is worship of a false god.  This is idolatry in its more ugly and contemptible form.  Politicians and health officers have been treated as demigods, to be obeyed and cheered on at all times.  The most idiotic, senseless, irrational and contradictory health orders have been slavishly followed with no questions asked.  This is full-tilt cultism in action ... those in cults are taught to ask no questions and to refuse to think for themselves.  They just blindly go along with what their leaders tell them, and will do anything if it pleases their masters ... We have NOT learned the lessons of history.  Thus we now have the Branch Covidians"
[source].


"I sometimes come across polls that claim Australians are not very 'religious'.  But after watching many of my fellows Aussies over the last two years as they unquestioningly bow to government and bureaucratic 'papal' decrees, inject unknown substances multiple times because their media preacher tells them to, wear masks everywhere as a sign of their allegiance, shun their 'unbelieving; family and friends because they're commanded to and sneering and harassing anyone who questions their politicised doctrines, I think not only are many Aussies very religious, but they're Phariseeically, culticly dogmatic about their religion.  I've decided I'll just stick with Jesus and His Word rather than this new strange religion, thank you anyway"
[quoted at source].


"When the cults abound, all the more need for the real deal to be affirmed.  Christ is Lord.  Caesar is not.  Nor is Biden, nor Fauci, nor ScoMo, nor BoJo, nor Ardern
[nor Whitty, nor Valance, nor Ferguson, nor Javid, nor Gates].  Away with all these false gods.  Give me Jesus, and no one else.  But that is the real worry: Christians seem to have been at the forefront f this Covid cult worship.  Even those who claim to be Bible-believing evangelicals have been up to their ears in Statism and fear-mongering.  It is as if Jesus has bowed out and the secular state is now the one to be feared and obeyed ... How many churches and church leaders have just bowed down and submitted when the secular state told them to? [source].


"One of the most mysterious paradoxes of the modern church is how most evangelical pastors can be so deaf and dumb when it comes to the Biblical Natural Law principles of Liberty.  And nothing illustrates that reality any more graphically than the way most evangelical pastors have rolled over and played dead regarding the antichrist Covid narrative ... most of the resistance to Fauci's fascism is coming from outside the church.  On the whole, the evangelical church has submitted to the beastly Covid Empire lock, stock and barrel.  By [doing this], evangelicals have demonstrated that (1) they have zero awareness and discernment regarding all things antichrist, and (2) they have zero resistance to all things antichrist"
[quoted at source].


"It's all too easy, as trusting believers, to naively accept what we're told by the media.  Surely such reputable news channels wouldn't mislead or conceal the truth, we reason.  Yet, we need always to be diligent, ever wise and discerning.  We need to search out news outlets we know to be reliable, check stories to see if they correspond with reality, and seek a witness in our spirit in regard to them"
[source].


"Any time anyone suggested there might be powerful sinister forces at work here, that there might be globalists who are pushing for an end to national sovereignty, they too were denounced as conspiracy theorists.  But sadly, such things do exist.  There are such things as the Big State, as Big Phama, and so on.  And there do exist things like the Great Reset, the World Economic Forum, and Klaus Schwab ...

  • When we warned that we would be subject to never-ending lockdowns and 'emergency powers', we were derided as tin-foil hat nutters and conspiracy theorists.
  • When we warned that a two-tiered society would soon emerge where some would be discriminated against and treated unjustly, we were derided as tin foil hat nutters and conspiracy theorists.
  • When we warned that hardcore lockdowns would cause more harm than good, we were derided as tin foil hat nutters and conspiracy theorists.
  • When we warned that there would not be just one or two jabs but a never-ending supply of them, we were derided as tin foil hat nutters and conspiracy theorists.
  • When we warned that those who had legitimate hesitancy about the jabs would be excluded from most basic human rights and be fired from their jobs, we were derided as tin foil hat nutters and conspiracy theorists ... So many folks fully bought the narrative, fully drank the Kool-Aid, and fully bowed down and worshipped the State and its edicts" [source].


"As the big narrative falls apart, some of my Christian friends are using increasingly desperate arguments to defend their wrong views.  For the alleged follower of Christ who has demonised, treated with contempt and vilified those giving warning about this latest big government scam, the time for self-justification is over and the time for humility and apology has arrived.  Don't just move on as if nothing has happened.  While in the early stages, no one really knew what we were up against, it quickly became clear for those with eyes to see that the health measures had morphed seamlessly into godless authoritarianism.  If my friends had studied their Bibles and took note of history, they would not have so quickly jettisoned any discernment or Spirit-filled common sense.  So please lay aside your apples and oranges arguments, your appeals to the authority of hopelessly compromised 'experts', your fear-based hysteria, your red herrings, your smug satisfaction when an 'anti-vaxxer' got sick or died and your total ignoring of the multitudes of fully vaxxed who sadly suffered from the virus or from reactions to the supposed cure"
[quoted at source].


