Should a Christian wear a facemask?
Based on God’s word, the answer appears to be: Yes, and No!
Some Christians are content just to be saved, or passively do 90-minutes of church on Sunday.
But some Christians want more than just a salvation life-jacket.
A passionate follower of Jesus may not be content to simply sit safely inside the ark while the wider world is washed away in its ignorance.
Some Christians want to do more than just hear about Jesus: they actually want to do what Jesus instructed us to do.
A passionate Christian will strive to follow the last instructions Jesus gave us before he was lifted up into heaven: “As you go into all the world, preach openly the wonderful news of the gospel to the entire human race! Whoever believes the good news and is baptized will be saved, and whoever does not believe the good news will be condemned. And these miracle signs will accompany those who believe: They will drive out demons in the power of my name. They will speak in tongues. They will be supernaturally protected from snakes and from drinking anything poisonous. And they will lay hands on the sick and heal them.” [Mark 16:15-18]
The Christian arguments for the wearing of facemasks:
There are four sound biblical grounds for the wearing of masks:
- Love your neighbour [Matthew 22:39]
If I cough or sneeze germs over my neighbour, and subsequently infect them with a illness that I am infected with, and this spreads my illness on them: this is unloving behaviour.
- Respect government authority [Romans 13:1-7]
Christians are told to be obedient to the governing bodies (such as they are) that God has placed in authority over us: if your government makes mask-wearing mandatory, Christians are obligated to be obedient.
- Honour the weaker believers among you [Romans 14]
A Christian who does not wear a mask because she believes in the scriptural blessings of God that protect her from disease, may make her brother Christian feel inadequate because he does not enjoy a similar release of faith toward these blessings of protection.
- Give up your freedom to encourage the weak [1 Corinthians 8:9-13]
Leading by example is good, unless it encourages people with a weaker understanding of God’s word to do something that they believe is wrong because of their lack of understanding, which may cause them to stumble into sin.
These are the four key biblical reasons for wearing a facemask, toward which there has been written an abundance of commentary all over the internet and social media, and beyond.
Two Christian reasons for NOT wearing a facemask
(The following reasons are what God’s word has revealed to me.)
Reason 1 against facemasks: God’s peace
Be still and know that I am God [Psalm 46:10]
Whenever you reach a fork on your life journey, or a dilemma that you simply cannot decide which is right or wrong: Be Still.
Commune with God, and go in the direction you have the most peace about.
Many Christians do not seek God or spend enough time in his presence to truly realise what he has put in their hearts.
Because of this, they are easily led by external things, caught up with the herd instinct, and follow the crowd.
I can tell you forthrightly: I DO NOT ENJOY PEACE ABOUT WEARING A FACEMASK!
God has placed his love, joy, and peace on the inside of us. [see Galatians 5:22]
Jesus is the Prince of Peace: so, allow him to show you the way you need to go.
Look at your life and examine your options.
What are your desires?
Seek God to find out what you have peace about doing.
And if you don’t have peace about where you are right now or where you are going (or about wearing a facemask), perhaps you need to make some changes.
How will you know what is right and what is wrong?
If you feel God’s peace when you do not wear a facemask, and feel a disturbance to your peace when you wear a facemask, perhaps you should reconsider compliance with worldly legislation that requires you to disturb your relationship with God.
Do not be led through life by your five senses and emotions: be led by the Spirit of God.
Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. [Psalm 143:10]
Reason 2 against facemasks: God’s covering
Illustration: When I open a beehive and those bees start getting aggressive towards me, I don’t care because I am covered by my all-over protective bee-suit; those bees can bounce off my veil and gloves and boots with their stingers primed for action, and it doesn’t bother me at all because I am completely protected from their danger!
Like wearing a bee-suit, I can enjoy a similar level of complete confidence when it comes to disease, when I believe in God’s blessings that cover me with his protection.
- God has given believers everything they need for living a godly life [2 Peter 1:3]
- God has even given our faith to us [Romans 12:3]
- And we can enjoy the immeasurable greatness of God’s power that has been made available to us through this faith [Ephesians 1:19]
- God’s power can even work through us! [Ephesians 1:19]
- This mighty power that we can release is the same mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him to the place of highest honour and supreme authority in the heavenly realm!!! [Ephesians 1:19-21]
This is the truth.
