• Pastor Gabriel L. Cochran

From the Pastor:

I received a visit from the St. Eustache police while at the church office today, informing me of a standing order from the city that public gatherings at places such as our church be suspended until the end of March. As law-abiding citizens in subjection to “the powers that be” (Rom. 13:1) we are happy to comply with these TEMPORARY conditions. So, we won’t be having services at our usual location in accordance with this rule, at least for now.

Now, I don’t like being told we can’t have church any more than YOU do; but let me give you my thoughts on this situation and explain what our approach is going to be, and why.

1. This is NOT religious persecution. We would not cancel if it were.

Is it government over-reach? Yes; but they are not targeting Bible believers to shut us down. They are simply scared like the rest of the world is scared right now, and are asking (firmly!) for us to do something that is quite reasonable when you look at it from their standpoint, considering the facts and influences controlling them.

2. This is the zombie apocalypse…to THEM.

If you’ve been to church over the last couple weeks, you know where “your’s truly” stands on the virus—based on what I’ve observed and read, I’m not even sure anyone would have NOTICED there was a new flu virus, had the media arsonists not dumped out the gasoline and lit the match. I’ve yet to see anything that would change my mind. We’ll see.

Remember, this “crisis” is brought to you by the same bunch that brought you the Y2K “crisis”, the African (racist!) killer bees “crisis”, the hole in the ozone layer (or in Al Gore’s head, I forget which), El Nino, polar vortexes, global-cooling/global-warming/climate change/the sky is falling/half the country will be under-water by 1990…er, 2000…uh, 2010, no, 2020…um…etc. Get the picture?

But the world is scared of this thing right now. REALLY scared. They don’t have the Lord, they don’t have the Bible, they don’t have any assurance of where they’re going when they die, and this world and this life is all they have, in their minds. So, I believe we need to understand that, and realize we are not going to win them to Christ while at the same time appearing not to care about their health or their safety. And I believe for us to continue to gather at church right now, and publicly thwart the rules that are supposedly there for their health and safety GIVES THAT APPEARANCE.

3. We probably have the “right” to do what we want, but that’s not the point here.

There’s no indication on the QC Government website that it has been made a LAW that we can’t have church; however, being “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (and about “four serpents to one dove”), we are not going to venture down the road of civil disobedience. We are not going to get in trouble with the police (even if we have “rights”) over a couple services being cancelled due to a viral outbreak. Rights or no rights, it’s not a smart thing to buck the police, nor is it right. When you do that, they always remember it, and you’ve now made an enemy of someone who should be your friend—an enemy you really didn’t need to make at all. They asked us politely to comply; we will comply politely. We want the testimony and reputation that we are on their side.

4. We will not be “live-streaming” any services or gathering the entire church at somebody's house.

You have heard me preach for years that “the internet is not a replacement for church.” We are not, then, going to turn around and use it…to replace church.

Having church at my house or someone else’s tomorrow presents the same problem as having it at our building right now. I don’t want to alarm or anger our neighbors or disobey the civil prohibitions that are in place.

5. What we CAN do...

You can’t replace church with anything. The assembling of ourselves together for teaching, preaching, singing, and fellowship is irreplaceable. My thinking is that, this weekend, we will simply not replace it. We will miss it. And perhaps by missing it, we will appreciate what we have when we come back together as a church, and appreciate each other a little more for having missed it. Sometimes you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone.

I would suggest that tomorrow you set some time aside for Bible and prayer. Husbands and fathers should take the opportunity to lead their families in devotions and give the Lord some worship. It doesn’t replace church, but it would be profitable. If another idea presents itself, I’ll let you know.

6. This is very TEMPORARY.

We will have a “work-around” of some kind in place for this coming Wednesday and next Sunday, and I will keep you posted on what that will be. Until then, Lord bless and keep these matters in prayer.


  • Pastor Gabriel L. Cochran

Most of the families in our church received a letter from the ministry of education recently which has led to some fears about whether or not we will be able to continue homeschooling our children in the manner in which we have to this point—placing a stronger focus on Bible truth and principles, reading, writing, and arithmetic, as opposed to “transgender studies” and how to separate the recycling.

Fears about what the government will force us to do, and doubts as to what the ultimate outcome will be are both natural and understandable considering the stakes; however the Christian should quickly come to terms with these doubts and fears, recognizing that his “natural” responses to things are very wrong on many occasions, considering the fact that “in our flesh dwelleth no good thing”, and our “natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God.”

Thankfully, God gave us a Book to keep our “old man” in check, help us put down the flesh, and enable us to respond in a way that’s pleasing to the Lord and salutary to the problem, as opposed to displeasing God (“they that are in the flesh CANNOT please God”—Rom. 8:8) and making matters worse.

