Who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worthy— wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.Hebrews 11:33-12:1 –
Jesus declare in Matthew 5:11-13 11 “You are blessed when they insult and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me. 12 Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets thou were before you. 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on men
The late RC Sproul states, when the church is not been persecuted they are not likely preaching the gospel
Where Jesus the Son of God purchased humanity’s sins and took His Father wrath. Due to Adam and Eve’s curse. His Father was satisfied with the payment. As scriptures declares, Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.
Dr. Tim Keller without the gospel, it keeps us humble,(emphasis add), and gave us strength in times of trouble water when are being were persecuted for sake of the gospel. The Apostle Paul states, But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offence of the cross has been removed.
Throughout history, the Christian was the several persecuted since they believe in sacrificing Himself on the cross and redeemed took their sins. The average Christian are hard working, prefer to peaceful lives among there neighbours and fellow citizens and obey the laws of the lands they live in. As scriptures declares declares,Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation 1 Peter 2:12L Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16, however, they would avoid their lives styles among thierfellow citizen even thou they would be mocked for their faith in God. As the apostle Peter Bu even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.1 Peter 3:14,17 or so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; 1 Peter 4:2-4
John Foxes wrote , Because, there’re dark force at work who sole purpose was to exterminate them from civilization. Due to their strong commitment to Christ, and to the scriptures. In which it breathes peace and love only portraying the darker colours, and the deep and universal depravity of the human heart. So they can be set free from the dark forces. Despite all what Jesus has done for them they had strong desire to wipe His follower out once and for all.
Over past tha 2,000 years some 70 million Christians have been killed.two-third over 100 years. However, 100,000 Christians are killed every year.
Yet if the leaders of the church or Goverment compel you not to peached the Gospel or enacts laws not to preached the atoning works of Christ you obligated to obey God than the Government or any religious leaders As Apostle Peter states, But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonour for the name.Acts 5:29,33,40-41
All the persecuted saints they consider it’s badge of honour to suffer for sake of Christ. As the Apostle Paul, For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.2 Timothy 4:6,8.
However, if we break the law then Goverment or church are within they right punish the offender The Bible states, Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.1 Peter 2:13-14,4:15
Or Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.Hebrews 13:17
Remember we live in a government that there are laws that permit all form of religions to practice their faith openly, including the Christian who follows Christ. Where they can openly discuss the atoning work of Christ on the cross, in many ways were are blessed, nevertheless, to often we as Christians take this grant.
Yet there an organization within Goverment or. Society will slowly attempted to chip away at the constitutions. Taking way are freedom in expressing religious point view if they are successful the follower of Christ would experience a sever persecution and all liberty we once enjoy while vanished before eyes
On account of the Covid 19 virus, which now spreading rapidly throughout North America in which both the federal-provincial and local governments issue a shut down or restricting of businesses, restaurants, medical community, schools, and sport fans are not allow to attend a sporting events or concerts, and churches are operating on line, so to prevent the virus from spreading. For example, wearing masks and social distant.
Due to virus many of them died due to underline health issue for example, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, heart problem. Many elderly homes are subject to would likely die due to the age and underline health, however, to those who are healthy would likely would feel like a bad flu or a bad cold and recovery they would likely recover To this day, 4,995,890 died, and 223,134,984 recovered from this virus. You can also make same augment with. flu and bad cold. For example if catch a bad chest cold. The doctor would be on antibiotic right away due to underdeveloped lungs along diabetics and high blood pressure,
Some Governments began taking realize that small businesses, schools, churches were suffering and their rights were being infringe upon. Small mom and pops shops would not recover from the lost go out business causing massive suicide drugs and alcohol would increase in our DNA to work Covid is still spreading
Slowly they start reopening and allowing companies, restaurants, schools and churches open up and believe that Covid is not deadly and believe the viruses will take it course. For example! the Spanish flu Hong kong flu and Saras were deadly virus yet it took its course
Some believe that we should follow the science and continues on with the mandate for instance, wearing masks, limit business in operating, and compelling the people take vaccines, and believe they know what bests for the common people
To me, if the Government is to enact policies , they would be operating on a slippery slope if the Government would have too much power, and they would slowly chip away at. the Constitution if they were not challenge.
