When the “Epidemic Intelligence Unit” Calls

I’m sure you’ve heard that beginning tomorrow, Governor Baker has declared we can now forego wearing masks outside.  I’m looking forward to watching soccer games this weekend where I can actually see my children’s faces, and we can all give up the charade that masking our youth in sports is “trusting the science.” Baker also projected that most, if not all, COVID restrictions will be lifted by August 1st

Although demasking outdoors is better than a perpetual “New Normal” of limited gatherings and constant masking, we’re not out of the woods yet. Earlier this week, MFI received a call for help from a local church that is being investigated by the “Epidemic Intelligence Unit” (EIU).  A parishioner had tested positive for COVID and listed the church as a place he had recently visited when this unit first called him. That led to the church facing demands from the EIU to turn over the names of church attendees and the dates of their attendance.

There are two important things to note here.  First, churches are under no obligation to report anything to this unit that is assuming authority it does not have.  Even setting aside the obvious First Amendment implications of this type of intrusion on the free exercise of religion and the freedom of assembly, the Governor’s own guidelines for churches do not require such information sharing. Churches are instructed only to “assist the LBOH (local Board of Health) as reasonably requested to advise likely contacts to isolate and self-quarantine.”  This means the church communicates information from the LBOH to its people, NOT that it must hand over personal information to the LBOH.  Incredibly, the EIU sent the church this memo which purports to authorize them to collect “necessary demographic information, specifically: full name, date of birth, address, phone number, and race and ethnicity.” But that memo applies only to “Healthcare Providers and Facilities.”  It does NOT apply to churches.  In addition to which, and for obvious reasons, churches should not ever submit attendee lists to the government.

Second and equally alarming, the EIU is NOT the local Board of Health.  It’s not even a government entity.  MFI is still looking into this, but so far, it appears that the EIU is part of the Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC) that is run by Partners In Health (PIH). PIH describes itself as follows:

We are a social justice organization that responds to the moral imperative to provide high-quality health care globally to those who need it most. […] We bring the benefits of modern medicine to those who have suffered from the overt and subtle injustices of the world, in the past and in the present.

Curiously, according to the PIH website, churches are literally first on their list for where to look for infection. “During a global pandemic, an infection can happen anywhere—a church, a car wash, a grocery store.”

So, just to recap, a self-identified “social justice organization” is using the state’s imprimatur (incorrectly) to demand churches turn over to them the names, contact information and attendance dates.  If your church is contacted by the Epidemic Intelligence Unit or the Contact Tracing Collaborative, please call MFI at 781-569-0400.  We’ve helped many churches over the past year resist unnecessary and unconstitutional government intrusion into our sacred spaces, and we’re here to help you as well. 



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How To Date Your Spouse When Stuck In Your House

By Brad Hambrick -April 10, 2020

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So, how do you go on a date when you aren’t allowed to leave your house? A month ago, this question would have been a lame set of jumper cables to start a conversation when there wasn’t anything to talk about. Now, it’s beginning to feel like an essential marital survival skill.

Many of us are learning how to work from home. If both spouses are doing this, it can feel like “we are spending more time together than ever before” (in corresponding news, many couples are also second guessing whether they ever want their spouse to retire). We’re realizing that “time together” and “dating” are not the same thing.

In this article, we’ll consider five actions to help you meaningfully date your spouse during a time period where you can’t leave your home.

Action 1 – State: “I want to spend meaningful time with you.”

After spending weeks sequestered together, it might be worth reminding your spouse, “I like you, and I enjoy time with you.” Minor irritants uninterrupted by work can make us begin to doubt this.

It reminds us the base-level message of a date is, “I like time when its just you and me.” This is what makes a date romantic. When daily annoyances increase, this message can get lost.

When movement is freer, we can get distracted from the message of dating (i.e., “I like time with you”) by the activity of a date (i.e., “This is fun”). During COVID restrictions, when activity is limited, we get the opportunity to make sure the focus is on the message.

Action 2 – Ask: What makes a traditional date most meaningful to you?

COVID-dating (oh, don’t we wish that wasn’t a term) is a time to learn more about your spouse. As you figure out how to meaningfully pursue one another during this time of restriction, ask, “What do you enjoy about dating?” This will force you to think a bit more candidly and deeply about the activity of dating. Answers might include:

  • Getting dressed up
  • Not doing the dishes
  • Lack of distractions
  • New conversation prompts from being in a different place
  • Trying new foods (or, at least, old foods we don’t know how to cook)
  • The freedom to choose what we want to do
  • We laugh more
  • We make more eye contact
  • You give me a simple kiss that doesn’t lead anywhere
  • We have sex afterwards

All of these are legitimate answers. Add to the list. Take things off the list that don’t fit your marriage. Everything that winds up on your list prompt at least two types of thinking: (1) creativity for how to COVID-date, and (2) ideas for how to meaningfully pursue your spouse when you’re not on a date.

The current riddle for you to solve is, “How do I make the things that my spouse enjoys about a date possible while we can’t go out to dinner, shopping, or to a movie?” But focusing on meaningful engagement more than the activity will make us more romantically engaged spouses. Getting out of the “it’s Friday night, where do you want to go” rut is good for your marriage.

