OUR CHRISTIAN HERITAGE

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By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Our Christian heritage is being hijacked; to hijack is to overpower or take over something with no right to do so.  Daniel Webster said:  If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity 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 should readily see that our Christian heritage is being threatened; not only from outside influences but from within as well.  We are seeing the Unadulterated Word of God being compromised by allowing ungodliness to filter in; first in a subtle way, then more openly. 


Our Christian Heritage
(Younger Generation)

Our Christian heritage is being challenged by a younger generation who no longer hold fast to what has been passed from one generation to another.  An electronic age has helped promote ungodly lifestyles as being acceptable; causing many to reject godly principles.  

We are being challenged by a cultural revolution that seeks to change our Christian heritage, from the righteousness of God, by introducing ungodly ways that are becoming more acceptable.  Bible standards of purity are being outweighed by the ungodliness of man with many becoming blind to that fact.

Selling of Birthright

Many once godly nations have sold their birthright (that of a righteous nation) as Esau who sold his own birthright.  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 temporary and material needs; giving them priority over his rights as a firstborn.  To maintain our Christian heritage we must not sell out to those who would seek its demise.  When Esau realized where his real treasure was; it was too late to claim it. 

Allowance for Sin

Our Christian heritage is being hijacked with acceptance of ungodly ways that are warned against in God's Word; along with the result for having done so.  Scripture tells us that the wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteous 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 acceptance of ungodliness rather than strict adherence to God's Word.  God loves the soul of every person but does not condone sin or ungodliness that is allowed to reign without repentance.

Why Christian Heritage Hijacked

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 (sinful nature of man) 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 acceptance of ungodly ways that once were rejected.  The Christian heritage of any nation conceived in God will suffer hijack of godly ways; if they fail to stand firm in resolve to uphold Biblical principles.  

Openly Flaunting Sin

Preaching is the God-ordained means to prevent defection from the truth.  There has been a deviation from such a responsibility; for had the truth of God's Word continue to be promulgated, sin would not be as rampant and openly flaunted, as it has become.

The Pre-Flood condition of Noah's day that brought judgment is now flourishing once again; the Sodom and Gomorrah setting which brought destruction is now flourishing once again; the hold of every foul spirit noted in Babylon is now flourishing once again.  There has been a frontal assault towards our Christian heritage that has become a target of opportunity; by letting down our godly stance of yesteryear.

Turning Away from the Truth

The apostle Paul warned Timothy: 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) (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of your ministry (2 Timothy 4:5).  Preach the word; be instant (or ready) in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2).  There is a failure today, in many instances, to uphold those words!

Church Walking with the World

In a poem entitled "The Church Walking with the World" (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 thus 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.

Seeds of Righteousness

Our Christian heritage is threatened by those who would attempt to wipe out previous seeds of righteousness sown.  The prophet Isaiah revealed what the outcome would be:

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 have attempted to close down churches; to override godly standards, with a falseness that attempts to offset the righteousness of God.  Once godly principles were instilled (or planted); now there is a laxity of such, resulting in the ungodliness of man not only surfacing; but invading the land with little or no reproof.

Come Out from Among Them

Scripture reveals: Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship (or in common) has righteousness with unrighteousness?  And what communion has light with darkness (2 Corinthians 6:14)?  And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?  

You are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.  And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:16-18).

A Bible commentary noted: A Christian should live a holy life that reflects the nature of God who saved him.  He should separate himself from actions, influences, or people that will contaminate him.  He should apply the biblical principles of separation and avoid what is against a biblical standard of purity; any association that will harm, be offensive to the conscience, but to follow the example of Christ.

BIRTHED IN GOD

America was birthed in God!  Its founding fathers formed our Christian heritage on godly precepts.  Then our Christian heritage began to be hijacked by acceptance of ungodliness which brought it to a crossroads.

If it continues in its present trend of rejection of previously held godly values, and allowance for the sinful nature of man, it will only lead to the judgmental side of God rather than His continued blessings!  It will take the Almighty hand of God to restore such to their original stand in Him.

2 Chronicles 7:14 offers an invitation and solution:  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, restore, revitalize, and extend His mercy.

Nineveh Believed God

Scripture reveals:  As Jonah (the prophet of God) began to enter into the city, a day's journey, he cried out, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.  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 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 in judgment as their failure to repent would have necessitated.

Allowing Token Judgments

I believe America, and other once godly nations, who have allowed ungodliness to reign and fester; as a cancerous sore have been weighted in the balance and found wanting.  I believe God has given ample warning and is allowing token judgments to be unleashed; to wake such to the need of repentance.

It took Nineveh's turning away from its evil ways; and turning to God in repentance, before His judgment was withheld.  America, and other once godly nations, can do no less!

We Have Forgotten God

Abraham Lincoln, in an address to the nation, said: 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.

Our Christian heritage stands on taking those words to heart; not in continuing to walk on dangerous ground; by allowing the root of evilness to evade the land.  There is a great need towards repentance and a return to the God of one's youth!

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