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For Christians, Dying From COVID (Or Anything Else) Is A Good Thing
The Federalist ^ | October 18, 2021 | Joy Pullman

Posted on 10/18/2021 9:46:34 AM PDT by Kaslin

It is time for Christians individually and corporately to repent for the way we and our institutions responded to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Blaming people for contracting a catchy virus has been one of many widely deployed COVID manipulation tactics. That has shifted into blaming people for dying of a catchy virus after they decided their risks from taking the vaccines outweighed their risks from catching the disease.

Shaming people for dying by accident is a bit twisted, but it might make sense if you believe life is over once a person stops breathing, and so cling to the illusion of human control over death to avoid the terror of acknowledging that’s impossible. It’s such pagan assumptions driving the ridiculous number of news articles with fear-porn titles like these: “Kansas City area official who died from COVID was unvaccinated, ‘felt he was immune’”; “Unvaccinated husband and wife die of COVID-19 leaving 5 children behind“; “Unvaccinated Father Inspired Other Family Members to Get Shot Before Dying From COVID“; “Bride Planning Funeral Instead of Wedding After Unvaccinated Groom Dies From COVID.”

Christian teaching diametrically opposes the underlying theology pushed in such articles and in many other popular COVID narratives. That’s true despite the appearance generated by the majority of Western churches prioritizing obedience to men instead of to God by shutting themselves down over COVID-19. Doing so contradicts numerous clear commands of scripture.

It’s a mark of the weakness of the Western church that more church leaders have not proclaimed this to the world by now. They’ve left standing for basics of the faith to the far too few strong pastors such as John MacArthur and Mark Dever. Let’s go through a few of these clear biblical teachings that even this theologically basic laywoman knows thanks to parents who read the Bible to her growing up and excellent pastoral instruction since then.

God Decides When We Die, Not COVID

For one thing, Christians believe that life and death belong entirely to God. There is nothing we can do to make our days on earth one second longer or shorter: “all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be,” says the Psalmist. “For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s,” says Saint Paul in Romans 14:8.

For another thing, for Christians, death is good. Yes, death is also an evil — its existence is a result of sin. But, thanks be to God, Jesus Christ has redeemed even death. In his resurrection, Christ has transformed death into a portal to eternal life for Christians. What Satan meant for evil, God has transformed into good.

Verse three of the 1540 Dutch hymn, “In God, My Faithful God,” beautifully expresses this timeless theology:

If death my portion be,
It brings great gain to me;
It speeds my life’s endeavor
To live with Christ forever.
He gives me joy in sorrow,
Come death now or tomorrow.

The Christian faith makes it very clear that death, while sad to those left behind and a tragic consequence of human sin, is now good for all who believe in Christ. A Christian funeral is a cause for rejoicing, albeit understandably through tears from those of us temporarily left behind.

“Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord,” says 2 Corinthians 5:8. This is not a small or unclear doctrine. It is repeated over and over again in scripture. It flatly rejects the heathen idea that death is to be avoided at any cost.

‘To Live Is Christ; To Die Is Gain’

Our Christian heritage also rejects the avoidance of death at any cost by venerating the millions of martyrs we honor precisely for choosing to confess Christ despite the indescribable costs to them of comfort, health, and life itself.

Still today, our brothers and sisters are routinely martyred in countries like Communist China. In the Middle East, Christians are raped and ethnically cleansed to punish their beliefs. It’s time for we comparatively comfortable Westerners to despise the shame and get back to running our race like their fellow Christians, not cowards.

As the Apostle Paul proclaimed, “Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” He, of course, himself went on to make good on that statement with a martyr’s death.

If he can do that, we can go to our safe, air-conditioned churches and worship. We can even go to the hospital rooms and bedrooms of those dying with infectious diseases and love them to the end, like the imitations of our Master Christians have boldly shown themselves to be for centuries, putting pagans to shame.

The Path to Destruction Is Very, Very Popular

The Christian church has always faced a stronger prospect of suffering and death because “the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.” We are instructed to be, not driven by “consensus” and social comfort, but the truth as God has given it to us in His Word.

Christ our Lord says in the 10th chapter of Matthew, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” It is this commanded, holy fear of God before all others that motivates not just the noble martyrs but all Christians today who decline to obey the rulers whose commands contradict God’s.

Jesus is direct about what obeying Him, rather than men, can cost. He endured the worst of this cost Himself. “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you,” Jesus says in John. “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.”

A bit later in that gospel, Jesus again emphasizes: “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” To put it simply, people who want an effort-free, comfort-filled life need to fight that to be Christians.

Christians are explicitly called to spurn pagans’ approval, advice, and beliefs for the sake of our souls: “Enter by the narrow gate,” Christ says in Matthew. “For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

Where Is Hope in Crisis? Give Me Jesus!

In a time of crisis, what do people need most? Christians believe the answer to that is: Jesus. Not food, not water, not even health. First and foremost, we need Jesus.

