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<p>Lev 20:1-2 “Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Again, you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘Whoever of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who gives any of his descendants to Molech, he shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones.”
<p>Today it is acceptable to kill our children, by abortion, we call it choice, we say that the woman has the right to choose whether she wants that baby or not. We do not say that it is a sacrifice to our own selfishness but it might as well be to satisfy Molech. I ask this question, why do we kill the innocent and yet give murderers life? In the time that Leviticus was written, the people of the land that would become Israel, were practicing human sacrifice, they would throw a child into the fire before this god to placate him.</p>
<p>Lev 20:10-13 “The man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, he who commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress, shall surely be put to death. The man who lies with his father’s wife has uncovered his father’s nakedness; both of them shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death. They have committed perversion. Their blood shall be upon them. If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.”</p>
<p>Here we see sexual sins adultery, incest, and homosexuality all call for the death penalty. Today we do not kill people who commit these sexual sins, but up to the 1970’s we still condemned these as perversions. As time went on it became a victim-less crime if you committed adultery. Then divorce became no fault, so instead of adultery, there was not any cause for harm and of course this caused the laws to be changed so you could still divorce but it was a no fault, just incompatibility. In the case of homosexuality, it became an alternative life style, and today the courts have caused this to be an acceptable way of life and ordered that marriage was also allowed.
Sin however, is still sin, sexual sins are not victim-less, there is much pain in this type of activity, marriage between a man and a woman was supposed to be something you entered into for life. It was not something that you entered into with the expectation of sex outside of your marriage. Of course the really terrible part of all this loosening morals, comes to the forefront with the advent of incest. We now have at least one group who wants man boy love to be acceptable, and at least once or twice in any given month there are news stories of men or women having affairs with children. Then of course we all have had to see and hear reports of some priests and pastors having abused young boys and girls.
<p>Lev 20:14-16 “If a man marries a woman and her mother, it is wickedness. They shall be burned with fire, both he and they, that there may be no wickedness among you. If a man mates with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you shall kill the animal. If a woman approaches any animal and mates with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood is upon them.”
<p>Polygamy is also not tolerated, yet it too has raised its ugly head in some parts of our nation. Men marrying more than one woman, sometimes even a woman and her daughter. Now that we have begun to allow in our country for different types of marriage, there has been at least one case where a woman wanted to marry her German Shepherd, so far that one has not gained traction, but I wonder, in a society where sexual perversion has become the norm, can it be far off?
<p>Lev 20:21 “If a man takes his brother’s wife, it is an unclean thing. He has uncovered his brother’s nakedness. They shall be childless.”
In the Hebrew law there is one instance where a man shall take his brother’s wife to be his wife. If the brother died and there were no sons born to carry on the name of the family, the brother would marry his brother’s wife and hisfirst born son would be named after his brother in order to carry on the name of the family. One of the crimes of Herod was that he married his brother’s wife, Herodias, and his brother was still living.

 

 

