By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Permissive society of today warrants a day in court in regards to allowing ungodliness to flourish in the land. This permissiveness and tolerance is encouraged by a self-willed and carnal minded society. There is little censorship today as man allows his vilest nature to be unleashed.
There are many Western churches who have changed bylaws to accommodate the permissiveness of such a society. There are far to few voices crying out against this change in direction!
Scripture reveals: Wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your vain (or wicked) thoughts lodge within you (Jeremiah 4:14)? A Bible commentary noted: In this verse God's sovereign wisdom allowed Judah and Jerusalem to cause their own destiny by believing their own lies, even though repentance was continually urged through His prophet.
Today, there is an absorbing, as a sponge, which is offered through many ungodly venues. There are immoral movies; television programming, internet sites, and social media filled with profanity, vulgarity and nudity. The ungodly have instituted their own ideal of entertainment which far surpasses any form of decency.
Scripture reveals: Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing (or deceiving) spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:1-2). This refers to acceptance, rather than rejection, and has helped rob many once godly nations of their morals and Christian heritage.
A Sunday school commentary noted: Careless surfing of the internet; listening to malicious talk; ignoring the Word of God; giving into a materialistic worldview helps promote offensive thoughts within one's mind. Will one allow the sanctifying Scriptures and the purifying blood of Christ to cleanse heart and mind; or will one persist in sin-filled thinking and experience God's judgment?
God's Word needs to be promulgated, and received, to a greater degree in the permissive society of today. It needs to be shouted from the roof top; openly proclaimed; for we are living in devious times, in which man is pursuing a course that is contrary to the will of God!
Man is allowing the appeal of the flesh to override the righteousness of God. Because of laxity, in many once godly nations, to preach the Unadulterated (or Pure) Word of God; many have become lax in standing true to God's Word.
There is a new generation of believers that no longer pursue the godly stance of past generations. There is now a gospel of appeasement being preached which precludes the convicting power of God's Word to prevail. Scripture reveals: Preach the word; be instant (or ready) in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
For 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; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned into fables (or that which is fictitious) (2 Timothy 4:2-4).
Daniel Webster proclaimed: If truth is not forthcoming, error will be; if the power of the gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.
Pleasure without conscience is a failure of society to promulgate the fate of such; if allowed to continue. How far will man elevate himself towards God's wrath; allowing the permissive society of today to reign?
Scripture reveals: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteous of men, who hold (or suppress) the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). The prophet Isaiah cried out: Your iniquities (or lawlessness) have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear (Isaiah 59:2). None called for justice, nor any pleaded for truth: they trust in vanity (or empty words), and speak lies; they conceive mischief (or evil), and bring forth iniquity (Isaiah 59:4).
The permissive society of today will not bring one into harmony with God; but will draw one further from Him. We are seeing ungodly deeds unfold: Same sex marriage in defiance of God's Word; acceptance of homosexuality which is condemned in God's Word. Scripture reveals: For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature.
And likewise the men, leaving the natural use of the women, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly (or shameful) , and receiving in themselves that recompense (or penalty) of their error which is meet (or due). And as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate (or debased) mind, to do those things which are not convenient (or fitting) (Romans 1:26-28).
A door has even been opened for one to question their God-given gender; with an attempt to alter that which God created. Our youth's minds are being polluted by ungodly agenda that is being introduced. It will take a wholehearted commitment to God to restore any once godly nation to its former stand in God. The permissive society of today will only lead to self-destruct; not a renewal in God!
A Sunday school commentary notes the outcome of the permissive society of today: No nation can continue to ignore God and sin freely without suffering the consequences of that lifestyle. No matter how blessed a nation has been, if it forsakes God and fails to repent, it faces His judgment. Regardless of how much the world attempts to glamorize sin, it is still sin, and sin invites His judgment.
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