29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Acts 5, KJV
Two years ago, during the Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots across the country, a church building in Little Rock, Arkansas was burned down. A partial account of the night’s activities is here: https://www.fox16.com/news/local-news/little-rock-pastor-sending-message-after-his-church-was-set-on-fire/
The building in question belonged to the Lewis Street Church of Christ in Little Rock, and was one of several buildings burned that evening. In addition to the burning of the various buildings, protesters smashed windows at multiple businesses, attempted to stone Mayor Frank Scott (with rocks, not weed) when he tried to reason with them (Scott is, hilariously enough, the first Black mayor of Little Rock), and at one point even tried to carry off an ATM. The attempted heist of the ATM may have been foiled in part by another group of protesters blocking traffic; the state police finally ended the evening’s festivities with a tear gas fireworks show. The schizophrenic news media observed, “A couple of weeks ago violence erupted across Little Rock following peaceful protests during the evening.” That’s the same link as above, which just happens to be a Fox outlet, for whatever that’s worth.
The church building in question belonged to a “historically black” congregation which has been in place for close to 90 years. Now if a church building belonging to a historically Black congregation burned within 50 miles of a Trump rally you know you would be raided by the F.B.I. just for suggesting that the rally was peaceful. So let’s just tell the truth; as far as the DOJ is concerned, church burnings are just fine as long as the right people are doing the burning. When you can show me one example of a Jane’s Revenge or Antifa arsonist being prosecuted let me know, elsewise my point is unassailable.
The first type of broad-based persecution the church will see has already commenced in California, New York and other “progressive” climes; namely the government mandated shutdowns for our own “protection.” This is where our resistance must begin.
First of all, as to the Biblical command, the Hebrew writer leaves no room for doubt:
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
This is an unmistakable direct order from God Himself. Later on, in chapter 11, the Hebrew writer would remind the reader of the various persecutions suffered by the saints, which included such things as being beheaded and sawn in two. In other words, yes, you may die, but if so, DIE AT YOUR POST. The command to assemble was specifically encouraged here in order to keep each other strong when times were about to get really, really bad. Thomas Paine had to deal with the summer patriots; today we have summer Christians (and summer not). No human being on the face of the Earth has the authority to forbid Christians to assemble, worship, pray, sing and partake Holy Communion. Any human claiming such power has attempted to place himself above God, and meets every definition of a tyrant.
So, as to our first act of resistance… Just show up for church, sing hymns, pray with other Christians, partake the Lord’s Supper. This is the way.
More later as I get time, Lord willing.
The links must flow… https://theothermccain.com/2022/08/10/in-the-mailbox-08-10-22-morning-edition/.
A good cop’s perspective on tyranny. READ HIS BLOG. https://sylg1.wordpress.com/2022/08/10/they-arent-going-to-stop-ever/
He says it’s too easy, but is it really? https://sigmaframe.wordpress.com/2022/08/10/its-too-easy-to-blame-everything-on-feminism/
Good fiction posted for free. Read it, then buy his books. https://www.scifiwright.com/samples/fic/the-intangible-design/