Focusing on meaningful engagement more than the activity will make us more romantically engaged spouses.

Action 3 – Identify: What time of day works best for a quarantine date?

COVID is lethal to schedules. We can’t assume anything is going to be done at the same time or in the same order as it occurred pre-Coronavirus. Things will return to normal, but in the meantime, we shouldn’t put our marriage on pause.Read Next on Thriving Marriages  These Are the Words Your Spouse Desperately Needs to Hear

For couples with young children, nap time may become the new prime dating real estate (because you can’t get a babysitter). If that’s you, how many of the things that make a date meaningful fit well in the 1-3pm time slot? Maybe you get a fancy coffee and pastry to go instead of dinner as takeout.

The main point is, dating during quarantine may not occur at traditional times. If our thinking goes on lockdown and we only think of dating as something that happens on Friday or Saturday evening between 6-9pm, we are likely missing many of the dating opportunities that exist.

Bonus: If COVID-dating forces you to think this way, then you will identify a dozen sneak-a-dates you can do when our full roaming freedoms return. [Note: Sneak-a-date is a bad maneuver for a single man, but a highly admirable moment for a married man to create.]

Action 4 – Think: What are non-functional questions I can ask?

What is one of the side effects of being under house arrest? Constricted thinking. We just ask functional questions and give functional answers.

We don’t see as many people. We can’t go many places. We’re around each other all day, so there’s nothing I experienced that you don’t already know. “Why don’t we switch roles and you tell me what I did today?”

This reduces mealtime to a mere hunger-aversion exercise. Going for a walk together [yes, at a safe social distance from any other non-familial pedestrians] becomes mere exercise. When constricted thinking sets in, activities that were once bonding become mundane.

If you need help coming up with good questions, visit bradhambrick.com/dailytalk for over 200 conversation prompts divided into 10 categories of meaningful conversation. If nothing else, you can talk about how absurd some of the prompts are and how excessive somebody must be to come up with that many conversations. As long as you’re talking to each other, the article served its purpose.

Action 5 – Do: Put effort into getting ready and redeem the time.

Part of the impact of “going on a date” is that the time is set apart from the rest of your weekly rhythm. It may feel silly but get dressed up. Put on cologne or perfume. Complement each other like it’s a special occasion. Put takeout on your nicer dishes instead of paper plates. Light a candle to put on the table.

If you can drive together to get takeout, treat that time like part of the date and not just an errand. Don’t talk about things that need to be done around the house or the part of being at home that is most annoying. Set the time apart to engage with and enjoy your spouse. Treat the time you designate to date your spouse like a date.

Conclusion

I’m under no delusion that COVID-dating will become a fad that lasts any longer than is absolutely necessary. When we get our “traveling mercies” back (never have I wanted to pray for those so earnestly… I think I know what they are, finally!), you have my full permission to print a hard copy of this article and make it a burnt offering in celebration.

But, if we redeem the time in these ways, I do believe we will find that we will grow in contentment and the ability to enjoy simple things. These qualities will result in a more stable, intentional, and lasting enjoyment of one another. That would be very good.

VIDEO Police Block Access to GraceLife Church, Fencing Off Property So No One Can Enter – Christians Tear Down Fences – Riot Gear Police Arrive

By Jesse T. Jackson -April 7, 2021

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Just two weeks after GraceLife Church’s Pastor James Coates was released from serving 35 days in prison for not adhering to COVID-19 restrictions and just two weeks back in the pulpit, a convoy of about a dozen Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) vehicles assisted in erecting fencing around the property of GraceLife Church early Wednesday morning.

The Edmonton Journal reported that Alberta Health Services (AHS) released a statement saying it has “physically closed GraceLife Church (GLC) and has prevented access to the building until GLC can demonstrate the ability to comply with Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health’s (CMOH) restrictions.”

AHS announced on Tuesday they were going back to step 1 of their public health restriction framework to slow the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus. Premier Jason Kenny said, “The only responsible choice to save lives and to protect our health-care system is to take action.”

The heightened restrictions will still allow for area churches to meet as long as they adhere to only 15% capacity, mandatory face coverings, and social distancing.

In their statement, AHS said they have “attempted to work collaboratively with GLC to address the ongoing public health concerns at the site,” but that the church “has decided not to follow these mandatory restrictions, nor have they attempted to work with AHS to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.” Those actions led to authorities taking drastic measures to ensure at least the GLC building would not as a facility to spread the virus.

Kenney shared his fears of Alberta becoming the home to a dominant COVID-19 strain within the next week.

Eza Levant from Canada’s Rebel News posted a video on Twitter and said, “I count thirteen vehicles as part of this police raid on a church. They’re erecting steel fences around it like China does when they uncover an illegal ‘house church.’ Except this is in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The same church whose pastor was thrown in prison for 35 days.”

