Jeremiah 1:4-5 ESV Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, (5) “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
A nation cannot defy God’s Word indefinitely without experiencing His wrath. Only someone blind to His truth will fail to see that our nation is increasingly receiving His judgments for longstanding, unrepentant wickedness of all kinds.
One of the chief evils that has been prevalent in this country for decades now is the killing of babies. Killing them in the womb. The thing has been sanitized of course – it is a mere “procedure.” But I suspect that if people had to stand and witness what actually goes on in these “procedures,” they would throw up, pass out, or flee the room. It is amazing that the people who perform these murders have grown so callous to it that they can go to work everyday, fooling themselves I suppose with the lie that they are “helping” their patients.
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Malachi 2:13-14 ESV And this second thing you do. You cover the LORD’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. (14) But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.
Evil always works to take the focus from itself and place it on its victim or on others in general. Here in Malachi the Israelites had been consistently sinning in obvious ways and yet with their weeping and wailing they blame the Lord. “Why doesn’t He bless us? There’s the real problem. He isn’t being good to us like He promised.” No one talks about the real cause which is their own sin.
I have seen this over and over again, as no doubt many of you have. Some wickedness, sin, or crime is committed. It is discovered. It is known. And yet, over time (even a short period of time), through the blame-shifting efforts of the wicked, the focus moves to the victim. The victim did this or that. The victim did not respond in a right way. The victim needs to….. yada, yada, yada.
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Today I was thinking about John the Baptist. The Lord Jesus said that John was the greatest of the prophets. John is a very interesting Bible personality because he was the last of the Old Testament prophets, coming on the scene to end a 400 year silence from heaven. Was John a man filled with the Holy Spirit? Was he a man commissioned by God to declare God’s Word? Totally! Absolutely! His ministry was even prophesied of centuries before:
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. (Isaiah 40:1-3)
Alright then, here is my question: How would John the Baptist deal with an abuser who hides in the church, claiming to be a Christian?
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