WHEN THEY DECLARE CHRISTIANITY A VIRUS

Democrat Governors must believe there are two viruses. There is the Covid-19, which is especially toxic in church buildings, barber shops, and small businesses. That explains why churches and small local businesses must shut down or many people will die.

And apparently Covid-19 causes brain damage and diminishes the ability of pastors and small business owners to take the proper precautions to protect their people.

Here’s the second virus Democrat Governors must believe exists. Let’s call it Covid-20. It is different, it is selective. Covid-20 only targets businesses like Costco, Home Depot, marijuana dispensaries, and Planned Parenthood.  And because it is a kinder, gentler, more manageable virus, Covid-20 doesn’t force a closure of those establishments.

If you are so cynical as to believe that there is only one virus and that this a politically motivated double-standard…shame on you! If you think it is punishment for how Christians and small business owners tend to vote—that is disgusting.

But seriously, when will the restrictions end? It seems the all-wise governors have no idea when it should be deemed safe for the economy to open again. They either can’t or won’t define “safety.” That is because they are only interested in a power grab, and are setting us up for permanent changes.

Yesterday, Gavin Newsom proved there is a double standard. When thousands of churches told him that they would open up this coming Sunday, and President Trump declared churches essential, Newsom immediately pivoted and announced churches could reopen. Why? Did science change? Did he see something new? Nothing changed, and yet it is suddenly okay to reopen churches?

He was saving face when forced to by the millions who have stopped listening and obeying him. He wanted to look like he still had control.  He claims his actions are based on science. And, indeed, it is based on science, political science.

And why should we be surprised by all this? California Democrats have hated the church for years. They have punished Christians repeatedly. They tried to ban the Bible—they limited the size of church buildings—they fought to get sermons tagged as hate speech. The idea of churches shutting down makes their mouths water.

To the Pastors who seek guidance on whether or not to open, I say, “Open your eyes!” We are watching a dress rehearsal for something much bigger. This is a drill.

Here’s what the drill accomplished: It set the mechanism in place for future church shutdowns. It tested public reaction to see if there would be widespread outrage. And apparently it worked, because Americans acted like sheep, willing to trade their Constitutional rights for a bogus “safety.”

What this rehearsal did was to embolden the enemies of freedom. Next time, they won’t need a pandemic to shut down churches—they can treat the church as if it were the virus. And what will you do when they declare Christianity to be a virus? Chicago already thinks that way.

Churches are so dangerous to Chicago Democrats that they have threatened to bulldoze churches that dare to have services. The Liberty Counsel reports:

“In a letter delivered Saturday, May 23, Chicago Health Commissioner Allison Arwady wrote, “I am authorized to seek to enjoin such nuisance or to cause the same to be summarily abated in such manner as I may direct….” The letter ended by stating that “the City will take steps necessary to abate, including Summary Abatement.”

According to the Illinois Supreme Court, “Summary abatement would mean to put down or destroy without process. This means the inspector can, upon his own judgment, cause the alleged nuisance to stop on his own authority and effect a destruction of property at his discretion.” City of Kankakee v. New York Cent. R. Co., 387 Ill. 109, 116, 55 N.E.2d 87, 90 (1944).”

To know what to do you must consider these facts:

There are thirteen states that have been open for more than three weeks now (prior to 5/1), and these states have seen daily coronavirus cases fall 29%.

Meanwhile, in California, death is coming from several other sources: not only are businesses failing, resulting in unemployment and bankruptcy, but suicides, since the start of the shutdown, have now surpassed deaths from the virus. Drug addiction has increased. And in several states, the number of DUI’s has doubled. The damage from isolation is taking a severe toll in many forms, from homicides to divorces, from child abuse to spousal abuse. That is why churches need to be open, to stem the tide of these tragedies.

What if being closed is doing more harm than being open? Can you live with the fact that when your people needed you the most, and when your nation needed you the most, you remained compliant based on bad information and false fear?

Millions of your fellow Americans live in a police state. They are being illegally arrested, attacked, and shamed for doing nothing but living their lives in a legal and peaceful manner.

