Churches Defy Covid19 Shutdown
It’s a real easy decision, and one I don’t anticipate changing until at least next year.
It’s not ideal…there is no proper celebration of the Eucharist, no anointing with oil, no laying on of hands…but I won’t risk lives to do things “right”.
I couldn’t live with myself if someone died from going to church.
The positives are that it keeps a sense of community and continuity in place, it allows for time in the Word and virtual communion.
Some churches in California believe “virtual church” wholly inadequate and are defying the government edicts for gathering, wearing masks, and social distancing.
“Wearing masks and practicing social distancing are widely considered effective means to stop the transmission of the deadly coronavirus.
But McCoy said, “we haven’t had one COVID case in our entire church. Not one.
“So, our point is, come in,” he said.”
For these pastors and others, this is a matter of religious and personal liberty.
“First of all and foremost, it is a First Amendment right,” MacArthur said. “This is the United States of America and the government cannot intrude into worship. We stand on that amendment.”
They believe church has the right to gather and individuals have the right to make choices about what risks they choose to take.
Being open is a political as well as a religious statement.
If these men are right and no one gets sick, they will be hailed as heroes of the faith.
If their churches become incubators for the pandemic, will they be held accountable?
Is there a right and righteous way here?