Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Five Consequences for a Nation that Rejects God

THE ROMAN ROAD TO WRATH

Ideas, and the actions they product, have consequences, and the Bible is very specific about what a nation will reap when it rejects God. Lawlessness and disorder have their roots in our continually snubbing the God of the Bible.

Chapter 1 of the book of Romans in the Bible delineates five specific national consequences for denying God. Paul's warnings written here in this passage as given to him by God are so explicit and frightening relevant to what is happening in America today.
  1. The nation that continually rejects God becomes a nation of fools. Rom. 1:21-22 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. Men will go to all kinds of extremes in order to justify their sin and false beliefs about God. Situational ethics, moral relativism, and postmodernism are all methods used to justify rebellion against the character and nature of God.
  2. The nation that continually rejects God accepts pagan spirituality. Rom. 1:25 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. Pagan spirituality centers on the worship of nature and the planet Earth, yet its ultimate goal is to sidestep feeling guilt, for anything. Our world has moved from theism to atheism to pantheism.
  3. The nation that continually rejects God accepts homosexuality as normal. Rom. 1:26-27 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: 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. Acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle as "normal" is pushed as a priority during the past several years as evidenced in our nation's schools, television programs, movies, music, and even in some churches.
  4. The nation that continually rejects God becomes debased and violent. Rom. 1:28-31 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; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
  5. The nation that continually rejects God produces judicial, legislative and executive branches of government that approve of and encourage immorality and corruption. Rom. 1:32 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.

My point is outlining these five indications of national moral failure is not that I want God to judge our nation. I fear His wrath too much for that. However, there is hope in knowing that a just judge is in charge and that He will not wink at sin. He holds everyone accountable which means that all have the potential to repent. We can pray God's judgment will cause people to turn from their sins and trust in Jesus Christ. We can also pray that His call to accountability will purify the church and ultimately take our country on a new road to God's glory and honor.

Excerpted from a longer article written by Brannon S. Howse and published in WorldViewTimes.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Chrstine Cronin said...

I'm so glad this country upholds the notion of democracy, because *clearly* most Americans don't feel the way you do.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Chrstine,

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment...

What search term brought you my way??? I doubt that you are a regular reader.... but if so, thanks for taking the time to leave your point of view.

What portion of God's Word found in the author's article do you disagree with if you don't mind sharing??? God's Word speaks to all nations and all mankind, not simply America....

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Christine Cronin said...

Considering I'm an atheist, all of it.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Christine,

OK.... I understand.

Thanks again for stopping by.... you're welcome at any time.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Mathew Rajan said...

Jim, glad to read this post in this age of relativism. It is very true that there is a consequence for rejecting God as the Bible so clearly teaches. While we need to respond in the love of Christ to all people, at the same time we cannot compromise on the truth of the word of God. Keep up the good work.

7:23 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Mathew,

Thanks for stopping by and sharing some thoughts from your heart.

1:17 PM  

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