Conspiracy theories among Christians

A close friend in our church texted me this question today amidst the whirlwind of conspiracy theories wildly blowing among believers on social media.

“What are your thoughts towards the uproar of believers posting conspiracy type things online (especially today)? I feel overwhelmed by the amount of fear and disunity.”

This is the worst of Christianity in America. Conspiracy theories are birthed in fear. This is all very convoluted at the grass roots level because people don’t trust leaders for good and bad reasons. Here are my thoughts in short form:

  1. The virus is real. We (Christ-followers) should do our best to be responsible citizens out of obedience to our God who teaches us to pray for and submit to our leaders as far as possible without disobeying God. Also, we live in communities with people we call our neighbors we are to love relentlessly. So we follow guidelines to love and protect others.
  2. The virus could have been manufactured in a lab in Wuhan or it could be a natural, viral, “perfect storm.” Who knows at this point? Don’t focus on conspiracy (whichever one you are focused), focus on Kingdom.
  3. God is using all of this for His glory and our good.  Trust Him. To quote Tom Foolery, “Sometimes you have to get sick, my boy, before you start feeling better.”
  4. It is obvious who is walking by faith in a biblical way in this season. Look for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. That is the fruit of the Spirit present in the believer no matter the circumstances. Not perfection or the absence of pain and suffering. Just the fruit of the Spirit in the pain and suffering. (Galatians 5:22-23)
  5. Within American Christendom there appears to be a divide driven by political alliance and personal economic interests. This isn’t good within Christianity because it shows many Christians in America are party or pocket first, Kingdom second or third.
  6. According to the Bible we live in the end times but time is relative to our very limited perspective and God is above time.
  7. Our role whether it is our last day on earth or the last day of the earth is to press into mission. We love God and we love people and point everyone to Jesus in love.

Conspiracy theories are a waste of time and energy for the follower of Christ in my opinion. We just need to know the King (Jesus) and the Kingdom agenda and then we do our part to abide in Christ and bear much fruit and so prove to be his disciples NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCE (John 15). Even if one of the hundreds of conspiracy theories flying around out there are true and we find that out, what are we going to do? “See, I told you so?” How does that forward the Kingdom of Jesus?

Don’t waste your life on conspiracy follower of Jesus. KINGDOM, KINGDOM, KINGDOM.

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  1. Maureenie
    May 14, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    I find it very hard to put full faith into preachers who do not teach the Holy Bible verse by verse and chapter by chapter. Most preachers are one verse chatlies and make their sermon around that one verse. I use to go to church and listen to preachers sermons. Then I’d go home and read my Holy Bible to see if that the preacher said was truth. Most the of the time it was not truth! I do not put my stock in Tradtions of Men! Churches don’t even follow what the Holy Bible says! Y’all celebrate Easter, Holloween, Christmas! Do you know Easter is an Abomination to God? Do you know peachers teach all you followers to follow the Anti-christ? Preachers teach the Rapture Theory. Why you you teach the rapture theory, when it’s NOT IN THE HOLY BIBLE?
    When people tell another view of a situation, people call them Conspiracy theorist. I totally disagree with what you write!
    Preachers are men/ women, they are not the know all of the Holy Bible. All churches are braches off the Catholic church! Seeped in Paganism!

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  2. Steve
    May 13, 2020 at 8:37 am

    Interesting article, I believe christians are also told to be wise and to question. I am wondering if 2000 years ago the Resurrection of Jesus Christ would have been considered a conspiracy theory. Those darn disciples started all kinds of trouble.

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  3. chris
    May 13, 2020 at 4:15 am

    Another Christian article that is just non-sense.

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  4. May 10, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Too many Clergy are willing to lick the boot of Caesar (Globalist Progressive Government) who has killed tens of millions by abortion rather than kneel before Christ! The Clergy & Oligarchy of Jesus’ day killed the prophets who came before him for their conspiracy theory when in fact it was a prophetic word from Yahweh!

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  5. May 9, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Well…. I say…. Keep Drinking!

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  6. DJ
    May 9, 2020 at 6:02 am

    So, what do you say about the countries, where because of the lockdown, they are not allowed to have service, they are not allowed to go out and check on their people, they are not allowed to baptize people, they are not allowed to even do the sacrament. And that churches may be the last things allowed to open? Just asking.

