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Sounding The Alarm

September 30, 2008

Having witnessed the events of recent days, I cannot keep silent any longer. Now I don’t want to sound like the ‘Reverend Jeremiah Wright’ whose message  dripped with hatred for this country. I love my country and I praise God for allowing me to live in this wonderful land. But I must sound the alarm. In Ezekiel 33 God tells the prophet that he is a watchman on the wall and when he sees danger it is his duty to sound the alarm, to issue a warning.

 

What we saw on September the 11th 2001, and I watched it live, as it was happening, what we saw was judgment on America for her sins. But notice it wasn’t a final judgment. Notice that God didn’t wipe the United States of America off the map. What we saw was indeed horrifying and the images are burned into my memory just as the images of JFK being assassinated will never leave my heart. (I was 3 but I still remember the sadness all around me)

 

Now we are seeing a crisis of global proportions and I’m not talking about the ‘Global Warming’ hoax. I’m speaking of the economic crisis that is threatening to bankrupt our society. This too is a judgment from God, a wake up call if you will. Do you think that we can continue to wallow in the filthy mire of our sinfulness and God will just turn a blind eye and say “oh well, boys will be boys!” I don’t think so!

 

We are in grave danger and indeed the destruction that is looming on the horizon will make 9-11 pale in comparison. Consider the Nation of Israel as God has laid it out for us in the Bible. As long as the Nation looked to God and obeyed His law He preserved them and provided for them. But as we see in our day, a generation arose who knew not God and who cared nothing for the grace and mercy and provision He poured out upon them and they went a-whoring after idols. Now you may be thinking to yourself; “I’m not serving idols.” Oh! I ask you, what is the most important thing in your life? Because your answer will reveal who your god is!

 

Consider this passage from Ezekiel 33 and I want you to see two things;

  1. This is God speaking and
  2. Hear the love which pours out of His infinite heart!

Ezekiel 33:10-11 “Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus you have spoken, saying, “Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we are rotting away in them; how then can we survive?”’ 11 “Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’

 

Indeed our transgressions are upon us and we are rotting away in our sin. This nation is a sink of sin and moral rot is on every side. Why do you think our government acts the way it does; or our judiciary? How do you think judges can legislate immorality and cause it to be the law of the land? Our hearts are black indeed and the laws, the decisions, are merely a reflection of what we believe.

 

This country started well. The Puritans, seeking religious freedom (freedom to worship Jehovah God, not Allah or Mohammed or Buddha or Krishna or trees or whatever else we could dream up) they came to this country and lived according to the law of God. Were they perfect? Of course not! But they did seek to honor God and serve Him to the best of their ability.

 

When our founding fathers prepared the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, they did so with an eye to the Law of God. You can’t read their writings without seeing this, unless of course you are reading a ‘revised’ version where God has been removed from the documents by the historical revisionists who hate God and everything He stands for.

 

We began well. But somewhere along the way, what with Darwinism and humanism becoming the religion of choice among our ‘leaders’ we lost our way. God has called this nation back to Himself several times in our nation’s history. There was the Great Awakening of the 1700’s, the Second Great Awakening of the 1800’s, the Azusa Street Revival and the Jesus Movement of the 1970’s.  Each time our nation returned to the Truth.

 

God raised up leaders such as Jonathan Edwards, David Brainerd, Asahel Nettleton, Billy Graham, Chuck Smith, Keith Green, Dr. D. James Kennedy, Jerry Falwell, and others who stood in the gap and sounded the alarm. But, except for Dr. Graham and Chuck Smith, these leaders have all left us and a generation has arisen which knows not God nor remembers the blessings of the past. As a result “Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we are rotting away in them; how then can we survive?”

 

And what are our transgressions? They are enumerated in the scriptures and the list is horrifying. Listen to the sentence against us. 1Co 6:9-10 Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: no sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, 10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.

 

Gal 5:19-21 “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21  envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”

 

This is where we find ourselves today! Note also that there is no sin that is put above another for all sin is sin in the eyes of God and all sinners from those who tell white lies to people involved in bestiality will be judged by God and sentenced to eternity in Hell! Now you see the danger. So what do we do? Do we throw up our hands and say ‘its all hopeless? Do we say with the Israelites; “Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we are rotting away in them; how then can we survive?”

 

Let me tell you that there is hope.

There is mercy and grace to be found at the Throne of God. For thus says the Lord ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back; turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die…?’

 

Do you not hear mercy and grace and love in this word? God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Indeed He calls to you who hate Him and pleads with you to turn from your wicked ways and live. The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ. Will you not at least think about this?

 

For those who consider the Bible to be hate speech I ask you to listen to Jesus Christ as He calls to you saying:  “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.  “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

 

Where’s the hate here? There is none. There is a loving Savior who knows the end from the beginning, who knows the fate of those who will not come to Him and He pleads with sinners saying “Come to Me.” Are you not weary of your sins? Haven’t they made you tired? Do you not sometimes disgust yourself with the wickedness that you practice? Do you not feel as if you are carrying a load around that is crushing you? Then come to Jesus. Ask Him and He will take that load off your back and give you rest and peace.

 

He calls for you to take His yoke upon you and learn from Him. This is an illustration from farming. In Jesus day they used oxen to pull plows. Now when they wanted to break in a new ox they would take one that was used to pulling the plow and yoke him in tight. Then they would take the new, inexperienced ox and just kind of loosely tie him on and off they would go. The experienced ox would do the work and the new ox would just go along for the ride and learn. This is what Jesus is saying. Come and get yoked up with Me. I’ll carry you along and teach you. I’ll give you rest. My yoke is easy and my burden is light.

 

I see no hatred here. I see no viciousness here. I see only love, infinite love from a loving and Gracious God who takes no pleasure in the death of sinners. Indeed He wants to give you rest. He calls to you.

 

You have heard the warning. I have sounded the alarm. We are being judged for our sinful ways. Destruction is looming on the horizon. But there is still time! Won’t you call upon Jesus? Won’t you go to Him and find rest? Are you not tired of all of the grief and misery of your sinful ways? Then go to Jesus and repent of your sins, turn away from your wickedness and ask Him to give you a new heart and a new life.

 

And for you Christians; will you not humble yourselves and pray and seek God’s face and turn from your wicked ways? God promises that if we do, He will hear from heaven, He will forgive our sins, and He will heal our land. Our land needs healing! Oh that you would bend your stiff neck and see your responsibility. Oh that you would get on your knees and wrestle with God for the healing of our land.

Oh that you would pray for the salvation of our godless leaders many of whom are affiliated with churches for political expediency. Evil men and women will flourish if good, godly men and women do nothing. Get on your knees and pray and then get up and sound the alarm. Call sinners to repentance, backslidden Christians to return to God and fellow believers to pray and preach from the street corners if need be. It’s past time to sound the alarm. It’s past time to be a watchman on the wall. Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. Romans 13:11-14

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