There is nothing new under the sun. [Ecclesiastes 1:9]
250 AD, the Emperor Decius issued a decree demanding that everyone in the Roman Empire must perform a ritual sacrifice to the Roman gods.
These sacrifices had to be witnessed by a Roman magistrate, who confirmed completion of the ritual with a certificate.
(Only Jews were exempt from this ritual.)
Many Christians were killed for refusing to betray their faith.
Many Christians went into hiding.
And many Christians betrayed their faith, followed the masses, and performed the pagan ritual to secure their ‘freedom.’
When a person becomes a Christian, their heart changes.
Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. [1 John 4:4]
And when your heart changes, you see things differently: you have the inner ability to perceive what is truly right or wrong.
Often, a Christian cannot explain how or why something appears to be wrong, but your heart is screaming at you not to conform to whatever you are being tempted to accept and conform to.
Wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be that go in thereat:
Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. [Matthew 7:13,14]
And now it seems that our freedom is about to depend on whether or not we can produce a certificate of vaccination.
Have you noticed anything sinister about this global season of fear that we are being force-fed?
It should make us all a little uncomfortable to realise that about 90% of our news feed is controlled by just a handful of very influential corporations: they really do have the power to create news, (to create fear, to conceal the truth).
Have you noticed that this year there have been no deaths recorded as seasonal flu? but it appears that all flu victims are certified as dying from COVID-19. Strange, that!
And it should make us all sit up to realise that during the 2020 health-scare, (while countless millions have lost their jobs, gone bankrupt, and now truly fear for their future), the wealth of the world’s top billionaires is estimated to have increased by at least 20%.
Perhaps you don’t want me to disturb your peace.
Perhaps you’re like one of those people described in Isaiah 30:9-11, who didn’t want to be told what they needed, but would enthusiastically listen what they wanted to hear.
But a shepherd would not be a good shepherd if he did not warn his flock of approaching dangers.
In truth, one of the definitions of a false prophet is one who preaches ‘peace’ when trouble is actually coming. [Ezekiel 13:10,11,16. Jeremiah 6:14 and 8:11]
You may not like to hear the truth: but you need to realise it!
Christians were killed by decree of Emperor Decius because they refused to betray God in return for a certificate.
Personally, I believe it stinks that my freedom may be taken away because I refuse to accept a vaccine to earn my certificate.
- Because I do not trust the multi-billionaires who will further profit from a global vaccination programme.
- Because I do not trust the global corporations who decide what the news is, what is included, what is excluded.
- Because I do not trust official statistics, because I know that statistics can be easily twisted to give whatever result the twister desires.
- Because I do not trust the politicians who are making decisions on my behalf, (how can I trust a prime minister who has such a reputation for adultery? if he betrays those closest to him, I really don’t think he’ll lose a lot of sleep about betraying my trust.) (And my local politicians have yet to earn my respect, let alone my trust.)
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. [Proverbs 3:5,6]
Now is a time to stand up, step up, and speak up for Jesus.
This is not a time to be found neither hot nor cold.
A time is coming when everyone will be held accountable.
And who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? [Esther 4:14]
Christians of once-strong conviction can often become comfortable.
Comfort can lead to complacency.
Complacency can lead to flexibility.
And flexibility can lead to the ‘wide gate’.
Don’t lose your conviction.
Don’t lose your confidence.
Don’t lose your boldness.
You are the head, and not the tail; you are above only, and not beneath. [Deuteronomy 28:13]
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. [Ephesians 4:14,15]
Do not bow your knee to anyone but Jesus: he is Lord of lords and King of kings.
Humble yourself only before Jesus.
Jesus is our only source of true hope.
Even when you are outnumbered, and mocked, and persecuted for standing up for your belief, when you are pressured by everyone around you to compromise your conviction to God – remember this truth about the majority:
You, plus God, is always the majority.
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. [Philippians 2:9-11]