The Bible is full of examples that are written “for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Rom. 15:4), and it is often amazing to discover that there’s a story or situation detailed somewhere in scripture that matches whatever the Christian is going through at any given time, and gives instruction on what and what NOT to do. For the situation at hand—receiving letters that put you in fear—we find our case study in the Book of Nehemiah, which lays it out as follows (Nehemiah 6:5-16):

5 Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand;

6 Wherein was written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith it, that thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to these words.

7 And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying, There is a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together.

8 Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart.

9 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.

10 Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who was shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee.

11 And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in.

12 And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.

13 Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me.

14 My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.

15 So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.

16 And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.

The following truths stand out as applicable to our present situation:

1. Nehemiah received a letter from and enemy, accusing him of wrongdoing (v5-7).

2. The accusation is false; Nehemiah had done nothing wrong, but was fulfilling what God had instructed him to do.

3. Nehemiah answers immediately, with HONESTY and STRAIGHTFORWARDNESS (v8).

4. The motive of the enemy who sent the letters was to put Nehemiah and the people of God in fear, and weaken their hands from the work they were supposed to be doing (v9).

5. Nehemiah immediately RESPONDS IN PRAYER TO GOD FOR STRENGTH to do what has to be done (v9).

6. Acting in fear by running and hiding is the WRONG RESPONSE. (v10-11), and it would be a SIN to do so (v13).

7. Running and hiding gives the enemy a victory, and brings reproach to the people of God (v13).

Here’s the application. You received a letter of accusation that you’re doing something wrong concerning your child’s education, designed to frighten you. You’re doing nothing unlawful, so it’s a false accusation, but your FIRST response should be prayer to the Lord for strength to DO WHAT YOU OUGHT TO DO. Then, respond to the authorities with straightforwardness and honesty as to what you are doing because it is NOT wrong to “train up your children in the way they should go.” You’re doing right, and further, it is what God has laid on your heart to do with your children. Remember, the government is not your enemy but Satan will use them to defile your children if he can, and that’s the main point here—this is a SPIRITUAL battle won only through faith and God’s strength…not your own. Don’t act in fear, and don’t run. Face the situation with faith in God and the Book, and resolve to do what He leads you to do. Pray for wisdom and for God to bring THEIR work to nothing. Don’t bring reproach to yourself and give the enemy a victory by responding in fear.

Finally, the Christian’s attitude is found in verse 3:

“And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?”

You’re doing a “great work” in homeschooling your children. Try not to let this battle pull you away from that work

  • Pastor Gabriel L. Cochran

“I do remember my faults this day” (Gen. 41:9). I have to admit that I’ve been lax and irresponsible in addressing what is obviously a crisis in the world today, and for that I want to apologize. As your pastor it’s my job to give you the truth, and I have preached and taught consistently that the Bible is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, containing everything the child of God needs to FIND the truth concerning anything worth knowing the truth about. This includes the current epidemic being covered up by every media outlet and the leaders of several countries. My failure has been in basically ignoring (and sometimes scoffing at) the ramifications of this viral outbreak.

This article is written in an effort to make up for my failure, and I’ll start by giving some facts that have been withheld from you. So this will be a warning about the present viral epidemic and some statistics and advice you should know in order to prepare yourself both physically and spiritually, going forward. This thing is deadly and dangerous, and people are dying; I don’t want to get to the end of it without having warned you and made attempts to prepare you concerning it.

[By the way, if you’ve come this far, please read on until the end.]

Now, you will not hear these stats in the news, because they are busy covering up what is actually happening. That’s the job of the media—to distract and get you “watching the birdie” on the left, while things you should know, but that they don’t WANT you to know, are happening on the right. So here we go.

The following material is from the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) website and officially recognized statistical publications which are available for anyone to check:

1. Due to the present epidemic, thirteen children under 12 have died JUST THIS PAST WEEK (the last week of February) in the United States alone, making a total so far of 125 children who have contracted the virus and then died with it since the recent wave hit.

2. 18,000 people have died, total, in the United States so far, since the epidemic started.

3. 310,000 people have been hospitalized with the virus in the United States (the news media is giving you much different numbers, aren’t they? But this is straight from the CDC.)

4. Sources at the CDC say, “This epidemic took off aggressively…and there is no sign that the momentum is slowing.”

5. It is projected that there will be anywhere from 140,000 to 810,000 hospitalizations from the virus in the United States over the next year, and anywhere from 12,000 to 61,000 dead.

6. In CANADA, the projected estimate is 39,000 cases of virus contraction, resulting in 3,500 dead.

That is the truth that no one is talking about. So, what do we, as Christians and responsible citizens, do now?

Well, my advice is keep doing what you normally do. (You read it right.)

I can sense your disappointment in that advice all the way from here; but I’m not sure why you’re confused. Perhaps I haven’t been clear?

