The message posted on the front door of the North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, California was jarring.
“Cease and Desist.” That’s what the four-page letter read.
The Santa Clara County Counsel officially ordered the mega-church to shut its doors. They were in violation of the law.
The congregation had been accused of holding indoor services, failing to ensure that speakers wore face masks and singing. Yes, good readers, the church stands accused of singing hymns and spiritual songs.
“North Valley Baptist is failing to prevent those attending, performing and speaking at North Valley Baptist’s services from singing,” read the letter. “This activity is unlawful.”
“The county understands that singing is an intimate and meaningful component of religious worship,” the letter read. “However, public health experts have also determined that singing together in close proximity and without face coverings transmits virus particles further in the air than breathing or speaking quietly.”
Santa Clara County acknowledged in its cease and desist order they had been sending agents into the church to spy on the congregation during worship services.
“The county demands that North Valley Baptist immediately cease the activities listed above and fully comply with the Risk Reduction Order, the Gatherings Directive, the State July 13 Order and the State guidance,” the letter threatened. “Failure to do so will result in enforcement action by the county.”
Now it’s important to remember that North Valley Baptist Church is in the United States of America, not the Soviet Union.
The idea that government agents could infiltrate the congregation and post a cease and desist order on the front door of the church house is unthinkable. And the mere suggestion that pastors of the church could face some sort of legal penalty is outrageous.
Read the rest at: No Singing in Church