By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Wind of change has enlarged the scope of man's ungodly ways, with acceptance of the unfruitful works of darkness, rather than the righteousness of God. Since the fall of man, in the Garden of Eden, the progression of ungodliness has continued in its present domineering ways that can only lead to destruction.
Scripture reveals: If God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto punishment; and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; and turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow (destruction), making them an example that those afterward should live ungodly.
And delivered just lot, vexed (oppressed) with the filthy conversion (or conduct) of the wicked: For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed (tormented) his righteous soul from day to day with their ungodly deeds; the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to reserve the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished (2 Peter 2:4-9).
A Bible commentary noted: Future universal judgment of this world is illustrated by reference to the flood of Noah's day which came upon the old world. The universal extent of the Flood is given as an example of coming judgment at the end of this age.
The deliverance of Lot from Sodom and Gomorrah is used to illustrate the fact that God will deliver His own from the coming universal judgment. This should be encouragement to the upright in heart who are living in accordance to God's Word; having the love of God and the Lord Jesus Christ; not allowing the wind of change to alter their determination to wholly follow the Lord!
A man of God noted: We are living in a very permissive day when the religious world is tolerant to most any 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, there are many churches, and even denominations, which have altered their teachings, their standards, and even their interpretations of the Scriptures to please, to comply with, and accommodate this permissive and tolerant society. Very few people this day hold to their heart's convictions. They change to blend in with their environment.
Those words, written years ago, are even more meaningful today, as we see a continual wind of change come into focus in many modern day churches. There is a focus on acceptance of a secular society; with the ushering aside of biblical standards of yesteryear. The spiritual leadership of today; especially the younger generation, no longer hold the traditional values, based on God's Word, as in the past. The mindset of the world has been altered towards acceptance of the previously unacceptable.
Scripture tells of those who would bring falsehoods rather than uphold the truths of God's Word: These are spots (stains) in your feasts of charity (love feasts), when they feast with you, feed themselves without fear (serving only self): clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withers, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots (Jude 1:12).
A Bible commentary noted: Such are compared to clouds for their number, for their sudden rise, creeping into the churches; and for the general darkness they spread over the churches, being vainly puffed up in their fleshly mind; being destitute of the true grace of God, boasting of Gospel light and knowledge, but destitute of it.
Wind of change is not always for the betterment of mankind. One man said: Do not take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up (G. K. Chesterton). God's Word warns against the falseness of many professed believers; who help cultivate the church world of today, yet fail to owe up to God's standard for living a godly life.
They are willing to take the fence of godliness down; without searching its intended purpose. Though God intended the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah to serve as an example towards future generations; man has begin to tear down such a fence of warning, allowing access to the very thing He warned against.
Scripture tells of those who changed (or exchanged) the truth of God into (or for) a lie, and worshiped and served the creature (or self) more than the Creator, who is blessed forever.
For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change (exchange) the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly (shameful), and receiving in themselves that recompense (penalty) of their error which was meet (fitting) (Romans 1:25-27).
In many instances man has elevated himself above God! Though Scripture condemns the ways of the ungodly; the wind of change has made allowance for such. That which was hidden in a closet is now openly proclaimed with pride and arrogance.
A Sunday school commentary noted: All around us are the signs that modern man refuses to accept the fact that sin is his problem. Many no longer call homosexuality a sin but an alternate lifestyle. Abortion is now considered an expression of a woman's right. Those observations have vastly increased; as the wind of change continues its destructive course, in opposition to God's Word.
Scripture reveals: Were they ashamed when they had committed 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).
A Bible commentary noted: The peoples stubborn refusal to walk in the traditional ways of true righteousness is often mentioned by the prophet Jeremiah. Moving in their own paths and following their own way would only lead to Judah's destruction.
There is a wind of change, in many once godly nations, with acceptability coming to the forefront rather than rejection of the ungodliness that is being promoted. The electronic marvel of our modern day has helped introduce this wind of change; with many unknowingly consuming what has been placed before them.
We are seeing devastation that has not been seen in many years! We are seeing record breaking disasters at every hand, with little crying out to God for deliverance. The prophet Isaiah revealed: 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 thing before the whirlwind (Isaiah 17:13).
We are seeing the fruition of allowing the wind of change to blow in; not for the betterment of mankind, but of the destructive nature of ungodliness, immorality, being firmly planted through laws and judicial rulings in violation of God's Word. The prophet Jeremiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, said: Hear, O earth; behold, I will bring evil (calamity) upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts because they have not hearkened to my words, nor to my law, but rejected it (Jeremiah 6:19).
The wind of change has ushered in the killing of the unborn, still in the mother's womb; acceptance of homosexuality that is condemned in God's Word; same sex marriage in direct violation of God's establishment of marriage between one man and one woman; a transgender movement that is playing havoc with young people's minds, questioning their God-given gender, even attempting to alter such.
This only touches the surface of what the wind of change, in these latter days, has entailed; but it has not gone unnoticed by God! Scripture reveals: The Lord looks down from heaven; he beholds all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looks upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashions their hearts alike (individually); he considers (understands) all their ways (Psalm 33:13-15).
Scripture gives preventive measures towards not falling into the destructive ways of the wind of change: Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear (reverence) him; upon them that hope in his mercy; to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine (Psalm 33:18-19). Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us according as we hope in you (Psalm 33:22).
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness: but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
God is not willing that any should perish clearly expresses desire for the salvation of all who will trust in Him. Salvation also equates to the wind of change; that may bring devastating results, if one is not anchored in a caring Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, towards the salvation of one's soul.
Scripture reveals: Therefore, seeing you know these things (what is identified in God's Word) beforehand, beware, lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:17-18).
Times change and many change with them; but let us remember the words of a former quote: Do not ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up. Many today are attempting to tear down the fence of the righteousness of God; towards acceptance of ungodly ways, without first seeing why they were originally placed there in the first place.
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