It is with pain in my heart, that I express my utter disappointment at the way some ministers of God wrest the scripture of truth. It is one thing to quote the scripture, it is another thing to rightly divide the word of truth, as commanded in 2 TIMOTHY 2:15b.
In order to entice Jesus Christ, to tempt the LORD in MATTHEW 4:6, Satan wrested the scripture of PSALM 91:11-12, and I quote, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning thee, and in their hands they shall bear thee up lest AT ANY TIME thou dash thy foot against a stone.”
No wonder Jesus said in MATTHEW 22:29, “YE DO ERR, NOT KNOWING THE SCRIPTURE NOR THE POWER OF GOD.” Therefore, the scripture, that was quoted in ISAIAH 26:20-21, by a minister of God, to deceive the Governor of the State to tempt the Lord, by advising him to close down churches, is quoted in error, because he does not know the scripture of truth, written in HEBREWS 10:25, which commands all Christians, NOT TO FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING OF THEMSELVES TOGETHER, AS THE MANNER OF SOME IS, BUT EXHORTING ONE ANOTHER, AND SO MUCH THE MORE, AS THEY SEE THE DAY APPROACHING. In times of God’s indignation, chamber built with men’s hands, cannot be a hiding place for the people of God, except the truth, which the Spirit of God says in PSALM 91:4, that it shall be the shield and buckler of the people of God. In PSALM 84:10, David called these chambers built by men’s hands, tents of wickedness, and that he would rather prefer to be a door-keeper, in the house of the Lord, than to dwell in these tents of wickedness. The true houses of God are the spiritual chambers of safety for the people of God.
And the day that is approaching, is the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, to execute judgment upon the ungodly and upon those who do not fear Him and His judgments. The manner of some ministers is to cause the people of God to forsake the assembling of themselves together, by advocating the closure of churches. It simply means that these ministers do not have faith in the power of God to put an end to the spread of this deadly pestilence, known as COVID-19. They have no faith in the power of God to deliver the people from the death, caused by this virus, which is created by Jesus, as written in COLOSSIANS 1:16. They do not know the scripture of truth, in 1 SAMUEL 2:6, that says, “THE LORD KILLETH AND MAKETH ALIVE: HE BRINGETH DOWN TO THE GRAVE AND BRINGETH UP.” These ministers do not also know the scripture of truth that JESUS ALONE HAS THE KEYS OF HELL AND OF DEATH, as written in REVELATION 1:18. They do not know that what is happening in the world, today, is one of the signs of the end time, and one of the four judgments of God, upon a sinful world, that is corrupted with bloody crimes, love of money, pride of life, oppression of the poor, whose tears have reached the heavens. These four judgments of God are written in EZEKIEL 14:21, and I quote, “For thus saith the Lord God; how much more when I send my four judgments upon Jerusalem, THE SWORD AND THE FAMINE and the NOISOME BEAST and the PESTILENCE, to cut off from it, man and beast?”
Covid-19 is one of those noisome beasts and pestilences. In 1 PETER 4:17, it is written and I quote, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” In 2 CORINTHIANS 11:14-15, it is also written and I quote, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.” In VERSE 13, it is written, “SUCH ARE FALSE APOSTLES, DECEITFUL WORKERS, TRANSFORMING THEMSELVES INTO APOSTLES OF CHRIST.” The judgment of God will begin in the house of God with these false apostles and deceitful workers.
What the God of heaven wants to achieve with these four judgments upon the whole world, is to bring people unto repentance, so that they will look up to Him for salvation, and acknowledge the fact that He is the Lord, as written in ISAIAH 45:22 and I quote, “LOOK UNTO ME AND BE YE SAVED, ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. FOR I AM GOD AND THERE IS NONE ELSE. In EZEKIEL33:11, God says and I quote, “I HAVE NO PLEASURE IN THE DEATH OF THE WICKED: BUT THAT THE WICKED TURN FROM HIS WAY AND LIVE.”
