During this Coronavirus invasion, many Christians have run to their Bibles to claim every verse that might make them immune from this life-threatening disease. It does not matter whether the Scriptures are taken out of context or they were part of a dispositional section that pertains only to a certain time and age. Pastors have administered Psalm 91 to their congregations as a “Coronavirus shot.” The people are encouraged to follow up the P91 with a “booster shot” called Faith. The Scriptural medicine, if taken regularly, will guarantee immunity to the virus. I believe in the power of God’s Word, but to take one’s own mixture of Scriptural ingredients and claim it as immunity “medicine “could lead to an adverse reaction. Many Christians look at the Bible as a benefits book instead of as a training manual. There are many benefits that are recorded for the Believer, but it is also a survival manual for those who live by Faith. When we look for escape clauses instead of learning from the Word how to overcome obstacles, we have done a great disservice, not only to our Faith but also to our Biblical understanding.
It is during times of crisis that the Bible is so often misquoted or misinterpreted. I love to see people walk within the guidelines of God’s Word, but I cringe when they “J-walk” by taking liberties where they shouldn’t. When one rightly divides the Word, one will experience spiritual growth and fulfillment.
Misinterpretation leads to confusion by those who accept what others have claimed, but find that it is not working for them. They claim Scriptures that seem to fit protection from such things as the flu, but quickly find themselves in a potentially challenging situation. Immediately, they question their Faith and are reinforced by those seemingly helped by claiming the same Scriptures. Whenever we take a Scripture out of context, it will not only affect our faith walk, but also the faith of others.
I believe in God’s “protection” and have claimed the authority of His Word many times. I have also been in situations where God’s Grace saw me through difficult times. I have experienced battles in life, but I came out more than a conqueror. Some of the greatest learning experiences for me have been through difficult crises.
If the Holy Spirit directs you to accept “protection” Scriptures, act on it. If the Lord wants you to go through the challenge, act on it. If Jesus told you He would be with you no matter what the situation, believe it. Some of the greatest “jewels in our crowns” are those that were achieved through the challenges of life.
We must never allow fear to be part of our vocabulary. We must never run from the problem. We must never doubt God’s Word. However, we must never take the Scripture out of context.