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    • Carol Heesen
      May 9, 2020 at 7:32 am

      Our church has a saying…… The Church has left the building. Our church is not defined by the building, or the gathering, it is defined by the outreach. The fields are now more ripe for the harvest than any other time I have known. Join the harvest crew!

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    • LJ
      May 9, 2020 at 7:34 am

      WE are the church. Not the building. Church services are being held on multiple venues. Online, on the television. If they only worship you give is in a church, reconsider that. We are to praise God every moment of the day, and every day. May God touch you with that fact and may you find peace talking to God every moment of every day. God is here, all around us. Praise His glorious name. Thank you Jesus!

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  7. Tina Anselmo Maloziec
    May 8, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    It is BECAUSE I am a Christian that I have the kind of “righteous anger” that Jesus displayed when He turned over those tables at the temple. Jesus saw they were corrupting what was supposed to be God’s house of worship. WE are now His living temples. HE lives inside each of us. HE guides us in ways of righteousness. We are not a building, but we SHOULD be a community of believers. It is not about being political. It IS about following the truth and the truth is slowly being uncovered as to who the Godless are. We are God’s hands, feet, ears, eyes and voice here on this earth to evangelize His word. We can not do that if we are being locked up either from our own fear or by people who are exercising control they should not have over our lives. We can and we SHOULD be praying. We should also be helping those who can not speak for themselves. Isolated we can do nothing except quietly accept, even welcome, the peace God gives us when we give our problems to Him. But what about when He says back to you … “What can YOU do …” God does HIS part … but faith without works?? … God’s blessings on all of you.

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    • Kathy Conrad
      May 9, 2020 at 9:13 am

      Good word. Looking into the future,
      PlanA tramples
      On our
      Rights. Never in this country have we quarantined the healthy. When this comes again the powers that be cannot be Les by the experts and fear. Get a new planB

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      • TCall.
        May 11, 2020 at 3:25 pm

        This actually isn’t true. We have quarantined the healthy before. The Spanish flu and polio pandemics both were social distancing, stay at home. Churches, schools and businesses closed. Then they reopened when it passed. It will happen again.

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    • Judy
      May 9, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      This says how I feel as I pray and study his word I believe the people are the church so al of the church need to see and touch .God wants us to do his work not be hiding in our homes as you can see the governor of New York he said more people closed in together are getting the C-19.

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    • Debbie Turner
      May 11, 2020 at 6:37 am

      Amen
      I believe like Joshua we are called to stand agains the enemy.
      I believe like David we are called to face the giant.
      When church leaders call for us to lie down and except sin that the word of God calls an abomination, and then also call us to accept the rules of the evil and worldly, I wonder whom they serve. That same worldly and evil power, wants us to turn from God and worship their evil.

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    • May 26, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      Jesus showed righteous indignation over those who loved money first (the economy.) He taught us not to put first our needs, our rights or our 401K. We are called to serve and sacrifice. Conspiracy theories are and show a spirit of anger and often prejudice.

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  8. Super Duper Christian
    May 8, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    I agree. Discerning truth from falsehood is not the responsibility of us Christian laypeople. We can leave that to our pastors to sift through the news and let us know what opinions we should have. Our job is to just love Jesus and not engage with culture in any way, except for watching old Veggie Tales shows before it got taken over by sinners.

    When John the Baptist was beheaded for calling out the corruption of a government leader in his time, he was misguided. He should have just said, “I’ll pray for you bro,” and that would have been more loving. Calling people names is icky, like “brood of vipers,” and Jesus would never do that.

    When Paul engaged the Greeks directly that was also problematic. The Greeks were probably offended because what Paul was teaching was anti-science. (God became man and raised from the dead?! Give me a break).

    SCIENCE in all caps is really straightforward, all scientists agree, and on the COVID issue there are no respected scientists or doctors who have an opposing view. I’m not a scientist myself, but according to Facebook comments sections and Snopes.com, these alternate views have been “debunked” so that settles it.

    Really, we should remove ourselves from culture as much as possible and just be kind. How does that verse go? We are to be “as harmless as doves.” There was some part about a serpent, too. But snakes are gross so I’m sure that part doesn’t count.

    Be blessed y’all.

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    • Rhandi
      May 8, 2020 at 7:20 pm

      What You said does not line up with THE WORD. If We are lead by RUACH HAKODESH ( HOLY SPIRIT) one of the things We will be lead into is ALL TRUTH. JOHN 16:13. It is not the responsibility of a Pastor to lead Us in to ALL TRUTH because We are all supposed to be scholars of YAH’S WORD. Do We as Individuals know Everything, NO, but RUACH HAKODESH will lead Us to a Person whether a Pastor or a layman to get the answer.

