Tuesday, March 04 2014
"Now it shall come to pass, If you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord will set you high above the nations of the earth. "And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God." Deuteronomy 28:1,2
There was a time when America definitely walked in all the blessings of the scripture and was highly favored around the world and feared as an awesome superpower in the world wide arena. She was respected by all, and revered even among the evil dictators of the world as a God fearing and charitable nation helping those in distress and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ around the globe. America was sound financially and was known to lend and not borrow from other countries making them all wanting to come to this great land of opportunity to make their fortune and to seek the American dream.
Formidable in battle this country rallied when threatened with war or in coming to the aid of other countries attacked by their enemies. World War I and World War II were both great victories for America and their allies and then something began to happen, the Korean conflict broke out ending without victory and then Vietnam, where 50,000 men and women gave their lives for a money making beast in which all that was gained was given back and the conflict ended in shame and much sorrow for those who gave so much! The culture from that point onward began to change as a generation arose from the post war Baby Boomers that would rebel against authority and rage against the machine until violence and death followed their banner of sex, drugs and rock and roll! If it feels good do it, free love and peace they cried as they rallied against all sound judgment and began to rush headlong into sin, perversion and lust of all kinds until it reached the ears of the Most High God!
From the late fifties and early sixties the American dream began to become the American nightmare with drug addiction, violence and crime on the rise as the moral fabric of this once great country began to deteriorate. The preachers stopped preaching against sin as TV evangelists polluted the air waves with the prosperity gospel and thousands of self help gurus appeared along with the new new age of Aquarius folks, cults, and many forms of Eastern religion as well as witchcraft, magic and the dark arts began to gain popularity. Demonic manifestations, yoga and Satanic worship began to become inviting to the unsuspecting victim that would dare to rebel against the principles of a Holy God who was being deeply offended by our behavior! And then the unthinkable happened, abortion entered the scene becoming law it was now legal to kill your unborn child even if it was only for birth control or if for no other reason than it was just unwanted. Well, you know what happened from that point on because judgment was now being viewed on the nightly news. Outbreaks of sickness, sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS and cancer began to spread like wildfire killing millions, not to mention the murder of fifty million innocent children through abortion!
"But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you." Deuteronomy 28:15
I WONDER WHY THE WEATHER IS OUT OF CONTROL?
Behold the whirlwind (storm, tornado, cyclone) of the Lord has gone forth in fury, a violent whirlwind! It will fall violently on the wicked. The anger (judgment) of the Lord will not turn back until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart. In the latter days (last days, end times) you will understand it perfectly. Jeremiah 23:19,20
Certainly the weather seems to be out of control around the globe with super storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, monsoons, typhoons, tsunamis caused by earthquakes, floods, droughts, heat waves and arctic blasts that are hammering the world. Global warming? Maybe, natural phenomenon, partially, judgment, more than likely! Why? Judgment comes when God's people fall into sin and sin has been blossoming into a rod of judgment ever since the fall of man in the garden! America for instance was blessed as long as she remained a godly nation practicing the principles of God even though everyone is not a Christian, none the less those who walked in righteousness and upheld the commandments of the Most High brought about His blessing.
Take Sodom and Gomorrah for example, a city of perverse sexual deviants, hell bent on raping men, women, children and even one another until they tried to have sex with the two angels sent to spy out the land and to see if the reports about their behavior was true. Sadly, America is approaching a place where if God doesn't judge her He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. Pornography, fornication, sexual deviation of all kinds, homosexuality, same sex marriage and abortion just to name a few of our country's perverted indulgences have brought about the attention of a holy God. To clearly understand judgment as I said before it doesn't have to be lightning bolts from the heavens, it can be the absence of His divine presence and the release of the powers of darkness, His weapons and instruments of indignation upon a people unrepentant and rebellious toward His Word! In the book of I Samuel the house of Eli was judged by their behavior and as the scripture says: the glory (the ark of the covenant and His presence) departed from their priesthood and their land giving their enemies opportunity to defeat them in battle.
God's plan for global warming is stated in II Peter 3:7-12 that the heavens and the earth are reserved for fire! So, if that's true the whole thing is going to burn anyway and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it, for now yes there is, for the latter, no! It's God's plan! But now we as the people of God can turn back to Him from whom we have defected and repent and confess our sins before Him as we cry out for mercy. Remember when Abraham asked God if there were just 10 righteous people left who honored His word would He hold back His divine judgment and He said that He would. If America repents then the judgment will be stayed, if not I'm afraid the end is near. The problem with the extreme weather is the financial burden it is placing on the country's infra-structure and the over all well being of the land, not to mention the deaths and injuries they have caused in their path of destruction.
"Behold, disaster shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the farthest parts of the earth. Jeremiah 25:32
I WONDER WHY GOD IS NOT IN THE CHURCH?
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me." Revelation 3:20
God is not in most churches because He is not invited to come in. The verse in Revelation refers to Jesus knocking on the door of His church saying that if anyone hears Him to let Him in. The problem being, if we let Him in, He will ruin our nice, clean, time managed service meant for new members to come and join in the overhead! The man-centered, organized, consumer driven, event motivated church of the last days has their own agenda for serving God their way and not His. Built by professional clergy and copied from the world's corporate model it is designed to flourish and grow into a financial success by drawing seekers (people who desire to find a comfortable social environment to ease their guilt) to fill their seats and pad their pockets!
WWJD as the popular saying goes, what would Jesus do? I'll tell you what He would do, He would be making disciples, casting out demons, healing the sick and raising the dead and telling the seekers to repent and be born again! I'll tell you what He wouldn't be doing, He wouldn't sit through some dead and lifeless Sunday morning funeral service trying to motivate a bunch of stubborn, stiff necked, brood of vipers who wouldn't lift a finger to obey the Holy Spirit's voice in regards to their spiritual life! Do you remember when Jesus approached His own church in Jerusalem, you know, the one He addressed as "White-washed tombs full of dead men's bones?" Now what do you think He would find today in our little sheep pens of lukewarm pew-sitters who have never left the building to go into a lost and dying sin-sick world in desperate need of the Savior's love and mercy?
While walking downtown one day I was admiring a beautiful old church building with its stained glass windows and architecture when suddenly the Holy Spirit spoke and said, "I can't sleep in that church, nor eat and I am not welcomed to come in out of the cold in their building!" True, true, not many church buildings are available for anyone to get help except through referrals or a one time hand out. Recently on the news they were talking about a new program to give homeless people on the streets an apartment, free of charge because it was cheaper to get them out of the cold rather than the great expense of emergency room visits and hospital stays. The news cast ended by showing the great wooden double doors of a beautiful church building in which they found a man who had died of exposure on their doorstep! May God have mercy!
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees , hypocrites! For you are like white washed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. "Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness." Matthew 23:27,28
"Serpents, brood (offspring) of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation (sentence) of Hell?" Matthew 23:33
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin