The University of Missouri and the Problems Promised in Prophecy

” . . . For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom . . .” – Matthew 24:7

The world has not changed for the better over the last 20 centuries.  If the Lord’s timing is different than what many people think, it will not change for the better over the next 20 centuries.  Society is, and will be, all that the Bible tells us that it is, and will be, and one of the things that the Lord Jesus told us in “bright red ink on bright white paper” is that prior to His return, that rising racial turmoil will be a hallmark of a hell bound society.  He did not give it to us as a spiritual virtue either, He gave it to us as a sign and symptom of the season before He comes again.

I remember as a younger man reading the great Olivet Discourse with eagerness to see if I could see what no one  could see, or had seen in over 2000 years.  It never happened.  What did happen was that when I came to verse 7 I would wonder if the Lord was just repeating Himself for effect when He spoke of “nation – nation – kingdom – kingdom.”  Most people think of a “nation” and a “kingdom” as the same thing; but in fact they are not.

When we look behind the king’s English we find that the word for nation is the word “ethnos” in which we get our word, “ethnic” from.  According to Dr. Strong the root and concept of this word is “race”.  Now that being said, Jesus told us that “race would rise up against race” and that kingdom or country would rise up against country.  This is not a flowering promise for people to embrace, it is a thorn for us to be aware of, and understand what it means.  It means that things are happening (as always) just as Jesus said they would.

This prophecy is a pre-revelation of the sin in society as the world keeps on turning.  And the bad news is it is going to get worse . . . before it gets better.

After reading through the happenings of the Missouri campus and listening to the talking heads the only thing I see and hear is a plethora of people who are totally confused about what to do, and have no idea about how to get a handle on it.

The fact is that every white man, and black man, and green, red, and blue man for that matter is depraved from the substance of their soul.  The Biblical terminology is our “sin nature” – every man, woman, boy and girl has it.  In the context of the Missouri problem, (whether we are talking about Ferguson, or the U of M) the depravity of man, and the spiritual ignorance of the lost has mixed together for a confusing chaos the Lord is not the author of.

There is no doubt that black people have suffered, and do suffer from the abuse of some white people. Only a fool denies that fact.

Neither is there any doubt that some black people are so saturated with an “entitlement” spirit and “victimhood” attitude that they think it’s morally wrong to be white.

Don’t misunderstand – there are “entitlement minded white people” as well as “abusive black people”but those are the predominant generalizations that exist in society right now.

One protester that I read of made the statement, “this is 2015, we should be past this.”  I hope I don’t sound condescending when I say this, but what makes us think “2015” has anything to do with it.  The Bible says there is nothing new under the sun.  They could very well have said “It’s 1860 we should be past this.”  They could have said, “It’s 1950 we should be past this.”  Societies and civilizations do not “advance” with the passage of time, they digress.  Admittedly, in many places the fellowship and friendship between the white man and the black man is much better in our generation than it was in the previous, at least on a social level.   On many levels however what we are seeing in Missouri is not just about “black and white” it is about “conservative and liberal.”

The events that led to the conflict were purely a racial in nature.  Some of the things that have come about since the President and other officials have stepped down, have divided people not necessarily along the racial divide, but along the conservative/liberal divide.

At the end of the day, things are happening as Jesus said they would.  It is a tragedy, but it is the truth.  There is only one thing that will change it, and the world does not want to hear it, or accept it.  It is Jesus.  When Jesus enters the heart of  a man, the man changes.  If the man doesn’t change, then Jesus didn’t come in.  Jesus does not just come in to the heart of white men.  Nor does He just change the hearts of black men.  Jesus changes the hearts of lost men.  Until the hearts are changed, the minds will never be convinced.

The problems in Missouri are unredeemed hearts, unBiblical thinking, and uninterested people.  A good solid dose of repentance of sin, and faith in Jesus Christ is the only thing that will change anything, and therefore the only change worth making.

