If God doesn’t soon bring judgment upon America, He’ll have to go back and apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!” – Ruth Graham
It seems to me dear reader that, to borrow a phrase from Bob Dylan, “Times they are a changing”. But, many of the cultural shifts may not necessarily be for the better. Now, I’m not one of those people who whine about how much we’ve lost since “the good old days.” No sir, every generation has faced difficulties, struggles and uncertainties. Still, something is very different in this most disturbing hour here on Spaceship earth. Our societies are devolving at an accelerated pace and becoming what the Biblical writers would call “a wicked and perverse generation” controlled by “a brood of vipers.”
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In the USA, we kill thousands of tiny preborn human beings every day with impunity; giving no regard to their right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” If you dare question this practice you are usually met by a screaming horde of feminists and assorted liberal whines that defend the practice under the ruse of “choice” and “freedom over my body.”
And what about all of this gender confusion. Not sure if you’re a boy or a girl? Maybe you should enroll in an anatomy class. Frankly, young man, I do not care what sex you “identify” with today, you do not belong in a restroom with my daughter. Transgender rights? You can label it anything you like. I’m sticking with the old word – perversion. What ever happened to the societal practice of passing sound judgment upon the goodness or badness of human action and character (i.e.: moral scrutiny)? I guess that responsibility was usurped by freaks and the lunatic fringe after we started deportation proceedings against Almighty God and began electing valueless and spineless politicians to rule our land (with a few notable exceptions, of course).
Children are murdering their parents and one another. In some cities, law and order is despised. Racism is the new catchphrase to justify certain antisocial and criminal behaviors. Wicked and perverse practices are now deemed acceptable while Christians are routinely abused, smeared and in some cases utterly reviled – right here in the USA. Need I go on?
Ladies and Gentleman: Welcome to Sodom and Gomorrah.
He that becomes protector of evil shall surely become its prisoner.” – Augustine of Hippo
Why the correlation to these extinct Biblical metropoleis? That’s a fair question. Sodom and Gomorrah have become synonymous with unrepentant social depravity. They also represent the outcome of such societies – sudden collapse and destruction.
The Bible’s Newer Testament writer Peter once made this cogent observation:
5“And God did not spare the ancient world” except for Noah and the seven others in his family. Noah warned the world of God’s righteous judgment. So God protected Noah when he destroyed the world of ungodly people with a vast flood. 6 Later, God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and turned them into heaps of ashes. He made them an example of what will happen to ungodly people. 7 But God also rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him. 8 Yes, Lot was a righteous man who was tormented in his soul by the wickedness he saw and heard day after day. 9 So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment” – 2 Peter 2:5-9 – NLT
Referenced in this ancient text is a man called Lot. He was a righteous person living in a wicked city. The relentless depravity he experienced as a citizen of Sodom really stressed him out. I can commiserate. There are no shortages of “spiritual and social agonies” in my neck of the woods either. But truthfully, I also find it rather exciting to be alive at this moment in time. The decline and fall of a civilization doesn’t happen every day and, here we are with front row seats!
Some of my friends and colleagues get a bit irritated with me because I am not perpetually foaming at the mouth over the condition of the world. To what end? The world is what it is. I do pray for my nation regularly, but I have also read the back of the book (Bible). Depravity and the eventual decline and collapse of humanity has been predicted for thousands of years. My perpetual anxiety over the condition of the fallen human race would fix nothing. Instead, the constant irritation would just steal my joy and depress me.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” – Martin Luther King, Jr
Of course, I take the dictates of my Christian faith as serious as a heart attack. I am not ashamed to speak the truth that I have learned from the scriptures whenever possible and prudent. If you are a regular reader, you already know that. Swimming against the tide of popular culture has become for me an Olympic sport. But, like Noah, I am also quietly preparing my ark and waiting for the dreadful storm to begin.
The Liberator Jesus also made reference to the times of Noah on his visit to the earth. Here is what he said,
37“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 38 In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. 39 People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man, comes.” – Matthew 24:37-39
As in the days of Noah, the warning signs are everywhere today but people simply refuse to believe them. The “preachers of righteousness” are routinely mocked, scorned, despised and rejected. It’s a “new awakening”. Out with the old ways; welcome the new world order and (soon) a one world government. Such an amazing deception as the rank and file of our society slowly succumbs to an unquestioned belief in a “new age” philosophy. In so doing, the propaganda of an anti-Christ whose spirit has long been at work in the world continues to spread. This too was predicted nearly 2000 years go in the ancient scriptures:
1, 3-4 “… And now, what about the coming again of our Lord Jesus Christ? …For that day will not come until two things happen: first, there will be a time of great rebellion against God, and then the man of rebellion himself will come” the son of hell. 4 He will defy every god there is and tear down every other object of adoration and worship. He will go in and sit as God in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.
