I see where you're going now. We travel in entirely different circles, you and I. I know plenty of folks (family members even) who go to church on Christmas, Easter, and even Mothers Day if their mothers ask, but they're not Christians. Check that, God knows if they're in or out, but they don't look or act like Christians to me. Squishy or otherwise. Just the same, I don't know any militant Christians ('cept maybe The T Boyz™ and affers) going on like the angry pastor.Jester wrote: ↑Tue Jun 08, 2021 2:17 pmAppeasing in China would be not meeting at all, which to MY point, is what the majority of squishy Christians have been doing before Covid began. Covid gave them the cover to do it guiltless. Romans 13, right?FredS wrote: ↑Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:15 pm
2. By "convicted" I presume you mean by the HS? Surely you're not suggesting individual Christians are at liberty to act on their own convictions when it comes to these temporary restrictions on gatherings.
1. a formal declaration that someone is guilty of a criminal offense, made by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court of law OR THE HOLY SPIRIT. (HS added and emphasized by me)
2. a firmly held belief or opinion.
EDIT - Actually, I do personally know of a group of Christians in China who had/have to limit the size of their gatherings so as not to raise the suspicion of the neighborhood spies. I suppose one could call that "appeasement". I call it courage. They'd love to be able to record and broadcast their interactions with the cops, but of course they'd never be seen again if they dared do it like the angry pastor does.
People who neglect assembling together should be convicted by the Holy Spirit. This is not an opinion but a command, a command that a lot of spineless Christians have practiced before the worst virus that ever existed arrived. Practice made perfect, except maybe on Christmas and Easter.
It's hard to blame them. They have been conditioned to submit to their authority. Appeasement after appeasement, American Christians have bowed to culture over the Word of God. When the time came to shut down churches it was easy.
American Christians would not meet in limited gatherings in China. They would be screaming, "Romans 13, you attention seeking, resisting, confrontational, antagonizing, escalators who encounters with law enforcement!"
I suppose though, that I have seen some confused Christians who point to Romans 13 as a blanket command to submit to the man. The evening news out here liked to find those people and put them on camera last year when they (the news) were trying to paint corporate worshippers in a bad light. But they're more kooky than squishy - that is, they misunderstand scripture, not ignore it.