WORSHIP / PERSPECTIVE

COVID masquerading as the predator in 1 Peter 5:8

 

‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour’

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Jarrette
Fellows, Jr./
Magnified

It is past the time for clergy in America to stop playing Russian Roulette concerning COVID-19 with the lives of their congregants.

The writer is not a member of the ordained clergy, but rather a lay Christian believer in the Word of God bearing due diligence in its study and meditation with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Our Creator also endowed each of us with a mind and common sense.

With respect to the COVID pandemic, the faith community is divided—a mirror of the national optic; some advocating vaccinations, social distancing, and the wearing of masks, while others assail any and all protective measures, relying instead on their God-faith for complete protection. The latter is what many of their pastors are preaching to them on Sunday morning from the pulpit. What’s at work here is Faith and Foolishness.

Now consider the incontrovertible truth.

 

Tens of thousands of those who professed a belief in a living God are numbered among the 628,000 COVID fatalities in the US, alone. Presumably, that number swells around the globe. Bishops, pastors, priests, and missionaries have perished from COVID, which is acting like the predator spoken of in 1 Peter 5:8, none other than Satan: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.”

COVID is a predator, re-creating itself as ever more aggressive killer variants seeking unprotected humans to devour like unprotected sheep by bears, wolves, and coyotes.

Here are the latest facts according to the Los Angeles County Department of Health:

There were 32 new deaths and 3,891 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Aug. 7. Data shows Los Angeles County continues to see broad protection from the vaccines against negative health outcomes from COVID-19. Unvaccinated younger adults between the ages of 18-49 were 25 times more likely to be hospitalized than vaccinated adults of the same age, with a rate of 20 hospitalizations per 100,000 people. Meanwhile, unvaccinated older adults 50 and over were nearly 12 times more likely to be hospitalized than vaccinated adults 50 and over, with a rate of 59 hospitalizations for every 100,000 people.

You want facts? Well here’s more:

Unvaccinated adults ages 18-49 have a death rate of 0.9 per 100,000 people, and there were virtually no deaths in vaccinated members of this age group. Meanwhile, adults over 50 who are unvaccinated have a death rate of 5.9 per 100,000 people, and were 17 times more likely to die as a result of COVID-19 than vaccinated adults over 50 who had a rate of 0.35 per 100,000 people.

Of the 32 new deaths reported, 10 people that passed away were over the age of 80, 12 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, five people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64, three people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 29. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach. To date, Public Health identified 1,380,415 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County and a total of 25,061 deaths.

There are 1,775 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 24 percent of these people are in intensive care.

Pastors, you must urge your congregants to get inoculated. If people are fearful the vaccines may kill them—look around, people, including Christians are dying in increasing numbers from not being inoculated against the scourge of COVID. They are like unprotected sheep prone to skulking prairie predators.

Satan is forbidden by God to kill humans indiscriminately, but he is armed with wile and deception to hoodwink and confuse unwary people, causing them to stumble into his pitfalls, thereby self-destructing.

American citizens complain of the confusion emanating from the medical community and government about how to manage COVID and the outbreak of new variants like the Delta strain.

The clergy must not side-step the warnings of the Bible contained in 1 Corinthians and John 8: 44:

 

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8: 44

Pastors, urge your congregants to get inoculated so that those that may be carriers of the virus, but asymptomatic (not showing any signs) will not transmit the virus to the most vulnerable among them—seniors with conditions, and children.

Let those that have ears, hear: Take

the COVID vaccine!

 

 

By REV. LARRY DOZIER

 

News reports tell us that 99 percent of the deaths and hospitalizations from the new strain of Covid-19, the Delta variant is occurring among men, women, and children that have not been vaccinated.

This is tragic. These deaths did not have to happen.

I have heard some religious folk say, “God will protect me.” This is true, which is why he allowed the miraculous discoveries of several vaccines in record time. Remember, God works, mostly, through people.

The doctors, scientist and those who know such things have made it clear that the vaccine is as safe as it can possibly be, just as the flu and polio vaccines are safe. Are there risks? Yes, as is the case with all vaccines, but the benefits are far greater than the risks.

Remember, one of the great writers of the Gospels, evangelist Luke, was a physician. I will step out on a limb here and say that I believe this meticulous chronicler of Christ would advise you to take the vaccine.

My wife, Erma, and I took the Moderna vaccine, and many of our family and friends have taken it. No one has reported ill effects. The vaccine is for your good. Take it for yourself. Take it for the sake of your loved ones. Take it for the sake of being your brother’s keeper. We are, you know.

Ask all the questions. Do all your research, and then let the evidence and your conscience guide you.  Then, take that leap of faith. God will, indeed, take care of you.  You’ll be so glad you did. After you do, share it with those you trust and with those who trust you. Think of the lives you may save.

Those who have ears let them hear. Please accept the vaccine. I wish you love, peace, blessings, and good health.

The Rev. Larry Dozier is senior pastor of The New Earth Christian Church. The public is invited for Sunday services via Zoom at 10 a.m. PST, 12 p.m. CST, and 1p.m. EST.  Meeting ID: 847 1149 7735;  Pass code: 148839. For more information call (669) 900-6833 or (424) 340-9007.  Email: PastorLarry@newearthchristian.org