You must reject both false fear and false comfort.

by | Mar 16, 2020 | Christianity Today | 10 comments

Abraham Lincoln said, “If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.”  What should we do during this virus outbreak, and how do we do it?

Lincoln hit the mark when he said, “If we could first know…” The agony of our present crisis is that there is so much we still do not know. Because of that, we still do not know what to do. We have never faced anything like this before. Our leaders lack key information about this microscopic enemy, and tell us the pandemic will probably have peaked and declined before a vaccine is available.

The plan is to defeat this bug and restore a normal life to Americans. But because our leaders still do not know what to do about the coronavirus, neither can they know how to do it.

The draconian measures they are taking to contain the virus, makes it seem like they are just guessing. That’s because they are just guessing.  And they also have no real idea how destructive their guidelines are to our daily life. It is no exaggeration to say that the costs could end up in the trillions, not billions.

And the fake news media will pay a huge price. No one believes them anymore, and they have no one to blame for this but themselves. With very few exceptions, the media has sold its soul to leftist radicalism. They have lied to get their agenda into power. They have lost all credibility. No one takes CNN seriously except for those who hate Trump and hate America.

They seem to be rooting for the virus. They seem to have a vested interest in dragging out the crisis. They have weaponized it against Trump, some news-outlets are actually calling it the “TrumpVirus.” Instead of facing their lies and trying win back the trust of Americans, they intensify their lies and fear-mongering.

Here is a clear example: Andrew Slavitt, Barack Obama’s former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), claims he is “just reporting what the experts are saying.” Slavitt, however, is very selective, and only reports the words of experts who support his attempt to make Trump look bad:

“Currently experts expect over 1 million deaths in the U.S. since the virus was not contained and we cannot even test for it,” Slavitt tweeted Thursday. “The original sin is Trump’s months-long denial and his dismantling of public health and response infrastructure.”

 Yet, China has a population of around a billion and a half people, and they haven’t had a million deaths, so WHY would the United States? China has 4.6 times as many people as we do. In the interview, Slavitt says the outbreak can’t be contained, then he says Trump could have contained it! In other words, he contradicts himself in less than 3 sentences. Shame on all these leftists for promoting the lie that a million Americans are going to die!

We are being bombarded with misinformation. One side predicts a very bad outcome, while the other side calls this a ‘glorified cold’ that will pass by April. You must not believe either of them. For your own sake and for those you love, you must have a revelation from God that is anchored on the Rock, Christ Jesus. You must reject both false fear, and false comfort.

The truth, as in most things, is to be found somewhere in the middle. Once again, we are being betrayed by voices in the church who are peddling false comfort. They would have us do nothing but rest in our privilege and status as “King’s Kids”. They are wrong! This is a time for deep soul searching and surrender to the Holy Spirit.

This is not a time where all we have to do is wave the anointing like a magic wand, and everything will instantly return to the way it used to be. The way it used to be was wrong. The way it used to be helped bring us to this place of weakness, confusion and fear. The way it used to be is why preachers were utterly unprepared for their churches to be shut down.

Jeremiah the prophet faced these same ‘glad rag prophets.’ He had to tell Israel the truth about what the Jews were going to face in Babylon, and how long they were going to face it. He warned them that the false comfort promised by the false prophets would only make their pain worse because it delayed the necessary resolve for facing the challenge.

Jeremiah 29:8-9, “For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them, says the Lord.”

The false fear that I want you to reject is the idea that we are in for a disaster. We are not! We are in for a strenuous season that will probably be much shorter than the fear mongers say, but longer than the false prophets have promised. However, there is glorious news in all of this.

There is a growing core of believers who have been in preparation for this prophetic moment. You know who you are, because you do not feel fear. In fact, you sense a deep inner peace that this is about to turn into the greatest opportunity for the Gospel in our lifetime.

Year after year, I have warned the church that this was coming. I told them that the eagles would soon be leaving the turkey-yard. I told them that their dissatisfaction with the showy carnal church was because God was taking them aside, and that He would forge faith in them for a special moment of harvest and miracles!

I wrote the book Vessels of Fire and Glory to describe and instruct those who have their eyes wide open. I wrote it to ignite faith and authority that isn’t shallow or fake. When America comes out of this, there will be a vast and voracious appetite for the things of God.

The Holy Spirit is saying hold on—fear not—you are on the verge of a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The devil will not have his way. You may experience challenges with food lines and people getting sick, but it will not come near you. Don’t cheapen your training by begging for an early release from testing! 

