It’s Not About the Virus—Anymore

“The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.”

– L.P. Hartley, “The Go-Between,” (1955).

I write this short article at risk of being controversial, or perhaps, being misunderstood. The objective is to exhort men to think hard, really hard! We’re halfway through the year, by the grace of God.

As the year progresses, it seems the government, let me call them for what they truly are—Totalitarians—are more determined to make this “virus” about them, not the public. In fact, it’s not about the virus anymore, it never was! Ah, I hear. A conspiracy theorist emerges?

Well, some of the “conspiracies” are doing a great job of revealing the reality. I’ll leave it at that, then.

The government is not man’s friend, but a pledged enemy of them that dare to question it, more so, logically challenge some of its decisions. I do not believe at the present time that the government has the best interest of its people at heart; that is not true.

The only interest the government(s) are focused upon is that of retaining and maintaining power and stealing God-given freedoms by way of tyranny.

The virus, sadly, is a means to the end. Or put another way, the worldwide lockdowns is carefully developed to cater for the personal goals at peril of those that can’t speak for themselves or them that are threatened if they dare “question” the state. I’ll go so far as to say here, I’m sickened by the government.

I have struggled to pray for those in these offices. And when I do pray, I pray either they see what they are doing is evil [and reform]; or else, God removes them from office in whatever way possible—even through death.

Yes, I’ve been tempted to pray the impercatory Psalms on some leaders—not because I’m holy than them, no. But because they are determined to go against God. Again, either their hearts are softened, or they get completely removed from their positions.

Another thing, I’ve never seen such a divide amongst the so-called medical experts regarding their analysis of covid. For example, masks are effective, masks are not effective, the vaccine is a guarantee from not getting covid, the vaccine is not a guarantee even if you get it, etc. Who’s playing who, seriously?

Now people are made to be suspicious of each other,

‘Hey, have you taken the jab?’

Or,

‘Why aren’t you putting on a mask?’

For my part, I believe that decision is mine to make; not forced to do so. It’s an irony. Actually, it’s hypocritical that these same voices that were once upon a time championing “my body, my choice” anthem are now demanding folks to adhere by their jabs, etc.

If it was a choice back then, it remains a choice now; that is, as to regards with the current situation.

I know these words may come out too strong, but I’m allowed to think. And I know they are most feared/hated who dare to challenge the popular opinion of the mass. I respect everyone’s view, but I’ll not blindly follow them. That’s the difference we all ought to strive for.

Of course we’re seeing folks silenced for speaking up. Cancel culture. Others, sadly, go missing for challenging these insitutions that are known to ever contradict themselves and have proven to be enemies of God and his people.

The only thing that is true now is that the government has a BIG MASK that is called manipulation. If they remove it, they fear the fresh air of logic and reason will choke them to death. It is what it is.

I fear no man, but God. If we die, we die. But let us die knowing that we spoke up and provoked sound reason where it is welcomed. At the end of the day, God wins. I still maintain, it’s not about the virus, it never was! Napoleon’s succinct observation will suffice here,

“History is a set of lies that people have agreed upon.”

You’re wise and know how to apply.

I Had some Friends: I Thought they Were & Prayer

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. Teach me your ways and paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.

Even in the minute of details, may I come ever before you in prayer. Good and urpight are your ways; therefore instruct me in them, always. You guide the humble, teach me humility, true humility. Forbid that I should have an eye for self, an eye of pride.

All your ways are loving and faithful. Forgive and pardon my sins in general and those of particular. Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD? Lo, that I may be that man. Instruct me daily in your ways. When the world turns its back on you; may I turn down on my knees instead. Indeed, alone I can do nothing. But with you, is pleasure evermore.

You confide in those that fear you. You make your ways known. May my eyes ever be on the LORD.

Remember me in my afflictions, Father. Turn to me and be gracious. Many a time the troubles of heart arise and multiply; free me from my anguish. Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins. I know you hear prayers.

Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May your truth and integrity protect me, because my hope is in you.

I had some friends (I thought they were) who I cared about; but they all became silent and closed me off from their lives. But I thank you for being my true friend. You’ve never left even when I have given you dozens of reasons to, that’s your nature. A friend born for adversity.

One thing I know, you are my hiding place; my redeemer and friend.

Understanding Man

What is man?

Man is a sinful creature. Even after regeneration, sin still tempts but not that he should abide by it. I understand man as a mist. He comes and goes. Indeed, human nature is complex. Some pretend to be your companions but turn out to be subterfuges, gossip and malicious hoppers.

I shall never tire to remind men of making a careful distinction between a friend and an acquaintance.

Dear beloved, ‘every man, take where you will, and every man in his best estate, or standing in his freshest glory, is not only vanity, but altogether vanity.’ Let not the smile(s) beguile you lest when you’re not looking, you get stabbed in the back.

Man, as I say, is a mist. Indeed more than a mist, a grass!

What has life taught you about man, have you once confused a friend from an acquaintance? If so, what was your lesson? Let me know in the comments section below!