Lev 20:22-24 “You shall therefore keep all My statutes and all My judgments, and perform them, that the land where I am bringing you to dwell may not vomit you out. And you shall not walk in the statutes of the nation which I am casting out before you; for they commit all these things, and therefore I abhor them. But I have said to you, “You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey.” I am the LORD your God, who has separated you from the people’s.”
<p>Lev 20:26 “And you shall be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.” The Israelites were to be a people separated out from the world, they were to show that God had a way for people to live, they were to possess the land of Canaan, (Israel) and destroy the people of that land so that the perversions they had practiced would be eradicated from the earth. They were to follow the dictates of the law, and were to also proselytize those of the lands around them to bring them into the family of God. They were to do this by living holy lives by hating that which God hated and loving one another. They were also to treat others in love not in hate, they were to show that God was the God of all people and would welcome any who would accept His way of living. We see that there were people who actually did come to accept Yahweh as God of all, but as time went on there were many things that were placed in the way of people becoming a part of the Jewish tradition.
<p>When the time was right, the scriptures say, Jesus was born, and 30 years later began to preach and teach. He was God in human form, he healed and taught, and died and rose from the dead. He defeated sin and death, and when it was all done and He returned to his rightful place in heaven, the men and women he had walked with and taught began to reach out to others and invite them to join the Kingdom of Heaven. In just 300 years they changed the way people perceived God, the Church was formed and began to supplant the pagan religions of the world with the truth of The Way of Christ. Along the way things got out of sync and today we have many groups claiming to hold the truth.
<p>However, we can see that for all the claims, the one thing that is sorely missing is this: Mat 5:48 “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” We are far from perfect, we have allowed ourselves to become as the ancient Jews. We have made our own rules and laws, and ignored God’s way of life. We who call ourselves Christians seem to have abandoned the way of Christ, and have decided that we are not in need of the rules that Christ set forth. The greatest of the Commandments is that you shall have no other gods before me, yet we have many gods. We worship at the altar of power, money, possessions, and worst of all, perversion. Many have also thrown out the 2nd greatest commandment “Love your neighbor as yourself.”</p>
<p>Many people these days don’t even know their neighbor’s, much less care anything for them or about them. How many of your neighbor’s go to Church, or even if they go to Church, do they know Jesus Christ as Lord? We have been tasked with completing the work that Jesus started and showed us, he sends us and gives us the abilities we need to touch other hearts and lives with the gospel that he taught his disciples. How many “Christians” are actually living for Christ, how many are living lives of love for others?</p>

1Pe 1:15-16 “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written,

“BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” “ How many of those who call themselves Christian actually, work at being holy? If what we concentrate on and what we work for is possessions, or fame, or fortune, are we working on holiness or are we just like everyone else in this world. We are called apart, not of this world, but of the Kingdom of God. God has set us apart that we might be his people and not of this world. Apeople that are set free from sin and living for Christ. Like Paul we should be people who are running the race to claim the prize, eternal life in the presence of almighty God. Just as the people of Israel were surrounded by pagans, so too are we this day. We can choose today to follow the world and its perversions, taking on the sickness of our society, or follow Christ and take on his persona, his way of living.

 
<p>As we have been called to be holy as God is holy, means we are to strive for holiness in our own lives. We shall not become perfect for we are not God, but we are to strive for that perfection, as Paul writes, Php_2:5 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,” in other words, spend time and effort in becoming like Christ. God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us in our walk with Him, to give us that which we need in the situations of life, to show that we are not carnal, not of this world but rather, children of God.

We are to oppose sin where and when we can, we are to stand up for the downtrodden, the infirm, widows and orphans as it says in the scriptures. One other thing that Christ has said is important for all of us to remember, Mat_10:33 “But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” When the Israelites entered the promised land, they were challenged by this: Deu 30:19 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;” The same invitation is given by God today: Choose life in Christ, not life in hell.

