Pastor’s Blog 3.17.20
Fear or faith, how does the Church respond to crisis?
For 37 years I have preached that we are in the end of days and that great calamity is coming on the Earth. For 37 years I have defied the spirit of the age and preached the opposite of what it stands for. I believe in the power of God and I believe that God is real among us when we worship. I believe that our worship and gathering should continue when it’s convenient or inconvenient, welcome or unwelcome, under threat of harm or not. I know many do not hold this position and that is between them and their Savior.
If our gatherings are not important, then why are believers all over the world meeting under threat of death or imprisonment from their Governments? I will submit to some controls, but not indefinite suspension of corporate worship of our God and our gathering together to praise Him. You have watched online before and Thank God for it, but it is not the same and we know that. We will continue our corporate worship at this time for all who, like myself, are compelled to gather in worship to our God.
This is a decision each must make and we will keep you posted if anything changes. Many leaders as myself have taken this stand and many have chosen to suspend gathering during this time.
This is the time to proclaim “By Jesus stripes we are healed!” I wake up declaring disease must die when it touches my body, and just as Paul shook off the serpent when it fastened to his hand, we stand and shake off any plague that attacks our body. Some will argue, “that’s not real or practical, we should use wisdom”. I believe it is wise to honor God with repentance and worship of Him! If I stop laying hands on the sick because I am afraid of getting their sickness, why am I calling myself a believer in God’s power to heal?
Mark 16 “They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover…”
I remember a couple years ago Pastor Brian Adams went to a leper colony and the local pastors of that country were afraid to go in with him. After he demonstrated faith instead of fear, a church was established there where fear had ruled!
103:1 Praise for the LORD’s Mercies A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
I turned 61 today and I am declaring the healing power of God over my body when I feel like it and when I don’t. My youth is being renewed and I will finish my race with the strength of the Lord.
3 He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. [Matt 8:17.]
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all. [1 Peter 2:24,25.]
Blessings and peace to all who read this. We forge on in the name of Christ!
- Date - March 17, 2020
- Author - David Chisholm