PSA: Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines Were Tested on Replicated Aborted Fetal Cells 

Public Service Announcement

In Ephesians 5:11, the Word of God says: “Do not participate in the useless deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them.” As a follower of Jesus, I wanted to make a public service announcement about the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines being widely distributed in 2021. 

Throughout the past months of vaccine distribution, I heard it said from many sources that “Johnson and Johnson used replicated aborted fetal cells in the production of their vaccine, while Pfizer and Moderna did not.” That is true, but it is not the whole story. 

Many Christians, having heard that story, have been willing to take the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines on the basis of the fact that replicated aborted fetal cells were not used in their production. I do not judge them for doing so. I do not judge them in the least. I myself considered taking the vaccines for some time on this basis, and only refrained from doing so on the basis of other reasons – for example, that I had COVID, and therefore have some natural immunity, I have concerns about side effects from the vaccines, I am not concerned with getting COVID again, and I am concerned with suppression of information, the increasingly monolithic nature of the discussion, and mandating vaccine use against people’s individual consciences. 

In this public service announcement, though, I simply wanted to spread the fact that, while Pfizer and Moderna did not use replicated aborted fetal cells in the development of their vaccines, they did indeed use such cells in the testing of their vaccines. Specifically, Pfizer and Moderna used the now rather famous HEK-293 cell line in the “confirmatory testing” of their vaccines. The Christian has every right to know this fact, to expose this fact when called to do so, and to make informed decisions on the basis of this fact.

The issue has become incredibly complicated, almost too complicated for everyday human ethics. But here is what we can say for certain:  

– Johnson and Johnson used replicated aborted fetal cells in the “production or development” of their vaccine. 

– Pfzer and Moderna used replicated aborted fetal cells in the “confirmatory testing” of their vaccines. 

– The stem cell line used in the the testing of Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines is HEK-293. Here a related question often comes up: do we know that HEK-293 came from an abortion? There are a variety of opinions on this, and the information is clouded in much obscurity. At this point, the majority of good resources I can find say that HEK-293 came from an “elective abortion.” I believe that we can know with a fairly high degree of certainty that HEK-293 came from an elective abortion, based on the resources below. I am listing them here so that you can decide for yourself.

Here are the most helpful articles I have been able to find: 

1) I started with this video. This is a helpful statement of the whole issue with good citations. This doctor cites the Catholic church’s stance, as well as an article from the Gospel Coalition, both of which have many flaws in their argumentation: 

2) Here is a reputable graph showing precisely how stem cells were used in production AND testing of each of the currently developed vaccines: 

3) Here is a Catholic article on the ethics of stem cells. I do not support Catholic theology or Catholic ethics, but this article provides some helpful research concerning the origins of HEK-293. I agree with this writer that the burden should be on health officials to provide clear and decisive information about the source of HEK-293:$FILE/ncbq_2006_0006_0003_0077_0099.pdf

4) Here is a quick video about how the stem cells now largely used were from “mothers who no longer wished to have their pregnancies.” He says, “we no longer need new fetuses.” This doesn’t speak directly to the issue of testing (not just production) using stem cells, but it does speak to the widely held view that the stem cells typically used for vaccines were from elective abortions. I don’t believe the fact that “we no longer need new fetuses” justifies the use of stem cell lines from murdered babies.

5) This article has more information, but I don’t believe the author’s ethical reasoning is sound or biblical:

6) I believe this is sound Christian reasoning on the whole, and as far as I can find, his sources are well documented:

7) This article from Joe Carter at the Gospel Coalition can be compared with #6. Carter seems to have a different take on how these replicated fetal cells were initially obtained. According to him, the initial obtaining was not unethical, and to suggest it was is slanderous. I do not find his arguments compelling, but I am sharing it because it is immediately pertinent and might provide helpful information. I believe his parallel to organ donors is not logically or ethically sound at all:

8) The author of #6 quotes the following transcript. On page 81 here, the doctor who worked on HEK-293 does refer to it as coming from an abortion, though he says, “The reasons for the abortion were unknown to me.” As far as I can tell, this source is legitimate:

Three Common Counter-Arguments 

Knowing all of the above, however, people often proceed to make a variety of arguments to lessen the severity of the news of Pfizer and Moderna’s use of replicated aborted fetal cells in the testing of their vaccines. 

For example, the Catholic church is arguing that, no matter how replicated aborted fetal cells were used in the development or production of these vaccines, the good of vaccines far outweighs the ill done to the aborted babies from whom the cells were replicated. That is called a utilitarian argument – like arguing that you can leave your grandma to die in a burning building if, in doing so, you can save two very useful scientists from the same building. The Christian, however, is not a utilitarian, and we are not called to weigh good and evil, but rather to call evil evil, call good good, and expose those who do not do so (see Isaiah 5:20, Prov 17:15, and Luke 11:35). 

On the other hand, some people will argue that using replicated aborted fetal cells in testing is not as bad as using them in production, so we ought to proceed to use these vaccines. Here we need to consider the logic of child sacrifice. Sacrificing a child in the womb on the altar of convenience is inhuman. But the baby who was murdered to make HEK-293 has had more injustice done to him or her than a mere murder. That murder has then been used sacrificially for a variety of other ends – for replication, for the cellular makeup of future products, and for the testing of future products. It is right to see this sacrifice not as something noble and restorative, but rather as something barbaric and very, very sinister. Supporting any stage of that sacrifice – the baby’s death, cell replication, cell use for product development, or cell use for product testing – is reminiscent of child sacrifices to pagan deities such as Molech in Leviticus 18:21. It is not just murder for the mother’s convenience; it is murder for mass consumption. 

As a final example, some – like Joe Carter in the Gospel Coalition Article (#7 above) – will argue like this: “Since most people would be fine taking an organ donation from an organ doner who was murdered, it should be ethically sound to receive medical benefits from a child murdered many decades ago.” The argument against this way of thinking is simple: the child in the womb did not have any chance to express his or her will that his or her cells could be used in this way. Moreover, the child did not have a chance to live. 

I personally believe that taking vaccines that have been tested on replicated aborted fetal cells is not an ethical option for Christians, nor should it be an option for humans. But my primary purpose in writing this is not convince you of that. I am writing simply to make sure that this information about the testing of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is exposed and widely available. 

I pray that these thoughts and resources will help you make informed decisions, stand up for life in the womb, expose evil, and proclaim the good news that Jesus Christ died to save sinners like you and me. Let us repent and believe the gospel. Let us turn from the world and trust Jesus. Let us leave our sin and love Him.  

–Sam Caldwell

An Offer of Great Peace

By Mike Graziano

[Great peace] have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.- Psalms 119:165 —

In these recent days of great turbulence, tumults and offense, there is offered unto us an offer of “Great Peace.” 

They that love “thy law” (God’s law, God’s word), are the recipients of such ‘Great Peace.’ Furthermore there is a promise made unto such persons that “nothing —(no unrest, tumult or disturbance) shall offend them.”

How much do you and I truly want this ‘Great Peace’? 
Do we believe Him? Is His Word right? 
The Word of the Lord IS right. Psalms 33:4—

Let us not forfeit the opportunity to know this “Great Peace” that our Lord offers to us. 
Friend, you and I will only know this “great peace” if we, in the sight of the Lord, “LOVE thy law.” For so reads the promise:
165 Great peace have they which 🤍LOVE🤍 thy 📖law📖and nothing shall offend them. – Psalms 119:165

It is your adversary—the devil’s wish, to carry you away, as with a flood (see Revelation 12:15), with all the recent tumults and disturbances the ‘prince of this world’ (John 16:11) has laid upon the earth. Permit him not to carry you away, ‘as with a flood.’

Love the law of your God, and thus enjoy the [great] peace (Psalms 119:165) which Christ means for us to have.

Remember ~
The [law] of the Lord is PERFECT, converting (restoring💖reviving💗) the soul (Psalms 19:7).

Power Through Prayer by E. M. Bounds, Chapter 2

2. [Our Sufficiency Is of God]

But above all he excelled in prayer. The inwardness and weight of his spirit, the reverence and solemnity of his address and behavior, and the fewness and fullness of his words have often struck even strangers with admiration as they used to reach others with consolation. The most awful, living, reverend frame I ever felt or beheld, I must say, was his prayer. And truly it was a testimony. He knew and lived nearer to the Lord than other men, for they that know him most will see most reason to approach him with reverence and fear. –William Penn of George Fox

The sweetest graces by a slight perversion may bear the bitterest fruit. The sun gives life, but sunstrokes are death. Preaching is to give life; it may kill. The preacher holds the keys; he may lock as well as unlock. Preaching is God’s great institution for the planting and maturing of spiritual life. When properly executed, its benefits are untold; when wrongly executed, no evil can exceed its damaging results. It is an easy matter to destroy the flock if the shepherd be unwary or the pasture be destroyed, easy to capture the citadel if the watchmen be asleep or the food and water be poisoned. Invested with such gracious prerogatives, exposed to so great evils, involving so many grave responsibilities, it would be a parody on the shrewdness of the devil and a libel on his character and reputation if he did not bring his master influences to adulterate the preacher and the preaching. In face of all this, the exclamatory interrogatory of Paul, “Who is sufficient for these things?” [2 Cor. 2:16] is never out of order.

