(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…)