By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
A ripple effect spreads causing other events to happen one after the other. We are seeing this happening in America, and other nations, as well.
When sinful lifestyles are promoted, accepted, and become dominate in our society; it only encourages increased ungodliness. An example would be euthanasia. It was first used for humane purposes for animals; and then adopted as a procedure for persons who suffer incurable illnesses.
One country started out doing so from 13 years old and up; then included any infant up to one year old. Now it is seeking to cover the 2 to 12 years old as well! Such has had a ripple effect; as one can readily see. If approved; that nation's entire population would be legally permitted to utilize this practice.
Legalized abortion, in America, and other nations; started out to protect a woman from pregnancy complications; or if she had become pregnant through rape. It has now exploded into an epidemic; being labeled a woman's right and legally permissible.
A Sunday school commentary noted: Our nation is suffering from the corrosive immoral breath of the 21 century. Abortion is now considered an expression of a woman's right. Many no longer call homosexuality a sin but an alternate lifestyle. Adultery is now viewed by some as merely a relationship.
One's actions are remembered long after one's existence on earth ceases. I remember actions, and influences, of many who I come in contact with over the years; even after they have gone on to be with the Lord.
Biblical instruction also remains with us; its life-giving message through words penned very long ago. The supernatural guidance of the writers of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16); has had a ripple effect on all who read, and understand, that it is the inspired Word of God.
America is accepting the message of the ungodly; rather than the God of its youth. It has allowed ungodliness to reign through judicial rulings, and laws, that help institute and demand obedience to the ungodliness being promoted.
The apostle Paul cried out to those of his day: Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth (Galatians 3:1)? You did run well; who did hinder you? This persuasion comes not of him that called you (Galatians 4:7-8).
Many churches in America, and other Western nations, have forfeited their power to lead because of allowing the infiltration of worldliness (1 John 2:15); and acceptance of ungodly lifestyles. Those who have embraced a policy of appeasement, tolerance, and political correctness have failed in their responsibility to uphold the Word of God!
Scripture reveals: God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting (Galatians 6:7-8). The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).
God does not condone sin but is longsuffering not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Not willing that any should perish expresses His desire for the salvation of all!
God provided a positive "ripple effect" to occur towards salvation of man; to cleanse one of sin; that came on mankind, through disobedience to His Word in the Garden of Eden. God allowed His only begotten Son; the Lord Jesus Christ, to suffer and die on the cross; that through His precious shed blood one might have the forgiveness of sins, bringing salvation to ALL of mankind (John 3:16-17).
Timeless messages that are seemingly endless in value.
Breathing room is sufficient space to permit freedom of movement. It gives a person room to study the situation at hand.
Receiving the mark 666 is much enhanced in the world today through modern day communication and technology.
Vulnerable to evil influences is a trend that is growing in a society that is fast becoming pagan in nature.
A healthy body is imperative towards sustaining life; whether it be physical or spiritual.
Addiction of sin has increased, in these latter years, with the help of electronic devices that no longer reflect the morals of a once godly nation.