By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
A coming together often flounders with disparity in one party or another. For true interaction there has to be cooperation and interchange for "A Coming Together" to take place. It is imperative that such be taken for a house divided cannot stand (Matthew 12:25). (Comment)
On June 18, 1787 a Constitution Convention was deadlocked and in a bitter controversy. Benjamin Franklin rose and made the following plea to the delegates:
I have lived a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall on the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.
I firmly believe this; I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessing in our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed in business. Those words emphasized the need for divine help towards a coming together!
There is a need to put aside differences with an inhaling of the breath of unity, rather than being separated by unresolved differences, for the good of the country, and not just for political or personal gain.
There is a need of supporting the leadership of a nation, wherever possible, rather than an attempt to tear down or annihilate. Instead of bitter debate; name calling, and character assassination, remember the words in Psalms 133:1 - How good and how pleasant it is to dwell together in unity!
The Book of Proverbs tells us: A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous (or harsh) words stir up anger (15:1). Anger is removed by a gentle response but a heated response fuels the flame.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow. If you be willing and obedient, you shall eat of the good of the land: but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it (Isaiah 1:18-20).
Such an invitation is made to all men. It indicates a need for a coming together by repenting and turning to God. The prophet Isaiah reminded the people that God stands ready to cleanse and forgive all who will turn to Him. If not, there is a price to pay but God being merciful, and full of grace, gives an invitation to return to Him wholeheartedly.
In the Lord's covenant with King Solomon, he said: 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 (2 Chronicles 7:14).
This verse is an expression of God's readiness to hear the prayers of a repentant people. It was an invitation to come together, to the God of one's salvation, rather than continue in sinful ways that will only lead to judgment.
It is unfortunate that many once godly nations; have allowed ungodliness to reign in their lands, failing to recognize the seriousness of such action. Rather than a return to God; they continue to allow ungodliness to rule, unleashing the possibility of God's wrath.
In the apostle Paul's day there was a coming together of almost the whole city to hear the Word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spoke against that which Paul had spoken (Acts 13:44-45).
Many once godly nations have had times of a mighty revival spirit, a coming together, which now seems to have been outdistanced by other means. With the advancement of the Gospel through electronic means, one would speculate an even greater enhancement than the gatherings of the past.
But is it possible; even with the abundance of spreading of the Gospel through electronic means, that it is not being received, or promulgated to its fullness, as in previous years, even with modern technology?
A legendary evangelist of the first Great Awakening, Charles G. Finney, stated: Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours to a great degree. It there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.
If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit it responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact; but let us lay it to heart, and awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.
There has been a coming together for the immoral purposes of the ungodly. Such is being instructed in the youth of the land; at an early age, though teaching, programs, television, internet, and other means which enhances ungodly lifestyles.
Many who set in the pews, in many Western nations, indulge in the very things God's Word speaks against. A poem entitled: "The Church Walking with the World" suggests a reason why:
The World said: Your preachers are all too old and plain. They frighten my children with dreadful tales that I do not like to hear. They talk of judgments, fire, pain and the doom of the darkest night. They warn of a place that should not be spoken to ears polite!
I will send you some of a better stamp, more brilliant and fast, who will show how men may live as they please and go to heaven at last. So she called for pleasing, deemed gifted, and great, and learned; and the plain old men who had preached the cross were out of her pulpits turned.
There is a great need for a coming together; renewed in vigor towards God, of the ministry of God's Spirit, of God's anointing upon those called to proclaim the Gospel! Not just programs to promote growth, or secular entertainment to draw others. Under such a concept one may reap worldliness rather than holiness, with no lasting impression or determination to follow a spiritual life in Christ.
The freshness of God's Spirit needs to be felt throughout the land to harvest a fresh outpouring of God's Spirit; commitment for a life in Christ, forsaking the cares of this world, with a determination to walk in accordance with the Unadulterated Word of God!
Scripture reveals a day in which the gravitational hold of the earth will not prevent the saved of the earth from being a participation; not even the graves of the saved, for there will be a coming together to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16) to forever be with the Lord! A homecoming of all homecomings; with only those who have been cleansed of sin, by the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1 John 1:7), participating!
Scripture reveals that as we have been the image of the man of dust; Adam, the first man, was created by God in such a fashion (Genesis 2:7), we shall also bear the image of the heavenly as that of Christ after His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:49). Being "Born Again" is a spiritual birth, in Christ, making one qualified to inherit all the promises of God!
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