Paul says: “Our sufficiency is of God, who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life” [2 Cor. 3:5–6]. The true ministry is God-touched, God-enabled, and God-made. The Spirit of God is on the preacher in anointing power, the fruit of the Spirit is in his heart, the Spirit of God has vitalized the man and the word; his preaching gives life, gives life as the spring gives life; gives life as the resurrection gives life; gives ardent life as the summer gives ardent life; gives fruitful life as the autumn gives fruitful life. The life-giving preacher is a man of God, whose heart is ever athirst for God, whose soul is ever following hard after God, whose eye is single to God, and in whom by the power of God’s Spirit the flesh and the world have been crucified and his ministry is like the generous flood of a life-giving river.

The preaching that kills is non-spiritual preaching. The ability of the preaching is not from God. Lower sources than God have given to it energy and stimulant. The Spirit is not evident in the preacher nor his preaching. Many kinds of forces may be projected and stimulated by preaching that kills, but they are not spiritual forces. They may resemble spiritual forces, but are only the shadow, the counterfeit; life they may seem to have, but the life is magnetized. The preaching that kills is the letter; shapely and orderly it may be, but it is the letter still, the dry, husky letter, the empty, bald shell. The letter may have the germ of life in it, but it has no breath of spring to evoke it; winter seeds they are, as hard as the winter’s soil, as icy as the winter’s air, no thawing nor germinating by them. This letterpreaching has the truth. But even divine truth has no life-giving energy alone; it must be energized by the Spirit, with all God’s forces at its back. Truth unquickened by God’s Spirit deadens as much as, or more than, error. It may be the truth without admixture; but without the Spirit its shade and touch are deadly, its truth error, its light darkness. The letterpreaching is unctionless, neither mellowed nor oiled by the Spirit. There may be tears, but tears cannot run God’s machinery; tears may be but summer’s breath on a snow-covered iceberg, nothing but surface slush. Feelings and earnestness there may be, but it is the emotion of the actor and the earnestness of the attorney. The preacher may feel from the kindling of his own sparks, be eloquent over his own exegesis, earnest in delivering the product of his own brain; the professor may usurp the place and imitate the fire of the apostle; brains and nerves may serve the place and feign the work of God’s Spirit, and by these forces the letter may glow and sparkle like an illumined text, but the glow and sparkle will be as barren of life as the field sown with pearls. The death-dealing element lies back of the words, back of the sermon, back of the occasion, back of the manner, back of the action. The great hindrance is in the preacher himself. He has not in himself the mighty life-creating forces. There may be no discount on his orthodoxy, honesty, cleanness, or earnestness; but somehow the man, the inner man, in its secret places has never broken down and surrendered to God, his inner life is not a great highway for the transmission of God’s message, God’s power. Somehow self and not God rules in the holy of holiest. Somewhere, all unconscious to himself, some spiritual nonconductor has touched his inner being, and the divine current has been arrested. His inner being has never felt its thorough spiritual bankruptcy, its utter powerlessness; he has never learned to cry out with an ineffable cry of self-despair and selfhelplessness till God’s power and God’s fire comes in and fills, purifies, empowers. Self-esteem, self-ability in some pernicious shape has defamed and violated the temple which should be held sacred for God. Life-giving preaching costs the preacher much—death to self, crucifixion to the world, the travail of his own soul. Crucified preaching only can give life. Crucified preaching can come only from a crucified man.

For Soberness and Comfort

By Mike Graziano

*For Soberness:*

_7But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer._1 Peter 4:7—

_ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? Luke 12:56—

34¶And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. _*36Watch ye therefore, and pray always,_* that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Luke 21—

*For comfort*

_when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh._ 
Luke 21:28—
15For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; 🤍💙_In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength_💙🤍
Isaiah 30:15—

_therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him._Isaiah 30:18—

3But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 2 Thessalonians 3:3—

_9For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,_10Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. _11Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do._ 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11—

10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, _*I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation,_* which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Revelation 3:10

22Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: _*he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved._* Psalms 55:22—

_1They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever._2As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever._Psalms 125:1-2

Power through Prayer, Chapter 1, by E. M. Bounds

A note on the text presented here: A dear friend recently wrote me, saying, “I think this is a time for us to be sober and to truly give ourselves to prayer.” My heart flew to the works of E. M. Bounds, writings on prayer which have been hammering and mellowing my soul more and more of late. It was also recently brought to my attention that, if we are reading Bounds, most of us are reading paraphrases of him, not the real thing, the original text. This, then, is an attempt to offer the reader E. M. Bounds’s texts on prayer in a version that is as faithful to the original as possible. I have compared the available texts and have corrected any paraphrases or deletions in most editions.

