TOSSED TO THE WIND
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INTRODUCTION 

Tossed to the wind is a category that has allowed many nations to drift from once held godly values towards secularism, humanism, and liberalism.  There is an enlargement of the scope of man's ungodly ways; with the progression of ungodliness continuing in its domineering way, which can only lead to destruction. 

Scripture reveals: These are spots (stains) in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds (tossed to the wind concept); trees whose fruit withers, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots (Jude 1:12).

It was noted that such are compared to clouds for their number, for their sudden rise, being vainly puffed up in their fleshly mind; destitute of the true grace of God, declaring alliance to it but destitute of it.


Tossed to the Wind
Righteousness 

What we see being tossed to the wind (righteousness formerly proclaimed) is not for the betterment of mankind.  It was noted that one should not take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up (G. K. Chesterton).

There is a willingness to take the fence of godliness down without understanding its intended purpose; by a society having new progressive ideals; with phraseologies that appeal to the ear, yet are devastating to society as a whole.  

Deception Sprouting
its Wings

With deception sprouting its wings; the moral compass of yesteryear is being tossed to the wind.  We are seeing devastation not experienced in many years, record breaking disasters at every hand, with little crying out to God for deliverance, because of His being ushered to the background rather than the forefront.

Scripture reveals: The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff in the mountains before the wind, and like rolling things before the whirlwind (Isaiah 17:13).

Allowing Ungodliness
to Increase

We are seeing the fruition of allowing ungodliness to increase; being firmly planted by laws and rulings made to accommodate such growth. Scripture reveals: For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: It has no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall shallow it up (Hosea 8:7).  It was noted that they will be swept away in the judgment of God, and what remains shall fall to the hands of strangers to whom God would deliver them.  

Scripture reveals: You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped iniquity (lawlessness); you have eaten the fruit of lies: because you did trust in your own way, in the multitude of mighty men (Hosea 10:13).  Those words endeared to the fact that they contrived their own destruction; having shown great contempt for God's Word, and would suffer the consequences for having done so.

Destruction as a Whirlwind

Scripture reveals: When your fear (terror) comes as desolation (a storm), and your destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish comes upon you (Proverbs 1:27).  It was noted such will be the calamity that will be the occasion for fear; judgment as that of famine or pestilence, which lays all waste.

We are witnessing the potential of war from both within and without; with the greater threat being from within.  We are seeing crumpling of once held biblical values; tossed to the wind, by nations and individuals alike.  We are seeing a movement towards acceptance of ungodliness as in the Pre-flood days of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Babylon the hold of every foul spirit.

Relishing Ungodliness

Is ungodliness continuing to overpower with its destructive nature; with the people of the land relishing rather than rejecting it, with the righteousness of God being tossed to the wind rather than embraced? Is the profit of the almighty dollar not an allurement towards endorsing ungodly lifestyles?

Is the entertainment industry not benefiting from its ungodly content because the people love to have it so? Has one's conscience not been seared towards acceptance; as more is placed on the plate of acceptability?  If so, will it not lead to God's wrath; after His efforts to awaken the people has failed?

Destructive Nature
of Ungodliness

The Venus flytrap is a carnivorous plant of subtropical wetlands which catches its prey, chiefly insects, with a trapping structure formed by the terminal portion of each of its leaves, which are triggered by tiny hairs on its leaves inner surface.  When the insect craws along its leaves, contacting those tiny trigger hairs, the trap is sprung and immediately closes on its victim.

Can one not equate such to how one is leered into the destructive nature of ungodliness; with the enemy of one's soul (Satan) using the right bait to lure his victims; waiting as the Venus flytrap, for His victims to become ensnared?  The Venus flytrap has its trapping device to capture its unsuspecting victims; just as the evilness of our day is attempting to ensnare its victims!

Permissiveness and
Tolerance

It was noted that we are living in a very permissive day when the religious world (in many once godly nations) is tolerant to most and all kinds of standards and lifestyles.  This permissiveness and tolerance is the result of a self-willed and carnal minded society.  

As a result of such tolerance and permissiveness, many have altered their teachings, their standards, and even their interpretation of the Scriptures (being tossed to the wind), to comply with, and accommodate, the permissive and tolerant society of today.  Every few people hold to their heart's convictions; they change to blend in with their environment.

Acceptance of Secular
Society

There is a focus on acceptance of a secular society; with the ushering aside of biblical standards of yesterday (tossed to the wind category). The spiritual leadership of today; those of a younger generation for the most part, no longer hold to traditional values; with the mindset of the world being altered towards acceptance.

Scripture reveals: The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts (desires) they shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned into fables (that which is fictitious) (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

It was noted that preaching is the God-ordained means to prevent defection from the truth.  Teachers who appeal to itching ears tell people what they want to hear, not what they need to hear.

The Pulpit
is Responsible

A legendary evangelist of the first Great Awakening, Charles G. Finney, stated: 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.

Armor of God

Scripture reveals: We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take upon you the whole armor of God, and having done all to stand (Ephesians 6:12-13).  The armor of God consists of: Truth, Righteousness, Gospel of peace, Shield of faith, Helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

There is a great need for the application of the whole armor of God; for there is a never ending struggle, as opposing forces attempt to determine Word of God (tossed to the wind category) to appease certain ungodly lifestyles.

Scripture reveals: As the whirlwind passes, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation (Proverbs 10:25).  It was noted that the wicked seem to be in great power and authority but are no more.  As the whirlwind, which digs up the earth, makes a circle and buries itself in it; so the wicked dig a pit for others and fall into it themselves.

Standing for the
Truth

Let us, as believers in the saving grace of God (through the Lord Jesus Christ), not allow His blessed Word to be tossed to the wind, but rather firmly implanted in our heart and life.  Then let us, as believers, take a stand for the truths of God's Word, even in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.

Scripture reveals: You (the believer) are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid (Matthew 5:14).  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glory your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

It was noted that the light of the world (the believer in Christ) is to clearly shine forth into the darkness of human depravity.  Darkness is the abstinence of light; and darkness alone cannot dispel the light, but the smallest light can dispel the greatest darkness!

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