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The Lord came to me during my time of Bible study on the morning of October 24, 2017 as I reflected on the condition of our nation asking, “Watchman, what do you see?” I said, “I see a house divided collapsing in on itself and there is no stopping it!” Then there was silence except for the noise of my scramble for a pen to write down what just happened. Would to God that the collapse in progress could be halted, but the authoritative teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ is always and eternally true (Matthew 12:22-26; 24:35)! Many see what I saw, but that old reliable crutch, denial, with mostly self-centered reasons continues to be their comforting fall back.
Among the legion of demonic and sin inspired causes America is a collapsing house divided is the falling away of the secular news media from its benchmark standards of journalism. Gone are the days last names like Murrow and Cronkite stood not only for professional journalistic excellence, but integrity, objectivity, political and social neutrality. Today, it is very clear the dominant players in the secular news media produce news that at times has been deceitfully constructed and slanted subjectively toward a political and socially liberal point of view. Political correctness, tolerance and feminism are in; biblical morality and views are out when true neutrality should favor neither.1
With few exceptions the secular news media’s adoption of all things 21st century politically and socially liberal in agenda has made its star reporters come across as hostile antagonists in their reporting on those not in sync with that agenda, rather than as aggressive protagonists in pursuit of the truth in the legacy of Murrow. Its reporters are also in the vanguard of a major resurgence of self-righteousness as every human failure of any kind and even disasters from the natural order allowed or brought by God must have blame and retribution assigned to someone as if those reporting have no faults or failures at all. When the Lord led me to write this 2011 edited repost, the sample issue was sexual harassment accusations against then Presidential candidate, Herman Cain.
Since then it has been Bill Cosby and now, Harvey Weinstein. The spectacle is sickening to watch as reporters press their agenda and look for scoops to further their careers along with their bosses' ratings, dollars, awards and bragging rights. As one of the Lord’s watchmen, I understand having an agenda, advocacy and rebuke in writing since I bear His either directly or by inspiration in mine. His goal through me is typically repentance of the guilty beginning always with me as the messenger. For this reason, though many still consider me offensively “in your face,” trust me, tempered by my own failings, I have not said everything the way I have wanted to say it! In this repost, plainly see another reason our divided nation is collapsing and hear the Lord if self-righteousness is an issue for you.
Originally Posted November 29, 2011
What a blessing we have had in America historically to have had a free press. Journalism was once a noble profession where there were high ethical standards. Getting the facts, being objective and fair were among the values the great journalistic enterprises lived by. Who knows all of the reasons those standards have gone by the wayside--though no doubt, some will argue they still live by them. The case of Presidential candidate Herman Cain illustrates my concern. The media swarmed all over the accusations of sexual harassment against him not caring to get the facts, but determined in a sensational feeding frenzy to make him confess guilt.
Let me be clear, I am not in any way endorsing Herman Cain or trivializing legitimate sexual harassment or the new charge by a woman saying they had a long time affair. However, with the heart of my God I am crying out against the resurgence and hypocrisy of self-righteousness in our society and the media in particular. Journalists (who are nothing more than sinful human beings with press passes) hunt down, harass, browbeat, accuse, convict and sentence the principals in their stories with all of the heartless gusto of the religious leaders who brought the woman caught in adultery to the Lord Jesus. After first making them wait, the Lord declared, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first,” (John 8:1-12, NKJV). No one did and all walked away.
The Lord in no way condoned the woman’s sin in this incident. However, He forced the self-righteous religious leaders to consider if they were to be held accountable by God on the spot for their own sins, they would be condemned. The Lord would also remind us and our news media of this truth. For us, tell the truth about sin, but do so understanding we are sinners too that need after the truth is told, a place of brokenness, repentance, mercy and forgiveness. For the media, pursue your story, be objective, get and report the facts in a neutral and fair way to all sides. Do this keeping in mind if all of your own sins were known, you too would be condemned. These are the ways of the aspiring strong man and great woman of God in the image of Christ I write about in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics.2
1 In actuality, while historically free from government control, the American press as part of its fabric has always reflected societal mores as was the case prior to this anti-
Christian era when they were strongly influenced by Judeo-Christian values. From such mores were drawn its own formerly high standards of journalistic character
such as integrity and interest in factual truth men such as Murrow and Cronkite adhered to.
2 The book is available at all major internet book sellers and in the Strong Man Store.
(Editing of this 2013 repost has included adding content freshly inspired by the Lord and current events most fully seen in the fifth and seventh paragraphs as well as the footnotes of this part two.)