"For the Technocrats who orchestrated the 'pandemic', there were three main goals: (1) crush capitalism and free market economies; (2) start the genetic editing of humanity; (3) crush the evangelical/protestant church.  Today, thousands of churches in America continue to shutter each year.  Scientism, the de facto religion of Technocracy and Transhumanism, is a mortal enemy of Christianity and will continue to squeeze out competing religions that make any claim to truth outside of science alone.  Furthermore, Christianity is the only belief system that is outspoken against Scientism.  The answer: eliminate it"
[source].


"We've reached the point where to continue the charade is not just to be misled but to be wilfully and sinfully ignorant.  So my friend apologise to those you've wounded and repent to God for your choosing to stand with the abuser rather than to weep with the abused.  For Church leaders who quickly and cravenly bowed to Caesar and expelled from your fellowship those who had the good and godly sense to resist totalitarian demands on them and their children, you may need to examine whether you're really cut out to be a shepherd of Christ's flock.  Heart felt apologies are certainly in order but resignations are a possible and a reasonable response"
[quoted at source].


"To those how remained faithful to biblical values and loved their neighbours enough to resist the antichrist demands of Caesar and his cohorts, thank you for holding the line and remaining true to your biblical principles.  God bless you.  We're nearly there on this scam but there will be more to follow [HIV/VAIDS].  Hopefully some of the brethren have learned from your godly and courageous example"
[quoted at source].


"Considering there is no scientific support for any of asymptomatic or surface transmission and mask wearing, why is the church 'agreeing' and bowing to these myths and lies?  Has it lost its understanding and discernment of truth?  My own (CofE) church has instigated a ridiculous level of restrictions ... including a one way system ... just to be seen to be doing the 'right thing' ... I cannot fathom what Jesus' response would be, but temple forecourt and tables springs to mind"
[reader's comment at source].


"I think the CofE (my own faith community) has been seduced by the technocrats of the so-called 'Fourth Industrial Revolution'.  Welby certainly has, even using the term on BBC radio has though it is set in stone.  But nothing could be more godless and hubristic than the Fourth Industrial Revolution"
[reader's comment at source].


"[A]mongst the tragedies in all of this, it is (mainly) secular voices which are sounding the alarm.  In stark contrast the vast majority of Christian leaders, both in denominations and organisations - are unaware, complacent or eerily silent regarding these moves towards global government and totalitarian control.  There are other believers, mainly in the West, who dismiss any concerns regarding the looming oppression by suggesting that Christians will be snatched away before any serious trouble will come.  Let's hope they are right - but let us also be prepared if they are wrong"
[source].


"[A] very good article outlining the facts which were not allowed to be voiced in the msm and anyone doing so quickly shut down and discredited.  It has been sad to see many in our churches, and particularly those in leadership, completely unaware of the deception happening right in front of their eyes and who have been quick to label those who warn of this as 'conspiracy theorists' "
[reader's comment at source].


"Are [denominations and church leaders] failing to recognise or alternatively wilfully ignoring, where all this is heading? ... Into this void, Heart Newspaper and the British Church Newspaper have been consistently spelling out their concerns.  Additionally, last November, Issachar Ministries, which seeks to 'understand the times, and know what Israel should do' (1 Chronicles 12:32), produced a very welcome and clear statement regarding the deception which has taken place.  Pray God that all of these voices will be heard and understood ... The last 30+ months have revealed that many [Christians] already have been [deceived]; and by something much less than a counterfeit messiah.  Pray that the veil of deception, propaganda and institutional malfeasance will be drawn back and that truth will be revealed, received and will prevail"
[source].


"Regrettably, we believe the conventional relationship of trust and respect between government and the people has been sacrificed to a campaign which has elevated compliance over conscience, silenced debate, and, by the use of behavioural science and 'nudge theory', used fear as a tool to achieve its objectives.  Armed with the uncomfortable realisation that being coerced into receiving a Covid-jab is just the first of many trials we may face in the months and years ahead, we must expect the weaponising of fear to continue undiminished.  Let us be vigilant and alert, so that we are better prepared each time another deception rears its ugly head.  Whatever decision we chose to make on this issue, our Lord clearly warned us that there would be great deception in the last days.  Let us seek to be led by the Holy Spirit and live out our faith each day.  The Bible gives us good instructions on how to deal with fear and we know that 'Perfect love casts out fear' (1 John 4:18)"
[source].