Pastor James Coates’ wife Erin posted on her Instagram page a photo of the fence around GLC’s building saying, “They are putting up a private screen on the inside fence. I’ve heard there is a tactical and de-escalation team behind the building because AHS thinks this will cause anger and uproar with our people. Oh @albertahealthservices have you not learned who we are by now? Our pastor walked himself to the RCMP headquarters and turned himself in. We have openly and privately prayed for you and our government. We’ve honoured and respected the RCMP every step of the way. Why create a narrative to make us look evil? Anyone who shows up on our property taking their moment of fame with MSM and is not inline with how our elders conduct themselves is not a representative of GLC.”


VIDEO: Christians Tear Down Fences Surrounding Canadian Evangelical Church

Apr 11, 2021

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/todd-starnes-show-michael-knowles-kat-cammack-r-fl/id1482510236?i=1000516194875

Hundreds of Christians gathered outside a Canadian church that has been locked down by the government and whose pastor was arrested for defying government leaders.

Alberta Health Services said it “physically closed” GraceLife Church and will be preventing access to the building until “GraceLife can demonstrate the ability to comply with Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health’s restrictions.”

Police erected surrounded the church property with chain-link fencing and stationed officers around the area to stop parishoners from gathering.

But the Body of Christ would not be deterred by the China Virus or the Canadian government.

Video shows the faithful gathering outside the building to sing hymns and spiritual songs. Others physically removed the fencing that had been erected to keep out the Christians.

Nationally-syndicated radio host Todd Starnes had called on Christians across Canada to tear down the fences last week.

“Christians must respond forcefully when the government shuts down our church houses,” Starnes said. “We must be happy warriors and peaceful. But we cannot remain silent while our fellow believers face persecution.”

James Coates, the pastor of GraceLife Church, had been arrested and held for 35 days because he refused to comply with the government. He was charged with violating the Public Health Act.

Coates is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary – a ministry of Grace Community Church in Southern California.

Pastor John MacArthur said there has been a massive outcry against the Canadian government for their attack on the church.

“This is a first for the western world to have a government lock out believers from a church,” MacArthur told his California congregation on Sunday.

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After Christians tore down a fence around an Edmonton church that was erected by police, the government sent 200 officers in riot gear to stop today’s service

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https://gab.com/Praying-Medic/posts/106049012781036913


Instruments of national suicide

By Wallace B. Henley, Exclusive Columnist

Contemporary crises, ranging from COVID to economic and political upheaval, have revealed the fragility of our freedom, and brought into view perhaps two of the greatest threats to liberty in our time — judicial usurpation and presidential Executive Order.

In the hands of people who either don’t understand, or give little regard to Constitutional principle, these can be instruments of national suicide. They underscore that the greatest threats to liberty often come from within.

In 1838, twenty-eight-year-old Abraham Lincoln felt he was watching his country tear itself apart. Riots had broken out over slavery, and no doubt Lincoln also had in mind the 1837 assassination of abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy.

Wallace Henley, former Senior Associate Pastor of 2nd Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. | Photo by Scott Belin

In that precarious period Lincoln spoke to the Young Men’s Lyceum, a gathering of rising leaders in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln said that if ever there were a serious threat to American freedom it would “spring up amongst us… If destruction be our lot, we (would) ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we (will) live through all time or die by suicide.”

And so, we come to a February 6 Christian Post story by Anugrah Kumar, headlined:

Supreme Court allows California churches to hold indoor services at limited capacity

Some will applaud the Court’s ruling apparently in favor of the churches. At the same time, there is reason to lament the fact that the Supreme Court — or any court for that matter — is “allowing” churches to meet, and to do so on terms laid down by the Court.

We must see the dangerous precedent in such a move by the Judiciary. A poisonous precedent lurks beneath its surface blessing.

Crisis has a way of driving us to desperation and the disordering that goes with it. In the frantic reaches to control COVID, government seems to have forgotten the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” (Italics added)

Usurpation sneaks up on us from behind.

“The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion,” said Edmund Burke in 1784. Burke, an Englishman, was an intense observer of the French Revolution and its excesses. He could see that what the revolutionaries were calling “Liberte” was itself morphing into an oppressive system pretending to be a freedom-giver.

Early on, Thomas Jefferson had a more favorable view of the French Revolution, but also understood the creeping threat of the enlargement of government power in aborning America. On May 27, 1788, Jefferson, in a letter, warned: “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”

Thus, “liberty” extended by the Court to churches means that a branch of government has presumed it has the authority not only to grant the right of assembly but also to specify its parameters — in this case twenty-five percent of capacity, with no chanting or singing.

Again, we can rejoice that churches have sanction to meet, but mourn the fact that it must be sanctioned in the first place because another government agency—that of the State of California — had forbidden churches to assemble.

Not to be outdone, the State declared it would be monitoring the situation and perhaps issuing more guidelines.

Then there is the other internal threat to our liberty: Presidential Executive Order.

One of the most severe cases occurred in 1952 during the Korean War when President Harry S Truman, through an EO, sought, in effect, to nationalize steel mills. The Supreme Court declared this a violation of the Constitution, and its right of private property.

Truman perhaps had learned at the feet of his predecessor, Franklin D. Roosevelt. He issued a whopping 3,721 EOs. True, FDR was a wartime president, but many of his orders were used to structure his prime legislative initiative, the New Deal.

