Originally at this link which no longer seems to lead to the entry.
But I thought it worth saving back when I had stumbled on it, and I'm glad I did.
This Christian eloquently makes a case for breaking instead of perpetuating chain letters.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
I was recently sent a chain letter which stated at the end that if I did not forward this chain letter in three days I would die. To a child of God this seems ridiculous. First of all (Psalm 37:30) "The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment." It is not in the wisdom of God to state such things. (Psalm 22:10) "I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly." (Isaiah 44:2) "Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen." OK, God made us and formed us from our mothers womb. He did not create us or make us to be given to foolishness. If it is God's timing I will die or live regardless of whether I forward the message or not. He planned my life before my birth
Secondly, (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. I will not fear what man can do to me. Thirdly, (2 Corinthians 10:5) "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" Who are we to think that we know better than God. Did God tell you that the non-forwarding of this letter will result in death? I think not.
The point is it is good to pray about things, but use your time wisely. Do not waste it on foolishness such as chain letter claiming blessing or demise in exchange for an anonymous act. Remember that above all, God is in control of your life. Not a random e-mail!