Last night the local news reported that a county bordering ours has 39 cases of coronavirus. What they failed to mention is that there are 295,041 residents in the county who do NOT have the virus. Although I would never want to ignore the impact this disease has had on so many people, I think the media could say that the sky is dark without constantly yelling that it is falling.
John UK wrote, âNo Prayer=No Salvation.â I think I would examine that a little more closely, John, as there are many scriptures that promise salvation without any mention of prayer and many biblical examples of people getting saved without praying. Faith is what connects us to the Savior; the praying is merely an expression of the faith that already exists in the heart, as the next verse of Romans 10 makes clear when it asks, âHow then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?â
Jim, Nero Wolfe gets out more than you do. We all know you stay barricaded in your parentsâ basement, coronavirus or no coronavirus, with fifty cases of Cheetos, a keg of Mountain Dew and a stockpile of Charmin. But at least you get your exercise, what with finger aerobics on Google.
Jim Lincoln wrote, âYou canât trust a person who doesnât like dogs.â Jim, if you can show me one positive thing that the Word of God has to say about dogs, then I will concur with your opinion.
Surely âscienceâ has all the answers! Why just look at the âscienceâ of bleeding patients to remove impurities, and how well that worked on George Washington! âScience,â like the pope, is infallibleâeven when âscienceâ has to replace one infallible idea with a diametrically opposite infallible idea. You canât trust much in this life, but you can sure trust âscience.â
Carl, let me tell you about the most wonderful rehab program ever. One day I was reading the Bible and I suddenly realized I was a sinner doomed to spend eternity in hell. I didnât know what to do about it, but a couple of weeks later I found a gospel tract on the side of the road, read it, and when I read for the first time in my life thise glorious words, âBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved,â I did and I was. I immediately went and poured all my booze down the sink, threw my cigarettes in the trash, and took all my rock and roll albums out to the dumpster. No man told me I should do those things, and I still had not set foot in a church service, so it definitely wasnât a case if âIFB pietism,â as Fred calls it. It was immediate, supernatural transformation wrought by the Spirit of God. To anyone struggling with addiction of any type, may I say that faith in Jesus Christ is the way to overcome it.
God didnât wake up this morning and say, âWow, I canât believe this coronavirus thing is happening!â As near as I can tell, there were only two times in history when the Lord was surprised by anything. One time He was surprised that someone had so much faith (Matthew 8:5-10), and the other time He was surprised that some people had so little faith (Mark 6:1-6). I wonder if we ever surprise Him and, if so, is it by our faith or by our lack of it?
If you want to see an old ignorant geezer, Jim, you need look no further than the Speaker of the House. Sheâs 175 years old and doesnât know her right hand from her left foot. All she knows is that the Republicans must be destroyed, even if the country is destroyed with themâwhich of course it will be.
Mr. Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt said, âIt is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.â As far as I can tell, Jim, you are not doing anything, you have never done anything, and you have no ambition to do anything, and yet you constantly bombard others who ARE attempting to do something with criticism. All of us tend to have a beam in our eye from time to time, Jim, but you have an entire lumberyard in yours.
I knew this was coming, Jim. Never miss an opportunity to criticize the president or the Veep. And of course stingy peopleâincluding stingy people who like to accuse others of being greedyâwill always find an excuse not to tithe. While youâre at it, why donât you go ahead and cut down Franklin Graham for trying to help coronavirus victims in Italy? Iâm sure you will find a way to impute some evil motive to him for doing so. You are one disgusting individual, Jim Lincoln, and not fit to wash the dirty drawers of the least of all saints.
Anyone is freeâdespite nonsensical protestations against the concept of free will granted to man by a sovereign Godâto believe anything he or she chooses to believe. I believe in the premillennial, pre-tribulation rapture of the church because I believe that is the only position consistent with the entire body of scripture pertaining to end-time events. I realize that there are many who believe that I will be surprised to find myself caught in the Great Tribulation. I believe they will be surprised to find themselves caught up, not in the midst of it, at the end of it, or a thousand years after it takes place, but before it even begins. To suggest that the current minor case of global heartburn, the coronavirus outbreak, is comparable to the worldâs coming major myocardial infarction is quite a stretch. We are not in the Great Tribulation. We are in the waning days of the age of grace, and it behooves us all to extend Godâs offer of grace to as many as we can as quickly as we can, âfor the night cometh, when no man can work.â
I mentioned I Thessalonians 4:13-17. Now letâs look at verse 18: âWherefore comfort one another with these words.â Exactly how do we comfort one another by saying, âYou are going to have to face the worst period in human history. You are very unlikely to survive, but if by chance you do, youâll be caught up in a post-trib rapture.â The biblical order of events is pre-trib rapture, seven-year tribulation WITHOUT the saints who got saved prior to the rapture, second coming of Christ, millennial reign, great white throne judgment, eternity.