Contending for the faith | Making Disciples | Equipping the Saints for Ministry

   by Jeannette Haley

        From time to time, the Lord has given me visions or revelations by the Spirit of terrible judgments to come upon the wicked and disobedient, in fulfillment of His Word. Such glimpses into the wrath of God are always sobering, to say the least. I can assure you, these awesome revelations are not from my own imagination, nor are they pleasant to see or share with others. God is warning His people, and this nation, that time is short. Our life, as we know it, is going to change. Are you prepared?

       Jesus said, “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” Matthew 24:38, 39. The flood is at our very door. I’m not talking about a flood of water (although that has happened and will happen in different parts of the world), but a sudden flood of destruction upon all who are living carelessly. Note the words, “And knew not…” What a fitting description this is of the day and age in which we are living where people are perishing “for lack of knowledge.” Not worldly knowledge, or technological knowledge, but knowledge of the Holy One, knowledge of God’s Word and ways; knowledge of godliness and holy living. Ours is a flippant, silly, foolish nation—a nation that has gone financially, spiritually, morally, and intellectually bankrupt. Who is to blame? The fault can be laid at the door of the Church.

       “Oh,” but you say, “This is America! We’re a Christian nation. We’re a land of mega churches, (where, I might add, individuals “fall through the cracks” and are swept away into destruction). We have TBN, and other Christian networks, and radio. We have 95% of the world’s Christian literature. We have lots of spiritual books, and other stuff. God bless America.” If you (as I once did) truly believe this, you need to wake up and smell the coffee. Once upon a time, decades ago, America may have been considered a “Christian nation,” but no longer. What is being passed off as “Christian” is nothing more than a façade made up of a meaningless hodgepodge of empty “Christianeze” phraseology. And, while there remains a remnant of genuinely godly pastors scattered across the landscape, most have been forced to close their church doors, or shut down their ministries, much like the “Mom and Pop” stores have been driven out of business by Wal-Mart and other “mega” merchandisers.

       Like an empty shell tossed to and fro by the relentless tide, the emerging, post-modern, man-centered church has become devoid of substance, and is like a well without water, or an empty vessel unfit for the Master’s use. Its power is no longer from heaven, but from a platform of “positive” personalities, false prophets and profit. Its appeal is no longer based upon the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, but upon fun, family and fellowship (and, much to its shame, sports and even sex). Decked out like the harlot that it is, the post-modern church prides itself in its “new outfit.” The old is out, the new is in. Mockers of all that is holy, godly and true, the pimps of this “new reformation” or “new wave” as it is sometimes called, unashamedly peddle their ear-tickling, worldly wares, all in the name of “Christ” of course. And, the people love it.

       It’s no secret that the masses are not the least bit interested in sermons about sin, salvation or sanctification. Instead, they long to hear about a New Age type of spirituality that would make any shaman proud. The bottom line is most can’t discern the difference between the world, the flesh, the devil, and modern “churchianity.” Ah! But, haven’t we been warned, over and over again, in the Scriptures of these times? Truly this is the day foretold in 2 Timothy 4:3: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” Fables! That’s God estimation of all the unscriptural, heretical rhetoric with its false promises of a happy, successful, self-centered, self-fulfilling life in this world, without even a twinge of conscience about the judgment which is already beginning to fall, and which is to come.

       Can you guess what you’ll find in this grotesque, post-modern, emerging church that’s spreading itself across this nation, and around the world like a cancerous fungus? Here’s what you’ll find, if you bother to look: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves,” [self-esteem teaching] “covetous” [lusting after what the world has to offer], “boasters” [proud of their popularity and wealth], “proud” [lacking humility], “blasphemers” [denying the Lordship of Christ, that He is God Incarnate], “disobedient to parents” [rebellious, disrespectful], “unthankful” [like Sodom and Gomorrah, and the Laodicean church], “unholy” [no separation from the world], “Without natural affection” [lacks true compassion and moral uprightness], “trucebreakers” [think nothing of breaking vows and not keeping their word], “false accusers” [mocks true believers, gossipers], “incontinent” [without self-control, undisciplined], “fierce” [threaten those who expose them as wolves], “despisers of those that are good” [hate those who are morally upright and obey God rather than men], “Traitors” [lead the people astray], “heady” [arrogant], “highminded” [think highly of themselves], “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” [love the world in the church, but not the church in the world; worldly and unsaved.] Finally, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

       You may ask, “How can such a thing be, especially here in America where Bibles are everywhere?” Do you not know that the Word of God (King James Version) is no longer widely read, or preached, or taught, or held up as the standard of truth? Most professing Christians have never read the entire Bible, or committed to its study. The question is why not? If, as Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God,” then why do we excuse ourselves from living by “every word” that is contained therein? Are we, who are living in the end days, so smart and so super sophisticated that we can wave off the very Word of God, inspired by God, and written for our instruction? Is the Bible (the entire Bible) no longer relevant for our day and age? “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” 2 Timothy 3:16, 17. When was the last time you heard sound doctrine preached? When was the last time you heard the Word of God used to reprove? When was the last time you heard the Word used for correction? When did you last hear the Word of God used to instruct in righteousness? Or, was the last sermonette you listened to designed to make you feel good about yourself, so you could settle on your lazy lees, and be happy, happy, happy all the way to hell?

