In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, various governing authorities have called for the cessation of public gatherings, including church gatherings. In my own state of North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper gave an executive order forbidding public gatherings of more than 100 people. This means that the majority of churches in North Carolina are forbidden to meet for at least two weeks. Now with the latest CDC guidance, churches may be asked to not hold services until well after Easter.
By the time the executive order was announced, my church and many other churches had already decided to cancel services. But what about other churches who had determined to meet? Should they hold services anyway, engage in an act of civil disobedience, and use Bible passages to justify doing so?
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