First of all, the revival scheduled for March 13-15th is still on.
We are not canceling any services at this time. However, please read the following update to understand what steps we’re taking, and why.
We live in a world where media and political parties, and many other groups, cash in on public fear. The outbreak of COVID-19 just happens to coincide with this reality. Thus, it’s hard to know exactly what the danger or seriousness of the situation really is. This is the beginning, I believe, of the fulfillment of the prophecy that in the last days, “men’s hearts will be failing them because of fear.”
It’s important in this climate to remember that our lives are in God’s hands, and He is in ultimate control. Therefore, as Christians, we do not live in fear. We live every day with the confidence that He is our provider, our protector, our Savior, and our healer.
Mark 16:17-18 says this:
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
As we endeavor to fulfill the Great Commission, we live with the promise that God is able to protect us from things that would otherwise be harmful or deadly. This promise was never intended to encourage people to purposefully endanger themselves by handling snakes or drinking poison. There are people that believe that and are taking this scripture way out of context.
This passage was meant to encourage us, that while we are pursuing the will of God in our lives, even when we encounter dangerous things that could cause us harm, God is able to protect us. He can keep us from any harm, including a virus. We at the Refuge hold fast to that promise and pray for divine protection over our lived, families, church, and community.
Also, remember that 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us:
God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
With that said, God also gives us the wisdom to protect ourselves and take common-sense precautions as a church body. While COVID-19 only causes minor symptoms (much like the cold or flu) in the young and healthy, it can be serious (much like the cold or flu), and even life-threatening, for those with underlying medical issues and the elderly.
We are taking steps to protect those who attend our services, like:
- Disinfecting hard surfaces such as doorknobs, faucet handles, etc.
- Limiting “handshakes” as much as possible – fist bumps will suffice 🙂
While faithfulness to the house of God, even when we don’t feel like it, is commendable, if you have cold or flu symptoms (cough, sore throat, fever, sneezing, congestion, etc.), please stay home. We will offer streaming services for those who can not make it to church because of health reasons.
These common-sense measures are temporary. In time, we’re confident this outbreak will pass, and things will get back to normal. These precautions are only mean to assure that The Refuge is a safe place to assemble to worship. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.