Thursday, March 19, 2009

There is no Fear of God Before Their Eyes

Sunday, March 8, in Maryville, IL, a pastor was gunned down while conducting a church service.  The same weekend, 4 shootings occurred on the streets of Ft. Pierce, Florida, most involving yound gang members and two resulting in death.  The words of the Psalmist (Psalm 36), echoed by the Apostle Paul in Romans 3 ring a true today as when originally penned, "There is no fear of God before their eyes!"

How is it that in America, churches are considering posting armed guards to protect parishoners and children are no longer safe to walk to the bus stops without the possibility of being gunned down?  How is it that there is no fear of God before their eyes?  I submit that it is because we have removed God and His laws from our society, our churches, our families, and our lives!  We no longer teach children in public schools that they are created by God, in His images, and that He has a special plan for their lives.  We now teach them that they happened by chance (or random mutation), and consequently, their lives have no real purpose or plan. In 1962, the Supreme Court removed prayer for public schools.  In 1963, the court removed the Bible from education of children in public schools.  In 1980, the Supreme Court, which has the Ten Commandments engraved on it's doors, removed the Ten Commandments from schools.

But I submit to you that long before we removed God, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments from our society, we removed Him from our churches, families, and lives.  Acording to the Barna Institute, only 9% of "born again Christians" have a Biblical Worldview.  The percentage drops to 7% of all Christians and sinks to 2% of mainline denominations (Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Episcopal) and a mere .5% for Roman Catholics.  This is pathetic.  Today's Christian "doesn't have time to read the Bible or pray" but will sit for hours on end in front of a Television set being conformed to this world!

If we are to save America, we must get right with God!  We must read (and love - Psalm 119) His word and law, and we must "humble ourselves and pray, and seek His face, and turn from our wicket ways" so that He can hear from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land!  II Chronicles 7:13-14.

If you haven't done so yet, visit Covenant Tabernacle's website and watch my recent sermon entitled "There is no Fear of God Before Their Eyes".  You can also watch past sermons, including Pro-Life sermons that call our nation to repentance at Covenant Tabernacle's uStream page.

1 comment:

  1. Pastor Brian,
    you may remember me, my name is Nadine, and i am a good friend of Jessica. I am blessed to read this blog of yours, and will continue to follow your writings, as long as the Lord inspires your heart to speak the "TRUTH"!! AMEN. Thank you for that bold approach to what we are encountering today in society. Jesus' coming is drawing nigh, and God has been more than merciful on this nation. The saddest truth of this all, is that we as believers have our own sickness among the body.. a sort of cancer of our own,eating away at God's truth, and leaving it to watered down fragments. And the churches are filled with the body of Christ that is inflicted in this manner. It is true that we need to start shutting of media, and stop complaining when we think God's hand is slow to move, when many don't even spend half the time in prayer than with the emptiness of this world. Romans 12:2, Donot be conformed to this world, but transformed by the of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God. "Wake up God's people!", and heed God's Word! Let us not be like the church of the Laodiceans, neither hot or cold, but lukewarm, that He may spew you out of his mouth!.....May God bless you Pastor Brian, and thank you again.