EMBRACING IMMORALITY
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INTRODUCTION

Embracing immorality is changing the makeup of many nations that once were of a godly nature; allowing immorality to surface and gain momentum, with acceptability being dramatized among the youth rather than godly precepts.  

We are seeing nations, once nourished by God, now weighed in the balance and found wanting, due to allowing immorality to reign within their borders.  


Embracing Immorality
Standing in the Gap

Scripture reveals: I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge (wall), and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none (Ezekiel 22:30).

It was noted that God was seeking a man to stand in the gap for the land; one who would present himself to the Lord on the behalf of the people; seek mercy for them, and act as an intercessor as Moses did for the people of Israel but found none.

Under such conditions there would be no intercessor, no reformer, no repairer of the breach, no restorer of paths to dwell in; as Abraham had for Sodom.

David and Goliath

Thank God for those who are like David (a mere shepherd boy) facing the giant Goliath; while all others were fearful and would not oppose him.  David become the one to stand in the gap for the land; that not even Goliath could oppose, because God's hand was upon him.  David's faith was in God; and that faith did not waiver, for he knew the hand of God had delivered him from the mouth of the lion and the paw of a bear.

Scripture reveals that David said to Goliath: You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled. This day will the Lord deliver you into my hand, and I will smite you (1 Samuel 17:45-46).

We are seeing many nations today being threatened by stronger and mightier nations; to gobble up the land, people, and their freedom; but if God be for them, who can be against them?  There needs to be a stand against embracing immorality, or any other abomination, that would be a detriment towards God's helping hand.  

Prolific Source of
Troubles

In Greek mythology a story is told of a box sent by the gods to Pandora, which she was forbidden to open.  She opened the box out of curiosity that loosened a swarm of evils upon mankind: a prolific source of troubles.

We are seeing evils that have engulfed many a nation who relish embracing immorality over godliness.  Ungodliness has multiplied by allowing the ungodly to be appointed or elected to positions of authority and influence.  There is a edging out of good and rushing in of evil, as warned by the prophet Isaiah.

Scripture reveals: Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight (Isaiah 5:20-21).  Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him (Isaiah 5:23).

A Deception Brewing

Many nations, formerly of a godly nature, are now embracing immorality that previously would not have been allowed to exist.  There is a new face being put on that is not a pretty one; heavily made up, to hid its true features.  There is a deception brewing, that is coming to a boiling point, that would invite the judgment of God to be unleashed; or a judgmental stroke applied to bring such a nation back to Him.

Scripture reveals: The Lord is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9); but just prior to that verse came a warning: Whereby the world that then was (days of Noah), being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire, against (until) the day of judgment, and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:6-7).  What is the status of nations today; are they facing God's wrath or abiding in His mercy?

Lodging of Vain
Thoughts 

Scripture reveals the words of the Lord spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness (embracing immorality), that you may be saved, how long shall your vain (wicked) thoughts lodge with you (Jeremiah 4:14)?

It was noted that such thinking can arise from many sources: embracing immorality through movies and television; carelessly surfing the Internet; listening to malicious talk; ignoring the Word of God; giving into a materialistic worldview.

Will we allow the sanctifying blood of Christ, to cleanse our heart and mind or will we persist in sin-filled thinking and experience God's judgment?  The answer to that question reveals what the final destiny of a nation will be; continuing in sin and degradation (by embracing immorality), or prevention of such through allowing godly instruction and learning to prevail in the land!

Voices of Past

It was noted that it is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people.  The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom (Horace Greenly).  It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible (George Washington).  The Bible is the rock on which our Republic rests (Andrew Jackson).

If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity (Daniel Webster).  

The ongoing efforts of the sinful world will normalize all sexual activity identified by the Bible as sexually immoral and doubtlessly continue. Nevertheless, Biblical standards of sexual morality are given by God but also for our well-being.  We are wise to recognize and honor this by moral living.  Voices of the past emphasizing the importance of God's Word and its influence instead of embracing immorality!

Parable of Vineyard

The Parable of the Vineyard notes that God fenced it, and gathered (cleared) out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein; and looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes (Isaiah 5:2).

Though this Scripture refers to Jerusalem and Judea; one could readily relate relate it to nations who have gone astray; embracing immorality rather than godliness, prompting a question from the Lord: What could have been done in it? Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring froth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes (Isaiah 5:4)?

God had sent His prophets forth; to stand in the gap for the land but the people refused to listen, rather relished in their ungodly and immoral ways.  Their misdeeds and ungodliness would lead them to producing wild grapes; not the grapes intended.

A Warning to Nations
Going Astray

In reference to the Parable of the Vineyard, God's response should be a warning to nations that have gone astray by embracing immorality:  I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up (consumed); and break down the wall (His protective hand), and it shall be trodden (trampled) down (Isaiah 5:5).

An option was given in the days of King Solomon (that could apply to today as well): 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).

Then comes a warning as in the Parable of the Vineyard: But if you turn away, and forsake my statues and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; then will I pluck you up by the roots out of my land which I have given you; and will cast you out of my sight, and will take it a proverb and a byword among all nations (2 Chronicles 7:19-20).

The Unrepentant in
Heart

Scripture reveals: Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned (Proverbs 6:27)?  It was noted that as fire burns clothing; by one's embracing immorality (to the unrepentant in heart) will come punishment. It is impossible; and equally vain to think that a man can embrace sin and it not be known, or he will not be hurt by it, in name and substance, or in his body, soul, and life.

It has been said that sin will do three things in one's life: It will take one where they never intended to go; keep one longer than they intended to stay; and it will cost one more than they intended to pay. Sin is costly business that separates people from God; however, genuine repentance brings forgiveness and restoration to God. Scripture reveals: The wages (cost) of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).

Clinging to Immorality
Versus Deliverance

Scripture reveals: Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God: Be not deceived: neither fornicators (sexually immoral), nor idolaters, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (homosexuals), nor abusers of themselves with mankind (sodomites), nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

And such were some of you (once embracing immorality): but you are washed (cleansed of sin), but you are sanctified (set apart unto God), but you are justified (declared righteous) in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).  Today is the day of salvation, making the kingdom of God one's abiding place, through repentance (seeking forgiveness), by asking the Lord Jesus to come into your heart and life, a cleansing and renewal in Him!

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