Here at Summit Theological Seminary, we have taken measures to respond to the local and national guidelines and continue to monitor updates as pertaining to this health issue.
All residency classes have been suspended at this time but have provided classroom connectivity via internet so students may attend in a safe environment by remaining in their individual rooms. No visitors are allowed in the dorms except the students who reside there.
Our independent study students are already able to work in the comforts of their homes.
We have also cancelled all seminars at this time.
We continue to monitor this situation as no one knows just how long this will last or what the next day may bring.
We will do our best to keep our faculty, students, and patrons up to date as much as possible.
Things to Keep in Mind
1.Quarantine is a God given principle. Under the Law of Moses, people were quarantined for all sorts of things, Lev. 14:44-46. Many of these are things that we would never quarantine for today, like an issue of blood, Lev. 15:19. 2.One who was unclean could not participate in tabernacle services. The penalty for disobeying this was severe, Lev. 7:20-21. 3.The Passover was a feast that God commanded Israel to keep. However, those who were defiled by a corpse could not participate at that time, Num. 9:6-14. 4.God has ordained government and their primary function is to protect law abiding citizens. That is what our government is trying to do right now. They may not be doing it perfectly, but they are doing the best that they can, Rom. 13:1-7. 5.To resist the government when they are protecting their citizens is to resist God, Himself. 6.The government is not saying that we cannot pray, worship, or take the Lord’s Supper. They are saying that we should not meet in large groups to do that for the time being only. They are not forbidding us to do anything that God has commanded us to do. 7.We have always taken the position that anyone who is sick or at real risk of becoming sick should not attend services. Our position has not changed, only the circumstances around us have changed. We now have a temporary situation in which many who are sick do not know it yet and everyone is at real risk of becoming sick. 8.Nothing quite like this has happened in our lifetimes. The speed with which this virus has spread combined with our lack of certainty about it makes this something new and different. We are all learning as we go. Further, the situation is changing constantly and our plans and approaches need to change with the situation. 9.Some are saying, “The Lord won’t let us get sick from assembling together”. This sounds reasonable and even committed at first glance. However, after further reflection, it is similar to the devil telling Jesus to jump from the pinnacle of the temple because the angels will bear Him up lest He dash His foot against a stone. Jesus responded with “You shall not tempt the Lord your God”, Matt. 4:5-7. That is faith in God’s protection does not mean that we ought to be reckless and expect Him to rescue us. Having faith does not mean we can engage in foolishness.
Quote from Past Historical Event
J. C. McQuiddy, “Closing Churches,” Gospel Advocate (October 24, 1918), pp. 1020-1, responding to the government order to cease public gatherings, including church services, during the 1918 influenza epidemic.
“But Christians have not felt that God required them to meet upon the first day of the week when any of their family or loved ones were seriously sick. Especially they have not felt called upon to leave them and meet with the disciples on the first day of the week if thereby they would jeopardize the lives of members of not only their families, but the families also of many other people.
With this view of it, which is in harmony with the practice of Christians, I have suggested to the brethren who asked me about observing the command of the government that they should do so, suggesting, however, that they could meet in their homes or simply a few in some place and thereby obey the government, which we should always do, provided such obedience is not disobedience to God.
. . For Christians to urge that we should now assemble in large crowds to break bread in the face of the proclamation of the government is not warranted by the Scriptures.
. . It will not be questioned that the intent of the government is to protect and care for the lives of its subjects. As the observance of the command does not interfere with Christians’ meeting a few together and observing the Lord’s Supper, Christians should observe the command cheerfully, seeking to lead quiet, holy, and unblameable lives.”