There’s a building in Alberta, Canada called the GraceLife church. Right now, Covid-19 cases are surging across my entire country, and the governments are trying their best to contain the situation while still allowing the people as much freedom as possible. Currently here in Ontario, we’re under Lockdown measures, with a further Stay-At-Home order taking effect tomorrow.
This is not a fun post. But apparently it is a necessary one.
GraceLife church has continuously defied mandated Covid measures, measures put in place not through the guidelines of the government, but through HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS.
So with cases in the country raging, on April 7, Alberta Health Services along with the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), went in and closed down the GraceLife church. They have “physically closed” it to prevent access to the church until the church begins complying with public health rules.
“The church has been at the centre of a prolonged battle over COVID-19 enforcement. Since December it has repeatedly defied public orders, with hundreds of people attending services. The services continued despite a closure order issued by Alberta Health Services in January.” ~ Source
Now let me make this clear: Canada has allowed in-person service for months now. So the church WAS allowed to have in-person gatherings — but they were supposed to be wearing masks, limiting capacity, etc.
And they refused.
I saw this trending on Twitter, and honestly I was appalled at the number of people who were supporting the church and in an uproar about it being shut down. And of course we get good old Franklin Graham in there with his worthless two cents:
Guys… *exhales* I have had ENOUGH of this garbage.
When I chose the username “WendyLovesJesus” over a decade ago, I did so for a reason.
It wasn’t just to make the literal statement that I love Jesus.
It wasn’t just to be a constant presence and reminder that our Lord exists.
No, it was a means of witnessing BY EXAMPLE. ANYTHING I say online is automatically associated with my Lord all because of that username. If I misbehave? People will associate my behaviour with my Lord. If I say the wrong thing? To a lot of people, especially the ones who hate God? I give them an excuse to bash Him further.
My username WendyLovesJesus helps keep me accountable. Because whether I like it or not, whatever I say is a reflection on how other people SEE JESUS. I’m not perfect, not by a long shot. But I do put a great deal of effort into thinking about what I say before I say it. Because I don’t want to embarrass my God. It’s that simple. Here’s a little piece of information that a lot of “Christians” seem unaware of:
We will be held accountable for what we do and say.
And if you presume to teach others? The Bible warns that you will be judged much more harshly. (James 3:1)
It won’t just be an “Oops, my bad!” moment when you die. There are consequences for leading the people astray.
When the Bible talks about wolves in sheep’s clothing, and false prophets WHO ARE IN THE VERY HOUSE OF GOD — DID YOU NOT READ THAT PART?? — it’s not just talking nonsense. It is a warning, not only to help keep us from being deceived by these people, but to hopefully stop us from becoming them ourselves.
This isn’t a damn joke, people. If you want to call yourself a “Christian” then you had best be prepared to answer to God for how you behave. God is Truth and Love, but the Truth shows no favouritism. God has laid out the rules, He has made it VERY clear what is expected of us. And if WE choose to go against what God has said, then WE condemn ourselves.
To the people of GraceLife church, and everyone else out there who thinks that God will just supernaturally protect them from the virus, and that the rules don’t apply to them, and that their rights and freedoms and their FEELINGS trump all else:
STOP IT. RIGHT NOW.
YOU ARE WRONG.
And you are not — you are NOT — acceptable representatives of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus didn’t go to the frickin’ CROSS so that you could sit down here in your piety, self-righteousness, selfishness and willful ignorance. He went to the cross because His command is simple: Love God and love your neighbour as yourself. If Jesus had taken YOUR attitude, then we’d all be screwed and going to the Lake of Fire, because He would have never in a million years been willing to DIE. FOR. US. If God had been as selfish as you lot, He’d have told us to go f- ourselves a LONG time ago. And your continued crusade to play God over others accomplishes only one thing: You nail Jesus right back up on that goddamned cross all over again.
We JUST celebrated Easter — do we learn NOTHING in our 70 years on this earth??? Jesus didn’t do that so that WE could do whatever WE want, and everyone else be damned. Love demands SACRIFICE. And you people aren’t willing to sacrifice ANYTHING. Your father is the Devil, and you have NO RIGHT TRYING TO ASSOCIATE YOURSELVES WITH CHRIST. NO RIGHT.
Jesus made it VERY clear: Love your neighbour — don’t do to anyone else what you wouldn’t appreciate having done to you. And: Obey the authority.
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by Him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.” ~ 1 Peter 2:13-14
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” ~ Romans 13:1 (Also see Matthew 23:1-4)
This isn’t rocket science, and God’s Word is not up for debate.
So if you are a pastor (or parishioner) of a church who refuses to comply with public health mandates, rules and laws? You are NOT a Christian. It’s as simple as that. And you had better check yourself because God WILL judge you for what you are teaching the people. Matthew 7:21 says: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven.” And goes on to a really important part:
“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”
That should TERRIFY you. This popular teaching that God is love so we don’t have to fear God…?
NO. It’s BULL.
Matthew 10:28: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Spoiler alert: That’s JESUS.
If you call yourself a Christian, then I suggest that you start ACTING LIKE ONE. And those of you who have convinced yourselves that Jesus would somehow applaud your disgusting and selfish actions in pretending that you have no responsibility to take during the pandemic? That the rules are above or beneath you? That it’s your God-given right to do whatever you want at the expense of others?
THIS. REMEMBER THIS.
You are delusional. You have never read His Book, and you sure as HELL do NOT serve Truth and Love, Jesus is His name.
And for that, SHAME ON YOU.
Make no mistake about it — the Lord is ashamed of you. He is NOT proud. You grieve the Holy Spirit with every word out of your mouths; with every action you take.
If you love God, you will acknowledge His name, and He has only ONE name: JESUS.
And love your neighbour as yourself. That means sacrificing of yourself for the sake of others.
Just like Jesus did. I doubt very much that He enjoyed His body being “disfigured beyond that of any man and His form marred beyond human likeness.” (Isaiah 52:14)
We’re so used to seeing these ethereal paintings of Jesus up on the cross, unblemished and serene.
They may be lovely to look at, but THEY’RE NOT ACCURATE.
They beat Him, whipped Him, scourged Him to the point that if you had been there, you wouldn’t have even recognized that He was a human being anymore!!!!!!!!!!
AND THEN THEY MURDERED HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AND HE TOOK IT! HE ALLOWED IT! FOR US! And even after we did this to Him, He STILL forgave us!!
But you’re too “good” to wear a mask and follow basic social distancing rules in order to save other people’s lives. Are you KIDDING?!????
People like this run the Lord’s name into the ground. And it’s not okay. If you are one of these people, for God’s sake, smarten up. If you’re going to call yourself a Christian, then ACT LIKE ONE. #WWJD