Straining Out Gnats



“Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!” – Matthew 23:25.

My wife and I usually have our coffee early on and we talk about the latest things going on and how they relate to the Bible and Bible prophecies made by the Lord and His disciples. We have both been discussing the “smoke-screen” that this COVID-19 political (as opposed to health) scam has been in impacting daily lives all over the U.S. and indeed the world. This message was really inspired by her and the talks we have been having.

First, let me say that yes COVID-19 is real, it is a real viral condition, but though this strain is new, it has been around in the form of the flu in one way or another. So what makes this one so different? The massive deaths, you say? The world-wide spread, thus the “pandemic” you say?

Come on people, as a Pastor and one who loves the Lord and His people, our God gave you independent brains to think things out for yourselves and the gift of discernment to differentiate between spiritual truth and falsehood! I don’t mean to come across as rude, but I have witnessed some far-fetched ideas and things from others claiming to be “servants” of the Lord.

Yes, people are getting sick. But they are also getting better with stronger immune systems. People are dying, yes, but they are mostly those that already have compromised immune systems, just like how the yearly flu causes deaths in those susceptible. Just because the government agencies today wish to inflate the statistics, (yes, the truth has come out), doesn’t mean those stats are the truth and yet, so many accept them as truth and in fact the media AND liberal social media sites continue to push those falsehoods! In fact, according to statistics I provided to my followers on Facebook a month back, the flu season between 2017 and 2018 was far worse than anything we have seen from COVID-19 today! What them makes this so different?

The media and the politicians, mainly the liberal politicians but there are even conservatives that see a chance to pursue their agendas using this as a political smoke-screen. Why, Brother Roland, that’s a pretty negative thing to say about a country that has been such a blessing! Negative or not, the truth is found to those who choose to open their eyes and look for it.

Now I want you to look at this popular, well-known Scripture and understand in the spiritual context with which it was given, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32. What is the Apostle saying when quoting Jesus? There are people all over the world who know the Lord, intimately, and yet are still enslaved to the nations and governments in which they live. Yes, in the natural. But not so in the spiritual!

Look at the context in which this was recorded;

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be made free’?” Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” – John 8:31-36.

Jesus is clearly speaking in spiritual terms and in fact, the Jews He was speaking too, could not fathom the spiritual implication, but kept referring to His words in the natural. He actually chastised or admonished them because of their lack of spiritual insight.

Now I don’t want you to miss an important distinction here. In verse 32, Jesus says “the truth will MAKE you free.” In verse 36, He says “if (when) the Son MAKES you free, you shall be free indeed.” Jesus is literally coming out and telling the Jews, that He IS truth! Therefore, if you have Jesus Christ abiding within, you HAVE the TRUTH abiding within you!

This is why the world, and those who have friends who have not been “born-again” cannot recognize the truth for what it is. This is why those that are unsaved, will look at a Christian, a true Christian, and say they are just conspiracy nuts. Yet, the Lord will ALWAYS, and I mean ALWAYS, lead His children to sources of the truth where the dark cannot hide it!

But here’s the thing; COVID-19 is NOT the danger. It has been blown out of proportion for a reason. It was actually let loose upon the world to start instituting the liberal agendas that are worldwide.

Before I go on, let me state this again; if you have a compromised immune system and especially in the areas of respiratory problems, then you NEED to walk in wisdom and “common sense,” and not take necessary chances, but I DO say this not just concerning COVID-19 but any strain of flu as well! The flu kills more people every year, BUT, the media AND the politicians have not made a big, day-to-day spectacle of it. The regular flu, does not garner the headlines and attention of COVID-19! Notice, everyone is focused on that title, COVID-19. By doing that, rather than admitting it is a virulent strain of the flu, they are making it more horrific every time it is mentioned; again, a smoke-screen! But why?

There are liberal leaders who are doing things behind the scenes while everyone is focused not just on COVID-19, but on our response to it, our responsibility to one another, whether we truly care for fellow man or what ever. While we are debating the merits of something that comes and goes each and every year (the flu), because the media (which is owned and paid for by liberals), is keeping each and everyone’s focus centered on that AND keeping everyone divided into camps of compliance or non-compliance!

My wife and I and many of my peers have been praying now for a very long time, and it started with the political fiasco in our nation and several others, that the Lord would bring to light those things that have been done in secret, in the dark. When we prayed for that and things started coming out, we had no idea how widespread God would take the sincerity of those prayers! Yet, just as things were starting to be revealed in MANY countries, all of a sudden, we had an almost instant pandemic on our hands and those involved in trying to keep things secret and IN the dark are telling everyone that we should be concerned with dying from COVID-19.

Let me tell you this to those of you who don’t know my background; though I am a minister, a servant of the Lord, I have always had a career with which to pay my bills and to live on. I have never taken money for ministry except for a brief stint, a couple of years, as Assistant Pastor at an Arizona Calvary Chapel. Even then it was more of a stipend than an actual salary. But, for a while after that, though I had been involved in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Appliance Service for years, I decided to drive long-haul truck for a while.

