If you’re a preacher arguing against re-opening your church, one or more of these things is true:
- You managed to get your ppl giving enough during a crisis to remain comfortable.
- You’re a COWARD
- You lost your anointing
This may seem harsh, but let’s examine situation in comparison to people in Scripture who had an anointing.
- Gideon went from hiding to leading a war.
- Saul became another man.
- David killed a lion, a bear, and a giant while just a teenager.
- The apostles preached with boldness in the face of imprisonment, torture and death by horrific execution.
A consistent characteristic of a genuine anointing is courage. Fearfulness is a sure sign of either having lost one’s anointing, or having never had it in the first place.
We may argue that this situation is different, and to a certain degree that is eminently true:
Covid-19 has a fatality of 0.017% in the US, if we eliminate the bogus reporting of murders, suicides, and other causes of deaths deliberately misclassified as being from the virus. According to new numbers released by the CDC, it may be as low as 0.004%. But let’s go with that first number. What’s this mean in practical terms?
I’m 46 years old. According to the life insurance industry, my probablitity of dying of any cause before I turn 47 is about 2.4%. That’s 141.176 times my probability of dying from Covid-19, assuming I even get the virus. Below age 25, the fatality rate is 1 in 1.25 MILLION. Since it has also been confirmed by a recent study of 455 subjects that asymptomatic carriers of the virus ddid not infect ANY of them, the argument that healthy people will put others at risk appears rather absurd.
You can read about that study here.
Meanwhile, Wal-mart, with over 1,000,000 employees, has stayed open, and had no restrictions during the first month of this situation. During the first few weeks, they were experiencing Black Friday levels of customer traffic and sales, so their employees were exposed to tens of thousands of people a day. Yet somehow Wal-mart has seen a very low rate of infection. This would seem to suggest that it’s not as contagious as purported.
Thus we can see that this situation is greatly less perilous than preaching the gospel during a time when Roman emperors wrapped Christians in sheepskin, dipped them in oil, and used them as torches, fed them to lions, and more. From this perspective it would seem that being afraid of the corona virus after years of hosting ‘healing’ revivals and preaching the miraculous power of God is the very height of cowardice.
It’s particularly hypocritical, as well, given how so many leaders hid behind Romans 13 to justify closing their churches, but now stand against the Trump administration’s declaration of churches as essential. It’s also hypocritical in light of how many pastors touted Hebrews 10:25 to condemn those who wouldn’t attend church, but now are using feigned virtue as a mask for the fear causing them to ‘forsake the assembly.’
People are hurting, afraid, and anxious. Many are depressed and suicidal because of the deprivation of social interaction and fellowship. If there was ever a time when the churches ought to step up to be a safe place for them, it’s now.
What I have sensed in my spirit from the outset of this situation was that this virus was not as deadly as it was being made out to be, and that it was being used as a pretense to institute fundamental and authoritarian changes to society.
What then, should we do? If you’re afraid, stay home. However, don’t impose your fearfulness on the rest of us.