“And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence (Colossians 1 vs 18)
(Please forgive me for this long post!)
Just recently I decided to disassociate myself from a Facebook page that posted pictures of selected renowned pastors and labelled them “false prophets.” They were called false according to the writer because they (the pastors) have not laid hands on anyone to heal them from Coronavirus! I chose not to comment on the post, except to inform them I would no longer be friends on that page. I did that intentionally because I knew how that discussion would have ended and I would rather stay silent than put the gospel at risk. With that said, I must hasten to say that It is no secret that some who have claimed to be true apostles have taken the Lord’s name in vain for their own benefit, but there are still many who have not bowed down to Baal.
After they killed some of the prophets and destroyed the altar of God, Elias (or Elijah) felt that he was alone so he petitioned God saying, “Lord they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars, and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knees to the image of Baal. (Romans 11 vs 4-5, 1st Kings 19 vs 18). My point is God has been seeking our attention for years through his word (the Bible) his pastors, evangelist, prophets and anyone willing to declare his name, but some people were just too busy to listen. Now that this virus has come upon the world everyone has shifted their attention to the church! They are all waiting to see miracles, signs and wonders through these pastors. God does not operate like that; God does not perform miracles to prove himself to anyone for no reason. He could have called angels from heaven when he faced death, on the cross, but he chose to die so we may live unto righteousness. Everything the he does is for his own glory not man! if he chose to raise up a man or woman of God to perform miracles through them to heal the world of this virus then so be it and if he chose not to, then so be it too. This virus is a wake-up call for the world. Why God allowed it, is not mine to figure out, all I know is when this is over many knees will bow and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
What the critiques failed to understand is that, this is just the beginning of sorrows according to Matthew chapter 24. What if this virus is a part of the signs that Jesus spoke about in Matthew 24? Isn’t a virus a plague or can be classified as a pestilence? (read verse 7). The worse is still ahead of us even after this one has passed; the Bible calls it perilous times (2nd Timothy 3). The Bible must be fulfilled, not one of God’s word will go back to him void (Isiah 55 vs 10-11). Read Matthew 24 and Luke 21
All who are speaking ill of the Church now, have another thing to thing about and that is the rapture of the church. They should make use of the church now because one day Sunday morning service as usual will be gone. We are already getting a glimpse of what will happen when the church is raptured. Look around you the streets are empty, and the church doors are closed. (Read 1st Thessalonians 4 and Matthew 24). Certain things must come to pass before the Lord’s return and not all the time God will answer the way we want him to. He is not our spiritual vending machine. There is coming a time when he himself will laugh at our calamities, at our distress calls and our anguish (Proverbs 1 vs 26-27). Please read the entire chapter of Proverbs 1. After the rapture who will they blame for a plague that is not cured. Who will they blame for the tribulation that will come upon the earth? Who will they challenge to prove themselves a true servant by laying hands on the sick? Who will they blame when the sun shall be darkened, the moon refused to give its light and the powers of the heavens are shaken? (Matthew 24).
Recently I was sent a video of one of my fellow Jamaicans who decided to challenge selected pastors in Jamaica or anyone one who called themselves a Christian to lay hands on patients suffering from the coronavirus, and if they are healed he will pay them up to US$ 3,000.00. I know of a fact that his money will perish with him if he does not repent (Acts 8 vs 20). He failed to realize that the Church belongs to Christ and his challenge is not just to mere men but to God himself. I am cognizant that we cannot stop the world from criticizing the church but it appears to me that they are pressing on these pastors to do the very thing that they detest and that is to prophesy to this nation and say thus saith the Lord when God has not spoken in that way. God will speak when he is ready to speak and to whoever he wishes, and they will say only what God told them to say just like Balaam to king Balak (Numbers chapters 22 to 24).
Why not use this time to draw closer to God? Why not make sure that you are saved in case this virus takes you out? That’s where our focus should be right now, making our calling and election sure (2nd Peter 1 verse 10). Sitting down watching to see who will perform the first miracle will not help you. Instead we can repent, pray and ask God to have mercy upon us. Only prayers of faith and mercy will count. Not one of us is worthy to go before God and demand anything. But if we bow before him with a broken and a contrite heart he will not despise (Psalms 51). The virus has caused worldwide halt on our economy and our lifestyle, but it cannot stop the message of salvation, it cannot close the door to people who want to accept Jesus. Nothing can stop the Church! Not even our greatest critiques.
Let us pray: Lord I repent of my sins today. I thank you for your word. Please help me to stand up and be counted as the church. Please help me not to be silent or afraid or to give in to the world’s expectation and to sin against you. Help me to be your light in this time of woe and anguish so that others may come to know you in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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