Kim Davis: Calling America’s Bluff

  “There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler:  Folly is set in great dignity and the rich sit in a low place.”   Ecclesiastes 10:5-6

There is far more that can be said about Kim Davis, the Rowan County Kentucky Clerk, that can be written in a single article or treatise.  The confrontation between popular culture and the people of scripture could not be more stark or foreboding. What we have seen in Kentucky, began in Eden, and will culminate at the throne.  In the mean time however, this conflict is just one play in the first quarter of the final game the American culture as we know it will ever play.  It is a first down in the Red Zone for the wrong team and the officials are dressed in their uniforms.  The sad thing is that this is one game they don’t know they can’t afford to win.  The wrong team winning will mean the wrong team ultimately losing, and it appears the odds are stacked in their favor.

When she refused to provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples she did far more than just stand with the scripture, intentionally, or unintentionally, she called the bluff on the American culture.  A nation which has long trumpeted “religious freedom,” even sometimes getting a favorable nod from the Anti-Christ Labor Union (ACLU), is being forced to admit what we’ve known for a long time.  She has brought to a fine point a conflict in which there is no real compromise.  Someone will win this down.

Can a Bible believing Christian hold public office, and administer that office like a Bible believing Christian?  According to Noah Feldman of the Chicago Tribune, the answer is no.

“It’s just fine — in fact, I think it’s admirable — for a public official to say that he or she won’t enforce any law that’s fundamentally immoral and in contradiction to God’s laws. But the only way to keep that promise consistent with the oath of office is for the official to resign when she thinks enforcing the law would be wrong. Given Davis’ statement of faith that it would violate her interpretation of God’s will to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, she should quit her position as county clerk. Indeed, she must — or she’d be living in a position of hypocritical sin.” – Noah Feldman – The Chicago Tribune

In fairness there have been various calls and outbursts on newscasts and in the background of stories with the same sentiment. “If you can’t do your job, resign.”  Which essentially states, “You should not hold office if you obey the Bible.”   Whether anyone wants to put it in these terms or not the end result is that Bible obeying people would, should, and have no other choice, but to abstain from running for or holding public office.  For this conflict to be framed with the “violation of conscience” discussion is one thing, but the broader thing is the ultimate effect of carving out conservative scripture believing people, and cornering them into avoiding public office influence.  For the Christian, every time the law forces them to disobey God, or forbids them from obeying God, that law becomes null and void to them.

The fact is that all things being rightly understood, we don’t obey the laws of the land anyway.  We obey God; and He has told us to obey the laws of the land.  In other words, I don’t pay taxes because I get a letter in the mail; I pay taxes because I have a Bible on my desk and in my heart.  I don’t sell drugs because there is a police force to deal with; I don’t sell drugs because the Word of God is the governor of my heart and mind as best as I can yield to it.  The reality is that any right thinking Christian is only “under the government” as the Government is Under God.  My seven-year old has no authority over my fifteen year old – until I tell my fifteen year old to do what the seven-year old says.  When the fifteen year old does what the seven-year old says, the fifteen year old is not obeying the seven-year old, she is obeying me.  This is a fact of the true Christian life that the world at best knows nothing about, at worst makes up its own version.

We should pray for Kim Davis.  One –  that she has the strength to stand; and that the people surrounding her will be a comfort and care to her and her family. Two –  that we can somehow cause a turnover.  This down will not be decided until she is either out of office, sentenced to prison and replaced, or the law is re-written to protect Bible believing people from having to choose between divine marching orders, and county ordinances.  Without question such laws would benefit the country more than the Christian and would unequivocally be a change worth making.

What Josh Duggar Proves for Biblical Christianity

”  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” – Romans 7:18

  “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” – Galatians 5:16-17

I do not know Josh Duggar, or the Duggar Family for that matter. I, like most people, only know them through the media.  They have my prayers, and for all intents and practical purposes, I’m still on their side.

The things that they publicly stand for, are the things every right minded individual ought to stand for; Biblical truth, personal purity, loyalty to Christ, and strong conservative Christian family values.  The presentation of their principles are spot on, and no serious minded Christian should be in disagreement with their spiritual stands.

Now that being said, the critics are having a holiday, and those who have stood by them and for them feel as though there is egg on their face, and I say this not to insult anyone, but both reactions are emotional, not Biblical, and are born out of unthinking ignorance.  Quite frankly plain and simple what has happened with Josh Duggar is the fact that he is prima facia evidence of the proof of the message of Biblical Christianity.  Religion has no power whatsoever; and man has absolutely no ability to live the Christian life in the flesh.  Period.