And if the wicked, because of the fear of being infested with COVID-19 virus, wish to repent of their wickedness, where else will they go for their salvation, if not the church? But if these Churches are shut down, according to the ungodly and unscriptural counsel of some ministers, there will be nowhere to run to, for urgent counsel with the word of truth, that will lead to their salvation. If these churches are shut down, even in this short period, the devil can take advantage of the situation to deceive a few into committing suicide, as he deceived the German minister of finance, who committed suicide after testing positive.
Moreover, the God of heaven says in 2 CHRONICLES 7:13, and I quote, “ If I shut the heaven, that there will be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence (COVID-19) among my people.” And in VERSE 14, it is written, if the people of God who are called by His name, will only humble themselves, and turn from their own wicked ways, and seek His face and pray, as they assemble together, the Lord will hear from heaven, He will forgive their sins, and then heal the land of any deadly virus, as He healed the land of Lassa fever, when the Church prayed.
If churches are shut down and the people of God now forsake the assembling of themselves together, the Lord God in His wrath, will shut the heaven against that land, that there will be no more showers of blessing from heaven, upon such a land and the door of God’s mercy will be shut over that land. The GOVERNOR of Kano State, a Muslim, said he would not shut down mosques and churches, provided they observe, the “social distancing” order. As of today, there is no reported case of COVID -19, in Kano. It is therefore shocking to hear that a minister of God, is advocating for the closure of churches. Has this minister of God forgotten the scripture in PSALM 91:3-6? Is this minister of God on the Lord’s side or on the other side? It is only an anti-Christ, that will be happy at the closure of churches, in these perilous times, when the land needs the prayer of the churches. Well, I am not surprised, because it is written in 1 JOHN 2:18, and I quote “LITTLE CHILDREN , IT IS THE LAST TIME: AND AS YOU HAVE HEARD THAT ANTI-CHRIST SHALL COME, EVEN NOW ARE THERE MANY ANTI-CHRISTS: WHEREBY WE KNOW THAT IT IS THE LAST TIME.”
Ondo State Governor never ordered the closure of churches, and the GOVERNOR of Edo State, in his initial address to religious leaders, said that he had no intention of ever closing down churches and later, he said that churches can assemble, but not in more than fifties, then later he said not more than twenties. These are God-fearing governors, who fear God and know the consequences of the sin of closing down churches, especially true churches. The President of America encouraged all worshippers in America to assemble and cry to God for mercy, over the land. The Brazilian Government never closed down churches because the President said that churches are grouped under essential services. I do hope that the Governor will keep to his words, and not listen to the advice of ministers that want to bring the anger of God upon the land.
In PSALM 127:1b, it is written and I quote, “EXCEPT THE LORD KEEP THE CITY (AGAINST COVID -19), THE WATCHMAN WAKETH BUT IN VAIN.”
The role of the true churches, in these perilous times, as they assemble, is to cry to God, to keep Edo State under God’s “watch” through our Lord Jesus Christ. If crowded market places, where people buy physical food for their belly, are not shut down, why should churches be shut down, where people eat spiritual food, and where the collective prayers, of genuine children of God, will someday bring to an end the scourge of COVID-19? The Name of the Lord, which is the truth, is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and they are safe- PROVERBS 18:10.
In MATTHEW 21:13, JESUS CHRIST SAID, HIS HOUSE, THAT IS THE TRUE CHURCH, SHALL BE CALLED THE HOUSE OF PRAYERS FOR ALL NATIONS, but certain so-called “ministers” of God, who are the enemies of the cross of Christ, are advising the Governor, to close down churches and then make the houses of Jesus to become desolate, for whatever period of time. Will such ministers escape the terrible judgment of God, which He said will begin at the His house? Of course, NOT!
THIS ADVICE TO CLOSE DOWN CHURCHES IS NOT OF GOD, BUT IT IS OF THE DEVIL, TO STIR UP THE GOVERNOR TO OFFEND THE GOD THAT PUT HIM IN AUTHORITY
I weep in my heart for such ministers, as Paul wept, when he warned the Philippian church against these enemies of the cross of Christ. They have no fear of God and His judgments.
Now, some pastors were being arrested in some churches, rather than admonishing them to observe the social distancing order.
I pray that the God of heaven will have mercy on our nation and turn away His anger from this Nation, so that this virus will leave Nigeria. Let us fear God and His judgments because this God is A CONSUMING FIRE!