Monday, December 20, 2010

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repealed

Recently a long standing policy in the American armed forces banning homosexuals from "coming out" was repealed. This "historic vote" as it was called in many media outlets was universally praised as "progress" for America. America and americans better think again. America has a sin problem. Each and every day in America, sin and wickedness takes a step forward and godliness and righteousness is pushed backwards. Does America expect to escape the wrath and judgement that is coming while she stands with a brazen face shaking her fist at the Lord? This country is marked for destruction...

Does America think that somehow the laws of gravity and physics no longer apply to her? Does America think that somehow because she has lived in prosperity for so long that the warnings spelled out in the Word of God no longer apply to her? Read the Word of the Lord:

Jeremiah 18 :5Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, 8and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. 9And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.
11“Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘This is what the Lord says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.’ 12But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; each of us will follow the stubbornness of his evil heart.’”

The warnings issued to our older brother Israel are just as applicable to us now as they were to Israel then. America heaps sin upon sin and where is the outcry? Where are all of today's "godly men" (so called pastors=nicolaitans) while darkness steadily makes progress across America today and light cannot find a place in the land? All of America's politicians are rotten to the core. Democrat and Republican are two sides of the same evil coin, they are all rotten and the stench of them rises up to the heavens. Before the people of America get to smug and say to themselves "but I didn't vote for this or that politician" just be aware that all of the rotten greedy filthy politicians in the land are a direct result of the rottenness, greeed and filth of the people.... America has the politicians it deserves because it is rotten from the ground up.

Is our situation in America hopeless? Outward appearance would suggest that the answer is yes, but the Word of God tells us that even when disaster has been decreed for a nation, if that nation will turn and repent of its sins, then the Lord will relent. The key word here is IF that nation will repent. Will America repent of her many sins? That might be a problem when Americans don't think they have a sin problem. So many think they are "good people," therefore they have no need to repent. When Jesus himself asked why someone called him "good" Americans should rethink their position...

Mark 10:17As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.

Where are the men who are calling for repenatance today? Where are the men who are confessing their sins, the sins of their families and communities before the Lord and asking for forgiveness for this nation of ours whose sins fill heaven with the stench of death? Why would Americans repent when they do not believe they have done anything wrong? America sits like a queen believing herself to be a spotless bride when in truth she has become the queen of prostitutes. Don't take my word for it, open your eyes!

When wickedness walks openly among a people, isn't that their shame and not their credit? Isn't repealing the "don't ask don't tell" policy allowing wickedness to walk openly among us? When a nation calls what is good evil, and what is evil good they have a problem. America has a problem, it's a sin problem. There are "churches" on every street corner yet darkness makes steady progress across the land, how can that be unless the so called "light" within those churches is really darkness? Light drives out darkness every time, no if a church claims that it is a light to the world, yet it does not drive out darkness, then that church is a fraud.

This writing today does not purpose to target any one sin particularly (in this case homosexuality). The target for todays writing is sin in general in America. Go read the entire book of Isaiah, read the book of Jeremiah and see the many chastisements of the nation of Israel. As I read through those books, the Spirit of the Lord within me makes comment after comment relating the sins of Israel with the sins of America. If the Lord condemned the sin then, He condemns the same sin now. Before anyone says "come on man, Isaiah and Jeremiah? That's old news!" I would point you toward the Lord's message to the churches in Revelation 2-3. To each of the churches (5 out of 7 of them), the message was the same....REPENT. That was the message to Israel then, and that is the message to the churches today.

On a broader note, this is another example of how Ameirca is modern day Babylon. America is the queen of the nations of the world. When America speaks, the rest of the world ripples with her words. Was the Lord ignorant of this end time nation that shakes the world (America) when He inspired the words in the Bible? Or did He write to us specifically about this nation? The Lord foresaw America in the course of history and He has written to us about this nation and He calls her Babylon. There are judgements coming on Babylon but neither she nor her people see them coming.

This writer believes that it is the small amount of light and salt that remains in Babylon that prevents her total destruction. Salt preserves, but remove the salt and the rot destroys everything. There is coming a day when the salt and light will be removed. Babylon is fallen, fallen. The nature of Babylon is fallen, she has fallen from grace.

Jer 16:8“And do not enter a house where there is feasting and sit down to eat and drink. 9For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Before your eyes and in your days I will bring an end to the sounds of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and bridegroom in this place.
10When you tell these people all this and they ask you, ‘Why has the Lord decreed such a great disaster against us? What wrong have we done? What sin have we committed against the Lord our God?’ 11then say to them, ‘It is because your fathers forsook me,’ declares the Lord, ‘and followed other gods and served and worshiped them. They forsook me and did not keep my law. 12But you have behaved more wickedly than your fathers. See how each of you is following the stubbornness of his evil heart instead of obeying me. 13So I will throw you out of this land into a land neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you will serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor.’

There is a generation of people that has arisen in America that behaves more wickedly than their fathers. Each of them follows the stubbornness of his evil heart istead of obeying the Lord. The leaders in America reflect the wickedness of the people of America. Each year now, people openly talk about having to select the lesser of the evils when they cast their vote, but they never stop to look at themselves and ask why this is? Could I have anything to do with the wickedness that walks openly among us?

These things are written to you today as a call to repentance. We are told to have nothing to do with wicked people, we are to be "set apart." In fact, thats what "church" means. Ek-klesia in the greek means "set apart from the people." What do I hear the Lord saying today? Repent. Each of us should confess our sins, the sins of our families and our nation before the Lord and we are to ask for forgiveness. This writer is thankfull for all the grace, peace and abundance we have enjoyed here in America up through this very day, but I see these days coming to an end due to our severe wickedness and apostasy in turning away from the living God. We must obey, we must submit, or we will be broken and cast away into the refuse heap of history.

The wise among us will heed the lessons of the past. We will internalize the lessons taught to us in the Word of God and use all of our strength to do things that please our Lord. Come out from among them says the Lord...

2 Corinthians 6:17 "Therefore come out from them and be separate ...
... Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord,and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

Numbers 16:21 "Separate yourselves from this assembly so I can put ...
... Come out from among this people, so that I may send sudden destruction on them.

As it was in the days of Noah and Lot, so shall it be when the Son of Man comes. When the righteous come out from among them, then sudden destruction will fall and none of them will see it coming. Noah went into the ark and the rain began to fall, Lot and his family left Sodom and fire and brimstone torched the cities. A day like this is coming again, so let us be found worthy of the escape that is laid before us (Luke 21:36). Let us choose things that please the Lord. grace and peace