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Is there any biblical support for the Church to allow governments to close churches and prevent public worship?

From your comments you are asking about the case where governments have made regulations in response to a pandemic (Covid19) preventing in-person meetings, or limited their size, and not given ...
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Do Jehovah Witnesses believe it is immoral to pay for blood transfusions through taxation?

I found an article from the Jehovah’s Witness official web site that indirectly answers your question. It uses the example of governments using income taxes to pay for wars and points out that it is ...
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What is the Catholic Church's historical position on capital punishment: how did we get here?

Wikipedia's article on this topic is a pretty good place to start, and for in-depth treatment, you'll want By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed (Feser and Bessette; in favor of the death penalty) and ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, is it a sin to vote for pro-choice politicians?

Yes, if the candidate was voted for because they were pro-abortion Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) succinctly summed up the Catholic Church's teachings in the memorandum "...
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What is the theological background to the belief that taxation is theft?

Foundations: Taxation and private property are in tension The commandment (Exodus 20) "Thou shalt not steal" implies the right to private property, and this is everywhere assumed in ...
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Why do Latter-day Saints believe that the US Constitution is divinely inspired and what does that mean?

This belief can be traced to 1833 where in D&C 101:77 it states 77 According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the ...
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What is the Biblical basis for civil disobedience, by not wearing a mask in the midst of COVID-19, despite health department rules?

I think the difference between Paul's exhortation to obey civil authorities by paying taxes in Romans and the type of civil disobedience MLK partook in, is that paying taxes to the govt does not ...
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Is there any biblical support for the Church to allow governments to close churches and prevent public worship?

I found a quote I like from an online news source called The Week (emphasis mine). Like everything else in this world, Romans 13 makes sense within its broader context. And in the New Testament, this ...
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Why do Latter-day Saints believe that the US Constitution is divinely inspired and what does that mean?

I'd like to supplement the excellent answer by depperm with a few other scriptures and some theological background to address some of the discussion raised in the comments. -- High-level overview on ...
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What is Catholic Church's view on capital punishment?

The Catholic Church does not forbid capital punishment. See the section on the 5th Commandment ("Thou shalt not kill") of the Catechism of the Council of Trent: Another kind of lawful slaying ...
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What were the Jehovah's Witness arguments against doing the Nazi salute?

As you state (emphasis mine): the reasoning against these smaller acts of loyalty to the "state" or ruler, such as the Nazi salute Jehovah's Witnesses are only loyal to Gods Kingdom, as Jesus said ...
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Can a priest act on a confession of molestation?

Canon law is very explicit on this... The priest can't betray the person confessing (983.1) The sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for a confessor to betray in ...
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What's the biblical basis for protesting government mandates that threaten basic democratic rights?

To take a honest look at the Bible’s approach to government we have a few obvious high level principles that outline an approach to the political . In the Old Testament God directly ruled an often ...
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Can a secular government ever be a moral authority?

Normally we require questions like this to specify a particular denomination/tradition that they are asking about, because different Christian groups take different approaches. But in this case ...
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Does Catholic Church condemn cruelty to animals?

CCC 2415-2418 in the 7th commandment section concerns this. Note, it is under the 7th commandment (thou shalt not steal) not the 5th commandment (thou shalt not kill) because animals are not people. ...
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How to pray for a corrupt government involved in drug trafficking?

The Bible tells Christians to pray for those in positions of authority. Such authorities include government officials (international, national, and local) and pastors, church elders, school boards, ...
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Did Pope Francis overstep any official Catholic boundary when he criticized Trump?

There is no doctrine, policy or convention in the Catholic church that prevents a priest, or any church leader, from pronouncing on the rightness of some action or belief. Historically, over the last ...
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Did Pope Francis declare that according to the teaching of the Catholic Church capital punishment is intrinsically evil?

Did Pope Francis declare that according to the teaching of the Catholic Church capital punishment is intrinsically evil? The short answer is no. The choice of words regarding the Roman Pontiff's ...
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Is there any historical record of Elizabeth the First's reaction to John Knox's tract on 'the monstruous regimen'?

While in Geneva, John Knox’s work ‘The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women’ was published (anonymously) in 1558. It appears that his book was written against the female ...
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Why do most Christians seemingly not mind swearing on the Bible in light of Matthew 5:33-37?

According to this source The tradition of using the Bible in oath-taking likely comes from ninth-century England, where, without dedicated governmental centers, the altar of a church often served as ...
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Is there any biblical support for the Church to allow governments to close churches and prevent public worship?

It is easy to make decisions when one chooses between two paths, one of which is obviously right and one which is obviously wrong. One puts aside any inclinations of greed or other fleshly motivation ...
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Do Jehovah Witnesses believe it is immoral to pay for blood transfusions through taxation?

Jehovah’s Witnesses take seriously the direction in the scripture to “pay back Caesar’s things to Caesar.” We are obliged to pay the taxes that are demanded by the governments under which we live. ...
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Verse that says that he who cannot govern himself cannot govern others?

Where in Holy Scriptures does it say that he who cannot govern himself cannot govern others? As @curiousdannii & @NigelJ pointed out, 1 Tim 3:5 is probably the closest NT single-verse match (...
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Why do the Gospel accounts not specify what crimes the two men crucified next to Jesus were guilty of?

Why do the Gospel accounts not specify what crimes the two men crucified next to Jesus were guilty of? This is because the Gospels are more interested in the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Jesus ...
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Is moonlighting an offense against Ten Commandments?

When you take the job you agree to these terms in exchange for money. If you fail to fulfill the terms yet take the money, you are stealing.
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What are the current views of the Catholic Church on the right to secession?

The morality of secession is related to the tyrannicide (killing of tyrants) thesis of the Spanish scholastic Jesuit Fr. Juan de Mariana, ch. 5 of his De Rege. The economist Jesús Huerta de Soto, who ...
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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to pledge allegiance or salute the flag?

I think it is important especially in 2017 with all the controversy surrounding those who are refusing to participate for political reasons to make clear why our reasons for not participating in the ...
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