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Updated Pastoral Statement – 3/21/20

Governor Andy Beshear gave orders that there are to be no public gatherings of any size. At first, this was disheartening. It has been a battle for me to decide the right way forward. I very much wanted my decision to be based on the Word of God. Everything from Daniel praying as he did aforetime to the persecuted first century church has been considered. I didn’t want culture or the opinions of others to sway that decision.

At first, I wanted to stand firmly against the mandates, but I also do not want to do anything in pride. If it is right, I can quietly yet firmly stand. It isn’t sensible to put my entire thought process in this statement, but please understand that this decision was not made easily and was not influenced by government.

I have decided to livestream our services in accordance to the state orders. No meetings will be held on the property until the ban is lifted. I strongly encourage you to watch the video update that was released today. This will give you some helpful information, which helped me come to my final decision.

The state has been consistent. They have closed bars, restaurants, schools, colleges and all other public gatherings. They’ve cancelled all sports – including professional and college. There is no evidence that shows that they have unfairly targeted churches.

They have not asked us to stop praying, to stop preaching in the name of Jesus Christ or shut down our churches. They have actually encouraged us to do these things, just not in a building for short period of time until the virus shows signs of decline.

Some day the government may turn against us and revoke our God-given, inalienable rights, but I don’t believe that is what is happening with these orders. This has all happened 100 years ago, and we didn’t even know it. That’s how little it affected the American way of life and constitution.

Mt 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

I echo the words of Billy Sunday, “It is up to us to hope and pray. We are always willing to help anything that is for the public good, and do it cheerfully. There is nothing drastic in the order, and it is issued in an attempt to stamp out this epidemic. All we can do is to wait and hope and pray that conditions will improve and the ban be lifted and our meetings continue.”

Now that we have finalized this decision, we can apply our energies to staying in touch, praying and using the tools God has given us to continue to edify one another.

Please contact me if you have any questions. If you don’t agree or have direct questions regarding this decision, I want to hear from you.

I love you and pray for you. I’m thankful to serve the Lord and the good people of Bible Baptist Church in Radcliff, KY.

Pastor Brad Braudis