The Absence of God
Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment. Jeremiah 25:10,11
Judgment doesn't always come in the form of hell-fire and brimstone, lightning bolts and earthquakes, it can simply be the absence of God. America for instance has forced God out of their schools, out of the government and even out of their churches and the results of their rebellion to the Most High has left them in the hands of the devil!
When ancient Israel rebelled, God sent angels of destruction against them and turned them over to their enemies to be destroyed until they would cry out to Him and He would deliver them. So it is today we have rebelled against all sound wisdom and have forsaken our only hope of recovery because we have grieved His Holy Spirit and rejected the mercy and grace of God, Who has been deeply offended by our actions. In the above mentioned scripture God is seen removing His joy and gladness, His word, the voice of His body, which is the gospel, and the harvest of souls, but more importantly, the light of His presence.
When God's presence is removed there is gross darkness, destruction, death, immorality and perversion of all kinds. Just look at America in the last twenty years since she began to expel God from everything. Abortion was legalized, the homosexual agenda increased, gay marriage was legalized in several states, marijuana is beginning to be legalized, the borders were opened to illegals, wars could not be won and sickness and disease is rampant throughout the country, not to mention the addiction and deaths of multitudes of our youth. Do you not see the results of the absence of the presence of the Most High God?
"And it shall be, when you show this people all these words, and they say to you, 'Why has the Lord pronounced all this great disaster against us? Or what is our iniquity? Or what is our sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?' Jeremiah 16:10
WE HAVE FORSAKEN GOD
'Because your fathers have forsaken Me,' says the Lord; 'they have walked after other gods and have served them, and worshiped them, and have forsaken Me and not kept My law.' Jeremiah 16:11
To forsake someone is to stop caring for them and not wanting them involved in your life anymore and that is exactly what has happened in America, in the country and in the American church. Fifty years ago there where still men of God preaching the un-compromised gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ; moreover they preached against sin and rebellion standing up to the schemes of the devil and tearing down strongholds of iniquity wherever it was seen to take root!
In the early fifties and late sixties something began to happen, the voice of the preachers railed against the beginning of rock and roll, but shortly after they seemed to just fade away with the advent of a softer side of God, a more user friendly Father who didn't want to offend the multitudes or scare them with the gospel, especially the mentioning of that awful place called Hell! As the preachers finally mellowed out and stopped this ongoing war against sin and rebellion the churches began to grow and people started flocking to a new type of religious spectacle called the "Mega Church!" Now your talking, a place to be yourself, so big that no one notices that you are there, why you can live your life anyway you see fit during the week and then come on Sunday and have your sins washed away by the preaching of self-help gurus speaking smooth words of hope and self esteem.
No more judgment on sin, no more talk of that awful cross or the shedding of blood, no, now we have a much more politically correct gospel that tickles our ears as we listen, no condemnation or shame anymore, just peace and safety as we are lulled to sleep on the lap of the devil! From the time that this drastic change in the preaching of the word came in and people began to do whatever was in their evil hearts America and the church began to deteriorate to the point it is today, a dead and lifeless organization filled with spectators who could care less about being in the will of God or obeying His commands to go into all the world and make disciples.
'And you have done worse than your fathers, for behold each one follows the dictates of his own evil heart, so that no one listens to Me. 'Therefore I will cast you out of this land into a land that you do not know, neither you nor your fathers; and there you shall serve other gods day and night, where I will not show you favor.' Jeremiah 16:12,13
IN GOD WE TRUST
'This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.' Jeremiah 7:28
Have you ever visited a "Third World" country where the worship of idols, foreign gods and demons is prevalent? The very first thing you will notice is the widespread poverty, disease and premature death that covers the land like a dark cloud bringing with it a hoard of demonic activity that floods the people's minds with witchcraft, sorcery and divination!
Do yourself a favor and take a trip to the border of Texas and Mexico and cross over, it will be like going to another planet because in minutes you will experience a whole new atmosphere in which the landscape is filled with poverty and corruption! Many of the shops have armed guards at the door and there is chaos in the streets, kids begging for money, traffic out of control, hookers out in broad daylight and the underlying spirit of fear from the drug cartels stalking the people of Mexico. The reason for this drastic difference in countries is because the dominant religion is Catholicism and in many cases mixed with witchcraft, if you don't believe me ask an Hispanic raised in a predominantly Hispanic Catholic church and they will tell you stories that will make the hair on your neck stand up! For more information go to: www.mindsay.com/wiki/witchcraft
We would do well to take a hard look at ancient Israel and how their rebellion against God brought about severe and lasting consequences, some even today with Hamas at their back door being what God said they would be eons before when Israel would not destroy them, pricks in their eyes and thorns in their side! With Ebola, the most deadly virus in the world staring at us from the African coast, we as the people of God need to be repenting and unifying under the banner of the cross of Christ pleading for mercy to a God, deeply offended by our un-holy actions against Him! I'm not sure America can recover because her church is so complacent and fragmented and God's people are the key to restoring the former glory of a land now filled with idols and overcome with a flood of demonic influences. May God have mercy!
Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as some of them were. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play." Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty three thousand dropped dead; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain as some of them also complained and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, (instruction) upon whom the ends of the ages have come. I Corinthians 10:6-11
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin