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Is It “Anti-Faith” To Prepare For The Coming Economic Collapse?

PreppersDoes being a prepper show a lack of faith in God?  Should good Christians reject prepping altogether?  Yesterday, someone actually accused me of being "anti-faith" because I am encouraging people to prepare for the coming economic collapse.  This person believes that if I had faith, then I would make "no provision" for what is ahead and simply trust "in God's providence alone".  So is that person right?  Is it really "anti-faith" to prepare for the coming economic collapse?  I spent quite a bit of time thinking about these questions today.

Those that visit my site on a regular basis know that I am a Christian and I am very open about that fact.  I am someone that places a very high value on faith.  The Scriptures tell us to "trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding".  Without God, none of us has any hope.  In fact, without God I would probably be dead by now.

But faith is not about sitting on your couch and waiting for God to do everything for you.  Rather, faith is about taking action on what God has directed you to do.

What I don't understand is why any of these Christians that are 100% against prepping continue to go to work.  If we are to make "no provision" for ourselves and simply trust "in God's providence alone", then why do they need to earn a paycheck?  Why can't they just sit home and wait for God to fill up their bank accounts?

Yes, God can do mind blowing supernatural things that require absolutely no participation on our part.  I know, because it has happened to me.  But the vast majority of the time, God works with us.  He requires us to take steps of faith and obedience, and in the process He leads us, He guides us, He blesses us and He opens doors for us.

The story of Noah is a perfect example of this.  He was perhaps the very first "prepper".  God could have kept Noah and his family safe from the flood by transporting them to some sort of very comfortable "heavenly waiting area" and brought them back when everything was dry, but He didn't do that.  Instead, God warned Noah about what was coming and ordered him to build a boat.

So did Noah just sit back and wait for God to do everything for Him?  No, he exercised his faith by taking action.  He believed the warning and he built a giant boat.  In Hebrews 11:7, Noah is commended for his radical faith which produced radical action...

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

Faith almost always involves action.  God wants to see if we are going to believe Him and do what He has instructed us to do.

And the amount of faith that Noah exhibited was staggering.  The boat that he and his family built was approximately the size of a World War II aircraft carrier.  It took a very, very long time to build that boat and collect all of the food and supplies for his family and for all of the animals.

And surely Noah must have gotten very tired of all of the mocking as he warned everyone else about what was coming for decades.

But in the end, Noah's prepping paid off.  He and his family were saved, and everyone else drowned.

Unfortunately, there are lots of Christians out there today that are 100% against preparing for what is ahead, even though they will admit that an economic collapse is coming.

The individual that accused me of being "anti-faith" is an example of this.  The following is an excerpt from the message that this person wrote to me...

Now, although I agree with you about the things you write about the corruption of the financial system, and that there will be a collapse, yet I do not agree with you in promoting people to be self-sufficient contrary to the Lord's teaching. If you truly have God then no provision needs to be made at all for yourself, just trust in God's providence alone.

This individual agrees that a collapse is coming, but insists that we should do absolutely nothing to prepare for it.

Is that really what God would have us do?

In Genesis 41, God revealed to Joseph that there would be seven good years followed by seven lean years.  So did Joseph party for seven years and "trust in God's providence alone" for the lean years?

No, Joseph engaged in an "emergency food storage project" unlike anything that the world had ever seen up until that point.  By heeding God's warning and taking action, he ended up saving the nation of Egypt and his entire family.

Some people believe that preparing for hard times means that you are "fearful", but I don't see it that way at all.

Rather, I believe that there is hope in understanding what is happening and that there is hope in getting prepared.

The people that stick their heads in the sand right now are going to get blindsided by what is coming.  Many of them will totally give in to despair when they realize that they have lost everything.

I think that we would all benefit greatly by taking advantage of the wisdom found in Proverbs 6:6-11...

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.

How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

You don't prepare when the storm hits.  Rather, you prepare while the storm is still off in the distance.

Throughout the Scriptures, those that "prepare" are commended.

For example, just check out the following parable of Jesus that we find in Matthew 25...

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

“But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Do we want to be like the wise virgins or the foolish virgins?

Yes, we never want to become obsessed with material things.  We need to keep our priorities in order and focus on the things that are really important.

But that doesn't mean that we can all just sit on our couches, eat chips, and wait for God to do everything for us.

In my opinion, we have been warned about the coming economic collapse in a multitude of different ways.  At this point, what is coming should be glaringly obvious to anyone with half a brain.

On my site, I have shared thousands upon thousands of facts and statistics that show that a horrific economic collapse is coming.  If you are new to all of this, the following are just a couple of articles that can get you started...

-"40 Statistics About The Fall Of The U.S. Economy That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe"

-"Show This To Anyone That Believes That Things Are Getting Better In America"

I am trying to do my best to warn people about what is coming from my little spot on the wall.  In the Scriptures, those that are aware that a threat is coming are responsible for warning others about it.  The following is a short excerpt from Ezekiel 33...

Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: 'When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.'

Are you a watchman on the wall?

Are you blowing your trumpet?

That is one of the reasons why I work so hard on my articles.  I hope that people will use them as a tool to help warn others about what is coming.

My goal is never to create fear.  Rather, my goal is to wake people up and give them hope.

Yes, very, very painful economic times are coming.

Those that heed the warnings and diligently prepare will have a good chance of weathering the coming storm.

I honestly don't know what those that have made absolutely no preparations are going to do.

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  • davidbyrden

    So you’re “anti faith” because you don’t believe in the same things as that guy?
    What a self-centered person.
    Suppose you drank a different brand of beer to him/her. Would they call you “anti beer”?

  • Fran

    Very well stated, Michael. I have been a regular visitor to this site for some time now and appreciate your hard work to spread warning to as many who want to listen. The Noah, Joseph, etc. situations clearly support your efforts. Keep it up!

  • Neither Nor

    God helps those who help themselves

    • Mondobeyondo

      The vast majority sit back and say “Let God help me”, while they do nothing. Kick back, eat grapes and so forth.

      Sorry, you guys. This isn’t the Garden of Eden anymore.

  • Mondobeyondo

    To make it through the days ahead, you are going to need supernatural help. There is only so much one person, or a group of people, will be able to do. You can stockpile food, gold, silver, lead (bullets), etc, but remember the Source.

    Sit back and relax, this is gonna be long.

    “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts” (Haggai 2:9, KJV). God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. God owns the HILLS! People say that this is Satan’s world, and they are right. It IS Satan’s world – for now. The devil is in control (“it’s Satan’s world, we’re just living in it”), but God is in command. The devil rules the world – for now. God rules the universe. He is in command of Mars, Venus, Jupiter, every galaxy, nebula, comet and meteor… There is NOTHING Satan can do without God’s permission. Don’t believe it? Read Job, chapters 2 and 3. God tells the devil what to do. Satan’s not allowed to put a hand on Job’s person (Job 1:12). Later, God places poor Job under Satan’s control – BUT the devil isn’t allowed to take Job’s life (Job 2:6)

    Read Job 38 through 42 too. This is what God can do. It’s a long list. God rained fire from heaven on disobedient cities long before nuclear weapons were cool. He can do the same today, and it’s only by His divine mercy that he hasn’t yet done so.

    My suggestion as a Christian: (and if you didn’t know I am a Christian by now, well now you do!): Pray daily for guidance, for courage and faith in the days ahead, and for your daily bread. Never take God for granted, for as the Apostle Paul said “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31)

    Okay, sermon over! Hey, it’s Sunday morning, what did you expect?!

  • Mondobeyondo

    Jesus plainly explains, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father, but by Me: (John 14:6)

    There’s several things you can take away from that verse:

    - Jesus was a hypocrite
    - Jesus was a liar (He was lying when he said he was the way, the truth, etc)
    - Jesus really was Who he said He was

  • anon

    I once heard a joke, and it went something like this:

    A man desperately wanted to win the lottery, so the following week, just before the lottery draw, he prayed to God for help, to win the lottery. That week’s lottery draw came by, but the man didn’t win it.

    The following week, the man prayed to God again, asking for His help to win the lottery. The second week’s lottery draw came by, but the man didn’t win it again.

    On the third week, the man prayed even harder to God, asking for His help to win the lottery. The third week’s lottery draw came by, and the man, once again, did not win the lottery.

    This time, the man asked God, “why oh why… do you not help me to win the lottery, oh God?”. The man then waited for God’s answer…

    Suddenly, clouds gathered, and a thunderous voice came bellowing out…saying, “My son…if you want me to help you, then you have to at least buy a ticket”.

    The above joke pretty much encapsulates the absurdity of any Christian’s concern that “preppers” are “anti-faith”.

    If you do not have faith in yourself, do you actually believe that God would have faith in you?

  • Not paying taxes

    I Thought one CEO once said that the banksters were doing God’s work…

    As I am an atheist, I prefer to be prepared and keep faith in gold and silver.

    • Graham

      That would be “G-d’s” work you speak of. Entirely different thing but plausible enough to deter your average “unconscious” being from asking why the “o” is missing.

  • Rebel

    As a fellow Christian, I totally agree with the way you see things.
    However. For the others who believe differently. I guess the scriture “…hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God…” (Rom 14:22) Applies.

  • http://lastdayrapture.blogspot.com/2011/08/jesus-said-at-last-day.html TK

    Missy,

    Thank you, that is a great video.

  • Graham

    Nice to meet you Miranda… in electronic form :).

    I”m the “off his rocker” poster who is motivated by nature to “sometimes” make others think a little bit deeper and consider other possibilities and/or concepts. One’s that have been well researched and/or experienced first hand.