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Amos 7:>7-17
Israel knew that God had established Jerusalem as the place for the temple, but they decided that they would have their own place of worship at Bethel, it was also the Kings residence. Israel had also decided to worship other gods and even defiled their worship place by worshiping in a pagan manner. They built high places for Astarte, Baal and other gods as well. In Amos 7 we find God telling Amos that he will no longer ignore the sins of his people, destruction is coming.
Yvonne and I had bought a house in San Antonio in 1986, she walked into one of the rooms in the house and told the realtor that the room was not plumb. He of course disagreed, then went and got the Foreman and he looked at the room and had to agree with her. They actually took $1,000 off the price of the home, because they found that the rooms in the house were all out of plumb.
(Amo 7:7-17 NKJV) Thus He showed me: Behold, the Lord stood on a wall made with a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand. And the LORD said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said: “Behold, I am setting a plumb line In the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore. The high places of Isaac shall be desolate, And the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste. I will rise with the sword against the house of Jeroboam.” Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos has said: ‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword, And Israel shall surely be led away captive From their own land.’ ” Then Amaziah said to Amos: “Go, you seer! Flee to the land of Judah. There eat bread, And there prophesy. But never again prophesy at Bethel, For it is the king’s sanctuary, And it is the royal residence.”
Then Amos answered, and said to Amaziah: “I was no prophet, Nor was I a son of a prophet, But I was a sheepbreeder And a tender of sycamore fruit. Then the LORD took me as I followed the flock, And the LORD said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to My people Israel.’ Now therefore, hear the word of the LORD: You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel, And do not spout against the house of Isaac.'”Therefore thus says the LORD: ‘Your wife shall be a harlot in the city; Your sons and daughters shall fall by the sword; Your land shall be divided by survey line; You shall die in a defiled land; And Israel shall surely be led away captive From his own land.’ ”
God has said that Jeroboam and his entire family shall be destroyed, blotted out for the transgressions they had made against God. Why is it that God has decided to do this? We must understand that this nation was very rich, that they had begun to sink into the pagan practices around them. Jeroboam II had a son named Zechariah and he was a sensualist, his father had increased the kingdom so that they were living in peace. They had a thriving economy, but those who were getting rich in this economy had begun to enjoy their riches, they were trampling upon the poor of the nation in order to increase their own riches. Their worship had become empty, it was just ritual and had nothing to do with love of God. In Amos 5 we read: “I hate, I despise your feast days, And I do not savor your sacred assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. But let justice run down like water, And righteousness like a mighty stream.” (Amo 5:21-24 NKJV) Chap. 5 we see that the leaders of the land were taking from the poor and enriching themselves.
King David wrote these words in Psa 9:17-19: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten; The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever. Arise, O LORD, Do not let man prevail; Let the nations be judged in Your sight.” (Psa 9:17-19 NKJV). Evil was running rampant in the northern kingdom of Samaria (Israel), Zechariah was the last in the line, 2nd Kings tells us what happened to him. Then Shallum the son of Jabesh conspired against him, and struck and killed him in front of the people; and he reigned in his place. (2Ki 15:10 NKJV)
Is there much difference today in our land? These words of Amos should bring us to the realization that when our worship becomes just ritual, when we begin to run after other gods, that the Lord will not be pleased. God has shown us in His word how we are to live, and who we are in relation to those who do not know our God. Yet in this nation that has been mightily blessed by the Lord, established by Him to be a place for His people to live in harmony with one another. We now are separated by religion, just as the northern kingdom had separated itself from the southern kingdom by setting up religious centers for themselves. The sanctuary at Bethel, held golden calves, worship was to these calves not to Yahweh.
The people were secure in their own abilities, not looking to God for His mercies, but rather thinking they could do as they wished, because they were rich and powerful in their own right. They forgot that it was God who defeated the enemies of Israel, it was God who led them into battle and without God they were doomed to defeat. The history of Israel is full of the apostasy of the people. When they entered the Land that we call Holy, they conquered the land, although not all of it. Joshua warned them that they would not be able to follow God:
