Some Christian churches are digging their heels in to maintain church services even though it means exposing their congregations to Covid-19. Even though it means disobeying an order from the World Health Organization and law enforcement. This is social disobedience in order to maintain church attendance. And the Word of God even supports this form of social disobedience against lawful authorities. It was evident in the book of Acts and we are even told not to forsake gathering together.
Hebrews 10: 25a “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,”
If your church is one of these that are still meeting together in close quarters every worship day, here’s my prayer for your health. May God keep you safe in His arms of mercy and power. Stand firm in your conviction to meet together regularly. As long as you are walking in alignment with God’s will, He will keep you safe. You cannot have any doubt in your heart concerning your decision to meet. If you have any doubt at all, for your own safety, don’t go. When you defy world authorities in obedience to God’s direct revelation, you cannot have any doubt at all that you are firmly living within His will.
Mark 11: 23 “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
You are taking a stand on God’s Word and hopefully upon God’s revelation directly to your pastor. As long as the entire congregation remains safe, and nobody contracts the Covid-19 virus, you will be proving God’s power by your safety. If anybody in the congregation contracts the virus, then you will know whether your pastor is speaking presumptuously or by the revelation of the Holy Spirit. This is a fine line to walk, and a seasoned pastor who knows God’s voice can remain firm in their conviction and empower their congregation to believe God more. On the other hand, a man that is convinced in his doctrine without the safety of God’s revelation can make the same stand, but be totally wrong in their assumption. Their stand will appear the same, but their result will be devastating. Only time will prove the difference. We can only hope and believe that God is indeed giving the revelation to disobey civil authorities in order to prove His power and authority.
2 Peter 2: 9, 10 “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.”
This is a time to prove God’s power and authority. As long as these churches are standing upon Truth and Revelation, they have every right to believe that they are safe. It would be wrong for anyone to try to tell them otherwise. Until something happens to prove that they are walking by the flesh and religious dogma, Christian brethren within the Family of God should pay attention, watch, and learn. We all need to learn that God is greater than science. God upholds His Word. And that God really wants His children to know He is real and watches over His own.
I personally do not want to see any brother or sister in Christ get this virus. I would hope this conviction is the same for any other Christian as well. Let’s all pray for these people to remain safe in the midst of this crisis. We cannot afford to harbor any thoughts of doubt, horror, or expectation of sickness against these people. Perfect love casts out fear. To expect the worst, is the same as rejoicing in iniquity. This is not what brothers and sisters in Christ should do. We should instead be rejoicing in the fact that someone in the household would dare to believe God and in His ability to heal and protect His children. We need to believe that they are walking in Truth and by the Holy Spirit. We need to give them love, believing, and our prayers for success.
1 Corinthians 13: 4 – 8a “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
If we do not agree with the decision that these churches have made, maybe science has influenced our own lives more than the power of God. Maybe we need to watch and witness the power of God in their lives to gain a desire to know that same power in our own. If we choose to believe science more than God, then science must be our true god. Then what hope do we have for a future beyond our present life? Science can’t allow a God. It can’t explain spiritual matters. It can’t even explain how life came about because it can’t prove evolution is either true or false. Science is faith based, just like religion. But science can’t provide a basis for morals or decency. It can’t provide a reason for grace, mercy, or charity. It can’t explain miracles or even the way the universe originated. It can only provide theories and proofs, but no real explanations for the greater questions of moral character and decency. Only God and the church can provide those answers.
Whether we agree with the churches that choose to continue to meet or not, we are bound to pray for them. Whether we understand them or not, we are bound to love them. If we are praying for God’s hand of blessing and proof of His love, then we need to watch what happens to these churches. We may be witnesses of His power in action through them. Then we will have evidence of His love and truth because nobody in those congregations will get sick. Why not believe the best for them and pray for their safety? There are much worse things to witness, this seems to be a good thing; to watch and pray for the whole world to see God’s hand of protection and deliverance. We already know the world is watching and hoping to see calamity happen to these churches. These churches are making a spiritual stand and the household of God should be praying for their success. At least I will be. Maybe this is the time for Christians to take a stand like this (with God’s approval). Then it will become a social statement just like the Egyptians witnessed in the Exodus.
Pharaoh asked Moses, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.” (Exodus 5: 2) He saw 10 plagues that affected Egypt, but not the Israelites. We know the LORD. We became His children when we got born-again. This is God’s time to prove His power over Covid-19, and our time to believe in that power. This may be the time for social disobedience. This may also be the time to implement the “Rules for Radical Christians: A Practical Primer for Defeating Radical Liberals at Their Own Game.” Be sure to get it below and vote for this book at the following site. There is nothing radical about a Christian that looks no different from the world. A Radical Christian cannot be like everyone else, they know God’s voice and can obey Him directly. This is what makes the Radical Christian so radically different from every other Christian and the rest of the world.
What have you got to lose by learning how to walk with God? Walking like the rest of the world hasn’t worked to defeat the world, maybe we all need to learn how to walk with God instead.