    Behind a successful man, there is often a strong woman. The blog’s success speaks for itself.

    Tip:-
    Get more of the truth “winning” in the other one! It gets a bit desolate in their and there is plenty to expose.

  • mijj

    faith or gnosis?

    Be guided by faith in the assertions of individuals or institutions, or be guided by personal experience, doubt, and tests? How did science make it’s progress?

    If it wasn’t for Thomas and his test, the disciples would have followed anyone asserting they were the savior.

    An honest man doesn’t expect to be trusted. (Eg. an honest man doesn’t expect to be regarded as infallible. Nor does an honest man assume perfect communication). Any person or institution that demands faith should be regarded as pulling a confidence trick.

  • gfmucci

    Yes, let God and let go. Ahaa. Yup, that is really what God expects of us – pray our way to safety and while we do nothing ourselves to help it happen? BS!! People who cling to that belief system are ripe for socialism and communism – rely on someone else, a government or a god to take care of them while they sit back and do nothing. I. Don’t. Think. So. Actually that is quite stupid.

    Though not Mormon at the moment, I believe this is good theology for any Christian, one of their favorite expressions is:

    “For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”

    While this applies to salvation, it is also applicable to prepping: “For we labor diligently to prepare, to persuade others to prepare while we trust in Christ to save us, AFTER ALL WE CAN DO.

    I firmly believe we have a key role in our diligent prepping, relying on ourselves to the extent of our capacity, while at the same time relying on God for the things that are beyond our capacity, whether it be salvation or survival.

  • Graham

    By the year 2014, if not sooner, I hope you purchase a calculator in order to aide your inaccuracy in handling facts.

  • Karyn

    The Lord looks at our hearts. If we hoard with a motive of feeding only ourself… that is wrong. If we prepare based upon the motive of sharing (stockpile Bibles too!) and sharing the wonderful gospel good news of Jesus, He will bless our motive. Meanwhile, train! I am in a scripture memory group once a week. Another group I am in prays for our community, churches, schools. If you use the “day” to train to be salt and light with likeminded believers, the Lord WILL use you! He is sooo good! I believe a rich harvest is coming where disciplined believers willingly give up our stuff as workers in His amazing harvest and are amazed by His provision for us through daily bread! Both the sheep and goats say “Lord when did we feed etc. YOU?” The sheep say it in humility and the goats in pride. Matthew 25.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Memorizing Scripture is a great thing to do. :)

      Michael

      • Karyn

        Thanks Michael! I really appreciate your posts and read them all. I do believe we have to prepare in EVERY way; spiritually emotionally, physically. My verse this week is 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind – (some versions say discipline). The ability to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit by faith not by sight is going to be crucial in the days ahead. But His Word is a lamp and light, instructing us which way to go and what to do. Memorizing scripture now or storing Bibles now-because the famine won’t just be food (Amos 8)

  • Hans Zandvliet

    Noah built his Ark high and dry as well, while everybody around him thought has had become mad. Of course, Noah had the advantage (at least in hindsight, as recorded in Genesis) that he had received a message from god to do so.

    So maybe we can settle the preppers’ case that they’re acting on a message from god as well, a message other faithfuls refuse to heed. Anyway, who could determine the veracity of such a new message from god anyway? Case closed.

    • Brenda (and Charlie)

      That is the bottom line for me … are they being directed by God to do so or not? I can only wonder: Are they even looking around at the signs before them and asking for wisdom from above anew, day by day? Are they walking in presumption or obedience, as Father may have another plan for their life at this time?

      Truly, just because others hear the call to do so and tell them, does not mean they are being told themselves. BUT I would think it would cause them to AT THE LEAST seek God as to whether He is speaking to them through the other person or not. We are not to be man pleasers and do something because another is doing it or telling them to; we are to at least step back and consider afresh, so we don’t come from preconditioning that may come from carnal thinking alone. For them to step out in fear and not obedient faith could very well be part of their spiritual lesson, one of teaching them to hear His Voice for themselves, in their present.

      In 1989 just before it began to come to pass, among other things the Spirit of God burned this message into my heart: ‘I am going to pick you up and put you in the Country and teach you to live off the land because hard times are coming. I will be doing this for others as well as I shake that which is shakable. You will become spiritual City’s of Refuge.

      I will be putting pressure on the Global Economy. In the doing I will expose corruption in the Kingdoms of the world; the Kingdom of Finance and Economics, Religion and Politics, Health and Welfare, Entertainment and Education being only a few of them.

      Globally the unredeemed nature will be exposed, giving all the opportunity to look at their own hearts and the choices they are making. This is only part of what will bring about the greatest Spiritual Renaissance since the acts of Pentecost.

