Is the Church the Hope for America?

Two posts ago I made the case that the left in America was victorious and had amassed power that makes it unassailable. The last post explained why conservative political entities did not stand a chance of defeating this liberal juggernaut. On the outside chance that another man with Reagan’s gifts appears on the scene, we might get an eight-year reprieve, but that’s the best we can hope for.

But what about the church? It is tasked with being salt and light. Isn’t that a source of hope? Yes, if the church will do its job. However, the contemporary evangelical church will not. Let me explain, and this is easy to understand.

  • 2Peter 2:5 describes Noah as a preacher of righteousness. He tried to warn people that because of their sin they were under the judgment of God, and that disaster would soon strike.
  • Nathan told David, “Thou art the man.” In case something might get lost in the translation, that is not the same as “You da’ man,” meaning that David was cool, but it referred to David being under God’s judgment for his sin.
  • Elijah told Ahab: “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and have followed the Baals.” (1 Kings 18:18 NKJV)
  • We read regarding John the Baptist: “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!’” (Matthew 3:1-2 NKJV)
  • Likewise Scripture records this about Jesus: “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” (Matthew 4:17 NKJV)
  • We read this regarding Peter’s message on the day of Pentecost: “’Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Men and brethren, what shall we do?’ Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” (Acts 2:36-38 NKJV)
  • Paul in preaching to those in Athens said, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent….” (Acts 17:30 NKJV)
  • Jonathan Edwards was instrumental in the initiation of the First Great Awakening through his sermon, “Sinners in the hands of an angry God.”

Let me share a few excerpts from that sermon. Edwards says this about sinners:

  • They deserve to be cast into hell; so that divine justice never stands in the way, it makes no objection against God’s using his power at any moment to destroy them. Yea, on the contrary, justice calls aloud for an infinite punishment of their sins. Divine justice says of the tree that brings forth such grapes of Sodom, “Cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground?” Luke 13:7. The sword of divine justice is every moment brandished over their heads, and it is nothing but the hand of arbitrary mercy, and God’s mere will, that holds it back.
  • They are already under a sentence of condemnation to hell. They do not only justly deserve to be cast down thither, but the sentence of the law of God, that eternal and immutable rule of righteousness that God has fixed between him and mankind, is gone out against them, and stands against them; so that they are bound over already to hell. John 3:18. “He that believeth not is condemned already.” So that every unconverted man properly belongs to hell; that is his place; from thence he is, John 8:23. “Ye are from beneath:” And thither he is bound; it is the place that justice, and God’s word, and the sentence of his unchangeable law assign to him.
  • They are now the objects of that very same anger and wrath of God, that is expressed in the torments of hell. And the reason why they do not go down to hell at each moment, is not because God, in whose power they are, is not then very angry with them; as he is with many miserable creatures now tormented in hell, who there feel and bear the fierceness of his wrath. Yea, God is a great deal more angry with great numbers that are now on earth: yea, doubtless, with many that are now in this congregation, who it may be are at ease, than he is with many of those who are now in the flames of hell.

You can read the rest here: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/edwards/sermons.sinners.html

I read that two very prominent evangelical leaders talked with President Clinton when he was in the midst of the Monica Lewinsky affair and delivered the message that God loved him at his deepest core.

That explains why we have no hope in the evangelical church as it exists today.

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