One of the little discussed fallouts of the pandemic is the impact upon churches. More factually, rather is the impact of the government in placing unreasonable restrictions upon the churches and synagogues. No need to provide a soliloquy of events, you know the drill. Progressives are not fond of religion. Their religion is the “State.” Marxism does not co-exist with religion. I suggest one of the intended consequences of what appears to be irrational closers of Houses of worship.
NPR has a story that suggested that perhaps as many as one in five churches will close in the next 18 months. Against this backdrop, Tucker Carlson had a disturbing story last night.
Eric Metaxas joined Tucker Carlson to discuss a New York City Priest leading his congregation in a “white privilege” prayer of repentance. Metaxas says Christians have always been at the forefront of fighting racism, but what we are seeing here is something different entirely — it’s a power play by marxists to co-opt the church.
As Metaxas said, real believers are the ones that the progressive see as the real threats to their agenda.
NYC Pastor’s “White Privilege” Prayer | Eric Metaxas on Tucker Carlson
Kind of reminds me of this:
As many as one in five churches could permanently close as a result of shutdowns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, according to David Kinnaman, president of the prominent Christian research organization Barna Group.
In an interview with NPR (You can listen to it there) Monday regarding the status of American churches after months of shutdowns, Kinnaman said although churches were handling things “pretty swimmingly” at first, circumstances have changed for some.
He noted that although many churches have opened as states’ shutdown orders are loosened, their services have had “a lot less people coming.”
“They’re recognizing that the relationships that they thought were much deeper with people were actually not as deep as they expected,” Kinnaman told NPR.
Kinnaman then explained that, in keeping with research from earlier this year, he still expected to see about one in five churches permanently close within the next 18 months.
“If anything, I think that prediction was based on data about two, two-and-a-half months ago, and I think we’re even more likely to see that to be the case today,” he noted.
More at Christian Post
“Imagine there’s no Heaven.” “Imagine no religion.” Excellent subjects for liturgical dance.
Lessons and Carols for Peace Church of St. Francis Xavier Sunday May 20, 2012
For the full screed with an excellent and thoughtful thread:
In addition to banning worship services this man has taken it to the next level by banning in home Bible studies. The State is now being sued over this outrageous order, here is more:
A California church is suing Gov. Gavin Newsom for banning all indoor worship services, including Bible studies, and singing, saying the restrictions violate their religious freedom.
Pasadena-based Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry filed the lawsuit in an attempt to block enforcement of Newsom’s orders which target churches.
The church has many “Life Groups” which are home Bible studies and fellowship groups where people come together to share and learn about the Word of God. These are now forbidden under Gov. Newsom’s recent orders.