Our nation has gotten in a horrible condition in many ways and most importantly its opinions and attitudes toward the true Christian doctrine. While the American churches have sent missionaries abroad to various nations for decades, yet now we see other countries evangelizing America. In some areas of righteousness even communist countries such as Russia have recently made declarations opposing certain sins that our U.S. government now promote. These deviant lifestyles place us in direct contradictions to the Holy Bible teachings. There is nothing new about this approach to living worldly rather than godly.
Judges 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Judges is one of the saddest books in the Bible. It concerns Israel as she tried repeatedly to live without God’s authority & help in their life. When people choose living any & every way they desire, confusion & judgments always ensues. In this chapter a man that stole his mother’s savings of 1100 pieces of silver, but later confessed and restored the silver to her. With part of the money returned she hired a founder to make many idols until his house was full of gods. He quickly appointed one of his sons as a priest & consecrated an ephod with other items that was once used to worship the true God & dedicated them to provide their religious & spiritual desires. It has always amazed me that man will live without God but will never live without a religion.
Judges 17:4-5 Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah. 5: And the man Micah had a house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.
Although it was forbidden to do so, but when God isn’t in charge of our lives or the nation it isn’t long until idolatry & paganism substitutes his presence. I have watched this type of spiritual transition take place, especially in the past 25 years. What does the word of God have to say about this subject, not that it really has any bearing what God says in many of American’s minds today. However, someday I believe that everyone will stand before God and be judged for the deeds he performed on earth in his lifetime.
Rev. 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12: And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13: And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14: And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15: And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Here and other places in the scriptures we find that mankind will be judged of God for not obeying his word and what is pleasing in God’s eyes. In that day it won’t matter what we think or our denominational decrees declare, but only what is written in the bible.
Isa. 5:14-16 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. 15: And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled: 16: But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.
Man couldn’t get things right in the Garden of Eden by himself and he certainly can’t accomplish the task today without the favor and grace of God enabling us.
Prov. 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.