(April 26, 2020) Dr Jim McClure, straight shooting theologian, shares a warning…
I have been reflecting in recent days on the worldwide distress being caused by the Coronavirus (Covid-19), I’ve read so many articles and watched so many YouTube videos in which some preachers have strongly stated that God has clearly promised protection for his people in the midst of plagues and diseases.
Christians should not be concerned or stressed by current events because we live in the assurances of God’s promises found in various verses in the Bible – particularly Psalm 91 which is frequently mishandled – but it is crucially important to understand what those verses are actually promising! (See my March article Link: Is Divine Protection Guaranteed?)
I have watched well-known preachers on video as, with great passion and animation, they loudly remind the virus that it has no claim over Christians. And yet a large number of Christians worldwide have been victims of the pandemic and many have died – including many who had boldly declared that such a thing could not happen to God’s people!
There is a dissonance between the declaration that God will save his people from plaques and illnesses and the reality of what is actually happening in the world.
This links with two important questions – Can we trust the Bible? Can we truly believe the promises God makes in his word?
So what are we to believe?
My answer is that… (more…)
(March 25, 2020) Dr Jim McClure, straight shooting theologian, challenges misquoting of scriptures in these troubling times…
Unquestionably these are exceptional times of national and international stress. Sadly the response of so many people to that stress has been significantly less than commendable! Selfishness and hostility – especially on the ‘battlefield’ aisles of supermarkets – has been on shameful display.
Without doubt this has been a distressing and troubling time and Christians are inevitably asking such questions as:
- Why has God permitted this epidemic?
- Why doesn’t he stop it?
- Is he using it to accomplish some greater purpose?
- Is this evidence that we are living in the End Times? and then of course…
- Can Christians avoid contracting the virus? (the BIG question so many Christians are asking).
Let me first state that I firmly believe that God miraculously heals many people today. I have both personally experienced and witnessed it. It is appropriate to ask God for healing.
But I do not believe that it should be a Christian’s unalienable right to be protected from illness or tragedy as neither the biblical testimony nor that of Christian history substantiates that position.
In the last few weeks many Christians have been placing posts on social media asserting the ‘correct’ position a Christian should take regarding the Coronavirus (or any) worldwide viral infection.
From a hyper-faith position there are those who are telling us that the Bible affirms that God has given solid assurance that his children will be protected from such epidemics and that we need to embrace those promises, fully place our trust in God and the authority of his word and claim deliverance from those diseases that threaten us. I have read such affirmations eg ‘I believe the Lord will protect you and that none of your family will die before their time and that you and your family will live to be a blessing to many, many people!’ (more…)