For those on the outside there are two possible scenarios pertaining to the assessment of Josh.  One – he is a man who is serious about religion, but has tried to live it in his own strength, and the result is that he proves the truth and message of the scripture . . . it cannot, it cannot, it cannot be done.  Man in his is greatest moral strength, and highest moral character cannot live in any form of reality the Christian life, regardless of his “religious rules.” Regardless of “presented character,” a man’s nature is a man’s nature, and all of man’s nature is wicked and powerless no matter how well it is dressed.

Or two – he is, and always has been a certified actor pretending to be what he never intended to be.  It is entirely possible that Josh has always manipulated his persona and reputation, while his real character coincided with his real nature . . . sinful and malicious.

The only people who can have a justifiable comment about which one it is, are those people who are actually the closest to Josh and have real life experience with knowing him.  To declare which one of those he is without actually knowing him is as foolish as signing up on an adultery site, and is a daylight demonstration of the fact that it “takes one to know one.”  The truth is that most certified hypocrites presume and proclaim all others to be certified hypocrites without having any first hand knowledge.

Now which one is Josh?  I don’t know, and if you’re not in the circle, you don’t either, so don’t act like you do.

The fact remains that everything surrounding this “great fall” proves the message of the Bible.

The first possible scenario is the primary case for the truth of the gospel.  Man has no power to be what he should be.  Religion may mask a man’s nature, but it cannot change it.  Furthermore true believers in Christ who attempt to live the Christian life under their own power and strength are destined to 1) fail to live up to the standard, 2.) fall into temptation, 3.) futility in their spiritual lives, and 4) be fodder for the enemies of the Bible.  The truth of the Bible is that you can’t do it.  You do not have the nature, the power, or the wisdom, to live a genuine Christian life.  Adrian Rogers said one time, “There is only one person who can live the Christian life . . . Jesus Christ.”  The truth of the Christian life is that Jesus in the form of the Holy Spirit, actually, not rhetorically, but actually has to be the power, nature, and character that takes us over and lives His character through us. (See Galatians 2:20; 5:16-25)

The second possible scenario no more undermines the truth of the Bible than a counterfeit twenty devalues a hundred dollar bill.  If the second scenario pertaining to Josh is true, that has absolutely nothing to do with the Christian principles and standards that Jim Bob and Michelle have been unashamed about so publicly for so long.  If Josh is an outright actor, it proves nothing but the fact that within Christianity there are outright actors; which all Bible believing people have always said, always proclaimed, and always explained.  Every legitimate Bible preacher, teacher, and believer I know, or ever will know, knows and says that the Christian world is saturated with counterfeit Christians.  That is no scandal that is the reality.  Just as certain as there are card carrying hypocrites with a capital H, the truth and message of the Bible is genuinely, truthfully experienced and enjoyed by scripture living Christians with a capital C.  No right minded, right messaged preacher or teacher has ever taught anything different.

It is not cliche to say that all of the Duggars as well as Dugger in-laws, friends, families, and church need to be prayed for.

As Christians, we never “think” without letting the Bible tell us “how” to think and we never respond without letting the Spirit of God have His way in our response. Reacting to Josh Spiritually and Biblically rather than emotionally or culturally is a much needed change worth making.

Why Gay Marriage is Not a matter of Equal Rights

 “For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.” Psalm 33:4 

One of the battle hymn choruses of those who have been championing the issue of gay marriage has been the drum beat chant of a cry for equality.  When five members of the U.S. Supreme Court said that which is immoral is no longer illegal, and the rest of us have to accept that; then the shouts of victory for equality began to echo from both coasts, and flyover country just had to listen to it.  The front and center cry for equal rights has been the background music and light show for every conceivable argument that liberals attempt to make for practically everything they are for that God is against.

Rightly understood everyone should be for equal rights.  It is wrong not to be for equal rights.  All men are created equal, and all men are equally fallen, and all men equally struggle with living in a sin-cursed, desperately evil world.  It is a virtue of justice and a strength of a nation that demands that all men be treated equally and justly in the sight of the law.  The Lord takes note of any nation that doesn’t treat men equally.  Ecclesiastes 5:8 – “If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.”  Justice for all is a matter of divine instruction, and judgment will ultimately fall on any people who embrace judicial perversion.