 

Lockdowns


"It is also a plain fact that in a fallen world viruses, and sickness more generally, will always exist, their presence being an aspect of the fall of man.  The Christian, therefore, must challenge the lockdown principle on Biblical grounds, one of the most fundamental of which is that God made us for human communication.  Lockdowns prevent people from meeting one another and engaging in the interaction which is integral to human existence and the maintenance of an individual's well-being.  Lockdowns must be challenged, because they reduce the ability of people to care for their neighbours"
[source].


"Because ours is a God-rejecting society, it is overwhelmed buy excessive fear, a fear which is inevitable when men think, in respect of a widespread virus, that the State and its agencies are the only possible saviour. Yes, we must care for the vulnerable, but the lockdown principle affects all society, including the healthy, and ... it is contrary to the will of God to prevent healthy people going to the work.  The normal interaction which is integral to human existence must be maintained"
[source].


"Lockdowns were always unjustifiable from a Christian, economic, social or psychological viewpoint"  /  "Yes, I agree, but the lockdowns were put in place from a luciferian viewpoint and therefore totally justifiable according to TPTB"  /  "Why did UK Christian denominations all obey the state in the outset of this chimeric virus? When we needed it the most, the church like obeisant state actors, shut their doors, and that was a sin"  /  "[I]n law, or for practical reasons, there is absolutely no sound cause that any church should close, particularly for this relatively minor virus outbreak which government itself downgraded in status back in March 2020, let alone impose absurd mask-wearing in public worship.  But then, 'The fear of man proves to be a snare'"  /  "'the fear of man', should not the Church transcend or at least try to?"
[readers' comments at source].


"What you cannot do alone in your room, or even together by Skype or Zoom, is worship [God] in the way that the Bible instructs, which is to gather together in the same physical location as other believers in a local body of Christ ... Unfortunately, it seems that many in the churches either don't understand or don't believe this.  And it is because they don't understand or believe this that they are not nearly so bothered as they should be by the fact that we have not been doing this for nearly three months, and continue not to do it.  And it is precisely because they are not that bothered by it that the churches have remained shut.  I am of the view that God is testing his church at this time, and one of the tests he is giving is to see how much we really desire to worship him as he intended.  Thusfar, I can't see that the church in this country has exactly covered itself with glory on this - at least I have not heard of any great crying out to God that he might restore us, so that we can go and worship him together each week.  The bottom line is this: if Christians treat gathering together physically as non-essential, why would the leaders of the nation treat it as if it were essential?"
[source].


"The very word 'church' has the idea of a the gathered 'assembly' (as anyone from a Brethren background will know!).  It has nothing to do with the building (which is a useful tool) but everything to do with publicly meeting together, whether in a designated building, or a home.  You cannot have cyber baptism, cyber communion or cyber greeting one another with a holy kiss.  Cyber sung praise is almost impossible - and even cyber preaching misses out on the dynamic of the interaction of beings who are more than disembodied spirits or minds!"
[source].


"For the churches, the irony is enormous [that] people can now apparently gather together in large numbers to remember a man in Minneapolis whose death - tragic though it was - has no real bearing on this nation; yet we can't legally gather together to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our salvation, the King of kings, the Lord of lords.  I'm not sure our forefathers would have been as ready to tolerate such a situation as we apparently are"
[source].


"My biggest grief in all this is not that the Government has shut the churches, but rather than so many in the churches don't seem to have been nearly as bothered by it as they should have been.  If worshipping together is essential - which Christians must surely believe it is - then whether you agree with me that the closure of the churches was an unnecessary action, or whether you disagree with me and think it was vital, the result should have been the same: a crying out to God for deliverance and restoration of weekly worship together, and of life being able to continue with some normality.  Something like Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20:5-9 ... I've really not noticed much of that going on.  Instead, a deep complacency seems to have set in"
[source].


"[D]uring the pandemic the second tablet of the law ('love thy neighbour') has taken precedence over the first tablet of the law ('love the Lord') ... The worship of God has taken a back-seat to the safety of people.  The church warped their regular worship practice in order to accommodate the government health orders.  When the government closed 'places of worship' the church pivoted by declaring private assemblies essentially the same as public assemblies.  Since people were watching at home we could say that we still had maintained our worship services.  We need to have the integrity to admit, ontologically speaking, online services are not actually church services ... they have not created a public assembly of worship"
[source].


"There is power in assembling together.  Do not think for one second that Satan does not know this, and fear it!  God wants his people to assemble ... To resist tyranny and go against the crowd is not easy.  But for the one who fears God more than man, that's what we a re called to do, even if it means giving up everything here on earth that we cherish and value, including our own family members who may choose to go their own way in a different direction"
[source].


