False Teachings Spreading Fast During Coronavirus

In recent days, I have seen various social media posts and videos spreading false teachings all in the Name of Jesus during this coronavirus pandemic. I wanted to take a few moments to remind readers that the Holy Spirit will never speak against God’s Holy documented voice found in the Bible. So as you come across various voices online and in person, be aware there is a spiritual, highly-contagious virus spreading during this coronavirus pandemic that you need to spiritually distance yourself from. Let’s go over some important truths that apply to this plague as well as other events like hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, war, etc.

  1. God does not change, we do. He was the same yesterday as He is today. He and His nature were the same thousands of years ago as He is today and will be tomorrow. In other words, truth is absolute and does not change or it was never truth from the start. Some “prophetic” voices with large followers are teaching God changed how He operates since the cross. Let’s look to see what God says about Himself and how He operates then and now.

“For I am the LORD, I do not change…” Malachi 3:6

“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken and will He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines…” Hebrews 13:8-9

2. Some are quoting passages like Psalm 91, Isaiah 54’s “No weapon formed against you shall prosper” as well as quoting 1 John 4:17-19 while glazing over critical contextual elements connected to these blessings as a means to thwart this plague from affecting them. I have another article called “Community Spread | Community Cooperation” addressing Psalm 91 and Isaiah 54, but wanted to touch on the quote from 1 John 4. The entire book of 1st John describes true love as obeying God’s commands. The author reiterates over and over again that you can distinguish those who are authentic believers abiding in God verses those who aren’t by who is and isn’t cheerfully, willfully obeying God’s laws, which ultimately defines how to love God and others (to list a few: 1 John 3:4, 7, 10, 22, 24, 4:12, 20, 21; 5:3). In fact, 1 John 3:4 defines sin as those who break God’s laws. So by the time the author arrives up to the verses being commonly quoted during this pandemic in 1 John 4:17-19, it is understood that believers do not have to be afraid of God’s judgment because they are operating in perfect love by being living sacrifices laying down their flesh to a lifestyle of loving obedience to God’s commands, which ultimately loves God and others. This is why we don’t have to fear. It has nothing to do with other circumstances and isn’t a magic charm to protect you from God’s discipline or judgment. Conversely, it would be more enlightening and productive to quote 1 John 3:22 in regards to this pandemic:

“And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.” I John 3:22

Furthermore, the verses to follow the misquoted passage of “There is no fear in love” yet again how God defines love as obeying His commands and why we need not fear (see 1 John 5:3). We need not fear because we are obeying God’s commands, which are pretty easy and hopefully, most Christians are doing without even thinking about it. If you aren’t obeying God, well then you are not being perfected in love and yes, you should fear very much.

3. God is always in control and Creator, who often sends and/or allows what we perceive as evil, unfortunate, or bad to judge, discipline, mature, and potentially bless His people depending on their cooperation as well as make Himself clearly known and seen. This is 2020 afterall. A timely year to adjust all of our vision to focus on God!

Furthermore, God intentionally sends or allows disease, war/captivity, famine, or “natural” disasters or “acts of God” like earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, various storms, etc. as a means to judge, discipline, test and or mature people- namely, those who believe in Him, as well as to get people where He needs them to be for His purposes and glory. He even creates and allow such disasters to bless people! From the beginning of the Bible to the end, the top 4 events the LORD intentionally sends is: disease, war/captivity, famine, and ravaging beasts (Leviticus 26; Deuteronomy 28-30; Read the various books of the Prophets; Book of Job; Matthew 24-26; Luke 21; Revelation 6-11) . Moreover, He creates and allows such events as a means to make Himself known to those who don’t know Him and/or those who claim to know Him, but refuse to listen and obey Him, or to mature and bless those who do intimately know Him, His word, and obey it.

So please stop spreading the lie that this virus cannot be from God and is the doing of Satan. Why would we as worshipers of the One True Living God give Satan so much power, credit, and glory? Please, for the sake of everyone, and especially yourselves, stop spreading such spiritual viruses and instead study the following passages as a few examples while remembering even Satan had and still has to get permission from God to have any power on this earth (Job 1:6-12) so regardless, such events are still from God while others like Satan or King Nebuchadnezzar (Jeremiah 43:10-13) do God’s bidding.