While equal rights is a matter of divine concern, men have to understand exactly what “rights” they do have; and what rights they don’t have.  One right man does not have is the standing to have “equal rights with God.”  Men may have equality with each other, but they will never have the right to have equality with God.  He is the source, course, and force of what is defined as truth, righteousness, holiness, and wholesomeness, and no amount of the population on earth has an “equal right” to define their own truth.

The premise that Gay Marriage is a matter of equal rights is a smoke and mirrors argument born in the smoke filled rooms of hell’s lowest office.  Marriage is a right only under heaven’s prescribed conditions, and man has not been given the right to re-prescribe those conditions.  Man no more has the authority or the ability to redefine the laws of marriage than he does the laws of mathematics.  Marriage is as much a divine and unbreakable law to God as gravity is to man.  Men do not have the right to rights God has not created.   In the same sense that prayer is a divinely qualified privilege, so is marriage.  Not everyone gets to pray.  No man has the right to be heard by God just because he wants to. Some people are on praying ground, some people are not.  We all may have the right to be heard in court, but no man has the right to be heard in heaven just because he demands to.  No man has the right to enter heaven just because he expects to. The Lord has decreed the requirements for such, and men do not get to vote on it, shape it, revamp it, just because they want the right to.  Men no more get to decide what marriage is, or isn’t, any more than they get to decide what it takes for a man to go to heaven.  As our constitution understands that we all have “certain inalienable rights” doing the work that God has already done is not one of them.  Men may pursue happiness, only as far as God allows.  Men may pursue liberty, but not beyond the bounds of God’s revealed word.  Men may pursue life, but it is not their right to find it, it is God’s right to give it, or take it.

The reality is that the cry for equal rights is not a cry for men to be equal with men, but for men to be equal with God. The current cry for equality is a feigned attempt to say “we have the right to define what marriage is,” which is tantamount to saying, “truth is whatever we want it to be;” which is to say, “we have the same say that God does.”

That being said, this is the ever-present fulfilling of man’s belief of Satan’s lie that “ye shall be as gods.”  What they claim is a matter of equality is nothing more than the fruit of depravity revealing it’s inglorious head.  Understanding men are to be viewed equally in the eyes of other men, but they have no right to be viewed equally with God is an ever-needed change worth making.


One Nation Under Judgment: How Same-Sex Marriage Is God’s Judgment on a People

This last week five of the nine Supreme Court Justices of the United States decreed that the U.S. Constitution does not legally prevent men from marrying men, and women from marrying women.  Not being a constitutional lawyer, I am not qualified to speak to the legalities of the matter or the nuances and principles hidden within the language of our nations preeminent legal document.  The end result therefore, is as one writer put it, stating that “genderless marriage” has legal protection under the law; which sets the legal stage for a society that increasingly welcomes the idea that gender is just a matter of personal choice.  Now in reality there is no such thing as same-sex marriage.  While it does not actually exist, there is a legal pretension that it does.  When I speak of same-sex marriage I am speaking of that legal notion, not any real existence of it.

All of this leaves the Bible believing Christian with frustrated feelings, mangled emotions, and almost speechless exasperation.  Our immediate tendency is to think that we are now getting ready for the judgment of God to fall upon America.  There seems to be an almost palpable feeling that we are waiting for the divine shoes to drop.  Are we waiting for another massive terror attack? Should we be anticipating the Grandmother of all earthquakes?  Will we suffer a surprise attack and attempted invasion by another country?  Is God going to crash our economy and send us into deep poverty?  Will there be some unstoppable plague? What about a Cataclysmic disaster?  Yellowstone’s super-volcano maybe? Not to mention the possibility of catastrophic climate chaos. We could go on with imaginative ways that God could and might send His divine wrath upon a people so bent on ridding their world of His presence, His principles, and His promises.  He certainly has good reason to, and we would be double foolish to think He couldn’t, or worse to think Him wrong if He did.  The culture of our country is certainly fattening itself for the slaughter.

He may very well be getting ready to send down the thunder, the people of our nation have certainly asked for it, and I’ll never say He won’t.  However, Biblically speaking, we need not wait for further judgment until we recognize that what is happening within this culture is in fact already a divine judgment.  There is no longer any point in wondering if God is going to do something to us, He already is, and the homosexual revolution is it.

