Coronavirus ‘certainly not’ a punishment from God, say the DUP

Surely any true child of God cannot fail to see the judgment of God at work during this coronavirus crisis.

As this world grows ever more rebellious against our Creator, it is tempting Him more and more.

God is patient, we are reminded of this in 2 Peter 3:9, which says: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

However, God’s patience does not last forever.

He gave Sodom and Gomorrah every chance to turn from their sin, but eventually He visited judgment upon them.

He let Saul hold the throne of Israel for 40 years, but eventually He took him away.

He let many other evil kings hold their positions of power for lengthy periods, such as Ahab, who reigned 22 years, Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, renowned for making Israel to sin, reigned the same period of time, while the second king called Jeroboam reigned for 41 years.

God bears with evil men sometimes for not long, but often He bears with them for a long time.

It can seem there are no consequences for wilful and persistent sinning.

Ecclesiastes 8:11 touches on this, when it says: “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”

This is no slight on God in allowing wicked men to carry on in their sin, but rather a condemnation of the totally depraved heart of man.

We bear the guilt of our own actions, as the Saviour even outlined in Matthew 18:7: “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!”

However, we are sure that, whether it be immediately, as was the case even for some of the evil kings of Israel and Judah, or whether it be “in the long grass”, as we might say, God will reckon for sin.

And are we not seeing that even now in the death, misery, sorrow, isolation and financial ruin being caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the world?

So much of this world has turned its back completely on the Lord.

Throughout the world now there are moves to celebrate that for which God destroyed the aforementioned cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, with ‘Pride’ parades polluting so many city centres.

Throughout the world now, infanticide, known euphemistically as abortion, is so commonplace, it is the biggest killer worldwide. At the time of writing, there have been nearly 12.7 million abortions carried out globally this year so far. That is an average of about 117,000 every day.

So far, coronavirus has claimed the lives of somewhere in the region of 160,000 people worldwide.

Roughly that same number of unborn babies have been done away with in the past 33 hours.

Due to the threat posed by coronavirus, the world has came to a virtual standstill out of fear over how many lives will be lost, yet babies continue to be murdered en masse with a callous disregard for their lives.

Indeed, baby murder campaigners have been howling with outrage that Northern Ireland’s health minister, Robin Swann, didn’t seem to be prioritising the implementation of the new wicked abortion laws in our country enough for their liking. Apparently his preoccupation with a global pandemic was an unsatisfactory explanation for his mind being elsewhere.

The Alliance Party MP Stephen Farry intervened to state his belief abortion pills should be made available for women to conveniently kill their own flesh and blood from the comfort of their own home, showing once again for all to see what a wicked group the Alliance Party is.

Northern Ireland has, of course, recently had the foul, retrograde laws forced upon us to allow baby murder on demand and facilitate sodomite marriage.

And it is in this environment that a DUP Councillor took to social media to express his belief the coronavirus pandemic was a punishment from God.

Naturally, this was met by a huge outcry from the same easily offended people who are not in the least offended by the notion of murdering a baby in their mother’s womb.

His horrendously offensive Facebook post said: “I said when abortion was legalised that our nation would be judged by God because of its departure from his word and the legalisation of the murder of the unborn child as well as same-sex marriage.

“You reap what you sow and our nation is now reaping the judgment of God because of an immoral and corrupt government.”

Not a thing wrong with what DUP Councillor John Carson, who represents the Ballymena area in County Antrim, said there.

However, sadly he then issued a craven apology to anyone he may have offended.

He said: “…anyone who knows me will know that l would not intentionally set out to cause hurt or offence to anyone and if l did then for that l humbly apologise.”

John Carson went on to say he would not apologise for standing up for his Christian beliefs but he already effectively had.

The enemies of the gospel are loud and proud in their rejection of God’s Word, yet Christians seem reluctant to share God’s Word and apologetic if they do.

Matthew 5:13-16 gives us the words of the Saviour when He speaks of how we are not to be ashamed of Him.

He says: “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

While John Carson backing down was sad, it was much sadder still to hear the view then expressed by his party, the party founded by Rev Ian Paisley, a man who, in his heyday, was a fearless preacher of God’s Word, used mightily of the Lord in our land.

Diane Dodds (pictured, top), recently parachuted back into Stormont after a number of years as a Member of the European Parliament and promptly landed into the vaunted (and generously paid at £87,500 per annum) role of economy minister (no doubt her being married to the party’s deputy leader, Nigel Dodds, is in no way a factor in her abrupt promotion), said “it certainly does not reflect the views of the DUP”.

What a long way the DUP has fallen that they shun the view that God’s hand is in the affairs of men, but rather that God is detached from the world we live in.

Worse still, when asked if John Carson would be disciplined, Diane Dodds said she was “presuming it will go to party officers”, a euphemistic way of saying “yes”.

