Watching America being destroyed from within keeps driving me back to revival as the only possible solution. Which amounts to saying that God is the only possible help but He isn't answering prayers for revival these days, as I've noted before. Either He's determined on judgment as the only righteous response to our condition, or we aren't meeting His conditions for revival.
I keep hoping the latter because that at least gives us the opportunity to ponder what conditions we aren't meeting and whether we could meet them. The ones I listed in an earlier post are probably not the full list. In fact I can hardly believe I left out the gay agenda, because there are churches that have capitulated to that too. The nation is suffering from every kind of Political Correctness and the Gay Agenda is the latest and most aggressive version of it, but I've been thinking of the nation's ills as those the Church is to tackle after we've cleaned up our own act. How can we rally against violations of the First Amendment freedom of religion when we're full of offenses against God within our own ranks? Problem is all the ills of the nation are to be found in the churches as well. We even have "gay churches." And all churches that call themselves by the name of Christ need to be addressed by the Church at large, meaning denounced in many cases. I don't know if God would give just a certain collection of repentant cleaned-up churches a revival but if the point is to turn back the evils in the nation, God's judgment on the nation, I don't know how far that would go anyway. To be effective it would have to be contagious and change minds all over the country. Genuine revivals do have that effect, but could it happen on the scale we need it to happen?
The main symptom of God's judgment is the ineffectiveness of the churches. The Wimp Factor as I called it a while back, our inability to act. Not only the churches but conservatives in general, witness Congress. It was nice, sort of, to see some pastors in Houston confronting their anti-Constitutional major, and also nice that pastors and others responded to Mike Huckabee's call to send her sermons and Bibles. Seems to show there's still a pulse in the Church. But it's a pretty weak pulse. The call wasn't even for sermons against homosexuality, but that's what has to be confronted by God's word. I wonder how many were on that topic? My guess is not many. Because of the Wimp Factor.
Yes, we're afraid of the gay rights people. They're a nasty aggressive bunch. We don't like being called "haters" and "bigots" and "homophobes" which is the tactic of Political Correctness invented by Cultural Marxism aimed at bringing down America. And they can get nastier than that under certain circumstances. That's why I liked the idea of pastors across the nation committing to preach specifically against homosexuality in one voice in response to the mayor's move against the Church, for strength in numbers. It's easier to preach on a controversial subject if you know you are backed by thousands of others. I still wish something like that had occurred. If the sermons they sent her were against homosexuality that would maybe have a similar effect but since there is silence on that subject I assume most of them weren't, maybe all.
Chris Pinto had a very interesting radio show recently, The American Founders on Homosexuality, which makes it clear that the founding of this country included a view of homosexuality as sin, and abominable sin at that. That's the view of the Bible and whatever individual founders may have believed about traditional Christianity, most of them were steeped in the Bible and accepted its moral judgments. Some of the original colonies had the death penalty for homosexual behavior. George Washington had to dishonorably discharge a soldier for attempted sodomy. There was certainly no attitude of tolerance toward homosexuality in those days, but a couple of centuries later we're now bullied into accepting it as a normal sexual preference.
For years we've been subjected to Gay Pride parades which are in themselves a disgusting display that is hard to tolerate, but even the police are required to support the event. We watch all this happen and don't do much, just let it all roll over us. Well, what CAN we do?
It's like we're bound and gagged. If one person speaks up a dozen opponents shout him down with all the PC epithets. And now if a Christian business refuses to fill an order for something that supports the gay agenda, particularly gay marriage, they are getting sued and fined. This is a horrendous violation of the First Amendment, a horrendous miscarriage of justice, but it's like we're so used to the reversal of good an evil, or so stunned by it, or so afraid of being targeted ourselves, we let this evil triumph.
But again I'm taken back to the need for revival. The main reason we're paralyzed has to be that we're deep in sin ourselves, as I've started to outline. I'm adding tolerance of the gay agenda to this list now, and certainly eliminating churches from any call to revival that endorse homosexuality as a normal lifestyle, ordaining them as preachers and so on. Also churches that allow women pastors need to be eliminated. Revival only comes to a biblically pure church, I'm sure of that. It usually starts with moving people to repentance, but these are huge offenses against God that don't need some special touch of the Holy Spirit to make us aware of them.
How many churches are free of all those offenses? Well if you don't count my own concern about the Bible Versions and women not being required to cover our heads in church, there may be some that are free of such offenses. Again, could we seek revival just for those churches?
If we don't have revival, if we don't have a waking up of the churches, if we don't get some boldness against the incredible accumulation of sins in America and the west we're just lost, absolutely lost, there is no hope.
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