The Epidemiologists who studied the virus they would have a different point perspective for example some believe we all should take the vaccine and wearing a mask. That public need prove that taken the vaccine displaying the passport along with Goverment Id and need display at in restaurant, and coffee shop’s proving he and she took the vaccine.
While other believe in once you catch the Covid 19 and if the individual recovery from the virus they able fight the virus and they thier immune systems would create a proteins that would fight the disease, known as antibodies. For example, they believe that the take virus will take it coarse such the Spanish flu, the Hong kong flu, and Saras.
To me the politicians were elect by people to run the country and they should allow the Epidemiologists to study the disease and provide the information for-the public , and allow the doctor and patients work together. It none the politicians concerning about your hearth since constituents protect people from interfering into the public private lives unless they are violating the law.
As mention prior it would be a slippery slope if Goverment was given too much power. For example the California, and the Michigan Governments put restriction in how many people should attend church or closing down churches while strip club operate at full capacity. While allowing Marijuana shops selling weeds and allowing Casino to operate fully at capacity.
Yet the average citizen is not able buy garden tools or travelling a abroad to go their cottages. Putting a curf. One went to dinner party with 14 quests. While other spouse travel a abroad. There model seem fitting them, “do what they say but not what they do. Does the virus not attack a strip or Casino or strip clubs Does the virus come out nighttime and attack the person working on the garden or travelling abroad the virus simply out there similar to the flu or bad cold yet it spread more rapidly.
There is a church in Southern California called Grace Church the Senior Dr. John MacArthur did not complying to mandate handed down by Goverment of California. They were operating at full capacity.Since the Constitute states,The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices. Dr MacArthur believes that Herd immunity provide a better protection than the vaccine. Since the death of Covid 19 is only 1% of the population John MacAuthor and his wife caught. Contracted COVID-19.
In article in Los Angles Times head lines state the following, L.A. megachurch pastor mocks pandemic health orders, even as church members fall ill,
On Aug. 30 the L.A. County public health officials had demanded that Grace Community Church stop holding indoor services. MacArthur and elder would not comply to order, and refuse allow the inspector to enter the church MacArthur citied various reasons for his defiance, including those debunked mortality figures and his umbrage that churches were kept closed even as casinos reopened and social justice protesters were allowed to congregate outdoors in large numbers. His top concern, was to feed sheep be a servant or biblical term slave of Christ, and declare the gospel to the lost The i first amendment state, guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. In section one,It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom. The Founders envisioned a Nation in which religious voices and views were integral to a vibrant public square, and in which religious people and institutions were free to practice their faith without fear of discrimination or retaliation by the Federal Government. For that reason, the United States Constitution enshrines and protects the fundamental right to religious liberty as Americans’ first freedom. Federal law protects the freedom of Americans and their organisations to exercise religion and participate fully in civic life without undue interference by the Federal Government. The executive branch will honour and enforce those protections.
Attorneys representing MacArthur filed a suit in August 2020 against California.
Gov. Gavin its State Official and the county officials, felt the state putting restrictions on large group meetings and believes they were acting on behalf the people California. The County officials counter sue the church believe the church is require to comply with COVID-19 protocols—including barring of large group indoor worship and requiring social distancing and outdoor worship.
Is Covid 19 protocol legal or in the Constitution?
264. Regulations to control communicable diseases
(a) Promulgation and enforcement by Surgeon General states, The Surgeon General, with the approval of the Secretary, is authorized to make and enforce such regulations as in his judgment are necessary to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the States or possessions, or from one State or possession into any other State or possession. For purposes of carrying out and enforcing such regulations, the Surgeon General may provide for such inspection, fumigation, disinfection, sanitation, pest extermination, destruction of animals or articles found to be so infected or contaminated as to be sources of dangerous infection to human beings.
The surgeon general of the United States is the operational head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) and thus the leading spokesperson on public health matters in the federal government of the United States.
The U.S. surgeon general is nominated by the president of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. The surgeon general must be appointed from who are members of the regular corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, and have specialised training or significant experience in public health programs.They would report to the country’s assistant secretary of health.
For most of its history, the U.S. Supreme Court has granted the federal government broad powers under the Constitution to protect the public’s health and safety.