“I am the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me; I will gird you, though you have not known Me, that they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting, that there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things.” Isaiah 45:5-7

“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now, therefore, do not be afraid..” Genesis 50:20-21

“But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go.” Exodus 11:20

“Thus Israel saw the great work which the LORD had done in Egypt; so the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD and His servant Moses.” Exodus 14:31

“I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people..But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume…I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies…Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven more plagues, according to your sins….when I have cut off your supply of bread…I will lay your cities waste…” Leviticus 26

“But I will spare a few of their men from the sword, from famine, and from pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the Gentiles wherever they go. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.” Ezekiel 12:16

3. Contrary to the teachings of many false prophets and teachers, God still judges or chastens people – particularly His own. To not do so, would be a neglectful Father. Believers have a stricter judgment than non-believers, because we intentionally or unintentionally vainly bear His name (see Ten Commandments- Exodus 20:7), which means we do not represent Him as we ought to a dying, dark world. Tough love is still true love. Additionally, in the end, we all will be judged for everything we have done. So please do not fall for the blatant lie that we no longer will be held accountable nor have to repent ever again for our behavior (upon believing Jesus died on the cross) for God says otherwise over and over again. In addition to the following examples, read all of Hebrews 10.

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17

“For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment…” (then why do you think you will not be judged too?) 2 Peter 2:4

” ‘My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.’ If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.” Hebrews 12:5-8

“For whom the LORD loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:12

“For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ…So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” Romans 14:11-12

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing therefore, the terror of the LORD, we persuade men..” 2 Corinthians 5:10-11

“Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent…He who overcomes…and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life..” Revelation 3:3-5 (Why is Jesus telling believers to repent if they aren’t held accountable after believing in Him? And why is He threatening to remove believers from the Book of Life if they fail to change their behavior?)

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give every one according to his work.” Revelation 22:12

Lastly, if you want to pray Psalm 91 over you and your household or annoint one another or your home, fine, please do so. However, in the event this plague does come to your household, despite your prayers or even your diligent obedient faith, please do not get frustrated with God since a plethora of false “prophetic” voices promised you otherwise reading the idols of your heart or telling you what you want to hear as they did in Jeremiah and Ezekiel’s day too possibly further provoking God’s discipline on themselves and others (read Jeremiah 14, 20, 23, 28-30; Ezekiel 13-14). Instead, trust the Father’s intention for you and your loved ones and ask Him what those intentions are – How is He using this virus in 2020 to remove specks from our eyes? He told His people over and over again (in the Bible) after declaring the above mentioned judgments, He has a plan in it all (Jeremiah 29) and also, through this trying time, let us remember Romans 8:28.

May shalom fill your heart and home during this pandemic and others events to come. Trust God.

Ladies As Leaders: To Be Or Not To Be?

In recents weeks a public debate manifested due to a comment made by John MacArthur, a prominent Christian minister, admonishing Beth Moore, another prominent minister, to “Go home” being she is a woman and according to his understanding of Scripture should not be publicly teaching others – namely men. Within recent history, discussion of whether a woman can be in leadership of the Christian ekklesia (assembly/congregation/church) has indeed sparked much controversy. Such comments propagated by both Mr. MacArthur and Mrs. Moore as well as many other Christian voices caused me to dig into Scripture for myself regarding this matter. I invite you to grab your Bible and peruse some critical Scripture that you may not have encountered before, but will certainly be foundational as we come to some fascinating conclusions as well as further reflection.

For better or worse, according to the Bible, husbands and fathers are responsible for their wives and daughters under their roof. Since the beginning of time, Abba Father (God) has set an order and heavy responsibility on a married man and father. Consider how not only was Adam created first, but even more so when Eve was deceived by Satan and consequently she unknowingly deceived her husband, God addressed and held Adam accountable FIRST of the two. As another similar example, Queen Jezebel of Israel also greatly influenced and deceived her husband, King Ahab, for evil. Ahab, being both King and husband, having authority over both the nation and his wife, had to answer for his decisions influenced by his wife with his own life – FIRST. According to 1 Kings 21:17-22:40, King Ahab perished due to his decision to go along with his wife’s evil advice. Much later and according to the prophecy given through Elijah, Jezebel also perished for her influencing sin (2 Kings 9:30-37). Whether us ladies like it or not, God has a prescribed order of authority, one we should not be eager to usurp. Through the creation account, we see God established the husband as being held accountable for his wife. Likewise, we see in Genesis 3:16 God affirms the husband will rule or have authority over his wife. This does not mean to lord over her in an abusive capacity, although tragically some do, rather, it is designed to best protect and serve her.

