judgment

The Severity of the situation

And they shall not take of the a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate forever.

Jeremiah 51:26

The church and its leaders do not understand the severity of the situation America faces right now. I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on the verse above, just as I had been messaging back and forth with a dear saint about the various camps there are in the church with regard to America and judgment.

Now, I am not saying that America is absolutely doomed. Rather, I saw a great smoking ruin, and a devastation that could not be undone. I believe what I saw was what would happen if we as a nation were to receieve what we deserve for our national sins, which are abundant. However, at the same time, I am persuaded that we are, as a nation being called to repentance after decades of stubborn refusal to turn from our sins as a nation, from the more obvious sins of unnecessary wars and abortion, to the stealthier, pervasive sins of accepting moral turpitude as normal and the absolute corruption of industries who could do great good but choose instead to suppress beneficial innovations for the sake of profit and control, or which use their influence to steer the culture further into sin.

What we are seeing in this nation, from violence in the streets, to rogue governors imposing tyrannical orders and teachers refusing to go back to work unless police are defunding is a manifestation. Every “sleeper” of what the nation had thought was a fringe element of Marxist radicals has been awakened and activated. Yet there is more to this than Marxism.

Marxism, and the violent, oppressive movements it engenders, serves as a prophetic sign of deep, absolute bondage. In America, what has allowed to fester has now become systemic, like an infection which is ignored and becomes gangrene. Spiritually, this is like a man being taken over by the demonic influences he has allowed to have room in his life. At some point, he is no longer in control, but rather ruled by the impulses of the spirits which have taken root in his life. Likewise, as nation, an interconnected set of rdical ideologies have festered and now have momentum, with little indication that they will be stopped.

I asked the Lord, “Will you slay the just with the unjust?” and was met with silence. I then asked, “If there were 50 righteous, would you still destroy it?”

The number needed is higher, and the horrifying truth is that because so much sin has been tolerated, even encouraged, in the church, the real number of the authentically righteous is so low that national judgment cannot be averted.

Is it therefore hopeless? No. We must all repent, and call others to repentance. We must humble ourselves, repent even of the cultural influences we have made into idols, and allow God to remake our hearts as He intended.

It is primarily those of us who are leaders in the church who must repent. The fathers among us must rend their hearts before God and turn from sin in every way, even many things we have not even regarded as sin, from our self will in how we have led His people, to the commercialization of the Faith.

Repent and turn, leaders, or you will indeed be among the first partakers of what is coming.

Should we judge others?

If a pedophile wanted you to hire him to watch your children, would you hire him? Of course not. In deciding against it, you’ve judged him, and rightly so. Did Jesus really want us to never judge anyone, ever? Let’s take a quick look at what Matthew 7:1 was really about, and whether we really should judge people.

Shot just outside of Toronto in Brampton, Ontario while my wife was shopping. 🙂

Never use God’s Sovereignty as an excuse

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

–Revelation 20: 12-13

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Rob Bell and the Gospel without Convictions

Rob Bell has now told Christians to ‘adapt or die.’ Now, I don’t like the term ‘evangelical,’ since it is now almost exclusively used instead of ‘Christian,’ and for good reason, and even in the rising debate concerning morality and homosexuality in the context of Christianity, this very distinction has gone entirely unnoticed. While many are freaking out over Bell’s latest departure from sound doctrine, they fail to notice that as a whole, even we who are of a more conservative bent have already given up so much ground just in the acceptance of the term blanket term ‘evangelical,’ which I believe is a strong indicator of where we are in our stand for the cause of the gospel.

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Safe, or dangerous?

It is essential that a church be more than a place for worship, fellowship, and instruction. It must also be a place that is both safe and dangerous; safe to those in need of healing and restoration, and dangerous to the wicked, a place where the wounded, destitute, and troubled can find hope, and a place where the wicked are confronted by the convicting presence and judgment of God.

#lead4real #apostleship