Regarding Closed Churches, Pastor Josh Hurley Asks, “Remember?”

Remember that time Daniel was told not to pray: His friends told him it would be dangerous to keep praying and he was supposed to respect the king. So, instead he compromised and went into his inner closet to pray?

Remember that time Esther had the opportunity to save her entire people but Mordechai reminded her that it would be disrespectful to the king and would be dangerous to even try, so instead she went and locked herself in her room and just asked God to go speak to the king?

Remember that time Shadraq, Meshaq, and Abednego were told they had to bow to the king and when they realized how disrespectful and dangerous it would be not to, they decided to just bow and pray together later in private?

Remember when Daniel was told he had to eat the King’s meat in violation of his faith and his friends told him to quit being a troublemaker and to save his life to fight later so he did?

Remember how the disciples were whipped and told by the authorities to quit talking about Jesus in public so they went back to fishing and tax collecting, trusting that God was sovereign and must be working in another way?

Remember when Abraham was going up the mountain with his son to sacrifice him when he realized how stupid and unwise it all was and was home by dinner?

Remember when they arrested Paul and were beating him and he thought, “I don’t want to cause any trouble for these guys, I better not tell them I am a Roman. I’ll take my beating and call it a day. No need to talk to the governor.”

Ya. Me neither.

Your faith without works is a dead faith, Church. If you aren’t acting out of faith right now, you need to repent.

Thanks very much to Scott Watson, who spotted this righteous call to action and sent it my way. I contacted Rev. Hurley and asked both his permission to reprint it here and whether I should include a link to his church’s website. Whereupon he unleashed further gems: “We actually moved 6 months ago to disband our church and move into many home churches in anticipation for this event. As such, I don’t have a corporate church name or website to reference any longer.”

I was so thrilled I nigh wept! Citing Isaiah 5, Rev. Hurley added, “The natural, unintended result of the small churches closing every day in America while the big ones get bigger is that the government has more and more control over the church. Most of them have succumbed to the 501(c)(3) pressures and have simply become corporations wielded by the government. …If the church is only about the informational model the government just reduced it to, then what is the point in going? After all, information is everywhere. We need community. …”

Finally, this genius gives Romans 13 a whole new twist: “We have forsaken God’s command to respect our governing authorities… When I say governing authorities, I am not talking about people. I am talking about Articles 1-7 of the Constitution and its 27 Amendments. We sit idly by while totalitarians, controlled by globalists, shred it before our eyes. And, we do it in the name of pursuing peace and security.”


A thousand deafening “AMENS!


7:47 pm on April 6, 2020