Thou hast forsaken me, saith the LORD, thou art gone backward: therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary with repenting. Jer 15:6
As I was meditating on the things of the Lord and my mind opened up to the Spirit, I heard:
“You are being corrected because you did not bring correction.”
On my television was a minister that I did not regard as a great guide for spiritual matters because of his narrow biblical focus. It was a message I had heard before and saw value in and considered it rather shallow in gospel truth. But as I listened, every word spoken chastened me on issues for which I had been struggling. I felt the laser of the Word of God go into my soul and slice it up into little pieces, revealing my error. I wrestled a little at first but finally submitted to the correction and felt totally chastened. It had been a while. Having been taught truth by the Spirit of God and through Christian disciplines, I realized I had recently neglected in giving myself over for God’s instruction. Not every minister can reach the soul of the hearer but God knows how to reach us and I needed this session with God.
It was after accepting my chastisement that I heard the words: “You are being corrected because you did not bring correction.” It echoed in my soul as only God can. The same light that had shone on my issues like radar on the needle in the haystack now shone outward, near and far, on matters local and national. It was like the needle was now magnified a million times and could not be missed as I looked spiritually from one issue to the next.
Leaders Who Fail to Lead
I saw God opening up my understanding to reveal that this was a message not only for me but for others as well from the local to federal authorities that had failed to perform their job of bringing correction in the land under the authority God had given them: parents who failed to correct their children, preachers who failed to preach truth and correction, political leaders who failed to properly exercise their authority and so forth. These failures to bring correction had caused people under these authorities to continue walking in rebellious ways until corruption took over.
God give leaders the responsibility to guide and correct those under their leadership. They represent God’s authority and leadership in the land, but when they fail to deal in proper authority, they also fail to uphold God’s authority and they cause others to go astray. I saw that this error extended from parents, to pastors, to local authorities, to federal authorities and now applies to international problems. I saw that God was saying He is bringing correction because His leaders failed to bring correction. He is now bringing correction from the head downward. We have seen leaders tumble and were amazed but did not change. But now God is bringing correction to whole systems. I listened to an old taped message of a now-deceased minister who declared how America failed to hear the message of the “Towers.” He went on to say that America ran to the churches that Sunday after the World Trade Center towers fell; but because they did not hear a relevant message from God on the matter, they left and did not return. My heart dropped as I heard this message. I knew the tower disaster was a message but I did not realize the disappointment of those who went to churches to hear from God. This may help clarify the issue:
“There are tremendous differences between “motivational speaking” and “biblical preaching.” In America today, many churches offer one or the other. One approach leaves people “encouraged” in their emotions and in their “self-esteem.” The other builds up Christians in the Gospel as the Holy Spirit applies the Scriptures to the hearts and minds of the hearers… Motivational speakers are reluctant to say, “The Bible says.” They realize that many of their hearers don’t believe in the inerrancy of Scripture. Biblical preachers have taught God’s people to trust Scripture to be the inerrant “God-breathed” message of truth from the Lord. (2 Timothy 3:16)
Motivational speakers need to have personal charisma. Biblical preachers need to be humble in order to be anointed with the power of the Holy Spirit. Charisma influences emotions in the direction of self-actualization. The Holy Spirit influences the soul in the direction of godliness. Source: The Christian Post, Dan Delzell, September 28, 2012, http://www.christianpost.com.
We are in a post-Christian America. It does not mean that there are no Christians here or that no one believes in Christ. What it does mean is that the religion of Christianity failed to stand the test when it came up for judging to prove if there was a God by the worldly people in the nation. Surveys were done over recent years and Christian leaders were found in doubt. Christian churches have had scandal after scandal as preachers proved themselves to be unfaithful to God. When celebrity Christian leaders were examined in the media, they failed to uphold the truth of the gospel and brought mockery to Christianity from unbelievers. Christian organizations were brought under scrutiny by the U.S. Congress as they were questioned regarding their Christian finances but were found to be evasive. They failed the test of transparency that Jesus illustrated.
The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine. Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Joh 18:19 -20
There have been many tests of our Christianity and national integrity brought to public view and we have failed over and over again to stand up as a nation for righteousness. The failure of Christians or the church does not disprove God or make Him a liar. But because Christianity failed the test, new leaders have come to the forefronts that have no preference or respect for Christianity. They are those that examine matters through logic and research for evidence or proof before believing. They will not be persuaded by the bible or faith without solid facts for support. And now children are been brought up in this perversion of truth and will not believe what they cannot reason by logic or visibly see. Faith, nevertheless, is defined in bible scriptures by the One who gives faith:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1
Christians were to produce the substance of faith that the world could examine and see God through us and our works as Christ produced miracles that the world could examine but not deny. The church was to continue producing miracles that local critics could see and believe until the nation and world would know of a certainty that there is a God. But from the local preachers to national leaders God has not been upheld as the Supreme Authority and the nation and world have suffered unbelief.
