We’ve been arguing for years that The Gospel Coalition (TGC) has abandoned the gospel — but it’s usually in favor of some form of social justice activism. There is a lot of useless debate on whether or not it is acceptable for churches to put off weekly assembly during this largely overblown coronavirus scandal that is still taking over the world right now. While some have argued that to neglect the assembly for any reason is serious treason against God while others have argued that we, as the Church, must submit to Caesar.
The Gospel Coalition, however, has repeatedly argued in favor of government-sponsored persecution. In the wake of a trial for Canadian pastor, James Coates, who was obedient to God and continued to hold worship services despite the fact that the government imposed draconian measures on the church to keep it shut down, The Gospel Coalition defends the government’s actions.
In an article titled Persecution, Birth Pang or Pruning? How Should We Interpret This Pandemic?, Paul Carter argues that the actions specifically imposed on this church against the church’s bona fide religious beliefs are, in fact, not persecution.