'Binding and Loosing': Can That Concept Be Used on the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Everybody knows the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways, and no one is exempt from those changes. The coronavirus has reshaped how we live, and all areas of our lives have been affected. That includes how we work, worship, shop, exercise, attend sporting events, and how we send our children to school. Even funerals are held differently from what they used to be.
We have been forced to make major changes when it comes to celebrating milestones in our lives and in the lives of family members. Since the pandemic started, high school and colleges could not hold graduations as usual. Birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Fourth of July celebrations had special precautions.
We anxiously hope science will come up with an answer that will prevent people from dying, and we can live without fear about what will happen to us, our families, our communities, and the world.
The world has never experienced anything like this before. People should be able to rely on their faith and their faith leaders. The problem is that some of the faith leaders are not doing very much to minimize the anxiety in their parishioners because they themselves are not equipped to handle something this serious.
Binding and Loosing Scripture
Jesus taught His disciples to bind and loose. The phrase occurs only two times in the Bible. Both of those times, binding and loosing occur in the Gospel of Matthew. According to Matthew 16:19, Jesus gave Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven and He told him, "Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." That means Peter had the spiritual authority to do those two things.
In Matthew 18:18, the same words were spoken to all disciples that granted them the same spiritual authority. We are disciples of Christ. Why can't we bind and loose?
We can! We just don't!
When disciples of Christ “bind” or forbid on earth, they were carrying out the will of God. When they “loose” something, or allow it on earth, they are fulfilling God’s eternal plan.
So, why don't more pastors encourage people in their churches to bind and loose?
What It Means to Bind and Loose
Binding and loosing is a phrase that describes the authority and power that Jesus gave to His disciples. When they operate in those two actions, they forbid whatever is bad and allow whatever is good. The coronavirus is a "whatever."
Binding and loosing is a powerful concept in the Bible that can be used today. Unfortunately, not many pastors preach about it. To bind and to loose simply means to use your authority to forbid something to be bound and to use that same authority to permit something to be loosed.
The Amplified Bible helps us out a little more by saying, “Whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth will have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth will have [already] been loosed in heaven.”
To bind something means to tie it up so tight in chains that it cannot move and do harm. To loose something means just the opposite. You untie something so it can be free to do good. In other words, you bind bad things, and you loose good things.
So, what are you waiting for? Whether your pastor tells you to do it or not, do what the Bible says. Bind COVID-19 on earth by forbidding it to continue. Then loose a healthy environment as it is in heaven. Remember, whatever you bind on earth, you must also loose in heaven. It is ineffective to do one without the other. Binding and loosing are dual actions.
Why Disciples of Christ Should Bind and Loose
God has already given authority for His people to take spiritual authority over things they don't do. Such things include speaking to a mountain to move and the authority to bind and loose.
How many people have you talked to recently that mentioned they bind and loose? The number is probably very low or none at all because binding and loosing has been an overlooked and neglected biblical principle.
Example of a Binding and Loosing Prayer
If you have never prayed a binding and loosing prayer, here are two examples.
“In the name of Jesus, I bind the coronavirus, and I loose good health all over the world. Amen"
"I bind COVID-19 and the havoc it has brought on our world. I loose good health and healing in the name of Jesus. Amen"
As you can see, it is not a long prayer. It is a short prayer in the form of an affirmation. It is centered around one thing and one thing only. No other requests are made. God hears and answers short prayers prayed with a sincere heart. Feel free to use your own words to pray a binding and loosing prayer.