But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the LORD, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.” And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD!” So Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the LORD for yourselves, to serve Him.” And they said, “We are witnesses!” “Now therefore,” he said, “put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD God of Israel.” (Jos 24:19-23 NKJV)
We too have made a commitment to God, we call ourselves Christians, we take the name of Christ and then act in the way of the world. James tells us: Jas 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. We who are “saved by grace”, are not perfect, but we are a people set aside to be witnesses to the world for Christ. Like Israel in the time of Amos, we too are out of alignment. The church today in America, seems to act in fear, we approve of things that God does not approve of, thinking it will let us live peacefully. Yet we see that the society around us hates what we profess to stand for. They pass laws that try to force us to kill babies, by paying for so-called health insurance that requires abortifacients be available for everyone.
In the history of the church we find that abortion was available in Rome, but very dangerous to the health of the woman. Many women would carry to term and then take the newborn out and leave it on a hillside to be killed and eaten by wild animals. Christians would go out and rescue any babies they found and raise them as their own. We also find today that many church groups are more than willing to support killing babies. Over 50 million have been killed in this country alone. We kill the innocent, because we don’t want to admit that we made a wrong decision, or that we were caught up in a situation over which we had no control. Usually we put criminals to death, not innocent children.
We are held to God’s standard, I have to ask, what if God held a plumb line to you or I, would we measure up, or would we be found wanting? God’s standard is Holy living, it is expected that we as His people would act in accordance with His will for our lives. What would God find for our church in this day? Are we guilty of false worship, greed, jealousy, lust or quarreling? We are expected to be holy and pure in our own lives, faithful to His word, and witnesses to the grace of God available to all. I grant you that we are still sinners, but we are also able to acknowledge our sin and ask forgiveness from our God. Then try to live our lives without sin as best we can.
King David was an adulterer and murderer, yet God called him a man after God’s own heart. Why? Because David confessed his sin, came before God with a broken and contrite heart and asked for forgiveness. We too need to confess our sins, come before the throne of God and seek mercy, and then move into the rest of our life in accordance with His will for us.
Do we come to church on Sunday morning, looking to please God, looking to praise His holy name for all he has done in our lives? Amos told the people of the Northern Kingdom that God had no use for their religious practices and ceremonies, he refused their offerings, even their songs were painful to God. They worshiped not God but rather themselves, they were comfortable and so came to worship thinking of their own possessions, their land and their money and not of God and his provision for them.
God wanted them to live righteous and just lives. Caring for those who were unable to care for themselves, widows, orphans, the poor. Instead they trampled on the poor, ignoring the needs of their neighbors, refusing to give justice to those who were wronged. Israel, the Northern Kingdom was destitute, they were rich, but they had forgotten that it was God who had blessed them. This nation, which was founded upon Christian principles, has also forgotten their history, we have songs that extol our God but we do not live as He has intended. We are working and playing without thought to our God, we think of ourselves as a people self-sufficient and no longer in need of the grace of God.
God is not pleased with us, I think that he has set his plumb line in our midst and a time of destruction is coming upon us. Our nation is no longer living up to God’s standard, we Americans no longer look to Christ as our standard for living, instead we look to ourselves, we look to the government to satisfy our wants and desires. Our so-called poor live better than many in other nations, not because they have jobs, but because they have welfare, food stamps, and free health care paid by, the taxpayers of the nation. The government is the god for many in our land today.
Jesus said: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” (Mat 5:17 NKJV). Do we live as Jesus lived, and as Jesus taught? Do we work to bring others into the Kingdom of God or do we do as our neighbors? Our God is not pleased with our land anymore, we are on the fast track to destruction. We claim to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, but are we truly in line with Him or are we in line with Satan.
If we know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and have not fallen prey to the ways of sin, that is a good thing. If we are working for the Kingdom, God will be pleased, not because we are working but because we have become more like Jesus. For those who do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior, hellfire is waiting. Today is the day that we have, tomorrow may not come for us, so today is the day to make our decision. Do we want Jesus as our Lord and Savior, or do we want to follow the path we are on? It is my prayer that each of us knows and loves Jesus and has a personal relationship with Him. Heaven awaits His people, hell awaits all others.