“In recent years, Pew Research surveys have found evidence of a gradual decline in religious commitment in the U.S. public as a whole. For example, there has been a modest uptick over the past decade in the share of U.S. adults who say they seldom or never attend religious services. The number of Americans who do not identify with any religion also has grown in recent years; indeed, about one-fifth of the public overall – and a third of adults under age 30 – are religiously unaffiliated as of 2012. Fully a third of U.S. adults say they do not consider themselves a “religious person.” And two-thirds of Americans – affiliated and unaffiliated alike – say religion is losing its influence in Americans’ lives.” – Source: Pew Research Religion & Public Life Project; http://www.pewforum.org. http://Source: Pew Research Religion & Public Life Project; http://www.pewforum.org.
A New America?
Many new leaders at the forefront of our nation have proven to be nonreligious skeptics and searchers of truth but they cause more doubt as they continue seeking truth through logic and finding none, give credence to more doubt. Because they are still researching and have invalidated or never believed past theories, they are now allowing more un-American and unchristian leaders to bring forth new theories into the consciousness of the masses by way of the media. They are our new preachers. Because Christianity did not teach our society how to grow up and mature as a nation, even while it is still judging and being judged, we are also learning a new morality through issues that are being evaluated and settled under “community judgment.” This “community court” is affecting decisions in religion, society, law enforcement, congressional legislation, the Supreme Court and in the White House. Yes, political correctness is now our new normal. The void brought about through failure to uphold the righteous standard has given way for new judgments. Some of you may remember from your bible the practice of community judgment by stoning people who never went to court but were judged in the streets. We seem to have regressed. Crowd justice will prevail where there is no true justice, righteous standard or true authority to lead. The void caused by preachers who would not preach the truth have given rise to new doctrines and moral guides.
The society we live in now is not being led or evaluated in terms of true Christian values so there will not be a true judging or solution of matters to bring about satisfactory results. Truth has been discounted and denied because those responsible for carrying truth failed. A nation that was started and established on Christian values and standards cannot possibly run successfully without continuing in that pursuit. A decline will, therefore, continue to occur even as other authoritative concepts and leaders come to the forefront to guide the nation.
“Religious affiliation in the United States is at its lowest point since it began to be tracked in the 1930s, according to analysis of newly released survey data by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Duke University. Last year, one in five Americans claimed they had no religious preference, more than double the number reported in 1990.” Source: http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2013/03/12/non-believers; Americans and religion increasingly parting ways, new survey shows; article by Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations, March 12, 2013.
Rise of the Unchurched (Statistical data available at: http://sda.berkeley.edu/archive.htm)
Source: SDA: Survey Documentation and Analysis; General Social Survey (GSS) Cumulative Datafile 1972-2012; http://sda.berkeley.edu/archive.htm
Churches will continue to sing, shout, preach, evangelize and have large crowds and followings though it will not much matter to those that make national decisions. Christians must now understand that they are no longer considered as significant players in the scheme of American society. Their theology and beliefs will continue to be mocked by the media and the government because they failed to prove that they were real or relevant to society.
If you understand these things then you will understand the truth of Scriptures that foretell of Christians suffering great persecution, Antichrist force of converts, and the eventual acceptance of the Man of Perdition in the end times. The failure of the church to produce Christian virtue because of a lukewarm gospel and a rebellious generation predicts further decline and erosion as prophesied by the bible prophets. A Christian focus on ritual church attendance and a prosperity gospel will not have the foresight to understand or pull out of this decline. The bible describes this Christian population as the “sleeping church.” They will not be alarmed by the worsening events of the day such as: Ebola, local and international violence, Christian controversies, the economy, disease, or moral decay. Though they read this article and others similar to it, they refuse to arise to Christian action because they are relaxed in a Christian lethargy where they believe God will take care of it all and protect them. They have not understood the gospel!
This decline is the reason why the Spirit was speaking to my heart: “You are being corrected because you did not bring correction.” I have been taught through the Spirit to discern the corrective Hand of God. But I, too, was ignoring some signs because of the cares of this world. God expects and commands Christians to exercise righteous rule and judgment in the land where He places them. Many do not realize that the heaviness we hear in the news is the consequence of Christian neglect and the failure of leaders to lead properly. God is disappointed in our Christian progress. We hear it through Prophet Isaiah:
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. Isa 1:2
Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. Isa 1:5
To those that would say that this was written about people way back then, hear this: History runs in cycles and we are repeating days like those of Nineveh and of Sodom and Gomorrah. We are making the same mistakes as Rome, who had great power, and whose senators plotted to overthrow their leader and take authority for themselves. But while Rome was enjoying revelry and conspiracy, the barbarians were at the door ready for takeover. Those that are true believers that are yet grieved over the lost state of our nation can still do much to promote Christ and save souls. Individuals will continue to pursue and work for Christ but the nation has made some wrong choices and will go through a fiery furnace of trouble before repenting and turning back to God or God will destroy the work of equity. God is looking for the nation to weep over the trouble it is experiencing, repent and return back to God. God is a loving God and does not want to see any perish but there will be many who will endure punishment for an eternity because of unbelief in the Lord Jesus Christ. Can the church community still be reached and turn back to the True God? Remember the lessons of the New Testament Jews. Many did not accept Christ and the nation went through much suffering as a result. We have heard the stories but people unfortunately do not recognize themselves in the bible stories. Forecasts are everywhere that America will suffer great disaster but its people are like the Romans and Jews who believed they were too great to fall. God will continue to show America her sins, as it is being revealed in the daily news, and some people will continue to rebel against God as the bible predicts, but it does not have to be the reader. Until the end, there will still be converts who will turn to God and accept Jesus as their Messiah and Lord who died on the cross (John 3:16).