       Consider this: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” Psalm 9:17. “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD. They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you” Jeremiah 23:16, 17.

       America has lost her moorings because the Church has lost hers. Let’s consider for a moment what constitutes a Christian, or truly godly nation. Foremost, a godly nation is one that fears God. “Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else” Deuteronomy 4:39. A Christian nation honors God, the Creator of Heaven and earth, and no other god. A Christian nation believes the record that God has given of His Son, Jesus Christ. “And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” 1 John 5: 11, 12. There can be no communion or agreement with idols or pagan gods such as Allah (the moon god of Mesopotamia); the Mormon Jesus (who is the brother of Lucifer); the Pope (Vicar of Christ) and the goddess, Mary; the Jesus of the mind-science cults, or the Jesus who is really Michael the archangel. There can be no agreement with Jesus the New Age “way shower”; or the new, modern Jesus who can be spiritualized into being whatever we imagine Him to be (which is usually an effeminate, weak, wispy figure, who gushes love all over us regardless of how self-centered and wicked we are, or whether we’re even saved or not.)

       A Christian nation does not sacrifice the helpless for the convenience of the wealthy, cast out the elderly through hard-heartedness and indifference, or murder the unborn or partially-born innocents. A Christian nation does not tolerate sodomy, fornication, adultery, pornography, or licentious behavior. A Christian nation does not condone witchcraft or Satanism and the occult in any form, and protects the young from exposure to it, whether in the schools, or through the printed page or via different means of entertainment. A Christian nation is not lenient with lawlessness, and a Christian nation does not vote into office men and women who lack godly character and who have their own one-world political agendas.

       A Christian nation will do whatever it takes to guard against any type of pornography, lewdness, child abuse and molestation, wife abuse, animal abuse and cruelty, or wickedness in general. A Christian nation will execute swift judgment upon murderers, rapists, thieves, and all who deliberately endanger, use, abuse, or in any way harm others. In other words, there is a distinction between right and wrong, and wrongdoers will pay for their crimes.

       A Christian nation will not be partial to any particular group of people because they think they deserve special treatment. God is no respecter of persons. But, a truly Christian nation will always come to the defense of God’s chosen people, Israel.

       Finally, a Christian nation has solid, uncompromising Christian leaders. So, what happened to America? The answer to that question could undoubtedly fill volumes, but the bottom line is America has been in a steady spiritual decline for decades because she has forsaken the God of the Bible, and substituted, in His stead, a more convenient “God” who is “universal” to all peoples regardless of what religion they profess. This universal “God” is the “God” of everyone and accepts whatever form of “spirituality” the people choose to reverence. This “God” isn’t ashamed of people who are ashamed to confess Jesus as Lord; therefore, this “God” is not the Lord God Almighty of the Bible. Of a truth, God will put into leadership the type of person the nation deserves. Knowing that should cause a shiver of fear to run up your spine.

       The general idea in America is that this convenient, modern “God” doesn’t hold the present generation responsible for their sins because He is still honoring our forefathers who first established this nation upon the God of the Bible and godly principles. Today’s modern “God” winks at the idolatry of gross materialism and immorality. After all, the popular consensus is that “’God’ (whoever He may be) loves everybody” and He wants us to be happy, and He loves America more than any other nation, so He blesses us, much as a doting father spoils an undisciplined child. Besides, some believe that God is no longer as He was in the Old Testament, bringing sudden destruction upon whole nations because of their wickedness. This new “God” is a “New Testament God,” which means, because of Jesus, we somehow, as if by magic, no longer have to be concerned about obedience to His Word, or living godly, upright lives in all fear and sobriety. He overlooks our “mistakes” and “faults” and emphasis that we love and esteem ourselves very highly. That is pretty easy to do if you’re a Mormon, a New Ager, a Manifest Son of God, or belong to a mind-science cult because, after all, you already believe that you are a “god.”

       This new American God doesn’t mind “When the Saints Go Marching In” is played in taverns to a bunch of drunken revelers. He winks at the gay parades and decadence of Mardi Gras. In fact, no one needs to be concerned that the abomination of homosexuality is now being taught to young children in the California school system, and elsewhere in this country through different means. Never mind that archaeologists have discovered the gruesome remains of what were once Sodom and Gomorrah, proving for once and for all that such “cities of the plain” did exist and met with a violent end. (See Genesis 19)

       Somehow the God of the Bible has mellowed out over the ages, and become more “tolerant” and “politically correct,” just like us. However, the Prophet Jeremiah warned: “Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly” Jeremiah 23:19-20. Are you considering it “perfectly;” that is, with understanding and wisdom? If you have, then you know that the party is over.