“For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?“ (1 Peter 4:17)
(A letter to the leaders of the body of Christ – and then a prophetic warning)
It’s been 24 hours now (at the time of this writing) since the landmark ruling came down from the U.S. Supreme Court which legalized same sex marriage, making it the law of the land, and yet I am stunned that we have drifted this far and this deep in not only perversion being accepted, but worse – ignored by most of the church. There have now been a total of four (4) Supreme Court rulings in this nation which has not only divided America, but also divided the church and they are:
1. Prayer removed from public schools (1962).
2. The Bible removed from public schools (1963).
3. Abortion became a legal right in the United States (1973).
4. Same sex marriage becomes the law of the land (2015).
In each of these court rulings the one common denominator which has connected them altogether was and is in fact the church itself remained silent. Some would accuse me of being too harsh, that the church as a whole has stood up to the progressive movement which has been swiftly been sweeping across the land since the late 60’s with the whole “sexual revolution” and into the beginning of the early 90’s when the liberal progressive movement started to take root into the heart of America. In each of these rulings, the church found itself dusting off the disbelief that these events not only took place, but questioned why they happened to begin with? The truth is, in each of these court rulings, it came about because the church refused to take part in the social movements of the times and in so doing, the church watched (almost apathetically at times) society give itself over to the spirit of lasciviousness as the culture drifted further and further away from the path which was laid before it. To say that nothing could have been done in each of these events is not simply disingenuous, but duplicitous as well. We, the body of Christ are to be blamed for what we are now seeing taking shape across this nation, much less the world, and we owe it all to the pulpits across America.
There was a time when the church prayed for America. From the early beginnings of this nation, to the start of the 20th century, saints prayed faithfully and often. In the efforts by the early saints God rewarded the early 20th century church with great moves of God, from Azusa street to the Appalachian revivals, God revealed and filled himself upon all those who diligently sought him and God blessed this nation. Yet as time progressed and society became more abundant with prosperous living, something began to happen to the early church, it began, not at once, but over time it found itself beginning to drift further and further away from the cross and by the time of the late 70’s, the church at that time was not the same as it was merely just 40 years previously.
Throughout the 1920s thru the 1960s, America as well as the church saw powerful moves of God. From the healing revivals of A.A. Allen to Oral Roberts and Jack Coe, to the prophetic tents of William Branham, the church was seeing great ministries and preachers such as Billy Sunday and Maria Woodworth Etter rise up and touch the heart of the nation. It was said that when Billy Sunday came into a particular city, that the bars would shutter their doors because of the impact of Billy’s message (which was the cross) had upon the lost. SInners got saved when Billy preached. Yet the church started to embrace things which would eventually not only change her directive (the harvest) to other things. By the 1980s the church had completely moved away from the message of the cross and in its place would come another gospel, another message, another cross. Let me quote to you A. W. Tozer, “There has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles. It is like the old cross, but different: the likenesses are superficial; the differences, fundamental. From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life, and from that new philosophy has come a new evangelical technique-a new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching. This new evangelism employs the same language as the old, but its content is not the same and its emphasis not as before. The old cross would have no truck with the world. For Adam’s proud flesh it meant the end of the journey. It carried into effect the sentence imposed by the law of Sinai. The new cross is not opposed to the human race; rather, it is a friendly pal and, if understood aright, it is the source of oceans of good clean fun and innocent enjoyment. It lets Adam live without interference. His life motivation is unchanged; he still lives for his own pleasure, only now he takes delight in singing choruses and watching religious movies instead of singing bawdy songs and drinking hard liquor. The accent is still on enjoyment, though the fun is now on a higher plane morally if not intellectually. The new cross encourages a new and entirely different evangelistic approach. The evangelist does not demand abnegation of the old life before a new life can be received. He preaches not contrasts but similarities. He seeks to key into public interest by showing that Christianity makes no unpleasant demands; rather, it offers the same thing the world does, only on a higher level. Whatever the sin-mad world happens to be clamoring after at the moment is cleverly shown to be the very thing the gospel offers, only the religious product is better. The new cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him. It gears him into a cleaner and jollier way of living and saves his self-respect. To the self-assertive it says, “Come and assert yourself for Christ.” To the egotist