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      • Xavier
        May 10, 2020 at 8:17 pm

        Rhandi, my dear sibling in Christ, “Super Duper Christian” was writing sarcastically, tongue-in-cheek and probably hoping for the very reaction you provided. Be more discerning and go in peace.

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  9. May 8, 2020 at 2:56 am

    Nope. I’m sure he knows a lot more than I do and walks a narrower path, but we’re obligated to find and know truth, pursue justice and live free, not just for ourselves but for our love for others for whom we want the same. We deserve better, or at least the chance to fight for it.

    “KINGDOM. KINGDOM. KINGDOM,” he ends with. Well this is what Jesus said in regard to the Kingdom:

    “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” – Matthew 11:12

    Yes, let’s focus on the Kingdom—it’s time to fight and to take it back.

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    • Emmanuel Dipoko
      May 22, 2020 at 5:51 am

      take it back? when have you lost it ? Can His kingdom really be lost?
      Consider the scripture you cite, …until now… when was the “now”? i Will submit it’s when The Lord is speaking, His now was then, not now. In my opinion , the kingdom “suffered” violence, not anymore, it has come , it is here, it is in you.

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  10. May 8, 2020 at 12:01 am

    It rains on the just and the unjust, in these times. A random mutation hits everyone equally and is neither punishment nor reward, and to attribute conspiracy to something which is as routine as the seasons (H1N1, SARS, Spanish Flu, et al) is ridiculous and makes Christianity look ridiculous.

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  11. Shane Miller
    May 7, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    I’m an atheist, let it be known from the beginning. All these comments, and this post in general, are detrimental to society. Listen to experts and data and scientists. Facts are more important than opinions.

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    • Scott T
      May 8, 2020 at 11:25 am

      Which “facts” are you referring to? And moreover, why would someone just simply give blind trust to “scientists” who may well have ulterior motives?

      Here’s a simple thing about the “facts” that make me NOT trust the “experts”. The “experts” changed the way deaths are coded to assure that the Covid-19 number is big and scary. If that were not the motive then the “died with” Covid-19 would be a private number used by the “experts” to assess its impact on co-morbidity. They would ONLY publicize the “died from” number. An Illinois health official recently stated that even in a case when a hospice patient dies CLEARLY of another cause… they’re to be counted as a Covid-19 death if they’re found to be positive.

      If you have leukemia and get the flu accelerating your death… your cause of death is leukemia. In fact, the flu is a common killer for leukemia patients. But take the same situation with Covid-19… you are counted in the national Covid-19 death total.

      Why would I trust people who are changing the rules to trick people into agreeing with their narrative?

      PS- how is your admonition to “listen to the experts” with that level of FAITH not an opinion?

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      • May 8, 2020 at 11:52 am

        Exactly Scott T. We’re being lied to. Ignoring blatant lies that are affecting people’s health, rights, and well being can’t be the right thing, can it? For me, no. I am well armed with truth, knowledge, and respect. It drives me a bit crazy and it’s hard and sometimes I breakdown crying, but I feel I have to try.

        Maybe for other Christians, it is best they keep quiet. If that’s the case, don’t suppress others who have a different calling.

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      • Alex
        May 8, 2020 at 4:02 pm

        Very well said!!

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    • Larry Bauer
      May 8, 2020 at 7:25 pm

      The “experts” aren’t telling you the truth but what they want you to believe so they can control you. Their tactics are as old as time. Nothing is new under the sun. You need to to a lot of homework and become a real expert yourself in order to know the truth.

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  12. Wendy
    May 7, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Oh my! I SO respectfully disagree! Praise God that Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, and the list could go on…didn’t take this approach. They were leaders in tackling injustice!! Christianity and discernment go hand in hand. If asking questions, listening to opposing views, and sharing those differences of opinions is somehow considered “conspiracy minded” then we are far worse off than I ever thought we were!! God help us!

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    • May 7, 2020 at 11:14 pm

      I. agree with the sentiment but you could have at least listed a couple of Christian examples instead of those you did since we are talking about Christianity .

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      • Carla
        May 9, 2020 at 3:31 pm

        Martin Luther King Jr was a Christian. In fact he was a minister.

