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FRONT PAGE  |  10/24/2020
TUESDAY, SEP 29, 2020  |  11 comments
Nearly 700 church leaders urge politicians: ‘Don’t close our churches again’
Almost 700 leaders of UK churches have told the Prime Minister and First Ministers of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales not to close churches again amid fresh efforts to reduce cases of coronavirus.

The open letter, co-authored by Institute Trustee Revd William Philip and four other church leaders from around the UK, is clear in its support for applying measures to combat the virus whilst keeping churches open.

Since the letter was sent to national leaders, it has now exceeded 700 signatories and more names continue to be added. ...


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News Item10/1/2020 4:10 AM
John UK  Find all comments by John UK
Mike wrote:
I wonder how those footballers maintain “social distancing” while playing the game? Ah, but there is no limit to foolishness, is there?
No limit at all, Mike, to those dead in trespasses and sins. If you think social distancing is impossible in a soccer game, what about those who play Rugby League or Rugby Football?
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News Item9/30/2020 4:13 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
I wonder how those footballers maintain “social distancing” while playing the game? Ah, but there is no limit to foolishness, is there?
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News Item9/30/2020 10:38 AM
Chrisgp from England | England  Find all comments by Chrisgp from England
At last!! Hallelujah!! I just wish the British church leaders had done this in March. Now we know so much more, and in Britain, Westminster, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast are panicking about “cases, cases, cases!!”, instead of looking at the low rock bottom hospitalisations and deaths, and also at the extremely faulty testing system, rules, regulations, and local partial lockdowns are coming thick and fast. There is total confusion as even the PM doesn’t seem to be able to explain his own regulations!! Wales and Scotland as ever are leftist, so regulations are stricter there, (except children are not counted in the Rule of Six, which they are in England). The churches know only too well the fearful cost of lost jobs, suicide, alcoholism, drugs, abuse, and many other things that have worsened because of these lockdowns and rules!! They have made it clear that a 2nd national lockdown is not acceptable, and also that churches should not be totally closed down again.
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News Item9/30/2020 4:03 AM
John UK  Find all comments by John UK
The Quiet Christian wrote:
Ah, Brother John, I have the picture exactly now! Here in the US, apparently our version of footballers are permitted to have some sort of in-person fan presence. Being followers of baseball, what you described is exactly how things are with that sport. In fact, some TV broadcasts include computer generated fans in the seats. Bizzare.
But there is a whole lot less about which to complain if all activities are treated equally. It looks much less like persecution if everyone is treated equally. What we are experiencing here in the US is unequal treatment under the law in some places. Some activities are permitted. Some activities are not. It depends on the politicans making the decisons.
Brother, if that is the case then something is amiss.

Here in the UK we recently had the world snooker championship with no spectators for the early stages. That meant someone had to sit at the computer sending out Oos and Ahs, and clapping and shouting at appropriate moments, which they didn't always get correct. Pathetic. And then for the latter stages and final, some people were allowed in and they were distanced. Hmmmm.

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News Item9/29/2020 7:07 PM
The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
Ah, Brother John, I have the picture exactly now! Here in the US, apparently our version of footballers are permitted to have some sort of in-person fan presence. Being followers of baseball, what you described is exactly how things are with that sport. In fact, some TV broadcasts include computer generated fans in the seats. Bizzare.

But there is a whole lot less about which to complain if all activities are treated equally. It looks much less like persecution if everyone is treated equally. What we are experiencing here in the US is unequal treatment under the law in some places. Some activities are permitted. Some activities are not. It depends on the politicans making the decisons.

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News Item9/29/2020 4:11 PM
John UK  Find all comments by John UK
The Quiet Christian wrote:
Or, Brother John, permitting masses to move, shoulder to shoulder, thru cities decrying newfound "sins" of the culture?
It was believable at first, and out of an abundance of caution, many headed the advice. But once double standards come into view, one may engage in group worship idols of sport or politics but not the true and living God, that's the "hey, wait a minute..." moment for many.
What I meant, Quiet Brother, is that in the UK, all situations where there would normally be a crowd, it is no longer permitted for a season. Thusly, those who imagine it to be persecution of the church are incorrect. Unless people want to also say that footballers and athletes are also being persecuted.

Want a smile, bro? Any sporting events being permitted in Europe are held without spectators, but applause and shouting are played over loudspeakers to give the impression of a crowd. What a larf!

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News Item9/29/2020 3:36 PM
Adriel  Find all comments by Adriel
The problem with Churches being used by congregations is that politicians and other unbelievers do not see the “NEED” which Christians perceive in the assembly before GOD.

Unbelievers will simply think of church as a place of singing and listening to a speaker.

No real importance there!!

God and the Bible AND Church are part of the “life” of the believer and of extreme importance to everyday life and eternal life.

Unbelievers have NO idea what that actually means.

Spiritual life is of No importance to their flesh existence.

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News Item9/29/2020 2:40 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
The Christian Institute wrote:
....
In his press conference this afternoon, the Prime Minister said: “COVID-secure venues like places of worship, gyms, restaurants, hospitality venues can still hold more than six in total”.

The new ‘rule of six’ does not affect the total number that a church may hold, but social distancing restrictions remain in place.

The Christian Institute’s Deputy Director Ciarán Kelly welcomed the news, saying: “It is vitally important that churches remain open and that Christians still have the freedom to continue to worship”....

excerpt from,"COVID-19: PM confirms church worship unaffected by new restrictions"

https://tinyurl.com/y6yjespb

Sounds reasonable to me.

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News Item9/29/2020 10:30 AM
The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
Or, Brother John, permitting masses to move, shoulder to shoulder, thru cities decrying newfound "sins" of the culture?

It was believable at first, and out of an abundance of caution, many headed the advice. But once double standards come into view, one may engage in group worship idols of sport or politics but not the true and living God, that's the "hey, wait a minute..." moment for many.

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News Item9/29/2020 3:23 AM
John UK  Find all comments by John UK
What's the difference between allowing churches to open, and allowing spectators in at premier league football matches?
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News Item9/29/2020 1:11 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Good article, it should be read.
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