Church & Corona

I am sure the question has probably already entered your mind..."should we have church/go to church with the threat of exposure, which could potentially lead to death?"

The best way to answer this question is to look at the Scriptures!

Act 8:1  And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.  

Act 8:2  And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.  

Act 8:3  As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison

Act 8:4  Therefore they that were scattered abroad went EVERYWHERE preaching the word. 


Act 4:23  And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. 
Act 4:24  And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: 

Act 4:29  And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 
Act 4:30  By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 
Act 4:31  And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. 


Apparently, believers during this time thought it was still important to be involved in church, even though they knew doing so could EXPOSE them to the potential of death or arrest by the hand of Saul and the Jews.  The question you should ask yourself is this, "would I have gone to church if I was a believer during this time?"  Danger in going to church is nothing new throughout history, though the details of the circumstances may be different.  The problem is that the difficulty and trials that come as a result of living as a true Christian is a foreign reality in America. 

Nonetheless, let me offer a few suggestions to ensure we approach this issue with both FAITH and WISDOM (safety).

  • If you are not feeling well, or even think you may be getting sick, it is only wise and ethical to stay home until you are recovered.
  • Until the threat of the virus passes, let’s avoid shaking hands and physical touch.  We will resume our normal interaction as soon as the flu threat dissipates.
  • Please make sure you wash your hands thoroughly, with soap, and with deliberate effort in scrubbing, not just rinsing.

We can be faithful and wise at the same time as it relates to church and our involvement...and leave the rest up to God, who is the true keeper of the soul.

Mat 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 

Mat 10:29  Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 

Mat 10:30  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 

Mat 10:31  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. 


NorthWay Baptist Church

P.O. Box 25571


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