“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.” (Eccl. 4:9-10)
But, to quote a line from an old song, “Ya got to keep’em separated.”
And that is exactly what our adversary accomplished, with great glee.
“If you continue to meet, the elderly in your congregation may die.”
“If you do not lock your doors to the church, it will be your fault if the sickness takes them away.”
“If you visit grandma, you will be the reason she got sick and died.”
Hook, line and sinker, and the only bait needed was fear.
I know of a pastor who just a few weeks before the so-called pandemic fear was released, was highly advertising the importance of corporeal worship, of the need for God’s people to congregate together often to seek His will. He has always been quite adamant in this area, but he locked the doors of his church when the fear arrived.
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt. 18:20)
Do you suppose that counts online, when the only reason is because of fear, and I will add here, unwarranted fear.
“This is a test; this is only a test.”
And it worked perfectly.
I firmly believe, and it can be revealed as truth in the Scriptures, that when the people of the Living God gather together to pray in unison and with one heart for the mercies and guidance of the Holy Spirit that it makes an incredible impact, not only in the Spiritual world, but in this one as well.
“If we want this to work, we must find a way to keep those who serve the Most High from gathering together.”
And it worked perfectly.
I will pen this verse as often as I am led to and place it before those today who hold the keys to those churches, who made the decision to put it in the lock and turn it, forbidding entrance to the people of God because of fear.
“And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.” (Job 2:4)
I am curious, but will let you contemplate your own answer to this question, those pastors, elders and deacons, along with those in their congregations that agreed that it might be best to separate until the all-clear was given, did they lose their rewards up to that point?
“Better safe than sorry” does not make for a good title of a sermon, does it?
“Keep them separated, do not let them pray in unison, if there is even a hint that all this is a lie in any of their social media posts, call it misinformation and shut them down.”
“But I did not know” is the response many of those who locked their doors, along with all those who agreed with them is the excuse they will offer to the Lord Jesus Christ on their day of accounting, and the Lord’s response to them will be, “No, you did not trust.”
“No, they didn’t.”
“Climate change is real.”
“No, it isn’t.”
They will lock their doors again you know, if they perceive there is even a hint of danger, they will lock their doors again.
It is none of my concern if any of them lost their rewards, I have no part or say in that matter, but in this I speak truth, the wicked saw in those who are to be examples in this world, who claim to stand upon the Rock of their salvation the fear of death, if not in themselves, then in a form of the death of another because of their inaction if they did not lock those doors, run away and hide from each other.
There are two verses I will leave you with, set it in your own mind if this letter to you is truth or not.
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” (2nd Tim. 3:13)
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21)