1 Thessalonians 5:21 – Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Hello readers, thank you for reading. I do hope this blog will be relevant to you. The aim of my blogs are always to point you to the Bible, to lift up and exalt the Lord Jesus Christ and his word. I have been posting a fair bit on my facebook of late, and that has come at a bit of a cost to my blogs on here of late. But nevertheless, here I am back again with some thoughts from the Bible on the very real issues that we are facing right now in the time in which we live.
Covid has taken over all our lives, and not just that, but vaccine mandates have come to where I live, and most likely where you live also. So today I will be talking about the vaccine mandates and looking to the Bible for wisdom on whether to take the vaccine or not.
First of all, we need to stop the fear. Because there is nothing to fear, but the spirit of fear has swept the land. Fear should not be making our decisions. Faith in God’s word should be making our decisions. Losing your job shouldn’t be making your decision, what’s right according to the Bible should be making your decision. Stop the fear, it causes you to make bad decisions and to not think straight, much less Biblically.
God has promised he will not put any of us into any situation that he does not give us the grace to handle. Look at Stephen in Acts 7, how could he have the face of an angel and be forgiving those even as they were pelting him with stones? Because of God’s grace, that’s how. If God can put glory on his face, surely he can put glory on ours no matter what we are going through. God told Elijah to go and deliver a message to a wicked king one day, and he knew that that king and the whole country would be after him. Where we would he go after that message? But God made sure Elijah was looked after and provided for. With God, nothing shall be impossible. When will we believe that?
The last two years really have betrayed the fact that many of our Christian walks are very hollow inside. There’s not much to the profession. Pressure has proven us, and it’s pretty damning. It’s been easy to read the Bible and say oh wow Daniel was so brave and faithful… but how do we do under a bit of pressure? Is it just for Daniel and others to stand and suffer for God, or for us also? Many people are viewers, but not many people are doers. There are many spectators, but not many fighters. There were a lot of people watching on when Elijah’s mantle fell, but only one man picked up that mantle. Go back to Daniel’s life, and that book is taking on a whole new relevance in our times, and Daniel was under some real pressure to comply, but he did not, he obeyed the Lord his God above all else. They tried brainwashing and re-educating him and tried to make him think and speak and live a certain way, but he stuck to the word of God. No wonder the Bible says o Daniel, a man greatly beloved.
We have been looking in the wrong places for help and for hope. Instead of looking to God and his word for wisdom, guidance and salvation… we have looked to scientists and doctors and governments… all who have proven they cannot be trusted. The Bible says in Isaiah 31:1 “Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!” Israel would get in trouble and instead of going to God, they’d go to Egypt to help them. We have got to start seeking God in this. For all you know, God has brought all of this to wean you off government, to wean you off hope and faith in man, and for you to finally trust him completely.
Israel tried going back to Egypt many times, and in Jeremiah, a big group of them did. God said to stay in the land and they’d be fine… but in fear and panic facing the unknowns, they disobeyed God’s word and went to Egypt. They thought they’d be safer there. But they were not. And because they went to Egypt rather than staying and trusting God and his word, they all got killed. Trying to handle all of this in fear and panic and haste is a recipe for disaster. God is still as much God as he has always been. And having done all… STAND.
We’ve got to start listening to God first. You say he is the most High, but is he your Most High? Who is on the throne of your life, is it really the Lord God? There are so many liars and their lies out there. This world has Satan for it’s god, and he is the father of lies. Why do we trust in this world? Why do we keep trusting liars? Look at Nebuchadnezzar. He surrounded himself with counselors with all sorts of degrees and qualifications and expertise, and they never told him the truth. Why keep going back to them? Why keep going back to government and scientists and blah who have proven they cannot be trusted?
Many people have proven they are religious, just their God is government and their Bible is the media. They are poor substitutes for the real thing, just like at Babel, the brick for stone and the slime for mortar was a poor substitute for the real thing. Build your life the Bible way, that’s a life and salvation and hope that will stand.
