We Must Understand
To be clear: Jonah did not deliver Nineveh—God did. It was God’s word. It was God’s message. It was God’s power that brought conviction which brought the city of Nineveh to a place of humility before him. If America is to be preserved, it will not be preserved by Donald Trump, Joe Biden, or any other politician.
Oh, God will use a man, but it will be the man God chooses to use and it will be the Hand of God that moves the man. Many times throughout the Bible we see God choose and use men of questionable ability or integrity. He often chooses the smallest, weakest, and most flawed to carry his message. Ultimately, He choses men with no message of their own, no personal agenda to achieve, no personal power or charisma to put on display. When Peter and John were dragged before the Sanhedrin in Acts 4 they were marked as “unlearned and ignorant men.”
“And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?” (Acts 3:12)
When Peter stood on the Day of Pentecost to preach his message was simple. At the heart of it: Jesus, God’s Anointed One has been crucified – and you did it. The response of the crowd was immediate and urgent: “Men and Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter’s answer was as blunt as his message, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
Solomon prophesied on the occasion of the dedication of the Temple, “If my people who are called by my Name will themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV)
The Prophet Ezekiel cried, “For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live! (Ezekiel 18:32)
“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8
Zechariah trumpets the cry of the heart of God, “Return to me, declares the Lord Almighty, and I will return to you, says the Lord Almighty.” (Zechariah 1:3)
John the Apostle pleads, “If we are faithful to confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
We under the delusion that we are in the midst of a political crisis where two factions are fighting for the soul of our nation. WE ARE WRONG. We are facing the overthrow of our nation – but it will not be overthrown by progressives, socialists, or communist. These are but tools in the hand of a Holy God who has had enough of our idolatry and rebellion. The United States of America is living in the shadow of the judgment of God, but He has given us the message that, if heeded, will turn away his wrath from the nation: Turn, purify, confess, repent.
Jonah was given a simple message to deliver to Nineveh – “Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” Jonah delivered that message, unvarnished and undecorated and the people of Nineveh heard it, they believed it, and they cried out to God for mercy. It would appear that many in the church no longer believe in the sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures to reach and change men’s hearts. It is not the Word of God plus fog machines and pulsating lights. It is not the Word of God plus rock music and humanistic psychology. It is not the Word of God plus anything.
If the church of the Lord Jesus Christ in America today is to be true to its calling the pulpit must grow a backbone. We will must sound the warning from coast to coast, from border to border––the wrath of God is upon us and unless we acknowledge our sin and turn from our wickedness, American will be overthrown. The message must be delivered without nuance, without subtlety, without regard for the howling response of sinners, without fearing the loss of our tax-exempt status, unconcerned that we might be prosecuted and imprisoned. It must be delivered with an absolute confidence that the power of God is in his Word and not in the method or the man.
Time is short and the stakes are high.
We have moved beyond the seeker sensitive era, beyond the shopping mall church, and beyond a church willing to compromise the authority of the Scriptures in an effort to make ourselves more comfortable and accommodating to the sinful urges of men. We must once again be the church crying out to men, “save yourselves from this untoward generation.” (Acts 2:40 KJV) The church was birthed in adversity. It flourished despite the sword and the flames of persecution. The message of the church was impactful in the culture because it was not a part of the culture; it was counter cultural. The church was always meant to lay itself across the path of the culture, to interrupt the flow of culture, to stand in the way of the culture. The role of the church in culture is to bring the voice of God into the conversation of man; to, by all means, turn the tide of mankind away from its own self-destruction and toward God.
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