it says, “Come and do your boasting in the Lord.” To the thrill seeker it says, “Come and enjoy the thrill of Christian fellowship.” The Christian message is slanted in the direction of the current vogue in order to make it acceptable to the public. The philosophy back of this kind of thing may be sincere but its sincerity does not save it from being false. It is false because it is blind. It misses completely the whole meaning of the cross. The old cross is a symbol of death. It stands for the abrupt, violent end of a human being. The man in Roman times who took up his cross and started down the road had already said good-by to his friends. He was not coming back. He was going out to have it ended. The cross made no compromise, modified nothing, spared nothing; it slew all of the man, completely and for good. It did not try to keep on good terms with its victim. It struck cruel and hard, and when it had finished its work, the man was no more. The race of Adam is under death sentence. There is no commutation and no escape. God cannot approve any of the fruits of sin, however innocent they may appear or beautiful to the eyes of men. God salvages the individual by liquidating him and then raising him again to newness of life. That evangelism which draws friendly parallels between the ways of God and the ways of men is false to the Bible and cruel to the souls of its hearers. The faith of Christ does not parallel the world, it intersects it. In coming to Christ we do not bring our old life up onto a higher plane; we leave it at the cross. The corn of wheat must fall into the ground and die. We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. God offers life, but not an improved old life. The life He offers is life out of death. It stands always on the far side of the cross. Whoever would possess it must pass under the rod. He must repudiate himself and concur in God’s just sentence against him. What does this mean to the individual, the condemned man who would find life in Christ Jesus? How can this theology be translated into life? Simply, he must repent and believe. He must forsake his sins and then go on to forsake himself. Let him cover nothing, defend nothing, excuse nothing. Let him not seek to make terms with God, but let him bow his head before the stroke of God’s stern displeasure and acknowledge himself worthy to die. Having done this let him gaze with simple trust upon the risen Saviour, and from Him will come life and rebirth and cleansing and power. The cross that ended the earthly life of Jesus now puts an end to the sinner; and the power that raised Christ from the dead now raises him to a new life along with Christ. To any who may object to this or count it merely a narrow and private view of truth, let me say God has set His hallmark of approval upon this message from Paul’s day to the present. Whether stated in these exact words or not, this has been the content of all preaching that has brought life and power to the world through the centuries. The mystics, the reformers, the revivalists have put their emphasis here, and signs and wonders and mighty operations of the Holy Ghost gave witness to God’s approval. Dare we, the heirs of such a legacy of power, tamper with the truth? Dare we with our stubby pencils erase the lines of the blueprint or alter the pattern shown us in the Mount? May God forbid. Let us preach the old cross and we will know the old power. (A. W. Tozer, Man, the Dwelling Place of God, 1966)
As our nation grew further and further away from the truth, the church grew more and more silent. We see this in its current message, from the prosperity gospel, or a love gospel without judgment, to Psychology as a replacement to the gospel message, whereby man’s problem is not sin, but self. Today, we have popular preachers occupying the pulpits throughout much of nation and its churches which is preaching something other than the cross, be it money, to self help, to living a good life, instead of ‘Deny yourself’ we are now preaching tolerance. This is why most pastors today would rather ignore, reject and by all accounts refuse to touch these subjects, because the people themselves no longer wish to hear the truth. And when the church no longer is salt (Matthew 5:13) it loses its purpose and its influence upon the very society who needs the truth. Hence why we are to be blamed for the past (4) court rulings which have brought this nation into great peril before the Lord, for let me remind us all that any nation who rejects God will end up in ruin (Psalm 9:17).
Thus, here we are today once again where the United States highest court has changed the nation to an even greater sin, the perversion of what God has always deemed as the only method of marriage, and the church for the most part is taking it as business as usual. But soon that will change.
While in prayer last night (and today with the moving of the Holy Spirit) the Lord revealed to me something which is coming upon this nation, it is this; God is about to shake this nation in such a way that it will shake even the church up from its slumber, and that shaking will cause a stir in the heart of God’s people and once again bring her back to the cross. This shaking will show us that God is not pleased with where this nation is going, for it has departed the path the church once helped guided it on. I leave you this word found in Jeremiah 8:18-20 “My joy is gone; grief is upon me; my heart is sick within me. Behold, the cry of the daughter of my people from the length and breadth of the land: “Is the LORD not in Zion? Is her King not in her?” “Why have they provoked me to anger with their carved images and with their foreign idols? “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”