I hope this finds you well, and your year has started well enough, all things considered.
I’ve read with sadness and disappointment that some English churches have decided to close the doors once again, despite the government allowing them to stay open. Amongst reasons for doing this there is:
- alleged increased risk-factors due to the new more-virulent form of the virus, which could allegedly put people at risk through the action of opening the church building
- desire to be seen by the local community as acting responsibly; gathering might be a “bad witness”.
Based on that, I am going to say a few things. Please, understand this is not me pointing the finger. It’s me sharing and caring for my brothers and sisters in England.
The image above is proof enough that the government is willingly and knowingly imposing unnecessary lockdowns. If I have access to this basic data, they do too. At the time of the first lockdown (which in hindsight I still find unjustified, dangerous, and outright unconstitutional anyway) there’s a peak in excess deaths that we simply no longer find later on.
To those who object that the “NHS is under immense strain”, I can only answer that based on my research over the past months, this is in most part “normal” for winter period. There’s an additional strain that I believe is due to hysteria and misdiagnoses due to a flawed mass-testing strategy. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] Either way, the money should be spent in upgrading the healthcare systems (which everywhere in Europe, for example, have undergone cuts after cuts for the past 10 years at least), and not on flawed testing campaigns and unconstitutional tracing systems (22bln/year in the UK for test & trace, and they turn around and say they closed down Nightingale due to lack of staff?).
The number of cases in the UK is high mainly because the testing capacity of the UK has reached absurd levels; as an example, the UK carries out on average 14 times more tests per day than Italy, at the moment.
Number of cases mean absolutely nothing if you don’t have excess deaths, which is the standard way of measuring the severity of an epidemic.
Number of cases also mean nothing if the testing strategy is flawed.
WHO themselves said the new variant does not really behave any different to the old ones. Also, from medical literature, when coronaviruses mutate, they become more infectious, but less deadly. Meaning, they spread more but do less harm.
I believe it’s about time to stop looking up to the government, and realise that there is a concerted effort to bring the western countries on their knees, in order to enact the World Economic Forum’s agenda that goes by the name of Great Reset. The WEF founder himself has written a book called COVID-19: The Great Reset, clearly linking the pandemic to their agenda, which however was already public matter as of 2017. I appreciate it’s hard for some people to conceive such a large scale communal effort. Yet they are not hiding it. Though they have the ability to market it positively, as in this video from the Royal Family, some politicians have had enough discernment to call it what it is in an official UN address: global totalitarianism (as a related aside, watch this creepy conversation between Neil Ferguson and Tony Blair; or this review of Pope Francis’ latest book by catholic apologist Taylor Marshall).
The Western Church (in general) must acknowledge their faulty understanding and application of Romans 13 during this period. This article does a very good job at explaining how Paul never suggested an unquestioning submission to the authorities; Paul’s own experience instructs us to use every legal means in our society to push back evil, and correct abusive governments, which, though are meant to be God’s servants, can easily fall away from that. The Bible clearly teaches that people and nations chosen by God for a purpose can easily end up disobeying God. Israel itself is the prime example of this.
Never before in the history of the West we used totalitarianism to handle a healthcare emergency. Lockdowns, social distancing, and face masks on healthy people (no, there’s no such a thing as an asymptomatic spreader) are unconstitutional in all western countries that I checked, and violate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Both these things would be completely meaningless if the rights codified in constitutions and human rights declarations weren’t the very God-given liberties bestowed onto us by the Creator God; liberties that our own brothers and sisters over the centuries, with their influence, and their boldness in walking in justice with God (Micah 6:8), have ensured would be codified in such earthly documents.
The mentality of lockdowns stems from worldviews that are vehemently opposed to our biblical worldview; they are tools normally used by totalitarian states like China (though many think of Communism in terms of politics, it is instead a fully fledged violently atheistic worldview, where the Party or the State takes the place of God).
The West has been blessed with biblical wisdom more than any other part of the world, and we have understood over the centuries that imposing draconian regulations on people is not the way. It is far more adequate and just to leave the choice open to each and everyone. In this case, the choice to either come to the physical gathering or stay home.
Enforcing a closure isn’t Christian, because it tramples upon the very liberties each of God’s image-bearers has.