Through that trucking experience I witnessed and experienced a whole other mission field, but that is not the point I’m wanting to make. I drove mainly refrigerated trailers, hauling meat and temperature regulated produce and such until I quit long-haul and started hauling sulfuric acid for the mines in Arizona. But something I learned about the trucking industry that not everyone is familiar with. When there is a major catastrophe or situation within our cities and the coroner’s office and the morgue becomes overrun, they may have to rent or lease, the refrigerated trailers to store the bodies of the dead when there is no where else.

What we are being told in the news daily and by our liberal politicians is that COVID-19 is SO bad, and the deaths have been so many, that anyone who would think about it would start to see refrigerator trailers parked near the morgues and most likely overrun the parking lots. Yet we don’t see even a hint of that in the news and THAT would be newsworthy! We have seen major cities set up triage centers in the parks, with no occupants and even the Navy sending hospital ships to help the overflow of dead with having to depart due to nothing happening. Even missions organizations like Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse, had to pack up and leave New York because there was not the activity that was reported.

Smoke-screen, smoke-screen, but why? Because those who read AND study their Bibles knows there are other things at work, spiritual things that love the darkness and that use the corruption and egos of power-hungry individuals who have an agenda that goes against the values of the Lord! While people are paying attention to COVID-19, and Christians are concentrating on praying for that to disappear, the real enemy is working behind that smoke-screen to accomplish his one-world agenda and making note of who is compliant and who is not.

As Christians, we SHOULD be praying for the Lord to reveal the truth about COVID-19 and to have Him remove the “smoke-screen” as it were. BUT – we should also be praying for all the other things that are quietly and ever so carefully taking over and replacing the values that the Lord established for this nation especially, and then ask the Lord to open the eyes of the people and especially His children so we can concentrate on what is most important.

In essence, we are doing what Jesus accused the religious Jewish leaders of doing; “straining out the gnats,” the little nuisances and swallowing hook-line and sinker the very things that will destroy us as a nation that was once united.

Understand this; the Anti-Christ will come forth as it’s most likely he is right now waiting in the wings for the liberal agendas that will call upon him. But, right now, because the Holy Spirit IS revealing truth, and the Church of Christ Jesus IS aware and praying, the Anti-Christ’s hands are tied more or less from coming on the scene unfettered. The One-World Order WILL come about, because the Bible, the very Word of God says it will. We will NOT be able to stop it, nor do I believe we should. For in doing so, we would ALSO be praying against the coming of the Kingdom of God, (even though not meaning too), for our Heavenly Father has a plan, a wise plan AND a timeline.

What we should be focusing on however, is not dying from COVID-19, but we should be focusing on Spiritual Revival, not like we have seen in the past, but like we heard and read about when the Church, the True Church began. We NEED to be praying for unity amongst ourselves as brothers and sisters; yes, there will ALWAYS be those factions that skew and twist the Scriptures, but we need to be praying for spiritual wisdom, for the Holy Spirit’s leading and direction, for focus and discipline in what we need to attain.

Remember, when Jesus Christ touches foot in the clouds and that trumpet sounds and those already dead in Christ rise, and then those remaining meet Him in the air, the ONLY hope of salvation for those left behind is the strength to stand up for Christ Jesus and not deny Him in the face of certain death. Remember this, the enemy has always wanted God’s children to suffer. This means those who do face certain death by NOT denying Christ will most likely not always meet with a swift death. It will be a horrific time to still be around, much like in the early days of Christianity, if you have given any thought to what the Bible and especially Revelation speaks of.

COVID-19 is the gnat, believe it or not! It was meant to take our eyes off of what is really going on and again, I am not saying it is not real, what I am saying is it is not something that God’s children need to be fearful of. If you are afraid of catching it and dying, don’t be, you might walk out of your home and be hit by someone in a drive-by shooting! I’m not being sarcastic in that, a Christian should NOT be concerned about natural death for again, the Word of God tells us, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” – Hebrews 9:27. We have an appointment, a schedule with natural death and we will NOT die until God says it’s time to go home to be with Him.

What however we SHOULD be focused on and concentrating on instead of this man-made smoke-screen, are the souls searching and questioning and if we give it some thought and we seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we might be able to use this situation to speak to the lost about the Lord and His gracious gift of Love.

Remember, we are not OF this world, Jesus has MADE us free from the “morality” of this world, rather we are citizens of a vastly different, spiritual and heavenly Kingdom. But until the Lord DOES call us home we have to live here. Why not use these things that the enemy wants to use to distract and even destroy us with and use them for the Lord’s work. After all, when we do get Home and get to stand before Him, all this and all that is unfolding even now, will pale in comparison when He says, “Well done, for you are and have been a good and faithful servant!”

In closing, let’s not worry about the “gnats” of the world, but rather seek the Holy Spirit through prayer to the Lord to let us know what is truly important in relation to what we should be doing for Him and for one another. COVID-19 has taken up enough of our attention, now let’s focus on where the REAL “camels” are and start battling in the Spirit against them!!!

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 47+ years and a young yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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