"By Doing Good"

 

by Archie and Erin Johnson

 

     There will come a time when the faith that you profess will be put to the test, as gold is tested through the refinement of fire.  This moment for me happened last Friday night at 9:58 pm.  

Pastor Rod had sent out a mass email explaining that a pastor by the name of Rob McCoy, who is the senior pastor at Calvary Chapel Godspeak in the city of Newbury Park, was being threatened to be arrested and cited if he and his congregation met again for church services on Sunday.

     I am by nature, a passivist, but in that moment I felt this flood of calm indignation come over me and a small voice tugging at my heart saying: "You should go on Sunday and show support for a fellow follower of Christ."  I prayed about this before bed and stayed up for a while quietly speaking to God in my heart, telling Him that I would fully trust in Him for guidance.

     I did not say anything to my wife until the next morning, I told her about the email and asked her to let me know her thoughts.  A couple of minutes passed when the silence was interrupted by the sound of my wife’s footsteps heading towards our bedroom.  She almost shouted that we were going on a road trip on Sunday morning to support this pastor.

     This was not by any means a show of protest, but as in 1 Peter 2:15-17 says, “For this is the will of God that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.  Honor all people.  Love the brotherhood.  Fear God.  Honor the King." 

     On Sunday, after an hour and a half drive, we arrived at Calvary Chapel Godspeak to a sea of Godly Christians waving American flags and positive encouraging signs.  We were in awe of the support shown by others for this church.  There were congregates as far away as Tennessee, Nevada, Texas, Oregon, Northern California, and many local churches throughout Southern California, including our very own members and pastors.  The minute we stepped outside of our car, we were warmly greeted by many people thanking us for coming to show our support. 

The first service was already in progress, so a member suggested we join him outside in prayer—a kind of “Fight Morning”!—on the lawn asking for the Lord’s protection during the services, for God’s word to be preached boldly to stir this nation to a revival and to repent of our wicked ways and turn to the Lord.

 

We were able to attend the 11:00 service and Pastor Rob preached on the subject of Liberty starting in the Book of Acts, chapter 8.  Here he showed God’s encounter with the Ethiopian Eunuch through the faithfulness of Philip the Apostle. The Eunuch was reading from the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 53:7, “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before it’s shearer is silent, so he opened not his mouth.”  This encounter with the Ethiopian Eunuch is said to be the founding of the oldest Christian church in Africa.

After the service, we met countless numbers of God-fearing Christians of every color of the rainbow who love God and love their country and want to do God’s will by meeting to worship and spreading the Truth of His Word. Our liberty to do so is endowed by God; not by men.  And we are to use that Liberty to do good, to restore, and to redeem. We are not called to serve two masters, but One: our Great God and Almighty King: Jesus Christ!  God bless you all, dear CCOT! 

Archie and Erin

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