"A frequent cry form the hearts of anti-lockdown campaigners, scientists and journalists in the wake of the Lockdown Files has been: 'This must never be allowed to happen again.'  They are right.  This country should never again be subjected to Chinese-style Communist dictatorship as it was in 2020 and 2021.  But the person convinced of Christian truth should realise that the Church has a more important role than any secular lockdown resistor, vital though that job was and still is.  According to the C of E's Canons (rules), enshrined in English law, the bishop and the minister share 'the cure of souls' in every parish of the land
[EMcD: Biblically, this also applies to any minister/pastor of any denomination].  Where is the remorse and repentance from the Church's senior pastors that they failed not only to stand up for people made in the image of God whose human dignity was violated during the lockdowns, but also for the proper corporate worship of the eternal Lord?  Where is the heartfelt cry from the bishops that the spiritual abuse the lockdowns caused must never be allowed to happen again?" [source].


"When my 38 year old daughter died unexpectedly last April (not from Covid) more or less at the beginning of the first lockdown I was denied the comfort of being able to go into a church - any church - instead I sat outside Wells cathedral on a bench with a friend two days later in a state of shock and overwhelming grief.  The career clergy at the cathedral, while denying people the right to enter and worship, meanwhile saw fit to support Black Lives Matter in the most public way possible a few weeks later by kneeling (and being photographed doing so) in the nave of the empty building"  /  "I wrote a six page piece to our Church leaders back in December pointing out the damaging nature of lockdowns and the profound nature of the spiritual attack on the church.  A polite acknowledgment was about all I got"
[readers' comments at source].

 

The Sin of Partiality


"The Covid-19 lockdowns have also immorally prioritised one group of sick people over those with other just as serious, and arguably far more serious, illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.  Lockdowns have also made if more difficult for patients to see their GPs face to face, lessening the ability of the doctors to make more accurate diagnoses.  The Institute for Public Policy Research has stated that some 4,500 avoidable cancer deaths will occur in 2021 due to delays ion test and screening procedures.  The British heart Foundation has informed us that by 2 February 2022 the number of people waiting for heart surgery is likely to increase from 11,000 to 15,000"
[source].


"The Christian position must be that those with heart and cancer issues, and other major health problems, are equally worthy of rapid care and treatment. The Bible warns against the sinful showing of partiality towards some over and against others, for example in 1 Timothy 5:21.  This means that in respect of caring for the sick we cannot have a grading of human ailments, so that one particular virus takes priority over all other illnesses"
[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].


"In response to the state's Lord's Supper restrictions, some churches adopted the practice of virtual communion.  Virtual communion is oxymoronic.  Physical presence and unity is intrinsic in the symbolism of partaking of one cup and one loaf eaten by one body of people united together"
[source].

 

Corporate Praise and Hymn 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].


"[I]n a public worship service, singing, along with the reading of Scripture, prayer, and the preaching of the Word are the primary elements that constitute a service.  Yet the church allowed the government to exclude congregational singing on the flimsiest of grounds.  Is a worship service that prohibits God's people from vocally praising and thanking God in song truly a worship service?  Is God pleased with such an offering?  I had an elder argue that as long as you are 'singing in your heart' it's the same thing, and 'it won't hurt people if they don't sing for a little while.'  I guess the stones outside the church sang in their stead.  It is a mark of the church's spiritual decline when church leaders do not consider the loss of praising God in song a serious matter"
[source].


"
The church needs to answer this confronting question:  If the state forbids congregational singing, is it a sin to sing in church - or is it a sin not to sing?  To sing dishonours the state, to not sing dishonours God.  So whom should we honour?  The consciences of Christians need an answer" [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].


"The guidelines for churches clearly use the phrase 'should not' sing, and not 'must not' sing.  It is strong advice but it is not law ... The Bible ... command[s] us to sing, and therefore we are doing so regardless of Government advice, because .... Christ is the head of the church and not the Queen or the Prime Minister"
[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].


"[I]n law, or for practical reasons, there is absolutely no sound cause that any church should close, particularly for this relatively minor virus outbreak which government itself downgraded in status back in March 2020, let alone impose absurd mask-wearing in public worship.  But then, 'The fear of man proves to be a snare'"  /  "As you say, absurd mask-wearing in public worship - first of all only being 'allowed' to hum along from behind a bit of cloth and then after being 'allowed' to sing in church again, timorously singing from behind one. Absolutely shameful and an insult to the One who repeatedly told us not to fear""
[readers' comments at source].


"Jesus also taught we test a tree by its fruit, and the fruit of these wicked policies has resulted in death, loneliness and despair.  Tellingly, if you were part of the 'sophisticated' set, you didn't need to comply - remember the Cornish G7 meet?  Barack Obama's birthday bash?  Pelosi's mask on / mask off antics?  Matt Hancock's snogging?  Rules for thee, but not for me"
[reader's comment at source].


"It's not just lockdowns which should be resisted, but (in my opinion) the whole godless counter-religion which the Covid hysteria has brought in its wake.  It's all there: the ritual anointing of the hand-sanitiser, the avoidance of the (presumed) unclean - aka 'social' distancing, and perhaps most of all, the pious donning of the veil before any social interaction with strangers.  Mercifully, more unmasked heretics are to be seen, but this barefaced effrontery is still very much frowned upon by the many true believers who still place their unswerving faith and trust in its magical qualities to protect them for the unseen Covid demons"
[reader's comment at source].


"In many churches, people were masks for most of the service, take them off for singing, and then leave them off for tea/coffee at the end!  If masks work, taking them on and off like this clearly renders any benefit redundant.  If they don't work, why are we pretending they do?  Is this kind of insanity fitting for the Church of Christ? ... Many Scriptures highlight the intimacy of life and worship together as the Body of Christ (Acts 2:42-46, 2 Corinthians 13:12).  Masking, with all its concomitant 'social distancing' behaviour, is the opposite of this closeness"
[source].


"If mask mandates essentially force people to buy into and communicate claims about safety that are scientifically unfounded (this is tantamount to lying, breaking the Ninth Commandment), encourage fears, and violate New Testament life together - then a government edict should make no difference, because we are not to obey the state when it contravenes Scripture"
[source].


"As soon as the doors reopened I went to find out whether I, a maskless one, would fit in.  Sitting on a pew for several minutes I was approached by a church helper who told me quietly that I have to wear a mask.  Obviously I declined and he left me be.  I too am disappointed at the church's capitulation"
[reader's comment at source].

 

Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals


"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].


"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].


"Unless a ... minister uses a water gun, there is no way to baptise a person and obey the social distancing regulations.  If the Ethiopian eunuch were to ask the question today, 'What prevents me from being baptised?' (Acts 8:36), we would answer, 'Government health orders' "
[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].


"Though not required in every Lord's Day service, the administration of the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper should also be observed.  Government health orders regarding social distancing effectively cancelled both sacraments
" [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


"Clergy Response Teams (CRTs) have been used to spread Covid and vaccine propaganda within Churches and to quell any questioning or dissent.  Governments have been fervently recruiting CRTs and 'Places of Worship Task Forces' to massage the views of Christians and Churchgoers in relation to Romans 13 and Covid 19, to persuade them that not only is the experimental Covid pseudo-vaccine 'safe and effective' but that taking it is the most loving, Christ-like thing to do.  It is not"
[source].


"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].


"Masks were introduced as a psychological control to keep the fear going until the next Lockdown was 'needed', and both were in place to make people desperate enough to greet the experimental produces as the Saviour of the World.  These were then intended to lead to Vaxx passports, which in turn are intended to lead to a universal Digital ID.  And the purpose of that is the complete enslavement of entire populations in a Social Credit, Transhumanist Technocracy - a Digital, Medical, Biological Prison.  Conspiracy Theory ?  You're living through it, mate!  The last 18 months can thus be thought of as a Controlled Demolition, hidden behind a public health crisis, in 7 steps:

  • Step 1:  Fear;
  • Step 2:  Lockdowns;
  • Step 3:  Masks;
  • Step 4:  Vaccines;
  • Step 5:  Vaxx Passes;
  • Step 6:  Universal Digital ID;
  • Step 7:  Digital Prison;
  • Checkmate.

"I honestly don't know what more the authorities need to do to alert people to all this.  Australia currently resembles a more prosperous version of North Korea, and the tyrannical Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has just informed citizens that come next year it won't be a Vaxx passport, but a Booster Passport that will be needed.  In Israel, the double jabbed are now viewed as unjabbed if they don't agree to become triple-jabbed, and the triple-jabbed will then be viewed as unjabbed if they don't agree to be quadruple jabbed.  Don't even ask about the quintuple jabbed, because as Professor Sucharit Bhakdi has warned on numerous occasions, by the time you get that far you need to make sure your last will and testament is in place" [source].


"We are asking the government why it is forcing people to take vaccines, or lose their jobs ... Some Christians don't want to take these vaccines due to ethical concerns.  Others cite safety concerns, efficacy concerns.  Some may simply not want to take them.  In every case, their body is given them by God, for them to steward; not me, you or the government.  This is an issue of conscience ... While different approaches to Covid have divided us, now is an opportunity to reach out to others in our churches who may be losing their jobs in a matter of weeks.  We should stand with our brothers and sisters and oppose this misguided, disproportionate and unnecessary overreach from the government"
[source].


