The government mandated that churches shut their doors during COVID-19; while many obliged – other churches resisted.
Despite threats and massive fines – Trinity Bible Church kept their doors open, allowing people to gather – and their decision had eternal ramifications.
For example, one woman who escaped a life of drug addiction by God’s grace – claimed that if the church had closed during the pandemic – she’d be dead –and just wait until you hear her story.
In a touching testimony before her baptism, through tears, Jennifer Scott recalled how she was a slave to darkness, addicted to drugs and living a worldly life.
She described her son inviting her to a prayer meeting at church – that this began a transformation in her life – leading her to accept Jesus.
During her testimony, Jennifer Scott made it clear that had the church obeyed the government and shut down – she wouldn’t even be alive.
“None of these things would have happened if Trinity closed it doors and was solely online,” she said. “I know for a fact I’d be dead right now if God had not used this church in my life.”
Scott became emotional, at one point adding, “I am not crippled by fear anymore. … Jesus never stopped His pursuit of me.”
Amen, and praise God!
Seeing lives saved and transformed by the power of Jesus is beautiful.
The enemy wants us to live in fear and stay paralyzed – but Jesus sets us free.
Throughout Canada, pastors were thrown in jail for refusing to close their doors.
These pastors knew people were hurting and needed to hear the life-altering truth and good news of Jesus Christ – especially during a pandemic.
So, they met; they were willing to go to prison.
Likewise, right here in America, churches were ordered to follow a series of mandates– or directly told to shut down.
Bold heroes of the faith (like John MacArthur) refused closure – even though they faced harassment from leftist politicians in California.
After the madness ceased – the courts agreed with MacArthur, and the government was forced to back down.
Whether in a pandemic or not – we all need Jesus.
Churches should have the right to meet and gather as a body – as people’s souls truly depend on it.
Trinity Bible Church posted Jennifer’s testimony – and encouraged other churches to hold-the-line and keep their doors open.
“Refuse to close your doors. Refuse to turn people away. This testimony is one among many that are similar,” the church proclaimed.
“We’ve witnessed over 100 baptisms at TBC since June 2020; all glory to God!”
All glory to God, forever and ever.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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