Obeying God rather than men: Is Rev. John McArthur wrong in defying the government?

Should Christians defy the civil authorities? If so, when, and how? What about Roman 13? Is there a difference between biblical obedience vs. civil disobedience? Are pastors being selfish for holding services? By not opening, are churches agreeing with being considered non-essential? 

All these questions and more will be answered today on The Mark Harrington Show.

Despite the clear admonition from scripture, even to this day, most churches in California remain closed due to the corona virus because of concerns over the health of their congregants. However, some churches are meeting anyway despite direct orders not to do so.  All the while Planned Parenthood, marijuana dispensaries, liquor stores, big box stores, and other retail establishments where large numbers of people gather and assemble remain open.

Recently, Grace Community Church made national news in California for defying Gov. Gavin Newsome’s order to hold religious services.

Heb 10:24-25 reads, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

Is this directive to meet conditional upon government approval? The good news is, other churches are beginning to wake up to what is going on.

On Today’s episode, Mark speaks with Shawn Meyer.  Shawn serves as an elder and has also served as our senior pastor since 2007. He has a keen mind and is a gifted and capable teacher of God’s Word.

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