This is why, for example, it has been the historic practice of the Christian church for pastors to bring the Sacraments to the sick and dying. Our faithful fathers and mothers knew that, while God certainly works through doctors and scientists, the most important work, one that belongs utterly to Him, is the “medicine of immortality.”

It is this medicine that we sacramentalists crave and receive each Sunday. It is why there is for us no such thing as “Zoom church.” Church is not church without Jesus, and where has Jesus promised to be? “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Where else has Jesus promised to be? In his Word and Holy Communion. We can’t get those at home by ourselves. That’s why we’re commanded to “not forsak[e] the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is” (Hebrews 10:25).

To forsake assembling for worship also breaks the Third Commandment, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” We break this commandment, says Martin Luther’s catechism, when we “despise or neglect God’s Word,” which means “failing to gather together in worship to receive God’s Word and Sacraments” and “rejecting or disregarding God’s Word.”

Repent Now, Because We All Could Die Any Moment

“How few are we within Thy fold, Thy saints by men forsaken! True faith seems quenched on every hand, Men suffer not Thy Word to stand; Dark times have us oe’rtaken,” laments Luther in one of his Reformation hymns. “…May God root out all heresy And of false teachers rid us.”

Sin destroys faith. It is time for Christians individually and corporately to repent for the way we and our institutions responded to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our refusal to preach and obey the clear teachings of the Bible amid the world’s panic have betrayed Our Lord.

Thanks be to God, there’s a way out for us. It’s the same as for Saint Peter, the coward Christ transformed into a lion. That way out is repentance! Then let us rejoice and sin no more.

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1 posted on 10/18/2021 9:46:34 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The cultural phenomenon of CV19 is one of carefully managed fear, manipulations and virtue signaling.

What other pandemic has had ad campaigns to remind people they are happening?

2 posted on 10/18/2021 9:49:18 AM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t walk down the middle of the freeway. God expects me to be prudent in my actions

3 posted on 10/18/2021 9:56:22 AM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: Nifster

So a religious fanatic writes an article saying for a Christian death is a good thing. Ok, then why aren’t all the other religious fanatics hurrying to get onboard with that, you know that Jamestown thing.

4 posted on 10/18/2021 10:01:53 AM PDT by fatman6502002 ((The Team The Team The Team - Bo Schembechler circa 1969))
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To: Kaslin

Berlin_freeper should read this, there are links to other propaganda articles that he has not posted yet. Don’t ever claim I didn’t try to help your cause berlin_freeper.

5 posted on 10/18/2021 10:03:42 AM PDT by fatman6502002 ((The Team The Team The Team - Bo Schembechler circa 1969))
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To: Kaslin

Ps 118 5-6 (with personal thoughts)

5: I was in anguish and cried unto the lord and he answered by setting me free (God can free folks from the worry of u certainty)

6: The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man (or nature for that matter) do to me?

While we do need to be prudent, we can be released from worry about what man or the natural world can do to us, because our souls are he,d forever in God’s hands for safe keeping for eternity (that doesn’t mean that man or nature won’t harm us, but it does mean that of they do, we go home to be with God forever)

6 posted on 10/18/2021 10:06:32 AM PDT by Bob434
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To: Nifster

Which includes not driving a rapidly developed sports car whose controls are unlike anything used before, hasn’t been fully tested, and the manufacture cannot be sued.

7 posted on 10/18/2021 10:12:28 AM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: Kaslin

Really great article. Thanks for posting!

8 posted on 10/18/2021 10:15:39 AM PDT by .30Carbine
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To: Bob434

We put our unquestioning trust In Things every day; are, busses other drivers, chairs, escalators etc and usually they don’t let us down. But there is one who will never ,et us down whom we should compete trust in, and that is the one who holds our souls for eternity. Whole we have our part to do to keep safe as we can, ultimately God holds the final say. He determines when we go home regardless of the things we do to try to keep ourselves safe. A d that is what is OK with Christians, not that we take our hands off the wheel while driving and “leave it In God’s hands”, that is just foolishness.

Live your life, do your godly duty by taking precautions where and when necessary and,
Leave the rest to God

9 posted on 10/18/2021 10:17:36 AM PDT by Bob434
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To: fatman6502002

I guess we should give up medicine entirely and anything modern. I heard an American architect who was interviewed. He tried to get a Muslim country to improve its building codes so fewer buildings would collapse in earthquakes. All the officials he talked to were indifferent - their attitude was if an earthquake killed many people it was Allah’s will so no point in making stronger buildings.

10 posted on 10/18/2021 10:19:29 AM PDT by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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To: Kaslin; aberaussie; Aeronaut; aliquando; AlternateViewpoint; AnalogReigns; ...

Considerable blame should be placed on the late 20th-century heretical “prosperity gospel” aka “health and wealth” or “name it and claim it” promoted by Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, etc.

