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Today I want to speak to you from my heart. When we started this ministry, and when God was moving me off of the mission field, there were a number of things that God was laying on my heart. The need for revival in North America was one of the main missions that I felt God was calling me to deal with. This following passage from Judges Chapter 2 expresses where I feel North America is today.
Judges 2:10-12 …. and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.
North America is ripe for judgment. I believe we have provoked God to anger. In North America we have raised a generation or two that are well described in this passage. The phrase, “they knew not the LORD” describes most people in the US and Canada, including most who claim to be Christians.
I lived in the United Kingdom for 29 years and that nation has produced many generations that know not the Lord. The result of not knowing the Lord every man does that which is right in his own eyes.
Today North America is trying to figure out what is moral and what is right without God. There is no objective standard by which to make such judgments. Those who speak out against evil and use God’s standard as a basis are ridiculed. The result is that our laws are being made by ungodly people and are being interpreted by ungodly judges.
We were warned of this back in the late 1800’s. America had gone through what is called “The Second Great Awakening.” One of the preachers of that time was Charles Finney. Here is a portion of what he said in 1873 in a message entitled “The Decay of Conscience”:
“Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.”
I think this well describes the day in which we live. Would to God that this message would be spread across this nation and all of North America. I believe that what Charles Finney said in this message is absolutely right.
It is the fault of the preachers of America that we have raised a generation that does not know the Lord. They are well described in Matthew’s Gospel.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:21-23
The result is that we have cast God aside. Everyone does that which is right in his own eyes and follows after the gods of this world. We are provoking the Lord to anger.
We have lost the fear of God and most of the preaching today is chicken soup preaching. They are preaching to the felt needs of the people. Many pastors are more interested in a crowd than they are in developing godly saints. Their prep rally preaching is designed to get people emotionally worked up.
The prophecy of Paul to young Timothy is being fulfilled before our eyes.
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:1-4
No one wants to hear what we need to hear, we want to hear that which scratches our itching ears. We want to hear what we want to hear, our “felt needs.” It is the churches that are scratching the ears of the people, that are telling them what they want to here, that are experiencing great growth. These churches teach very little doctrine.
We have lost the fear of God. We have lost reverence for God and God’s House. People go to church dressed like they are going to a back yard picnic or an athletic game practice.
From time to time I like to read the books of E. M. Bounds. Reading his books always brings conviction. Here are a few things he had to say:
The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men.
When I first got out if Bible college I got caught up in this mentality. I tried all of the things the “Church Growth Movement” was pushing. I read after all of those who were having the “great success” and were building large churches because I wanted to have the same success. We all have egos and we all want to have success. The sad thing is that success for preachers is often measured in the size of his congregation, not the quality of Christians that are being produced in the church where he is pastor.
What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men — men of prayer
He also said:.
Preachers are not sermon makers, but men makers and saint makers, and he only is well-trained for this business who has made himself a man and a saint. It is not great talents nor great learning nor great preachers that God needs, but men great in holiness, great in faith, great in love, great in fidelity, great for God
Life-giving preaching costs the preacher much — death to self, crucifixion to the world, the travail of his own soul. Crucified preaching only can give life. Crucified preaching can come only from a crucified man.
Professional praying there is and will be, but professional praying helps the preaching to its deadly work. Professional praying chills and kills both preaching and praying. Much of the lax devotion and lazy, irreverent attitudes in congregational praying are attributable to professional praying in the pulpit.
We don’t need men who go into the ministry as a profession. I saw this so much in the UK. Many of those in the ministry there look at it as a job, as a career. They go in to do their 9-5 for their 40 years and then the retire with their nice pension.
What about Spirit filled, God called, men of God who really believe what they are preaching? There are less and less of this type of preachers and more and more of the former.
We are in trouble. I believe judgment is coming. I have been preaching this for over 5 years and I believe we see some of God’s judgment now. We see economic judgment, ecological judgment (storms and natural disasters, etc.), and energy judgment.
The thing that God has called me to warn about is the enemy judgment. As God raised up enemies against Israel of old to bring judgment upon them for their sins, He has raised up an enemy to bring judgment on America and the rest of the Western nations. The enemy God has raised up is Islam, and the enemy is living amongst us.
The enemy is real and the judgment is real. Don’t blame every Muslim, most of them are victims of Islam themselves. The ideology of Islam is more dangerous than Nazism and Fascism were in the 1930’s and 1940’s, or than the ever could be. We had better wake up because we are in a war with an enemy that lives within us and is plotting the destruction of this nation. God will let it continue unless God’s people repent.
This can be stopped. I am hopeful that we will wake up and turn back to God. Before revival can come to a nation there must be repentance. My prayer is that those of you who hear this message will take this to heart and ask themselves some questions. Do you have a reverence for God? Do you fear God? Or are you provoking Him to anger?
Before we can turn our nation back to God we must first turn ourselves back to Him. Let’s take this seriously before it is too late!