(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…)