Terry hits the nail on the head this week…
New King James Version (NKJV)
15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Maranatha Lord, come quickly!
Nov 19, 2012
A great number of those who name the name of Christ believe this season of presidential politics in America represents cumulative proof that satanic darkness is descending at a pace that makes coming judgment unstoppable. Every social issue involving morality that the born again hold dear has, they believe, observably been steamrolled by a juggernaut from the darkest regions forewarned of by the Bible. There seems little, if any, hope of culture as it has been known in this nation surviving the next four years.
Such is the general sense among those who were on the losing side in this election–not just among Christians. We can know this, because all fifty states have growing numbers of quite worried, unhappy citizens signing petitions to have their respective states secede from these United States.
While secession isn’t going to happen–and should not happen–the strong sentiment for doing so, rampant and growing, makes it clear that we are a nation divided. We remember that Abraham Lincoln–another president facing the United States’ split down the middle, invoking the truth spoken by Jesus about a house divided–stated that a nation divided cannot stand. It is clear that it has been Satan’s desire to so divide America since its inception. What we face now in the coming months, and perhaps years, just might be as close as America has come to the devil achieving his goal.
Lucifer’s quest got well underway in this country back in the time of slavery, of course. Although economic and other exigencies of the time divided Americans one from another, it was the matter of the horrors of slavery versus abolition that generated the division to the point of producing civil war. However, the division actually raised its serpent-like head at the time the Founding Fathers were trying to form a constitution that would be suitable to frame the republic they envisioned. According to historical letters between early American citizens, the Constitutional Convention, during the time of formulating the document that would govern the United States, was rife with anger and division. It seemed impossible that any conciliation was to be forthcoming. This nation, so obviously put together by Providence, was coming unglued at its core-beginning. Satan was at work to prevent any influence by the God of Heaven.
Fast forward to 1963. The United States’ history to that point proved God’s mighty hand had guided the American ship of state through the troubled waters of its conception, its battle with the British, at that time the greatest of all powers on earth.
There was in the American Revolution a supernatural energy that superseded that earthly, British, power. It was an unlikely Founding Father who convinced the members of the Constitutional Congress to appropriate that supernatural influence so the nation could survive and thrive. The founder claimed by many to be the deist, the existentialist, within the group who, was thought to consider God to have put the world in motion before sitting back with arms folded to only observe, made a recommendation that astounded the gathering. He first analyzed the situation. Each representative had his own provincial interest that was blocking the coming together for the good of the fledgling nation. He recommended that they depart for three days to reflect and consider what was in their hearts and minds, and what was needed to be accomplished.
Dr. Benjamin Franklin said to George Washington, and to the others in that august gathering, before they left to follow his advice:
Before I sit down, Mr. President, I will suggest another matter; and I am really surprised that it has not been proposed by some other member at an earlier period of our deliberations. I will suggest, Mr. President, that propriety of nominating and appointing, before we separate, a chaplain to this Convention, whose duty it shall be uniformly to assemble with us, and introduce the business of each day by and address to the Creator of the universe, and the Governor of all nations, beseeching Him to preside in our council, enlighten our minds with a portion of heavenly wisdom, influence our hearts with a love of truth and justice, and crown our labors with complete and abundant success! (WallBuilders, Issues and Articles, “Franklin’s Appeal for Prayer at the Constitutional Convention”)
Back to 1963
Progressive thinkers decided by the eventful year of 1963 that invoking the help of the Almighty, which was adopted with great reverence by those at that foundational congress, was no longer appropriate for America’s children in public schools. Even though the founders had looked with disdain at Alexander Hamilton’s angry objection to the appointing of a chaplain and of opening with prayer, the Supreme Court in 1963 readily ruled that God was to be removed from the classrooms. That has been the case ever since, and the results have been profoundly devastating.
America finds itself in a slide toward oblivion. The populace has been dumbed down through values clarification that proposes no moral absolutes be applied to situational ethics. This hellish philosophical inculcation has been inflicted upon children at the most formative levels for fifty years. Moral clarity has been replaced by the reprobate mindset about which God’s Word forewarns: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind” (Romans 1:28a).
That brings us to November 2012 and the presidential election just concluded. America has just said “yes” to humanism’s “no moral absolutes,” and “stay out of our business” to the Creator of all things who has said that the shedding of innocent blood is a sin of monumental magnitude.
The world is going full-throttle down the broad way that leads to destruction. It is movement through a gaping opening the Lord terms “the gates of hell.” A great division is coming that will forever codify God’s opinion of humanism’s deadly rebelliousness. The born again, who are the salt and light of the earth and of this nation, will soon be removed in the Rapture, and judgment will begin. Jesus said He would build His church upon Himself, “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18c).
“Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15b).
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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile. He writes:
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5
What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law. But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9
Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved. It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.