I wrote the following on my salary fundraising campaign platform back on March 19, 2020. “During this very difficult moment in our world and nation’s history, my heart goes out above all to those actually sickened in the Coronavirus global pandemic and laborers like myself facing layoff. I am doing as I urge you to do if you are a Christian: stand in confident assurance (faith) praying for God’s already prepared provision and protection during events such as this He has brought or permitted that will become common going forward until the Day of the Lord and Christ’s return (Psalm 33:18-22)!”1 Nothing in time with the Lord or Bible study since has convinced me of a need to repent.
The same goes for this statement I wrote at the time that followed: “Now, I know far too many that profess to be Christians do not want to hear talk like that because they are so deeply rooted in this world, their routines, life plans and dreams.” I get it. I was already walking and continue to walk by faith in God for my salary; layoff looming on the horizon without His provision (Philippians 4:19). Too, like everyone else I have had plans, engagements and commitments cancelled; my routines altered. Only my dreams of Him have been untouched since they are firmly rooted not in this world, but the Lord and His Kingdom; His calling, gifting and ministry!
As is popular, but not biblical today in much of professing Christianity, at no time during my surrender or after did I get to go to the Lord and dictate personal dreams I wanted His help to fulfill without rejection by Him. Instead, when I surrendered to the Lord, He began to speak His will to me in accord with the spiritual gifts He gave needed to do it as it is written in His Word (Luke 9:23; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 4:7-12).2 Because they have been built up on the false doctrine (whatever deviates from truth is false) Christ exists to fulfill all of their selfish desires and dreams, some professed Christians have become disillusioned with Christianity at this hour.
The Coronavirus pandemic has messed up a whole lot of folk’s theologies that were mere sinful human presuppositions, inventions and demonic deceit in the first place. Not so, the Lord’s faithful that objectively interpret and apply God’s Word as it is written in righteousness! For this reason, during the Coronavirus the faithful have continued walking by faith as always; having fear only of God as Scripture teaches which many that are so wise in these latter days have decided is no longer His will (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; Luke 12:4-7; Hebrews 10:30-31). “Perfect (complete) love” for God in obedience “casts out fear” of His judgment (1 John 4:17-5:3, NKJV) and from the world!
So, why has the Lord brought His Coronavirus judgment upon the world at this moment in time? Several reasons are biblically clear to me. On April 5, 2020 He led me to write of His corner turn on “forbearance with mankind" and repost '"Time is about up!"'3 On April 19, 2020 I wrote about how this Coronavirus judgment is intended to be a painful wake up call to Christians and the churches that He means business about repentance from all of what He defines as and is plainly sin in disobedience to His Word! Soul deep repentance is to turn completely from, forsake and renounce what many are doing in sin however they have arrived at giving themselves permission.4
This past April 26, 2020 I wrote that the Lord’s Coronavirus judgment has initiated “another significant paradigm shift in His program for Christians and churches.”5 This shift birthed in repentance and true spiritual revival involves a return to the original doctrines of our faith “once for all delivered” (Jude 3, NKJV) and includes restoring men and women to their assigned roles and responsibilities in the divine order of mankind. The shift also redirects Christians and churches made spiritually leaner and intense through repentance and revival back to His commissioned Kingdom mission, messaging and work (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 1:17-25, 15:1-4) as priorities. Finally, the Lord has moved as He has now, staying on track with His prophetic calendar!
The foregoing is what is so troubling about any professed Christians being upset with God for ruining their plans. Supposedly, we with joyful anticipation await the coming of Christ and the open display of God’s Kingdom on earth which is infinitely better than any there is, have ever been or will be or do you not think so in unbelief (Psalm 145:10-13)? Too, as I also wrote on the fundraising platform: “God is not just concerned about us here on earth now, but there are innumerable saints in Heaven that have been and are waiting for the Day of the Lord and His Kingdom to come so, they might attain to the glory and rewards He has promised (Hebrews 11:8-16, 23-26, 39-40).”
The Day of the Lord and His Kingdom not only encompasses His wrath poured out on sinners and creation-wide reign from earth, but the fulfillment of all of His prophetic promises made to Israel--her Messiah come and restoration of the Davidic kingdom (Isaiah 2:1-4, 9:6-7, 11:1-10).6 After a millennium, God will destroy this present creation and its sinners and bring in His righteous eternal order restored where all the saints will live with Him forever in heavens and on a earth made new (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 20:7-21:8)! To these ends we are to be encouraged as I wrote again on the fundraising platform: “the Lord moves the world along toward His predetermined end in accord with His plans and schedule, not ours.”
1 For all references in this post to the fundraising platform hosting this Ministry’s campaign to raise my 2020 salary, go to https://fundrazr.com/salarycampaign1 and the
March 19, 2020 post I made there. While you are there, please prayerfully consider making a contribution as one who values the biblically grounded writing the Lord
leads me to present.
2 Read the February 17, 2019 post, Surrendering All To Jesus, under the category, Glory To God! Learn more about being an authentic disciple of Jesus Christ in my
book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics. Get a print copy or digital download of the book at major internet booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble,
ChristianBooks.com and Apple (digital only). You can also get a print copy in the Strong Man Store.
3 See the April 5, 2020 post, God Is Speaking, under the category, Call To Repent.
4 See the April 19, 2020 post, Does Anybody Repent Anymore? under the category, Call To Repent.
5 See the April 26, 2020 post, There Is Only One..., under the category, Instruction.
6 Read my September 29, 2019 post, God Almighty In A 21st Century World, under the category, Bible Prophecy.
The suffering and death the Coronavirus pandemic will have caused the world by its end is tragic. It is though, the beginning of God's next level judgments that vindicate His warnings through us crying out to the world about sin and churches their rebellion against His Word, toleration of falsehood and worldly compromises.1 Indeed, the rapidity by which the pestilence spread throughout the earth, came upon our nation and overtook my January through March 2020 posts calling yet again for repentance among guilty churches and warning of coming judgment will be among my most powerful memories of the event. As I warned in the opening of a March post, the Lord “ain’t playing.”2
God’s Coronavirus judgment among other things is to also be considered another significant paradigm shift in His program for Christians and churches of similar end as that which occurred with the Jerusalem church after the stoning of Stephen (Acts 8:1-4). Negatively, the stoning of Stephen led to a severe persecution breaking out against the Jerusalem church causing “all” but the apostles to be “scattered” in every direction out of the city (Acts 8:1, NKJV). In the positive, the Jerusalem saints getting run out of town led to their beginning to fulfill the next phase in the Lord’s preannounced will and plan for how He was to be witnessed geographically (Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:8, 8:4).
Negatively, the Coronavirus pandemic has closed the doors of many churches; some that will never open again. All Christians have suffered and suffer to various degrees through the challenges created by the pestilence; some have the illness and a relative few have died. Others are enduring the illness of loved ones sickened by the virus and the grief of loss. Many have failed the test of faith through fear in the event; some are rebounding through repentance. Some in despair walk away from churches. Others, called again to repent, continue to rebel in unbelief to their destruction shared in common with apostates who walk away from Christ never to return (Hebrews 3:7-19, 10:35-39).3
In the positive, the Lord through the Coronavirus pandemic has only mercifully chastened us to whatever extent any surviving Christian and church has suffered (Proverbs 3:11-12; Hebrews 12:3-11; Revelation 3:19). Guilty where sin has been involved up to the swift onset of the pestilence, the repentant and humbled are freshly giving themselves in fidelity back to God--His will, way and Word! And while a number of pastors and churches have been creatively maintaining some form of corporate connection to members in the crisis, it should be clearly understood God’s one will, way and Word as it is written involves equipping men to lead His worship at home and in His house!4
Truly, Christian men new and seasoned restored in God’s revival stemming from all of this are to be in the vanguard of a renewed and final push by the Holy Spirit to preach the Gospel and make disciples of the nations using mortal flesh (Matthew 24:14, 28:19-20; Mark 13:10, 16:15; Acts 26:8-20)!5 Our restored sisters are to be just as God designed: helpers and supporters of their husbands and men as they go forth (Luke 8:1-3; Romans 16:1-2); leaders in the cause to reach fellow women and children (Acts 9:36-42). If that sounds beneath you as a woman and insulting, you still need to repent from the stronghold of pride filled worldly feminism that retains its grip on your heart!
On this point as with every other matter the Bible plainly commands and teaches we should all be on one accord. For God does not have a multitude of wills, but there is only one declared consistently and without ambiguity on every issue in His Word as it is written! Passionately honoring this truth going forward as those revived by the one Holy Spirit, we fulfill Christ’s will delivered by His apostle, Paul, that walking “worthy of the calling” upon us in all “lowliness and gentleness with longsuffering” and forbearing “love” for one another, we strive hard “to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,” (Ephesians 4:1-3, NKJV). Over the past 500 years many professed Christians and their churches have striven for just the opposite and we see the result in ungodly divisions!6
However, if it must be as foretold that we go out as “sheep for the slaughter” for Christ’s sake, then, let us go out in unity faithfully pleasing Him and doing His will as we ought--the heart of every aspiring strong man and great woman of God in His image (Matthew 24:9-12; Romans 8:36, NKJV)!7 For “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all and in you all,” (Ephesians 4:4-6, NKJV). At the moment, we “hide” ourselves physically until the Lord’s indignation passes; laboring using media and waiting to emerge to zealously get after it (Isaiah 26:20-21, NKJV)! The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1 God’s vindication in my lifetime of the word of warning and judgment He assigned in 1986 (Ezekiel 33:1-9) is deeply rewarding to me and I am sure all of His other
faithful servants. Many of the Bible’s prophets did not have this experience speaking as they did of events far removed into the future (1 Peter 1:10-12). To be sure,
the Lord’s vindication has nothing at all to do with those of us faithfully laboring, but a timely birth and nearness of His glorious Second Coming (Psalm 102:16; 1 Co-
rinthians 1:16-31; 2 Corinthians 10:17-18)! Glory to God!
2 See the March 15, 2020 post, Torn Between Two Masters, Pt. 1, under the category, Call To Repent.
3 Read the April 19, 2020 post, Does Anybody Repent Anymore? under the category, Call To Repent.
4 Pastor, it never did nor will it serve any good biblical end going forward to reserve the church house with its buildings and programs (which God has now, powerfully
shown He can do without and does not absolutely need especially when things are not going to be done His way) as the exclusive place of instruction, worship, fel-
lowship and ministry. In the wisdom of God from the beginning every man was assigned by Him to be the spiritual leader of his house (Genesis 2:16-17, 3:1-3, 21,
4:1-7, 8:20; Deuteronomy 6:1-9; 1 Timothy 3:2-5, 12). While you can easily teach the men of the church you lead to do as I have instructed in the free document, Men
Leading Family Worship At Home, save yourself some time since it has already been prepared. Download it from the Strong Man Store and use it!
5 Read the more thorough six-part treatment of this reality that begins July 30, 2017, Restoring Men In the Two Minute Drill, under the category, The Cause.
6 The apostle Paul, who wrote of divisions in the church at Corinth numbering just a handful, would be astonished to find them in the tens of thousands throughout pro-
fessing global Christianity today! Too, he would marvel that few consider this state of affairs abnormal and wicked in the sight of God who now, judges; calling guilty
leaders to repentance (1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 3:1-4). While Paul’s focus in the passages just cited was on divisions created by personality loyalties, all should be clear
the great apostle would not condemn them caused by the faithful standing firm in disallowing the biblically defined sin of those that insist for example, on practicing all
forms of sexual immorality--a reason God Himself will exclude all such persons from the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 5:9-13, 6:9-20; Galatians 5:19-21).
7 I write about the aspiring strong man and great woman of God in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics. Get a print copy or digital download of the book
at major internet booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBooks.com and Apple (digital only). You can also get a print copy in the Strong Man Store.
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