The Good News and The Bad News

It’s funny, but a minister I know, wrote about this very subject this week – and I’ve felt the need to talk about it here.

The good news is that God may still save this nation.

The bad news is that God may still save this nation.

In order to save this nation, God first needs to bring it to repentance – and that requires some serious discipline on the Lord’s part, discipline on this nation, and will start with His church.

For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17 NKJV)

There are now so many preachers and churches that are not preaching the Gospel of Christ and Him crucified – preaching pabulum, and tickling their people behind the ears, that folks aren’t getting saved!

What happens when you pet a dog, and rub it behind its ears? It lays down and turns over on its back and submits to you. This is exactly how Satan is using preachers like Joel Osteen, his kid who’s now preaching at that church, and others like Rick Warren. You leave their services feeling great about yourselves.

I’ve always said that when I preach, If you’re not squirming in your seat, feeling just a bit convicted, then I’m not reaching you, you’re not listening and I’m not being effective.

In order to bring this nation into submission, the Lord will uproot all those churches that rely on man’s marketing and a feel-good message.

The flashy stage shows. the fog machines, the flashy lights, the rock concerts – these don’t glorify God. In many respects, these just mask the corruption and sin that lie underneath the covers of the ministry. These ministries put money and power first, above He who provide the money and reach that the ministry should be relying.

Your “best life now” isn’t in Joel Osteen’s latest book or sermon, it’s complete trust in the one who provides all that you need at any given time. It’s complete faith and trust in God, who can supply any need, at any time. He wants – no, He requires – your full faith and trust.

Your “purpose driven life” – and for the pastors and church leaders, your “purpose driven church” has only one purpose – to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and to share your faith with others. To live your lives so that others can see the love of Christ through you. The church needs to be preaching about sin and repentance.

The preachers need to be telling people again, that Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal life for everyone. They need to stop worrying about what the government censors or the “woke crowd” are going to do, or what that the Southern Poverty Law Center might list you as a purveyor of “hate speech”. Heck, I would look on this as a badge of honor.

There are some charismatic preachers out there who are profiting off those who may be praying for a miracle healing or a miracle windfall. Peter Popoff comes to mind. He may give away his little packet of “miracle spring water” – but once they’ve got your name, address, phone number and email address, look out for the spam – they are relentless. You will send them money – whether you can afford it or not.

There are local churches who will require a tithe – and one that I can think of requires, as a condition of membership, that you submit a copy of your paycheck stub and any bank statements that show income, and contribute ten percent of all income. Expect a dunning call if you’re late or you don’t comply. This is a local church – and there are others like it – who rely on their own power for their provision, instead of relying on God to make the way and provision.

God will rip these churches and ministries up by the root, and toss them into the fire, if there’s any hope that this nation can be saved.

Likewise, government will also have to be ripped out by the roots, either financially or in total.

Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ (Luke 12:16-20 NKJV)

The scripture here is from the Parable of the Rich Fool – which mirrors this nation in many ways, but the kicker is verse 20 – This night your soul will be required of you.

In essence, what’s being said here. is that we need to have bigger and better of everything – but we’ll have so much of what we’re building, what does it profit us? What are we doing with the resources entrusted to us by God?

Are we providing for our citizens? In 1 Timothy 5:8, Paul writes “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” We have the highest rate of homelessness and poverty at any time in our history.

We, as a nation, have failed our own! By not promoting work, providing incentives for employment, we have become a nation that has become dependent on government welfare programs. Paul also wrote in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” Dependence on government is socialism or communism – this verse alone shows that the Bible does not endorse socialism or communism. It does endorse working for what your have, and for providing for your own.

Does that mean that we don’t help those in need? No – it doesn’t mean that at all. The Hebrew word “tzedeka” means “charity” – but the inference is this: to help one back to be self sufficient – to give a “leg up,” not a “hand out”. You may take someone in. and provide a means of support for a period of time, but during this time, that person should be – with help if needed – finding a job, housing and other means of going on.

If you are able bodied – you should be working. The government should be enacting and supporting policies that encourage a thriving economy and low unemployment. Under the previous administration, before we were attacked by China, we had the lowest unemployment rates this nation has seen since records started being kept.

Instead of keeping and supporting these policies, the current administration has all but dismantled them – sending prices for practically everything higher, bringing on “stagflation” – which we haven’t seen since Jimmy Carter, and we saw what a disaster he was for this nation.

This administration wants a dependent populace. A dependent populace is a compliant populace, which is the ultimate goal – compliance at any cost.

Globalism is fraught with corruption and has become the new religion in this nation, which was built on Judeo-Christian principles, not atheistic, and globalist humanist ones. God was at the center of our nation, not man.

Today, it’s the “global community” that needs to be provided for. It’s okay to help others, as long as your own house is in order. That isn’t the case in our nation today.

Our tax dollars are being used to fund abortions both here and abroad, up to and including birth – we should be using those tax dollars to reinforce abstinence and to promote family-first and adoption policies. Killing babies is murder and is clearly against Scripture.

Indoctrinate our children by using the public schools in the areas of indecency such as transgenderism and homosexuality, in the name of “inclusion”. Our property and federal taxes shouldn’t be used to fund such sin!

And you ask why God wants to judge us? This is just two of many, many reasons!

But, there’s a remnant – a minority who will rise up against this tyranny – who will say “Enough!”

It may be a remnant of this generation and a remnant of the next – but there will be a remnant.

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. (2 Timothy 2:20-21 NKJV).

You want to be a vessel for honor.

You want to be used by God for his purpose and for His plan for you.

If you are truly saved – and are willing to stand up and say, “Enough!” regardless of the consequences or repercussions, then you’re part of the remnant.

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