We are indeed under difficult times in the world. There is fear and uncertainty in every country. While we have to deal with the ever growing pressure cause by the rapid spread of the #COVID-19, the depraved human nature shows itself off in the fake news and in the useless conspiracy theories that are being circulated in internet. Such things continue to worsen the situation and instigate unnecessary panic.

I have been hearing reports of people who were out in numbers, queueing at Supermarkets, getting ready to selfishly stockpile goods, despite the reassuring words from the president that production and supply of goods will continue during the lockdown. People will be allowed to go and buy food, medicine and other basic necessities in a controlled fashion. There is absolutely no need for panic buying. Buy what is enough for you and your family to use for a few days and watch for expiry dates on certain items. Give others a chance to find food when they come to the shops.

By all means people should stay at home. The key part for the National Lockdown is to stay at home. This forbids even visits to friends. Stay at home with your own family.

MY CONCERNS REGARDING THE NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

Stray Kids

I am very concerned with my neighbourhood. There are lots of kids that are roaming the streets and their parents do not know where they are. With such poor parenting, the chances for the virus to spread through kids is very high. I do not know if parents fully understand the meaning of the lockdown and its purpose.

The purpose of the lockdown is to limit the transmission of COVID-19. The authorities are hoping that through these security measures the virus might stop spreading. Now with so many parents who have no control over their kids and who fail to lock the gates to make sure their kids do not leave and their friends do not come over, the purpose of the lockdown will be a total failure and we would have suffered in vain.

Soldiers

We understand that the Lockdown will be facilitated and enforced by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) by the way of assisting our incompetent, corrupt and equally overwhelmed South African Police Service (SAPS). My concern is, we have not been told exactly how the soldiers will handle the violators during the Lockdown. Will they be arresting and detaining offenders or will they be using threats and physical force to persuade people to stay at home?

While we are told that we would be allowed to buy food, medicine and also to seek medical assistance, it is not clear if public transport will be available for us to get to those places where we might get food, medicine and other basic. If the public transport is available we do not know how long in the course of the day is it available and how many public transport vehicles will be available.

Will the soldiers be patrolling the streets of our townships and suburbs? or they will close off the exit points form these areas? How will they be able to identify those who are offending from those who are going to get the basic necessities as stipulated in the terms of the National Lockdown.

The Street Vendors

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With the Lockdown imposed, I am not clear as to how those who support their families through selling fruits and other goods in the streets are they to be assisted so that their lives and immune systems are not compromised through hunger and malnutrition. (Honestly they should have consulted me: I am good at finding problems for every solution.)

Will those who have enough be allowed to assist them in donating some food parcels, during the 21- Day Lockdown? How can we identify them, if at all we are allowed to donate food parcels to them?

WHAT CAN WE DO NOW?

The best thing we can do is to stay at home. While we remain in our comfortable houses, we must remember those families whose economy would be hit hard by the Lockdown and whose lives are at far more risk than ours. Pray for them. When the world is in such a turmoil and is covered with so much fear. There is only one ROCK that is higher than us. The only place of refuge. His name is JESUS CHRIST the Son of God.

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It was at the beginning of this month when we heard a promising “prophecy” from TB Joshua of Nigeria. He told his followers that the fears surrounding the new strain of coronaviruses known as COVID-19 will be over by March 27, as the virus will go away the way it came.

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We look at the watches and hope that he was right because if at any rate he gets this wrong not only will he be labelled a false prophet but He will also be liable for people who will die due to their complacency caused by the hopes that the virus will be gone by March 27, 2020.

While we have less than four days to see the outcome of this prophecy, Italian mortality rate on the account of COVID-19 is climbing and has far more exceeded that of China. In my country, South Africa, the infection rate based on known cases is climbing greatly.

I do not take pleasure in writing this post at all. I am very concerned with people who come out as mouth pieces for God but then make God look like a douche bag, when the supposed divine promises are not fulfilled. I pray and hope that this pandemic be defeated as soon as possible.

Take caution each time you listen to prophets. One day you will bank your life on a wrong man and you will pay dearly for that.

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To be an expect in any thing requires commitment, and daily practice. A top sportsman or sportswoman becomes the best not by chance but by that they keep on training daily and avoiding certain habits in order to improve their perfomance. The same principle applies to us as Christians, especially to leaders.

For anyone to be a successful preacher or pastor, it is necessary that they give themselves to prayer and studying of the Bible. This should be their daily practice. These two things are none negotiable. They are critical in the life of any church leader. For us to be able to teach well and shepherd the flocks of God faithfuly we must always meet our Master in prayer, to report our concerns and our progress in the work we do and also to request more grace to help us carry on with serving Him. We must soak ourselves in the word of God and be instructed of the Lord by means of his written word. We should learn from the example of the apostles, in that, when matters of food and waiting of tables arose in the church, the apostles set themselves apart by refusing to get involved in such matters and suggested that deacons be appointed for the purpose of waiting tables and managing distribution of food. The apostles said, “It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables… but we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6:2,4). There are certain things, though they be good, which are to be abandoned or avoided in order to excel in the most important duty into which one is called.

Paul affirms that the written word of God is critical for our lives. After showing in 2 Timothy 3:16, that all scripture is inspired by God. He then shows us that the same is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness. This is all necessary, so that, “the man of God may be perfect, and throughly furnished for all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:17) This means that the Bible is enough, for our perfection and to have us totally equiped to do every good thing required by the Lord from us. We cannot raise healthy churches if we ignore the word of God. To ensure that the church members are growing, pastors must be committed in prayer and be full of the Bible and then train their members to do the same.

