Mike, John MacArthur really doesn't have a better reason since there's an Internet to carry services. I have no problem if a church can find some way to keep the virus out. I would think that more churches in California could have outdoor services than many other places could? It has a dry heat, so if you aren't directly in the sun it's even comfortable outdoors. Time will tell if John can get away with it and not have a lot of people catch the covid-19 virus āš
Reuters wrote: .... "We can do much better without locking down,ā Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at an event hosted by Harvard University. He said Americans should wear masks, keep physically distanced, shut down bars, wash their hands and favor outdoor activities over indoor ones in order to help stop transmission of the virus.
excerpt from, 'Fauci doesn't think U.S. will have to go back into "shutdown mode"'
You won't find me in any bars or churches until a good vaccine come out ā š
Well I can point out that jumble of letters that started with "t" was "that" you seem to maybe forgotten that person who stuck flower tank a barrel at Tiennian (so) was flower child ļæ½ļæ½. šš :::::!
Anne Applebaum wrote: .... We have all been convinced for many decades now that American democracy is something inevitable, it's like water coming out of the tap, or the air we breathe, that there's nothing special that we have to do in order to perpetuate it.
But the lessons from around the world show that democracies do die. People lose faith in them. Political parties with anti-democratic beliefs take over democratic countries.
Our democracy, like every democracy, requires work. It requires reform. It requires renewed commitment. It may require new kinds of politics. And it may be that all of us are going to have to be a lot more involved in politics and think a lot harder about how to ensure that our democracy survives than we ever expected to.
excerpt from, " How authoritarianism has spread since the coronavirus pandemic began"
Anne was the second person interviewed on this PBS NewsHour done yesterday, so you either have to go past the halfway point on the transcript or halfway through the video to see her. It was an interesting segment on this PBS NewsHour. ā š
The first part might a different guest was about the destruction of democracy in Poland and Hungary.
I can see why Franklin Graham wouldn't be that happy with the statue; his father was more nonpartisan than he is.
Robert P. Jones wrote: .... In some important ways, āWhite Too Longā represents my accounting of a journey Iāve been on at least since my seminary days in my early 20s. I was raised as a Southern Baptist in Mississippi and attended a Southern Baptist college and seminary. At the same time, I attended newly integrated public schools in Jackson, where I attended classes and played sports with African American classmates. But our social lives, our neighborhoods and churches were largely still segregated. It wasnāt until I was in seminary that I became aware of the genesis of my denomination, which I capture in the first sentence of the book: āThe Christian denomination in which I grew up was founded on the proposition that chattel slavery could flourish alongside the gospel of Jesus Christ.ā That appalling contradiction, and its legacy all around me growing up, has haunted me my whole adult life....
excerpts from, "How white supremacy infected Christianity and the Republican Party"
John MacArthur wrote: ....In 2019, at the Truth Matters Conference, where, during a word association questionnaire, the name, "Beth Moore" was given. Reiterating his stance on 1 Timothy 2:12, MacArthur responded by stating thatĀ Beth MooreĀ should, "Go home" and that, "There is no case that can be made Biblically for a woman preacher. Period. Paragraph. End of Discussion."...
excerpt from, " John MacArthur ~Wikipedia" ā
What's an Evangelical? Well for one thing they are usually African-Americanāš
https://tinyurl.com/ycax7zcx (Americaās New Religions)
Russell Moore would agree with him?
https://tinyurl.com/y92o6qg8 (Russell Moore: Why this election makes me hate the word āevangelicalā)
From the article: "Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, widely criticised for his handling of the crisis there, appeared to credit an unproven treatment for his recovery from the virus."
He wouldn't be welcomed in Canadaāš
https://tinyurl.com/yy2u5wax (Bolsonaroās positive coronavirus test marks ābeginning of the endā for his administration, analyst says). If it were only true.
Martha Ann Overland wrote: .... American yachts sneaking across the border makes Creek, and a lot of other Canadians, angry.
There is widespread alarmĀ at how fast the coronavirus has spread through the Lower 48 and what many Canadians view as Americans' flagrant disregard for mask wearing and maintaining a safe social distance.
A poll conducted by Nanos ResearchĀ found that eight in 10 Canadians want the border to remain closed to nonessential U.S. traffic because of fears of the coronavirus.
"When I called the U.S. the biggest petri dish in the world, that was not just off the cuff," says Creek....
excerpt from, "Americans, Go Home: Canadians Track U.S. Boaters Sneaking Across The Border"
Reuters wrote: The World Health Organization has warned that, despite strong hopes for a vaccine, there might never be a "silver bullet" for COVID-19, and the road ahead back to normality would be long.
ā¢Top WHO officials have urged countries to 'do it all' to get on top of coronavirus
ā¢They said hope remains in the international hunt for a vaccine
ā¢Countries with high transmission rates have been warned to brace for a sustained battle
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO emergencies head Mike Ryan have strongly encouraged all nations to rigorously enforce health measures such as mask-wearing, social distancing, handwashing and testing....
excerpt from, "WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns there may never be a 'silver bullet' for COVID-19" š²
it is interesting to see that John is in agreement with the Pope. ā š
Zack Budryk wrote: The pastor of a Capitol Hill Catholic church tested positive for the novel coronavirus the same day he suggested parishioners who did not attend in-person church services over fears of infection were ālukewarmā in their faith....
PopeĀ disagreed with Goldsteinās characterization of his positions on the pandemic. āWhen I say, āDo not be afraid,ā that is not to say, āBe reckless,āā he said. āThereās a middle ground between afraid and reckless, and thatās prudence.ā
excerpt from, "[Catholic] Pastor who urged people not to 'cower in fear' tests positive for coronavirus"
Jonathan Turley wrote: .... The Constitution does not leave the states as mere bystanders forced to watch as pastors such as Tony Spell bus in hundreds of people for church services. Such services are worse than a āsuicide pact.ā They are a pact to serve potential spreaders. Spell may declare that ātrue Christians do not mind dying,ā but their neighbors might mind a great deal. [ ]
excerpt from, " Why the government can shut down church gatherings during pandemic"
I hope these churches are going to take legal, financial responsibility for any deaths or illnesses that they have helped to spread?--If do help spread covid-19 they should be financially liable for it.
16. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17. so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. ---
https://tinyurl.com/y2vg4drj (NKJV MacArthur Study Bible Large Print Hardcover). You can buy exactly the same thing in the NASB version. A very good way of studying the scriptures. āš