16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 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:
21 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. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 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. 26 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:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (ROMANS chapter 1)
We are living in a world growing more twisted, depraved, confused, and morally bankrupt every day. Truly civilized behavior seems to be passing away. This morning, I went to my inbox and started looking at news posts from the blogs and other publications I follow. Two items right away just turned my stomach. One news item about a lesbian “couple” caught having “relations” in restroom McDonald’s in Pennsylvania at 5 in the afternoon, caught “in the act” by moms with kids in tow. The second article disturbed me frankly just as much, entitled “The Christian Movement that Tells Husbands to Spank their Wives”. Yeah, why not just put them in Burkas and strip their voting and driving privileges and marry them at age 9 like the Muslims do, or take a dozen wives like some Mormans. A quick perusal of the website revealed a touting of the method, known as “Domestic Discipline” to be “great for all couples, married, engaged, living together a long time”. There is nothing remotely “Christian” about the concept. God have mercy on those doing such things under the banner of “Christianity”.
I am far from a “Women’s Lib”-er but as a Christian, I can tell you that spanking your wife is nowhere to be found in God’s Word in regards to marriage. It is increasingly rare to find females who comport themselves as ladies, and forgive my bluntness here, but when the women in a society start acting like dogs in heat with one another in public places, I’d have to say that society is pretty far gone.
Do you know what comes to mind when I consider this utter decay of decency and common sense? Daniel 4. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a great tree. Nebuchadnezzar had a vision in which he saw “a great tree in the midst of the earth and the height thereof was great”. It’s height was great and reached into heaven, and the sight of it was to the ends of the earth. (That’s a BIG tree!) The leaves were fair, the fruit was plenteous, the beasts of the field found shelter under it, and the birds of the air found shelter in its branches and “all flesh was fed of it”. (I’d say that it was also a very important tree, as well, then, one that many relied upon for sustenance.) Then Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a holy one from heaven came down and ordered the tree cut down, scattering of the fruit as well as the beast and birds which fed from it, but to leave the stump, only with bands (shackles) of brass and iron. (Brass is associated with judgment of disobedience in the Bible, and Iron of bondage and barrenness, and inflexible rule). His portion was to be with the grass of the Earth wet with dew, and with the beasts in the grass. You remember the rest, right? “Let his heart be changed from that of a man to that of a beast”, all “to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men”. And so, Nebuchadnezzar was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws, and he dwelt with the beast and ate grass as oxen!
You know, Israel is described as a tree (Romans 11:17, Isaiah 17:6) . So is the Kingdom of God, also, described as a great tree, wherein fowls of the air nested in the branches thereof (Luke 13:19).
But this description of what happened to Nebuchadnezzar also brings to mind America. America started as a tiny settlement by a few visionary men who sought religious freedom. America’s founders knew from Whom their blessings flowed. America grew, waxed great, and has sheltered and fed innumerable of the Earth’s inhabitants. Most of the world has benefited from America in some way, at some time, if only as a beacon of hope. And now it would seem that one of the “basest of men” has been set up over it! Nebuchadnezzar was able to besiege Jerusalem only because of the rebellion and sin of the children of Israel. Nebuchadnezzar got a big head over all the power he’d been given. And so God humbled Nebuchadnezzar by reducing him to little more than an animal. He lost his mind, he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws. Obama is bad now, but what would happen to us if God allowed Obama’s depravity full reign?
Right now America, and the rest of the world as well, seem to be in a similar state. If not for the preservative qualities of salt and light, the Holy Spirit dwelling in those who are blood-washed Christians, the whole of society would figuratively go the way of Nebuchadnezzar.
Right now, we are merely seeing “pockets” of this extreme depravity, such as the lesbians in the bathroom, such as the meat-cleaver murderer, such as the cannibalism in American streets, and the heart-eating terrorist and so many other brutal instances of “over the top” evil. Imagine what it will be like when the restrainer (Holy Spirit) is removed. No one in their “right mind” can deny that this world reaches “new lows” every week. But then, that’s the problem, isn’t it? So many are already no longer in a “right mind”. Many seem to have already been given over!
If you have not confessed your sins and attended to the business of getting into a right relationship with God by getting saved, if you can see what I am describing here, if you can see that things are seriously not right in the world, and getting worse, then there is hope for you. But if you continue to brush off those promptings in your spirit and in your gut, you could find yourself like those who “knew God, but glorified Him not as God, who are not thankful, do not give Him His due, as your Creator, and who will become vain in your imaginations (you will “decide” for yourself what you want to think God is, rather than yield to the truth) and will find your own foolish heart darkened, and be given up to the same vile affections.
Remember that. Keep it in mind as you look around, and feel disdain or maybe just indifference in regards to these developments. You’re thinking, well, I’m not acting that way, so it has no bearing on me. Well, according to the scriptures I’ve laid out, I wouldn’t be too sure about that if I were you. Essentially, total depravity is our “default setting” as humans since the first sin of mankind in the Garden of Eden, because all of mankind came under a curse that day. The only reason you and I don’t act that way is because we were brought up in a nation founded on Christian principles, a higher bar was set. But as those principles are chipped away, one by one by one, little by little, what, then, will sustain morality?
And one day, God will remove all those who are saved. Everyone who might have stood up and fought or spoke up for truth and what is right, will be gone. Then the idea and concept of right and good will be utterly lost to this world. Only evil will remain. Do you want to be here? Do you want to be a part of that?
Call on Jesus. Repent and receive salvation. Jesus already died to pay your way out of hell. Both the literal hell, and the “hell on earth” that is coming in the pending Tribulation period. He didn’t just die. He defeated death by rising to live again after dying. Did your god, whoever he or she is, do that for you? If not, you’re praying to the wrong god. Can you do it for yourself, I think not!
You know, truth is not actually relative. Truth and relativity are necessarily mutually exclusive. If all is relative, there is no truth. Come on, snap out of it! Truth is powerful. If you are reading this today it is for one reason. God cares enough about you to give you a chance to be saved. Pass it up this time, and the opportunity may NEVER be presented again. God is no sucker. He’s been more than generous and patient. He will not be mocked. It’s not a threat, it’s a simple (and frankly merciful) statement of fact.
He doesn’t want you to spend eternity in hell but Jesus said “no man cometh unto the Father but by me”. The Father is in Heaven. You wanna go there, you can only go via the one Gate, Jesus. Blessed be His name. Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was, and is, and is to come. You’ll bow to Jesus one day, as Savior or judge. Your choice!
Amen and Amen!