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A solemn, dire warning, from Naval Commander Jerry Wilson

October 29, 2009 6 comments

Before I print Jerry Wilson’s letter I need to affirm some foundational points. This is first and always a Christian blog, yet I feel the need to delve into cultural and societal issues because they affect us so deeply. I also believe that we are living through a period of extraordinary crisis and change, and that the change we’re seeing is emphatically not for the good. That makes the need to speak out more compelling.

God works the way He, in His perfect goodness and unlimited wisdom, chooses. He can use the world’s evil to bring about good, while at the same time punishing those who choose the evil. He prefers to bless rather than send affliction, but in an imperfect world He does what He needs to do. This is not a game.

We as a nation are perilously close to incurring the horrible judgment of God. Kicking God out of the schools and the public square decades ago was not a victimless crime; its consequences can increasingly be noted by simply scanning the news headlines. Or ask 50 million dead babies, in the US alone, what they think of our new-found humanist values.

The one thing Jerry Wilson barely mentions below is the coming elections. I believe this is America’s final chance to forestall punishment. If we wake up, admit our mistakes, and send a clear message to arrogant and ungodly powers that we are not going to tolerate this assault on our values and families, there is a chance we can turn the tide.

The enemy has established himself deeply within our institutions. Another generation is about to go down to the indoctrination, and a change lasting three generations generally signals the loss of  the original values – a catastrophic situation remedied only by starting again, almost from scratch. And that is very hard. The golden age of democratic republics has passed. It would take profound national repentance, a return to God and His Word, and a miracle of mercy and grace.

I’ve spoken enough, so I’ll end with a call to prayer and then bring on Jerry Wilson. Remember, God was willing to spare Sodom if He found just a few righteous people. We can do this, if we rise up and seize the opportunity.

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. -2Chr 7:14

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Motivational Purity

June 17, 2009 Leave a comment

What if the glory was only in the next life? What if we were to serve God here and never reap any reward until then? Would we still cling to Him? Would we still believe in His goodness and power?

The Bible is full of promises even for this life, yet some people are taken early and some have very difficult lives. When life doesn’t make sense, will we still love and serve?

I used to be haunted by the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald lyric, “Does anyone know where the love of God goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours?”

I’m no longer haunted by it – God’s love goes nowhere. God still loves us when we’re going through trials, and we should still love Him back. What we are subject to in this fallen life changes neither God’s objective worthiness nor His loving nature.

It’s important to get this right. Because if we’re serving for earthly rewards only, our relationship with God is selfish and we are going to fall when the tests come. And come they will, and indeed their purpose is to purge us of wrong motives.

All that can be shaken will be shaken, we are warned. The one motivation that cannot be shaken is to seek the manifest glory and love of God.

The three young Hebrews knew that.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter.
“If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.
“But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” – Da 3:16-18

That’s an excellent attitude.

    1. While they were respectful, their faith was subject to no man. No authority can rival God’s authority.
    2. They believed that God was able to deliver them.
    3. They believed that God would deliver them!
    4. But even if, according to God’s unassailable wisdom He declined to deliver them, they were still going to remain faithful.

      The three Hebrews were in a tough position, but all saints should count on trials that test their motivations. If we want to pass the tests and receive the promotions that last, those which come not from man, but from God, it is essential that our motivation is true.