One of the most striking things for me in all of this is the disappearance of Christians. They disappeared long ago, but seriously, where are they all? You’d think if a certain group should stand for what’s right, they should. Even by their measly standards. But they aren’t. There are more unsaved people on the streets marching for freedom than Christians. Christians are scared. They’re in dens and caves just like Israel was in Judges 6. Being a Christian is being a soldier, and yeah, we do have to fight the right battle, the Lord’s battle, but now is a time to stand up as Christian when you see injustices and evil sweeping our land.
Not just this though, but why is it taking people who you wouldn’t even think God could or would save to show Christians what a backbone is? You can get more moral consistency out of an unsaved person than your average Christian these days. No wonder Jesus said “Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.”
Then there are professing Christians running around telling everyone they’ve got to get the jab and they’re selfish if they don’t. Bear in mind, these are the same Christians who are so selfish they won’t even tell someone how to be saved. Oh, they won’t force God on anyone, because they respect their choices and all that, but they’re happy to force a vaccine on someone. Yeah. Oh they won’t trust God, but they sure do trust government. Oh, they won’t obey any of God’s mandates for them, but they’ll bow to government mandates in a heartbeat. If you’re so selfless, how about risk some scorn, shame and ridicule for the cause of Christ for once in your life? If you are so selfless as you are telling others you are and they’re not, how about trying to save some people from hell?
This covid madness is showing that people believe covid is a greater threat than hell. For many years, during all those years of good, we Christians did not stand for truth. We were so apathetic and complacent. Procrastination and slothfulness marked our lives. We had so much freedom, and we used to live a selfish life. We weren’t like Abraham, we were like Lot in Sodom. And if you truly believed hell was a threat to public health and safety, and it is, wouldn’t you be telling others how not to go there? It goes to show you don’t believe in your own cause, and people can see that.
Then there are Christians who are ignorant on this issue. There are many Christians who prefer not to know rather than to know and have to do something with what they know. As long as they’re fine, they’re happy. If they see anything wrong, they pass by it, just like the priest and the Levite who passed by the man who had been wounded and left for dead by thieves in the story of the good Samaritan. Someone else can take care of it! Maybe you are like Israel in the story of Eleazar, one of David’s mighty men, you are interested in spoil, but not in the battle. None of this will be good enough at judgment rest assured.
It is simply not good enough to be ignorant on this issue. Job said in Job 29 “…and the cause which I knew not I searched out.” We must search these things out. We can know, we should know, we are commanded to know. I know a lot of professing Christians who are so willfully ignorant on the issue, just trusting the government to do what’s right and choosing to believe that the government has their best at heart. That’s just so stupid it beggars belief. In 2021, truth is the conspiracy, and lies are the truth. But it has always been the same, we live in such a reprobate society.
Now to be clear, your body does not belong to the government. The government does not order what goes in your body, God does. Or rather, that should be the case. I’m seeing a lot of whacky thinking and reasoning from whacky Christians. But you know why that is? Because they’re not reading their Bible and they haven’t for a long time. When they brought new Bibles, new Jesus, new worship in they didn’t think that those small changes and progressivism would make much difference, but it’s made up to the difference between light and darkness and heaven and hell. Just read your Bible and you’ll know what’s right and what’s wrong.
If you read Daniel 1, Daniel, who wasn’t even free like you are, refused the government mandate of what he was to put it in his body. And guess what, he was the wise one, and the healthy one. If you know the story of Daniel, first they were trying to control what Daniel ate and drank, but read on, and then they were trying to control his worship and his faith. That’s where this is heading. If you won’t stand up now… what then? If you can’t stand now when your travel plans are under threat… how will you stand when your life is under threat? That’s right… you won’t.