I have only made the following changes: 1) In most of the earliest versions of Bounds available, the divine pronouns are inconsistently capitalized. I have capitalized them consistently. 2) I have added Scripture references in brackets.

Other than those changes, I am seeking here to present the direct words of this man of prayer with total fidelity to the original. If Bounds had a long paragraph, I have kept the paragraph long. While this might impair readability for some, I believe we enter deeper into the man’s intentions for meditation, charge, and encouragement when we read his sentences as he wrote them, and his paragraphs as he organized them. Bounds’s meditations are startling jewels; they ought to be kept in their original settings. S.C.

Recreation to a minister must be as whetting is with the mower—that is, to be used only so far as is necessary for his work. May a physician in plaguetime take any more relaxation or recreation than is necessary for his life, when so many are expecting his help in a case of life and death? Will you stand by and see sinners gasping under the pangs of death, and say: “God doth not require me to make myself a drudge to save them?” Is this the voice of ministerial or Christian compassion or rather of sensual laziness and diabolical cruelty. —Richard Baxter

Misemployment of time is injurious to the mind. In illness I have looked back with self-reproach on days spent in my study; I was wading through history and poetry and monthly journals, but I was in my study! Another man’s trifling is notorious to all observers, but what am I doing? Nothing, perhaps, that has reference to the spiritual good of my congregation. Be much in retirement and prayer. Study the honor and glory of your Master. —Richard Cecil

1. [Men of Prayer Needed]

Study universal holiness of life. Your whole usefulness depends on this, for your sermons last but an hour or two; your life preaches all the week. If Satan can only make a covetous minister a lover of praise, of pleasure, of good eating, he has ruined your ministry. Give yourself to prayer, and get your texts, your thoughts, your words from God. Luther spent his best three hours in prayer. —Robert Murray McCheyne

We are constantly on a stretch, if not on a strain, to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the Church and secure enlargement and efficiency for the gospel. This trend of the day has a tendency to lose sight of the man or sink the man in the plan or organization. God’s plan is to make much of the man, far more of him than of anything else. Men are God’s method. The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. “There was a man sent from God whose name was John” [John 1:6]. The dispensation that heralded and prepared the way for Christ was bound up in that man John. “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given” [Isa. 9:6]. The world’s salvation comes out of that cradled Son. When Paul appeals to the personal character of the men who rooted the gospel in the world, he solves the mystery of their success. The glory and efficiency of the gospel is staked on the men who proclaim it. When God declares that “the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him” [2 Chron. 16:9], He declares the necessity of men and His dependence on them as a channel through which to exert His power upon the world. This vital, urgent truth is one that this age of machinery is apt to forget. The forgetting of it is as baneful on the work of God as would be the striking of the sun from his sphere. Darkness, confusion, and death would ensue.

What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use—men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men—men of prayer.

An eminent historian has said that the accidents of personal character have more to do with the revolutions of nations than either philosophic historians or democratic politicians will allow. This truth has its application in full to the gospel of Christ, the character and conduct of the followers of Christ—Christianize the world, transfigure nations and individuals. Of the preachers of the gospel it is eminently true.

The character as well as the fortunes of the gospel is committed to the preacher. He makes or mars the message from God to man. The preacher is the golden pipe through which the divine oil flows. The pipe must not only be golden, but open and flawless, that the oil may have a full, unhindered, unwasted flow.

The man makes the preacher. God must make the man. The messenger is, if possible, more than the message. The preacher is more than the sermon. The preacher makes the sermon. As the life-giving milk from the mother’s bosom is but the mother’s life, so all the preacher says is tinctured, impregnated by what the preacher is. The treasure is in earthen vessels [2 Cor. 4:7], and the taste of the vessel impregnates and may discolor. The man, the whole man, lies behind the sermon. Preaching is not the performance of an hour. It is the outflow of a life. It takes twenty years to make a sermon, because it takes twenty years to make the man. The true sermon is a thing of life. The sermon grows because the man grows. The sermon is forceful because the man is forceful. The sermon is holy because the man is holy. The sermon is full of the divine unction because the man is full of the divine unction.

