It is important for us to understand Biblical Ecclesiology (the study of the Church from a Biblical perspective). The Church of Jesus Christ does not have a modern day parallel to the Jewish Temple/s or Israel's historical tabernacle. We are the Church and our bodies are the temple of the Living God (2 Cor. 6:16). The sacrifice of Christ on Calvary, and the subsequent outpouring of the Holy Spirit, brought about a transition away from temple worship. We are now equipped to worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. These transitional events have also rendered the Levitical priesthood irrelevant to the Church, as we have all become priests. 1 Peter 2:5-9 shares the understanding of the priesthood of all Believers.
We are convinced, and therefore, affirm that the local church is critical to the work of Christ in the earth, and to our discipleship mandate. We also heed the Biblical instruction to not forsake the assembly of the Saints. However, we must be careful not to limit the existence, functions and impact of the local church to a building or single locality.
The unfortunate circumstances surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic have given us a great opportunity to use creative means to continue to fellowship with the saints, without being callous in our actions and ignoring the appeals of the national authorities. "We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." (Rom. 8:28)
Let us, therefore, not invite undue criticism, contempt and attacks against ourselves as the church. As leaders, we must be responsible in our comments, actions and, most importantly, our influence.