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Christians revolt against lockdown restrictions, with a regrettable exception [Video]

Dr Steve Turley notes revolt in Protestant megachurches, but where are the Orthodox?

As the coronavirus wave slowly winds down in Russia, many of our Orthodox Christian churches and monasteries are open again. In large part, at least according to my own observations, one can walk into a church and see two-meter spacing marks on the floor (we stand throughout our services), and in one temple the priest caused all of us receiving Holy Communion to be given our own paper napkins rather than “risk infection” by having all our mouths wiped with the chalice’s own altar cloth as is the usual tradition.

Nevertheless, my experience in Russia shows full church attendance, no one paying much attention to the markings on the floor and people are just there as they always used to be before the pandemic became an issue. Here, the understanding appears to be when I am in crisis, I need to be in church more, to pray more and to get more serious about correcting where I have been wrong.

Apparently the Orthodox Church communities in the United States do not share the same reaction, though, thankfully, some other Christian believers do.

It is sad to see that this is not being repeated among the Orthodox Christian parishes in the United States. While some communities have indeed disregarded various lockdown restrictions, closures, attendance caps, and all manner of utter silliness, many others easily and completely acquiesced to the restrictions, including ethnic Russian Orthodox temples in the United States. The Orthodox Church in America published an article on their own national website basically championing the need not to sing in services (all our services are sung all the way through; it is like a 90-minute to three-hour singing fest, each service, and often twice a day or more often), and in situation after situation I still see streaming Church services with hardly anyone in attendance, whether that limit is imposed by COVID restrictions or not.

Yet, by contrast, there was a recent Supreme Court decision that in Nevada, casinos could keep running during the pandemic, while churches of any kind had to buckle under to restrictions. This, as you will see, tipped off a revolt among Christians.

Regrettably, that revolt has yet to spread among Christianity’s oldest and deepest Church in its outposts in the West, and I do not know why. By contrast, I have read clergy posts insisting that they will not allow anyone into their parish if they are not wearing a mask. I see, and am saddened, by parish updates talking about how the state has “graciously allowed” higher attendance rates, and so on.

In one sense, the humility of Orthodox Church priests and other pastors is commendable. But the question that rises every time is “Whom do we serve?” After all, the Christian world has suffered pandemics and severe epidemics nine times before this very mild pandemic (consider the deadly nature of Bubonic Plague and Spanish Flu for comparison, among others) came to light.

One Protestant pastor rises to light in this video, offered by Orthodox Christian Dr. Steve Turley. That pastor, John McArthur, runs a megachurch of several thousand members, and he is not closing or obeying these restrictions. He is further being defended by President Trump’s own personal attorney.

This brings a thought to mind. There is great support for Christians in the US now under this President. But so many Churches would rather fold to the state’s gross abuses of power than to stand for Christ. Why?

This is a question for each of us to consider personally and answer. I will offer one hint: At the Last Judgement, I do not think we are going to be asked if we masked up and practiced our social distancing properly.

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jrkrideau
jrkrideau
August 7, 2020

A good number of US evangelical pastors have killed themselves and members of their congregations. This is to be praised?

Fred Dawes
Fred Dawes
Reply to  jrkrideau
August 7, 2020

You are a Communist fool. I am 73 and take a bus each day and do not have CV 19.

John Ellis
Reply to  Fred Dawes
August 7, 2020

A faithful communist with no church affiliation, he is more
Christian than any professed Christian who is not communist.

anatman
anatman
Reply to  Fred Dawes
August 8, 2020

You could be one of those people who are asymptomatic, Fred. Everybody’s going to get this – there is no escape.

Paul Martin
Paul Martin
Reply to  anatman
August 8, 2020

No one is going to get anything — because there is nothing to get. Those who have the test done will have toxins introduced into their bodies, or the tests will produce a false reading. BUT the fact of the matter is, and the only thing that really counts is: that Koch’s Postulates have NOT been satisfied: no virus has been proven to exist, because the tests to purify and isolate the virus from samples have NEVER been done. Period.

John Ellis
Reply to  Paul Martin
August 8, 2020

“Dr. Francis Boyle Creator Of Bio-Weapons Act Says Coronavirus Is Biological Warfare Weapon”
https://greatgameindia.com/dr-francis-boyle-creator-of-bioweapons-act-says-coronavirus-is-biological-warfare-weapon/

John Ellis
August 7, 2020

Be a pacifist vegetarian with no more wealth than the poor,
otherwise you are among the 7 billion sinners who do
nothing to save the 1 billion least intelligent who now
suffer death by starvation.

Sorry, Christianity has no room for hypocrisy.

Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  John Ellis
August 7, 2020

The hypocrisy is all yours for excluding yourself from the 7 billion sinners. Therefore your text should read: “you, and that includes myself, John Ellis, are among the 7 billion sinners who do nothing.” Btw, you being vegetarian will not help one single poor person eat.

