Let’s protect the honor and the Institution of the Church by doing the right thing.
God designed us to protect the honor of his Church through a principle known as self-judgment, this way we always stay far ahead of the curve when it comes to interaction with the State and thereby separate ourselves from intrusion.
This principle is outlined in 1 Corinthians 11:31-32
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
This implies that we should judge ourselves lest we open ourselves up. We protect ourselves from external discipline if we have very strong self-governing mechanisms.
The COVID 19 has no religious affiliation. From pilgrimages to Jerusalem, Mecca or the Vatican are all being cancelled on the principle of social distancing.
Social distancing is actually a Biblical method to stop the spread of an infectious virus. This was spelt out in the covenant God had with the nation of Israel. They were to isolate infected people and practice personal hygiene to stop the spread of any disease among them.
Leveticus 13: 21, 46
21 But if the priest look on it, and, behold, there be no white hairs therein, and if it be not lower than the skin, but be somewhat dark; then the priest shall shut him up seven days:….. 46 All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.
This was the way Israel walked in divine health where there was no feeble man among them. Everybody in Israel was in a state of health.
From spiritual principles of staying clear of bitterness and murmuring in order to keep the spirit healthy, to practical principles of hygiene through the collective application of wisdom, the nation was kept in health.
When an individual had need of healing based on him violating the law of God, then the individual faith of the prophet was required to restore health to the person or group.
The nation as a whole stayed healthy by the collective application of wisdom.
Israel lived in divine health because God had given to Israel the laws of public health.
It is important that we even stay ahead of the world in terms of stopping the spread of the virus through application of hidden biblical principles. We ought not to compare ourselves to any other in making decisions since we are the light of the world and the principle of isolation is biblical.
This way we show the world that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Even the skeptics, will get to understand that scientific practices are actually embedded in the Scriptures.
The idea of services being intruded upon wouldn’t even be conceivable for we will be far ahead through the principle of self-government based on knowledge and by that provide things honest in the sight of men.