Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:(Hebrews 12:25-28)
We are living in the time of shaking. Shaking, like all of God’s methods of trial and testing, does not add anything to your faith nor does it take anything away. Shaking merely reveals what is truly grounded in your soul and what is not.
I am beginning to see and hear reports as to how the current Covid crisis is beginning to affect believers, even to the point of dividing us. A good many have just abandoned fellowship and the support of the local church out of fear of it. What about the command ,”Don’t forsake the assembling of yourselves together as you see the day appearing”?
Do we believe we were put into the body of Christ or not? Is it a conviction to you or a mere preference, that we are “members one of another….the body of Christ”. Is Jesus in the church or isn’t he? “Where two or more are gathered together, there am I in the midst of you”.
I am even beginning to get reports that some are shunning others. Christian People who have received the Covid shot are rejecting fellowship with other Christians who haven’t received it, out of fear that they might spread the disease.
We are followers of the ONE who went and touched Lepers, and our Christian forbearers once took exposed children off of the streets, during plague times to show them the Love of Jesus and minister to them. Now we are afraid to be in the same room with a brother or sister based on a vaccination?
How can this be? Our faith is being tested, little flock. Do we love Jesus or don’t we? Do we love each other or not?
Covid is being used to divide us. It is not my purpose to pontificate on the utility of vaccines or anything about Covid itself as a disease.
We don’t condemn people for taking the shots or for rejecting them for various reasons. This is at this point a Romans 14 issue. Everyone has to inform their own heart and conscience and do what they think best. I definitely;y don’t think the vaccine is the Mark of the Beast.
What is moving me to write this is to show you that in many cases your faith is being put to the test, and underneath every test, there is a religious principle at stake, some spiritual revelation is being called into question, and thus Christ is either being confessed or denied.
Is fellowship physically dangerous? Will singing with the church threaten your health? Can participation in Communion possibly harm you? if a brother or sister has a conviction about not being vaccinated, should you disfellowship them?
I am not saying that if someone is presenting heavy symptoms of a communicable disease we should all just welcome them into our close proximity.(Common sense).
But I am hearing of people disfellowshipping their brothers and sisters on the basis of whether or not they took the shot. This , we shouldn’t allow to happen. We are Christians. We don’t fear each other, nor do we paralyze ourselves in fear. Perfect Love casts out fear. We pray for each other, and seek God together, that is what Christians do.
Paul rebuked Peter for disfellowshipping the Gentiles, on the basis of Pharisaic separation. The Covid cult is Pharisaic also . I do not deny there is a Covid, an actual disease which has killed people.
But on the other hand there has and is a Psychological operation against the public, which Governments are using to control people, and to curtail certain activities that some in power object to. Church would be one of them. We need to meet together and worship. We need to be able to look into each other’s face without fear and to hug and lay hands on each other calling upon God. Don’t let them separate us!
Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread.( I Corinthians 10:16-17)