John Ellis
Reply to  Clarity
August 7, 2020

A liar uses an illusion of good to hide an evil intent. Comes now you to
claim that your doing good by exposing that I am a hypocrite who owns wealth.
So, until you provide facts or logic to prove that I own wealth, your claim has to be considered as nothing more that an illusion.
And as the definition of slander is to destroy a person’s reputation without the slightest proof, your illusion of doing good coupled with your slander, this establishes for a truth that you are a bold faced liar.

John Ellis
August 7, 2020

“There is great support for Christians in the US now under
President Trump. But so many Churches would rather fold
to the state’s gross abuses of power than to stand for Christ.”

If the U.S. had the same Covid 19 death rate as China, namely 4.5 thousand dead out of 1.4 billion, instead of U.S. having over 160,000 dead from the plague, the U.S. would now have less than 1,000 dead from the virus.

John Ellis
Reply to  John Ellis
August 7, 2020

Therefore, as Trump has deliberately violated worldwide norms in handling Covid 19, for purely political reasons, he personally, in the eyes of heaven, has the blood guilt for 159,000 deaths.

Eric Zuesse
Reply to  John Ellis
August 7, 2020

You ignore that China has 4.25 times as many people as America does, and yet America has 62 times as many coronavirus-19 cases; so, per-capita, the U.S. performs 262 times worse than China does.

Eric Zuesse
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
August 7, 2020

And America has 35 times as many coronavirus-19 deaths as does China, which has 4.25 times as many people. So: on coronavirus-19 deaths, America performs 150 times worse than does China.

John Ellis
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
August 8, 2020

I agree. Why do you claim that I don’t agree?

Eric Zuesse
Reply to  John Ellis
August 8, 2020

Sorry, my misreading of what you had intended to convey.

John Ellis
August 7, 2020

SIXTH COMMANDMENT — Exodus 20:13
“Do not take the life of any human or unborn baby,
or in any way contribute to their death.” 

And so, if one person in your congregation dies because of contracting Covid 19 during worship service, than all church members in attendance have the blood guilt of above Sixth Commandment on their hearts and in their heads.

John Ellis
Reply to  Seraphim Hanisch
August 7, 2020

 Taking the life here refers to deliberate and decisive action”

If the purpose of earth is to save sinners, than your above translation is true. But, if the purpose of earth is to prove that, as wealth is the source of all power, glory and deadly force, than my translation below is the only true and correct interpretation
:
“or in any way contribute to their death.”

John Ellis
Reply to  John Ellis
August 7, 2020

For is not patient often nothing more tan the rotted fruit of Indifference?
Causing an accident, is that not often done with the apprehension that by cutting corners you run the risk of causing harm?
Being to lazy to do your duty, perhaps the major cause of harm.
Surely, wealth is the excess property we own above what is needed for a comfortable life, a totally unnecessary luxury for any Christion with a desire to set an example for everyone to follow. “Wealth is the root of all evil,”

Sean
Sean
August 7, 2020

The Roman Catholic Church is the oldest Christian Church, Mr Hanisch. You know, the one that had St Peter as its first Bishop.

John Ellis
Reply to  Sean
August 8, 2020

Peter was not a Catholic saint, as Peter died more than 200 years before the theory of Catholicism was Invented. For the Apostle Peter together with eleven other Apostles, founded the Early Christian Church. Early Christians were all pacifist vegetarians who donated all their wealth to the poor.
All Bibles are identical in thought and morality with the first Bible, the Latin Vulgate Bible. The Vulgate was written by Saint Jerome and published in AD 382. Catholic Church was founded about that time, with three-fourths of the members being recently converted pagans.

Eric Zuesse
August 7, 2020

This article is its author’s prejudices, no facts and no intelligence, just opinions that ignore the reasons for the ‘lockdowns’ (to use that mischaracterizing term for what is actually simply adherence to the coronavirus-control policies that are advocated by almost all experts of epidemiology).

John Ellis
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
August 8, 2020

Most of the deaths from Covid 19 are from the laboring-class, and they die for the same reason that they are the 50% working-poor. Namely, they are workers of no value as there are not enough manual labor jobs.

anatman
anatman
August 8, 2020

“Momma said, ‘Stupid is as stupid does.'” – Forrest Gump.

John Ellis
August 8, 2020

OUR BURDEN — KEEP A BROTHER SAFE
“Then the LORD said to Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’
‘I don’t know,’ he replied. ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?” 

Sixth Commandment
“Do not take the life of any human or unborn baby,
or in any way contribute to their death.” 

If killing someone in a traffic accident is a crime called manslaughter, if you know that you have a contagious disease and by negligence infect and cause the death of others, if that also is manslaughter, surely Christians have a higher calling than that.

John Ellis
August 9, 2020

Pigs, cows and chickens are not practicing social distancing, surely,
if everyone ate vegetarian this plague we be over in two weeks.

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