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    • Harriet
      May 8, 2020 at 5:51 am

      I agree with you and my thoughts about this do no come from fear , as a matter of fact, I run to my Bible and look up scripture that prove that this is all leading up to the prophesies that were spoken of bacteria ten. Fear NO, excitement that Jesus could come any minute and we must be about the Fathers business. Praise God 😎🙏🙏🙏🙏

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    • May 8, 2020 at 11:53 am

      Great examples to those who stood up for justice and truth. Thank you. My last article was about conspiracy theories.

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  13. Mary
    May 7, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    The Pharisees refused to accept the truth, the Truth standing right in front of them. We are also reminded that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

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  14. Rodger Oden
    May 7, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    I am a believer. I absolutely disagree with what you are saying. I stand for truth and like a believer, the road is narrow. When you label people (me), as you have done, a Conspiracy Theorists (CT), like the CIA used it against people when they questioned the JFK assassination – a derogatory connotation disqualifying my thoughts and concerns. Are we (I) the worst Christians in America ? We are not birthed in fear but we hammer for the TRUTH. Pres. Trump a Russian agent – Looks like not as the TRUTH is coming to light. Was I wrong to have discussions, sometimes heated, with friends because the pieces and parts were not adding up – Just like COVID-19. I was told I was a CT and a fool. Maybe God blessed me with a little discernment and that’s ok. The virus IS real and man-interjected to make it what it is. It may or may not have been released on purpose and I don’t care really. We did what we had to do until we learned from and about it. To discount the TRUTH and hide from it, making people feel small, inadequate and call us the worst Christianity (Christians) in America, makes me question you as a pastor. It would be interesting to know your views on many subjects. Do you tickle the ear ….. just my thoughts.

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    • May 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm

      Spanish Flu 1918 also man-made in a laboratory, yes? Why would you believe that every corona virus prior to SARS-COV-2 was natural but this one particular one was man-made – what point does that prove without looking foolish?

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    • May 8, 2020 at 11:55 am

      My recent article is about conspiracy theories. I can’t hide from the truth and it’s my duty to speak the truth. God doesn’t call everyone for this task. It is NOT easy. Salt and light. My latest blog speaks of conspiracy theories.

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    • Tammi Moran
      May 8, 2020 at 5:35 pm

      I don’t know you, but I do know Brian Haynes. He is a wise, compassionate, humble, decent human being. He loves and fears God, and he loves and serves people. As a pastor, he is courageous in speaking the truth in love, even knowing that there will always be blowback from someone. This post is an example of that. No one who knows Pastor Brian would ever accuse him of being someone who tells people what they want to hear.

      I almost never comment on his posts, but I felt I had to this time. I encourage you to prayerfully consider the message he has shared.

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    • Julie
      May 9, 2020 at 3:29 am

      Rodger – I totally agree with you! I started getting a gut feeling that things weren’t right. I prayed for the Lord to guide me, and I spent a few days searching for the truth. I learned a lot! I started connecting the dots, and what is going on hit me like a ton of bricks! Then I found another video that put together what I had already found, and confirmed it. As Christians I believe we are to be aware of what is going on in the world. We are to search out truth. Also, when I know the truth, I know how to pray more effectively. Thankfully, I know lots of believers who are aware of what’s going on. It’s just sad that some listen to the brainwashing propaganda. It’s not a conspiracy theory… it’s a conspiracy, and there’s plenty of evidence. People just have to be willing to let the Lord guide.

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      • Amy
        May 9, 2020 at 9:27 am

        Julie, you just admitted that you looked around until you found something that coincided with your beliefs and then when you found it, accepted that it must be truth. That is so dangerous. Just because you believe something or want to believe something, doesn’t mean it’s true, even if others believe it too. That is not how you research. That doesn’t prove anything! We don’t research by deciding what we want to believe and then looking for others to confirm. So irresponsible, and yet so common. Sigh.

