America at the Cross Roads

JULY 4TH – america at the cross roads

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

 

introduction – THIS PAST WEEK WE CELEBRATED THE 232 ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.  I LOVE OUR COUNTRY AND WHAT WE STAND FOR, BUT I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE DIRECTION THAT WE ARE GOING.  AMERICA WAS ONCE A NATION ADMIRED AND RESPECTED BY THE NATIONS AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD, NOT JUST BECAUSE OF OUR MILITARY POWER BUT OUR GOODNESS, OUR COMPASSION AND THE economic OPPORTUNITY OFFERED TO THOSE WHO CAME HERE, WORKED HARD AND OBEYED OUR LAWS.   I AM CONCERNED FOR OUR COUNTRY AND FUTURE GENERATIONS because i believe that we are going down a slippery slope of moral and spiritual decay.   the people we reward people that most reflect our values:  entertainers, movie stars, rock stars, SINGERS and professional atheletes.  we pay them hundreds of millions of dollars by attending their shows, listening to their music and attending their events.  the average american home now has accumulated over $30,000 of credit card debit.  we have taken out home equity loans to finance our indulgences.  our government is the biggest promoter of gambling sanctioning and profiting from the many lotteries and gambling casinos.  (gambling is a tax on the poor and the ignorant:  you do not see rolls royces, bentleys and ferrarris, lined up at the seven/eleven to buy lottery tickets.)  pornography is one of our fastest growing industries.   churches, as a whole are not growing.  instead of preaching god’s word, pastors are looking for a gimmick to lure people in.  sadly, we will get what we want, this is america!  there was a time when israel was at a cross roads and chose the wrong path there are lessons to be learned from their mistakes.

god told moses to tell israel that if they HONORED GOD AND OBEYED HIS COMMANDMENTS they would be blessed (DEUT 28:1-14)

  • ISRAEL CHOSEN BY GOD TO BE A KINGDOM OF PRIESTS, A HOLY NATION
  •  21 BLESSINGS FOR OBEDIENCE: (LIST FROM DAKE’S BIBLE PP 378)

god also told moses to tell israel that if they dishonored GOD & DISOBEYED HIS COMMANDMENTS they would be CURSED (DEUT 28:15-25) 

  • MOSES SPOKE THIS TO THE 2ND GENERATION OF ISRALITES THAT LEFT EGYPT
  • THE 1ST GENERATION HAD already DIED IN THE DESERT NOT RECEIVING GOD’S PROMISES because OF THEIR grumbling and unbelief
  • DEUT 28:15-20 GIVES 15 CURSES THEM & THEIR CHILDREN & THEIR PROSPERITY
  • THIS IS FOLLOWED IN VS 16 – 44 BY 30 CURSES OF SICKNESS, CROP FAILURE, WAR, CAPTIVITY, agricultural & BUSINESS FAILURE & POVERTY

AMERICA WAS FOUNDED AS A CHRISTIAN NATION & HAS BEEN BLESSED OF GOD

  • WE WERE FOUNDED AS A CHRISTIAN NATION BUT THE EVIDENCE IS IRREFUTABLE:
  • THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE BEGINS: “WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF EVIDENT THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, THAT THEY WERE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN INALIENABLE RIGHTS, AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.” our coins are stamped “in god we trust”
  •  GOD HAS BLESSED AMERICIA:  we have the highest standard of living of any nation in the history of the world,  WE FOUGHT TWO WORLD WARS ON FOREIGN SOIL, OUR ECONOMY & technology HAS BEEN THE ENVY OF THE WORLD until now
  • when an international crisis occusrs more food, clothing, doctors and other relief is sent from america than all the rest of the world combined
  • OUR CHURCHES HAVE SENT MORE MISSIONARIES TO PREACH THE GOSPEL THAN ALL THE OTHER NATIONS COMBINED.  NOW WE ARE THE ONES WHO NEED MISSIONARIES

