Erosion of godly values has escalated in these latter days with a desire to undermine the Word of God with a social gospel that is taking root in our society. It was noted that any country grounded in Christian values cannot be overthrown until those roots are cut (Antonio Gramsci).
Methods to accomplish this task: Eliminate prayer in schools; discredit the family as an institution; break down cultural standards of morality; promote ungodly lifestyles as normal, healthy, and natural; infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with social religion.
Erosion of godly values is not a myth but a reality in the hour in which we live with a flow of stench that raises from its far reaching effect. Erosion is the process of wearing something down, a gradual decline, lessening as if by an erosive force. Christianity, in once moral nations, has taken a backseat as forces of evil began to undermine any influence once offered.
There is an instructive force of ungodliness coming forth as a cancerous growth that seems unstoppable. There is distorting of once held moral values, by a wicked and adulterous generation that seeks to fit into a flow of life that is contrary to God’s Word.
Scripture reveals: Your tongue (the ungodly) devises mischief (plans destruction); like a sharp razor, working deceitfully (Psalm 52:2). The Apostle James wrote: The tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles (James 3:5). The tongue can no man tame; it is unruly evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8).
It was noted that the tongue is like a razor; the razor is but a small instrument, and the tongue is but a little member: the razor is a sharp and cutting and so is the tongue. The tongue is a system (world) of iniquity that sets on fire the whole course of life and is even set on fire by Satan, the adversary of one’s soul.
We are seeing adversity springing forth that is ungodly in nature (demonic); seeking to control and dominate, and it is the use of the tongue that promotes its continued livability.
Scripture reveals: You love evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. You love all devouring words, O you deceitful tongue (Psalm 52:3-4). The Apostle Paul declared: Now the Spirit (Spirit of God) speaks expressly, that in the latter times (which we are in) some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing (deceiving) spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared as a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:1-2).
It was noted that having one’s conscience seared as a hot iron is being branded (scarred) in one’s conscience. We are seeing an increasingly disloyalty towards God’s Word, through instructional Biblical teaching and preaching that would disavow the Unadulterated (Pure) Word of God, not realizing the implications for having done so.
It was noted that preaching will bear its 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 (Charles G. Finney). Those words were conveyed in the First Great Awakening; is there not a need to sound the alarm today as well?
The religious community is not held guiltless; especially in the hour in which we live, when recognition is given to what is contrary to God's Word, with biblical standards of holiness no longer pursued as before. It was noted that the religious community is being tempted to pursue social status rather than sanctification (being set apart unto God), and respectability rather than the moving of God’s Spirit.
The church is
standing at a crossroads; which road will it take, the new guidelines being
imposed, or allegiance to the Unadulterated (Pure) Word of God without
Sometime prior to his death, General Booth of the Salvation army, uttered this significant prophecy: I consider that the chief dangers that confront the coming century will be Religion without the Holy Ghost (that of God's Spirit); Christianity without Christ; Forgiveness without regeneration; Morality without God; and Heaven without Hell.
It was noted that we are living in a very permissive day when the religious world is tolerant to most any and all kinds of standards and lifestyles. This permissiveness and tolerance is the result of a self-willed and carnal minded society.
As a result of such tolerance and permissiveness, there are many churches, and even denominations, which have altered their teachings, their standards, and even their interpretations of the Scriptures to please, to comply with and accommodate this permissive and tolerant society. Very few people this day hold to their heart’s convictions. They change to blend in their environment.
It was noted that where there is no fear of God, no reverence for God, every evil can and will abound. The idea that we humans will be good without God is a deceptive fallacy. When people are devoid of the knowledge and wisdom that come from believing God and having reverence for Him, they become morally corrupt, exceedingly evil, violent and destructive.
God having power and authority to create also has power and authority to destroy that which He creates. This was shown by the pre-Flood days of Noah. When humans become so evil, that every thought and imagination of the human mind and heart was only evil continually, God decided to destroy from the earth the humans He had created. To give life and take away life are both within God's authority.
It was noted that 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.
We have forgotten the gracious hand that preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these things were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us (Abraham Lincoln). Have those words been lost in the shuffle of remembrance of the past?
God in His covenant with King Solomon, regarding the people of Israel, 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).
But if you turn away, and forsake my statutes 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 make it a proverb and a byword among all nations (2 Chronicles 7:19-20).
God’s wrath toward those who continually forsake Him (through erosion of godly values) is very real; as well as His mercy, as revealed in Nineveh’s fate. Scripture reveals: The word of the Lord came to Jonah (a prophet of God), saying, arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the preaching (message) that I bid (tell) you (Jonah 3:1-2). And as Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey; he cried (cried out), and said, yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown (destroyed).
The people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth (a sign of repentance), from the greatest of them, even to the least of them (Jonah 3:3-5). And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented (relented) of the evil, that he had said he would do to them, and he did it not (Jonah 3:10).
It was noted that God did not change in His ultimate intention toward the Ninevites; rather they changed in their attitude toward Him. On the basis of that change, God could deal with them in grace (mercy), rather than in judgment as their failure to repent, would have necessitated.
Many nations, and individuals, have yet to move towards the mercy that God showed Nineveh, having failed to recognize the need for such, relishing in the ways of the wicked, and their sinful lifestyles, with such being made attractive through flowery words and deception.
Has the religious world helped pave the way towards judgment by failing to identify sin as the result of erosion of godly values? A Nineveh type repentance came through God's man of the hour (Jonah) speaking what God ordained him to speak! No easing of the severity of it but point blank as given by God!
It was a sounding of the alarm, by God’s watchman towards repentance; with the result of putting away and receiving the mercy and forgiveness of God, rather than judgment. Erosion of godly values has happened due to failure to proclaim the truth, the destructive measures associated with it, with a failure on man’s part to honor and uplift the Word of God without compromise!
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