On January 21, 2019, Governor Newsom appointed Dr. Nadine Burke Harris to be California’s first-ever surgeon general. She took office on February 11, 2019, she is the first person appointed to that position in California.
Does Goverment or state appoint there own Public Health Service?
Each state public health agency and branch of the U.S. military also has its own Surgeon General. The office of the U.S. Surgeon General is part of the Department of Health and Human Service.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to authorize a $400,000 payment to settle a legal battle with Grace Community Church over lead pastor John MacArthur’s defiance of COVID-19 restrictions in the early months of the pandemic.
The Supreme Court is telling California that it can’t bar indoor church services because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it can keep for now a ban on singing and chanting indoors. Further it states, the.Supreme Court states, The justices said the state can cap indoor services at 25% of a building’s capacity
The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining the court’s four-member liberal wing to form a majority. Similar or more severe restrictions apply to comparable secular gatherings, including lectures, concerts, movie showings, spectator sports and theatrical performances, where large groups of people gather in close proximity for extended periods of time,” Justice Kavanaugh wrote, The church and its congregants want to be treated equally to comparable secular businesses,”
The state cannot “‘assume the worst when people go to worship but assume the best when people go to work or go about the rest of their daily lives in permitted social settings.’”The justices also declined to stop California.
In 2016 Donald J Trump was elected as 45 president of the USA beating Hillary Clinton. He selected three Justice for the Supreme Court, Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett.and All we’re approve by Senate. How would the Supreme Court would look like if Hillary Clinton was president she likely would have appointed three liberal Justice and they would rule for Government of California.
In the Book One Book Away Ted Cruz wrote, Against bullies and tyrants, weakness does not work. Only clarity and strength have any demonstrable record of success. History teaches repeatedly that appeasement is provocative, ironically increasing the chances of military conflict. As I have joked, there is a reason nobody studies at the Neville Chamberlain school of foreign policy.” Furthermore, Every single vote on the Court matters in every major case the Court hears.There is no room for error. On too many issues, we are one vote away.”
Lastly,“Much that can be said about the natural right to religious liberty can also be said about the natural right to selfdefense w. Just as there can be no true political liberty without a robust protection of religious liberty under the rule of law, so too can there be no true political liberty without a robust protection of the right to self-defense under the rule of law. Social stability and human flourishing require the right to bear arms just as they require the right to worship.” The justice also declined to stop California. As Ted Cruz foretold it was one vote away that the church can declares victory over California
There will be a time in the future when that Canada and the USA are not able to worship and attend Church openly Because there’re still dark forces at work whose sole purpose is to exterminate followers of Christ from civilisation. Due to their strong commitment to Christ, But not today we declare victory on account of Grace Community and the SOUTH BAY UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH As scripture declares, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
Lastly there old adage to stand up to a bully you needs to punch them in the face. Most bullies are trying to make themselves feel more important. When they pick on someone else, it can make them feel big and powerful by belittling Bullies often pick on someone they think they can have power over. They might pick on kids who get upset easily or who have trouble sticking up for themselves. Don’t hit back but confront them with confident. As scriptures declares, Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.
Note how SOUTH BAY UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH and GRACE COMMUNITY handle the dispute between Goverment of California they went the legal route not destroying public property but through the court systems.
Dr John MacArthur gave 400,00.00 to MacArthur the Thomas More Society, which represented the church in this court case. Nothing will come to us except the affirmation that the Lord preserved and protected us through this,” MacArthur said.
In event if someone catches Covid 19 what should do?
To help stop the spreading of this deadly virus we all need to do are part by understanding the viruses and keep yourself informed and respecting the rules when lay down by businesses, malls, stores, transportation such as buses, taxi, and Darts and especially the medical community. Stay safe and lastly do not push the panic button and try to a live a normal life remember. Remember the flu is just as bad and occur every year during flu seasons
.Personally, due to my underline health issues, either the flu or Covid 19 would likely kill me or compromise my health; however, I still need to do my part by taking two doses of vaccine shots along with a flu shot every year getting back to normal,
• considering the risks of each setting and activity
• making informed decisions to keep yourself, your family and your community safe
Assess your risks prior to attending a planned activity and adjust your plans to make it safer for all.
Consult your local public health authority for information about:
• local COVID-19 transmission
• any restrictions that might be active in your area