Do we bow before God & seek His mercy and grace or do we bow before 'The State' & beg for permission?
"Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 'We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name.' he said. 'Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man's blood.' Peter and the other apostles replied: 'We must obey God rather than Men!' " (Acts 5:29)
Washington DC 2020 October 25
"Let me be very clear: Our fists are not held up in defiance; our hands are lifted in praise. Our voices are not raised in shouts of hatred, but our songs of hope and prayers for revival are piercing the darkness around us. God is not finished with America yet."
'Worship Protests' Are Bringing Revival To America's Troubled Cities by Sean Feucht 2020 September 17
"The Church used to be on the cutting edge of all these things because the Church used to be the counter culture. Now we are whimpering, weak subjects of a hostile state and our pastoral leaders have left behind the 'counter' and joined the 'culture.' "
"The Church Has Spectacularly Failed the COVID Test ... and the Faithful" by Kira Davis 2020 September 28 "Listen to the response of the congregation as MacArthur takes the stage in their church ... which is open. It should make every other pastor in the state feel ashamed."
Then Jesus said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's." Matthew 22:21, Mark 12:17, Luke 20:25
"But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves." Matthew 7:14-15
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing, and perfect will." (Romans 12:2)
"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good." (Romans 12:9)
(Jesus warning the crowds about the hypocrites [Pharisees], but could easily be applied to all power-hungry leaders.) "But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. Everything they do is done for men to see." (Matthew 23:2b-5a)
"He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom." (Revelation 13:16-18a)