      YOU are not to go after money, if someone offers to pay for your abilities you may receive it as a blessing. Ask Me how to spend it for it may not be for you but another. Simply, give of yourself with a generous heart. Live a modest lifestyle. Your husband will be ingenious by way of example for others. Go with My flow and do what YOUR hand finds to do with a knowing I am in control … all is unfolding according to My eternal Plan. See through My eyes of Eternity.

      Your experiences will become stories to share of My provision and how I brought it about and the lessons you both learned in the process. Trust Me completely. Surrender all into My care. Enter into My Rest.’

      I was moved to stock up … to live a debt free frugal life style, leaning on our Father for His daily direction. I do not consider myself to be a Prepper, just someone who has been trained to live off the land if need be and share of our Bounty while we set aside for what is yet to take place. We are taking it a day at a time as we ponder over what is unfolding in our life and around us globally in light of the above words from God and that which took place afterwards. Wondering what our part will be as His plan continues to unfold. Surely we can at least teach others what we have learned as they learn to use wisdom and trust our Father with what will transpire next. The main issue is spiritual… not fleshly. Trusting Him with or without money … can we do it? Only walking it out will show us…

  • tinyzoo

    May the Lord BLESS YOU for posting this! I started feeling the Lord telling me to store up some extra provisions about a year ago. I never used to be one to store up extra. But this compulsion from the Lord was so compelling I started to feel like a squirrel gathering nuts for winter! Yet just like you I’ve had people accuse me of being fearful, or lacking faith. I do not feel afraid. I just feel like God has told me to do something and I should do it! I feel like God has given me a window of opportunity to prepare for something that is to come. I don’t know when it will come or how bad it will be or if I will even be able to save up enough (I don’t have a lot of familial support on this effort – they want to eat up everything I buy as fast as I buy it). Our financial situation is not good. I don’t have the resources to buy all the things I think we will need. But I’m trying as best I am able. I don’t want my family to starve when the crisis comes. Maybe Jesus will take those of us who are saved away from all this, we’re not told for sure the day or the hour or if it will be before or after the great tribulation. (There is a verse that indicates it won’t be until at least middle if not afterward though. Not that I WANT to live through that but I don’t think we get a choice in the matter.) But not all of my family is saved yet. I want them to have provision that will carry them through the difficult times, if possible. At any rate, thank you for gathering together all the scriptures and arguments I’ve thought of (that no one ever wants to listen to) into one place that identify the obedience factor involved in this faith walk. I look forward to meeting you in heaven someday! God bless you! Keep posting encouraging words.

  • FleetingShadow

    I commend you for your dedication; to sit idly by without using the tools we’re born with would be wasteful and careless. With myself, I have resolved in avoidance of persuading naysayers, but instead exert my focus in striking the balance with preparedness and enjoyment of life’s pleasures.

  • Roches

    Michael, Thanks for all the work you do on this blog. It is indeed a warning for those who choose to listen. After a great deal of prayer my wife and I have been directed to purchase land in a specific region away from city centers and produce food. God is moved by faith and we must step out in our faith every once in a while. We have left a good paying jobs and 18 years of service to follow Gods call and to serve Him however we can in the dark days that are coming. While I do not understand Gods purpose in this, I do believe that He is positioning His followers. The signs are out there. For those who are skeptical, accept Jesus as your lord and savior and then ask “Lord what may I do for you?” You will get an answer.

  • Master Reynolds

    Space Jesus isn’t saving anyone. So if your relying on the Magical Savior from outer space your screwed. Prepare, prepare, prepare.

    • Richard T.

      You and I are the ones that can’t save anyone with any amount of prepping. If getting to know God and Jesus isn’t part of your prepping then I fear for your future in eternity.

  • jtbrannigan

    Michael: I read your post everyday. I believe it provides useful and important information. As a Christian, I do not see prepping as a failure to have faith in God’s provision. Nor do I prepare out of a spirit of fear. My sense is that God is calling me and my family to a more sustainable life. One where we rely on Him, through the work of our hands, to live without being dependent on the corrupt and Godless system that has overtaken much of our economy and politics. Prepping is a part of growing into that life. If we have taken steps to receive God’s abundance outside of the present system we will have little to worry about when it is gone.

  • Randy Townsend

    We don’t live in God’s world: That ended with the first humans being evicted from the Garden of Eden. After that, it was pain, trouble, disease, suffering, and death, none of which were to be known by mankind before sin. “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” 2 Thes 3:10. Prepare all you like: What’s gonna happen is gonna happen. We have NO influence on any of it.

  • The Concerned Citizen

    There once was a huge flood around a Christian’s home. The man, being flooded out, climbed up onto the roof. Some Boy Scouts came along in a row boat and yelled, “Hey Mister! Hop in! We’re headed to the relief center downstream. Our camp was flooded and we’re trying to get back to civilization.”

    The man answer, “No! Its OK! I’m fine. God will take care of me!”

