A few years ago I went to pray and cried out to the LORD an exasperated Prayer, “WHY?”. What I was referring to was the moral, spiritual and cultural disintegration of our Nation. It was one of those cries, to which I didn’t even expect an answer, I was just pouring my heart out before the LORD, in prayer and sorrow.
But I did receive an answer, a very clear thought came to me which I am sure was of the Holy Spirit of God.
It come in the form of three passages of Scripture… Psalm 2, Deuteronomy 28, and Romans 1 came to me as the answer to the question of “Why” the disintegration we are experiencing, in America and around the world.
I will begin with Romans 1.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. ( Romans 1:18-21)
Right away in this passage we are confronted with the answer. What we are seeing is the “wrath of God” being worked out in our society. God is angry with us, and day after day the anger is being revealed.
He is angry at two attributes among us, our ‘unrighteousness‘ and ‘ungodliness’. Unrighteousness has to do with how we treat each other. Sexual sins, the violence which is prevalent, dishonesty, and the use and abuse of persons, this is unrighteousness and God hates it.
Ungodliness takes us deeper into our sinfulness, it has to do with the way we approach God himself. The tendency to develop and worship other ‘gods’, the lack of the fear of God, the use of the name of the LORD in vain, distorting the vision of God into something more compatible with our own personal likings. This is ‘ungodliness.
Ungodliness is what the first table of the Ten Commandments addresses, and unrighteousness is covered in the second. The one is the fountainhead of the other. Ungodliness is the root of all of the other sins. It is because we neglect and ignore our duty to know God, and to worship Him in truth, that we fall prey to other sins such as murder, adultery and theft.
All of our sin problems are theological, and require theological solutions. The most important and determining aspect of any person, is how they see God, whether rightly or wrongly.
Our western world is different, it is uniquely blessed and prosperous due to the Judeo Christian heritage. But we have been pushing God out of our lives and are reaping the bitter whirlwind.
The Wrath of God is not a wild, erratic passion, it is instead a settled and steady opposition to all that is evil, false and sinful. God sees it all, and gives men a chance to repent, but he reveals it in a sense every single day. How? By Giving men over to their sins, passions, and debased lusts.
He is angry , not because of our ignorance of God, but because men do know God, at least they know enough to make them accountable. Paul tells us, that “They are without excuse…”, because between the wonder, power and order of Creation, and the conscience which God has put into the hearts of all men, and the fact that men have a capacity to make judgments about good or evil, it is obvious that all men know in their hearts that there is a God, a Creator to whom they owe their existence, and thus their worship.
It is not what they don’t know about God , but what they do know and suppress about him that brings wrath upon all men.
They Knew God ,but would not glorify Him as God… This is the root of all sin. The refusal to acknowledge God, and to seek to know Him. All other sins flow out of this refusal, this rebellion of Creatures made in His Image.
The Wrath of God is revealed in the vanity and darkness which clouds the minds, heart and imagination of fallen men.
We now see this darkness working in our cultural leaders, our “experts” ,pundits, decision makers and shapers, educators, and so forth. There is confusion now as to what is right or wrong, good or evil, acceptable or rejectable. Isaiah prophesied that God has mingled a “Perverse Spirit in Egypt”
The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit. ( Isaiah 19:14)
Where is the moral clarity to stand up to obvious evil such as “Planned Parenthood”, or the murderous “Black Lives Matter”? When a nation comes under Judgment the Wise men go unheeded or are ignored, in favor of fools and even worse.
We marvel at the perversity on display in America; the District Attorneys refusing to press charges against violence looters and arsonists, the Moral paralysis which is literally leading to real consideration of disbanding Police in a time of violent crisis, the exaltation of the vilest of society, and the contempt, hatred and resentment of those who have played by the rules, but who dare to say “The Emperor has no clothes”.
This is the Divine displeasure working out, it is the partial answer given me to an exasperated prayer,”Why?”, for which I expected no answer.
When Wrath is working, there are exchanges which people end up making, to their own detriment and destruction;
- (They)… exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.( Romans 1:23) When people push God out of their thinking, unwittingly they forfeit the only real validity a person has, “The Image of God”. Why is human life special? Why do all Lives matter? What is special about man, Why shouldn’t a man be treated like an animal? The answer is that Man was made in the Image of God, and that alone gives him an intrinsic “human dignity” which is to be respected by all.
- Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.( Romans 1:25 Men will worship, for worship is an intrinsic part of what we were created to be and do. But there is only one object of ‘worship’ worthy of all of man’s heart, soul, mind and strength. The Creator and Redeemer God of the Bible. All other worship debases and corrupts man.
- For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: ( Romans 1:26) When wrath is revealed, men’s desires become perverted and debased, this is not the cause of wrath, it is Wrath itself in operation.
It should be obvious by now, according to this passage of the Bible, that America is under wrath, we are being given over to that which was truly in us, but which God, in His mercy had restrained for the most part. Anyone can do anything, we are all capable of the most heinous of sins, and now those sins are being put on display for all of us to see.
The design is to get us to turn to God with all of our hearts, and in holy fear. There is forgiveness in God, for those who repent. But this is the initial answer to why we as a nation are literally coming unglued and disintegrating. God help us!
I agree that the wrath of God has been delayed. But not only for nearly fifty years or for a hundred years but for hundreds, and even thousands. Even in the west. And even in this country. The “right” is in need of repentance, despite the absence of seeing it. In part due to false accusations of what they see as all evil residing in what is called “the” left. I don’t think there is any doubt it’s not going to happen. I encourage each individual to “come out.”
So do you think it’s the Right that embraces child murder? How about homosexual marriage? Is that something the Right embraces? Maybe rabid environmentalism? Truth be told all of us Right or Left need to repent. I can’t believe you do not see the evil that the Left embraces.
Why do so many who post here frequently insist on false accusations? When did I say I don’t see any evil in the left [but I use quotation marks with “the” left because it’s not all of one piece… as, for instance, there are pro-life Catholics and others who have many of what could be called views that fit on the left or might seem like the left]? What I don’t see as evil, Bob, is objecting to murderous or lying or deceitful and lawless police officers — clearly working for Satan, one might say. And what I’ve been saying is that there is also evil in the right, and that the real nature of the right has fooled people into making it their idol. You apparently don’t have to worry about hearing from me; your moderator/pastor doesn’t like to read things such as that the Nazis were of “the” right. Sadly, many a warning quoted from the Bible will come to pass in your own lives if you don’t earnestly seek to hear and see. Be aware. So vocal about judgment, so unaware.
Truth be told …
Exactly the point.
NAzis, national socialists ….leftists
You are incorrect, Bill.
The biggest lie of the last century and into this one is that Nazism is right wing. NationalSOCIaLIst workers party.nothingxonservative about it
Thank you, Pastor Bill
As I read your blog I began to weep.. I say why, every day: I cry out to the Lord and say Why..
Jesus tells us to pray alway, even when it’s so hard to do so, when you see such evil taking place..
I believe that God is starting to removing His hand of restraint. My prayer is that this nation will seek God and ask for forgiveness. Please pray for the church to be the salt and light in these last days.
God Bless you
In Jesus name
I have been troubled for many years with a deep premonition of what is coming to America and Western Civlization, and now it seems to be nearly upon us. I am powerless to stop it, and worst of all is that 99% of Americans in my lifetime have been completely blinded to the oncoming trainwreck. It has all been brought about by the leftists and the traitorous republicans. Open borders, communist radicals entrenched in our institutions, leftist infiltration of our churches, so much more, all leading to destruction of our nation, our culture, our history, and persecution of Christians. The satanic leftists will take such glee in defiling our churches and removing whatever remnants of chrisitan america they can. America was such a beautiful nation, but satan set his sights on us, and his work is nearly complete in totally destroying us. It disturbs me greatly and all we can do is pray pray pray for God’s mercy! It’s not just our nation that is at stake. The souls of future generations are at risk if American society is re-made in an anti-christian image. This is why they are so evil, they are after the hearts and minds of the children and seek to turn them away from that which is holy and good.
Excellent and on point Bill. I link Habbakuk’s cry with that. God’s answer wasn’t what Habbakuk wanted to hear, but it had to be because of sinfulness and rebellion. Thanks for your insight mate.
RIGHT ON! And we are deeply into the ‘End Times’ and as Ezekiel was told ‘GREATER ABOMINATIONS than theses you shall see’ [Idolatry, Creature Worship [evolutionism/pantheism], sun worship/East/Islam appeasement, Abortion – sacrificing babies to Molech/Jezebel etc]- hence, ‘he who endures to the the end will be saved’ but only with His Ruach Hakodesh…..MARANATHA!
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It’s the same in UK and I suspect world-wide, culminating in the appearing of the prophesied anti ‘Saviour’ of course. It’s all happening so quickly and we can hardly believe it! But our eyes are on the Lord ….
I’ve thought on this for awhile. Doesn’t mean I’m completely right… it’s just what I see knowing what I do about God based off scripture, right now.
Today, the following words are hotly contested… I can’t breathe. Not to play on an unfortunate situation, but, before this happened, similar words were on my mind in the context of what I’ve written.
Is “today” the fruit of “yesterday and the ongoing”?
When the law is dishonored, including our Constitution in this case, to door opens wider for lawlessness.
From “Sterility”… https://hopeishereblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/sterility/
“Sterilized”… we can look “good” to others in the short-term. We can fool ourselves into believing we don’t need a long-term cure for the disease of our soul…
…sterile is literally the condition used to describe new life, the next generation, ceases to exist. The current life, the current generation, withers away into oblivion—their names becomes shrouded and forgotten in darkness (Ecclesiastes 6:1-4; Psalm 37).
“Which Lion?”… https://hopeishereblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/28/which-lion/
I wrote this to address the temptation of thinking… when I know what’s happening, I then have the ability to turn the clock back to the “good ol’ days”…
Am I left helpless without hope?
No, but I have to…
We see that these leftist / antifa / communists / BLMs fit the description of working for satan:
2 Thessalonians 2:9-13
The coming of the LAWLESS ONE is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false, so that all who have not believed the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.
And our proper response to this lawlessness is to HOLD FAST TO THE TEACHINGS PASSED ON TO US! That means Christians must reject the lawlessness of gay marriage, etc. that the satanic lawless ones are trying to force on us or guilt trip us into accepting. Do you believe the word of God or the words of the satanic lawless deceivers??
13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits[b] to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and HOLD FAST TO THE TEACHINGS[c] we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
I have looked for confirmation or even clear indication that the choice to call BLM “murderous” is not slanderous or dangerously accusatory without firm basis. I found a messianic blog site that didn’t state BLM had committed murder but listed other things that had generally happened, recently (with an inclusion of perceiving BLM not to be innocent across the board), ending the list with murder (which could’ve been referring to Chauvin… the officer who murdered George Floyd… or could’ve referenced pretty much any murder in the chaos). When I clicked on the backup link(s), there was a story of someone breaking into a store and killing a guard who later came in (who was a retired police officer); there was no clear connection to BLM.