And ungodly mandates are nothing new. The Bible is full of ungodly mandates. What about Pharaoh’s mandate to kill the Hebrew boys? What about Nebuchadnezzar’s mandate to bow to the golden image? Just because it’s mandated does not mean you should comply. Yes, obey the government as much as is reasonably possible, but you ought to obey God before man. And the law of God is greater than the law of man. Our government thinks they’re God, they think they’re above law… but they are not. Satan tries to exalt himself, and so does our government, yet both of them will be cast down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
The Bible is full of principles to help you make a decision with what to put in your body and what not to. This should be a clear cut issue. And odds are, you probably do know what’s right and what’s wrong, unless you are reprobate… so the problem is probably more cowardice than it is ignorance.
If you are saved, the Bible is clear that your body belongs to God. Did you know that if you are truly saved, Jesus Christ dwells in you? You are his temple, you are his dwelling place. See, he first dwelt with Israel in a tabernacle amongst them, then he entered his creation in a human body, then he went to heaven because something even better was coming, Jesus Christ dwelling in your heart by faith through his Spirit. That’s where he dwells today, the kingdom of God is within you. You should absolutely watch what goes in your body.
Make no mistake, this vaccine mandate is wrong. In my country it is against our own constitution and many guidelines and laws are being violated under “state of emergency” powers. Our government has no respect for the people they were elected to serve, and they’re corrupt and pig headed and trying to punish you if you don’t make the right “choice”.
I dunno about you, but I can still choose to be free even if I am in a country that is not free. Paul was in a jail cell, and yet the Lord’s free man. If you comply, you are no longer free, you are placing yourself under bondage… but you can choose to not comply with an unlawful, unreasonable and ungodly mandate and exercise freedom, even if it does come at personal cost. But we are a generation that does not like cost, we don’t like cost of faith or cost of standing for right… that’s why we don’t obey God or stand for God or stand against an ungodly communist government.
Propaganda, force, threats, lies… that’s what it’s been for two years. And if you know anything about communism, know that communism is all about the “common good” trampling the individual rights of the little guy. The last two years it’s been about the “common good”, about public health and safety… and to protect the greater good, that means the individual citizen no longer can even leave his home for fear of the law. All that’s going on in my country is thinly veiled communism. Christians can’t even see what’s wrong. But it shouldn’t be surprised, all I’ve been hearing from modern church Christians is words like “community”… guess why? Because they’ve already become little communists long before. They don’t believe in the Biblical model of government, no, they prefer a Marxist style economy over a Deuteronomy style structure of nation.
But I have a God who sees me and knows me by name. He numbers the hair on my head. Communism is about collective, God is about the individual. Jesus knew that one woman in the crowd who touched the hem of his garment in faith. Who touched me? And his disciples couldn’t believe it because he was getting thronged, why would he say that? Everyone’s touching you! But Jesus Christ knew that one person who had faith and he saw that and healing came through that. And at the end of your life, you will stand before God by yourself and for yourself. You won’t be able to hide anymore.
But on to where I really want to get to today. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” What a verse this is. Apply this verse to the vaccine, to your government, to God even. God is not against proof, he is for it. We have a proven God with a proven word and a proven salvation. Is the vaccine proven? And the answer is, no, it is not. It has not undergone long term testing, and additionally, it is not even allowed to be disproven. If you say anything bad about the vaccine or question it, you will be censored, silence and deleted from society.
Should you put something in your body and then research what you’ve put in after? No. That is reckless and stupid. But that is exactly what is going on. It is madness to put something in your body before it is even proven. I am not against medicine or science, but I am against this fake science rubbish, and Paul said to Timothy, beware of oppositions of science falsely so called. It is not honest science to not allow a vaccine to be rigorously tested, analyzed, scrutinized, discussed and debated. If it’s true and it works and it’s all open and honest, there is nothing to hide is there. Truth stands up to the light of day… it is a lie that needs to be protected. When you try to keep everything in darkness, it’s because you’re trying to hide it from the light. In the light, evil and wickedness and corruption is readily exposed and scuttles away from the light trying to hide itself and avoid judgment.
