Maryland’s Gov. Larry Hogan announced last Friday that houses of worship could reopen at 50 percent capacity…
Stacey Shiflett, pastor of the 400-member Calvary Baptist Church in Dundalk, held a Wednesday night service. With more than 100 congregants in the 600-capacity sanctuary, Calvary was in compliance with Hogan’s order but in defiance of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services’ order.
Uh-oh. But thrillingly, Pastor Shiflett pulled a Shelley Luther. He
tore up a cease-and-desist letter mid-sermon Wednesday night after local officials threatened a $5,000 fine earlier in the week for holding in-person services.”
Pastor Shiflett isn’t the only one chafing under Leviathan’s yoke.
“We got a mayor saying we can only worship in our parking lots, which is ridiculous,” Rev. Alvin Gwynn, pastor of Friendship Baptist in Baltimore City …
The pastor said the police car parked outside his church is being used to intimidate him and the Friendship Baptist churchgoers.
“The city has no legal standing,” Gwynn told WBAL. “What are they going to do? Have officers come, and take body cameras and record you, and then go back and talk to their attorneys to see what they can do with them or not? That’s nothing but intimidation.”
Well, folks, if you’re like me, you’ve been praying mightily that the good Lord would put some backbone into His preachers. Praise God, then, that these Goats have finally scrambled upright after genuflecting at the State’s altar! Indeed, Shiflett’s new spine had him cavorting like a kid:
“So I’m tearing up this cease-and-desist order right here, and I’m telling you right now, we’re gonna do it God’s way! God tells us how to worship Him, nobody else gets to do that.”
“Either we have liberty to worship or we have permission to worship,” Shiflett told Fox News about his decision. “It has become abundantly clear that if we settle for permission, we will never have liberty again.”
Amen! May the rest of the herd heed Shiflett’s warning. And thanks to Mark Carroll for this inspiring link.5:02 pm on May 21, 2020 Email Becky Akers