COVID or the Devil

It hasn’t been that long ago that our church was given some stringent restrictions on meeting and gathering together because of COVID. As a church we decided that the restrictions were outside the jurisdiction that God gave to government, and chose to ignore them. Governments around the world over the last 2023 years have attempted to keep churches from meeting and gathering together as an attempt to keep Christianity from growing and spreading. Beginning with the time of the Roman Empire and moving down through the years to present many thousands of Christians have been jailed, tortured, and killed because they refused not to meet together.

Hebrews 10:24-25 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

What is called the “underground church” are churches meeting together at secret times and places so as not to be found out by the government of their country.

One of the sad things about the church in America today is that many Christians have a very lax, “whatever” attitude towards faithfully gathering together with their church family. They see the discipline of gathering as a burden. God created “the Body of Christ,” the church as a key way for us to grow spiritually and in the character of Christ.

“The Spiritual Disciplines” are those practices that have been recognized as crucial to our relationship with God and our spiritual growth by the early church fathers and key leaders in church history. Bible reading, prayer, and gathering are very important and those who are serious about growing spiritually will work hard to faithfully practicing them.

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