Since day one, I have been very outspoken regarding my views on how the body of Christ, as a whole, has handled COVID. We have not dealt with this situation, the fear, the confusion, the anxiety and the chaos, the way Jesus would have dealt with it, and if anyone disagrees with that, I would be very interested to see what biblical verse they are standing on.
Now, as things somehow continue to become stricter, even as COVID deaths rapidly decline, we are seeing many churches, again, close and lock their doors.
Since nowhere in the Word does it say we should react to fear and pandemics by shutting ourselves off from one another, most pastors are using a verse they feel gives them the authority to close the House of God: “Love thy neighbor” Mark 12:31.
I find it interesting, and a bit hypocritical, this is the verse pastors are standing on in regards to keeping people from congregating and worshiping. Suicide, alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic and child abuse, violence, anger and confusion are at an all-time high, but closing the House of God, the place people typically run to in times of difficulty, is somehow “loving” them.
Since I do not believe I have a right to have a personal opinion on this blog that is not biblically based, here are three verses that contradict every pastor who is keeping their doors closed or is closing them for a second time.
- “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:” -James 5:14
- “They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” -Mark 16:18
- “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another” -Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
I have released my frustration towards the massive amount of churches who do not fully stand on the Word and who have allowed the world to dictate their reaction to our present situation. I, instead, pray for the Remnant church to continue to stand strong, for there are so many of us who need them to remain open.
I believe we are walking into a new time and a new season with the Lord and although it may seem as if the world is standing on unstable ground, the Remnant is standing strong and proud on the firm foundation of the Word.
There is a Remnant rising who I believe will see a new level of authority and power within their congregations and churches because they have not given in to the fear, the pressure or the political agenda.
Remnant, you are not standing alone, I am standing with you and the Lord is standing before us.
“Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” -Romans 11:5
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Bless you Lydia for your continued Roar.
I found this in the scriptures.
Again the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, say to the land, ‘You are a land that has not been cleansed or rained on in the day of wrath.’ There is a conspiracy of her princes within her like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they devour people, take treasures and precious things and make many widows within her. Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain. Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says’—when the Lord has not spoken. The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice.
“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.”
Where are the spiritual leaders now? When will they build up the wall?
Praise Yahweh, Praise Yeshua
Love thy neighbor and shine your light
Also I think it was Mark 12:31 not 21. just so there is no confusion. 🙂
You are right, thank you!