The Torah expounds on this concept bringing clarity through an entire chapter of instructions on this important matter. Numbers 30 clearly affirms a father or husband has final say over his daughter or wife within his household. This passage lists in great detail a variety of scenarios defining a young(er) woman indeed has a voice, but if her father or husband overrules her decision, then her decision/oath/agreement/plans are annulled. Conversely, if a woman’s husband or father remains silent or vocally supports her decision, then she is bound to it and held accountable to the LORD (as is her male authority). Interestingly enough, Abba Father, our ultimate authority, also clarifies in Numbers 30:9 that any woman who is a widow or divorced is under her own authority being she is clearly no longer under her father’s roof or a husband’s and answers directly to Abba (God). We see a similar tangible example with Miriam, the unmarried, older prophetess, for Scripture list her a being a prophetess and much older sister of Aaron and Moses, but does not list a husband nor mentions anywhere in the text of living with her father (see Exodus 15:20) upon the timeline of Numbers 12. This is presumably why in Numbers 12, Miriam is listed first as speaking against Moses (Numbers 12:1) and is directly held accountable for what she speaks by being disciplined by Abba Father when He afflicted her with leprosy. Kindly, both her brothers intercede on her behalf and she is healed after her prescribed affliction has run it’s seven day course (Numbers 12:9-15). Notice in verse 14 of Numbers 12, the LORD inferred if her father had been alive, he himself would have rebuked her or overruled her ill words towards her brother, Moses. But since her father, is no longer present, Abba Father directly addresses her and holds her accountable, which correlates with Numbers 30:9. It could also be argued she was disciplined for attempting to usurp her authority, as a female, over Moses, a man, by stating in Numbers 12:2, ” ‘Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?’ And the LORD heard it.” Notice in the text, Aaron also agreed and said such things, but he was not disciplined – was Aaron not disciplined because he was High Priest or because he was a man or both? Why was just Miriam disciplined? I suspect the greater offense was more so because a) Miriam was a woman attempting to usurp a man’s God-appointed authority and b) she was an unmarried, child of God, and directly accountable for herself being she had no male covering, which the Apostle Paul speaks of as well in 1 Corinthians 11:3 and 1 Timothy 2:12-13:

  • “But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” 1 Corinthians 11:3 (NKJV)
  • “And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve.” 1 Timothy 2:12-13 (NKJV)

Speaking of teaching or having authority, in Jewish tradition, a Rabbi, or teacher is to be highly respected with much authority and influence over his students or followers just as Yeshua/Jesus was over his disciples. A teacher naturally has great influence over their audience so a woman teaching would not only influence others, but would naturally assume authority over them as well. The Bible states a woman should not teach men and therefore, have authority over a man. Nevertheless, Scripture permits women, regardless of their marital status, to teach other women (Titus 2:3), which incidentally is how Beth Moore’s ministry began.

Regardless of the debate of male or female teachers being permitted, the Apostle James advises no one be eager to be a teacher for with much authority comes much accountability to God (James 3:1). Similar sentiments have been expressed as the burden of the prophet (Jeremiah 20:7-10; Habakkuk 1:1; Nahum 1:1).

Furthermore, based off Scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments, it would appear women can operate in many crucial roles and be utilized in their giftings so long as the following parameters are met:

  1. A woman can never usurp the authority of a man, especially the authority of her husband or father assuming she dwells in his house still. A few Biblical examples would be the life of Eve, Miriam, and Jezebel, as discussed previously. Another positive example would be Queen Esther and how careful, yet successful, she was when presenting her plea to the King, her husband.
  2. If a woman’s husband or father supports her calling/plans/purpose, she may proceed in operating in that office/calling. If a woman’s husband or father does not support her, his authority, his voice supersedes hers. If she is authentically called by the LORD to do x, y, or z, her God-given male authority will see such giftings in her and support her, per the LORD’s will and plan for her life. A few Biblical examples would be Deborah, a married prophetess (Judges 4:4), Huldah, a married prophetess (2 Kings 22:14), Isaiah’s wife and prophetess (Isaiah 8:3), Lydia, a presumably married seller of purple who hosted Paul and Barnabas in her home (Acts 16:11-15), Priscilla, a married female apostle (Acts 18:1,28:26, Romans 16:2), Junia, a married, female apostle (Romans 16:7), and Phillip’s unmarried prophetess daughters (Acts 21:8-9). **It should be noted, however, that we have no Biblical examples of unmarried, divorced, or widowed female apostles – the only two female apostles defined in Scripture are married. Though fascinatingly enough, Priscilla seems to be the dominating apostle since the Apostle Paul lists her name before Aquila twice (Acts 18:1; Romans 16:2).
  3. If the woman is unmarried and not living in her father’s household, or divorced, or widowed, she is directly under the authority of Abba Father and not an appointed man (Numbers 30:9). Nevertheless, she still cannot usurp a man’s authority as exampled by Miriam. She will directly be held accountable to God for her decisions. She may operate in her giftings/calling without a man and does not have the benefit of a man protecting her or wisely guiding her like a 2nd opinion. Consequently, she is held accountable in all that she does, for better or worse. By not having an active male overseeing her, it does not mean she is of less value or a dangerous threat. It simply means she is responsible for herself. In addition to Miriam (Exodus 15:20), a few Biblical examples could be Anna, the widowed prophetess (Luke 2:36-37), Mary Magdalene, a (presumably unmarried) supporter and evangelist of Jesus/Yeshua (Luke 8:1-3, 23:49,55-56, 24:1-11; Matthew 27:55-56, 61, 28:1-10; Mark 15:40-41, 16:1-11; John 19:25, 20:1-18), Susannah a (presumably unmarried) supporter of Yeshua/Jesus (Luke 8:1-3), Phoebe, a (presumably unmarried) female administrator of sorts (Romans 16:1-2), Mary, a (presumably unmarried) female laborer in the body of Christ (Romans 16:6), Mary and Martha, the unmarried sisters who ministered to Jesus/Yeshua (Luke 10:38-42; John 11; Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:1-9) and the divorced Samaritan woman evangelist (John 4:27-42).