Enforcing a closure isn’t compassionate, because there’s not just Covid in this world. The Church (as a whole) is failing to look at the big picture. Several studies have now proven that lockdowns, from the stricter to the milder, have had no effect whatsoever on the spread of the virus. I quote from a paper:
The lockdowns in most Western countries have thrown the world into the most severe recession since World War II and the most rapidly developing recession ever seen in mature market economies. They have also caused an erosion of fundamental rights and the separation of powers in large part of the world as both democratic and autocratic regimes have misused their emergency powers and ignored constitutional limits to policy-making. Comparing weekly mortality in 24 European countries, the findings in this paper suggest that more severe lockdown policies have not been associated with lower mortality. In other words, the lockdowns have not worked as intended.
Lockdown have created misery, despair, a gigantic economical crisis, increase of suicides by 1000%, destroyed the mental health of many, increased domestic abuse, child abuse, drug abuse, and alcohol abuse.
Why is it that since 2020, all that everyone cares about is Covid, the risk of Covid, or people sick with Covid? What about all the other people? What about the state-mandated child abuse, that is, forced isolation of little human beings that need socialising in order to grow mentally sane? And shall we talk of the psychological damage face masks cane have on both grown-ups and youngsters?
Above all, as Christians, what about all those people we can’t reach? Why has the Western Church largely accepted to suspend all outreach until further notice? (And no, there’s no way we can make up for that with online outreach). How is that ‘Christian’ in any meaning of the word? What kind of message does that give to the people around us? That we care more about “this life” than the eternal life offered by Jesus?
Therefore I dissent with the choice of closing a church in the face of the privilege of being able to remain open. I disagree wholeheartedly with the idea that a church closing willingly despite the liberty of remaining open provides the community with a testimony of acting responsibly. Rather, I maintain it will give the message that we believe just as the world does. That we are afraid, just like they are. That we have no hope, just like they don’t.
Churches have always remained open, no matter what kind of crisis was raging. They have been a beacon of hope in the midst of wars and plagues. A light in the dark. And what do we do since 2020? We put the light under the bushel. Worse, we blow off the candle; we switch off the lamp.
The bottom line here is that we are witnessing a massive satanic involvement in the western governments. They are lying knowingly. We’ve been told there’s no treatment, when it’s not true. This is a review from the University of Liverpool about Ivermectin as a treatment for Covid. Doctors have been saying it works, since April. Referring to Ivermectin, renowned professor Thomas Borody said that Covid is easier to treat than the flu; it was back in August. Also, this is a meta-analysis that estimates the number of deaths we could’ve avoided if we didn’t irrationally ban hydroxychloroquine— 945,000 people and counting at the time I write this.
However, the worst thing is that they have disguised as science what are really coercitive methods straight from the Biderman Chart of Coercion (see this psychology class material, then compare to this table).
They have no intention to stop using these abusive methods that China managed to cleverly smuggle over here (Notice how China has been fine since March, suddenly all disappeared. No, it wasn’t the lockdown, because we know they don’t work).
Inasmuch as the Bible tells us that the time will come when Satan will manage to unite the world and prepare the field for the Antichrist to come, in no way that means that we, the Church of God, the Pillar of the Truth, the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the Restrainer (2 These 2:6), are to stand by, and watch evil happen. Even worse, obey the laws of Satan (through the government) as if we were obeying God himself!
Dissenting experts all around the world said time and again that the most compassionate and “normal” way to handle this is to protect the vulnerable and let everyone else go on with their lives, back to normal, without restrictions of any kind. Yet 2020 has been the year of censorship: any expert that wasn’t agreeing with the narrative has been almost completely banned from TV, papers, and even social media, which all went on a censorship spree, taking down video after video, and article after article, if they didn’t agree with the narrative. Orwellian at the very least, since they have also started “editing history and science”, by editing old articles from before 2019 so they’d support 2020’s narrative!
Given these people have no intention to stop abusing their powers, the Church is at a crossroads: do we continue to submit to Satan? Or do we submit to God?
With every blessing in Christ.
“Again, the new oligarchy must more and more base its claim to plan us on its claim to knowledge. If we are to be mothered, mother must know best. This means they must increasingly rely on the advice of scientists, till in the end the politicians proper become merely the scientists’ puppets. Technocracy is the form to which a planned society must tend. Now I dread specialists in power because they are specialists speaking outside their special subjects. Let scientists tell us about sciences. But government involves questions about the good for man, and justice, and what things are worth having at what price; and on these a scientific training gives a man’s opinion no added value. Let the doctor tell me I shall die unless I do so-and-so; but whether life is worth having on those terms is no more a question for him than for any other man.”C. S. Lewis