If we as pastors commit ourselves to do thus, there won’t be a need to fake miracles or even to resolve to magic and manipulation in order to woo the crowds for the purposes of gaining a large following.

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“And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you…” (2 Peter 2:3a)

Gone are those days where a person who wanted to rob you had the decency of wearing a balaclava and for his dignity, his conduct was in such a manner that he would wait in the bushes or around a street corner at night in order to carry out his evil purposes. Today that is not the case. You get robbed right in broad daylight by a man who is well known and who has no shame of carrying a Bible. Not only does this unscrupulous devil’s advocate have the guts to carry the Bible in public but he is bold enough to open it, read it to you and make damnable claims about it. If you don’t know your Bible, you will sure go down and the “Bible Crook” will walk all over you. Peter warned the brethren in his days that there were false prophets in the olden days and there sure will be false teachers among the brethren. This warning is very relevent for us today because what I choose to call the “Bible Crooks,” are the false prophets of today.

1. Through Coveteous

Peter speaks about the driving force behind the “Bible Crooks.” These men and women are driven by coveteousness. Their apetite for wealth and power is a bottomless pit which gets bigger and more demanding each time it is fed. These are hungry wolves who will do anything in their power to deceive and to loot the people off their money and prized possessions. They teach not the words of Jesus. If they ever try to teach what Jesus taught, they would twist His words in order to benefit themselves. Like a pack of hungry wolves they team up against God’s people to devour and to scatter them.

2. With Feign Words

These crooks have a very powerful tool they use to make their kill. Peter says that, they use “crafty words.” These people are not idiots, they are endowed with tremendous amounts of deviousness. They are able to make people do unimaginable things through their crafty speeches. They have the gift of the gap and have no shame of speaking on subjects about which they have no clue whatsoever. They can pretend to be medical professionals, business owners, pastors and many others. These crooks enjoy the spotlight and are very egocentric, in fact, they make people think very high of them, even higher than God. I know it is absurd to say such a thing. Allow me to explain.

A Bible Crook always has a story that would protray him or herself as a close friend of God. They never fail to tell their audience about the private conversations they get to have with God. Once they win their audience’s hearts through such stories, they proceed to paint a picture of a puny god, the one who is absolutely under human control. They seem to know better than God. You will see this in their constant critique of the difficult parts of the Bible. They would resolve to some weak and shallow human philosophy and they have no shame to present their opinion as though it is the word of God. Their victims are caught in the nets of their deception, thinking that the men they feed is the man of God, not knowing that it is only an impostor, who is well versed in the matters of holiness yet lacks the skills to apply such matters in his own life by means of practice.

Charles H. Spurgeon puts it well when he says, “A graceless pastor is a blind man elected to a professorship of optics, philosophizing upon light and vision, discoursing upon and distinguishing to others the nice shades and delicate blendings of the prismatic colors, while he himself is absolutely in the dark! He is a dumb man elevated to the chair of music; a deaf man fluent upon symphonies and harmonies!” (Lectures To My Students, Pg 14).  The Apostle Paul said that these men had a form of godliness yet they deny its power. They profess to be godly yet in their private quarters they perfom terrible acts of blasphemy. They preach about humilty yet they themselves are plagued with an incurable desease of pride.

3. Make Merchandise of You

The Bible Crooks are not the friends of God, neither are they the shepherds of the flocks of God. These are business men and business women. Their expectation is profit. They fleece their followers and do whatever they can to establish and sustain their empires. Peter says, “they shall make merchandise of you.” What he is saying is, they shall make business of you. They will sell you out without thinking twice. Their involvement with you would be pure business. How often are you told, “In order to be blessed sow a financial seed to a pastor or to a prophet?” Today churches have sales stands where Bible Crooks display their products. These product range from “anointed soap,” to “anointed oil,” to “anointed condoms” and to many other outrageous items of the “anointed” series. The Bible ignorant people will be pouring their money into these shops which are disguised as churches. Like shops in a shopping mall, so are the churches in the residential areas.

There are very few churches which are interested in the glory of Christ and to assisting people into becoming more like Christ. Many churches have discipleship goals written down but now those goals are collecting dust in some shelf as the pastor forgets that he has a Master before whom he shall give account and he roars away with appetite for power and wealth.
One sad and probably the most shameful trend among the Bible Crooks is the lack of self control, particularly in sexual context. They use the gullibility of desperate women to satisfy their own sexual desires. They promise them a wide range of possibilities in exchange for sex. These silly women would believe the crook and would allow him to do as he pleases and in the end the woman is shamed and the crook escapes unharmed. Paul did warn of this kind of immorality. He said,”For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,” (2 Timothy 3:6)

Conclusion

What then can be done with the information on this post? Well, Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets” (Matthew 7:15)  That means, be on guard always. Don’t fall asleep. Always keep your eyes on Christ Jesus. Don’t rely on men. No matter how big the claims they make about themselves and about their walk with God. Fix your eyes on Jesus. If you are strong in the word of God, protect those who are weak. If you have knowledge on things of God, help those who don’t have it. Like a good soldier of Christ, stand your ground and fight for TRUTH. Reject and expose the Crooks. Call them out by name with the hope that God will give them true repentence. Remember, in the Kingdom of God there is no room for a coward.