Both Republican and Democrat presidents have found the Executive Order handy in avoiding congressional or judicial mire. Republican Richard Nixon, my boss, issued 346, while Democrat Bill Clinton 364.

Much attention was focused on the Executive Order issue when President Obama said, in the face of congressional opposition to some of his intended policies, “I have a pen, and I have a phone.” David Davenport wrote in Forbes, that Obama had established a pattern “of unilateral action to set his agenda, advance it, and change it, well beyond … the Constitution’s separation of powers doctrine.”[1]

It should be noted that Obama issued 276 Executive Orders while Trump 220. Biden, as of February 26, 2021, was spewing Executive Orders at a rate that, if continued, would amount to 400 per year.[2]

Speaking of Executive Order power, Lincoln, in his 1838 speech was also concerned about a dominating tyrant emerging at some point through national crisis: “Is it unreasonable … to expect that some man possessed of the loftiest genius, coupled with ambition sufficient to push it to its utmost stretch, will at some time spring up among us?”

Watch carefully over the next four years and be concerned—very concerned—about the enlargement of the Judiciary’s attempts to usurp freedoms, as well as the emergence of candidates who could easily cloak their passion for power and abuse the powers granted them through Executive Order.

And heed the words of John Adams when, amid the stirring of the American Revolution, he wrote:

“The Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored… Liberty once lost is lost forever.”


[1] Obama’s Executive Power Pen Is Already Worn Out (forbes.com)

[2] Executive Orders | The American Presidency Project (ucsb.edu)

Wallace B. Henley’s fifty-year career has spanned newspaper journalism, government in both White House and Congress, the church, and academia. He is author or co-author of more than 20 books. He is a teaching pastor at Grace Church, the Woodlands, Texas.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/instruments-of-national-suicide.html


YouTube Deletes LifeSite, Top Pro-Life News Outlet’s Channel, For ‘Violating COVID-19 Misinformation Policy’

Mary Margaret Olohan February 10, 2021

YouTube deleted a pro-life news outlet’s channel for “violating our COVID-19 misinformation policy,” a spokeswoman told the Daily Caller News Foundation Wednesday.

LifeSite News announced the ban Wednesday morning, noting that it cut the site off from its 300,000 followers.

“This isn’t a temporary ban,” the site said in a post. “Every single one of our videos is completely gone. Thankfully, we have backups of all our videos, but this means hundreds of thousands of people have lost access to our truth-telling content.”

YouTube’s COVID-19 misinformation policy prohibits “content that promotes prevention methods that contradict local health authorities or WHO,” spokeswoman Ivy Choi said.

“Any channel that violates our COVID-19 misinformation policy will receive a strike, which temporarily restricts uploading or live-streaming,” Choi said. “Channels that receive three strikes in the same 90-day period will be permanently removed from YouTube.”

YouTube has not clarified to the DCNF which of LifeSite’s videos violated its policy.

“This is no longer a game of trying to play by the Tech Titans’ arbitrary, leftist, virtue-signaling rules,” the site added in a blog post. “We are in a war waged by left-wing liberals seeking to annihilate all conservative voices.”

LifeSite News did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the DCNF.

https://www.conservativedailynews.com/2021/02/youtube-deletes-top-pro-life-news-outlets-channel-for-violating-covid-19-misinformation-policy/


BREAKING: YouTube shuts down LifeSite’s channel, every video completely gone

LifeSite has all its videos backed up. Our over 300,000 followers can read here where to find alternative platforms to access our truth-telling content.

February 10, 2021

(LifeSiteNews) — YouTube just completely removed the LifeSiteNews YouTube channel. This isn’t a temporary ban; every single one of our videos is completely gone. 

Thankfully, we have backups of all our videos, but this means hundreds of thousands of people have lost access to our truth-telling content. 

You can watch our current videos on Rumble here: https://rumble.com/user/LifeSiteNews

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https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-youtube-shuts-down-lifesites-channel-every-video-completely-gone


A Solution for COVID Fear and Overcrowded Hospitals

December 24, 2020  by Shane Idleman

No matter what your view of COVID is, we can all agree that it is impacting all our lives. Since June I’ve been saying that when the cold, flu, and pneumonia season gets here, it’s going to get worse, but I also have a solution. I recently talked to nurses at each hospital in our area as well as in other cities, and they all said the same thing: many of the people crowding the hospitals don’t need to be there. So why are the hospitals so crowded? One word—FEAR.

Yes, the virus is real, and I am not suggesting that legitimately sick people should not seek medical assistance, but the reality is you will not find a cure for fear at the hospital. The media and most politicians are fueling fear rather than offering hope. There is zero mention of God and a lot of dire, dreadful, and grim talk. Given the nature of politics in our day, this is not surprising. But it’s also as if many Christians, some in political offices, are too embarrassed to mention the true source of hope—God. Is this perhaps  because they themselves lack a vibrant relationship with Him?

What if instead of telling America that our situation is dire and hopeless and that we are all doomed, to instead say there is no hindrance too great, no battle too hard, and no power too strong for God? What if we completely turn to Him? What if we remind people often of Jeremiah 17:7, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.” We must offset fear with hope—hope in God.

