This pesky Corona virus!

I feel to address emails that are circulating from well-meaning Christians about the lockdown. They are quoting a Scripture from Hebrews 10:25, “forsake not the assembling of yourselves together.”

So many familiar Scriptures are quoted out of context and it is something I dislike intensely because of the discouragement, disappointment, and confusion (even backslidings) it has caused when a certain Scripture didn’t hold up, merely because it had been quoted out of context.

So the Scripture being circulated at this time is another quoted out of context, and is even quoting only HALF of the verse! So it makes those who choose not to ‘gather together’ feel guilty, or that they have no faith! But the entire verse says…  “Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together, as is the habit of some.”

The author of Hebrews was speaking to those who never bothered to fellowship at all, and how it had become a ‘habit’ not to do so – a way of life! The rest of the verse shows it wasn’t being said to those who never forsake fellowship and who are longing to go to church again.

 It may be, that even now, that some do have the faith or the natural courage to still gather together, but in a pandemic someone could be a carrier and harm others, “With humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own interest but also for the interest of others (Philippians 2:3,4).  So this Scripture being quoted out of context should not be used against anyone who chooses not to fellowship at this time, as it was being said to those who had formed the habit of total neglect of going to church.

I have written a chapter in one of my books, on the many familiar Scriptures that are constantly quoted out of context and passed from one to another, how it has caused wrong expectations, and how new Christians especially have been mislead by them. I addressed this issue because of the emails I receive asking why a certain Scripture didn’t hold up for them when they had believed it with all of their hearts. Quoting Scripture out of context can cause much harm.

‘A time to walk alone with God’

In this time of isolation, we have no option other than to learn how to ‘walk alone with God’ and in one of my books I tell of when I had to learn how to do so! I was suddenly and completely detached from ALL Christian contact whatsoever in every shape or form, and without all the wonderful spiritual aids available for spiritual growth that I was used to having. I was left with just one possession – my Bible, and was forced to learn how to ‘walk alone’ with the Lord.

It was a long, lonely, and painful process, and even though I’d followed the Lord since I was twelve-years-of age and served Him with all of my heart, I felt like a toddler learning how to walk! I fell, I stumbled, I cried – a lot! No-matter how much a parent loves their child, ‘walking alone’ is something the child has to learn to do all by itself and they will fall down and hurt themselves time and again before ‘something’ suddenly ‘clicks’ and they ‘get it’ and can walk all alone without mom or dad’s help!

I knew at the time, no matter how tough, that the Lord was teaching me the best lesson I ever learned in my Christian life, and that if ever the time came for me to have to ‘walk all alone with Him’ again, that I would know how to do so – and that time has arrived! LOCKDOWN!

So at this time I am staying indoors with Him! (not because I’m afraid to die, just the opposite, but because our NHS will have enough to cope with needing the beds for others).

Happy walking with Him – indoors!

Did you know that the Bible speaks of having a FAT soul?

I believe that an ‘enlarged soul’ will uphold through a trial – and even a lockdown!

By the time you have finished reading The Skinny Soul you will know the size, health, and wealth of the most precious possession you have.

Keep your soul FAT and healthy!

The Skinny Soul contains 26 eclectic message to maintain a FAT soul.

My books: click heading ‘Christine’s books’

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By Christine Smith

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