You want a safe church? I am sorry, but it can’t be both safe and Christian. The Gates of Hell are arrayed against the church of Jesus. On the basis of what He won on the Cross, Christ promised us victory. But He never promised a victory without our taking a stand against evil. We most oppose both demonic and human evil.

History shows us the pattern of how free churches become underground churches. In each instance, there was a window of action and opportunity. That window is before us, but only for a short season.

So, I ask you again, what will you do in the future, if the state declares Christianity a virus?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHY IT’S A TRAP TO AGREE TO BE SIMPLY AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE

Imagine with me: It is five years from now.  Your church is still seating people six feet apart. The State is still doing spot inspections of your sanctuary and bathrooms, and they can shut down services any time they wish to.

This is why we cannot let ourselves be classified as an ‘essential service.’ I believe that to do that would be to make a deal with the devil. No, I am not nitpicking. The church made this same horrible mistake 65 years ago when the Johnson Amendment made Christian organizations 501c3 corporations.

Pastor A.J. Nunes, one of our team leaders, brought this threat to my attention.

Walmart and Costco are examples of ‘essential services.’ They operate under the direct regulation of the Health Department and any other agency of State and Local government that wants a shot at them.

We must fight for religious freedom—not to be an ‘essential service’, as if we are a retail business. We want State governments to respect the church more than they respect box stores—a lot more.

How do we differ from stores under the Constitution? That is the question! The First Amendment places churches in a higher category of protection than stores. Religion is singled out as a protected entity.

Our goal is to ban Blue States from violating our rights by using the virus as an excuse for writing laws that gratuitously hinder our free exercise of religion. 

If Blue States can get us to agree with them that we are no better than retail businesses, they’ll do an end-run around the First Amendment.

Lyndon Johnson pulled a dirty trick like that on the church 65 years ago. A host of pastors opposed his reelection to Congress. His opportunity to shut them up came when fellow Congressmen begged for his vote that would allow them to pass a bill. He agreed to vote their way if they added his amendment that made it illegal for pastors to talk about politics.

It’s like when Nancy Pelosi refused to vote for the small business relief bill unless it included money for the arts. During a pandemic, she’s thinking about art!

Today, the National Council of Nonprofits uses the following insidious language to say why Christians want to get rid of this violation of free speech. “Although couched as attempts to promote religious freedom and free speech, the legislative proposals would have the effect of politicizing and thereby erasing the public’s high trust in charities, houses of worship, and foundations to benefit politicians and paid political consultants. In addition to legislative action, politicians encourage charitable organizations to endorse candidates, essentially encouraging them to violate the law.”

First, they say our quest is not really for freedom of speech: “Couched in attempts to promote freedom speech.” They are saying our fight to speak freely is not about freedom of speech? How sick is that? Next, they say we’ll lose money by losing high trust. Finally, they make a veiled threat, saying that we are breaking the law by exercising our constitutional right.

The Johnson Amendment is the poster child of the Democratic Party. It has never applied to anyone except conservative churches. Liberal and black churches have always been free to endorse candidates.

During Obama’s reelection campaign, Michelle Obama stood in the pulpit of a black Baptist church and told them, “It is your duty to Christ to vote for Barack Obama.” But the National Council of Nonprofits did nothing about that.

Trump overruled this vile law by executive order. It’s shocking how many pastors still don’t believe they are free to say anything political that they wish.

We lost that battle 65 years ago because of fear. We need to shake fear now and enforce the truth. We are a Constitutionally Protected Body. That is what we are fighting for!

California, we give you notice that we don’t want to trade our rights for a lower grade of freedom than is already promised to churches by the Constitution. We want you to take your hands off of us, because the law of the land guarantees it. We are not looking to Sacramento for permission to exist.

If any Blue State attempts to use this trick in order to illegally regulate us, either during or after the pandemic, we must be prepared and fully resolved to fight with all of our might—for the sake of lost souls, our nation, our congregations, and our families.

We will obey rational laws regarding health and safety. We will meet when God wants us to meet. We will fill our churches when God wants them filled. And we will sing and preach what God wants to hear. Those who spilled their blood during the American Revolution did so in order that a timeless document might be written—the greatest document of freedom the world has ever seen, outside of the Bible. Our Constitution guarantees us the right to say what Peter said to those who wanted to limit the church during his lifetime, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19b-20).