Sunday, August 23, 2009
Remember, the nation follows the church
6 “ My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place. 7 All who found them have devoured them; And their adversaries said, ‘We have not offended, Because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, The LORD, the hope of their fathers.’(Jeremiah 50:6-7)
The Bible says that sin is the transgression of God's Law. To live a life in contradiction to the holy commandments of God is to live a sinful life. Sinners, those who live sinful lives, are lost and ultimately shall be damned to the fires of hell - not because of their sin, but because they loved their sin more than they loved the remedy for sin that God has provided.
I have written a response to John Bunyan's poem, 'Sin.' The poem is the best vision of sin's ugliness that I have ever read, and I recommend the response that I wrote for those who would like to understand the poem more fully.
There is not sufficient preaching from the pulpits, these days, in relation to sin's nefarious manifestations. In days gone by, great revivals were precipitated by such preaching as that of Jonathan Edwards' famous sermon: 'Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.'
Dumb shepherds, who do not define sin for the congregation, are culpable in God's eyes. There is no Gospel if there is first no understanding of the exceeding sinfulness of sin. Many of our churches listen to the message of greasy grace, and as a consequence, the churches are full of unconverted sinners who have a dismissive, casual attitude towards their sin.
God is not mocked! Judgement begins at the house of God. Oh Lord, begin at the house of my heart, move into the home of my family, then flow over into the House of the Lord that you have joined me to, and deal with the sin that so easily besets us. When You have cleansed the House of the Lord, then gracious God, deal with the sin in the land, for great is the sin in our continent, because the nation has followed the church.