The following statement was delivered by the General Overseer earlier today:
To the members, ministers, and friends of The Church of God. I would like to share a word of encouragement with you today. These are undoubtedly uncertain times, and times of anxiety in the lives of many people around the world. We that are alive today have never lived through challenging days like those that are presently upon us at the moment.
Nevertheless, we who have a biblical eye view can find rest and assurance in the promises of the God of the Bible. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
He gives us real hope even in the midst of these troublesome times. As we perceive with our eyes and hear with our ears all the things that we are being informed of by those in authority in the nations of the world regarding present day pestilences, I’d like to remind us about the Word of God in Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” and Philipians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
The key here is to not forget who has made these promises. If we keep our trust in Him, He will keep us in perfect peace today, tomorrow and the days to come. This peace will exist with us even under present day conditions when so many are losing hope, but if you know God then you know that He will not leave us nor forsake during our times of need and times of uncertainty. He will supply all our needs, everyone of them, according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
As you are aware, some aggressive measures are being taken by secular governments around the world in an attempt to curb the spread of this virus. Government officials have made an appeal to the people of their nations to try and restrict their social gatherings and church gatherings to as little as 10 people. While in many nations this is not be deemed as mandatory, we are kindly being asked to help by complying with the advice of health and government officials.
While everyone should make the decision they feel is best under the present circumstances, I believe we can do our part to help the challenge our nations are facing by heeding as much as possible the advice and suggestions of the officials for the time being.
Furthermore, we can greatly help by continuing in prayer on behalf of doctors, nurses, and other officials who are doing their very best to help people everywhere. Pray for those that govern the nations. Pray for the sick. Pray for your brothers and sisters. The Bible says, in Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Know that we here in the International Offices are praying Gods keeping power over each of you. May God bless you.