Can Your County Shut Down Home Bible Studies? Mine Is
I never imagined when I agreed to host a Bible study in my home that such an action may one day be a violation of law.
Yet that‚Äôs exactly what my very own Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is prepared to do right here in Virginia.
A proposed county zoning ordinance would make it a violation to have more than a certain number of people at your home in a given period of time. Yet such an ordinance would stand as a blatant violation of the Constitution.
As Fox News explains, ‚ÄúThe proposed zoning ordinance limits ‚Äėgroup assembly‚Äô at residences to 49 people a day. Such gatherings ‚Äėshall not occur more frequently than three times in any 40-day period.‚Äô‚ÄĚ...
This happened in my home town in california a couple of years ago. It doesn't surprise me.
I started to lament this stuff but I am starting to see how my heart is inclined to comfort. Persecution causes the true church to grow. I am weery of my stagnant life. And it really convicts me. Isa 66:18-22 is one on the most clear outlines of God's redemptive plan. Is my heart a part of this or is my ambition me and my comfort? Persecution will reveal that
I fail to understand the complaint. You can have your Bible study every two weeks without running afoul of the law, and if you want to do it more frequently, why not have some of those studies hosted by one of the other 49 people in attendance? The proposed law makes sense to me, and does not infringe on any first amendment rights.
John Y., that's what the ACLU is for. the article has some good comment on such problems as noise makers (They might fall under this group? [URL=http://articles.ochristian.com/book2177.shtml]]]Charismatic Chaos[/URL] ) It could be an interesting case to follow.