We can see in various Biblical examples, there is much evidence for women having critical roles in certain positions of leadership primarily as prophetess, whether married or unmarried, throughout all of Scripture (front and back of the Book) or operating at the very least in the gift of prophecy (I Corinthians 11 and 14); however, there is no supportive Biblical examples of unmarried/divorced/widowed female apostles or female pastors.

Similarly, Scripture clearly states the office of a bishop/elder (overseer) or deacon (those in leadership of the ekklesia/church) ought to be held exclusively by men, though it seems to indicate they should be married men (1 Timothy 3:2-7, 8:11-12). Most likely because these elders and deacons will be pastoring many married couples and their families so they too will need marital and parenting experiences in addition to the Spirit to guide them in their counsel. Conversely, it would seem acceptable, if not preferable, for male apostles and prophets, who are known to be sent to various places and people, to be unmarried as was the Apostle Paul (I Corinthians 7:1-2, 7-9, 26-27,32-38), numerous other apostolic men, and the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 16:2) or the prophets Elijah and Elisha. It is difficult to easily go where you are called to go in a variety of places or to specific people when you need to tow along a household of people and belongings, though certainly possible – just look at Abraham (Genesis 15:20). Likewise, it is better for a never-married woman to remain unmarried if at all possible so that she too may serve the Lord in whatever called capacity without distractions (1 Corinthians 7:34). Even so, a wife and mother can still serve the Lord by ministering to her immediate family first then others just as a husband and father is called to do.

Furthermore, women ministers, regardless of their marital status, ought to err on the side of caution or the appearance of usurping the men’s authority by avoiding teaching men. Nevertheless, a woman can prophesy to a man as exampled by Deborah, Huldah, and Anna so long as it is clear her motive is not to usurp a man’s authority, but rather assist him in his direction per the LORD. It is not the prophetess’ job to convince a man of the word of the LORD, but simply to deliver it. How a man responds is between him and the LORD – the man will have to answer for himself accordingly. A word of caution to the budding prophetess: In the event a man rejects your prophecy, be careful, dear prophetess, not to usurp God-appointed authority by speaking against that man. The LORD will deal with him, not you. Assuming it was indeed a word from the LORD, that man will know in God’s time a prophetess was in his midst.

In summary, based off my conclusions, women can certainly possess many leadership roles according to Scripture. Some such positions seem to indicate marital stipulations while others do not, such as a woman may be a prophetess, an evangelist, or a teacher (of other women or children), regardless of her marital status, and yet as an apostle, it would appear she would be one along with her husband, not on her own. Other roles woman may not occupy such as an elder/bishop or deacon. It would make Biblical sense to not have a single/unmarried/divorced/widowed female Apostle establishing churches since a woman, per the LORD, cannot function in the government of the ekklesia as an elder/bishop or deacon herself; hence, the need for an apostolic husband. Together, the two can produce much fruit just like in natural marriage produces children. Whatever a woman’s role may be specifically in an ekklesia type of setting, ultimately, there will be a man presiding over her per God’s design for her own benefit. It is best to have the men as the head of the ekklesia with many women serving alongside the men, for just like the home, the two will become one and produce much spiritual fruit. Neither a man or woman can produce fruit in of themselves – they must be in unity to do so – they need each other and should respectfully honor and serve one another. Otherwise, the ekklesia will emulate a single-parent household. By becoming one in leadership, the men and women of the ekklesia will produce many healthy spiritual generations to come!

“Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 11:11 (NKJV)

Food For Thought: If a husband is supportive of his wife being a female teacher/preacher of both women and men, such as the circumstance with Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, Paula White, Marilyn Hickey, or Christine Caine as a few examples, does that contradict Scripture? How does Numbers 30 apply to that type of situation considering the husband did not annul her intention? If he approves, then, in theory, she is not usurping his authority, correct? Would the supportive husband be wrong in approving his wife to teach/preach? What are your thoughts?

For further study, explore: 1 Timothy 3:4-5; Ephesians 5:22-33; Titus 2:5; 1 Peter 3; 1 Corinthians 11:3, 5

You Might Be An Apostle IF…

In this episode, Carrie continues to explain the 5 fold ministry as she explains clues that might indicate you are in fact an “apostle” as defined biblically.