These comments are my opinion and written for the safety of Americans. They are not intended to be mean spirited, but are a logical conclusion.
On television news a woman said in an interview as she left Solid Rock Church in Moraine, Ohio, “I am covered by the blood of Jesus.” She said this in response to a question if she was afraid gathering with so many people against the governor’s instructions to not be with more than 10 people at the time.
This is thoroughly absurd and contrary to Scripture! We are covered by the blood when it comes to receiving Christ as Savior as the sacrifice for our sins, not when it comes to putting herself in jeopardy for possible death through this virus. This is nothing but religious hype propagated by their pastor.
The following verses are very plain in this regard:
“submit yourselves to every ordinance of man, for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the King, as supreme; or to governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of them that do well.” I Peter 2:13-14
Jesus even quoted the Old Testament by saying to the devil, “thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Matthew 4:7
These verses are so clear and yet the pastor of the Solid Rock Church and other churches that have remained open for services are ignoring them. They are disobeying the first quoted verses and are doing what Jesus himself said not to do.
This is not a matter of religious freedom at all. If it were, no one would be allowed to worship in any forum. There are alternate ways to gather and bring praises to God. A creative pastor has asked his people to remain in their cars in the parking lot while he and musicians lead the service from the church porch. Other pastors are offering services online.
This is nothing but obstinance and putting parishioners in danger. These pastors are more on an ego trip and disguising it behind Scripture. There is no difference between what they are doing and the pastor encouraging people to step out in front of a car expecting God to stop it before it hits them.
When the Hebrews entered the promised land, they engaged in a battle. God told the warriors not to take any spoils from their victory. However, a man named Achan disobeyed and hid his stolen goods in his tent. The entire group suffered as punishment. Why did he do it? He thought his desire was more important than God’s instructions through Moses and for the well-being of others. These pastors are rogue against Scripture by doing what they want.
I know they may be relying on Mark 16:18 for their basis of conduct. It says, “they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
This verse says nothing about the plague or a virus or even getting sick. It just said, as Christianity spread and, should such things could happen to them, their health will recover. Snakes and poison are incidental accidents, not intentional acts. To apply this verse is ludicrous. It is a misapplication of biblical hermeneutics.
To the general public, I apologize for a poor example from these men. This is not sound biblical Christianity. Know that God does not approve.