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  15. Rachael
    May 7, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    I respectfully disagree with this article. Conspiracy is a word that people use to discredit a differing opinion. Many things that people believe can be backed by research and especially history. The popular opinion is not always the correct opinion. We know from the past (and present) that propaganda is used to consciously and subconsciously manipulate people’s opinions. A great example of this is Nazi Germany. Many people had no idea the corruption and horrendous events that were happening for years. They discredited, silenced, arrested, and killed anyone with an opposing opinion. Nevertheless, in reality the holocaust and all the events leading up to it did happen.
    I don’t believe it is not having faith to notice corruption and stand up to it. Any religious belief can be considered a conspiracy. The second coming of Christ is a conspiracy to many, as well as, the many prophecies leading up to it. However, it is one thing to be crippled by fear and another to stand up in faith and fight against corruption. Christ himself stood up against injustice. This of course should be down with, and out of, love and respect toward others.

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    • Sarah W.
      May 8, 2020 at 8:48 pm

      This is an excellent response to people addressing conspiracy theories and standing up for injustice, but with respect! I don’t believe it is unchristianlike to stand up in faith. Well written!

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  16. Paul Fries
    May 7, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    For those who are declaring their “rights,” we voluntarily gave up all our “rights” when we begin to follow Christ. Just a thought.

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    • George Powell
      May 7, 2020 at 3:12 pm

      I beg to differ. I don’t live in China or North Korea! I live in America where others before me have died for the RIGHTS to be ABLE to follow Christ. Otherwise, we will all be doing it in secrecy.

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    • Jared
      May 7, 2020 at 4:20 pm

      You are exactly right.

      When our rights get in the way of our walk…we are lovers of this world and the things of this world with hearts set on this world rather than eternity.

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      • James
        May 7, 2020 at 9:35 pm

        So when they take away your right of freedom of religion to teach others about the Lord, then what? How is having the right to worship freely getting in the way of your walk?

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    • Sallie
      May 7, 2020 at 6:15 pm

      To God. Not to the government

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    • James
      May 7, 2020 at 9:31 pm

      Disagree. If God wanted us to give up our rights, then we’d all be in prison right now or Christianity would not be prevalent in America. Our forefathers declared our right to freedom of religion amongst other things, Just because you are a follower of Christ doesn’t mean you give up your rights as a citizen. We should not give up our rights as humans or Christians because crazy people want to take them away. And it’s okay to ask why and it’s okay to ask questions. It’s okay to hold on to your faith and your rights as a citizen. If we lay down our rights we lay down our freedom. If we lay down our freedom, we lay down our faith. Just a thought.

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      • May 8, 2020 at 10:05 am

        There is a great difference between discipleship and Christianity. One is focused on grace and yielding, the other entitlement and status. And that is the biggest problem the church faces today especially in North America. Discipleship never flourishes where it’s easy to call yourself a Christian.

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      • carolyn
        May 8, 2020 at 10:46 am

        Agree
        Thank you

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      • Justin
        May 10, 2020 at 10:26 am

        Respectfully, I don’t agree that our “right” to move about unfettered or to live our lives In comfort are God’s chief concerns. These are luxuries that we, as American Christians have been fortunate enough to have in abundance and now feel entitled to.

        In an earthly sense, things didn’t turn out too well for any of the early Christians, did they? Their lives were marked by unjust treatment, persecution and martyrdom. They achieved God’s purpose though.

        So we’re (not directed at you specifically) going to whine about temporarily not being able to get haircuts or go out to eat?

        In comparison to our predecessors, us Christians today seem to be pretty fat and happy.

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      • Matt Basford
        May 11, 2020 at 12:04 am

        I think part of the problem is that some Christians value their American citizenship as being on par with their heavenly citizenship. They wrap their Christianity in the American flag. God doesn’t owe us anything because we are Americans. One is of temporal value, the other ia eternal. Patriotism should always take a back seat to discipleship. Scripture is inspired, infallable, and sacred. Our American constitution is not.

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      • ljrichter
        May 11, 2020 at 2:21 pm

        So was it wrong for the apostle Paul to fight for his rights as a Roman citizen?

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    • May 8, 2020 at 2:54 am

      So should slaves have been content to remain that way?

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    • May 8, 2020 at 2:55 am

      So should slaves have been content remaining that way?

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      • Rev. Samuel Hamilton
        May 8, 2020 at 2:16 pm

        Amen

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    • May 8, 2020 at 11:56 am

      What rights did we give up when we followed Christ?

      We live in a country with the right to worship. Aren’t you glad we don’t have to give that up? Yet?

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    • handsfullofgoodthings
      May 8, 2020 at 5:40 pm

      I completely agree. Thankful Jesus did not demand His rights all those years ago! He came to serve, and as long as we are following Him, that is what He calls us to do, as well.