Many are scared because they don’t know God. That’s the painful truth. When you fear God, you don’t fear death. Romans 12:12 reminds us to “rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Again, we must spread hope, not fear. How are you doing in this area? If you need prayer and hope, email our church at office@wcfav.org.

WHY AREN’T WE BUILDING IMMUNITY GOD’S WAY?

Let’s shift gears for a minute to something very important. Does the way you eat and take care of your body affect fear? Absolutely. Our diet affects key hormones such as serotonin for relaxation, dopamine for pleasure, glutamate for healthy thinking, and noradrenaline for handling stress. If we allow junk food and addictions to control our attitude and productivity, it can lead to emotional instability. Granted, there apmre those who, through no fault of their own, have a debilitating illness. I’m assuming the reader understands that I’m talking to those who can make changes.

Yes, wash your hands, distance yourself if you need to, and take commonsense precautions. But why aren’t many doctors helping people focus on healthy lifestyle changes to build emotional strength and their own immunity? Why are they silent on this? I can say with assurance that a vaccine is not the answer. I’m not against vaccines per se; I’m against what doesn’t work. If the immune system is already taxed because of poor health and bad eating habits, COVID will escalate problems, and no vaccine in the world can balance out poor lifestyle choices.

Most disease is related to dietary choices and a lack of key vitamins and minerals. You can mock it all you want, but that’s the truth. For example, one recent news story suggested that certain vitamins lower risk of severe cases of COVID-19.

I’m not suggesting that we bypass prayer, nor am I insinuating that we disregard the advice of physicians or that we don’t need medication. We must use wisdom, but I have found that God heals primarily through fixing the toxic state of the body. How can we pray, “Lord, please heal my heart disease”—or COVID—while driving to McDonald’s?

How Are You Still Standing?

People will ask, “How are you still standing in the midst of your unemployment?” or “How are you able to cope during all your health issues?” and we can answer, “Because God is with me and I know Him.” I’m still standing—as are many of you—because God is with us, and we can take great comfort in that. When you truly know God, you don’t fear death. But when you don’t know God, the fear of death surrounds you. This is exactly what we see happening across America.  I address this topic and offer encouragement in my sermon, “Another in the Fire.”

I’d like to share a few key Scriptures, especially for those who do not have assurance that they truly have a relationship with God. Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. He died for us, took our spot, and paid the price of our sin. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” You can take the promise in Romans 10:13 to the bank: “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That’s our only hope.

For those who need help in the area of health and fitness, Shane’s books are available as free downloads at WCFAV.org.

VIDEO ‘I Have to Follow What God’s Word Says’: CA Church Fined $55K, Pastor Says Services Will Go On

12-11-2020 CBN News

A San Jose, California church and its pastor were found in contempt at a court hearing this week after ignoring a court order to stop holding indoor worship services in direct violation of Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 restrictions. 

KNTV reports Pastor Mike McClure of Calvary Church continued to hold services while being fined thousands of dollars. A county Superior Court judge had also ordered the church to stop holding indoor services, which the county said were held as recently as Nov. 25. 

As CBN News reported, Santa Clara County Counsel James R. Williams and District Attorney Jeff F. Rosen filed a complaint in Superior Court on Oct. 27, requesting that Calvary Chapel stop “ongoing and serious violations of the state and local public health orders.”

But McClure vowed to keep his church open after seeing members suffer from emotional and mental anguish due to the pandemic lockdown.

During McClure’s hearing, a judge told him “science matters,” before levying a fine of $2,500 for every day the church has held in-door services.  The fines totaled about $55,000, according to KNTV. 

Following the hearing, McClure addressed the media, indicating that no matter the fines or the restrictions placed on his congregation, services will continue. 

“I respect the judge and I respect what the law says,” McClure said. “But there’s a bigger law. I have to get told, you follow God or you follow man. I have to follow what God’s word says.”

In a statement, Williams said it is vital for everyone to comply with all public health orders to avoid serious illness and save lives.

Attorneys with California-based legal group Advocates for Faith and Freedom are representing McClure and Calvary Chapel. The attorneys are planning to appeal the injunction on the constitutionality of the county’s health order. They said they will be in federal court on Dec. 17 to ask the government to take over the case, KNTV reported. 

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2020/december/i-have-to-follow-what-gods-word-says-ca-church-fined-55k-pastor-says-services-will-go-on



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https://abc7news.com/community-events/san-jose-pastor-avoids-jail-time-for-in-person-masses-at-church/9889236/

Shocking numbers: Comparing COVID-19 deaths to abortion deaths

My bachelor’s degree is in mathematics, so I began crunching numbers. What I found was shocking, sobering, and heartbreaking.

Wed Oct 28, 2020

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By Katie Beatty

October 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — I recently saw the headline from the New York Times about the deaths of over 200,000 Americans to COVID-19, and it got me thinking.

What does that number represent? How does this number relate to the number of abortions committed in the U.S. every year?

What I found was shocking, sobering, and heartbreaking.

My bachelor’s degree is in mathematics, so my automatic response was to begin crunching numbers. In 2018, a total of 2,839,205 resident deaths were registered in the United States according to the CDC website.