Paul termed it “my gospel”; not that he had degraded it by his personal eccentricities or diverted it by selfish appropriation, but the gospel was put into the heart and lifeblood of the man Paul, as a personal trust to be executed by his Pauline traits, to be set aflame and empowered by the fiery energy of his fiery soul. Paul’s sermons—what were they? Where are they? Skeletons, scattered fragments, afloat on the sea of inspiration! But the man Paul, greater than his sermons, lives forever, in full form, feature and stature, with his molding hand on the Church. The preaching is but a voice. The voice in silence dies, the text is forgotten, the sermon fades from memory; the preacher lives.

The sermon cannot rise in its life-giving forces above the man. Dead men give out dead sermons, and dead sermons kill. Everything depends on the spiritual character of the preacher. Under the Jewish dispensation the high priest had inscribed in jeweled letters on a golden frontlet: “Holiness to the Lord.” So every preacher in Christ’s ministry must be molded into and mastered by this same holy motto. It is a crying shame for the Christian ministry to fall lower in holiness of character and holiness of aim than the Jewish priesthood. Jonathan Edwards said: “I went on with my eager pursuit after more holiness and conformity to Christ. The heaven I desired was a heaven of holiness.” The gospel of Christ does not move by popular waves. It has no self-propagating power. It moves as the men who have charge of it move. The preacher must impersonate the gospel. Its divine, most distinctive features must be embodied in him. The constraining power of love must be in the preacher as a projecting, eccentric, an all-commanding, self-oblivious force. The energy of self-denial must be his being, his heart and blood and bones. He must go forth as a man among men, clothed with humility, abiding in meekness, wise as a serpent, harmless as a dove; the bonds of a servant with the spirit of a king, a king in high, royal, in dependent bearing, with the simplicity and sweetness of a child. The preacher must throw himself, with all the abandon of a perfect, self-emptying faith and a self-consuming zeal, into his work for the salvation of men. Hearty, heroic, compassionate, fearless martyrs must the men be who take hold of and shape a generation for God. If they be timid time servers, place seekers, if they be men pleasers or men fearers, if their faith has a weak hold on God or His Word, if their denial be broken by any phase of self or the world, they cannot take hold of the Church nor the world for God.

The preacher’s sharpest and strongest preaching should be to himself. His most difficult, delicate, laborious, and thorough work must be with himself. The training of the twelve was the great, difficult, and enduring work of Christ. Preachers are not sermon makers, but men makers and saint makers, and he only is well-trained for this business who has made himself a man and a saint. It is not great talents nor great learning nor great preachers that God needs, but men great in holiness, great in faith, great in love, great in fidelity, great for God—men always preaching by holy sermons in the pulpit, by holy lives out of it. These can mold a generation for God.

After this order, the early Christians were formed. Men they were of solid mold, preachers after the heavenly type—heroic, stalwart, soldierly, saintly. Preaching with them meant self-denying, self-crucifying, serious, toilsome, martyr business. They applied themselves to it in a way that told on their generation, and formed in its womb a generation yet unborn for God. The preaching man is to be the praying man. Prayer is the preacher’s mightiest weapon. An almighty force in itself, it gives life and force to all.

The real sermon is made in the closet. The man—God’s man—is made in the closet. His life and his profoundest convictions were born in his secret communion with God. The burdened and tearful agony of his spirit, his weightiest and sweetest messages were got when alone with God. Prayer makes the man; prayer makes the preacher; prayer makes the pastor.

The pulpit of this day is weak in praying. The pride of learning is against the dependent humility of prayer. Prayer is with the pulpit too often only official—a performance for the routine of service. Prayer is not to the modern pulpit the mighty force it was in Paul’s life or Paul’s ministry. Every preacher who does not make prayer a mighty factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God’s work and is powerless to project God’s cause in this world.

16 Reasons You Should Not Fear Dana Coverstone’s Dreams

By Sam Caldwell

“It is scary to think that there will be more believable false prophets than this man who will come. If the people are so trusting of this simple man, what will they do when greater false prophets arise with signs and wonders? Scripture will be fulfilled and many will be led astray.” –K.H.

If you have become worried by Dana Covertone’s prophecy, I want to give you 16 reasons to stop fearing, based on the Word of God. I want to encourage you to look to Jesus Christ in His Word for comfort in these difficult days.

I want to encourage you to consider that Dana Coverstone’s prophetic dream may not be all it is cracked up to be. He sounds like a very pleasant and thoughtful man, but that is not enough reason to take his prophecy and run with it. Isaiah warns us that there will be false prophets who “conceive and utter from the heart words of falsehood” (Isaiah 59:13). That means that false prophets may sound entirely sincere and pleasant.