Men and women of God: the Lord will help you deal with these new rules that threaten your church. It is only for a season. Your money will be restored. Adapt to the inconveniences—it is only temporary. Don’t beg for some kind of cheap deliverance. Don’t look for exemption from the furnace of God. For, if you will but wait, you will come forth as gold! Rather, dig deeper into God.

Jesus commanded us: “Do not let your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”          (John 14:1)

Prayer must become a way of life now. Purity of heart is your protection. Do not accept the counterfeit carnal Christianity all around you. They will flame out in the time of testing. But you will gain that unshakable faith and peace that says, “No matter what happens, I will be victorious!”


  1. SHERI

    EXCELLENT!! Thank you, Mario! No fear here – only the enemy stirring with “Why aren’t you stressed? You should be stressed!!” NO – HE AND HIS MINIONS SHOULD BE STRESSED!!

  2. Dirk Reeck

    Mario I’m not really an alarmist about most things, have pastored much of my life but if you haven’t seen the non Christian

    I’d encourage you to. Self isolation is new to about everyone in the world but it’s a world issue and our little individual part is the part.

    We stopped Supper Club even though is was 10 or less. Bethel televised their staff only Sunday. As of yesterday Our Navaho county had zero “reported” active cultures but limits meetings to 50 or less, that’s a start.

    The secret in life, is to be so close to God that His essence flows through everything you. Dirk 520 247-1900


  3. Evang. Roger Culwell

    Our God is bigger than anything the devil can throw our way, this is just mostly a scare tactic to try to control us in another way, BUT OUR GOD SHALL DELIVER US FROM THE HAND OF THE FOWLER, he has never lost a battle and he has never for taken his people as long as we pray, our God will come through, fear with the media pushing it, is the biggest problem, they say his is biological man-made, who makes a biological weapon without finding the cure, only to bite him in the butt, But Jesus is the answer and the Church is the safest place to be, with the laying on of hands, the place for the sick, I would be more concerned about the shots they are coming up with, first the super Flu shot for the elderly, when many elderly die from the regular shot, and now this the shot may be designed to be the real enemy, because the elite want millions wiped out, and a scared people will take a shot, we have some evil leaders in this country, so we must learn to trust God again, where is the peace and love they so much talk about, perfect love cast out fear, so sounds to me like so be lying about what they got, for he has not given his people a spirit of fear Jesus the true one that is, so where is the proof of what some keep shouting, the proof is in the true followers of Jesus Christ.

    • Gail Lee

      Thank you Mario for your bold, frank assessment of the corona virus pandemic that I believe was purposely released to bring down our economy. The enemy’s hope of destroying our strong, hardworking President! I agree Trump will prevail we need him he is the best and loves Americans & our country! I remember when Trump offered China help by sending our best Doctor’s medical personnel. China refused! It’s time for Christians to rise up out of complacency and stand upon all we have learned in numerous Bible studies, conferences, sermons we have heard. We are the lights to shine in darkness & the corruption that reigns in DC! Fight for your children, grandchildren, to make America God fearing & grateful again! Thank you 1000x Mario for speaking truth that we need to hear & respecting our great President!❤️???

  4. kingskid48

    Thank you, Pastor Mario, for this balance and sensible warning. The constant mockery of some, with the constant warnings of others, could leave a person’s head spinning if they let it. I believe in taking precautions, being prepared, trusting God, and reject mocking and poo-pooing. Any child of God should no better than to hoard, price-gauge, fear-monger, and also, should know better than to mock.


    thank you Pastor Mario

  6. Johnny Contreras

    Amazing. Thanks for preaching the word that has to be preached.

  7. Evang. Roger Culwell

    Just wait until our God proves he is still God, the media is blowing this up, to cause the people to panic, to empty the store shelves, so they will start looting and doing all kinds of things so they can call ML, there is a bigger plan here in motion, they do not want an election in Nov. and they have tried everything else so this is a plan mostly to cause a panic, the virus is true, but what you don’t consider is this is a nation God has his hand on, and if we repent and turn to him 2 Chr 7:14 he has promised he would forgive us and heal our land, and Yahweh doesn’t lie God will protect the people he always has, and always will, for he has promised in many places, Psa. 91, Isa 54:17 No Weaponformed shall prosper, the virus is real and I didn’t go look up every statistic I am just trying to warm they are trying to cause a panic here to get people to do something where ML can be called, and some other can take over where there will be no election, thats why G. and other media are tracking to make the people panic, and shelves in the store empty out and then people will do things they shouldn’t do, and they can call ML law and take over. sis I am not being smart there is just a deeper thing going on here.

  8. Mary Darrell

    In Hebrews it says of Jesus: “Though He was a son, yet He learned OBEDIENCe through the things which He suffered.”



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