As Christ-followers, our intent should be to stir up love and good works, not forsaking (or abandoning) the assembling of ourselves together. We have our faith as we stand alone but when we have our faith in a corporate gathering, it is solidified. We can pray alone but when we pray as a group, we are lifted.
We can read the Word of God alone but as the church, we the bride, grow in relationship with God and one another as we read the Word of God together! We can sing alone but to sing together in unison brings strength and blessing.
We must consider the flock, but we must allow the flock to consider for themselves. They know the truth, and, in the truth, their hearts and minds can and will be settled, knowing God is sovereign to the means of the end.
Pastors (shepherds) point the people to the one true Shepherd! How can we deny them that if they are given the option and choose to want to come together to worship Him? In unprecedented days, we need allowance - not to make them come but to allow them to come if they choose to.
We cannot and we must not abandon the worship of our Holy God! It is in unison of heart, mind, and soul that the bride of Christ is washed in the Word.
Mark 10:9 says, “What God has joined together, let no one separate.” Christ always chooses to be adored by his bride. Come on church arise, stand! Our King is coming soon. We, as Pastors (shepherds) do not have the right to decide for our people what they should fear. They are smart and reasonable people! When we open our churches, we need to tell them the dangers, but we also need to support them in coming if they choose.
America was built on our freedom to worship as we please!
Tyranny is never an option! We have no right to decide for our people that they should be fearful. Our job is to help lift them up above the circumstance to live life well; in FAITH, believing the promises of our Lord Jesus Christ.