This anti-Gospel had no explanation for death other than to blame the deceased for not believing hard enough that “God want you well”

God does indeed want us well; healed of result of Adam’s fall. That healing has occurred through Christ the New Adam but “if for this life only we have believed in Christ we are of all people most to be pitied.”

11 posted on 10/18/2021 10:24:23 AM PDT by lightman (I am a binary Trinitarian. Deal with it!)
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To: Kaslin
"God Decides When We Die, Not COVID"

It's true that God decides when we die, and death for a Christian means we go to a much better place....


There are things I want to do in this life on this earth. As glorious as Heaven is bound to be, I'm not in a hurry for God to call me home.

Which brings us to timing. That God decides when we die, doesn't mean that we can't influence his timing. The timing is not necessarily set in stone and immutable, no matter what we do.

Otherwise, you'd think suicide victims have an incredible sense of timing to off themselves just when the Lord was going to call them home anyway.

So speaking of suicide.... There's a Christian in my office who believes like some Freepers, that we shouldn't be at all concerned about Covid. That our lives are in God's hands and Covid is of no effect. That same Christian missed 2 weeks of work when Covid knocked him down. But he did recover.

I take a slightly different view. If I stand on railroad tracks and see a train coming. There must be at least 1000 ways that God can save me. He can have wind blow me off the tracks, or a wild animal attack and drag me off the tracks. He can transmute my body and allow the train to pass right through me, the way Jesus passed through locked walls in His resurrected body. He could allow the train to hit me, and yet I walk away unscathed. Or he could have doctors put me back together through countless miracles.

But I think, God gave me a brain. And that God given brain is telling me, "Hey Danny! There's a train coming. Get your butt off the tracks!! NOW!!!".

Now if I ignore that God given brain, then God can still save me from the train. But all bets are off. If I'm stupid enough to ignore the brain that God gave me, then who knows what God will do. He might save me despite my stupidity. Or he may facepalm and tell the angels to get my spot in Heaven ready.

Now if God had said to me, "Stand in the way of this train", that would be different. My brain would then have to decide am I going to trust my Creator. Or am I going to trust in my own limited understanding. I'd like to think I'd trust my Creator. I really hope my faith never gets tested that way.

David took on Goliath. And scripture doesn't say that God told David to. But David knew he had been ordained by God to be the future king. He also knew it wasn't God's desire for God's people to be defeated by the Philistines. So David had faith that God would bring a victory in David's favor.

Paul when bitten by the snake, didn't give it much thought, and just shook it off in the fire. Paul also knew God had unfinished plans for him and no snake was going to stand in God's way. But I don't think Paul stuck his hand down there knowing he was going to be bitten. It happened, it was done, and Paul knew he was in God's hands.

12 posted on 10/18/2021 10:28:01 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: fatman6502002

Jamestown = Jonestown?

13 posted on 10/18/2021 10:31:17 AM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things.)
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To: DannyTN

God also requires us to take meaningful steps to preserve innocent human life. From building codes to involuntary manslaughter precautions to not allowing us to kill a fleeing thief.

God is sovereign in all things. Doesn’t mean we have no responsibility. His word says otherwise.

As far as applying that to the lockdowns, there is no precedent for denying people their civil liberties, lying, and fear mongering. No Christian need apologize for failing to participate in these evils.

14 posted on 10/18/2021 10:32:27 AM PDT by Persevero (You cannot comply your way out of tyranny. )
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To: Nifster

“It is time for Christians individually and corporately to repent for the way we and our institutions responded to the COVID-19 outbreak.”

It it time President Trump repented for leading a program to fight a virus. People dying in a pandemic is God’s will.

15 posted on 10/18/2021 10:32:44 AM PDT by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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To: caseinpoint

Yep, that’s what I meant. Thank You.

16 posted on 10/18/2021 10:32:50 AM PDT by fatman6502002 ((The Team The Team The Team - Bo Schembechler circa 1969))
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To: Wilhelm Tell

Well, that’s one way the religious fanatics can look at it. Not me though, I believe God gave humans a special brain and the free will to think with it, so I will continue to be a thinker, not a drone like some of them here.

17 posted on 10/18/2021 10:39:06 AM PDT by fatman6502002 ((The Team The Team The Team - Bo Schembechler circa 1969))
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To: lightman; Kaslin

My Mom’s church offered drive-through Communion and Parking Lot Sermons from the git-go. They are finally back inside their church again, masks optional.

Those wacky Methodists finally got one right. ;)

Also - Mom tells me that they are gaining new families by the week.

Yeah, people NEED to get back to the basics and they NEED Jesus. If CovidBS-19 taught us anything, this is it! :)

18 posted on 10/18/2021 10:43:17 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set. )
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19 posted on 10/18/2021 10:49:51 AM PDT by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: fatman6502002; caseinpoint

I should have read all the comments first.

20 posted on 10/18/2021 10:51:17 AM PDT by HartleyMBaldwin
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