America In Deep Sin: Our Nation's Behavior Is Immoral
- Tuesday, March 09, 2004
C) Persuasively (v. 32) It's one thing to worship yourself perversely and publicly, but to do it persuasively is the bottom of the pit. "Although they know the ordnances of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them." You see, man is not content to keep his perversion to himself. He wants to pervert other people as well. He wants others to live as he does. Many lift up homosexuality as a valid alternate lifestyle and now want "same sex marriage." People applaud sinful behaviors in order to persuade others to accept it because they know there is power in numbers.
Do not be persuaded by the media, and those who want to persuade us to compromise our convictions and commitments to God. It can be seen on many television programs. They applaud it and want everyone else to laugh and applaud.
When is it going to end? Who will stop it? Richard Halverson, the former Senate chaplain in Washington, D.C., said, "We demand freedom without restraint, rights without responsibility, choice without consequences, and pleasure without pain. In our narcissistic, hedonistic, masochistic, valueless preoccupation we are becoming a people dominated by lust and greed. What should our response be? What should the Church of the Living God be doing?"
What should the Church do? We ought to pray for a nation-wide revival that would reawaken millions of people spiritually so they can find Christ as their personal Savior. Until there is a genuine move of God in this nation, we will see this nation gradually, continually defile the commandments of God. We need to pray that God would send us a sweeping, weeping, reaping revival and give us lost souls before it is too late.
There is a cure for AIDS - and His name is Jesus Christ, the Son of Almighty God. He is still the answer - the only answer. He is the answer for those suffering with the problems of drugs, alcohol, broken homes and broken hearts. Jesus Christ is still the answer. If we will lift Him up, He will draw all men and women unto Himself.
Many years ago in Belfast, Ireland, an evangelist named Hyman Appleman came to town preaching the Gospel. A young man who traveled with him was a trumpeter who ministered with his instrument each evening of the crusade. But God laid a burden on his heart to be an evangelist as well. He didn't have any meetings scheduled, but he began to pray.
One Wednesday afternoon while in Belfast, the telephone rang in his room. A pastor from the other side of the city invited him to come and hold special services in his church. Immediately the young man said he would be there Sunday morning. As the days passed, the young man continued to pray that God would move him in a special way. He called the pastor on Friday afternoon to ask how the promotions were going and if there was anything he could do to help.
The pastor said to the young man, "Let me be honest with you, son. My people don't even know you are coming. Not only that, they've never seen what you call an invitation and they are not going to respond when you give one. My people don't like Yankee preachers and so they probably won't accept you either. My church seats about 400 people. I've been here thirteen years and it's never been full. In the last twelve months, we have not seen one person find Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. I just don't want you to get your hopes up."
The young man answered, "Okay, but can we have a prayer meeting on Saturday night? Can you get at least a few people together? We'll meet at the church about seven and pray that God will bless our efforts."
The pastor agreed, and at seven a few people began to pray. One hour turned into two, then three, and four. In fact, the group literally prayed all night until the breaking of a new day. By church time, the sanctuary was filled. After preaching his message, the young man gave an invitation and eight adults went to the altar for prayer and accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Then, ten adults from the standing-room-only crowd on Sunday night responded. Before that seven-week revival meeting ended, hundreds of people found Jesus Christ as their personal Savior in Belfast, Ireland.
The secret for us is to call the people of God back to prayer. It is time for us to pray until God touches our hearts and our communities with the convicting presence of the Holy Spirit. What God has done in the past, He can do again. What He has done for others, He can do for us. There is a cure for AIDS - His name is Jesus. May He use each of us to help bring that cure!
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