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Saturday, March 31, 2012

If That Nation?

At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; if that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.  Jeremiah 18:7,8

I don't think there can be much doubt that God has pronounced concerning the United States.  Killing babies has been decriminalized for almost 40 years now.  Perversion has been redefined as an alternative life-style.  It is hard to tell the difference between most churches and the local shopping mall.  God's people are no longer called upon to separate themselves but rather to blend in.  Marriage vows no longer represent a promise but a desirable although unlikely outcome.  (we don't really mean for better or for worse) Marriage itself is slowly becoming a relic of the past as people opt for fornication and whoredom rather than a covenant relationship.  We have painted, pierced, and scarred our bodies till we bear more resemblance to pagan cultures than we do a Christian culture.  We have given ourselves over wholesale to sorcery.  Churches permit open scandalous sin to go unchallenged, loving the doctrines and the deeds of the Nicolatians.

We are guilty before God!  Unfortunately many of God's preachers and people are like the generation of Malachi:

Malachi 1:6 - A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?

Malachi 1:7 - Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.

Malachi 2:17 - Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Malachi 3:8 - Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

God levels a charge and we basically say, "Who me?"  Instead of addressing the issue the messenger is attacked.  Expecting ourselves first and others to obey the bible, all of it, has become legalism instead of holy living.

There is hope yet!  "If that nation, . . . turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them."

The answer is to be found not in justifying sin and disobedience but repenting of it!  America can be saved but only in the context of repentance!  Oh, how we should pray that God would give us such a fresh anointing of his Spirit that it would cleanse our lives and make us doggedly committed to pleasing him and being his instruments of calling those around us to repentance.

The fate of the nation hangs in the balance!

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