Not Sound and Fury, but Grace: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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10 Responses

  1. Mike E. says:

    I just watched this morning a You Tube video from a pastor in Spokane here. He said he and the leadership of the church are seriously praying and considering going against the governor’s order to stay closed. He said he was getting “pressure” from people to open up. I know this man. He is very knowledgable about God’s Word, so he must be very clear on what God’s Word says about submitting to government authority. He also said he was concerned about being presumptuous. So it’s very clear to me that he knows the will of God in this matter but is being sorely tempted to disobey. I wrote him an email outlining my concerns, but when I went to send it, the email got deleted somehow. So I tried to send it again, and the same thing happened. So I took that as a leading of the Lord to not send the email. I pray for the very grace you outline in the article for him. I’m literally afraid for him. If y’all get a chance, you might also pray for this man.

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    Mike

    I think the “sound and fury” is meant to intimidate and pressure. Grace, on the other hand, is transformative… I will certainly pray for the gentleman…

  3. Michael says:

    I’m doing Zoom church for our group…and I am laser focused on nothing but the person and work of Jesus.
    It’s the only antidote to everything else we’re getting bombarded with…

  4. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael

    God willing this time will pass, but I think there will be some who in years to come will look back in shame…

  5. Bride of Christ says:

    I wonder if Calvary Chapel Pastors are feeling any uncertainty about their call for all Calvary Chapels to re open their churches to the public on May 31 in defiance of the governing authorities? Here in California the news is filled with another church ( not Calvary Chapel) which held services on Mothers Day in defiance of local rules and regulations put in place to protect the public, and the churchgoers themselves from this deadly virus. The very next day one of the churchgoers in attendance tested positive for cornivorous and now all 200 people in attendance, including the pastor, are in quarantine for two weeks. The foolish pastor will not even give a comment to the general public or the press in the wake of his ‘ civil disobediance’. As a Christian I am horrified at the terrible witness these churches are presenting to the unsaved general public. They are creating such distrust and frightening so many people.

  6. Duane Arnold says:

    B of C

    I simply have no words…

  7. bob1 says:

    B of C,

    Wouldn’t really matter if this pastor you refer to did or didn’t have any comment.

    His actions speak for him. How sad.

  8. BoC, where was the church? CC San Jose thought about opening last week, then thought better of it. I don’t know what to make of demands from parishioners about opening churches…

  9. Duane Arnold says:

    It amazes me that as believers we talk about eternity, eternal values, life everlasting, etc. Yet, we see people being placed at risk over waiting a week or a month to gather for worship. It seems to me to be a remarkable disconnect…

  10. CM says:

    If someone dies of coronavirus at the church B or C mentioned, that pastor will have blood on his hands. Period.

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