9-12 …This man of sin will come as Satan’s tool, full of satanic power, and will trick everyone with strange demonstrations, and will do great miracles. 10 He will completely fool those who are on their way to hell because they have said no to the Truth; they have refused to believe it and love it and let it save them, 11 so God will allow them to believe lies with all their hearts, 12 and all of them will be justly judged for believing falsehood, refusing the Truth, and enjoying their sins.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:1, 3-4, 9-12
I for one do not really care what happens to this planet as a whole. This world is not my home; just passing through folks. My true concern is for the people who are blindly wandering the decks of spaceship earth in search of the true meaning of existence. The secular education establishment, news media, social media, entertainment industry and liberalized religions are all doing their best to sow the seeds of destruction. I want to spend my time reaching out to this doomed and dying world with a message about God’s love and His liberating grace toward mankind.
When the Liberator Jesus first visited our earth, He made the scandalous claim that He was the emissary of God. His mission: liberate the doomed and stranded human race. Here is something straight from his lips that our politically correct society really hates:
“I am the Way – yes, and the Truth and the Life. No one can get to the Father (GOD) except by means of me.” – John 14:6
Yikes – so much for religious diversity. How insensitive and intolerant. Jesus was a BIGOT!
I agree. The unvarnished message of the Christian faith is offensive and radical to a lot of people. Perhaps this is why so many of our present-day mainstream denominational churches seem to care little about spreading the real message of the Liberator Jesus. Churchianity has replaced genuine Christianity in our culture. The power of a simple faith in the Almighty One is now diluted and in some respects made ineffectual by religious traditions. Some postmodern churches are so busy trying to be culturally relevant that they have become evangelically impotent.
Jesus never asked me to give to an organization the kind of exclusive devotion he demands from his disciples. Over and over, Jesus calls people to himself – out of the church, the culture, the economy, and the family.” – Michael Spencer
The Liberator Jesus said “I am THE way, THE truth and THE life” (John 14:6). How much clearer does his message have to be stated? He is THE way to God. He delivered THE absolute Truth when he visited earth embodied in human form. He alone can give passage to THE infinite life beyond this time space continuum to those who put their trust in him. It baffles me how such a plain and simple statement can be so misrepresented and misunderstood – especially among the supposed Christian population.
It comes down to this: do you want the freedom and the life that only the Creator of all things – your creator – (God) can give to you? Then you must decide if you believe what Jesus said. He made the bold (and to some infuriatingly intolerant) assertion that there is only one pathway to the one true God and he is that pathway. Like it or not, Jesus alone controls the power to set you free from the grip of your corrupt nature.
Apostate Clergy, Godless governments and the countless New Age gurus are useless when it comes to freeing a doomed human spirit. There is but one solution to escape condemnation – the Liberator Jesus and the message that He came to share.
1-2 “No condemnation now hangs over the head of those who are in Jesus Christ. For the new spiritual principle of life in Christ lifts me out of the old vicious circle of sin and death.” – Romans 8:2 – J.B. Phillips New Testament –
Here is what I know for sure, God has anchored my drifting heart to Himself through the message and the mission of the Liberator Jesus. He has shown me the way out from under the weight (vicious circle) of man-made religion and its laws. In the message of Jesus, I have found a new “spiritual principle of life”. I know that my right standing with God results from His love for me – not my good behavior. I am no longer a prisoner of my fallen nature. That malevolent side of me is still lurking deep inside but the Holy Spirit (who now lives within me) has control and His power unfettered my once wicked soul. As long as I continue to walk in harmony with that Holy Spirit within, my wicked nature is kept in check and if I stumble he picks me up and forgives me. I can do all things because His spirit living within my human spirit empowers me.
Judgement will eventually come to our modern Sodom. I’m not worried. Like Lot, I plan to “flee the city” before that great and terrible day of the Lord. How about you?
14-15 “And if no one will welcome you or even listen to what you have to say, leave that house or town, and once outside it shake off the dust of that place from your feet. Believe me, Sodom and Gomorrah will fare better in the Day of Judgment than that town.” – Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 10:14-15)
Almighty God, I have many friends who long to know honest, untainted truth. Some have been confused, hurt and angered by the conflicting messages of organized religion. Others struggling with misconception, somehow just got lost. I understand their frustration. I too walked away from you for a season in the prodigal days of my youth. Please help my friends to see that you are calling them to get to know you. Show them that this is not about joining a religion or embarking on a new church experience. You want a relationship with them. Thank you for touching their lives somehow, someway. I ask these things in the name of my redeemer – the Liberator Jesus. Amen.
Joseph A. Cerreta, PhD., is a noted author, broadcaster, a popular Bible teacher and a rabbid Coastal Junkie ®
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