I prefer to encourage, than discourage.
However it seems that many church leaders are openly embarrassing people who have refused the covid-19 vaccination.
Is it not wicked, even persecution, to publically condemn a person for standing on their convictions to trust in God’s word?
Such convicted people have been labelled ‘conspiracy theorists.’
Do I believe in a conspiracy theory?
YES, I do!
I believe in the great conspiracy whose origins are clearly recorded in Genesis chapter 3 when man was deceived by the serpent, and everything went dreadfully wrong.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. [Ephesians 6:12]
Because of his finished work (his death, burial and resurrection), Jesus is the only person through whom we can overcome the powers of wickedness and the affects of this broken world.
The word of God explains the things that must take place prior to the return of Jesus and the Judgement.
And sinister things are coming together in the world right now that can be closely interpreted as signs of the end of days that are already described in the Old and New Testaments of God’s word.
conspiracy belongs to the devil
Victory belongs to Jesus
People who are following the herd and promoting vaccination are the real conspiracy theorists – hook, line and sinker.
I can’t understand how a church leader can consider the vaccination to be anything other than sinister when they know that these vaccinations are manufactured using the substance from aborted innocent children.
Jesus sent the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, to influence us in our correct decision-making; yet many people are being led by the world, the media, distorted news, and general ignorance; Christians are following the herd when they should be following the still small voice of God speaking into their heart.
It appears that church leaders have been targeted by the sinister forces of the world; some have been made dangerously ill with covid-19, and are now being used as willing servants to spread fear and obedience to vaccination.
How can a person teach others to trust in God and the truth of his covering protection – but then tell us to go queue up to get vaccinated?
Either God’s word is truth, or God is a liar!
If God is a liar, then there is no salvation, no hope, and Jesus could have saved himself a lot of bother.
But, GOD’S WORD IS TRUTH.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. [John 8:32]
Put it this way: next time you’re in a supermarket, take a good look around you.
Who among all the shoppers look like they are living free:
The ones mumbling behind facemasks?
Or the minority without facemasks?
drift, or remain?
I arranged to buy a load of stacking chairs from a church in Belfast recently.
Once I had agreed a price with the minister, I asked him how things have been, what with covid-19 restrictions and whatnot.
He said that things were beginning to get back to some form of normality.
So, I cheekily asked him how he equated Daniel’s attitude to totalitarianism with ours?
Here’s a quick reminder: A decree had been established by unalterable law that for the next thirty days any person who worshipped anyone, divine or human – other than King Darius – would be thrown into the den of lions.
Daniel completely ignored this decree, he went into his house; and his windows being opened in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. [Daniel 6:10]
Daniel knew that the penalty for disobeying the law was to be cast into the den of lions.
But Daniel refused to compromise – he refused to conform to a worldly law that got between him and his God.
Daniel would rather be torn apart and eaten alive by lions than compromise his worship of the one true God.
Daniel continued to worship God three times each day;
Our churches ceased gathering to worship just once each week, even when the risk would have been a minor penalty in comparison.
I plainly told the minister that I have a firm and steadfast trust in the truth of God’s word – God says that he will protect me, and I steadfastly believe him.
The minister raised an eyebrow, smiled and inquired, “And if you threw yourself out this upstairs window would you expect God to protect you from harm?”
I didn’t answer his question.
I didn’t want to embarrass him.
Because a similar question was once asked of Jesus: Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. [Matthew 4:5-7]
A few minutes later while carrying batches of chairs downstairs to the van, I pointed up to a Boys’ Brigade poster on the wall, and exclaimed, “That’s what I’m taking about.”
He looked at me quizzically!
Quoting the BB standard, I asked,“Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?”
I can understand the difficult position church leaders are in, but where do they draw the line?
To his credit I have to say that this city-centre church leader wasn’t wearing a facemask, and he greeted me and parted company with a firm and friendly handshake, which is a rare thing these days.
Conformity is easy.
Compromise is simple.
Standing on conviction can be a difficult trial.
But remember: with God, you are always in the majority.