By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Our Christian heritage is being hijacked with the sanctify of the church being challenged by those in opposition to the Word of God. Hijack is to overpower or take over something with no right to do so.
Daniel Webster stated: 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.
A Christian, living up the the standards of God's Word, should readily identify with the fact that our Christian heritage is being threatened; both outside and within as well.
We are seeing the Unadulterated Word of God compromised by allowing worldliness to filter into the church; first in a subtle way, then more openly. Our Christian heritage is being challenged by a younger generation of believers who no longer hold fast to what has been passed from one generation to another.
The sanctity of the church is being challenged by a cultural revolution that seeking to undermine its godly stand; by introducing ungodly ways that are becoming readily acceptable, rather than rejected.
Many once godly nations have sold their birthright as that of Esau. Scripture reveals: Lest there be any fornicator, or profane (or godless) person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright (Hebrews 12:16).
Esau was totally committed towards temporal and material needs; giving them priority over his rights as a firstborn. Our Christian heritage in like manner is selling its birthright.
Scripture reveals: Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:21). When Esau realized where his real treasure was; it was too late to claim it.
Our Christian heritage is being hijacked with acceptance of ungodly ways that are forewarned against in God's Word. Scripture tells us that the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold (or suppress) the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).
Ungodliness is failure in the religious realm. Unrighteousness is failure in the moral realm. There has been an allowance made for sin rather than adherence to God's Word. God loves the soul of every individual but does not condone sin, or ungodliness, to reign without reprisal; unless repentance comes to the forefront.
Scripture gives a reason why our Christian heritage has been hijacked: This is the condemnation that light is come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does (or practices) evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved (or exposed) (John 3:19-20).
Many once godly nations, that previously were a light to other nations, have done a reversal by the acceptance of ungodly ways that once were rejected. The Christian heritage of any nation; conceived in God, has been hijacked, with its failure to stand for the truths of God's Word God.
A Bible commentary noted: Preaching is the God-ordained means to prevent defection from the truth. There has been a deviation from such a responsibility; for had it not been, sin would not have continued to be rampant, and openly flaunted before all.
The Pre-flood condition of the world, in Noah's day, that brought judgment is now flourishing once again; the Sodom and Gomorrah setting which brought devastation (or destruction) is now flourishing once again; the hold of every foul spirit, noted of Babylon, is now flourishing once again!
There has been a frontal assault towards our Christian heritage with the pleasure of sin being masked over with acceptance. Scripture reveals: Evil men and seducers, shall wax (or grow) worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13).
The Apostle Paul warned Timothy, a young evangelist: The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine: but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; they shall turn away from the truth, and shall be turned into fables (or that which is fictitious).
But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of your ministry (2 Timothy 4:3-5). Preach the word; be instant (or ready) in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2). Our Christian heritage has failed in respect to the preaching and teaching of the Unadulterated Word of God in many Western nations.
In a poem entitled "The Church Walking with the World," its author unknown, are these words: The World said your preachers are all too old and plain. They frighten my children with dreadful tales that I do not like to hear.
They talk of judgments, fire, pain, and the doom of the darkest night. They warn of a place that should not be spoken to ears polite! I will send you some of a better stamp, more brilliant and fast, who will show how men may live as they please and go to heaven at last.
So she called for pleasing, deemed gifted, and great, and learned; and the plain old men who had preached the cross were out of her pulpits turned.
Dereliction of a God-given duty is helping promote the ungodliness that has become acceptable. Tolerance and appeasement has become the norm of the day rather than take a stand for God's Word.
Napoleon, the French Emperor, stated: The World suffers not because of the the wicked but because the righteous keep silence. There is unrest, and chaos in much of the world today with a cultural change that is not for the best, with any opposition being stilled by those who seek to control and demand acceptance of their ungodly ways.
Our Christian heritage is being threatened by those who would attempt to wipe out previous planted seeds of righteousness; bringing into focus the words of the prophet Isaiah:
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).
Many nations are attempting to close down churches; to override any godly standing, with a falseness that derives not the righteousness of God. Where once godly principles had been instilled; there is now a withdrawal allowing the ungodliness of man to flourish, with little or no reproof.
America was birthed in God. Its founding fathers formed our Christian heritage on godly precepts. However, our Christian heritage has been hijacked; with acceptance of ungodliness bringing it to a crossroads. If it continues (or any other once godly nation) in its present trend of rejection it can only lead to the judgmental side of God rather than His continued blessings.
Such nations are being weighed in the balance and found wanting; and it will take the Almighty hand of God to restore them to their former allegiance in Him!
Scripture reveals: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, 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).
God eagerly awaits a repentant heart so He can forgive, revitalize, and give new energy and hope as that of Nineveh. Scripture reveals: As Jonah began to enter into the city, a day's journey (or on the first day), he cried (or cried out), and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
So 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 3:4-5). God saw their works, that they turned away from their evil way; and God repented (or relented) of the evil, that he had said that he would do to them; and he did it not (Jonah 3:10).
A Bible commentary noted: 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, rather than judgment as their failure to repent would have necessitated.
I believe God has given amply warning to those who have withdrawn from Him, by allowing token judgments to be unleashed in a desire to see His people depart from evil and return to Him, as that of Nineveh.
It took Nineveh turning away from its evil ways; and turning to God in repentance, from the greatest to the least, before His judgmental stroke was withheld. Any nation, who have turned its back on God and His Word; can do no less!
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