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Calvary Chapel Landers has decided to make the church building available to anyone who wants to come and worship the Lord, this is a decision that has been prayed for since the beginning of the lock down, through this pandemic I have been constantly reminded of the fact that the church is called to walk by faith, not by sight, (2 Corinthians 5:7)  and that we have not been given a sprirt of fear but of power, of love and of a sound mind, (2 Timothy 1:7) over the time we have had the church shut down in cooperation with the government I have sought to educate myself on the virus, trying to get past all of the scare tactics and all of the dismisiveness of the virus, finding that the flu has litterally killed more people than this virus plus the survival rate is extremely high, noting everyone going to places like Home Depot, Sam's Club, Wal-Mart, including our elderly noting that people were still congrgating, and the impossibilty of maintaining social distancing at times, in 1 Timothy 1:7 note that we have a sound mind and we are to use it and if we lack wisdom then James says to ask of God who gives freely and abundantly, watching a message by Pastor David Guzik on the decision to open or stay closed was considered and watching a video by Brad Dacus at Pacific Justice Institute and hearing that the DOJ is on the side of pastors, having the distinct impression that the Lord was saying its time to open His church, so seeking to be obedient I opened the church, and some of those who came, thanked me for opening the church and having services, now in that time I have been a part of a webinar that Pastor Jack Hibbs, Pastor Paul Chapell, and Robert Tyler co-founder and general counsel for "Faith and Freedom," gave, encouraging churches to sign a Declaration of Essentiallity of which I did and here it is... 

The Day of Pentecost is also known as the birthday of the Christian church. May 31, 2020 is the 1,990th anniversary of the original Day of Pentecost that occurred in the year A.D. 30. We declare that on May 31, 2020, or sooner, we will resume corporate worship as instructed in Hebrews 10:24-25.

Facing the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Christian church and other faiths have been relegated to “nonessential” status by governing agencies throughout the United States. But we, the signers of this declaration, believe and contend that gathering together in fellowship and worship is “essential.”

As ministers of the Gospel, we have complied with the orders of governing bodies to cease meeting in-person as has been our practice for nearly 2000 years since the first Day of Pentecost. We respect the governing authorities and their role in public safety. However, the governing authorities have suspended our meetings indefinitely, refusing to provide a date upon which we can lawfully commence our practice of worshiping God together in our houses of worship. While we are thankful to the governing authorities for the significant efforts made to protect the public from COVID-19, the remaining threat of COVID-19 is outweighed by the severe restrictions upon the free exercise of our religion that we deem “essential.” We are committed to public safety and will follow reasonable guidelines established and applied to similarly situated organizations.

Fundamental to the First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion is the right to gather and worship.[1] The First Amendment requires that the burden imposed on the free exercise of religion be narrowly tailored to serve the governmental interest in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Here, just as occurred in the U.S. Supreme Court case entitled Church of the Lukumi Balalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah, the government’s “proffered objectives are not pursued with respect to analogous non-religious conduct, and those interests could be achieved by narrower ordinances that burdened religion to a far lesser degree.”[2]  The current governmental orders are not narrowly tailored here because innumerable secular enterprises and places where people gather are deemed essential, including those that pose even greater risks of COVID-19 than religious assemblies.

NOW THEREFORE, WE DECLARE THAT WE WILL RESUME IN-PERSON RELIGIOUS ASSEMBLIES BEGINNING ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST, MAY 31, 2020, OR SOONER.

[1] See W. Va. State Bd. of Educ. v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624, 638 (1943) (“The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts … [such as the] freedom of worship and assembly.” This protection was incorporated against the states in Cantwell v. Connecticut, 310 U.S. 296 (1940).

[2]Church of the Lukumi Balalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah, 508 U.S. 520, 546 (1990). 

 

I have opened our church, but I'm certainly not the first to open and to be sure there have been some that haven't closed at all. That being said all I'm seeking to do is be obedient to the leading of the Spirit and to walk by faith as the Lord has called all of us to do, and the Lord has given each of us a measure of faith and we are responsible for exercising that faith, according to how the Lord is leading, now for some of you that means that He may want you to stay home and for others He may be challenging you to go, but however the Lord is leading you need to be obedient to the Lord. May the Lord bless you and keep you. -Pastor Ruben

“The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

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