JD: David would you take a moment and give us some real practical things that churches and individual believers need to keep in mind as we all try to work our way through this unchartered waters.
DJ: Well as I said last week Jimmy I think we need to believe the best about one another and stay away from judging motives or even the spirituality of those who choose to handle this differently than we do. And I would extend this to wearing face mask and a lot of other things as well. I do think a lot of this is about control from the side of the government and there are those on both side of the isle who are exploiting this pandemic for their own political purposes and that’s not good. I also think that in some cases they may actually be targeting churches even though I think a good case can be made for churches to be essential services as President Trump said in May and we do have Constitutional protections.
On the other hand concerning obeying God rather than men in context in Acts 5 that was about preaching the gospel specifically and the government isn’t forbidding or limiting that as far as I know in any play. And concerning assembling together at the time some Christians in Rome were forced to meet in the catacombs of Rome and secretly in small house groups. It wasn’t about having large worship services with hundreds or even thousands in attendance. So I think when we take all of this together as we said last week we need to give other believers some room to come to different conclusions then we do and other churches to handle this as they see fit based on the situation in their area and how the congregation and the leadership of the church sees it. And Jimmy we continue to be in an evolving situation and I think each of us on both sides may think about this differently even in a few months from now.
JD: David James with Bible in hand giving us practical advice on how the church should handle its conflict with the government as concerning the coronavirus pandemic.
We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.
Dave’s advice based upon Biblical truth is key for the church in America to handle any conflict with the dictates from the government. Hebrews 10:25 tells us that we must meet together as the church as we await that next event prophetically the Rapture when Jesus calls us up to be with Him forever. However, remember that Jesus said in Matthew 18:20 that where two or three are gathered together we can worship Him as we await that next event prophetically the Rapture when Jesus calls us up to be with Him forever.