The Blind Guides of the Apostate Church

The Bible told us this day would come.

“Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, regarding the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him,  that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit, or a message, or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.  No one is to deceive you in any way! For it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction . . .” (2 The. 2:1-3)

“At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,  but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Mt. 24:10-13)

“For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, and they will turn their ears away from the truth and will turn aside to myths (2 Tim. 4:3-4).

As these verses clearly illustrate, the last days will involve a great apostasy. Many will defect from the faith and teach others to do so. Many will turn away from the truth and embrace lies. Many will be deceived.

In case it wasn’t apparent throughout the last several decades, the events of the last two years have clearly exposed the brutal reality that the church is falling away. More appropriately stated: it’s in freefall. Over the course of time, the spirit of antichrist has infiltrated our religious establishments to the point that little remains of orthodoxy; much less of wisdom and discernment. In evaluating the way that the world’s most respected church leaders have responded to the great Lie of our time—being themselves taken captive by the Delusion that has come upon the earth—this fact becomes unavoidable. Allow me to show you a few examples of what I mean. Let’s start small and work our way to some more egregious exhibitions.

Max Lucado, the highly respected Christian author and pastor, contracted Covid-19 in July of 2021. Despite being full vaccinated with the now “approved” Pfizer shots in the spring of the same year, he proceeded to become very ill. In his words, “I don’t think I’ve ever been this sick.”[1] Did this experience cause Lucado to doubt the power and efficacy of the vaccines? Not hardly. Instead, he concluded that his experience was “a case study on the power of the vaccine.”[2] Even though the shots did not prevent him from getting the virus, or even from becoming dangerously ill, he was still singing their praises. Since the vaccines “saved his life,” Lucado has been diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurism, a potentially life-threatening problem. But don’t worry, this cannot be vaccine related; nothing ever is. It’s also worth noting that Lucado supported Jen Hatmaker—a woman known to promote all manner of sexual debauchery—and even gave “woke” sermons over the last two years concerning the false narrative of systemic racism.[3] Other than all this, he should be regarded as an icon of the Christian faith.

T.D. Jakes, the megachurch pastor and prominent author, was busy spreading the vaccine gospel everywhere he went in 2021. In January, Jakes sat down with Anthony Fauci and other scientists in a virtual panel discussion to address vaccine hesitancy among Americans in general and communities of color specifically.[4] Nothing gives you credibility like partnering with the biggest liar of the entire Covid-19 narrative: a man who admitted as far back as 2012 that he was involved in gain-of-function research and that it was “worth the risk” of a pandemic. Jakes further bolstered his credibility in late February (2021) with an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, titled, “Prayer and Science Led Me to the Vaccine.”[5] There, he said the following: “The vaccine has been proven to diminish the chances of people like me getting the virus. To date, the vaccine’s side effects have been minimal or nonexistent.”

He was absolutely right: the vaccine will help to keep you from getting the virus (just ask Max Lucado) and has almost “nonexistent” side effects. That’s why the deaths likely number in the hundreds of thousands in the US alone and “breakthrough cases” pretty much became the norm across the globe by the late summer of 2021.

As the highly esteemed cardiologist and epidemiologist, Dr. Peter McCullough, explained concerning the injections: “It’s going to go down in history as the most dangerous biological, medicinal product rollout in human history.”

Unfortunately, Jakes is but one important part of the greater movement of ministers who set out to “save their communities” by preaching the “vaccine gospel.”[6]

Let’s move on to someone who is even better known around the world: Franklin Graham. Besides being the son of the legendary Christian evangelist, Billy Graham, Franklin is the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of Samaritan’s Purse. Graham not only supports the vaccines but has plainly said that Jesus would participate in this mass genetic experiment: “I think if there were vaccines available in the time of Christ, Jesus would have made reference to them and used them.”[7] Graham’s statement is akin to suggesting that the Son of God would subject himself to an experimental gene therapy to stay alive. Because, you know, Jesus can die from a virus. Clearly, Graham knows nothing about these so-called “vaccines,” how they differ from genuine vaccines of the past, or how much damage they are inflicting upon the world in myriad ways. Forget the fact that he apparently doesn’t understand that Jesus’s divinity makes such a suggestion absurd.

Elsewhere, he did tone this view down a bit, only saying that Jesus would “advocate” that others be vaccinated: “Based on the parable of the Good Samaritan in the Bible, I would have to say — yes, I think Jesus Christ would advocate for people using vaccines and medicines to treat suffering and save lives.”[8] Clearly, the Great Physician would need his disciples to rely upon modern “science” for their survival. Because, you know, Jesus cannot heal others from a virus.

Besides, who needs the Great Physician when you have the great physician (Fauci).