"While thousands of medical doctors, scientists and lawyers around the world have been exposing the biggest crime against humanity that the world has ever experienced, here in the UK doctors, politicians, the media and church leaders have - with very few notable exceptions - promoted or totally submitted themselves to an agenda of universal vaccination; right down to the youngest of children.  Silence is complicity; complicity is criminal"
[source].


"[V]accine mandates has opened up another ethical quandary ... the issue of vaccine coercion.  Since WWII human-rights legislation has upheld the right of 'bodily integrity'.  No government should force a vaccine on their citizenship, even if it is in the individual's and the group's best interest ... Vaccine mandates are being applied to the church in some communities, so the church faces a moral dilemma in her compliance.  Enforcing vaccine mandates maintains civil obedience, on the moral grounds of 'protecting the vulnerable'
[EMcD: except that these covid 'vaccines' don't even do that], yet it violates the core values of non-partiality, gospel-inclusivity, and the unity of the church.  Even if vaccine mandates last only a few weeks, the church will have still violated some of her principles" [source].


"Many thanks fro this informed and balanced article which I think sums up my own understanding as a virologist ad biochemist and with some understanding of how the mRNA so called 'vaccines' work and the dangers they bring to bodily physiology.  Not one of the jabs would have ever passed the test for use without emergency legislation, especially as other antivirals, with a proven history of efficacy to either protect or limit extent of infection, were available.  Censorship of highly qualified doctors who could have enabled the public to make an informed choice immediately should raise a red flag of concern.  I am 74 years old and believe I am 'fearfully and wonderfully made' and have been given an amazing immune system by our Creator God Yahweh.  I concentrate on making that (immune system) strong and aseptic techniques I gained in the laboratory working with pathogenic viruses and Spirochaetes.  I have not taken one test for Covid or had this virus or even a cold for over 9 years"
[reader's comment at source].


"The true definition of a vaccine was (until recently changed) a modified, attenuated version of the original which was more transmissible but less virulent but produces an immune response which will protect against the more virulent form.  I recently heard Bill Gates refer to 'Omicron' in this way and admit it had done a better job than the vaccine he sponsored (and made billions from) where any immunity is very short lived ... in Austria they were considering those who had been jabbed more than 6 months ago as 'unvaccinated' whereas an actual infection with a milder version gives life long immunity"
[reader's comment at source].


"Given the unprecedented fear campaign and coercion, it is understandable that when the jabs were first announced, many sincere and believing Christians received them as a gift from the God who made us in His image, loves us and provides for our well-being.  Almost two years later, the huge amount of new evidence that has become available to us makes such a position untenable ... It is well known that these novel viral vector and mRNA jabs have not prevented transmission, nor stopped people from being infected with Covid, but rather have themselves been the cause of utterly unacceptable numbers of deaths, life-changing injuries, unexplained debilitating conditions and a huge volume of adverse reactions.  This therefore raises the question about whether official statements concerning the safety and efficacy of these newly developed experimental 'emergency use' products were accurate"
[source].


"Each time one takes any medical intervention, the decision to do so must be down to that individual.  Age, medical risk verses benefit and evidence enabling 'full and informed consent' are some of the factors that influence this decision.  We are also free to stop taking an intervention or to decline the offer.  Bodily autonomy, the freedom to choose what goes into our bodies is an important and well-established human right.  Sadly, amongst the Christian community there was great division on this subject, even within families.  People lost friends, their jobs, and were vilified and ostracised for refusing the jab and choosing to rely on their God-given immune systems"
[source].

 

False Prophets and Ravening Wolves

Neil Ferguson, Chris Whitty, Patrick Vallance, Matt Hancock, Sajid Javid, Anthony Fauci, Bill Gates, et al...

"And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptiously: thou shalt not be afraid of him" (Deuteronomy 18:21-22)

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

"Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness" (Psalm 52:3)

"The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge [science]: but fools despise wisdom and instruction" (Proverbs 1:7)

"[P]rophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! ... They have seen vanity and lying divination ... Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination ... they have seduced my people ... with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way ... ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the LORD" (Ezekiel 13:1-23)

"And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him" (Ezekiel 14:9)

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

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ"
(Colossians 2:8)

"Prove all things: hold fast that which is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science [scientism] falsely so called" (1 Timothy 6:20)

"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)


"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].

 

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].