So the DUP is at the very least threatening a councillor who took a Biblical view (before his cowardly backtracking) with censure or punishment of some kind.

How far this party has fallen.

If you are as yet looking at the DUP with any type of hope, believing they might just be willing to take a stand for God, we would urge you to reconsider.

The DUP has a lesbian councillor, the DUP has allowed one of its MLAs (Paula Bradley) to sign off on allowing a disgusting ‘drag queen’ act be held at Stormont, the DUP has funnelled thousands of pounds to sodomite groups and one of its senior MLAs, Mervyn Storey (pictured, below) met with and congratulated the leader of the utterly God-defying Corrymeela Community on 50 years of its existence.

This is the direction of travel within the DUP – the number of born again Christians within the party, both elected representatives and party officials, continues to dwindle.

How often do we hear a Biblical case put forward by the DUP any more for anything?

John Carson, who, despite his backtracking, is better than those who stay silent, was pushed back into his box very quickly by the DUP party machine.

May God save us from relying on any political party for succour, but rather let us look always to Him.

Let us keep our eyes firmly fixed on the Saviour and not on man.

Psalm 118:8-9: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.”

World’s governments prepare for coronavirus – but are you prepared for eternity?

Romans 8:22: “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”

Essentially the only story making the news headlines around the world at present is the spread of the deadly coronavirus strain known as Covid-19, a flu-like disease which has left thousands dead across the globe.

Various security measures are being put in place in an effort to minimise the spread of the disease, including cancelling large gatherings, self-isolating if you feel any of the symptoms associated with this modern-day plague, washing hands regularly, disinfecting surfaces and so on and so forth.

It is only sensible in the face of a highly contagious deadly disease for millions around the world to take various measures in an effort to reduce the harm it causes.

However, what precautions are being taken by millions around the world to deal with the effects of that much, much deadlier plague called sin?

It has been said by various experts that many people may experience extremely mild symptoms of coronavirus and it will do them next to no harm, even without any form of treatment from a doctor.

However, the disease of sin has a 100% mortality rate for any person who fails to call upon the Great Physician for a cure.

Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

We are all under the curse of sin through our first father, Adam, and without coming to God for salvation we will suffer a dreadful lost eternity in hell.

What has been so evident by its absence from any of our political leaders, including, as far as we can see, the DUP, is any reference to God.

Nobody has stated that we ought to look to God for His mercy and for His hand to be upon us.

Nobody has called for a national day of prayer to petition the Almighty that He might be pleased to wondrously move and curb the spread of this dreadful disease, not just here in the United Kingdom but throughout the globe.

Nobody has reminded the people who are looking to them for guidance that, at a time when we are all being confronted with our own mortality and the precarious nature of life, that they need to be ready to die.

What a dreadful indictment of the state of our country that our political leaders ignore the Almighty God of heaven in our time of need and at a time when so many are fearful of the future.

Often people can be accused of only turning to God when they face difficulties, but our country isn’t even seeking God’s face when confronted by such a crisis.

We are all most likely familiar with the following verses and they seem very apt at this time.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14: “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

What we, as the people of God, can do is earnestly seek God’s face that He might move in mercy in our land.

We can also pray that God would even be glorified through this time and that many will turn to Him for salvation.

The pride of man has been exposed for all to see, even in the way that they yet refuse to turn to God for help and in the way our leaders fail to urge the general public to cry out to God for mercy.

A supposedly wonderfully civilised society has been built up in the west, but man has forgotten it is only of God we are able to enjoy these many benefits.

Indeed, our land repeatedly tempts God and provokes His wrath.

What wickedness is permitted and indeed celebrated in our country.

Sodomite marriage is now legal in Northern Ireland, our precious land so wonderfully blessed in times past by our Heavenly Father, and new sodomite ‘Pride’ parades continue to spring up throughout our country.

Babies can now legally be murdered in our country, indeed the health service is gearing up to be able to facilitate the slaughter of the unborn in the coming weeks.

How can God not be displeased as He looks down on our land?

And yet the UK still refuses to turn to God.

This was something the children of Israel were warned against when they were about to enter the promised land.

Deuteronomy 8:11-14,17-20: “Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God.”

Even throughout the book of Judges we see the children of Israel repeatedly falling away from Christ, but at times of distress, and sometimes it was only after lengthy periods of distress that they thought to do so, they eventually turned to God for deliverance.

We have a prime example from the days before Gideon was called by God.

Judges 6:1,3-4,6: “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.”

Seven years of oppression it took for God’s chosen people to call upon Him.

Let not our land be struck by such dumbness when it comes to calling out to the Lord.

Let us even pray at this difficult time that God would be merciful to us and that through this dreadful time for so many, that people will consider their eternal destiny and will come to Christ for salvation.

2 Corinthians 6:2: “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”