Some churches are now fighting back, and rightfully so.
Churches across America are under attack. State and local governments have hijacked the China virus pandemic to prevent Christians from congregating for worship. God instituted government for the purpose of restraining and punishing evil (Romans 13:1-4), but He also commanded His people not to forsake the assembly of believers (Hebrews 10:25).
In California, for example, the state has banned Christian worship having more than 100 people or 25 percent of the church's building capacity and also told churches to discontinue singing during worship. In Nevada, church worship is limited to 50 people, while casinos are generally allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity.
Take the pledge to stand with other Christians to worship Jesus. Now is the time to serve Christ first, not Caesar. Put on the whole armor of God and take a stand against government leaders who insist that Christians must abandon their corporate worship of God.
While governments are forcing Christians not to congregate and worship God together, we must remember that we are to fear God, not man (Matthew 10:27-31). Remember the words of the Psalmist, "Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation…Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker" (Psalm 95:1,6).
One California pastor is publicly taking a stand for God. John F. MacArthur, senior pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, says that the state has overstepped its legitimate, God-given authority. As a result, his church defied Governor Gavin Newsom's anti-church mandate and held services on July 26.
According to dailywire.com, Pastor MacArthur cited the Bible as the ultimate authority over his congregation. He wrote, "We cannot and will not acquiesce to a government-imposed moratorium on our weekly congregational worship or other regular corporate gatherings. Compliance would be disobedience to our Lord's clear commands."
Sign the pledge to serve Christ first, not Caesar!
By taking the pledge, you will be counted among the many Christians in America who are saying no to Caesar and yes to God. You are reminding your governor and state leaders that they, even in times of emergency, may not impose special restrictions on religious activity that do not also apply to similar nonreligious activity.