It would be a monstrous invasion of your privacy. It would mean you would be a virtual slave of the State. And you should definitely avoid having it if at all possible!
But having said that, there are a few salient points to be made here:
One, it is not the mark of the Beast.
Two, no Christian will lose his salvation, nor would any unbeliever shut himself off from ever being regenerated and converted, if he had it.
Three, many times in the long history of the Christian Church, believers have had to carry identification documents, work permits, and other papers demanded by the State; and as dictatorial as such laws were, they have complied, for to rebel against such laws would have no biblical support and thus would not have the Lord’s blessing. There have even been terrible times in history when Christians were physically branded on their bodies or faces. A microchip or some other device would merely be the modern equivalent of those dreaded words heard in the Soviet Union and elsewhere: “Your papers, please.” It is shocking; it is tyrannical; it places vast power in the hands of the authorities; but what Futurists are claiming is nonsensical and heretical, serious false doctrine indeed.
Four, throughout history untold numbers of Christians have been slaves! Modern westerners have become used to demanding their “rights” – but these are a rather modern invention. Slaves, including Christian slaves, in earlier times had no rights, no liberties, they were the property of their owners or of the ruler. Well, this would be the state of all Christians in modern times if they were forced to take such an ID device. Yet what does the Word of God say? Never once does it command slaves (“servants”, as the word is rendered) to rise up and rebel, overthrowing their rulers. Instead it says, “Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou called being a servant [slave]? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather” (1 Cor. 7:20,21). The Christian who is a slave is to be content to serve God as such. Yes, if there is a legitimate way for him to gain his freedom, he may use that; but if not, he is not to care for the fact that he is a slave, but serve the Lord in that position.
Again, the bottom line: if it is possible to refuse it, then the Christian should do so! But if this is impossible, the believer does not sin against the Lord if it is forced upon him. It would be nothing but an identification device. A very powerful, very far-reaching, very intrusive identification device, certainly; a blatant abuse of power on the part of the authorities; but still just the modern digital equivalent of carrying ID documents.
May the Lord enable every true Christian to view these things biblically, and not be swayed emotionally by the silly fantasies of Futurist interpreters of prophecy. The very idea that a child of God could lose his salvation, or shut himself off from the grace of God in salvation, by taking a microchip into his physical body, is surely one of the most awful false doctrines there could be, for it is a denial of some of the greatest and most fundamental doctrines of the faith, pertaining to the eternal covenant of grace, the love of God for His elect, the true nature of sin, the salvation which Christ secured for the elect, the mighty work of the Holy Spirit in the elect, the eternal security of the elect, and salvation by grace alone through faith in Christ alone.
And all this is even apart from the terrible misinterpretation of what the mark of the Beast is, and who the biblical Antichrist is!
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