A CALL TO HOLINESS. God did everything possible to make Judah a righteous and fruitful nation. Only after they had turned away completely from their covenant with God to idolatry and abominable evil did God bring judgment. “Woe to them”, Isaiah 5:8-32.
Six woes (statements of judgment) are pronounced upon six types of sins: (1) greed, (2) drunken conduct, (3) mockery at God’s power to judge their sin, (4) distortion of God’s moral standards, (5) arrogance and pride, (6) perversion of justice. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isa 5:20
This fourth woe relates to those who adopted a code of morals that completely overturned the first principles of ethics, and was utterly opposed to the law of God; for evil, darkness, and bitter, with their respective antitheses, represent moral principles that are essentially related. This deadness to moral distinctions is the sign of deep moral corruption, and fully deserves to have a special “woe” pronounced against it.
A most corrupt condition of a people is that indeed, “in which men, accustomed to vices, begin, with the things themselves, to lose also the names of them, and to draw a veil, as it were, over their impieties, by sanctifying their crimes with the names of virtues.” These call evil actions good, and good actions evil; that excuse the one, and reproach the other; or they call evil men good, and good men evil.
This could be said of false prophets and teachers rejecting the true worship of God, and promoting false worship preaching a false doctrine to wicked and itching ears. It can be said of wicked judges, governors and presidents pronouncing the causes of bad men good, and of good men evil; or making criminals into martyrs justifying their crimes and accusing the lawful of criminal behavior.
This is also said of sensualists, that speak in praise of drunkenness, gluttony, and all carnal pleasures, and fleshly lusts; and treat with contempt the righteous who fear the Lord and mock the true worship and holiness unto God. King Solomon said it best, “That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us.” Ecc 1:9-10 NKJV
America has not learn from the history of Israel. Whether or not you like it or will admit it, America was founded upon the laws of God. Our nation’s roots were in Christ and the worship of Him. Can a nation that’s been so blessed by God not receive His punishment after so vehemently rejecting His ways and laws? Rejecting God’s laws and despising His Word will result in people being given over to the consequences of their sins and to divine punishment, “Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, And the flame consumes the chaff, So their root will be as rottenness, And their blossom will ascend like dust; Because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 5:24
If He does not bring judgment upon America and her church, He would have to apologize to Israel. All the above mentioned sins are rampant in America as well as in the American church. We are under God’s judgment. (Special note: God’s judgment on a nation or His church is not His wrath. There’s a time coming for the wrath of God and woe to those who do not escape His wrath.)
Judgment is meant to cause affliction in order for people to repent and return to the Lord. If He does not afflict us, the church will be lost. There are already many apostates, departing from the faith and embracing humanism. There’s a call for holiness going out, will you repent? Witchcraft has entered the charismatic, will you repent?
I see the much of the church trying to “push through”; but it’s in arrogance and pride of self. There’s a famine of God’s Word and a lack of humility. God is calling His people to be “holy as He is holy”. Without a genuine heart of repentance, you will be destroyed. The fire is being turned up and your faith will be purified. The fire will devour the stubble and the flame will consume the chaff. God is separating the true worshipers from the false and only the humble will be spared and come forth as gold. Come out of Babylon. #runyourrace
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