In this outreach, I preached a portion of the Law, from Psalm 7, the glorious Gospel, and preached a Biblical description of hell awaiting for those standing in line that do not respond in Biblical repentance and faith. Some police officers responded, and I addressed them too.
The Lord’s people must fear God, not a virus. Looking at church history, Harry Reeder III said this of John Calvin during an even more deadly plague in his time. He didn’t just “stay home,” or close church, or stop demonstrating his faith as a Christian.
“During the first outbreak, in 1542, Calvin personally led visitations into plague-infected homes. Knowing that this effort likely carried a death sentence, the city fathers intervened to stop him because of their conviction that his leadership was indispensable. The pastors continued this heroic effort under Calvin’s guidance, and they recounted the joy of multiple conversions. Many pastors lost their lives in this cause. Unknown to many, Calvin privately continued his own pastoral care in Geneva and other cities where the plague raged. Calvin’s pastoral heart, already evidenced by the provision of hospitals for both citizens and immigrants, was further revealed as he collected the necessary resources to establish a separate hospital for plague victims. When believers died, he preached poignant funeral homilies with passion and personal concern.” *
* Harry L. Reeder III, ‘Calvin and the Plague,’ in John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Discipleship, ed. Burk Parsons (Lake Mary, Fla: Reformation Trust, 2008), pg. 65. .
“We believe that God sends all pestilences, & that he sends them with a purpose, it is our business as ministers of God to call the people’s attention to God in the disease, & teach them the lesson which God would have them learn.” – Charles Spurgeon
“Fear to die? Thank God, I do not. The cholera may come again next summer — Pray it may not. But if it does, it matters not to me. I will toil and visit the sick by night and by day until I drop. And if it takes me, sudden death is sudden glory!” – C.H. Spurgeon