The ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic has not only caused sickness, death, fear and panic around the world but has resulted in the cancellation of several sporting and cultural events, denial of travel Visas between nations, restriction on free movement and assembly. It is like war in peacetime. A war against invisible microorganisms called coronavirus. The Church of Christ should not be in the dark on what should be done. We need to know the age we are in now and the role of the Church to the world on the fight against this unseen enemy.
The way the world is attempting to stop the exponential spread of COVID-19 disease scientifically is a combination of the following:
(1) Extraordinary restrictions on free movement and assembly, as well as aggressive testing, to interrupt its transmission entirely;
(2) Finding the vaccine that could protect everyone and
(3) The do-nothing approach by just waiting until enough people get the virus and the few survivors developing herd immunity.
All this is the struggle of the natural mind. Hence, as the world struggles with the uncertainty of COVID-19, with all its fear and panic, death and the financial ruin caused by the pandemic. The Church has an incredible opportunity to demonstrate the love of Jesus. This is where Prophet TB Joshua, of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations, (SCOAN) and the Church, in general, need to come in to provide a divine solution based on Jesus’ love for the world.
Already, Prophet TB Joshua and his team in the SCOAN are taking the lead in praying, prophesying and teaching the entire world on this coronavirus. The prayers for rains, that also happened, the constant teaching, the prophecy of this time and encouragements from SCOAN, are worthy of note for all who care to listen. What more can the Church do? For example, the United States of America USA, and many other governments, are rolling out trillions of dollars as bailout and relief bills to stabilized their ruined economies and rescue a few of the COVID-19 victims. Nevertheless, these steps are not going to remove the pandemic but just attempts to save their national economy.
In Luke 11:42 we read Jesus saying, “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone”. Here the focus is not a warning to the Pharisees of this world on their superficial tithes. The people of the world are more concerned with external appearances than with inner spiritual truth and love. This is why the world will give bailouts and relief bills to create the illusion of significance and only to help their re-election efforts. What God truly asks of us, however, is an inner commitment to the qualities of justice and love. Such are less obvious, less showy and less impressive to others. But without justice and love, our giving and services are going to be meaningless.
Hence like Nicodemus, we have the opportunity to come to Jesus in times like this COVID-19 global pandemic era to look for our salvation and what else we ought to do. The public is asking many questions. For example, whose sin that a pandemic of this scale would be unleashed on every nation? Are we already in the eras described, especially in Revelation 16, where angels will pour out the vials of the wrath of God, one after another, upon the earth to cause great pandemics? The world would need teaching and prophecy of the age and time we are passing through. The Church also has a great task to counsel and rehabilitate victims and survivors of this pandemic beyond what respective governments are currently doing. Prophet TB Joshua has been raised to a position where he can provide revelation and encouragement to this generation.
Prof. R. A. Ipinyomi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria.