Can Preppers Go To Heaven?

There is a “spirited” debate (pun intended) about whether or not prepping is commanded by God or an affront to Him. My last post, “Misinformation and Prepping” really brought out some responses and name callers (apparently I’m a caveman among other things) that are convinced that prepping is a slap in the Almighty’s face. They almost exclusively use Matthew 6:25; “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear” completely ignoring the dozens of supportive verses like 1 Timothy 5:8, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

Proverbs 6:5-9, “Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler. Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

Proverbs 23:3, “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”

I do not for one second imply that I am a Bible scholar, but certain things are fairly obvious. I have read the entire Good Book twice and have regularly listened to the Word in my shop for over 20 years now, I have first hand knowledge. However, I believe that Matthew is relating to worry, period. One reader wrote that any prepping was unscriptural and my response was; is one can of beans in your cupboard doubting Gods ability to provide? Why do churches have soup kitchens, shouldn’t the pastor just have people show up and pray to be fed? No, they need to have food on hand and prepare it for the guests. The meal is the answer to the prayer.

The one scripture that admonishes us to prepare is so overwhelming one simply cannot overlook it is; 1 Timothy 5:8 and simply says “provide” as in ongoing. If one sees a dearth of “provisions” in the future, does that let us off the hook to provide? Absolutely not. Just as God arraigned for Joseph to save countless lives by prepping for seven years or Noah to save humanity Genesis 6:21 (NIV) “You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.” The Bible is full of other well known examples, Noah and Joseph who were probably the greatest preppers in history, the three wise men providing for the Holy Family while in exile and many more.

The Bible is rich with stories of Gods deliverance, but it didn’t involve people sitting around waiting for their three hots and a cot.

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (KJV).  We are called to work so we can eat,

I bet you that even the critics of prepping don’t just sit around in the morning praying for breakfast, if they were honest, they would remove everything from their cupboards and not worry about what they would eat.

The key to anything is balance, not to be overwhelmed with prepping and forget that God holds our every single heartbeat in his hand. The pre trib and post trib discussion is a moot point, because like my savior said in Matthew; But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

I believe that “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” Proverbs 22:3,

My duty is to take care of my “house” lest I become worse that an infidel. Think about it, pray about it and takes the Good Books advice in Matthew when he says

“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”, and wow is there enough evil.

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8 Responses to Can Preppers Go To Heaven?

  1. John says:

    Good points. I’m amazed at the foolishness of Christians who scoff at preparedness. What about being good stewards of our resources? What about using our brains to practice common sense?
    I believe the Scriptures teach Christians will be caught up in what’s commonly called the Rapture, but that absolutely in no way stops me from preparing. I get tired of those who don’t believe in the Rapture accusing people like myself of waiting for some magic miracle way out of this world, as if that meant we don’t have to be prepared for life as it really is. If you knew company was coming to your house, but you didn’t know when, wouldn’t you get the place ready? Same is true for prepping. Besides, we have to live this present life, regardless of when prophetic events will happen.
    By the way, on a minor point, I’m glad to see your quotes from the King James Version.

  2. Padre says:

    In the face of disaster the desire to prep is trusting in God! The reality of so many of the disasters that we peppers think about, the worse case scenarios, is a grim one, one that will tempt many to dispair. Anyone who thinks that a little food and some guns will make TEOTWAWKI “fun” is delusional. And yet, while not enjoyable, even the flood and the great famine of Egypt had a purpose. We who prep, humbly, are preparing to cooperate with God. Whether we live or die, we live for the Lord and we die for the Lord, and our preps we offer up as our simple gift to his purpose. The reason I prep is that I believe in doing so I can share my hope with my family, and with others, I can help them avoid dispair, and if its His will I can help them rebuild. And while I don’t think the SHTF will be fun, I am hopeful that if and when it happens the reset will restore a more human society, more faithful to the creator.

  3. plowboy says:

    It is long since past time to even consider trying to persuade non preppers of the need to prep. Leave them too their foolery. Does the Holy Scriptures ever once record Noah being concerned about those on the outside of the ark.? After shft the nonpreppers will accuse us of being the source of all their problems just as the “synthetic poor”, blame the rich for their problems now. Their is absolutely no proverty in this country today, absolutely none, that is not self inflicted and their will be no starvation during teotwawki that was not self inflicted because they refused to prep. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and the inaction of the nonprepper is the action equal to future suicide via starvation. NO EXCEPTIONS!

  4. Mic Roland says:

    I’d like to add that the crucial part of Matthew 6:25 passage is the word “worry.” Christ was not teaching them to do -nothing-, but to not worry about it. The other verses you cite expound on the principle of doing something to provide and prepare (think Joseph in the seven fat years). The key is to not let yourself get into a funk of worry over a future you don’t control. He is in control. We might not like what He does (think Nebuchanezzer burning down Jerusalem), but He has his reasons. Trusting that He has His children’s ultimate best interests in mind, (not their immediate creature comforts, btw), is the way to -not- worry. Presuming that Jesus meant us to be leech-like dependents on others or the state, is a serious misreading of that passage.

    my two cents.

  5. Berean Betty says:

    You are mighty right, sir!

  6. Robert says:

    If it is merely a depression that comes, then believers will lock arms and get through it together. However, if it is the wrath of God upon our country, then all anyone will be able to do is flee from it.

  7. Roberta says:

    God tells us to be prepared as we know know notthe day or hour when the Son of Man shall return.(Jesus) We have started storing some food and canning also we have a generator.God told Noah to prepare, He told Joseph in a dream to prepare.We are to be prepared and if we get taken out in the rapture before tribulation,and some of our family doesn’t then it will be here for them. BE PREPARED JESUS IS COMING VERY SOON. I think it is widom to be prepared.

  8. Son of Liberty says:

    I, too, am amazed at the biblical ignorance and lack of common sense on the part of many Christians. It’s amazing – TOTALLY amazing. They will bring up the scripture you quoted in Matthew 6 — but then go to their jobs the next day, buy insurance for their life, home, auto, and family, try to raise their children in a godly manner — why not just trust the Lord they’ll just come out alright without worrying about it? They will put money aside in 401 (k) accounts, have a savings account for a rainy day, invest in Social Security, etc., etc., etc. — but then denigrate, belittle, and disparage those who prepare for the things which Christ said are only the beginning of sorrows (Mt 24:8), and that are not yet the end labor pangs — NOT YET!

    These are they who wrest the scripture, twisting and warping it into what they want it to be/say, rather than hearing clearly what it says. Like I said, it is TOTALLY amazing. I am flabbergasted, and I’m sure the Lord is as well as people close their eyes and ears, and refuse to hear the truth.

    As wise men/women, led by the Spirit of the Living God, we must allow scripture to inform our theology, and NOT allow our theology to inform what the scripture says.

    Lord help us all.

    Blessings,

    Son of Liberty

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