If you have come to believe Coverstone’s prophecy, please ask yourself if you have also been doing what Christ commands of us at all times. Have you been attending church, reading your Bible, and praying during this time? Have you been sharing the gospel? Have you been caring for the needy and loving your enemies? What’s more, have you been evaluating Coverstone’s prophecy with Scripture? Or have you just accepted it as…probably true?

Here are some things to consider:

1) As a biblical Christian, you should not even begin to fear or believe Dana Coverstone’s prophetic dreams until you have evaluated them using the biblical tests of prophecy. You can find these tests in Deuteronomy 13 and 18:15–22, Isaiah 8:11–22, Jeremiah 14:13–22 and 23, 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, 1 Thessalonians 5:12–28, 2 Peter 2:1–3, and 1 John 4:1–6. Have you studied these passages?

2) In his now viral video, Dana Coverstone begins by reporting a dream 7 months after the fact. He claims to have had a dream predicting much of the outbreak of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter protests. This dream then “came true,” but he is only reporting it now. We have no way of confirming that he had the original dream. Coverstone tells us that we can ask the men in his church for confirmation. Has anyone asked the men in his church?

3) Coverstone now comes to us reporting new dreams “with that in mind,” meaning, with his past dream in mind. He claims the older (but unconfirmed) dream came to pass. That means that he is calling upon his past dream as his authority. The “truth” of that past dream is undoubtedly one of the reasons people listen past two minutes of his video.

He also calls on being a pastor, a husband, and a patriot as his authority. He mentions that he is well read and well travelled. While these are all admirable qualities, true prophets have no authority but the Word of God.

4) The lifeblood of the true prophet is the phrase “Thus says the Lord.” Dana Coverstone’s repeated phrase is “I saw.”

Coverstone uses the personal pronoun “I” over 110 times in the video. He mentions the name of Christ once.

5) Coverstone admits that he is “not a prophet” but then says that his dreams may have a “prophetic edge.” That gives him license to say crazy things that will scare people, without needing to take much responsibility for it. (See Todd Friel’s response which addresses this problem here:

6) Coverstone is giving us a conspiracy theory, not a prophecy. Conspiracy theories are when people claim to give hidden information about evil occurring in the world.

The Christian doesn’t need conspiracy theories. If you are a Christian, you are taught of God. You know that the world is full of evil, and you know that Christ is coming back in judgment. You do not need to waste time hearing the speculations of men on the state of the world. You know things are bad, and you know Christ is the answer.

Read the following Scriptures which instruct us to steer clear of conspiracy theories:

Isaiah tells us not to follow the fabricated fears that surround us, but rather to fear the Lord: “For the Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, ‘Do not say, “A conspiracy,” concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. The LORD of hosts, Him shall you hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread’” (Isaiah 8:11–13).

David tells us that God keeps his people from the plots and conspiracies of men. In light of this great promise, the people of God should not waste one moment worrying about what Dana Coverstone believes he has uncovered: “You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues” (Psalm 31:20).

7) The evaluation of prophecy and prophetic dreams should take place within the context of the local church (see 1 Corinthians 14:26–40). It is nearly impossible to evaluate prophecy from afar like this. That is because it takes a church body to evaluate prophecy (see 1 Corinthians 14:29–33). Coverstone instead evaluates his own prophecy as he is sharing it with the internet – with phrases like, “so to me it was emphasis.”

Sharing a terrifying prophecy like this can only serve to create confusion and to hurt the weakest among us. But “God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints” (1 Corinthians 14:33).

8) If Coverstone’s words were more closely based on Scripture, or on prophetic patterns in Scripture, it would be more feasible to evaluate this prophecy from afar.

Compare the studies of David Wilkerson. While we may not agree with everything he said, Wilkerson always sought to ground his messages in Scripture. Wilkerson is clear on the fact that he is not a prophet, but he sought to apply biblical prophecy to our day.

Wilkerson’s often helpful and edifying thoughts tended to follow this pattern: 1) he would discern a pattern in biblical events, 2) he would see that pattern being repeated in current world events, 3) he would point out the similarity, and 4) he would point out the inevitability that God’s dealings with parallel events will be very similar, because God never changes. (See, for example, the clip “America’s Sins Just like Nineveh” for an example of this way of thinking:

9) The words Coverstone claims to hear from God are “Brace yourself.” These words need to be tested against Scripture – as the Bereans do with Paul’s words in Acts 17.

How does the phrase “Brace yourself” sound against these words of Jesus: “Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1), “Fear not for I am with you, even until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20), “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34)?

How does “brace yourself” compare to Paul’s command, “Be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6)?

We should detect nothing of the voice of God in Coverstone’s phrase “brace yourself.”

