THE EMBRACING OF
IMMORALITY

The-Embracing-of-Immorality

INTRODUCTION

The embracing of immorality is changing the makeup of nations that were once of a godly nature; having allowed immorality to surface and gain momentum.  We are seeing nations, once nourished by God, now being weighed in the balance due to allowing immorality to reign within their borders.


The Embracing of Immorality
No Intercessor

The Prophet Ezekiel, in speaking the words of the Lord, said:  I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge (wall), and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none (Ezekiel 22:30). 

It was noted that God was seeking a man to stand in the gap for the land; one that would present himself on behalf of the people; seeking mercy for them, and acting as an intercessor as Moses for the people of Israel, but found none.  Under such conditions there would be no intercessor, no reformer, no repairer of the breach, no restorer of paths to dwell in!

David Facing Goliath

Thank God for those who are as little David facing the giant Goliath; when all others were fearful and would not oppose him!  David became the one to stand in the gap for the land; that not even Goliath could oppose, because of God’s hand being upon David, who later would become the leader of the nation of Israel.  David’s faith was in God; and that faith did not waiver, for he knew the hand of God had delivered him from the mouth of the lion and the paw of the bear, and had confidence that He would deliver him again!

Scripture reveals that David said to Goliath: You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield; but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled.  This day will the Lord deliver you into my hand, and I will smite you (1 Samuel 17:45-46). 

We are seeing many nations being threatened by stronger and mightier ones; seeking to conquer the land, people, and take away their freedom; but through God’s delivering power they stand strong in Him! There needs to be a like-manner stand against embracing of immorality that would be a detriment towards God’s helping hand in the hour of need!

Prolific Source of
Troubles

In Greek mythology a story is told of a box sent by the gods to Pandora, which she was forbidden to open. She opened the box out of curiosity that loosened a swarm of evils upon mankind; a prolific source of troubles.  We are seeing a swarm of evils that has engulfed many a nation who now relish immorality over godliness.  Sin has encompassed many through allowing the ungodly to be appointed or elected to positions of authority and influence. 

There is the edging out of good and rushing in of evil, as warned by 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).  Which justify the wicked for reward and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him (Isaiah 5:23).

Day of Judgment

Wrath-of-God

The embracing of immorality by nations, formerly of a godly nature, is as a new face put forth that is not a pretty one; heavily adorned to hide its true nature!  There is deception brewing, coming to a boiling point, which invites the Judgment of God to be unleashed; or a judgmental stroke applied to bring a nation, or people, back to Him.  Apostle Peter wrote as to why such may not as yet happened:  The Lord is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). 

Just prior to that verse Peter noted:  Whereby the world that then was (pre-Flood days of Noah), being overflowed with water, perished; but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire, against (until) the day of judgment and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:6-7).  What is the status of nations today; are they facing God’s wrath or abiding in His mercy?

Wickedness and Vain
Thoughts

It was noted that we are suffering from the corrosive immoral breath of the 21st century. The secularism, humanism, materialism, liberalism, and commercialism of our day have devastated our resources of security. The Prophet Jeremiah; in speaking the words of the Lord, cried out:  O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved, how long shall your vain (wicked) thoughts lodge with you (Jeremiah 4:14)?  It was noted that today such thinking can arise from many sources: The embracing of immorality through movies and television; carelessly surfing the Internet; listening to malicious talk; ignoring the Word of God; giving into a materialistic worldview. 

Will we allow the sanctifying Scriptures and the purifying blood of Christ to cleanse our heart and mind or will we persist in sin-filled thinking and experience God's judgment?  The answer to that question reveals what the final destiny of a nation or people will be; continuing in sin and degradation, or prevention of such through allowing godly instruction and learning to be prevail in the land!

Fires of Freedom

It was noted that it is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people.  The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom (Horace Greenly).  It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible (George Washington).  The Bible is the rock on which our Republic rests (Andrew Jackson). 

If the fires of freedom and civil liberties burn low in other lands, they must be made brighter in our own. If in other lands, the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our effort here to keep them free.  If in other lands the eternal truths of the past are threatened by intolerance, we must provide a safe place for their continuation (Franklin D. Roosevelt).

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 (Daniel Webster). Voices of the past emphasizing the importance of God’s Word and its influence!

Parable of Judgment

Fifty-Six

The embracing of immorality could fall in tune with the Parable of the Vineyard, which later became a Parable of Judgment!  The Prophet Isaiah noted that God fenced it, and gathered (cleared) out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein; and looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes (Isaiah 5:2). 

A question was asked: What could have been done more to my vineyard that I have not done in it? Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes (Isaiah 5:4)! God had sent His prophets forth; to stand in the gap for the land that He would not destroy it, but the people of the land refused to listen, rather relished in their ungodly and immoral ways!  Are we not seeing such happen today in the embracing of immorality?

Hedge of Protection
Removed

The Prophet Isaiah gave God's response in the Parable of the Vineyard: I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up (consumed); and break down the wall (protection), and it shall be trodden (trampled) down (Isaiah 5:5). 

An antidote to such a call of judgment was given to King Solomon by God:  If my people, which are called by may name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, 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). 

It was noted that while this promise was given regarding the people of Israel, it is applicable to all who call on the Lord in repentance and faith.  This verse reflects a high expression of God’s loving readiness to hear the prayers of a repentant people!

Failure to Repent

Scripture reveals the result of failure to repent:  If you turn away, and forsake my (God’s) statues and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; then will I pluck you up by the roots out of my land, which I have given you; and will cast you out of my sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all nations.  And they, which pass by, shall say, why has the Lord done this?

And it shall be answered, because they forsook the Lord God, and embraced other gods, and worshiped them, and served them; therefore He brought all this calamity upon them (2 Chronicles 7:15-22).  Many take God for granted; of His willingness to forgive, but overlook the fact that He will not forego the sin of the people without judgment; if failure to repent necessities it!

Salvation of the Soul

The embracing of immorality, without repentance, and the benefit of a Savior (the Lord Jesus Christ), will commit one’s soul to the very pits of Hell, in which there is no escape once judgment has been pronounced. Scripture reveals: God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), that whosoever believes in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). 

He that believes on the Son has everlasting life; and he that believes not the Son, shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides (remains) on him (John 3:36).  Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13)! Today is the day of salvation, with an opportunity to make heaven one’s final destiny, through a prayer of repentance, asking the Lord Jesus to come into one’s heart and life!

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