 

Rom 6:12-23 NKJV ” Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.  (13)  And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  (14)  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.  (15)  What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!  (16)  Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?  (17)  But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.  (18)  And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.  (19)  I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.  (20)  For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  (21)  What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.  (22)  But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.  (23)  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Paul today challenges those who claim the name of Christ, to Holy Living. He says that we must make Holy Choices as we go through our daily living. He says that you don’t want to allow sin to have dominion over your mortal bodies, do not sin just because you are no longer under law but under grace.

Through baptism we have been freed from sin and are now servants of righteousness. Paul also says that following God yields eternal benefits, at the end of our journey is total sanctification and eternal life with God and our fellow believers. Paul ends by telling us that sin pays a wage, that wage is eternal death eternity in the darkness away from the light of God, better known as Hell, but that salvation comes to us as a free gift, through Jesus Christ.

Paul here talks of slavery, slavery to sin which means we obey sin as our master and live sinful lives. We have given our minds and hearts to sin. Yet here is the truth of life, it is that we have been freed from slavery to sin, we no longer live enthralled by sin. Know that Jesus by his death and resurrection has defeated death and has freed us from sin which leads to death, instead we are now free to live Holy lives. Of course we still live in our mortal bodies which are subject to temptation and therefore we cling to the cross and to the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ and his death on the cross for our sins. In baptism we died to sin in likeness to the death of Christ, and were raised from death to new life.

Living that life is a choice we must make daily. There is a story told of a man who says to God, “Lord, I have not sinned today, I have not done anything that would bring shame to your name, I thank you that this is the case, but now Lord, I pray you will be with me this day, as I leave my bed to begin to live in the world today, help me to remain without sin.”

That is a story, but it illustrates the need for us to realize just who we are and of course that we are mortal, subject to sin because there is much sinfulness around us. So, we need to start our day in conversation with our God, acknowledging His sovereignty over us, and that we are in need of His guidance as we move through our day. Secondly, as Christian people we are to offer ourselves to God as available to be instruments to His will for our lives.

I know that some folks who call themselves Christians also say that they are allowed to do what they want, the scriptures say that they are no longer under the law, but, are under grace. If they sin they can go to God and ask forgiveness for that sin that they enjoyed doing and because of grace they will be forgiven. The problem with that is we are not under the law, but the law is still there to identify that which is sin for us.

What we have here is that we are free from sin, but, by the same token we are to become willing servants of righteousness. In order to embrace that liberty that is ours by faith in Christ, we must also surrender ourselves to the righteousness of God, we cannot neglect the surrender part so that we can continue to sin. If we do then we are in essence saying to God that we appreciate the freedom of liberty, but, we don’t want to be tied to righteousness either, we want to be our own god. That is the consignment of ourselves to an eternity in Hell. An eternity in the outer darkness, where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth. In other words, an eternity divorced from God and his righteousness.

One truth that we seem to forget at times, the devil has no ammunition except what we give him. In other words, the temptations that are thrown at us are just that, they have no power over us unless we allow it.

Paul tells the Roman church, “No longer present yourselves.” In other words don’t allow your personality to be tainted by sin, don’t succumb to lust in your flesh and don’t allow your mind to become corrupted by your position or power. We have seen Governors, and Representatives brought low by their inability to perform their duties properly because of what they had become when they began to lust after others. It almost brought down a presidency, and that is a difficult thing to contemplate, but lust is powerful.

In place of giving yourselves to sin, Paul says we are to present ourselves to God. Present ourselves as willing instruments to live holy lives so that those we once were sinners with, will see that we have indeed changed we no longer live life as we once did, we are free from that life. We are now people who have a new way of living and a new way of dealing with life. Lust and anger and pride are no longer a part of our lives, we instead practice a different way humility is our cloak, grace our conversation and love for neighbor our walk. God is our sovereign we no longer walk in the shadow of false gods, nor are we walking with the emotions and distractions of the false gods of the world. We walk instead as citizens of heaven, we walk in the knowledge of Christ Jesus, and the free gift of eternal life through His sacrifice for us at Calvary.

Paul speaks of slavery, in our day and age that word has connotations that we don’t very much want to have to think about, yet, it is true that whatever way we decide to follow, that way is our master. We were enslaved to sin and now we are slaves to righteousness. We were at one time willing followers of sin, and are now willing followers of life. In essence, we have changed masters. One thing is for sure, there is no middle ground. We follow the Sovereign of the Universe. He is our Lord, and our Savior.

Paul then speaks of the advantage that is ours, first though he speaks about sin and what advantage we receive from sin. For many who get deep into sin they reap only shame and guilt, for even those of us who only venture into a little sin, there is still that guilty feeling. That worry that someone will find out and expose our sinfulness. We see it happen on a larger scale of course with politicians, and teachers who are caught in sexual sins, but also those who steal from their employers, just a few years ago it happened in our County, for just a few thousand dollars. Sin does not pay a very good wage. That is what Paul says in verse 23. For the wages of sin are death, that death is eternal, but it is not sleeping it is living in HELL, .

