A SPOILED GENERATION

By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)


INTRODUCTION

A spoiled generation is one that does not line up with God's Word; but rather flourishes under the leadership of the ungodly.  Has the Pre-flood days of Noah risen again? Has Sodom and Gomorrah risen from the ashes becoming more dominate than ever before?  Is Babylon, the hold of every foul spirit, allowing its polluting influence to come into focus?

Scripture reveals: God spared not the old world (Pre-flood days), but saved Noah the eight person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; and turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemning them with an overthrow (destruction), making them an example to those that after (afterward) should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:5-6).

Babylon, whose sins had reached unto heaven, and God remembered her iniquities, whose plagues shall come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who judges her (Revelation 18:8).


A Spoiled Generation
Wrath of God

A spoiled generation; unless repentance comes into focus, will not escape the wrath of God.  Scripture tells us: The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (suppress) the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).

A Bible commentary noted: The wrath is not the revelation of a future judgment of God or of the Great Tribulation (spoken of in the Book of Revelations), but a present revelation that parallels the present revelation of God's righteous.  Ungodliness is failure in the religious realm (which we are presently experiencing).  Unrighteousness is failure in the moral sphere of injustice toward man (which is very much in evidence).

Average Duration
of Civilization

A Sunday school commentary noted: It is estimated that the average duration of the world's great civilizations has been about 200 years.  A study of these civilizations reveals their mortality was not due to lack of mental ability but to moral degeneration.

A spoiled generation no longer thirsts for righteousness but unrighteousness; with its moral compass no longer functioning as it once did.  For such a generation to register a proper course it needs to be zero in on the Word of God; lack of such contributes to allowing immorality to prevail, without restraint.

Scripture reveals: Be not conformed to this world but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).

Voices of the Past

John Adams stated:  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people; it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.  Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can security stand.

Daniel Webster: Moral habits cannot be safely trusted nor any government be secure which is not supported by moral habits.  Ronald Reagan: If we ever forget that we are one nation under God then we will be a nation gone under.

These are voices of the past reflecting on the need for continued moral upbringing based on God's Word; living one's life in a godly manner, that a nation might prosper and be spiritually sound, not falling into a spoiled generation concept.

Little Foxes Spoil
the Vine

King Solomon wrote: Take (catch) us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines; for our cities have tender grapes (Song of Solomon 2:15).  A Bible commentary noted: The little foxes brought havoc in ancient vineyards; representing the little things in human relationships that weaken previously strong spiritual bonds, a plea for relationships that does not allow such.

Noah H. Mack stated: Those who have been watchful to safeguard our heritage have not been watchful enough; allowing the little foxes to creep into the vineyard, having become so numerous and big, that they can no longer be driven out by ordinary methods, for they well-nigh have possession of the vineyard.

Fostered in Ungodliness

Scripture reveals how faith can lose out in one generation (a spoiled generation): They (Israel) forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed after other gods, the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves to them, and provoked the Lord to anger (Judges 2:10).

Many lands are allowing corruption to be implanted in the land; forsaking the God of their creation, being fostered in ungodliness rather than godly ways.  A spoiled generation is like a spoiled child wanting to have its own way.

Stubbornness and Rebellion

Scripture reveals: I was grieved (angry) with that generation, and said, they do always err (go astray) in their heart; and they have not known my ways (Hebrews 3:10).

A Bible commentary noted: God was displeased with such a generation; taking notice of their sin, and a determination to punish it; along with their unbelief, ingratitude, and idolatry.  Their sins not only sprung from the heart but continued through stubbornness and rebellion.  They no longer took notice of God's ways of providence toward them.

A spoiled generation fits into this description; with many once godly nations no longer benefiting from God's umbrella of protection, having withdrawn themselves from such, which is not God's desire but is promoted through a rebellious state.

Workers of Iniquity

The Psalmist David wrote: Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? Who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord (Psalm 14:4)?  A Bible commentary noted: Psalm 14 could be dedicated to atheist.  With the denial of God's existence often comes moral decay and human depravity of the human race.

The very essence of the term "a spoiled generation" lies in this descriptive narrative of Psalm 14: They have no knowledge; or if so, have no desire to adhere to God's Word.  Such are without remorse of conscience; feel no need to call on God, to pray to Him, serve or worship Him, for He is not considered an asset to their life.

Contrast Between Wise
and Foolish

A spoiled generation seeks its own path; without regard to God or man.  The Book of Proverbs gives a contrast between the wise and the foolish:  As the whirlwind passes so is the wicked no more; but the righteous is an everlasting foundation (10:25).  The fear of the Lord prolongs days; but the years of the wicked shall be shortened (10:27).  He that walks in his uprightness fears the Lord; but he that is perverse in his ways despises him (14:2).

Righteous exalts a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people (14:34).  The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord; but he loves him that follows after righteousness (15:9).  A high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked is sin (21:4).  

A Generation Pure in
their Own Eyes

Scripture reveals: There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness (Proverbs 30:12).  A spoiled generation fits into this category for they cannot see the error of their way; or understand the fruitfulness of walking in a holy manner.

Scripture reveals: They think it strange that you run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you (1 Peter 4:4).  Such do not understand the makeup of a Christian when Christ comes into their heart and life; in that they no longer live in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God (1 Peter 4:2)!

Ungodliness Supplanted
Instead of the Word of God

A spoiled generation is one that once stood upon the foundation of God's Word; but has allowed ungodliness to be supplanted instead of the Word of God. 

Abraham Lincoln stated: We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.  But we have forgotten God!

Failure on Man's Part

A legendary evangelist of the first Great Awakening, Charles G. Finney, stated: Brethren, our preaching will bear it legitimate fruits.  If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours to a great degree.  If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. 

If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it.  If Satan rules in our halls of Justice, the pulpit is 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.

A Holy Nation

Scripture reveals: You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar (special) people; that you should show (proclaim) forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness (sin) into his marvelous light (salvation through Christ Jesus) (1 Peter 2:9).

This was in reference to Israel but now includes those who have received Christ into their hearts and lives and living in accordance with God's Word.  It was never intended that a spoiled generation concept enter into the picture.  Scripture reveals: God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), that whosoever believes in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

However, sin became a dominant factor when Satan entered into the picture (through the serpent); so did sin and the fall of man.  Scripture reveals: This is the condemnation that light (the Lord Jesus Christ) is come into the world, and men loved darkness (sin) rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19).

He that believes on the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son, shall not see life (that of a heavenly reward); but the wrath of God abides (remains) on him (John 3:36).  The choice has to be made in this world; by every individual, as to which direction one takes towards eternity.  Scripture reveals: It is appointed to men once to die but after this the Judgment (Hebrews 9:27).

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