10) Or is the phrase “brace yourself” a call to “gird up the loins of your mind” and brace ourselves in the sense of being “strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might”? The application of the prophecy that Coverstone gives reveals that he is not – at least in the first instance – calling for people to “brace themselves” in the sense of being strong in the Lord. He is instead calling for them to “take up arms,” “store up food,” and “obtain different types of currency.” So there again, “brace yourself” does not have biblical weight.

Instead of taking up arms, God’s people are in fact commanded to “put the sword back in its place” because “if we live by the sword, we will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). Jesus says that His kingdom is “not of this world,” and He says, “If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight” (John 18:36). Different Christians have different interpretations of these passages, but all Christians would be better served by preparing to die for Christ, rather than preparing to fight for Christ with fleshly weapons. Compare 2 Corinthians 10:4.

11) When evaluating prophecy or prophetic dreams, we ought to ask if such utterances build up the church. “Edification” or “the building up” of the church is the purpose of prophecy. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:3, “But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men” (see also 14:12). 

Coverstone’s prophecies are terrifying and are not serving to build up the church. If one is terrified by Coverstone’s prophecies, he or she should instead be directed to the strong words of consolation and endurance given in Scripture, for example: 1 Peter 4:7; Revelation 13:10; Matthew 24:9–13; 1 Thessalonians 5:8–10; and 2 Timothy 3:14 (these references thanks to D.E.).

12) It is not hard to predict more national chaos from September to November of 2020. Coverstone’s “fist punch” on November conveniently coincides with the November presidential election in the USA. It is not difficult to predict that there will be chaos over what occurs in that month. If Trump is reelected, that could cause much chaos. If Trump is not reelected, that could also cause much chaos. We may call the November part of Coverstone’s prophetic dream nothing but a bit of common sense (although he is sure to add “vultures like gargoyles” to terrify the weak among us).

13) Coverstone is blatantly American in his concerns and approach. The first set of “solutions” he presents in his video are American rather than biblical. For example, he suggests storing up food, getting your guns ready, and obtaining alternate forms of currency. That is the language of a militant American, not a Christian. It is a blessed thing to live in America, but Coverstone reveals his preference for red-white-and-blue over Calvary red.

True prophets are nationally impartial. The authority and approach of the true prophet comes from their eternal and almighty God, not from their national traditions and focuses. The way Coverstone mixes Christian and American advice should be a tell-tale sign that he is a false prophet (see Deuteronomy 13 and 18).

14) Following Coverstone’s prophetic dream is not a good use of time. It is the opposite of “redeeming the time,” which we are commanded to do in Ephesians 5:16.

Think about it this way: What if Coverstone’s dream is true? Will you be most prepared by worrying about it, or by being obedient to Jesus?

Watch Coverstone’s video, but then fly to Christ for better answers. Fly to Christ in prayer, in fasting, in repentance, in Scripture meditation. Go share the gospel with the lost! Go help the poor! Go befriend your neighbor! Go love your enemy! The Christian is not called to waste time on vain speculation. We have our marching orders. We should follow our Master’s clear commands – pray, read Scripture, share the good news, love God and love our neighbors.

15) Listen very carefully to what Dana Coverstone says at time marker 13:30 and following.

He says, “Make sure you endure to the end. Why? Because people ‘won’t endure sound doctrine.’ They’re going to…Some of you will hear me and say, ‘O man, he is on drugs or something.’”

Here he quotes 2 Timothy 4:3, which reads: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers.” Coverstone is equating his dreams with sound doctrine.

Be very clear here: there is a gulf of difference between this man’s dreams and the “sound doctrine” of God’s holy, perfect Word that Paul is speaking of. The very fact that this man equates his prophecy with “sound doctrine” proves that his prophecy is worth nothing.

16) It is far more likely that Jesus will return tonight than that anything Dana Coverstone predicted will happen. It would be far more helpful for Christians and non-Christians alike to think on the fact of Christ’s coming at any moment, rather than entertaining such empty, misleading, and selfish predictions.

“But of that day and hour no one knows…” Matthew 24:36

Psalm 1: translation

1:1 Blessed is the man

who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,

nor sits in the seat of the scornful.  

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,

and in His law he meditates day and night.

3 And he will be like a tree planted by rivers[1] of water,

which gives[2] its fruit in its season,

and its leaf does not wither;

and what he does prospers.    

4 The wicked are not so,

but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked will perish.

[1] Rivers: channels, canals, streams.

[2] Gives: yields; KJV: brings forth.