How about we prove the government? What has the government proved itself to be? Let’s look at my government, odds are it’s pretty similar to your government. But my government has proven they lie. They lie literally all the time. So why would you trust someone who is a liar? Jesus said to let your yea be yea and your nay be nay. All of God’s promises to us in Christ are yea… God does not break his word. So who is really behind our government? If Satan is the father of lies and all they do is lie, who is really pushing a vaccine on you? It has been a torrent of lies from them, and how foolish can we be to trust a government and people who have proven that their word is no good?
Not just are our government liars, but my government has pushed through abortion, euthanasia, same sex marriage and on… our government run schools teach children that it’s science that they came from an ape which came from a rock which came from nothing. Yeah they’re totally about science. Just look at the track record of your government and the proof is there. If I’m going to trust the government, they’ve proven they can’t be trusted, they’ve proven they are against God, they’ve proven they’re wicked… so why would I blindly comply and follow them? Blind follow the blind and guess what… they all fall in the same ditch. Do you want to end up in a ditch all because you followed a blind and ungodly system? An ungodly government’s mandate is not something we should bow down to.
I am not anti government, but I am anti ungodly, unlawful, wicked government. And our government has proved that it is against God’s word on just about every level. So why would I trust them with getting a jab in my body? The only thing I have that is proven is the Lord Jesus Christ and his word. God encourages us to prove him. And the salvation he offers is proven. It works! See that’s the funny thing, God has the best “shot” for humans on the planet. He offers forgiveness and eternal life as a free gift without catches and clauses and takes responsibility for it… and guess what… even he does not force it on us. And yet we desperately do need that! If God doesn’t force salvation on us, why should a vaccine that does not even work be forced on us?
There is nothing unlawful about refusing an experimental and unproven drug. People are vaccinated and dying. And think about this, one of the states in my country has a city that has had the most days of lockdown in the world. How is shutting people in their homes in anxiety and fear and depression good for public health? You don’t have to be a doctor to know that people who are allowed to live their life and be free are the healthiest and happiest. How is people getting fired from their jobs when they want to work for their good? The Bible makes it clear that the best medicine is being happy. Proverbs 17:22 ” A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” We have had a very unhappy society for two years, there have been huge numbers of suicides, there are mass mental health issues, people being relegated to unemployment, their jobs stolen by the government… how is creating a system of fear, force and oppression good for anyone’s health?
Anyway, you are going to do what you are going to do. And do what you like. But what is going on in our country is wicked. Telling some take an experimental drug that doesn’t even work or lose your job is ungodly. It is not just or righteous. And punishing them for making a choice that is theirs to make is also unjust. God will balance those scales of justice one day, because they are out of balance. If the government is going to try and punish people for doing nothing wrong, and lock up and kick healthy people out of work, out of society, out of freedom, may God be their judge. God also dishes out punishment, and he is rather to be feared over government. If you even just look at the Bible on how to deal with infectious disease you can see how reprobate we are. We are locking healthy people out, in the Bible, it was the lepers who were put out, not the healthy people. They had wisdom and a system for dealing with disease, and it worked, and leprosy was more deadly than covid.
It would be nice to go further, but that is enough. God is proving you, this world is a proving ground for our faith. What’s it proving? Is it proving that you are a fake and a fraud, or is it proving the fidelity of your faith? I know I’ve been a bit rapid fire in this blog. But I would encourage my readers to hold the line and stand for what is right, even at cost to self. Not many people are willing to pay the price of doing right. But guess what, we have the promise that the payoff will more than compensate the price. Prudence does have its pay day. Consider these two verses… Proverbs 14:15 “The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.” And Proverbs 22:3 “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” You can choose to be simple, in a bad way, or you can choose prudence. You have God’s word, you have the Holy Spirit of God, the Spirit of truth, if you are saved. You can make wise decisions and see through all the garbage that is going on. May God give you grace in your decision making and he when you honour him, he will not let you down, and that is God’s guarantee from his proven word to you today.
Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)