Dear Partners and Friends, 

I have no doubt that you are probably being bombarded by the breaking news and reports of the Coronavirus as it spreads across the globe.

Yes, you should use common sense to stay healthy and do your part to not actively spread the virus (particularly to the elderly), but there is something much bigger taking place.

How should we as the church respond to this international health crisis? What would God have us to do in the face of this demonic pandemic?

In times of crisis, the world needs the Church to rise up in power and authority. Living in fear and worry does nothing except weaken our witness. Fear and worry won’t change our circumstances or lower our chance of infection. Worrying about the Coronavirus (or anything for that matter) will only increase stress and anxiety.

Rather than worrying and being anxious, I want to call you to spiritual action. The Bible says that men ought to always pray and not faint (Luke 18:1). The reason why we do not have to yield to fear and worry is because we know the One who has defeated sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:55–57).

Remind yourself daily, “I am a child of the Most High God and He has promised to watch over me and my family!” One thing is for certain! God is greater than the Coronavirus! All we have to do is abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91).

While it is okay to take appropriate measures (wash your hands, etc.), we need to replace our fear with faith and pray for our nation and our world. Let’s take some time this evening and intercede for any victims of this disease and also bind the spirit of fear that is trying to dominate the culture.

Philippians 4:6 (NLT) reminds us, “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything!” Just like any disease or epidemic our world has seen before, this too shall pass! The Coronavirus will pass and the Word of God will endure! I pray that you are comforted and encouraged by this letter. Double Shalom in your home!

Yours in Christ,

Dr. John Barton