W R Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Restoring godliness is a must to those nations who have tasted the goodness of God but allowed ungodliness to surface with acceptability rather than rejection. It was noted that things which once would have shocked Christians are now commonplace. There is much that does not disturb the church like it once did.
Many Christians have been lulled into believing that all is well. There may be small victories, a revival here, a church doing a good work there, but where is the moral outrage necessary to petition God for a new reformation or another great awakening?
Scripture reveals: The time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end of them be that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear (1 Peter 4:17-18)?
The Apostle Paul wrote: I marvel that you are so soon removed (walking away) from him that called you into the grace of Christ to another gospel; which is not another; but there would be some that trouble you, and would (want to) pervert the gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:6-7). It was noted that so soon removed can be translated to quickly deserting. The Galatians were in the initial stage of defecting from God to a different kind of gospel; other than which had been previously taught.
Paul responded with: As we (ministers of Christ) said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel to you than that you have received, let him be accursed (Galatians 1:9). But I certify (make known), that the gospel which was preached to me is not after (according to) man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11-12).
There is a dereliction of duty in the pulpit today that does little to motivate restoring godliness in the land. There are those who profess Christianity but lack spiritual fortitude; having been spoon fed the niceties of God's Word, rather than the Unadulterated (Pure) Word of God. This is why we are seeing evil forces dominate while the church remains silent.
Scripture reveals: Help Lord: for the godly man ceases; for the faithful fall (disappear) from among the children of men (Psalm 12:1). A reason why evilness is allowed to take root was identified by a legendary evangelist of the first Great Awakening, Charles G. Finney, in saying: 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 (restoring godliness).
Scripture reveals: The Spirit of truth (God's Spirit) whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you (the believer) know him; for he dwells in you, and shall be in you (John 14:17).
It was noted that we are entering a period of time that not only the world cannot see the Spirit of truth; but many in the church has lost sight of Him as well. Sometime prior to his death, General Booth of the Salvation Army, uttered this significant prophecy:
I consider the chief dangers that confront the coming century will be Religion without the Holy Ghost (that of God's Spirit); Christianity without God; and Heaven without hell. Words of the past often come to fruition when such becomes identifiable when one's eyes are open to the truth.
A Bible dictionary defined godliness as piety towards God and conduct which springs forth from a proper relationship with Him. It is not done from a sense of duty, but that spontaneous virtue that comes from the indwelling of Christ that reflects Him.
Scripture reveals: He that says he abides in him (in Christ) ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked (1 John 2:6). It was noted that while no one can duplicate Jesus' atoning ministry, believers are called on to imitate His devotion to God. Restoring godliness requires such a walk.
Scripture tells the believer: Put off concerning the former conversation (conduct) of the old man, which is corrupt according to deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24).
Scripture reveals: Know that the Lord has set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call upon him (Psalm 4:3). For the grace of god that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly, in this present world (Titus 2:11-12).
It was noted that we are in a crucial moment throughout what were once Christian nations. Which will it be Christian biblical values or totally secular values? Many today want secular values without reference to God. This gives a clear indication that there is a dire need towards restoring godliness; versus secular values which brush aside the Word of God.
Ungodliness has become advanced through electronic devices that promote its spread. We are seeing once godly nations robbed of morals and Christian heritage with a dire need towards restoring godliness that was once a recognizable trait in the land.
Many are becoming desensitized or immune to the ungodly language structure of today, with immoral portrayals of ungodly lifestyles being promoted as normal; openly proclaimed with pride and no shame.
In the days of the prophet Jeremiah sounded the alarm, speaking the words of the Lord, in declaring: Were they (the people) ashamed when they had committed (allowed) abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit (punish) them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord (Jeremiah 6:15).
Scripture reveals: Let us (the righteous) hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (Hebrews 10:23). The just shall live by faith: but if any man drawback, my soul shall have no pleasure in him (Hebrews 10:38).
I beseech (implore) you therefore brethren (the church), by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable (rational) service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1-2).
It was noted that one is to resist being poured into the mode of the present day thinking, value systems, and conduct of this world. Restoring godliness will take strict adherence to God's Unadulterated (Pure) Word.
Scripture reveals that one is to abhor that which is evil, cleave (cling) to that which is good (Romans 12:9). Many today ignore such a warning; having scorned its intended message, by acceptance of that which is evil. Unless God intervenes, restoring godliness will not be acceptable to a world indulging in sinfulness and blinded to the truth.
The prophet Isaiah foretold of such a time, in saying: Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that but 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). Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him (Isaiah 5:23).
The Apostle Paul wrote: If our gospel is hid, it is hid to them that are lost (perishing): in whom the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).
Paul identified the need of restoring godliness in saying: The servant of the Lord (a Christian), is in meekness to instruct (correct) those that oppose themselves (are in opposition); if God peradventure will give them repentance to (so they may know) the acknowledgement of the truth. That they may recover (come to their senses) out of the snare of the devil (Satan), who are taken captive by him at (to do) his will (2 Timothy 2:25-26).
A Bible dictionary defines universal restoration (restoring godliness) as the final recovery of men from sin and alienation from God; to a state of happiness and universal salvation. There is presently a dramatic reversal towards the darkside of sinfulness, rather than the glorious light of the Gospel.
We re seeing evilness as in the pre-Flood days of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Babylon which was the hold of every foul spirit. Restoration is the act of restoring to a former state; a renewal, and reestablishment of that which was lost. Similar words are: An about-face, rebirth, recommitment, and regeneration.
Godliness is conformity to the laws of God; the state or quality of being godly. Similar words: Heavenly-mindedness, holiness, righteousness, spiritual-mindedness, and unworldliness. For one to be holy in the sight of God, is a reflection of the in-working of God's Spirit; after conversion (salvation) through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us pray that a mighty revival spirit will begin to outweigh the domino effect of contagious sin; with the glorious gospel of Christ being boldly proclaimed, the Unadulterated (Pure) Word of God being the dominant factor; with the end result of restoring godliness in the land!
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