By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Battering ram against righteousness is descriptive of a cultural revolution that is threatening the very core of the "One Nation Under God" concept. The battering ram was a military weapon in ancient times to beat down the walls of a besieged place. It was highly effective particularly when in use by the Roman army.
Figurative speaking it is being used in our modern day moral breakdown to ram away at any opposition towards stopping or adverting its advance. Many once godly nations are becoming immune to biblical guidance; or even allowing such to be a part of life and upbringing. (Comment)
The 2015 U. S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same sex marriage was only a prelude to another earth shaking moral breakdown; the transgender movement. Its acceptance by an immoral society has fostered additional problems. The biblical values which made America the greatest nation on earth are now threatened with an attempt to drastically reduce such values through a battering ram against righteousness mentality.
A film titled "Time Changer" offered a glimpse of the erosion of moral values over a 100 year period. Its narrative reveals how the church has allowed the diminish of godly values and becoming secular in nature.
Moral decay is in direct opposition to the righteousness of God which exalts a nation (Proverbs 14:34). Laws are being instituted to embrace ungodliness; along with judicial rulings. The capacity towards ungodliness is flourishing as a battering ram against righteousness in a merciless assault.
The Unadulterated (or pure) Word of God needs to ring loud and clear without watering it down to the tickling of the ear (2 Timothy 4:2); telling people what they want to hear, not what they need to hear.
A legendary evangelist of the first Great Awakening, Charles G. Finney wrote: Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours to a great degree. 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 famous 19th century French statesman and historian traveled to America to discover the reasons for the incredible success of this new nation, he wrote: Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.
We are seeing a culture revolution today that far exceeds what our forefathers could have imagined. Who could have imagined biblical marriage giving way to same sex marriage?
Who could have imagined the chaos being created by a transgender movement that questions the God-given gender identification at birth? Who could have imagined medication and surgery being provided to change that identity? Who could have imagined the sex, nudity, and language evolution that has taken place? Who could have imagined the drugs, alcohol, and immorality that has surfaced?
A Sunday school commentary noted: We are in a crucial moment throughout what once were the Christian nations of the Western world. Many today, in these nations, want secular values without reference to God.
It will take a mighty outpouring of God's Spirit; and a willingness to pay heed to "What Thus Saith the Lord" to awake people out of their acceptance of ungodly ways and the attitude of tolerance towards allowing such to take place.
Many once godly nations need a renewal in God; to return to His ways, not that of man's own devising (Romans 10:3). Leadership needs to be instilled with godly values; not to depart from them because of the influence of an immoral society.
The battering ram against righteousness; allowing the ungodliness of man to flourish is an ongoing problem that needs to be addressed, before God intervenes with a judgmental stroke! Many times throughout Scripture, a warning was given, with man ignoring that warning, then judgment came.
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Product of the world are those who have become addicted to sin and wickedness through various means available.
A coming out! A day of reckoning; past offenses being revealed, with many being called to task for former abuses, with a new found freedom not formerly granted.
The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (or suppress) the truth in unrighteousness.
Ungodly persuasion has been on a upswing; with open reign towards exploiting the ungodliness of man, opposing any who would attempt to countermand.
It takes the right bait to make a catch! What method is our adversary the Devil using to catch his intended victims?
Return to Egypt in this text is used in a figurative sense but during the time of the wilderness experience it was a reality in the hearts of many.
The nature of sin is towards the appeasement of fleshly desires of man and allures one into its deceptive nature while hiding its real intent.
Dwelling in wickedness has become a normality in many once godly nations. There is an adoption of evil ways that far exceeds Babylon which was the hold of every foul spirit.
Breaking free is a reminiscence of the cry of David in the 40th Psalm. David had a sure hope and firm expection of God's help to deliver Him in a time of duress.
Blind leading the blind has attributed to many falling into the snare of deception. The way that seems right may not be the best or righteous way.