Paul does not let up in this message, he continues to hammer away. Even the thought that many of us have, “I wonder if that is really fun?” “I wonder if I can just buy one lottery ticket?” He assaults these thoughts and behaviors. He worries us and shakes us up You are Christians he says. Sin no longer has control over your lives, sin no longer reigns supreme as it once did. You say you follow Christ, yet you continue in sin. Stop excusing lapses in living holy lives by saying it’s OK we are under grace. You say you are Christians, if you truly are, then you belong to Christ, so act like it!

The wages of sin may be death, but the FREE GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Sovereign, our Lord. Let people see your love of God in all that you do, for then they will say, “wow, you sure have changed.”

 

 

This past weekend I read of Barney Frank a member of the House of Representatives marrying the man he has been sleeping with for many years. Now this activity is legal in the state of Massachusetts. But I fear for our nation, when our president decides that he will come out in favor of sexual immorality. That’s right, I said it and I believe it. Sexual immorality is a sin, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of sexual immorality, he has sent many notices about this in His word.
Now, I don’t want you to think that this is a worse sin than any other sin. If you steal, murder, or whatever else you might decide is OK for you to do, the penalty is still the same. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death.” Sin begets, gives birth to your eternal death divorced from the presence of God. Sin – some people don’t believe there is any such thing, but for those of us who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we know that God frowns upon our sinfulness, and has made it abundantly clear from the beginning of the world, that sin brings us into a state of enmity with God and leads to death and the lake of fire.
I read about Mr. Frank and his “lover” getting married, which led me to reflect upon the history of the world in which we live. One of the things that caused nations to fall apart, to disintegrate, was sexual immorality. Homosexuality, bestiality and other crimes against God caused these nations to become hardened to any kind of sin whatsoever. Women would have a child and decide to leave it on a hill side to be eaten by wild animals, men would misuse boys, even their own children in sexual ways. When they got to the point of wanting only their own pleasure and nothing else mattered then the governments would begin to fall apart, they would no longer be interested in maintaining an army to protect their land, but only to protect themselves. They became so decadent that they allowed their military might to become stagnant, and finally the visigoths and other peoples who the Romans felt were nothing began to sack Rome. The same thing had happened to the Greeks and to others in history.
So, what is going to come of all this in our own nation? We are already beginning to see what will happen, the military is being cut, by politicians who want the money for “social programs” instead of protecting our borders, or fighting our enemies. This nation once was a place where God was seen and recognized, where immorality of any kind was not acceptable. Now however, we find that even the courts are willing to allow pornographers to ply their trade openly. It used to be that magazines like Penthouse, Playboy and others were hidden behind a counter, now they are out in the open where our children can look at them. We teach our kids that immorality is OK that sin is fun, because we watch filth on our TV’s and listen to it on our radio’s.
One other thing I read about over the weekend was a woman who put beer in her son’s sippy cup. This was a very young child, still using a sippy cup. He excuse, he was grabbing for the beer pitcher, so she gave him some to make him happy. HELLO? The child is no longer in her custody, but what is going on in our society that a mother is that callous?
We are riding on a train to hell and unless we turn this thing around, our nation will be no more. It has already been changed, we no longer support marriage as between a man and a woman, it is now OK in many parts of the country for 2 men or two women to marry each other. What’s next, a man and his horse, or a woman and her dog? Maybe a threesome can also get married? Our nation, once cared about these things but it seems we no longer do, and that says to me that we are on our way to the Fundamental Change that President Obama promised in 2008. It frightens me to think that we are going to throw God out of our nation, for the nation that does not know God is a nation on its way to destruction.
BTW there is hope, it only we will wake up and listen to God’s word. The verse in Romans 6:23 says “The wages of sin is death, but, the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Wake up Church, Wake up America. There are two destinations in eternity, one is hell, the other Heaven. Will you decide for hell? Or will you stand up for Christ, for morality and for Heaven? Your choice.

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Pastor and Wife

John & Yvonne Quigley, John is a retired Pastor in the UMC. This blog is about the journey I am on with Christ.