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.
Outdoor services have brought some unexpected blessings for the Vine Community Church, but hot weather makes the future of drive-in church uncertain.
Gov. Tim Walz targeted Minnesotans’ First Amendment right to worship. When they pushed back, he eased restrictions. Neither should have to happen.
Now that we are past the peak of infections in our area, and our hospitals are not in immediate danger of being overwhelmed, it’s time to restart in-person services in a responsible way.
Wake County, North Carolina continues to ban Christians from their central rite of communion while allowing hand-delivered food so long as it’s served by restaurants instead of pastors.
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