This is the Word of God.
It is not possible to be given information from a better or higher source than from God.
When you believe God’s word, and when you release this faith that God has blessed you with, and you stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture of this world, when you become inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a the renewal of how you think, you will be empowered to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life that is satisfying and perfect in God’s eyes. [Romans 12:2]
You need to stop thinking like a worldly person who only understands things that are physical: you need to understand things from the perspective of a person who is free from the world and its worries and its expectations to conform.
You need to understand things from a spiritual perspective, because you are not just a biological machine:
You are a physical and emotional and spiritual human being: you are made in the image of God. [Genesis 1:27]
God is a Spirit: and he wants you to enjoy a relationship with him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth. [John 4:24]
What has all this to do with wearing a facemask?
If I passionately believe in the blessings of God that are covering me in respect of my physical health, I am protected against every infection, and much, much more!
Why would I wear a facemask when I am protected by something immeasurably more effective than a piece of fabric?
I believe: God heals me from every disease. [Psalm 103:3]
I believe: Jesus suffered grievous wounds at his death so that we can enjoy good health: by his stripes we were healed. [1 Peter 2:24]
So turn your heart to me, face me now, and be saved wherever you are, even from the ends of the earth, for I alone am God, and there is no other. [Isaiah 45:22]
God did not send his only Son [Jesus] into this world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Saviour and rescue it! [John 3:17]
The Greek word that is translated as save in respect of salvation in the Bible, is sozo.
Strong’s Greek Lexicon defines the meaning of ‘sozo’ to include being physically protected and healed from diseases.
sozo: sode’-zo from a primary sos (contraction for obsolete saos, “safe”); to save, i.e. deliver or protect (literally or figuratively):- heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.
Your salvation is not limited to your spiritual eternity: your salvation benefits include healing and protection from disease: it has already been provided at the cross when Jesus bore all of your sicknesses, diseases, and infirmities at the same time as he bore all your sin.
You don’t need to wonder, “Will God heal me or protect me from disease?” Because, like forgiveness, it is a done deal! It’s just a matter of whether you can reach out by faith and receive: because if you can confidently embrace the truth that your healing and protection from disease has already been done, it will manifest.
If you believe reports that Covid-19 was originally developed in China as a biological weapon, a Christian believer can declare that:
No weapon designed to hurt me shall succeed; [Isaiah 54:17]
And, no evil will prevail against me, nor shall any diseases infect me. [Psalm 91:10]
Should every Christian automatically assume that they are protected from all infections?
Don’t take this personally: it’s just that perhaps you’ve not received the inspired understanding or teaching to help you release this faith to believe and embrace your divine protection and healing. This is the same type of belief that allowed Peter to step out of the boat and walk on water; and this is the same type of belief that allows God to work his healing and miracles through his believers.
Jesus said that the person who follows him in faith, believing in him, will do the same mighty miracles that he did – and they shall do even greater miracles than those of Jesus, because Jesus was going to be with his Father. [John 14:12]
Why should a person wear a facemask when they truly believe that God’s mighty miracle-working power is available to them and covering them with his divine protection?
Okay, so what about our instruction to obey worldly authorities?
Many believers object to obeying worldly authorities for the simple reason that the worldly authorities have clearly demonstrated their ungodliness.
Any moderately intelligent person can see that the governments of this world make decisions and introduce laws that directly conflict with God’s word: abortion; same-sex marriage; declaring unjustifiable wars; accepting generous donations in return for protecting the interests of their benefactors; and cashing-in on the destruction and pollution of this earth that we were charged to care for (to name a few).
Many government behaviours and policies are wrong, according to the word of God; and some of the actions of government are plainly wicked.
I know the truth that I am blessed whenever I do not follow the advice of wicked people, but always focus myself on God’s word. [Psalm 1:1-3]
However, this puts a believer in a dilemma:-
- I can either: Follow the advice of a government that has demonstrated wickedness in its behaviour and policies;
- Or, I refuse to follow a wicked government’s advice, but instead choose to enjoy God’s blessings over my life by constantly focussing on the word of God.