 IF AMERICA DEPARTS FROM GOD WE TOO WILL INCURR GOD’S JUDGEMENT

  • IN 1962 WE REMOVED PRAYER AND BIBLE READING FROM OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS; we made it illegal to display the 10 commandments in public
  • WE HAVE A GENERATION THAT IS SPIRITUALLY ILLITERATE:  the bible is unknown
  • MANY OF OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE TURNED INTO WAR ZONES; THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION HAS GONE DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY
  • SINCE ROE VS WADE IN 1974 WE HAVE KILLED 50 MILLION UNBORN BABIES
  • our movies and tv programs are filled with gaphic violence and sex
  • ½ of the marriages performed in this country end up in divorce
  •  WE NOW HAVE 2.3  MILLION ADULTS IN PRISON AT A COST OF $60 BILLION PER YEAR
  • it is easier to preach the gospel on in russia than in most american cities
  • several of our mainline denominations have accepted homosexual and lesbian pastors and bishops, and sanctioned marriage between homosexual couples.  they no longer preach the cross of christ but a humanistic religion of their own invention
  •  THE GREATEST TRANSFER OF WEALTH THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN  IS GOING ON AS WE SPEAK:   OUR TRADE DEFICIT FOR THE 1ST 4 MONTHS OF 2008 WAS $707 BILLION
  • THIS WAS WHEN OIL WAS $90/BARREL. NOW IT IS NEARLY $140/BARREL AND PROJECTED TO GO TO $170/BARREL (A GALLON OF GAS COULD SOON COST $7)
  •  WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH OUR WEATHER:  THIS PAST WEEK THERE WERE 1000 WILD FIRES BURNING IN CALIFORNIA, WHILE TOWNS ALONG THE MISSOURI ARE EXPERIENCING DEVASTING FLOODS, THERE HAVE BEEN A RECORD OF OVER 900 TORNADOES ALREADY THIS YEAR ALREADY
  •  POLAR ICECAPS ARE MELTING AT RECORD RATES; SOON SHIPS WILL BE ABLE TO GO FROM THE ATLANTIC TO PACIFIC OVER NORTH AMERICA
  • IS THIS ALL JUST COINCIDENCE OR IS THIS THE BEGINNING OF GOD’S JUDGEMENT UPON AMERICA?
  • IN ROMANS 11 PAUL SPEAKS OF US BEING GRAFTED IN BECAUSE OF THE UNBELIEF OF ISRAEL, BUT WE ARE ALSO GIVEN A WARNING (ROMANS 11:17-22)

five conditions of israel’s continued blessings

  • if you hearken diligently to the voice of the lord (vs 1-2,9,13,15); if you observe and do all his commandments (vs 1, 13, 15); if you walk in his ways (vs 9); if you do not go aside (deviate) from any of the words of god (vs 13, 14); if you do not go after other gods or serve them
  • finis jennings dake says that there are 1522 if in scriptue, most of them expressing the conditions upon which god will bless men.   there is not one unconditional covenant, promise, or blessing to be found in THE ENTIRE bible.   (dakes annotated reference bible, pp 378, column 1)

CONCLUSION – JOHN ADAMS ONE OF THE SIGNERS OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE 2ND PRESIDENT OF THE U.S SAID ,”WE HAVE NO GOVERNMENT ARMED WITH POWER CAPABLE OF CONTENDING WITH HUMAN PASSIONS UNBRIDLED BY MORALITY AND RELIGION.  AVaRICE, AMBITION, REVENGE, OR GALLANTRY, WOULD BREAK THE STRONGEST CORDS OF OUR CONSTITUTION AS A WHALE GOES THROUGH A NET OUR CONSITUTION WAS MADE ONLY FOR A MORAL AND RELIGIOUS PEOPLE.  IT IS WHOLLY INADEQUATE TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ANY OTHER.” ON MARCH 6, 1799, PRESIDENT JOHN ADAMS CALLED FOR A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING. (READ AMERICA’S GOD AND COUNTRY, QUOTE PP 12, THEN PP 11).  PRESIDENT ADAMS QUOTED  ProVERBS 14:34 SAYS, “RIGHTEOUSNESS exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. “  THIS WAS TRUE WHEN KING SOLOMON WROTE IT, IT WAS TRUE WHEN ON OCTOBER 11, 1798 WHEN JOHN ADAMS QUOTED IT AND IT IS TRUE TODAY.  WE NEED TO PRAY FOR OUR NATION AND OUR NATIONAL LEADERS.  I BELIEVE AMERICA IS AT A CROSS ROADS.  as bad as it may seem, the bad news has a silver lining.  we have an unprecented opportunity to preach the gospel to the poor, to set at liberity those held prisioners to sin and let the oppressed go free.

Your Support is Greatly Apreciated

Speak Your Mind

*