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  17. May 7, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    I love this column. Kingdom, kingdom, kingdom!

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  18. May 7, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Christians need to be careful in both believing conspiracy theories and labeling other people’s beliefs as conspiracy theories.

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  19. Linda Berlin
    May 7, 2020 at 10:36 am

    If one shares truth or theory, it doesn’t mean they are
    fearful. And free speech or thinking isn’t rebellion.

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    • May 8, 2020 at 11:57 am

      Exactly. I am a truther. My latest blog talks about conspiracy theories. I don’t understand how people can’t wonder about them.

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  20. Kristian Hunter
    May 7, 2020 at 10:24 am

    What happened to being warriors for Christ? You can all sit down and LET this happen to you, but I will fight with all I have to protect our rights and religious freedoms. It’s not a consipiracy theory, there is so much documented truth, but the mainstream media pulls it down. Why do you think that is? Think for yourselves, follow the bible.

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    • May 8, 2020 at 11:58 am

      You would like my latest blog post.

      Rights to worship are under threat.

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  21. May 7, 2020 at 6:35 am

    You hit the mark square on! Thanks for boldly sharing the truth in love.

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  22. Justice
    May 6, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Spending ALL your time only worrying about a conspiracy is a waste of time. I was talking with a few fellow Christians the other day asking where the line is in regards to respecting our leaders. You mentioned submitting to our leaders as far as possible without disobeying God. One of the theories is that there will be a “mark” to show you have certain vaccines or other information that can be read through that mark. To my knowledge that is disobedience to God. Are we to wait until that point to say to ourselves “Wait, we better stop submitting now.”? Is there going to be a well known Christian leader step up publicly and tell the people to stand up? Just some legitimate thoughts and questions.

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    • Gene Rushing
      May 6, 2020 at 10:39 pm

      Yea, wait until it is too late to take action? No thanks, I will stand up NOW and speak my piece on this ! I don’t want to have failed my kids and grandkids by weakly accepting whatever these Liberals want to impose on me !

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      • Laura
        May 7, 2020 at 11:52 am

        “Whatever these liberals…” what happened to loving our neighbors? Why do Christians continue to perpetuate this Us vs Them political propaganda? It’s so anti-biblical it hurts!

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      • It Is
        May 7, 2020 at 3:52 pm

        I think it’s important to not follow political leaders as though they are religious leaders-they are not. Political leaders must be viewed through a Christian lens that allows us to evaluate their actions and most of the time they will be lacking. I think it is better to look to those that are exhibiting Christ’s love and see what they say, for me, that is the healthcare workers sacrificing their safety and health. For that reason, I will do what I can to keep them safe.

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  23. Anne Gourley
    May 6, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you for addressing this so well. Bless you as you lead us in the Kingdom way.

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  24. Pamela Whitcomb
    May 6, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    I understand what you are saying, and I agree that God and His Kingdom always should be first in our hearts and minds and souls. But we are also called to be salt and light, engaged IN the world but not OF the world; to stand for righteousness and justice (Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?”) to be wise and discerning (Phil 1:9-10 “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ”) and speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15: but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ”).
    If there is evil at work, and especially when it involves others’ lives physically, spiritually, and economically, I think we have a responsibility to stand united against it; to stand for truth, for life, and for personal and religious liberty….yet in the fragrant aroma of Christ, not a stench. And those are my thoughts. 🙂

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  25. Maria Hillman
    May 6, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    I was just reading another person coming forward with more bad stuff when all it boiled down to is she just wanted to sell her book. You said it Pastor! Creating/spreading drama and spending our time on things that don’t forward God’s kingdom is a waste. Stay away from too much news and social media. Concentrate on relationships and getting to know the people in your neighborhood. You would be surprised how much it is needed for the body and soul, both your and others!

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    • May 8, 2020 at 12:02 pm

      Maybe God did not equip or call you to speak the truth and expose lies, but do you really want to judge and speak out against those who feel led to do so?

      “People in your neighborhood”? Do you mean that literally?

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    • Julie
      May 9, 2020 at 3:48 am

      It’s not creating or spreading drama when you are trying to warn people of evil being done that could in fact end up hurting them or their family in the near future. As Christians, we are to stand against evil and wrong doing. The right kind of news and social media helped me to understand what is really going on, and for this I am grateful. … and it will help to forward the kingdom when we stop what’s trying to harm the people of God’s kingdom.

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