I recently saw a short article concerning a man who has become a strict opponent of the current situation concerning the flu that has been going around for a year or so now. Not only is he well versed in the facts about the issue, for which of course he has been banned from nearly all liberal sites, but his phycological perspective on the wearing of masks, the vaccine, and lockdowns was on point and concise. Yesterday he made an announcement that he had received the vaccine, feeling pressured to do so because of the inability to visit friends and family in different areas without the Covid-19 passport. In the eyes of many who have followed him, and there were many hundreds of thousands, he has shown himself not to be a man of his word, and is, in their eyes, a disgrace, untrustworthy and a liar.
Why he did what he did is for me personally immaterial, I follow no man save Christ. “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” (Jer. 17:5) I feel saddened, for lack of a better word, for those that held this man up to such high esteem, for one of their leaders has shown himself not worthy of the title. I would liken this to a degree to 2 Timothy 4:10, “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.”
It necessitates the subject matter, which unfortunately happens each and every day, and has become much more prevalent with the falling away, (2 Thess. 2:3) and will increase exponentially as the days progress, how do you know, how can you tell who is what they say they are and who is not. “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.” (2 Cor. 11:15) There is of course only one defense for this in our lives, never trust another person, at least not completely and totally, but especially in the matters of the path that we are to be on.
The Scriptures do not say, “Follow the teachings of all who stand behind the pulpit implicitly,” we are to test the spirits, (1 John 4:1) we are to study to show ourselves approved, (2 Tim. 2:15) we are to seek and pray for wisdom, spiritual understanding, and the ability to discern between good and evil, or not only will we never be able to judge righteous judgment, (John 7:24) but we ourselves may fall and be deceived.
The news of what this man did will make the headlines in all the liberal outlets, just as the news of a pastor does when it is found that his life has not been what was seen, but was truly only a façade, and in all these cases the heathen will rejoice, and those who do not serve the Lord Jesus will be given an opportunity to blaspheme His name.
The world is a lie, it is covered in them as much as the sea covers the ocean floor, nearly all of what man seeks for is for self, the hunger of pride can never be abated. Who we look up to is who, in part, we emulate, we attempt to instill within ourselves that part of their outward appearance within ourselves, how we handle that part of us when the person we admired is shown to be not who he truly was or is, is how we define ourselves. Will we return those, shall we call them, honorable assets, no matter the one who has fallen, or will we see ourselves as less than what we thought we were, will we take up the mantle, and continue the battle, or will we simply give up, allowing that part of us to disintegrate because of the actions of the one we were following.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) God is changing us into the image of His Son, (Romans 8:29) because He is the only One who ever lived that never fell, He is making us holy, (1 Peter 1:16) because He is holy. We have One that we are to follow, all the time, without fail, for He alone is trustworthy. We are going to see many more men of God and of the world fall, men who others look up to, you will hear “we all make mistakes,” you will hear “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7) And you, if you are following Christ, will barely notice it when they do fall, for you were never following them in the first place.