Ps 46:1: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. KJV
It is our heart’s desire and prayer to God that each of you are enjoying the blessings of God in great abundance!
I am writing you concerning the recent Corona Virus outbreak. Though there are a plethora of media and governmental sources speaking out on this matter, one reoccurring message is there is a lot that we do not know about this virus especially regarding its longevity, potency and specifically how it is passed from person to person.
In addition, many local, county and state governments have issued various levels of protective orders requiring its citizens to adhere to a bevy of different sanctions, closings and restrictions that are currently impacting almost every level of our business, personal and social lives; even impacting our places of worship.
I have carefully and prayerfully considered the matter of closing our churches in order to prevent the spread of this virus among our congregants and friends. There are many things to consider regarding this matter, one of which is the very real potential of negatively impacting our churches financially. However, I truly believe that when this virus has run its course, it will be impossible to know if we as a church overreacted or did too much, but it will be quite apparent if we as a church under reacted and did too little.
There are those who say that the church should demonstrate its faith in God and keep its doors opened during this international crisis. I submit to you that for most of us, it will take far more faith to close our doors than to keep them opened!
Consequently, I am asking that each one of our local temples and districts strongly consider temporarily suspending all gatherings of ten or more people and would seek other means of conducting our worship, fellowship, business and other church related activities via internet or some form of a digitally-interactive media platform. This is not an “order” because I am not certain the office of Chief Bishop has such authority; but this does represent the strongest possible request.
In response to this matter, I have requested that the national technology ministry along with the General Treasurer’s office provide on line tools and technological support to assist our local temples with setting up on line streaming to air their services, bible studies and other meetings; and to be provided instruction for using a digital/internet platform for collecting their tithes, offerings and other necessary funds. We expect to have these resources available by April 7, 2020.
As the psalmist declared in Psalms 46:1 – Our God is a “very present help in trouble.” This clause “very present help” can be translated “greatly found assistance.” This divine promise ministers to us at this very moment and time, reassuring us that the more trouble abounds the more God will give us easier access to his presence, his power and his peace! Thanks be unto God for the victory we’ve already won!
This is not a moment to merely talk faith, it is a time to demonstrate our faith by showing love and compassion for others. Let’s strive to put the glory of God on display for the world to see! I pray God’s richest blessing continue to be yours!
For Such A Time As This – Your Servant,
Bishop Rex M. Waddell
Chief Bishop -Church of the Living God (C.W.F.F.)