By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Iniquity shall abound is an absence of moral or spiritual values; morally objectionable behavior, lack of uprightness with an ungoverned appetite. It is also lawless disorder; defiance of the law, not subject or restrained by the law, entertaining civil disturbance and willful disobedience.
Iniquity shall abound is being played out in both these areas; absence of moral or spiritual values and lawless disorder. One man said: Where law ends there tyranny begins (William Pitt).
There is much unrest in the world because tyranny is gaining an upper hand. The forces of evil have captivated the soul of man and in such a condition there is little listening to reasoning towards a peaceful solution.
Scripture reveals: We know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for manslayers.
For whoremongers (fornicators), for them that defile themselves with mankind (sodomites), for menstealers (kidnappers), for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine (1 Timothy 1:8-10). The lawless and disobedient are the ones who are defying the laws of decency and uprightness. They are egged on by satanic influences that attempt to annihilate the land of the good and just.
Scripture reveals: Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax (or grow) cold (Matthew 24:12). A Bible commentary noted: When such plays into the picture it promotes two things: (1) The abounding of iniquity and (2) the abating of love.
Wickedness has always been with us since the murder of Abel; yet there are times in which iniquity abounds in a special manner way; more extensive than ordinary. When violence has risen; it seems as if hell (a place of eternal punishment) has broken loose, with the love of mankind taking a back seat.
There is no love when one brings injury to their fellowman; there is no love when one is destructive bringing harm to others; there is no love when one destroys in an ill-conceived way. There are lawful ways to accomplish change; as established in the democracy of a nation.
There are nations with dissension because of extreme persecution; while in other nations moral and lawless disorder have become an uncontrollable element. This is a inroad to disaster because of having forsaken God. There has been a desperate attempt to appease those who are causing the most harm. There is no appeasement without the benefit of the God of peace coming to the forefront.
Abraham Lincoln stated: We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand that preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthen 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.
He warned that a nation divided cannot stand. Scripture reveals: Every nation divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand (Matthew 12:25). A great loss was suffered in a civil war that killed thousands; had unity (rather than division) prevailed it would not have necessitated a war. A peaceful solution is obviously the best solution; especially when one does not tie the hand of God by eliminating Him as the solution.
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. 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.
Iniquity shall abound has become a reality in the days in which we live; becoming more extensive in its disruptive nature, resulting in the abatement of loving one's fellowman. A Bible commentary noted: When iniquity abounds, seducing iniquity, and persecuting iniquity, love grows cold.
The devil is the accuser, working through others to dampen the love of one's fellowman, much to his glee. Iniquity shall abound is through devilish impulses placed there by Satan; in his desire to seduce mankind.
Scripture reveals: The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle to all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves (or are in opposition); if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledgment of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at (or to do) his will (2 Timothy 3:24-26). This affirms where iniquities point of origin is!
Iniquity shall abound is also described as blatant iniquity in God's Word: The fool has said in his heart, there is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: There is none that does good (Psalm 53:1). Woe to them that draw (or drag) iniquity with cords of vanity (or falsehood), and sin as with a cart rope (Isaiah 5:18).
Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work (or work out) evil upon their beds! When the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand (Micah 2:1). It is unfortunate with some looking the other way; laws are violated, with iniquity shall abound becoming the norm of the day; rather than peaceful solutions.
Scripture gives warning to those who relish iniquity: The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth (Proverbs 10:29-30).
God's Word encourages endorsing the truths of His righteous way: By mercy and truth iniquity is purged (or atonement is provided): and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil (Proverbs 16:6). Rejoice not in iniquity but rejoice in truth (1 Corinthians 13:6).
We are seeing many lash out with the tongue; spewing hatred. Scripture reveals: The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; so is the tongue (so set) among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets fire of hell (James 3:6).
We are seeing a lashing out of the tongue of condemnation; for political, or other gain, with no regard to the harm or damage it brings about, but rather one relishes in doing so.
Iniquity shall abound is a fulfilling of Scripture: This know that in the last days perilous times shall come (2 Timothy 3:1). All that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. Evil men, and seducers shall wax (or grow) worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:12-13).
When a nation begins to be overrun by the evilness of man; attempting to wipe out Christianity; one only has to fall back on God's Word, that tells the fate of those who have fallen into the role of the ungodly; unless repentance comes into the forefront.
Scripture reveals: Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful (Psalm 1:1). The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away (Psalm 1:4). For the Lord knows the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish (Psalm 1:6).
Scripture reveals that iniquity shall abound; but it also gives encouragement to the believer in Christ: Who shall separate us (the believer) from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword (Romans 8:35)?
No, in all these things are are more than conquerors, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:37-39).
Riotous times may come; dissension may arise, but the hope of the believer is in God's provision. After iniquity shall abound are found these words: He that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved (Matthew 24:13). Let us, the believers in Christ, hold fast to many assurances found in God's Word, towards the future of the faithful; for there is no such assurance to those who have not found the love of Christ in their heart.
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