If you put a mask on, if you obeyed all the mandates, willingly accepted the lockdowns, allowed for the vaccination and concurrent boosters to be placed in your body, your faith in Christ is questionable.
You have two verses to choose from in this short letter, the first is Philippians 1:21, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” The second would be Job 2:4, “And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.”
They are exact polar opposites, they are as far apart as the east is from the west, they cannot be both expressed simultaneously, it is either one or the other. If you partook in all that was mentioned in the first part of this letter, and now have regrets, then Proverbs 24:10 is applicable to you, “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” If you did not acquiesce to any of those demands, and you are boasting of it to others, then Proverbs 16:18 is your verse, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
The powers of Spiritual darkness that rule this planet at the moment are allowing this so-called pandemic to fade away, there will be no concerted effort to find its beginnings, it will not be discussed at length, it will not be allowed to die, but to simply be replaced with the next new fear. It will linger, but not for long.
The newest diversion, the next repetition for your observance of that verse in the Book of Job is the possibility of great food shortages, mixed in with the possibility of nuclear war. Are you prepared to run and hide, to stockpile food to the rafters so that your skin can once again be saved?
I could be wrong, it does happen, but my guess would be that for almost two years the majority of conversations that were spoken aloud in that building you like to call a church was about the dreaded flu. And I would also presume that quite a few of the sermons revolved around it also. I wonder, did the one who stands behind the pulpit ever chide those in the pews about their fears, did he preach on those two verses offered here? Or were you politely asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing after they unlocked the doors and let you back in?
Would I be incorrect if many of those sermons today are about Matthew 24:6, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” About how it might be a good idea to buy a little extra at the grocery store next week. Not sermons on how to live for Christ, and how it is gain to die, but how to stay alive just one more day, with the excuse of being able to serve Him just one more day, while before and after the service, and during the rest of the week you speak of everything under the sun but the Lord.
Nothing like the fear of adverse conditions to keep the sheep in fear, when they should be preparing to follow the Shepard of their souls, whether it be beside the still waters, or into a nuclear holocaust.
What excuses do you have prepared for your day of accounting, what have you got all planned out to say to the Lord as to why that verse in Job was the shadow of your life here on earth, and not Philippians 1:21, or Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Or even Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
He has promised to never leave us or forsake us, have you offered the same promise to Him? No offense, but probably not.
When, and if, the famine comes, you will not seek the face of the Most High, you will not set your face like a flint, you may think you will, but did you in the past. Did you put that mask on? You will run to your local government and beg them to provide for you, not fall to your knees and say “Thy will be done.”
Consider this, its below freezing outside, you have no adequate shelter, you can see lights in the distance, warmth, food, protection from the elements. There is a very good possibility that if you stay outside, you will die, all you have to do is put that mask on, no matter what they call it when the time arrives, perhaps it will be a simple mark on your hand or forehead, and then you will be warm, fed and sheltered.
Make your choice, the verse form the Book of Job, or from Philippians.