According to a request by California’s governor, Christians are now prohibited from singing in churches, news that has sparked complaints among area believers.
“Californians are still free to attend their house of worship. But they’re forbidden from singing or chanting,” read the lead paragraph in a story published by the Sacramento Bee.
According to CBN News, the new guide to places of worship was issued on July 1.
“Discontinue singing (in rehearsals, services, etc.), chanting, and other practices and performances where there is increased likelihood for transmission from contaminated exhaled droplets,” the 14-page order reads.
“Consider practicing these activities through alternative methods (such as internet streaming) that ensure individual congregation members perform these activities separately in their own homes.”
Although the order was given by the state governor, some point out that Gavin Newsom did not indicate how he intends to enforce the law.
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Welcome to California.
We encourage you to shout with thousands during protests but have banned you from singing in church to God.
— Sean Feucht (@seanfeucht) July 3, 2020
An “adequate” pastoral response
Paul Chappell, pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church, a mega church in North Los Angeles, told The Todd Starnes Show that his congregation plans to sing even louder.
“First the state told us when to worship. Now they tell us how to worship,” he said.
“We’ve been patient and safe (even wearing masks). Our church will sing to the Lord on Sunday. The heavens declare His glory and so do we.”
In the face of this, some have seen Chappell’s response as the only appropriate pastoral response to this situation.
“We have seen our elected leaders pray and sing with protestors in the streets. We invite you to join us on Sunday to see that we really practice social distancing and will obey the Scriptures to sing and admonish one another in the Lord,” the pastor said.
On the other hand, Chappell also expressed concern that government leaders who make decisions that impact churches have no relationship with any evangelical leaders.
“We would love to share the life-changing Gospel of Christ with them. Only Jesus changes angry hearts,” he said.
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— CBN News (@CBNNews) July 4, 2020