In the days of Jeremiah when Israel was being judged, and before Jerusalem was being besieged, the weeping prophet cried, “O LORD . . . thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.”  (Jeremiah 5:3)  Isaiah the prophet also underscored a people who failed to see God’s judging hand, and respond to it when he said, “For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.”  I said that to say this . . . it is imperative for any culture, any people to recognize God’s judgment in their land, and respond to it, and when we take the current status of our culture and lay it under the microscope of scripture we cannot help but see that our present condition is in fact a result of the divine judgment of Almighty God.

Where do we see that and how can we know it?  I’m glad you asked.

When we turn to our Bibles to learn how God deals with people we find an abundance of ways that God judged cultures, countries, and nations.  There are two however, that stand out to us when we look at where we are, and what is going on.  One is a parallel example between the United States and the Nation of Israel; and the second is an outright declaration of how God handles a heartless people who refuse to receive His Word.

When we look at what God said about the nation of Israel in Psalm 80 and Isaiah 5 we cannot help but notice the same digression of protection in our own country that has taken place over the last generation.  In the parable of the vineyard, the prophet Isaiah speaks of how God removed His hedge of divine protection from His chosen nation.  He said in Isaiah 5:4-6 – “What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:  And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.”  What God did to Israel was very simple, He stopped protecting, pruning and providing for her.  When He did, like an unkempt garden, the wild animals came in to eat it up, the briers and thistles rose from the grassroots to choke it out, roaming strangers began to take ownership of the land, and to add to that, “He” stopped the rain.

Psalm 80:12 speaking of Israel as God’s vineyard wrote, “Why hast thou broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her?  The boar out of the wood doth waste it and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.” In the last generation we have seen China a nation hostile to our God and our values, run rough shod through our great economic industries, buying up our lands, and businesses.  We now financially live at their mercy as they hold the note on the U.S. government. They have military capabilities now that scare us to death . . . why? Because they got them from us?  They have “plucked our” land financially, militarily and if the current news scandals are true, they have plucked our land politically.  We wake up each day to new terror attacks in other places of the world yes, but we also wake up seemingly each day to new terror threats on our own soil. We remember the attacks on our own soil starting back in 93 with the first attack on the WTC.  Then we can go down the list, Oklahoma City, 9/11, (both of them – 01 and Benghazi) the Boston Marathon and Fort Hood, Texas, to list a few.  According to the Cato Institute an article edited by John Mueller, “”, since 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, our country has been targeted for terrorism 61 times in the last 14 years.  Thankfully they were not all successful; yet the wild boars keep running through the vineyard.

The briers and thistles of secular humanism, socialism, and militant atheism have reached heights of influence unprecedented in the history of our nation.  Though they have always been here, they have never been so influential in our culture as they are now.  The weeds of the godlessness are taller than the vines of fruitfulness, and cover the landscape like kudzu.

We are no longer a pruned and nurtured people.  The church that Christ established as a pillar and ground of truth for people to be nourished is seeing less and less attendance, but more importantly less and less repentance.  As a friend of mine once said, “People no longer repent, they change churches.”  When confronted with sin in their lives, it seems that on the whole one of two things usually happen, . . . they fire the preacher, or the leave the church. (I am thankful that I have never experienced this at the church that I pastor.) There are plenty of preachers out there that will gladly make the culture feel good on their way to an eternal death.  You no longer have to drive to Houston to learn how to smile big and hold your Bible high, you can do that now in record numbers of religious clubs with steeples on top of them.

All of that being said what the Lord did to Israel parallel’s the recent history of what is happening to America; protection, provision, and pruning seeming to be vanishing, if they have not already vanished.

The second passage of scripture, and the most pointed passage of scripture that explains to us what divine judgment looks like on a society is the famous chapter of Romans 1:18-32.  As Adrian Rogers used to say, this is black ink on white paper so it should be impossible to miss.

In Romans 1:18, the Apostle identifies for us a people that the Lord makes a divine decision about, and then he delineates what those divine decisions are.  In that verse he tells us that “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.”  In other words, God’s wrath can be clearly seen on a people who suppress the truth defined by God.  Throughout the rest of the chapter the Bible pictures for us three things that are actions of the wrath of God on a rebellious people.