Understanding and Reading the Bible Effectively

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.”

– Psalm 119:19.

Often times, sadly, we think the Bible was written “to” us, yes? It is not so! The Bible was not written “to” us, but “for” us. The Scriptures are God’s library, or rather, the Two Testaments are God’s lips by which He has spoken to the world from generation to generation.

The Bible is not a magic manual (to get things from God), but a statue-book of God’s kingdom, ‘wherein is comprised the whole body of the heavenly law, the perfect rules of a holy life, and the sure promises of a glorious one.’ That’s it!

It is also, that is, the Bible, a guide of how best to live, the ‘noblest way of suffering,’ and the best teacher of how to die.

Therefore, it should be noted that the Bible was written to real people in real places; thus the emphasis, it was not written “to” us directly. But though it wasn’t directly written to us, it is for us. It is a timeless book, praise God!

“The word of the Lord remains forever.”

– 1 Peter 1:25.

How, then, can we better understand and read our Bibles more effectively? Answer. Of course, our reading and studying of God’s word should be crowned by prayer and a constant dependence upon the Holy Spirit, the main Author!

This, I say, must always be primary. Prayer is key!

Very well, then. I will be short. Ask the right questions, in the right order. Note:

(1) What does it say?
(2) Why does it say it here?
(3) What does it mean?
(4) What is its significance?

Every biblical author has an authorial intent in what they are writing. There may be a possibility of many applications; but the author has a main intent that they want to pass across. These questions will help you in this way.

Plainly put, there can be no two meaning(s), but one!

Another thing is to determine the point of the text. Determine the passage’s limits. This can be recognized by scene changes in the narratives, etc. The next thing is to summarize the content.

(1) Identify the Key Verse (See my 27 New Testament Overview. In each book I’ve highlighted the key verse).

(2) Identify the Subject: This is one word that reflects the text’s topic.

(3) Identify the Complement: One word that explains what the subject is discussing (narrows the focus of the subject).

Consider how does the passage fit, that is, internally and externally?


Ask, how can I learn or take away as the Big Idea? This is an important aspect to note. If we can see the whole forest clearly, we can be able to identify the trees when we go down in particular.

Another thing, determine the significance. Questions to ask:

(1) Are there direct statements of purpose?
(2) Are there any appeals or commands?
(3) Are there any repeated words or concepts?
(4) Are there any difficulties or things I should look up?
(5) Are there any theological concepts?
(6) Is there anything being taught about God? That is, how does this accomplish God’s plan for this world? How is God working out his plan in individual lives? And lastly…

(7) Why did God place this in the Bible?

After we’ve labored to know the significance and asked the right questions, and of course, after we let the Bible speak for itself, we next consider determining the application. Note.

We must discern betwixt what is commanded (prescribed) and what is an application of a principle (described). Determine the teaching’s significance: principles will always apply to comparable situations, I mean:

(a) Is the teaching part of the Bible’s core message?
(b) Is the teaching inherently moral? And…
(c) Is this teaching a principle or illustrating/applying the principle?

These things, my beloved readers, are some ways which we can the better benefit and enjoy God daily in His written word for us. Has this been helpful?

To be continued…

A Reading Society

Reading saves everyone’s time. Books, if not lovingly embraced, our society will become more black. What harm is there in setting aside time for a 5 to 15 minute read? It is very strange (to me) when we walk and everyone seems to be stuck eyes down in the little box we all hold in our hands.

“Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted excusively to reading.”

– Lena Dunham.

A good book is an event in itself. Invest time in reading. You know, ‘reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.’ Start reading, or at least, purpose to read something daily.

What are you reading this weekend?

Christ, the Cross, & Worldly Sorrows

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

– John 16:33.

Depend upon it, dear beloved, that them who are in Christ Jesus shall be persecuted for their faith. That is, Christianity is not a warehouse where there is all gold and silver; but rather, a sword. It is subterfugic to teach that “a Christian will never suffer” or that God has promised “wealth, health, and prosperity” to all who follow and abide by Him.

This is Satan’s lie and must be rejected and confronted with what the Word of God says about these matters. God’s business is not to make men happy about themselves, but holy. If holy, then happy. Holiness is happiness. But there is no happiness where holiness is lacking. It is the will of God that we be sanctified and be holy; as He himself, is holy.

Plainly put, there’s no good thing in us. Our hearts are continually evil and deceitful. Whatever good we have is all of grace, all of Christ’s unmerited grace to us!

You ask, ‘Is there anything bad with health, wealth, and prosperity?’ Answer. No, there’s nothing wrong with these things. But it is devilish to teach what God has not warrant: that a Christian deserves all health, wealth, and happiness. If that were true; I reckon God must’ve hated those New Testament believers and indeed, the early church Christians.

Also, it is unbiblical to set our eyes upon these things as our primary goal, i.e., we live for them. We are called to first “seek God’s righteousness” and these “things will be added unto us” and I go so far as to say, even if God appoints our lot not to have what we desire, it is good for He knows what’s good for us.

“Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?”

– Genesis 18:25.