Indeed, it is an awesome marvel of God that He has made it mechanically possible for elements of creation to mimic in any measure what is unique to His own eternal glory; for the light phenomenon called a rainbow is of the signature display of the glory that surrounds His throne (Ezekiel 1:26-28; Revelation 4:1-3)!3 So, now, in these latter days, the signature display of God’s glory that surrounds His heavenly throne; the rainbow meant compassionately by Him to assure all creatures of His promise never again to destroy the earth by a global flood, has been co-opted and corrupted by the small group of sinful men and women that use it to symbolize their part in the growing global rebellion against Him.
According to Wikipedia, while there is a long history of rainbow flags representing various cultures, causes and movements, today the rainbow flag of those embracing the cause of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and now, Q for Queer or Questioning one’s sexual identity) is the best known in the world. It was introduced in 1978 by Gilbert Baker and has undergone some color modification, but remains a symbol of the pride and diversity (the mixed practice of biblically defined perverted sexual behavior) of the LGBTQ movement along with now, its apparent rise to power as societal influencers in causing same sex marriage to become legally accepted.4
That those of this movement should blasphemously mock the rainbow of God by making it their own, clearly is of Satan and shows the depth of their depravity along with why it will be so easy for the Antichrist to rally them to his cause in days soon to come (2 Thessalonians 2:3-12; Revelation 13:1-6). Still, God loves those of the LGBTQ movement as all other sinners (John 3:16-21; Romans 5:6-11)! Faithful Christians must continue to proclaim the Gospel and witness Christ to them (that He died on the cross for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day; whoever repents and believes this will be forgiven and saved--Romans 1:16-17, 10:6-13) during these ever darkening days.
Truly, while the Supreme Court decisions and increasing anti-Christian political environment signal the passing of the point of no return to a welcome acceptance of biblical Christianity and morality by our nation, we are nevertheless, to continue our commanded mission “to make disciples” until the end (Matthew 24:14, 28:19-20; Acts 1:8, NKJV). God’s love of the lost and certainty His foretold end for this present world will be as He says drives us; for while He promised never again to destroy the entire earth and its air breathing creatures by a global flood, He did not promise never again to judge the earth and its sinners (Romans 1:18-32).
This is why I also strongly exhort all that profess to be Christians and cling to sin including the practice of whatever forms of sexual immorality to repent (Romans 2:1-11)! You are operating in complete self-deception to believe you get a pass from judgment by the holy God even if it is “love” as I once foolishly rationalized as an unsaved fornicator with women. “The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God,” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21, NKJV). Authentic Christians5 have been “washed,” “sanctified,” and “justified” in the name and blood of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit; being taught by Him to purposely “put off” the old self in deceitful lusts and “put on” the new to walk as imitators and children of God and light (1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 4:17-24, 5:1-14, NKJV).6
Therefore, as the flood of Noah’s day over several months brought a temporary end to the evil deeds of men, the resurgence of those deeds since in knowing rebellion and blasphemy to include rejecting the Gospel as well as mocking the rainbow among many more in these latter days, is leading to another cataclysmic outpouring of God’s wrath upon evil humanity. It shall come by way of a global storm, earthquake and plague of hail occurring over a few hours in one day with only a small number of elect Jews and unsaved Gentiles as survivors (Isaiah 10:20-23, 13:6-13; Zephaniah 1:14-18; Revelation 7:1-8, 16:17-21)! All of the wicked will meet their final, eternal end at the judgment seat of Christ (Revelation 20:11-15).
It being all like that, from the unsearchable depths of God’s love, grace and mercy I implore all that are guilty once more to repent and believe the Gospel while there is still time; or has not the dramatic uptick in catastrophic hurricanes with major flooding (and rainbows), earthquakes and other calamities so far this year yet convinced you the end of God’s longsuffering with human wickedness is near? This is God’s day of salvation; tomorrow has been promised to no one! Stop listening to “deceiving spirits” seeking your destruction (1 Timothy 4:1-2, NKJV). You are hearing God’s voice right now; don’t harden your heart (2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2; Hebrews 3:7-13). In this too, the risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
3 On this point and explaining other such things from a scientific and biblical worldview is where Ken Ham in his work has done his greatest service to the Body of Christ
and the world. As God surely intended, Ken is the scientist par excellence that considers his work not to disprove, but to joyously discover and glorify his Creator in
“the works of His hands,” (Hebrews 2:6-7, NKJV). I thank God for and salute him! Learn more about rainbows and other exciting facts about God’s creation from Ken
Ham and others at https://answersingenesis.org/answers/.
4 Read the article.
5 See the March 1, 2015 blog repost, The Mark Of A Genuine Christian under the category, Instruction.
6 I understand that sexual issues of all kinds can be very difficult to overcome and empathize with those struggling to be free in Christ. Help is available through various
authentically Christian entities and I encourage those dealing with same sex attraction, for example, to visit Focus On The Family for some possible resources to
help. Men dealing with sexual addiction can learn about gaining deliverance from the counseling team at Pure Heart Ministries featured as a link on our
Ministry And Church Link Web Site Page.
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