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-Town Demands Family Stop Hosting a Bible Study

by Dr. D ~ July 27th, 2018


Officials trying to shut down a home Bible studies are becoming far too common occurrences in America considering that freedom of religion and speech is still guaranteed in the Constitution.

When we read about government authorities trying to shut down home fellowships we try to post about it and send out an alarm to the Christian community hoping that the controversy which follows will help to resolve the situation. Usually it is all about parking and noise. But in this case the ‘offending’ family lives on a farm so this situation is rather unique. Plus the family has been threatened with a $500/day fine  plus court costs for non-compliance.  From Charisma News:

The owners of a Pennsylvania farm have been ordered by the Sewickley Heights Borough to cease and desist holding Bible studies on their private property.

Borough leaders accused Scott and Terri Fetterolf of improperly using their 35-acre farm as a place of worship, a place of assembly and as a commercial venue. …

The Independence Law Center filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the farmers against the borough alleging an egregious violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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Response: For hundreds of years families in America have hosted Bible studies in their homes. In fact lots of churches have gotten their start in home fellowships and for many generations home Bible studies were considered to be a ‘Good’ thing. But we are now in a ‘post-Christian’ era when some folks are actually ‘offended’ when their neighbors worship or study the Bible with friends.

But in any kind of reality what kind of actual offense and harm can be done by a family and friends worshipping and studying the Bible on a 35 acre farm? Plus this is a case of outright discrimination since apparently other groups meeting in homes have not been restricted in any way by town officials. This cannot be allowed to stand.                *Top

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