Wait; did you assume I was discussing the Coronavirus? I’m sorry, I can see now how you may have been misled. You see, I should have made clear that the list above details the current statistics for COMMON INFLUENZA VIRUS this year so far.

Didn’t I say that earlier? If not, I apologize.

Oh, and numbers 5. and 6. above are not “projections”--- I misspoke. Those are the actual statistics for the 2019-2020 flu season.

You probably want to hear about the much more dangerous Coronavirus, don’t you?

Ok, Coronavirus cases in Canada number…27.

How many deaths?

No deaths. As in, “zero.”

In the United States, with over 10x the population of Canada (approximately 350,000,000), as of March 2nd, there have been…TWO DEATHS.

How many dead in the US from the flu again?—18,000. Coronavirus? —Two.

In Canada, we have 3,500 dead from the flu…ZERO dead from Coronavirus. Folks, more people are dead from having too many Coronas than from having Coronavirus! “I’ll take my Coronavirus with a twist of lime, please.”

A little over 3,000 people have died from Coronavirus, as of March 2nd. SIX TIMES as many people have died in the United States FROM THE FLU, since October(!), than have died WORLDWIDE, total, from Coronavirus.

“COVID-19 [meaning, Coronavirus—that jargon is used because it sounds scarier] has infected approximately 89,000 people GLOBALLY, and caused over 3,000 deaths.”

This is from the World Health Organization (WHO):

“The common cold and COVID-19 are both infectious respiratory illnesses, which have similar symptoms but are caused by different viruses.”

“So far, most of those who have died from the virus had “UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS,” such as hypertension, diabetes, or cardiovascular diseases, which weakened their immune systems. [The WHO study] shows about a ten percent mortality rate for Coronavirus patients with heart disease and about seven percent for those with diabetes.” [Meaning, more than 90 PERCENT OF PEOPLE WITH HEART DISEASE AND DIABETES get well from this virus.]

“Deaths are far RARER among younger people. While THE SEVERELY ILL ARE AT THE HIGHEST RISK OF DEATH, a fraction of the mild cases prove fatal for UNKNOWN REASONS.” [Aren’t the “severly ill” at high risk of death anyway?]

“The risk of complications from COVID-19 only increases with age, with the risk of dying particularly high among patients in their 70’s and 80’s.”

[Do you know what people in their 70’s and 80’s are ALSO at particularly high risk of, besides death by Coronavirus? DEATH BY ANY OTHER MEANS! Hello…they’re EIGHTY!]

That’s from the WHO, care of Global News.

Now folks, “If it don’t make sense there’s a buck in it ($$$).”

It makes no sense that anybody would be running around like their hair is on fire over Coronavirus, when the common seasonal influenza bug has proven to be MUCH more deadly and dangerous. To put things in perspective, remember that 3,000 have died worldwide from Coronavirus; and then note that more than 5,000 people died in the United States just last year from CHOKING for crying out loud!

Here’s another excerpt from the CDC on the symptoms and treatment of Coronavirus:

“Those infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not even know you have symptoms because they are similar to a cold or the flu.

“Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear. Symptoms include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, a general feeling of being unwell[!]. If you get an infection, stay home while sick, avoid close contact with others, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands, clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.”

Wow [clap, clap]. “Spank you, Helpy Helpertons; spank you very much!”

So here’s what you need to know about Coronavirus. The news media in the US (with Canada’s leftist media helping) is gaslighting a panic over this thing so they can (1.) Sell papers, get “views” and “clicks” and “likes” and “downloads” ($$$); (2.) Force an economic ($$$) downturn that they can blame on President Trump which will hopefully enable them to put a communist—excuse me, “democrat” ($$$)—in the White House in November.

On a global scale, the Coronavirus frenzy enables the drug companies to lobby for funding ($$$) for vaccines, trials, medicines, treatments, etc. Meanwhile, the folks at the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE and HOW (and definitely the WHY), along with everybody over at the CDC, maintain job security ($$$).

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (I Tim. 6:10).

The real “crisis” going on has nothing to do with any virus. The real crisis is Christians allowing the world to do their thinking for them, and turning their backs on God to run in fear from every boogeyman the media (the world’s mouthpiece) commands them they have to be scared of.

The real problem is not Coronavirus—it’s Christians who would rather watch news videos and check Facebook for “trends” rather than walk in faith taking refuge in the words of their Heavenly Father.

Christians, get away from the news media and stop letting THEM control your thoughts and actions through fear and distractions. God didn’t suddenly fall off His throne when somebody decided to “try the bat” in China. Trust the Lord to keep you healthy, JUST LIKE YOU DID BEFORE CORONAVIRUS SHOWED UP.

“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” (Prov. 4:20-22)

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