Churches have taken a hit that seemed to come out of nowhere. We see from this attack that churches and their pastors have to take a stand to keep their churches open. I wonder, is this what God wants?
Firstly, we must distinguish between two churches; the Church of Christ and the churches of men. We also must realize the Church of Christ is not buildings to be closed.
The Church of Christ is the true Church of God in which ‘the gates of hell will not prevail’ Matt 16:17-17, where the churches of men are institutions installed by man. The Church of God is alive with the Holy Spirit’s vibrancy and enjoys gathering together as much and wherever possible; Heb 10:25. In contrast, the churches of men, gather only at the appointed times – in their buildings or set meeting places. Crisis has come to the churches of men as they are forced to close and are facing hardship and possible folding due to financial lack. There is no such perplexity within the true Church for it is impossible to close it down. We as Christ’s Body function together as each operates in their gifts and abilities God has granted and has no walls or doors. We have only one Head, who is Jesus who instructs and leads us in accordance with His Word.
As we come together with like-minded believers we encourage edify and build one another up in the faith and only takes two to come together (Matt 18:20) in His name, and He is with us where no government or rule can take this away from us. The churches of men or the false church have been exposed in the COVID 19 social distancing campaign to reveal its fallibility.
Dependency upon men and buildings has gotten in the way for far too long – and is high time for those who profess to love Christ, to lift our eyes from what can easily be shaken (and destroyed) to what is forever.
See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Heb 12:25-27