America, Scoffers and Judgement
I want to continue with the following verses
2 Peter 3:8-11
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.
Take time to read the whole chapter and you will see the Scriptures warning us saying, "Everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation" when judgment is at hand. We know that God is patient "not wanting anyone to perish" (v. 9), but there comes a time when God says, ENOUGH and the gavel falls! The liberals will mock this sermon and they will fit the description of the scoffers mentioned in the above verses, SCOFFERS AND MOCKERS!
In Washington Irving's story, Rip van Winkle fell asleep and woke up twenty years later, having missed the American Revolution, the death of his wife, the marriage of his daughter and the birth of his grandson.
Let's suppose a person in the '1960s' feel asleep and woke up in 2017. I know that's stretching things but we're only supposing! But if that did happen today, imagine how shocked that person would be at what happened to our beloved nation.
He wouldn't believe the change of the church. He would immediately recognize the apostasy of the Laodicean church with all its compromising with no guts to address the defining issues of our day with clarity and conviction while defining success in terms of happy sermons, attendance, offerings, number of staff, programs and square footage.
He would also see the decline in America's society. Things like illiteracy ... crime ... catastrophic fatherlessness ... human trafficking ... adultery ... profane comedians ... an ignorant and low information population. How about the ongoing erosion of our religious freedoms and secularism taking over society under Progressive Liberals and the Democrats?
There are several other changes he would immediately notice. Things like"
The rise of radical Islam with all its different terrorist groups exploding in regions of the world while at the same time America rebuilds her military. Then he would hear our liberal politicians call it a peaceful religion.
He would be shocked at the divorce rate and altar bound singles living together which is nothing but fornication. Pornography is rampant, graphic and just a click away on computers and hand-held devices. Homosexuality, lesbian and transgender lifestyles being promoted even by our former president along with gay marriage and homosexual ordinations. Abortion is off the charts. 57 million unborn babies aborted, many with taxpayer funding and now part of socialized medicine. Thank you Obama!
He sure wouldn't believe how marijuana is being legalized. It's already legal in several states. If he went to a movie or concert, he would be overcome with shock. Standards in both are almost nonexistent with graphic nudity, profanity and blasphemy being hurled out like it was nothing.
Out-of-wedlock births are out of control. Over 40% of births are out of wedlock and many of these women are living on the tax payers’ expense and they keep this cycle up. Why not, they make a good living at it! And by the way, it's not a race issue, its illiteracy.
I read somewhere that 110 million people in America are infected with STD. I'm not for sure who to listen to on the economic insanity going on in this country but I know for sure that the national debt is over 18 trillion dollars, millions of our citizens are unemployed and can't find work. I just read last week that there was over 60 billion dollars in Medicare fraud and waste ever year and it keeps going up.
Last but not least is the corruption, incompetence and deception of our political leaders at Federal, State and Local levels. One thing for sure, there has been a lot of changes in the last 50 years and most of those changes are for the worst.
Are we a nation under judgement? We made it through 9/11 but will we survive what's ahead. I've read two stories about two men who woke up after being in a coma, one for 12 years and the other 19 years. I personally believe that the church has been in a spiritual coma for several decades. It's time to have another GREAT AWAKENING. We must open our eyes and see the handwriting on the wall. America's Churches are plagued with lethargy and complacency.