1.) “God gave them up to uncleanness” – verse 24.  The first action a wrathful God takes on a people who suppress his truth is to turn them loose to the uncleanness they so desperately want.  Solomon understood this fact in Proverbs 1:29-31 when he stated, “For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.”  The uncleanness that he describes in verse 24 and 25 speaks of  indulgence of the flesh, and idolatry of nature.  As Paul said they are given up to “dishonor their own bodies” and “worship the creature more than the Creator.”  It is almost as though Paul was taking a picture of the Woodstock generation in which “free-love,” was the highest virtue, new drugs were the thinking man’s way out, and mother earth was the greatest deity.  The generation that touted Peace, Love and Rock and Roll, got haircuts, bought suits, and gave us HIV, the EPA, and the ACLU.  The generation that taught our country to dishonor their bodies with sex and drugs, has produced children and grandchildren (the ones they didn’t kill in their mother’s womb) that paint themselves like comic books, pierce themselves like pin-cushions, legalize marijuana, and vainly attempt to think they can legislate the control of the climate.  Self-satisfaction and abortion on demand is the highest cause, saving whales, hugging trees, and refreezing the polar ice-caps make for the most honorable of morals in this generation. When God takes His hand off of a people, self and nature become the objects of their most passionate affection.

2.) “God gave them up to vile affections” – verse 26  The second fingerprint of God’s revealed wrath is that when He removes His restraining hand on man, not only do they engage in uncleanness, but they then embrace vile affections. To borrow from John MacArthur, what Paul described in verse 24 as a “sexual revolution” in verse 26 turns into a “homosexual revolution.”  “Even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature, And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman being burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly . . .”  When a culture refuses to hear what God says, God will give them what they want, and here is what they want.  While they worship nature in verse 25, they defy even it in verse 26 and 27.  The Bible calls homosexuality a “vile affection.” When we peel back the king’s English of those verses we find that a vile affection means a “disgraceful, shameful, or undignified passion or feeling.”  Simply put this is the flesh unleashed!  Man left on his own turns to himself to engage and embrace every itch of depravity that saturates his soul.  What the Bible reveals to us here is the simple yet profound truth that when man with eyes wide open rejects God, God will with eyes wide open reject man, and leave him to himself.  Friend, the only judgment more severe than that is hell itself.

3.) “God gave them over to a reprobate mind.” – vs 28  The last fingerprint of judgment that Paul describes for us is the reprobate mind.  Literally it is a non-functioning and useless mind.  As Paul finishes the chapter he lists 21 different qualities of the man without a rightly functioning mind.  “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”   There is not time to cover each and every quality . . . but it is enough to say here that the number 21 is fitting.  Seven is the perfect number, three is the number of God, they are filled with unrighteousness meaning here is the fullness of their perfect defiance and rebellion against God.  What does it yield? – Perfect insanity.  A reprobate mind is completely insane, and beyond the capability of discerning divine truth.

While our culture has been irrational, unthinking, and morally bankrupt for a while, we are beginning to scratch the surface on reprobate minds.  From the sensation over Bruce Jenner, to the circus of Rachel Dolezal, people are gaining acceptance and public praise for things that used to put a person in an institution.  While these kinds of people have always existed, they have not always been paraded down main street like heroes, and praised like a superstar.  Our culture is beginning to welcome the idea that your gender can be whatever you want it to be, your race can be whatever you want it to be, your spouse can be whatever you want them to be . . . in short we are a culture of gods who without God demand the right to create their own reality.  More concisely put, we as a culture are going insane.

The fact of God’s wrath, and the facts of God’s wrath are spelled out for us in God’s divine word.  We do not have to wonder, we only have to read it, and believe it.  There is nothing more dangerous than seeing the judgment of God, and denying the judgment of God.  To see it happening but not say it is happening is treason against the divine King.

I do not know what God will yet do, but when I place the things I see in our culture, next to the things He says in His scripture, I cannot help but see that we are one nation under judgment.  Will there be more, that remains to be seen.  For now however, it is incumbent on every child of God to obey 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  That my friend is the only change that can be made.  That change is the only change that changes anything, and it will change everything; for our time it is the change worth making.