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September 2020
News > Religious liberty

‘Arbitrary’ limit of 50 worshippers in Scottish churches is ‘not legal’

Churches in Scotland have been told they should not have more than 50 worshippers in their services because of the Covid-19 crisis, but the limit is not legally binding. The Scottish government’s guidance may change, but that is the latest situation at the time this edition of ET went to print. The Scottish government…

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September 2020
News > Ethics

Murder enquiry and two maternal deaths revealed in NHS ‘home abortions’ email

An email from an NHS chief midwife reveals a murder investigation has been launched into the death of a newborn baby after the mother took home abortion pills. The email says the baby may have been aborted after birth, and it also reveals that two mothers died after taking abortion pills at home. The…

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September 2020
News > International

MacArthur faces arrest and fines for defying the lockdown

The City of Los Angeles has issued a cease-and-desist order threatening Pastor John MacArthur with a daily $1,000 fine and possible arrest for breaching the Covid-19 lockdown. MacArthur, together with his fellow pastors and elders at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Los Angeles, has decided to restart full church worship gatherings in defiance…

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September 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Christ or Caesar? MacArthur’s church disregards the lockdown restrictions

John MacArthur is never one to shy away from controversy. Throughout his long ministry he has spoken out on a number of thorny issues. He has attracted both admiration from his supporters and derision from his opponents. Most recently, he has sparked a debate in the US by deciding the time has come to…

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September 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The limits of authority

The author wishes to emphasise that the views expressed in this article are his own and should not necessarily be attributed to anyone connected with him. During lockdown I have preached from Romans 13 on submission to governing authorities. In the course of regular emails to church members, I have encouraged them to observe…

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August 2020
Articles > Comment

Were churches too quick to surrender their liberty during the Covid crisis?

Whether or not one agrees with the merits of the legal action brought by a group of church leaders against the government for the forced closure of churches, the case raises some important questions. Does a state government have the right to force, by law, churches to stop gathering for worship? Does an agency…

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August 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Who has ultimate authority over the church? A debate we need to have

Covid-19 is more than the outbreak of a virus, more than a public health crisis, more even than a global pandemic. Its effects extend far beyond the realms of medicine; it has come and shaken the whole world radically, perhaps like nothing has since 1945. Covid-19 is a powerful catalyst which has accelerated momentous…

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