Then there is Robert Jeffress. Jeffress, who is another extremely prominent evangelical pastor, made many claims about the vaccines throughout 2021. For one, he repeatedly stated that the vaccines are a “gift from God.”[9] That’s odd, because the radical left-wing Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, also said that the vaccines are “from God to us and we must say, thank you, God.”[10] It sounds like the same mentality is at work in both people, to me. My personal favorite, however, is when Jeffress compared Jesus’ death on the cross to the abortion of children whose fetal cell lines were used in either the research or testing phases of our latest injections (and many others). I’m not kidding. Read his words for yourself:

“If we are talking about something from babies that were already aborted, I would just remind people that the whole Christian message is that Christ—who was innocent—died for us and brought something good out of that unjust death.”[11]

If we already have aborted fetal cells, why not make good use of them? Since Jesus willingly gave his life for the sins of the world, it only follows that those children who were unwillingly murdered should give their lives for the health of the world. In the apostate church, this message makes perfect sense.

It’s also worth noting that Jakes, Graham, Jeffress, and Lucado are collectively worth at least $60 million. Just humble servants of the Lord. I cannot help but ask a rhetorical question: are there any financial incentives involved in preaching the vaccine gospel?

To this point, I have only discussed the response by Protestant leaders. So, what about the Pope? I’m glad I asked.

Perhaps no religious figure has been more on board with the injection campaign than Pope Francis, as he has ferociously pushed the vaccine agenda to all four corners of the earth. He has led like-minded cardinals and archbishops in a resounding call to get vaccinated as an “act of love.”[12] This, of course, means that it’s not about saving yourself  but about saving others. Does that message sound familiar? Pope Francis also said that, “ethically everyone should get the vaccine” and even went to far as to say that those who refused to take vaccines—knowing they are safe and effective—possess a “suicidal denialism.”[13] But what if they aren’t safe and effective? That would be a nonsensical question; of course they are!

Here, we can see Francis echoing the very same talking points that have been handed down to all within the Covid Cult. This mentality—which is evident in all the figures previously discussed—is what spurred those in Brazil to light up the Christ the Redeemer statue with the words “Vaccine Saves” rather than “Jesus Saves.”[14]

I guess a picture really is worth a thousand words.

When you come down to it, that is the message coming from those who have either preached or supported the vaccine gospel. Many professed Christians have replaced the gospel of our Lord with the gospel of the world or, worse yet, have grafted the vaccine gospel into the gospel of Christ.

The message has become that Jesus would have you get injected and that vaccines are our salvation. All who refuse to fall in line with the narrative are hateful, nasty, and murderous, and have pitted themselves against Christ. This reveals a startling reality. As in most other aspects of life, the church has succumbed to corruption and is defecting from the true faith.

The apostate church is here, and it has plenty of blind guides to light its path.

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References:


[1] Martin, “Max Lucado Says Breakthrough COVID Infection Is ‘A Case Study on the Power of the Vaccine.”

[2] Ibid.

[3] Fava, “Max Lucado comes out of the apostate closet.”

[4] OCG News, “Creators of COVID-19 vaccine sit down with Bishop T.D. Jakes Jan. 25.”

[5] Jakes, “Prayer and Science Led Me to the Vaccine.”

[6] Williams, “To Save Their Communities, Black Ministers Preach the Gospel About the COVID-19 Vaccine.”

[7] Vann, “Blessing by way of medicine: ‘These pastors preach COVID-19 vaccination as God’s healing power.”

[8] See the Relevant article, “Franklin Graham Says That, Yes, Jesus Would Endorse Vaccines.”

[9] See the video, “Vaccines are an early Christmas present ‘from God’: Pastor Jeffress.”

[10] Geraghty, “New York Governor to Vaccinated: You’re the Smart Ones Who Are Listening to God.”

[11] Jeffress made this sacrilegious comment on an interview with Fox News in early March, 2021. See, “Pastor Robert Jeffress urges church members to get vaccinated.”

[12] Watkins, “Pope Francis urges people to get vaccinated against Covid-19.”

[13] Sly, “Pope Francis calls opposition to Covid vaccine ‘suicidal denial’ and says he will get jab.”

[14] See the Reuters article, “Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue lights up for vaccine equality.”

Author: Brian M. Rossiter

I am a Christian teacher, author, and lecturer. Most importantly, I am a truth-seeker. My research has led me to both believe in and defend the veracity of the Bible, evaluating my own personal views in light of its teachings along the way. In addition to my blogs, I have written several books: "The Death Myth," "God Made the Aliens," "Spiritual Things," and most recently, "Missing Verses: 15 Beliefs the Bible Doesn't Teach." My hope in these endeavors is to give skeptics reasons to believe, to strengthen the faith of those who already do, and to challenge each of us to truly evaluate our own worldviews.

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