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The current population of the United States is approximately 330,484,275 and climbing. One person is born every eight seconds, and one person dies every twelve seconds.[1] So what is the average number of deaths from COVID-19 following this model? As of the week of 10/17/2020, there were 208,633 deaths between February 1, 2020 and October 17, 2020 related to COVID. In order to get an accurate average, we have to take the total number of days. Adding up the total:

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So then we have

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Truly a tragedy and a sad loss of life.

But wait — what about the babies who are aborted and are not included in the 7,779 deaths per day figure?

The last recorded number that I could find for abortions is from 2016, where 623,471 abortions were reported in the United States. The estimation for the actual number of abortions in 2016 is 862,320.

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That means that the number of babies who are aborted in the United States each day is almost triple the number of people who die daily with COVID-19.

Abortion has been legal, however, since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, and COVID-19 has been around only since December. What do the other numbers look like? How many Americans have we lost already to this tragedy? How many empty seats are there at the dinner table because your son or daughter or brother or sister was aborted?

Currently, abortion in the United States is on a downward trend with the peak of the crises occurring in 1990. The number of live births is also trending downward. This does not mean that the number of daily abortions is insignificant. In 2017, 18% of pregnancies ended by abortion — in other words, 1 out of every 6 pregnancies.

But let’s look a little closer.

I compiled the number of registered births between 1973 and 2016, the reported number of abortions per year, and the number of estimated abortions provided by the Guttmacher institute.[2]

Total Number of Live BirthsTotal Number of Reported AbortionsTotal Estimated Number of Abortions
169,287,79945,269,15657,368,870

169 million live births. 57 million abortions. An entire generation…gone.

Let’s find out what that actually means. Once numbers get into the millions, people start to get confused. Just looking at the congressional budget verifies that statement. In order to find the percentage, first, we need to figure out the potential number of live births. I found this number by adding the total number of estimated abortions to the total number of live births.

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Next we find the percentage of abortions to that potential number of live births through division and multiplication.

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Twenty-five percent of the population that was supposed to be born in the last 40 years has been aborted? Do you mean to tell me that for every three babies born alive, one was aborted?

This is madness. Insanity. This is wrong.

It doesn’t end there. The highest recorded number of deaths in one day because of the coronavirus was 2,909 people. The most abortions performed in the United States in one year occurred in 1990, when 1,609,000 children are estimated to have been aborted.

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In abortion’s heyday, over 4,000 American children were aborted every day. That is one child every 20 seconds. Three children every minute. The COVID-19 peak comes from one single day, but this is 4,408 babies, every day, for 365 days.

It continues. In 1980, the ratio of estimated abortions to live births was 43%!

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That’s almost half of all pregnancies! That is absolute craziness!

You can argue to me about fetal viability; your body, your choice; and how a majority of abortions performed are done through medication and in the first 12 weeks until you are blue in the face, but at the end of the day, you will still be wrong if you defend abortion. Every person has a unique genetic code from the moment of conception and is a unique person with rights, born or unborn.

Two hundred eight thousand six hundred thirty-three COVID deaths to 57,368,870 abortions is not even half a percentage point. So yes, our great nation is in a crisis. But the crisis is not COVID-19; it is abortion.

On this upcoming Election Day on November 3, remember what really matters. All of the people who have tragically lost their lives and their futures to abortion. All of the unique, unrepeatable gifts to society that will never be.

After all, there is a reason why the right to life comes first in the Declaration of Independence. If we do not have the right to life, all of our other rights don’t matter.

This Election Day, you cannot support Biden/Harris and the ticket of death who want to allow abortions up to the moment of birth because you will be complicit in the greatest injustice of our timeThe loss of life that occurs each and every day because of abortion carries more weight than any other issue on the table and is truly the greatest tragedy of our time.

Finally, if you have had an abortion, there may be unresolved feelings. Please know that you are not alone. There are programs, like Project Rachel, all over the country that help women struggling with emotional problems after abortion.

Reference Table:

YearNumber of Registered Live BirthsNumber of Reported AbortionsNumber of Estimated Abortions
19733,136,965615,831[3]744,600
19743,159,958763,476898,600
19753,144,198854,8531,034,200
19763,167,788988,2671,179,300
19773,326,6321,079,4301,316,700
19783,333,2791,157,7761,409,600
19793,494,3981,251,9211,497,700
19803,612,2581,297,6061,553,900
19813,629,2381,300,7601,577,300
19823,680,5371,303,9801,573,900
19833,638,9331,268,987(1,575,000)
19843,669,1411,333,5211,577,200
19853,760,5611,328,5701,588,600
19863,756,5471,328,112(1,574,000)
19873,809,3941,353,6711,559,100
19883,909,5101,371,2851,590,800
19894,040,9581,396,658(1,567,000)
19904,158,2121,429,247(1,609,000)
19914,110,9071,388,9371,556,500
19924,065,0141,359,1461,528,900
19934,000,2401,330,414(1,495,000)
19943,952,7671,267,415(1,423,000)
19953,899,5891,210,8831,359,400
19963,891,4941,225,9371,360,200
19973,880,8941,186,039(1,335,000)
19983,941,553884,273(1,319,000)
19993,959,417861,7891,314,800
20004,058,814857,4751,313,000
20014,025,933853,485(1,303,000)
20024,021,726854,122(1,293,000)
20034,089,950848,163(1,287,000)
20044,112,052839,2261,216,050
20054,138,349820,1511,198,960
20064,265,555846,1811,242,000
20074,316,233827,6091,202,960
20084,247,694825,5641,212,350
20094,130,665784,5071,151,600
20103,999,386765,6511,102,670
20113,953,590730,3221,058,490
20123,952,841699,2021,011,000
20133,932,181664,435958,700
20143,988,076652,639926,190
20153,978,497638,169899,500
20163,945,875623,471874,100
    
 Total Number of Live BirthsTotal Number of Reported AbortionsTotal Estimated Number of Abortions
 169,287,79945,269,15657,368,870

[1] This number was taken on October 22, 2020 from the Census Bureau Population Clock.

[2] There was conflicting information between the Guttmacher website and this table. I used the Guttmacher website until 2003, and this table for all data afterward. Some data have been extrapolated.

[3] For 1973–2005.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/shocking-numbers-comparing-covid-19-deaths-to-abortion-deaths



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Megachurch Pastor Warns Followers Vaccine Will Alter Their DNA

By Stephanie Martin -December 11, 2020

Guillermo Maldonado

One of America’s most prominent Hispanic evangelical leaders is telling congregants to believe in “divine immunity” rather than take a COVID-19 vaccine, which he alleges can “alter your DNA.” Pastor Guillermo Maldonado, founder of Miami-based King Jesus International Ministry (KJIM), also warns that a “satanic global agenda” is attempting to bring Christians under governmental control.

Maldonado, who has gained prominence through his Pentecostal televangelism ministry and books, is a key ally and supporter of Donald Trump. In January, the president launched an “Evangelicals for Trump” coalition at KJIM’s headquarters.

The megachurch, which is associated with the New Apostolic Reformation movement, has nine other locations throughout the country. Maldonado, who has more than 800,000 Facebook followers, broadcasts services in both English and Spanish. He emphasizes divine healing and incorporates elements of the prosperity gospel.

Maldonado: ‘Believe in the blood of Jesus’

Last Sunday, in a sermon streamed on Facebook Live, Maldonado told worshipers, “Do not [take] the [COVID-19] vaccine. Believe in the blood of Jesus. Believe in divine immunity.” God warned him, he said, about a “satanic global agenda” intent on creating one worldwide religion. “They want to stop President Trump because he’s against that agenda,” Maldonado preached, referring to the “new world order” conspiracy theory.

About the coronavirus vaccine, which is expected to soon roll out across the United States, Maldonado told listeners, “They’re going to demand for you to have a vaccine in your passport and seal it. Otherwise, you will not able to travel. Because they’re preparing the way in the vaccine. [The vaccines] are made to alter your DNA.”

The charge about altering DNA has been repeatedly debunked by scientists. As coronavirus cases continue to surge, hitting Black and Latino communities especially hard, medical experts also are contending against misinformation, often spread through social media.

When pandemic-related shutdowns began in the spring, Maldonado initially downplayed the virus, calling fear of COVID a “demonic spirit.” He asked, “Do you believe God would bring his people to his house to be contagious with the virus? Of course not.” But the pastor eventually followed local health orders, postponing KJIM’s in-person events until July.

Some Pastors Link Vaccine With Mark of the Beast

Although Maldonado didn’t directly tie the COVID-19 vaccine to the mark of the beast mentioned in Revelation 13:18, he raised questions in listeners’ minds about it, according to one religion professor. Lloyd Barba, who specializes in Latino Christian communities, says, “Christians are supposed to do all they can to resist the mark of the beast and by extension should also resist any harbingers of it. That’s exactly what this vaccine symbolizes for Maldonado.”

For this target audience, Barba explains, a celebrity pastor like Maldonado can have a powerful influence. “When a preacher with his stature mixes conspiracy theory with end-time speculation and claims to have heard directly from God on social-political matters,” says Barba, “it becomes exceedingly difficult for the faithful in the pews to discern between what is Scripture, social commentary, political fantasy, and outright conspiracy. In fact, the parsing out of those elements is discouraged.”

Jack Hibbs, a California pastor who supports Trump, recently said in a sermon that the COVID-19 vaccine is a form of social control that will “condition” people into accepting the mark of the beast. “Don’t be tricked into thinking, ‘Oh my goodness, the vaccine’s come in, and that’s the mark of the beast,’” Hibbs said. “It’s not the mark of the beast. It’s conditioning you for it.”

This summer, rapper, worship leader, and presidential candidate Kanye West said any vaccination developed for the coronavirus would be “the mark of the beast” and that he’s “extremely cautious” because children could be paralyzed. “They want to put chips inside of us,” West warned. “They want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven.”

Religious, Medical Experts Dispute Those Claims

California megachurch Pastor Greg Laurie and “Bible Answer Man” Hank Hanegraaff both have refuted any links between the COVID-19 vaccine and the mark of the beast. “We should not be looking for the anti-Christ,” Laurie said in a sermon last month. “We should be looking for Jesus Christ.” Hanegraaff says connecting the vaccine to biblical warnings is dangerous and misleading, noting, “Identifying with Satan’s kingdom is what will keep you out of heaven, not being vaccinated.”

