Today we are facing unprecedented times, as our government is forcing churches to close their doors and stripping Americans of their Constitutional rights. Our Founding Fathers intended for our nation to be rooted in biblical principles and not allowing the government to limit on the church from practicing its faith as it sees fit.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
The fact that our government is implementing laws banning religious organizations to gather together make them illegal and unconstitutional. What we are experiencing today reminds me of the early church in Acts 4.
Let’s set the context… the apostles were preaching the good news of the Gospel in the temple when the Sadducees came and arrested them in an attempt to silence them. This attempt to silence the apostles was clearly in violation of God’s Word. However, in verse 18, “they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.” Very reminiscent of what we are experiencing today, isn’t it? The government is charging church leaders not to speak or teach at all in our local churches.
Now, most of our pastors are complying with the government, citing Romans 13 as the proof text to do so. However, how did Peter and John respond? “Whether is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge…” (verse 19) The boldness of these men should be an inspiration to our church leaders!
You see, many of pietistic pastors like John MacArthur, John Piper and some of the other Evangelical Elite would condemn pastors who responded to the government in that way. Yet Peter and Paul made it clear that their loyalties lie with God first. Reminds me of our Founding Fathers who said “No King but King Jesus!”
And then, after finally being released and charged not to preach anymore, they returned to their church family and prayed for even more boldness! “And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness…” (Acts 4:29)
So the question becomes, how will we respond when our government illegally takes away our right to gather together to worship God as a church family? Will we continue to weekly submit, honoring country above God? Or will we be BOLD, drawing a line in the sand and crying out “No King but King Jesus!”
I choose the latter. Which will you choose?