 

The Aftermath


"What will be the state of the church that emerges from Covid?  In the early stages of the pandemic the silver-linings attitude hoped that once we returned to public gatherings our online services would have generated new believers and that Christians would have a newfound appreciation for going to church.  We anticipated an invigorated church ready for a fresh start.  Such optimism appears unfounded.  The church returning from Covid exile is not resurgent but diminished.  Many parishioners enjoyed lounging around in their pyjamas while watching online church.  Now they have to ready themselves and their children to go to church.  After months of Covid fear-saturation many of the elderly simply refuse to expose themselves to the dangers of disease.  The continuing Covid safety measures of occupancy limits, mask wearing, social distancing, and vaccine mandates hinder the flourishing of our congregations.  We are not a stronger church after Covid"
[source].


"The first step in recovery is repentance ... We have feared the danger of a virus, the overwhelming power of the state, and the opinion of people more than we have feared the power of the LORD of Hosts.  We have cowered before men because we esteem their punishments more dreadful than God's.  The arguments that the church has maintained its integrity during the pandemic simply mask this deep deficiency.  If we want to see the hand of God move in a great way to restore the former glory, we must first acknowledge our sin and once again 'in [our] hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy' (1 Peter 3:15).  My concern is that post-Covid an unrepentant church will go through the motions of religion but the glory will have departed.  We will be worshipping an image of God, but the true and living God will not be dwelling in our midst"
[source].


"The weakened state of the church is the direct consequence of the church's actions during Covid.  If we hope that God restores the fortunes of her people it is incumbent upon us to first take stock of our actions during the pandemic, repent, and then consider how we might acquit ourselves henceforth.  To the extent that the church has permitted the suspension of the ordinary means of grace experienced in public worship she is responsible for the poor spiritual state of believers ... the church needs a renewed spirit of boldness to counteract the spirit of fear dominant in society.  Our spiritual health should be considered more important than our physical health.  We need to determine the limitations of the government's authority over church operations.  Leaders should make it a priority to properly teach biblical ethics.  Church eccelsiology needs to be refortified to respond to emergency situations and the overwhelming authority of the state.  If we are to expect God's blessing on the church we must recommit to God-honouring worship and renew our trust in the merciful and mighty God who rules over all things"
[source].

 

Books

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Romans 13 and Covid 19: Knowledge, Warnings and Encouragement for the Church and World  (June 2021)

Author:  J.L. Fuller

"This unique timely book gives a comprehensive analysis and exposure of the deceptive dangers and errors entering the Church under Coronavirus mandates - and a clear, Biblical roadmap out of it.  [This book] is for Pastors, Church leaders, disciples of Jesus Christ and anyone who is concerned by what's being imposed on the Body of Christ and world at large by our Governments, as a result of the Covid crisis.  The book examines Biblical principles on the scope and limits of civil authority, looking at examples from both the current situation and the past (namely the misuse of Romans 13 in 1930s Germany to quell resistance to Hitler).  It surveys the key aspects and implications and of the Covid directives - from the medical mandates, lockdowns and gene therapy rollout, to systematic State propaganda and the 'Great Reset'.  You'll find much-needed knowledge and wisdom about not only what's going on now but also the wider, one-world technocratic agenda at play and where it's headed: Equipping you with all you need to know to accurately understand the times and obey Jesus' command in Matthew 24:4 to 'Take heed that no one deceives you', as well as to watch and pray, wake up from sleep, cast off the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light.  Unlike the news media and official guidance, this book is free of hype, spin and Covid fear-mongering.  While it's eye-opening and shocking, it will give you encouragement and practical guidance for living fully and fearlessly and in the joy of a closer walk with God - especially as the squeeze on the Western Church gets tighter, world deception increases and Jesus' return draws nearer."

Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents  (September 2020)

Author:  Rod Dreher

"Survivors of Soviet Totalitarianism have a warning for us: It can happen here.  Despite [the] warning signs, many [Western Christians] fail to recognize the dangers, and even fewer know what they can do to resist. Meanwhile, the men and women who survived communist oppression have been sounding the alarm that their souls and their liberties are already at stake. In Live Not By Lies, Dreher amplifies the alarm and explains why it is so hard for us to recognise the threat of totalitarianism in our own time. He lays out the steps for resistance and shares stories of modern-day dissidents who preserved their faith and their integrity during a time of tyranny ... Too many of us are sleeping through the erosion of our freedoms, assuming that totalitarianism can't happen in [the West]. Live Not By Lies is the wake-up call we need - and will equip us for the long resistance."

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..."

 

Pray...


"Let us pray for those who continue to suffer as a result of Covid-19 or the vaccine injuries, and especially those who are struggling with a sense of having been deceived.  Let us ask for forgiveness for those times when we have allowed fear to drive us and not cast our cares on the Lord; Let us pray for healing of relationships so that we truly love one another as the Father has loved us; Let us pray for the Spirit of Discernment, Wisdom, Revelation and Understanding for the times we are in.  Lord, thank you for your grace, please have mercy on us all"
[source].


