REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 2: People protest the killing of George Floyd in downtown Redwood City, Calif., on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
June 4, 2020 THE CHURCH NO LONGER HAS EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW by mariomurilloministries

Outrage is justified over the killing of George Floyd. I am not saying otherwise. However, I must risk whatever favor I have earned with you. I must put everything on the line in order to make an urgent point. A great evil that is coming against the church, is now out in the open.

We Christians no longer have equal protection under the law. We are officially second-class citizens in the United States. How else can you explain the total double-standard that exists: one standard for protesters and another for churches?

I thought we were in the midst of a pandemic so dangerous that everyone had to stay home? I thought that churches couldn’t meet because of the threat of spreading the virus? Weren’t police taking down license plate numbers of people at drive-in church services?

Why then, are tens of thousands of people standing shoulder to shoulder and protesting across America? Why is there no attempt whatsoever to stop them with the self-same zeal with which they have shut down the church?

Look at the picture of the protest in front of the California State Capital building. This is absolutely bizarre. Weeks ago, on that very spot, Christians staged a public rally. Suddenly, their permit to assemble was revoked. A pastor was arrested for giving a speech. They were told their rally was a great danger to the public.

Saturday, on that same exact site, there was a rally, but this time the “organizers didn’t have time to get a permit” we were told. Apparently they didn’t need one. Their crowd was several times larger than the church crowd, much louder, and more likely to get out of control. Not everyone was wearing a mask, and many other “guidelines” were blatantly ignored.

The only voice at the Christian rally, was one pastor, and he was arrested. Yet at the protest, as many angry people as wanted to speak were granted free access and protection.

At the same time as America is being looted, burned and assaulted by thugs, the leftist Governors are putting the screws to the local church. They are so blindly anti-Christian that they don’t care how blatant their double-standard is.

They see us as passive. The see us as apathetic. They see us as compliant. And, sadly, for the most part, they are right.

Here, in the middle of widespread lawlessness, and massive crowds pushing against each other, are the rules for the local churches in California to reopen: “Attendance must be limited to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower. The limitations will remain in places for 21 days after approval. After the initial three weeks, the California Department of Public Health will work with county public health officials to review the impact of in-person gatherings at Houses of Worship and provide further direction for future services.”

Now get this: at the very same time that all restraint has been removed, allowing thousands to protest, draconian rules are being reinforced against the church. How is this possible? Since they have proven by their actions that they don’t believe the protesters pose a public health risk, there is only one conclusion to be drawn: This is not about the virus—it is about silencing the church.

Look at those rules again. Are you kidding me? If you have a 5,000-seat sanctuary and 10,000 members, only 100 get to go to church? Have your ever heard of anything crazier? In Colorado Springs, for example, New Life Church, with 10.000 members has had to go to six services on Sunday!

Worse still, is the subtle language. What we have here is not a phase, but a test. The language is ominous: “The California Department of Public Health will work with county public health officials to review the impact of in-person gatherings at Houses of Worship and provide further direction for future services.”

Yeah, sure. Reviewed by leftists with out and out antipathy toward the church. Officials can manipulate statistics to draw their own conclusions. It happened today:

L.A. reported a spike in the number of Coronavirus infections. Turns out it wasn’t a spike; it was slow record keeping.  500 people who were infected long ago, and who never made it onto the current count were added, so it just looked like a spike.

Do you really believe they can’t play games with numbers and tell the church: “Oh well, the number of infections are up, so we can’t let you have more than a hundred people, sitting 6 feet apart.”

How can any official—in the face of what they are allowing out in the streets—read those rules out loud with a straight face? Gavin Newsom tacitly approves overwhelming numbers of people in the streets behaving recklessly, but still keeps his knee on the neck of the church.

He is not alone. In every state where a Democrat is governor, similar madness toward the church is reigning.

Ridiculous rules that choke the life out of local churches could become permanent. Lukewarm preachers who want acceptance are traitors to us. They appear on network news and mouth the very propaganda being spewed by these blue states.

Men and women of God are at a critical point of decision. There will soon come a time when the rules will no longer make sense on any level. Soon, you must choose whether or not you will obey the order of your state’s governor to ‘kindly drop dead.’

The hour is upon us when we must rise up with one voice and cast off these chains they want to put on all of us. Are you ready for the day when you must obey God, rather than men?

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