Andy Stanley’s name really should not be mentioned in the same breath as John MacArthur’s. This is Not a Battle. Over 200,000 People Have Died From the Coronavirus Plague and Many of Them Caught the Plague in the church and were church members. Churches Should Not Be Reopening the Building When They Can Easily Meet Online. The True Church Has Never Been About a Building, Because We Worship God in Spirit and in Truth. In fact, the early church met in homes and I predicted a few years ago that the church was going to return to the home and that is what is happening. All Christians should go to church every time the church meets but not in a building in the middle of a deadly plague-pandemic. I urge John MacArthur, One of the Greatest Preachers in American History, to Stand Down on This Issue and Not allow his good name to be sullied by Getting Caught Up in the nasty game of Politics. Andy Stanley is wrong on almost everything but he is right on continuing to have church online instead of meeting inside the building in the midst of a plague-pandemic. All Christians should go to church but not at the church building right now.
A year ago, here is what Daniel Whyte III said about Andy Stanley: Daniel Whyte III, President of Gospel Light Society, Calls Andy Stanley a ‘False Prophet’ and Calls on Respected Christian Leaders Across the Nation and Around the Globe, Such as Al Mohler, David Jeremiah, John MacArthur, Franklin Graham, Tony Evans, Jack Graham, Greg Laurie, and Harry Jackson, to Stop Giving Him the Benefit of the Doubt and Rebuke Him Harshly and Openly as a False Prophet Who Has Taught Heresy for Years; He Also Calls on Dallas Theological Seminary and Other Seminary Presidents to Condemn This Heresy, for All Christian Bookstores to Cease Carrying His Books and Materials, and for All Young Pastors to Stop Using His Philosophy, Vision, and Materials. And Yes, We Are Calling on Our Beloved Dr. Charles Stanley and Pastor of His Home Church, First Baptist Church Atlanta, to Pull Him and Sit Him Down Until He Recants and Repents and is Willing to Clear Up the Mess He Has Caused.
Pastors John MacArthur and Andy Stanley, who are both influential Christian leaders, presented dueling advice on how churches should respond to government restrictions amid the pandemic this week, with MacArthur urging pastors to open because the supposed need for indefinite lockdowns is a “lie,” while Stanley recommended cooperation.
Both MacArthur, who leads Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, and Stanley, who leads North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, shared their thoughts on the controversial issue during a Q Session discussion with moderator and Q Ideas founder Gabe Lyons on Wednesday.
MacArthur, who’s been locked in an ongoing public dispute with Los Angeles County over his decision to hold indoor Sunday morning worship services for his thousands of members, argued that while it’s “crystal clear that God has ordained government,” he will no longer aid and abet the “lie” of the ongoing lockdowns in response to COVID-19.
“Being a pastor means you’re a truth teller. That means you’re truth teller when it comes to the Bible. That means you protect your people from deception that comes from the world. That’s part of being a shepherd. You don’t want to aid and abet the lie. This is a lie and you can’t necessarily say that everybody that’s involved in it has an ulterior motive but the lie is dominating and you need to be a truth teller and you need to do your homework,” MacArthur told Lyons.
“I would say to pastors, ‘have church, open up, have church.’ You don’t have to fear someone’s going to die. You don’t have to fear you’re going to get sick, because they’re not going to be able to trace this back. I haven’t seen anything like that anywhere,” he continued.
“Health mandates and governors orders are not law. I don’t think you have to fear that. You need to open the church because this, of all times, when people fear is where they need to come. I don’t think you have to give a clinical explanation, I think you have to welcome them and not make them follow protocol that you know is pointless,” he said.
More than 6 million cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed in the United States along with 187,000 deaths as of Friday evening, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Despite the numbers, however, MacArthur argued that he doesn’t believe that COVID-19 is the threat public health officials claimed it would be.