"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 Manifesto

"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; (3) 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].

 

Get Off the Fence!

"99.99% of the churches were glad to shut down.  They received billions of dollars across the country [Canada] for doing so.  They even went so far that they hired security and they would not allow people to come in without a nazi passport.  They segregated, separated, and muzzled their people, and they were glad to do it because they received so much money from the Government.  But then when [the Government] started to do the jabs clinics, where they were stabbing people with that experimental thing, well, [the Pastors] opened the churches and they were glad to do it because, again, the Government was giving them so much money.  So I've never, ever, historically, have seen a bigger betrayal than during that [Covid] era.

"So God is shaking the establishment.  If you will, He is flipping the tables on the establishment.  About half a year before this happened, I had a vision - and I don't have many visions - but when I do, I know it's God.  He showed me a fence, and people were sitting on the fence.  I could not see the end of the fence.  And then I saw two powerful hands, and I knew those hands were God's hands.  And He grabbed the fence, and He shook it violently.  He kept shaking violently.  And I saw people falling off to the left and to the right.  And He kept shaking.  When He was done, no-one was sitting on the fence.  Then He spoke to me:  'When I'm done shaking, everyone will have to choose: either me, or the devil.'

"So let me just say this to you:  I believe that God is coming back.  Jesus Christ is coming back.  But He's coming back for a glorious Church.  Not entertainment, not sold for money, not Judas Iscariot, or [a] cowardly [Church], but a Church that is glorious.  And in order to have a glorious Church, He has to allow the Church to go through the fire like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  In the fire, God dealt with their enemies.  In the fire, He showed up to set them free.  In the fire, they had a testimony.  And in the fire, was their promotion.

"So what God is doing right now, is purifying His Church.  And that's a global phenomenon.  I saw it everywhere; that clergymen were more than happy obey the Pharaohs of today.  But then I also saw a Remnant rising up and shining.  And I will tell you this:  I know that we will see more and more men and women, the mighty warriors, if you will, of Christ - Deborahs and Esthers and Mordecais and Joshuas and Calebs - rising up and showing us the way" [source, at 17.05 - 19.58 minutes].

 

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].

 

20 Things I've Learned...

"20 Things I've Learned (Or Had Confirmed) About Humanity During the 'Pandemic':

  • Most people would rather be in the majority, than be right;
  • At least 20% of the population has strong authoritarian tendencies, which will emerge under the right conditions;
  • Fear of death is only rivalled by the fear of social disapproval.  The latter could be stronger;
  • Propaganda is just as effective in the modern day as it was 100 years ago.  Access to limitless information has not made the average person any wiser;
  • Anything and everything can and will be politicized by the media, government, and those who trust them;
  • Many politicians and large corporations will gladly sacrifice human lives if it is conducive to their political and financial aspirations;
  • Most people believe the government acts in the best interests of the people.  Even many who are vocal critics of the government;
  • Once they have made up their mind, most people would rather commit to being wrong, than admit they were wrong;
  • Humans can be trained and conditioned quickly and relatively easily to significantly alter their behaviours - for better or worse;
  • When sufficiently frightened, most people will not only accept authoritarianism, but demand it;
  • People who are dismissed as 'conspiracy theorists' are often well researched and simply ahead of the mainstream narrative;
  • Most people value safety and security more than freedom and liberty, even if said 'safety' is merely an illusion;
  • Hedonic adaptation occurs in both directions, and once inertia sets in, it is difficult to get people back to 'normal';
  • A significant percentage of people thoroughly enjoy being subjugated;
  • 'The Science' has evolved into a secular pseudo-religion for millions of people in the West.  This religion has little to do with science itself;
  • Most people care more about looking like they are doing the right things, rather than actually doing the right thing;
  • Politics, the media, science, and the healthcare industries are all corrupt, to varying degrees.  Scientists and doctors can be bought as easily as politicians;
  • If you make people comfortable enough, they will not revolt.  You can keep millions docile as you strip their rights, by giving them money, food, and entertainment;
  • Modern people are overly complacent and lack vigilance when it comes to defending their own freedoms from government overreach;
  • It's easier to fool a person than to convince them they have been fooled" [quoted in a reader's comment 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].

 

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

A Note On Face Masks  (October 2021)

Fortifying Our Immune Systems for Winter  (July 2021)

Concerning Coronavirus Vaccines  (December 2020 / January 2021)

Covid-19 Vaccines: As in the Days of Noah  (November 2020)

A Bit of Dirt...  (November 2020)

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

Rules Are Rules!  (September 2020)

Covid Conversations: An Apology and An Explanation  (September 2020)

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

Clapping for the NHS  (April 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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