I googled this in my search engine because I wanted to do a story to uplift the Church here in Lincoln City. Unfortunately I found nothing. So I guess a better headline might read “Pastors throughout Oregon readily accept Church lockdown”.
Pastors of Oregon, here’s what’s wrong with your response; Governor Brown has declared the Church assembly as “Nonessential” and it appears you agree.
Here is why church assembly is essential; The Greek word for Church is (now wait for it)… Ekklesia.
Ekklesia MEANS assembly (like Pastors don’t know this). If you don’t assemble you aren’t the Church. Skyping and facebook are not the body of Christ. Fellowship is physical, not electronic and we are told by Paul not to forsake it. First century Christians understood this and met at risk to life and limb.
Fortunately, a handful of Pastors across this nation share this spirit and are standing up to the state courting fines and arrest. One Virginia Pastor who defied the ban lost his life to the virus.
Despite the media portrayal these are not reckless men with no regard for the health of their (at risk) members. Their assembly’s require more safety protocol than required to enter Ace or BiMart. These Pastors and parishioners are in fact preaching a message to the world that the body of Christ IS essential. They refuse to stand down. They accept what this world will do to them or say about them. They are willing to be mocked, criticized and imprisoned. They believe the Church is under attack and it is their opportunity to be faithful to Christ in both word and deed.
I know most of the Pastors in Lincoln City and they are dedicated believers and I am sure throughout Oregon there are many quietly refusing to comply. I know of at least one in Lincoln City. And many believers are refusing to comply as well. This last Sunday Christians met to celebrate Easter. We did so in secret spreading the invitation by word of mouth only, so as not to alert the authorities.
Welcome to America 2020.