Puritan Board Sophomore
This is exactly it.The real question, and it is a big one is whether churches will segregate their people based on vaccination status. I hear that in some states, churches are being told that vaccinated people do not have to wear a mask while unvaccinated do. Vaccinated people (unmasked) can sit in one area, while unvaccinated people (masked) have to sit in a different area, with different capacity limits in each area. Thus, at the door of the church we would have screening of vaccination status, and a segregation based on that.
And some churches will just go along with this because they have gone along with everything else.
The Lord's Supper can be different, they can be baptized separately, they could use different facilities at the church, and then eventually they can have their services separated completely! Maybe the unvaccinated can have something on their clothes to signify that they are not to mingle? Paperwork is already being implemented, so that's a step in the right direction. They'll have to remain masked. That's a great way to make sure that their humanity is obscured, too. That'll make it easier to see their employment terminated and other abilities in society diminished. So on and so forth...
Obviously I'm being snarky about it, but I'm doing so to make a point. We're now seeing a makeshift caste system develop right before our eyes based on lies and deceit fueled by fear. "Protect grandma!" from the mouths of the very people who softly (for now) advocate for the elimination of the elderly and give deafening screams for the elimination of the unborn. If it smacks of Soviet-era insanity and the rise of the Third Reich, good! It can't possibly happen here? Right? They said the same thing. And yet even they didn't promote a sodomite agenda to be consumed under threat of elimination. I received a text this morning from a friend who said that the college he works at will require vaccination to continue employment there. Second class citizen? Yup! And becoming more so. It seems that the church has, in large swaths, gone along with the program. We use Scripture to justify it, but when will it become clear that lines drawn in the sand have been long swept away, and we're just blindly submitting to whatever comes from the mouth of rulers who are doing the work of their father the devil? And to the rebuttal that God establishes and deposes kings - yes, and "the devil is God's devil," but we don't bow down to the devil thinking that we're bowing down to God through him. That would be idolatry of the highest order. As one of the brothers in the Great White North has pointed out (in this thread or another) - give it time because it's coming. The church is going to nuance herself to death in an attempt to be winsome and win the world. The church is to be countercultural to the point of it being a siege weapon in God's hands. The gates of Hell will not prevail. So let us not take up roost in the eaves of the watchtowers of Satan. Let us not eat from his table but cry out that there is death in the pot! Hopefully others will see our witness and head the testimony given to us by God and discontinue their bonds with ghouls of Satan's domain. We need to stand firmly on the Word and do no other. Give no room to any of the lies of the world.
To the OP - I personally don't engage in the conversation unless it is directly discussed with me. I gently give my position yet am firm about my convictions.