With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, churches have been adjusting how they meet and when they meet. Some churches have moved to virtual services. Some have outdoor or in-car services. Some have added more service times to promote social distancing. All are striving to find a way to meet the need of a church to assemble in a meaningful way. This has brought up the question: What constitutes a church meeting?
In this series, I will attempt to address some specific concepts involved with a church meeting. These will include topics such as:
What constitutes a church?
When should churches meet?
Where should churches meet?
What functions are required at a church meeting?
During this pivotal time in world history, perhaps we need to reevaluate our concept of the local church. I fear that we have become so accustomed to how our culture has defined a church that we have neglected what is revealed in Scripture about churches. Let’s get back to the Bible and let God dictate our beliefs about what a church meeting should be.
In March, he claimed to heal people of COVID-19 while he prayed for them as they laid their hand on their TVs. (One wonders why he doesn’t visit hospitals.) Then he told those who lost their jobs due to the pandemic to continue paying tithes. (Since 10% of 0 is 0, I guess that wouldn’t be a problem for them.) Then he said he would continue to have church services even if he had to pass out thermometers to everyone, and if someone had a fever, that he would “get it healed right there.” (Hard to argue with that.)
Why do people listen to this guy??
The true Christian does not call down the “wind of God” upon the coronavirus and pronounce it “destroyed”. Kenneth Copeland is a charlatan who is just interested in money which he extracts from people by acting like he has special powers imbued upon him by God. Suffice it to say, he does not.