Other religious leaders have expressed concern about the vaccine’s use of fetal tissue, but medical experts say the “immortalized” cell lines have existed for years and are strictly regulated.

The UK-based group Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF), which equips health care workers to share their faith, is working to educate people about COVID-19 and the newly approved vaccines. Communications director Steve Fouch says vaccinations play a vital role in protecting the public. “They have brought under control a lot of other major illnesses that were scourges of the human race for many years, and they have improved the life expectancy of people across the world,” he says. “People often hear half-truths and little stories that make them scared about vaccines. But the reality is, they’re the biggest lifesaving medical technology, except possibly clean water, that we have ever developed. We have to remember that God enables science and medicine.”

Another vaccine-related concern for some people is the “warp speed” with which this COVID-19 shot has been developed. Again, Fouch with CMF attempts to ease those worries, saying safety wasn’t sacrificed for the sake of speed. “The way they’re doing these trials, because they recognize that we need to get the vaccine quickly, a lot of the safety steps and processes that you would normally go through are happening all at the same time,” he says.

“So things seem to be happening much quicker than normal, which is interesting, because it shows that when there’s the political will and money behind it, we can actually get drugs and medicines through much more quickly than normally happens.” Fouch adds, “The same steps have happened. They haven’t cut corners on this to get to this point.”



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VIDEO Pastor John MacArthur: “America’s in a Moral Free-Fall”

November 23, 2020 by Staff

Pastor John MacArthur from Grace Community Church appeared again Thursday November 19, 2020, on Fox’s The Ingraham Angle hosted by Laura Ingraham. In September, the pastor told Laura, “If they want to tuck me in a jail, I’m open to a jail ministry. I’ve done a lot of other ministries. I haven’t had the opportunity to do that one…so bring it on!” Since then Pastor MacArthur kept Grace Community Church’s doors open for indoor worship gatherings and has not been fined nor put in prison despite a few trips to the nearby courthouse.

On Thursday, Laura asked MacArthur, “How do strip clubs deserve more constitutional protection than churches at this point?” referring to a California judge’s ruling that ordered California to refrain from enforcing COVID-19 restrictions on strip clubs because it ‘violated the businesses’ constitutional rights’. This led to Grace Community Church’s attorney Charles LiMarandi commenting, “You can’t pray to almighty God, but you can watch nude dancing,” which was made at their court hearing on November 13, 2020

Pastor MacArthur answered Laura’s question very directly by saying,

“America’s in a moral free-fall. Just look at it as I would as a pastor. You murder the babies in the womb, if they survive the womb you try to seduce them into transgender sexual deviation when their young. If they survive that you corrupt them with a Godless education. If they survive that you have divorce in the family, and if they grow to be adults you drown them in a sea of pornography. This is a nation so far down in the sewer of immorality and wickedness that nothing surprises me. In fact I would be shocked if a judge said ‘Open all the churches and close all the strip clubs.’ “

Ingraham said she was inspired the last time Pastor MacArthur was on her show when he called for churches to be open. She said that as she was a Roman Catholic, not many churches were open and/or were very limited as to who could go. She questioned the pastor on how the Los Angeles Times claimed that Grace Community Church had a COVID-19 outbreak because they chose to defy public health orders, asking what really happened.

Three part-time security guards tested positive for the coronavirus, none of which showed any symptoms, he said. “The Times writer called it an outbreak at Grace Community Church and said that I had mocked COVID and I was getting my due,” MacArthur shared. Ten days after the so-called outbreak, the health department cleared them of any outbreak and sent a letter explaining they were removed from their website because of no outbreak at all.

John MacArthur stated that over 6,000 people have been at Grace Community Church for months “Sunday after Sunday” with no one sick, in the hospital, or dead. He said, “We’re like a living illustration of the narrative of COVID being a lie.”

“Power-hungry people are using this emergency to gain greater power…if people don’t fight back they are going to fall victim to whatever intention of this revolution is,” MacArthur said after being asked what he thought of Governor Newsom defying his own orders by attending a party.

California is currently under strict COVID-19 orders and a 10 pm to 5am curfew until December 21, 2020. Many churches are not allowed to hold indoor worship gatherings unless they choose to defy California government orders.

Other Church Leaders See It Differently

Pastor Andy Stanley of North Point Church disagrees with John MacArthur’s stance that the government is over-stepping their limitations. Pastor Stanley says the church is following the example of Jesus by not meeting in-person until 2021. “The church always looks more Christlike when we are defending other people’s rights rather than our own,” Stanley said in a sermon titled “Not In It to Win It”.

Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church Mark Dever obeyed the Mayor of Washington D.C. and chose to file a lawsuit after being denied a request to gather outdoors. The lawsuit praised the mayor for her efforts but said, “A church is not a building that can be opened and closed. A church is not an event to be watched. A church is a community that gathers regularly and that community should be treated fairly by the District government.”


COMMENT:

We agree with Pastor John MacArthur in the above article.