A CHALLENGE TO CLOSED CHURCHES
In progressive-controlled states, churches have been virtually shut down this year. They’ve been put under draconian meeting requirements, requiring pastors to become health police. Ushers are expected virtually to yell at worshipers to pull their masks over their noses, to ensure they socially distance. . . .
Last summer during the California fires, health departments labeled the air dangerous to breathe, yet churches were ordered to meet outside. And now with winter upon us, the order is to meet in the freezing cold. Yet the same politicians encourage Antifa and BLM protestors to gather in ‘worship’ to their causes. . .
On May 31, Pastor Mike McClure of Calvary Chapel San Jose, along with over 1500 churches in California, promised to open up and never close their doors. Since that time, his church has quintupled in size. . . .
Editor’s Note: Since they’re opening they have not had one single case of Covid in their congregation.
But in October, Santa Clara County hit Calvary Chapel with over $250,000 in fines. When they threatened to arrest Mike the next Sunday, pastors from around the nation gathered for a news conference outside his church. . . .
Editor’s Note: Here are his remarks at the press conference:
My name is Neil Mammen. I’m an ordained Evangelical Pastor and president of the Values Advocacy Council (www.VAC.org).
Jesus’ politicians — His senators, his representatives, and lawmakers, that is, the Pharisees and Sadducees — passed a law saying it was illegal to heal on the Sabbath. But Jesus said, “I will still heal on the Sabbath,” and He did. We can do no less than to emulate Him.
For the last 2000 years, the Church has been the driving force behind changing thousands of laws — laws that no non-believer had to change. We banned child prostitution, widow burning, stopped the superstitious killing of twins, and ended temple prostitution. We banned gladiatorial combat, slavery and the abandonment of children and elders. The Church has long stepped in to be the conscience of the government. . . .
And yet it did not limit itself to changing laws. When the plagues came, the Romans fled the cities, but the persecuted Christians came out of the woodwork to gather the dying, the poor, the broken into their homes and into their churches. Slave hunters in America hunted escaped slaves, but the churches of the north opened their doors to give them shelter and a hiding place. When wars broke nations apart, churches were the safe haven where doctors could bring the wounded and dying to be tended to.
We created the first charities, the first hospitals, and the first orphanages.
(Excerpt from Yo News. Photo Credit: Getty Images.)
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