Thursday, August 27, 2015


And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.
Romans 1:28

Our country and our world appear to be increasingly bent on rebellion against God. As we read through the Bible, we can see that God allows this for a time. Some think that the prosperity of a person or a nation is always a sign of God's blessing. While it can be at times, it can also be the precursor to God's judgment!

The great empires of the world did very well - for a season - until they crashed and burned!

We should not make the mistake of thinking that whatever is going on in our country is the direct will of God. Some things are the way God wants them to be. Others are merely the way He allows them to be for His unfathomable purposes!

Some may deny that the world is becoming more immoral or evil and will never turn to God no matter how bad things get. Others plan to continue rebelling against God until it is convenient to turn to Him for help.

This is a dangerous strategy! The power is of deception is such that it will take us farther than we wanted to go from truth!

For example, we may see the world's morals are rapidly declining. We may even believe that God will eventually judge ours and other nations for their sins. In our hearts and minds, we think we will continue to be our own master. Then when we see the judgment  of God falling, we will turn to God. But deception is a powerful force. It seems that once it has been yielded to regularly, it is hard to break free from it!

We wonder how the people of Germany yielded to the evil works of Hitler and the Nazi's. It is simple. Look at the verse again!

"They did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting."

When we reject God, we set ourselves up to do things that we never imagined we were capable of! We may look at ahead and think that America would never cross certain lines regarding evil or immoral behavior. What we seem to miss is that when we reject God now, we are setting ourselves for further deception - meaning we will find ourselves agreeing to that which previously repulsed us!

It is already happening to some degree. Behaviors which God clearly proclaims as sinful were considered shameful in the past - but now are not only fully accepted,but even celebrated and embraced!

Those who accept these behaviors think they are doing so because they have "evolved" in their thinking. Some may think that those who rejected such behaviors in the past were ignorant, stubborn or close-minded. In our modern world, we consider ourselves much wiser as "forward thinkers."

In reality we have been deceived! If we continue to turn from God - we open ourselves up to further, deeper deception. At that time, this "deeper deception" will allow us to freely accept, approve and do what we would presently consider unconscionable!

Would America ever accept a time when Christians would be beheaded? We may scoff at any notion of that as impossible! We are too civilized for that, right? Consider that Christians are being beheaded - in other countries.

How could these countries possibly arrive at the place where they would accept this? 


"They did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting."

What has happened in other places can happen here!

Our intelligence cannot save us  from deception. A "civilized" society cannot save us. Only turning to God can deliver us from the power of deception!

We must turn back to God individually and as a nation - before it is too late!

If we do not, we too will be handed over to a debased mind!



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