“We knew this day would arrive. The ‘slippery slope’ of morality has now become a proverbial landslide of moral morass. What seemed to be a slow decline has now exponentially accelerated. The parading and applauding of all things unbiblical and immoral has reached its zenith on the shoulders of the autonomous self, where me, myself, and I are the arbiters of all things truthful and spiritual. Gone is any reference to transcendent authority…How does one live as a Christian in an era where same-sex marriage is now the norm, where homosexuality is openly celebrated, where hypocrisy in the church is consistently exposed, where atheism is not just an alternative intellectual option, but a hostile enemy, where Christianity is viewed as the enemy and not the founder and friend of America, and where the “spiritual shallowness” of many Christians, especially evangelical Christians, is being exposed for what it is – an Americanized version of cultural Christianity that is not authentic, genuine, or biblically orthodox?” Source: Christian Post, The Truth About Post-Christian America, By Kevin Shrum, Guest Columnist, May 27, 2014.
America can even now still decide to bring correction in the land against evil doers and unrighteous leaders to be spared the wickedness that is being sent from the Hand of God as punishment. God chastens whom He loves but He also destroys the wicked so that righteousness can prevail. Warnings are sent to prevent the disaster before it arrives. Christ preached truth so that every believer would know the way even if their leaders departed from the right way, even in the church (John 10, 16). Every person must know also that some leaders will never turn around but every one is responsible for their own salvation. And not every one who says “Lord, Lord” will be spared. While America struggles to decide what is right, we must know the Lord for ourselves. God is a God of Love and of Vengeance.
Now for the believers, let me share some scripture references with you.
And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Act 2:40
…Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Rom12:19
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Gal 6:7-8
But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out. Num32:23
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die… Eze 33:11
For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 1Co 11:31
I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren. 1Co 6:5
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 1Co 6:2
For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. 1Co 5:12-13
There are some people that are waiting for God to come in and bring correction when He has already given you the Word of God to bring correction in your house before the house is destroyed. Note below how God deals with leaders that do not uphold His name but also remember that every true Christian is called into the priesthood (1Pe 2:9):
And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision. Exo 4:24-26
Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession: And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people: Deu 32:51 Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel. Deu 32:49 -50
Eli, (Priest of the Lord)
In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. 1Sa 3:12-13
And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. 2Sa 12:7-9
From our house, to the pulpit, to the White House; we have failed to uphold righteousness and the name of the Lord. Can anyone deny that we are seeing God show us His displeasure? What shall we do about it?
Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. Joh 12:30 -32
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2Ch 7:14
Truth for the Unbelievers
To those that are not leaders but laypersons, believers and nonbelievers; God will hear your cry if you turn to Him. Every individual has a soul to be saved and an opportunity to call upon the name of the Lord for him or herself. You do not have to have a preacher or be in church to call upon the Lord and be saved. Do it now, where you are, like you are; and the Lord will hear your sincere prayer.
Jer 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Jer 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
Joh 3:15-17 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Zec 1:2 The LORD hath been sore displeased with your fathers. Zec 1:3 Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. Zec 1:4 Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the LORD.
Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
Many have not believed in God because of false teaching and the failure of some churches to uphold the Word of the Lord but God will hold each of us responsible for our own actions. He is appealing to each of us through the media as men use the best experts for inquiry through logic on the world stage to find answers for today’s dilemma, through the convenience of internet search and social media, and through the signs in the sky and in the earth. But are we understanding or hearing the voice of the Lord through these troubling times? Jesus is yet reaching out to every soul He died to save from the wrath to come. Some will not hear because of the abundance of pleasures, entertainment and toys that occupy their days.
Rom 1:18-25 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. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 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. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 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.
Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: Isa 59:1
Act 2:18-21 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Just What in the World is Going On?
The revelatory understanding that God gave me was this: The national crisis we are facing will be resolved as we correct ourselves from within on every level. But if we do not correct ourselves, the correcting rod is being applied and waits at the door. But can we stop the declining trend of unbelief?
It is my hope that the reader will be able to see in my example that it was only after I was willing to accept my correction that God gave me light to see how to help myself and others. That is the lesson. Now I must turn to correct the things God showed me. God brings correction to everyone, one way or another. If we accept God’s warnings and correction then He can use us to help others and His light will shine in every dark place to give light for righteousness. Remember Jesus said that you shall know the truth and the truth would make you free; not democracy, congress, president, America, supreme court, church, information or money, but the truth shall make you free.
God gave Jesus on the cross so that each one of us could have forgiveness of our worst sin. God loves you with an everlasting love.