‘For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many, Matthew 24:5.
The times, they are a changing. But God..He doesn’t change. The bible says He is the same today, tomorrow, and forever. As we see the pandemic virtually destroy people’s businesses, people’s health, and people’s hope we see more people search for healing and peace everywhere they can to obtain what feel they need to get through these difficult times.
In addition to the need for physical healing, the pandemic has had a detrimental effect on people’s mental health as well. Pandemics now and in the past have all had similar affects on public health; they have affected us physically and mentally. During a global pandemic people are living in a state of urgency and the need to ‘be safe.’ News highlights of death tolls everyday and the need for vaccines to eradicate the dreaded virus puts us in a constant state of worry and stress. To add to the uncertainty and confusion, people are feeling psychological stressors like fear, anxiety, separation and loss of loved ones, social isolation, and living with financial burdens (Srivastava, et al., 2020).
Throughout history it has been shown in times of disasters and global crisis events, people turn to God. This has been going on since the beginning of time and mankind. This is not strange as it says in the word of God, humans are made in the image of God and no matter how much we try to dismiss His existence, when times are uncertain and in constant change (which is our culture as well) we look for peace, comfort, and steadfastness to calm the storm. This can be good when leading one into the arms of The Lord, the true God, however, it can be dangerous since this same person can be easily led astray and into the arms of a false god, and a false gospel. Please be aware there are thousands of churches around the world, some claiming Jesus as the Messiah, some claiming Allah as the true god and other paths say there are many ways to Heaven. Be informed, just because the name ‘church’ is on the sign and on the front door of a building does not mean that truth is being spoken in that building. There are so many false prophets leading thousands down the wrong path, especially in this time of ambiguity and distress when people cling on to anything they can that resembles peace and safety. So in searching and seeking physical peace, happiness, and security people will essentially be trading this for the spiritual or eternal peace, joy, and security that is provided in Christ alone.
I have recently watched the documentary, American Gospel: Christ Alone, and it demonstrates this point very well along with pointing out many of the false teachers I have spoken about above. Please watch with an open mind and open heart praying to the true God for wisdom to discern the truth and not be deceived. Pray to God Almighty, the true of Lord of our life, Christ the Messiah who came for us as the savior this world we so desperately need. If you don’t know him as your Lord please know He is available you, you only have to believe and repent with sincerity of heart and you will be saved.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Srivastava, K., Chaudhry, S., Sowmya AV, & Prakash, J. (2020). Mental health aspects of pandemics with special reference to COVID-19. Industrial Psychiatry Journal, 29(1), 1–8. https://doi-org.ezproxy.lib.uwf.edu/10.4103/ipj.ipj_64_20