As we look around us, it seems that all hope is fading in regards to turning this great ship called the USA around. One state votes enthusiastically to destroy human life right up to the point of birth. Another state toys with the idea of allowing death to be an option after viable live birth. All the while, people who claim to believe in God either assent to these barbaric ideologies, or they stand in the shadows afraid to take a stand for the sanctity of human life goive by our Creator.
Socialism is on the rise here in the “Land of the free and the home of the brave.” Unrestrained sexual sin and debauchery has been forced on the society and voted into law. Personal attacks and undisguised social ugliness is the norm rather than the exception. Criminals are treated better than law abiding citizens. illegal aliens are afforded better treatment and care than our veterans and naturalized citizens.
Sounds quite discouraging, does it not? It should, and the blame is to be laid at the threshold of the American religious machine that has continued to sit back affirming the work of evil through silence and fear of what it would cost to take a stand for the gospel. Preachers and pulpiteers, along with their flocks have bargained with the Enemy as they have adapted their churches and their messages so as to not offend those who are living for their father the Devil.
7 Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. 8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. 9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. 10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God (i John 3:7-10)
God’s word tells us in Hebrews 12 what the church should be doing in this broken, sinful, perverse, and evil world in which we find ourselves.
13 Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong. 14 Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. 15 Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. 16 Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. 17 You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears.
Nowhere in the bible are God’s people encouraged to tolerate, engage in, or compromise with evil. Just like Esau, the church has bartered away its freedoms and sold its birthright. Is it too late for “the church” to make a difference? How can those who claim to believe in Christ align themselves with a culture of darkness and evil? Who will represent the truth of God’s word and the majesty of his kingdom?
If the church that you are aligned with does not preach repentance and salvation from God’s infallable word, run. If your denomination is compromising with the culture and diminishing the difference between a life of holiness and righteousness in Christ, run. If the preacher is preaching psychology instead of God’s truth, run. If you have been a part of the religious machine that is more worried about what people think than what God thinks, repent and be forgiven so that you can be used for God’s purposes.
It is time to act before it is too late for forgiveness.
17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. (James 4:17)