That’s not a very difficult decision: be blessed under God’s divine protection, or; live in fear and uncertainty under the rule of an ungodly government!
Is a Christian exempt from wearing a facemask?
In the UK the 1998 Human Rights Act, schedule 1, article 9, paragraph 1 protects your freedom to manifest your religious beliefs in practice and observance.
However, paragraph 2 states that this freedom is limited when it risks the protection of the health of others.
This can be interpreted to mean that a Christian doesn’t need to wear a mask unless she is risking the health of others.
However, a Christian is only risking the health of others if she is contagious.
However, when a Christian releases her faith to believe in the health blessings of the word of God, and truly realise immunity from disease, she is not contagious.
Therefore, if she is not contagious, should she be made to wear a facemask?
A Christian can’t use the argument that she ought to obey God rather than men [Acts 5:29] unless the ‘men’ are forcing her to do something that conflicts with what God’s word has told her to do. (I have no doubt that there were many German Christians who refused to obey the authority of Adolf Hitler.)
I’m not sure if a Christian can claim legal right to refuse to wear a facemask; but wearing a facemask can feel very wrong and insincere toward my faith.
Would Jesus wear a facemask?
Would Jesus, the most famous healer of all time, wear a facemask?
He definitely would not need to wear a facemask because I expect his breath holds more healing power than all the manmade medicine in the world.
But, 2000 years ago, would Jesus have worn a mask to conform to the rule of law, if mask-wearing had been required by that law?
Honestly: I don’t know!
Jesus would have enjoyed every practical reason in heaven and earth not to wear a facemask.
But if Jesus were to return to earth right now, would he wear a facemask?
I can confidently predict that when Jesus returns he will not be wearing a facemask. [Matthew 24, Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 1:7, etc]
If you are a Christian, a believer, a follower of Jesus: should you wear a facemask?
Like I said at the beginning: not all Christians are born-again equally.
There are many, many Christians who do not believe in the healing power of God today.
(In fact, I know several confessing Christians who may be quite upset to read what I have written here!)
Jesus said that we need to believe to receive; each person who received healing from Jesus and his disciples, believed that they would be healed.
If you are suffering illness it is not because God doesn’t care about you: it is perhaps a matter of being misled to doubt or unbelief, or simply not having been taught about it, which would allow you to release your faith – but all the truth you need is right there, in a Bible near you!
For a Christian with doubts about the protecting and healing power of God, in my opinion they need to focus on the word of God, commune with him, and make a Spirit-inspired decision.
For Christians who are truly convinced of the protecting and healing power of God covering them through the all-powerful name of Jesus, wearing a mask should depend on their circumstances in relation to the four pro-mask arguments explained earlier.
There is no clear biblical precedent that specifically relates to a mandatory mask-wearing law.
Personally, I do not wear a facemask because I strongly feel that wearing one is to publicly deny that I am truly covered by the blessings of protection and healing that God has given me when I accepted my salvation through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
And the idea of wearing a facemask truly disturbs my inner peace.
I enjoyed an overwhelming supernatural experience when I asked God to forgive me.
God’s word tells me that I am saved, through Jesus: and I believe that!
So, why wouldn’t I believe everything else that God’s word tells me?
Am I a selective believer? God forbid!
I firmly believe the word of God as truth – I realise that there are mysteries that God’s word is yet to reveal to me through his Spirit; but with my whole heart I believe that God’s word is the truth.
I will not tell you not to wear a facemask.
(Forgive me if I imply that you are weak because you wear a facemask – this is not my intention.)
I only ask that you to seek God’s truth: meditate constantly on his word; commune with God; and make an inspired decision that brings you God’s peace.
When I asked God for his direction in this matter, the word that came back to me was: ‘Don’t hide your light under a bushel!’
For me to voluntarily wear a facemask is to publicly deny God’s blessings that cover me with his protection and healing power.
Many of these blessings of God are spoken in Psalm 91
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armour and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.
If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honour them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
(New Living Translation)
Be still and know that I am God [Psalm 46:10]