Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Brick and mortar churches were on lock-down, but home churches continued to meet.


  With one pastor arrested in Tampa, FL and a pastor in Baton Rouge, LA having a petition (signed by thousands!) demanding his arrest for continuing to hold church meetings, this pandemic has revealed how fragile religious freedom really is in the United States. 
   There will no doubt be lawsuits and court-cases going to Appellate Courts, State Supreme Courts, and beyond. But regardless, the landscape for American Christians and the free practice of our religion has changed...forever.
   But what else is new? 
   The early Church met in homes from the beginning, and because of religious persecution, were forced to make the choice to obey a higher mandate from a higher authority than that of earthly governments. 
   They began meeting in secret.  
   Many Christians around the globe still do so.
   The practice of the Christian faith includes "not forsaking" the gathering of ourselves together, "even the more so as you see the day approaching." That means Christians must find ways of gathering together most especially in troubled times
   Many Believers apply this scriptural admonition by holding home meetings, which may not fit the mold for traditional brick and mortar church organizations, but align perfectly with Jesus' model when he said "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am also."
   Currently, a gathering of two or three is legal. Isn't it time for God's people (not just pastors) to start thinking out-of-the-box, and begin applying the unfiltered Word of God to the practice of our faith? 

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