    A few minutes later, some fishermen came along in a bass boad, “Dude! Hop in! We’re headed back home and we’ll give you a ride.”

    “No thank you! God will take care of me. I’m fine.”

    ….the water kept rising.

    Then, overhead, a Coast Guard helicopter hovered overhead, dropped a basked for the man to get in. For nearly half an hour while the man refused to get into the basket.

    Only 1 foot of roof above the rushing waters remained. Eventually, the water rose, washed the man downstream and he died.

    When the man got to heaven, we has very upset, “LORD!!! I had faith in you and you failed me!”

    And The Lord Said, “Sir, I did not fail you! I sent you some Boy Scouts in a row boat, some fishermen in a bass boat and a Coast Guard helicopter, but you refused. So, in the end, your death was your own fault.”

    God helps those who help themselves. Criticism of preppers by so-called “Christians” is out of a massive ignorance fed by a huge case of normalcy bias. Get over it. Frankly, most “Christians” use their faith for profit and so they don’t have to do anything. You won’t find very many true Christians in America anymore. If you do, you find them working their butts off for others. (…or prepping.)

  • Daive

    Michael, I agree wholeheartedly with what you’ve exposed here with only 1 exception: The reference of Matthew 25 I believe has to do with spiritual preparation for the end of the age versus building up storehouses for time of calamity. The promise recorded by John in Revelation to “remove you from the trouble that is coming upon the whole world” does not presuppose severe trials that are just ahead. David Wilkerson once warned that God’s judgments upon nations begin economically. I had a close friend in seminary tell me recently that God’s judgements upon a nation are more a result of the actions of leadership (including the Supreme court, I would assume) than the populace. Keep up the great work. I will await comment.

  • Jonathan

    I have never been to your site (probably because i am not a prepper, or relatively unstimulated by politics and current affairs), but a friend posted a link and i bit. Upon reading your article, i was greatly dismayed at your misuse of the Noah story as well as your misunderstanding of the purpose of holding a job. As i stated before, i am not a prepper, but I am a Christian. I fully understand why people are preppers and I do not think that prepping is necessarily a bad thing. Preparedness, in and of itself, is a virtue, not a sin. However, as is often the case, the motivations that drive our actions are the root of the sinful behavior. I’ll begin by critiquing your Noah correlation. Noah was not the first “prepper”. Noah received a direct revelation from God to build an ark because the flood was coming. Noah was also what we call a prophet, because he was the mouthpiece of God at that time in history, proclaiming that because of the evilness of the world, the Lord was going to judge the world by flood. God, through Noah, was calling the people to repent. The reason this correlation does not make sense today concerning “prepping” is that there isn’t a general revelation to the church, from God, that there is a financial crisis coming, nor is there a call to prep. Noah acted on what God directly told him, while preppers are reacting what they see and “think” or “believe” will happen. These are two totally separate matters. Noah’s actions were “God-centered” and preppers actions are “man centered.” In any of the actions dealing with faith in the bible, the result is always God-centered and God-glorifying, never man-centered.

    Secondly, you stated…

    “What I don’t understand is why any of these Christians that are 100%
    against prepping continue to go to work. If we are to make “no
    provision” for ourselves and simply trust “in God’s providence alone”,
    then why do they need to earn a paycheck? Why can’t they just sit home
    and wait for God to fill up their bank accounts?”

    We go to work because work is a fruit bearing endeavor. Faith is a gift. Faith is also proven by our works. Our works are an expression of that faith. I don’t work to gain faith; i work because i have been gifted faith (Ephesians 2:8-10). Work is a fruit born from faith as is following the commandments, being a good parent or child, helping the poor….the list goes on.

    All this to say, there is nothing wrong with preparing to take care of your family. That is a good thing and can be fruit bearing. The issue comes in with the motivation. The issues comes in when “prepping” becomes and idol. I believe this is what your friend is concerned about. When you take care of your family because you love God, that is right and just. When you spend all your time and money investing into a fortress of solitude, your desire for security (or even your preparedness) becomes the idol. Our first duty as Christians is to be in daily the word, growing in faith and bearing fruit in keeping with repentance. When our man-centered goals slide in and overtake the focus of our lives, repentance must be the next step. If it isn’t, your faith may be in the wrong place. John Calvin once said “The heart is an idol factory” and oh how true those words are.

    • Richard T.

      Indeed everything and anything can become and idol and takes the place of God in our hearts. I think the biggest one of them all is “Self”.

      Indeed, Noah was a prophet and he was instructed by God to prepare for the coming flood. As you may have heard, in our times, there are true prophets also that are sending out warnings and callings of repentance and returning unto the Lord, for a dark dark time is coming! Indeed, it has come already! So it is time to prepare, spiritually and physically. Of course always spiritually first.

      Of course many people prep for different reasons, and many people are sucked in by the idea of prepping. I was one of them, too, that got distracted by this. God in His mercy and grace redirected me to focus on Him and prepare myself for Him. But definitely God has given us the warning, in the Bible about the end times and through many prophets in our age.

  • Ellie

    I started to store up food for the two of us plus 2 dogs with a small reserve for emergency visitors.
    We have a large extended family and I pushed the idea with them that gradual food build-up was a wise thing to do and they all agreed.
    After a couple of years, I took a survey of the hoard of about 30 who descended for Christmas. Not one family had more than a couple of weeks food and quite a few openly said, “Our plan is to come see you when it hits the fan.”
    I’ve since let it be known “the federal emergency is obviously over and I’m using up our stockpile,” we’re back down from 9 months to 4 months supply.

  • Elizabeth

    It is my personal opinion that one must be Biblically ignorant to believe we are not to do what we know to do and what we are able to do in the “natural” (our own abilities, knowledge, talents, and skills in this world) before we expect Holy G-d to take over in the supernatural. I also believe that in every case I can find in the Bible, the humans have been given clear instructions on what they are to do, and when they have acted in full obedience – every i dotted and every t crossed – then, and only then, has Holy G-d taken over and said, “Well done; now, watch and see what the Great I AM shall do on your behalf”. It is only when humans tried to change G-d’s instructions that the promises were not fulfilled in all measure.

    I believe that all knowledge is a gift of Holy G-d; I believe He gave us a brain for a reason, and nowhere does He encourage us to pretend we have no brain – no ability to reason, based on His Word. I believe that when we refuse to use the knowledge that Holy G-d has provided, we greatly insult Him.

    Thank you for being a watchman on the wall; I am with you!

  • LillyBean

    Can someone answer this question?
    If I prep and have no weapon, what’s the point? It will be looted and I have prepped for naught. Okay, so if I get a weapon and kill for my food… is that what God wants me to do???
    I can’t see Jesus sitting infront of his stash with a riffle.

    • Richard T.

      That’s why you need to do what God tells you to do in your situation. If He prompts you to store food, then do that. If He prompts you to get a weapon, then do that.

      Personally I will not kill anyone over anything, but I would use a weapon with the threat of force to scare them away. But that’s my personal conviction.

      That’s why it is so important to know God right now and when things happen, we can hear from Him and know what to do.

  • thedocisin

    James 2;14

    14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and
    one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but
    you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

  • motorsportsnz

    Yes our Father works with us. I will continue to step out and be a doer and I know He will be where I step out in faith. I do not hold to building ourselves stockades and arming ourselves. I hold to having sufficient nouse to store a bit if food and water warm clothing etc keeping it simple.
    Trust in God let your heart not be afraid.

  • Adolphusw

    A very good article, and a very Biblical one. Burying your head in the sand and using God simply as an escape valve in the face of obvious warnings is not a display of faith, but of sloth, disrespect to God as well as disobedience.

    I am a Christian and nearly all of my extended family are Christians. I have a sister and niece who think my prepping is silly. They say that if all the bad stuff happens, then they will just be happy dying and going on to heaven.

    Yeah, right. The first thing that will happen if (when) the crap hits the fan is that they will be the first at my house because they know where the food and guns are. I’m not an extreme prepper, but I’m working on it bits at a time.

  • c child

    Outstanding job of supporting a perfectly valid viewpoint. I support you 110%.

  • Gregge K Johnson

    Wow Michael , First time in a long time,you let someone get under your skin. Thank you for your insights.

  • Richard T.

    Thank you for your warnings to all of us out here. We just studied Noah last Friday night in our Bible study, and the verse in Hebrew 11 came up. Noah by faith, trusting in God and by obeying God condemned the world! Because the world refused to repent for 120 years! Thinking about preaching for what is coming for 120 years! Nothing happened during all those time and yet Noah keeps on believing God and obeying God! Amazing!

    I am sure we need to “prep” ourselves for the coming evil and darkness that is already here. Yes, I believe we need to prepare physically, but most importantly is to prepare spiritually. I do hope that people who see this website will not stop at physical preparations. After all our only anchor is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. I think the key is like Noah, to hear from God and have direct instruction of what to do and how to prepare. And the reward for trusting in God and obeying God is that he and his household were all saved. And he became a blessing to many for generations to come.

  • ExPat_in_Krakow

    I have only one response to people who think this way. It’s a joke, and the punchline is:

    ‘So God says to the man, “What are you talking about? I sent two boats and a helicopter!”‘

    I learned an expression as a child: ‘God helps those who help themselves.’

    Even native Americans had a saying for this (not sure which): ‘Pray to God, but row away from the rocks.’

    Anyone who questions the actions you take to prepare for the future in addition to praying to God for a solution to our problems has a fundamental misunderstanding of the human condition.

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  • Debra Kay Lewis Hall

    The Bible uses the word infidel one time only, it is to describe someone who does not care for their family. Does one sit twiddling their thumbs when the weather service says a bad tornado is on the way? Does getting up and walking to the basement mean you are a atheist? Our good Christian friends will perish for lack of knowledge. Wise up prep for yourself and all brothers and sisters who do not. God works through us all. He will provide for many through the watchmen and women who have prepped. Prep on.

  • jhunted7667

    the Believer will do as the spirit directs them

  • God’s servant

    Michael let’s not forget that two times in Proverbs we are told to prepare and if we don’t we are foolish! Proverbs 27:12 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; The simple pass on and are punished.

    and again in 22:3
    A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

    The bible is replete with written instructions to be wise about your surroundings. This time is no exception! I will end by saying that we all need to be in prayer right now and doing exactly what God is instruction each of us to do. I was instructed to move to South America (I hate it here) but I know this where God instructed me to go, so I’m here.
    Blessings

  • Vivian

    I got the same accusation about my faith. My response is Matthew
    24:45-46. No matter what we’re supposed to be good stewards
    unless we’re traveling missionaries (which most of us are NOT). Too
    many so-called believers act no different than those with their hands
    out. Only caring for themselves. Not caring for others.

    James 2:18 is another good reference against such stupidity in the church. James 2:20 is even more telling how dead their faith is.

    I don’t like being labeled a prepper, I’m a homesteader. lol. There are things I cannot ever cover though I would like to if I could. These are the areas I trust God to take care if and when the time comes.

  • Z

    Are the 5 wise virgins in Matt 25 who came prepared to meet the bridegroom (Jesus’ return) without faith ? There’s an one line answer to your question: the ONLY difference between the 5 stupid virgins and the 5 wise virgins is: the 5 wise one were preppers !!! Faith is a VERB (action), those who sit on the butts are like the 5 stupid virgins.

  • John

    Matthew 24:

    37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

    38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

    39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

    This is not evil, sinful, acts that God will poor out his wrath on the world, NO but it is a picture of Christians who choose to not read God’s word and prepare for the real facts. We as Christians are to prepare for not ourselves but for those that are not ready. To store up for our friends and family that is still here if we are not.

  • Katrina survivor

    He who does not work, shall not eat.

  • JonathanandBriana Bennett

    Awesome post! thank you for writing this. Several of my family members have made this same point to me about my lifestyle. I am a Christian first of all.. I am madly in love with my savior and I am devoted to surrendering to His plan for my life. Second of all, I am a mother who refuses to feed her children gm foods, drink poisoned fluoridated water, or to be assaulted at the pediatricians office..God did not create food or water to be this way and I do not believe that He makes mistakes. “Do you not trust the Lord to protect your family?” I am asked this all the time. I believe that God will protect my family but I also believe that God gave me a brain and led me down this path for a purpose..and I am very vocal about it. As you mentioned..I feel it is my duty to blow the horn and warn others. This post nailed it. the passage from Ezekiel could not be more perfect. I believe God truly gave you this message and I thank you for sharing it.

  • timo45

    AS a Christian we have to prepare our self spiritually most of all. The bible talks about how bad things will get and those who don’t prepare will not be ready for Christ coming. But also just like Micheal pointed out in his article we can be smart and store food and things we may need. The bible doesn’t talks against storing food but it do show we should be peaceful people. It tell us to turn our swords to plowshares and leave vengeance to God. We shouldn’t be storing up weapons because it is Gods job defend us.Nobody will be fully prepared but as least we can do somethings that will help us and our family and friends. This system is totally corrupt we can’t depend on it when times of need. We have to depend on God and his son and the warnings He is giving us.

  • jill

    I must say, these comments have been one of the most bizarre things I’ve seen in a long time. No wonder no one wants to be a Christian. The name calling, the rudeness. I’m seriously considering changing my religion, just haven’t decided which one, maybe Jehovah Witness, they always seem so nice and loving, none of this arguing and meaness. I grew up learning to be a born again and believe Jesus died for my sins. I quit going to church, just can’t stand how people can be claiming to love jesus, blah, blah, blah, then turn around and do these things. I’m sure god led me here to be the icing on my cake as to make a final decision to get out while I can. Where is the love you Christians profess? What Bible are you studying? Couldn’t be the one like mine.

  • preprose

    It’s like the story of the lady who was waiting for God to save her from the hurricane. She turned away rescue three times and died. When She went to heaven she asked GOD why he hadn’t saved her, hiss response was he had sent a cop, a boat and a helicopter and she turned all three away. He then asked what ore she had expected him to do.

  • Fort4everblessed

    Dear Michael, your latest article on it being “anti-faith” to prepare for the coming economic collapse is EXACTLY what I needed to read! I have been a bit on the fence about “all this stuff”, not wanting to actually believe that the collapse is actually going to happen. And yet, knowing in my heart of hearts that it is beginning to happen elsewhere in other countries. Also, part of my fence included the issue of faith and your response to another Christian’s opinion really hit the nail on the head for me. THANK YOU!! Please continue to do what you do, be a watchman and keep warning people. And may God bless you abundantly!

  • Child of God

    Michael;
    Is your prepping a calling from God? Did God instruct you to do so? Or are you following your natural instinct?

  • Phillip Pinson

    Being raised Christian and working in Buddhist centers I have come to dislike organized religions with there holier than thou attitudes. People will be people with their differing opinions in all religions. What I’ve come to learn through all the research and just plain being aware of what’s happening around us is there is a dark entity in this world. That entity(satan) is clearly pulling the strings of the people in power of the world. It’s working on keeping us all separated through all these different religious beliefs arguing with one another. It knows we would have extreme power if we were all united as one. Now if there is a dark entity which we know there is, we have seen its work, then there must be a good entity(holy spirit) and I feel that power, that Holy Spirit exists in all of us. The dark entity is constantly working to keep us distracted from noticing that. If we found that power within ourselves and were all to gather as one, we as a human race would be unstoppable and satan wouldn’t stand a chance at whatever he has planned.

  • TheSunDidIt

    My view is honestly “mine” but, I would like to say that, what you do not have, you do without or you beg, borrow or steal it. As stealing is out (not real “Christian”) then, you’re stuck with “begging” and “borrowing”. “BUYING” will be pretty much out as you won’t have any value to the money (China owns our economy anyway). IF I do not have something to meet the needs of the needy, what good am I to the Kingdom of God. And as for “faith”, Jesus TOLD US to take a bag and a staff and a sword if we had one. Even told us to sell our cloaks to buy one. The Bible states there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. If someone wants to “prep”, fine. If not, that’s ok too. I believe we’ll be pulled out of here prior to the world getting TRULY horrible but, we don’t know when that will be or how long. So, those who say, “don’t prep, there’s no faith in that” I ask you, do you save money? Do you still have TWO pair of shoes? You are a “prepper” if you answer yes to this or any of the follow up questions that are implied. I propose that we prepare NOT for ourselves but, for those left in this world. FILL your pantry but, add BIBLES to it and concordances and song books and teaching materials. Prep like you won’t be here. Someone who JUST came to Jesus during the end times may need that blessing.

  • FollowingTruth

    I really appreciate your article. As a Christian, this is a question I have contemplated myself. Your article completely confirms the same conclusions I have come to. One of my favorite Scriptures says, “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it” (Pro 22:3 &27:12). A better translation of “suffer for it” is “to be punished.” Sadly, those who have not diligently prepared for what is coming are going to feel as though they are being punished.

  • Roberto

    Love your article. Yes, we all should “prep.” So long as we don’t put all of our faith in our “prepping” (from a Christian faith standpoint). As Christians, we should be prepping (ESPECIALLY when we see what is coming). And especially we should prep if we are in the power to do so. Unfortunately most Christians just don’t get it. Many say that to prep is not having faith. To use that logic then why have auto insurance? Or life insurance?

  • marconi314

    Thank you for publishing this article. I’ve often wondered about this myself and the biblical examples cited are very helpful.

    One of my reasons for my preparing is very straight forward. So many other Christian brothers and sisters either do not know of what’s coming, or as you say, knowingly ignore the warning signs. I not only want my family to be prepared, but to be ready to help those of the faith in disparate need. Ignorance is forgivable. Even stupidity is forgivable. I’ll look forward to helping those I can. God bless.

  • Bob Sledd

    I uised to be a Christian and prayed for years, but now I don’t believe it much anymore. My prayers were answered sometimes and other times they weren’t. Finally I got tired of hearing the wornout, prepared answers from other Christians like “God answered in his way not yours” oh please…get real! The invisible man in the sky just wasn’t working for me…at least not for me as an individual. Now my prayers are for this country, this world and other people!

    We need to have faith in oursleves, and being prepared is essential. Didn’t Jesus tell us to prepare for his second cooming…he often talked about preparedness in many different forums…preparing for a Wedding feast, go a prepare a place…he would say.

    AN ECONOMIC COLLAPSE IS COMING AND IS INEVITABLE. This could actually lead to Armageddon and his second coming Prepare yourself with food, water, silver and gold, guns and ammo to protect yourself and your family from evil forces. I wouldn’t hestitate for a moment to kill an attacker. By the samre token, over-preparing can also be used to help those who need food and water during civil unrest after a collapse.
    Be smart…God gave you a brain…use God’s gifts…like the parable of the ten talents.
    Like the joke about the guy who wa seriously injured in a car wreck and refused medical attention saying that God would help him. He later died and when he got to heaven he asked God why he didn’t save him. God replied ” I sent you an ambulance but you refused it”. Imaginr that conversation with the man upstairs!

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