Morning Prayer[1]

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD;

in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee,

and will look up.[2]

The journey that I take shall not be for mine honour;[3]

the Lord is gone out before me. Up![4]

Awake, awake, utter a song[5] for his name’s sake;[6]

let my sentence come forth from thy presence.[7]

I exhort myself who has heard, who was asked of thee:[8]

lean not unto mine own understanding;[9]

cease from mine own doings;[10]

never shall I serve the groves.[11]

I fear and depart; I answer[12]

and come at the sword sent[13]

whose haft also goes in after the blade.[14]

And I make myself low before the fourth judge,

and unto the last, who I am.

Tonic under the oak of weeping,[15]

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound.[16]

Taut on the tree of life,[17]

everywhere and in all things I am instructed

both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.[18]

I dote not about questions and strifes of words;[19]

You are what is, who forgives, and I am what it was being to be.

And there is no respect of persons,[20]

neither is there respect of persons with him;[21]

for we brought nothing into this world,

and it is certain we can carry nothing out.[22]

Thou: one body, and one spirit,

And Thou sayest to me:

Even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

One God and Father of all,

Who is above all, and through all, and in us all.[23]

I: remembering without ceasing.[24]

I: praying always with all prayer.[25]

I: to the worth of my vocation.[26]

I: for Thee.

[1] And Scripture rapture.

[2] Psalm 5:3

[3] Judges 4:9

[4] Judges 4:14

[5] Judges 5:12

[6] Psalm 23:3

[7] Psalm 17:2

[8] I Samuel 1:20

[9] Proverbs 3:5

[10] Judges 2:19

[11] Deuteronomy 16:21

[12] Job 28:28; 38:3

[13] Matthew 10:34

[14] Judges 3:22

[15] Genesis 35:8

[16] Philippians 4:12

[17] Genesis 2:9, 3:24

[18] Philippians 4:12

[19] I Timothy 6:4

[20] Colossians 3:25

[21] Ephesians 6:9

[22] I Timothy 6:7

[23] Ephesians 4:4-6

[24] I Thessalonians 1:3

[25] Ephesians 6:18

[26] Ephesians 4:1

Selah: Wait on the Lord

Sam Caldwell, Christ-loved

Here are some encouragements to wait on the Lord.

In our world of hustle and bustle, news and blues, covid and conflict, racism and human race schism, waiting on the Lord is a counter-cultural thing to do.

What’s more, waiting on the Lord will rub against our flesh. We tend to want answers instantly, but God gives answers in His time.

God gives us every indication in His word that He wants us to follow His will with an urgent, expectant sense of waiting. Does that sound contradictory – urgent waiting? To be clear: waiting on the Lord does not mean that we should just chill out with some potato chips, do nothing, and expect God to work in spite of our laziness. Instead, it means that we should energize our spiritual electric with pause, with patience, with calm, with trust, and with every hope that God will honor our slowness with His own open, bold, quick, and quickening answers.

The following reflections should help bind us to the mighty Mover who expects us to wait for Him.

God himself waits for us:

Is 30:18 ‘Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.’

We are commanded, with repetition for emphasis, to wait on God:

Ps 27:14 ‘Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.’

Jeremiah had to wait as long as ten days. Do we have that sort of patience?

‘Now at the end of ten days the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah’ (Jer 42:7)

Paul prayed three times against his thorn in the flesh. Have we ever prayed that much?

2 Cor 12:8 ‘Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.’

David’s patient waiting got God to listen. Have you waited patiently?

Ps 40:1 ‘For the choir director. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry.’

Follow David’s example in waiting all day long. Or do you just wait in prayer? Do you just wait in your quiet times?  

Ps 25:5 ‘Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.’

Waiting includes resting in God and being free from the anxiety caused by comparing our state with that of others:

Ps 37:7 ‘Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.’

So: do not fret. Say amen. Say selah. Agree with God. Work in His time. You were bought with a price. You are not your own. And therefore your time is not your own.

Jesus is beautiful. He comes suddenly to His temple.

Leading a Quiet Life

Here are some holy words on leading a quiet life:

1 Thessalonians 4:9–11: “9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; 11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.”

Proverbs 17:14: “The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.”

Proverbs 17:1: “Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.”

Ecclesiastes 4:6: “Better a handful with quietness than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind.”

Lamentations 3:25–30: “25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. 26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord. 27 It is good for a man to bear The yoke in his youth.  28 Let him sit alone and keep silent, Because God has laid it on him; 29 Let him put his mouth in the dust—There may yet be hope. 30 Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him, And be full of reproach.”

1 Timothy 2:1–4: “1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

1 Peter 3:1–6: “1 Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of GodFor in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.”