Evil is Progressive
By Bruce Cannon
How many of you have heard the expression, “I never thought I would see that.” Maybe you have even said it yourself. We are seeing and hearing things that we never thought we would see or hear. Yet, not only are bad things happening, they were prophesied in the Word and, barring the repentance of God’s people, will get continually worse.
Let me share a few verses:
Matthew 24:12 “And because iniquity (sin, lawlessness) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
2 Timothy 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous (fiercely difficult) times shall come.”
We are there! Many of our political and religious leaders today are standing against the teachings of the Word instead of upholding the Word. They are mocking the truths of the Bible and embracing teachings and ideologies that are in absolute contradiction to the Word of God!
Jonathan Cahn challenged our President in a video a couple of weeks ago by stating that he had raised his left hand to take an oath on the Bible when he was inaugurated and with his right hand is signing so much legislation contrary to the Bible’s teachings. God cannot, and will not, bless a nation that does this! He has to judge it!
In our own Mitchell County, and across the nation, we are seeing more and more pieces of evidence that people have turned away from God. Alternate lifestyles, condemned by Paul in Romans, are being advocated and practiced. Children are being told it’s ok to be gay, that God made them that way. Children are being encouraged to change their gender if they do not like who they are. Porn is protected under the Freedom of Speech when the Word of God is being censored. The unborn are still being aborted.
What’s the answer? The Redeemed of the Lord must say so! The Church must bear the Light of the World to a lost, depraved world. The Church must let her speech be with grace, seasoned with salt! We must stand on those principles we know to be in agreement with the Word and against those things that are not. We must have the power of God abiding and abounding in our lives.
The truth of 2 Chronicles 7:13,14 MUST be practiced: “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 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.” These are the Lord’s Words. This is His formula for forgiveness and blessing.
If you and I do not heed His instructions ALL IS LOST! There is literally NO HOPE! We cannot right this sinking ship on our own. We must have God’s help. What must we do?
Humble ourselves – realize we are in a desperate condition and cannot help ourselves. We have to have His help!
Pray – pray and keep on praying. Be like the widow who kept coming back to the judge over and over and over.
Seek His Face – simply means to seek His forgiveness. If the Old Testament Hebrew needed to seek His face, it was because the Lord had turned His back on His people because of their sin. They needed Him to turn back and look upon them again.
Turn From Their Wicked Ways – The Church must repent of her sins before the power of God can move upon the situation we find ourselves in. He won’t hear our prayer or rush to our aid with sin in our lives!
Listen to the promises if we will do these things: 1) hear from Heaven, 2) forgive their sin, and 3) heal their land. Amen! Please, Lord, forgive us. Have mercy upon us. Heal our land. Please Lord, deal with the sins of our nation and restore your righteousness in our land again. We are literally desperate for You! Amen!
Reverend Bruce Cannon currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Bear Creek Baptist Church in Bakersville. Formerly he served as Director of Missions for the Bladen Baptist Association and he has served on the General Board of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
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