Sprititual Revival or Disaster,"
Many, or most, all spokesmen (preachers, evangelists, ministers) either believe God's Grace is unconditional (we can sin to our destruction, yet God will always bail us out), or they are too cowed or too compromised by worldly standards to say anything (I believe the later is the case with most of these good and outstanding people, who occupy the highest positions in Christian service today). Either we slide one direction or the other--God seen as Jonathan Edwards-type Judging God in the Old Testament Mosaic mode, breathing fire and damnation on everybody, or we see him as the "I'm Okay, You're Okay" God of unconditional grace, who almost winks at sin and iniquity and has a Band-aid for every hurt and inconvenience we may suffer in our sin-darkened, Christian lives). By going to either extreme, we impugn and mar the character of God by stating He is judgmental, when he is not, or forgiving, when He is not. We miss God. We become, unknowingly, heretics, and are led away by our own sin and self-deception. We may even spread the wrong view of God, like many ministers do to a global audience--not realizing they will be called to account for this very popular, appealing message. This article will increase your liability in God's eyes, since it raises your knowledge of God, as He truly is, regarding these issues. Read on, if you want to be liable, but knowledgeable, and sin no more, but repent and receive God's reviving Spirit! I pray this for myself as well--Ed.
The Bible has ample evidence of God's judgments on a rebellious and unrepentant people or nation. He does deal with gross indulgence of sin in a nation--He always has and he always will. For example, in Jeremiah 14:1-12, Judah is suffering a severe drought as part of God's judgment for their sinfulness. Jeremiah intercedes for the nation in a desperate prayer (verses 7-9). The Lord answers him in verses 10-12. "These people (Judah) have loved to wander (rebellion and gross sins); they have not kept their feet in check (scorned warnings to repent); therefore, the Lord does not accept them (and their selfish prayers for rain); He will call their sins into account (judgment). The Lord even tells Jeremiah not to pray for their welfare (v.11). The day of grace has ended and now judgment is come.
It is extremely dangerous and disastrously costly to ignore God's warning and grace. On the other hand, sincere repentance and turning to God in spiritual revival can save a nation on the brink of disaster and God's awful judgment; example: Jonah warned Nineveh, they responded the right way and God saved them (Jonah 3:1-10).
The formula for saving a nation is clearly given in II Chronicles 7:14 (a word for America today): "If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves, and pray, and turn from their wicked ways (repentance) and seek My Face; then I will hear from Heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land." Note the conditions required for the blessings that follow.
There are 5 gross national sins that bring God's sure judgment when a nation goes over the brink and does not turn or repent: 1. Idolatry; (an idol is anything that one trusts in more than in God; two big idols in the USA today are government security and "guarantees," and financial institutions--Recall the admonitions Jesus gave about Lazarus and "the rich man" (Luke 16:20-25) and the farmer who was trusting in his wealth (Luke 12:16-21). These are examples of idolatry. 2. Gross immorality, perverted sex and mad lust for pleasure(often fueled by alcohol, drugs, pornography, and sensual media). 3. Infant sacrifice. Since 1973 we have murdered 22 million unborn infants in their mother's wombs (abortion)[it is now something over 44 million, not counting the more convenient, no mess, no fuss, cheap form of infanticide of the "Morning After Pill"--Ed]. 4. Occult (Satanic and demonic) practices (an abomination to God). Read the forbidden evil occult practices in Deut. 18: 10-12. 5. False or cult religions (these are growing rapidly in the USA now--Mormon, Jehovah's Witness, Christian Science, Unity, Moslem, Eastern religions, such as Hindu Gurus, Bahai, Yoga, Transcendental Meditation, and the New Age Movement).
When these gross national sins pervade a nation to the point of widespread acceptance and tolerance, then God's grace and patience are transgressed, resulting in the beginning of severe judgment on the nation and people.
These judgments of God recorded most commonly in Scripture are also 5 in number: 1. Drought (severe and widespread), eventually resulting in famine if it continues over a long period of time. 2. Plague and pestilence (incurable diseases that afflict large numbers of people), i.e., AIDS, herpes, cancer, heart disease, mental, emotional and addictive illnesses. 3. Financial collapse of many institutions (banks, Savings Long Institutions, Insurance companies, stocks and bond failures). 4. Confusion and inability to function in government bodies (eventually can result in a kind of anarchy). 5. Bondages to foreign nations and companies, either by military defeats or by financial debts. (In the past 3 years America has become a debtor nation; we owe foreigners more than they owe us. Indebtedness is a form of bondage.).
HOW URGENT IS THE TIME AND WHAT MUST WE DO AS A NATION?
It is very, very late for America and we must sound the "watchman's alarm" (Exek. 3:17-20 and 33:7-9) for America NOW!! Repentance, prayer, spiritual conversion and revival must be a first and urgent priority for all of us to act upon with zeal!!