For 2,000 years the Christian church has gathered, prayed, and worshipped through pandemics and persecution. And I believe that is the call of today.
It’s a paradox of sorts—the faithful seek a transcendent realm, but their deep communities are knitted together in physical space.
In-person worship is essential and necessary. If you can go to the grocery store, work, and school, you can certainly go to church. And you should.
Most bishops now less resemble the apostles and more the Pharisees and Sadducees, trading moral and spiritual authority for worldly prestige and wealth.
The physical contact created with God through worship is vital to following him and cannot be met through virtual means. For those who are not at high risk from COVID, it’s time.
It’s reasonable to defer to executive branch officials during an emergency. But that deference cannot last forever, and it should depend on the nature of the government’s actions.
‘[I]f Hollywood may host a studio audience or film a singing competition while not a single soul may enter California’s churches, synagogues, and mosques, something has gone seriously awry.’
We should strive to play, sing and compose our best, but worship is not about us and what we like. It’s a way of encountering and glorifying God.
‘The celebration of Mass … is the center of the whole of Christian life for the Church both universal and local, as well as for each of the faithful individually.’
“Northam is due honor and respect as a politician, but overstepped his role by being a teacher in the church. He is teaching something false,” Hemingway said.
While praise, joy, contrition, and love are all important affections for worship, gratitude is the most important worship affection.
People have asked me why we are holding these ‘worship protests,’ and the answer is simple: God is moving, and our nation desperately needs it.
‘It’s time for the church to rise up with one voice and tell our government leaders … that we refuse to be silenced!’ said the leader of the #LetUsWorship movement, Sean Feucht.
“We do not need the state’s permission to serve and worship our Lord as He has commanded,” elders of Grace Community Church said.
‘My recommendation still holds that the choirs should refrain from singing,’ says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s unelected coronavirus czar.
People who resist COVID-19 restrictions are often accused of being selfish and caring only about their own freedom, but their concerns are deeper than that.
‘We cannot and will not acquiesce to a government-imposed moratorium on our weekly congregational worship,’ MacArthur and the church’s elder board said in a statement.
The New York Times smears religious Americans as a ‘major source’ of COVID outbreaks even as church-related infections represent only 0.02 percent of cases.
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