America Is Racing to its Destruction — October 20, 2017
You never know how an ordinary decision can save your life. This was reported on a Kentucky TV station recently. Brittany Turner and her family went to have fun in Las Vegas. A friend offered her six tickets for her whole family to a country music concert. But she and her family didn’t really care for the music and she turned down six VIP tickets. That might have saved her life. The concert was where 58 people were shot to death. And her friend who offered the tickets? He survived but saw people shot. Your decisions can save your life. Today I’m going to talk to you about a rescue plan America needs.
Hurricanes, mass shootings, wildfires. God has a rescue plan for you. Do you have yours yet?
Imagine: your divorce, your drug problem, losing your job, whatever. God can fix it with His rescue plan. If you let Him do it His way. Would you be interested?
God’s rescue plan is free. His plan is Jesus Christ, His Son. Can we talk about it?
God’s rescue plan is for you, your family, and the whole nation. I’m going to share three important principles about God’s rescue plan. Only by understanding these principles can His plan work for you. //
These principles are: 1. All these disasters don’t happen just by chance but for a reason. 2. They are happening because we are breaking God’s laws. 3. To avoid the penalties for breaking God’s laws, we have to turn ourselves in. I’m going to explain how these principles work in your life today.
Principle #1: All these disasters don’t happen just by chance. They are happening for a reason. //
God loves people. God loves people enough to warn them. Isn’t that what we want? Imagine this: there’s a hurricane coming but it wasn’t on the news anywhere. The weather bureau knew it was coming but didn’t tell you. They didn’t want to scare you. Would you let them do that?
Imagine this: you’re smoking four packs of cigarettes a day and you’re coughing up blood. You have blackouts. But your doctor says he doesn’t want to tell you what you should do because it might offend you. Would you keep going to that doctor?
Here’s the point: first, we need people to warn us. Sometimes they know stuff we don’t. If nobody warns us we may die.
Secondly, sometimes what they tell us is terrible. We have to change how we live. But sometimes truth is unpleasant.// But if it saved your life, wouldn’t you want it? I’ll be giving you that life-saving, life-changing truth as we talk today.
Because God is just and because He loves us, He warns us when we keep disobeying. Like parents do with their children. If we keep disobeying, His warnings get more serious. Sometimes parents give their children mild discipline instead of the worst, hoping the children will quit. God is the same way.
Remember this: G doesn’t like to judge. He always, always prefers to forgive than to judge. To bless rather than destroy. Isn’t that the kind of God you could believe in? He tells us that in Ez. 18:23 – “Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked,” declares the Lord God, rather than that he should turn from his ways and live?”
God judges people, families, cities, and entire nations. He does it basically in three steps: 1. First, He gives us rules and holds us accountable. We find those rules in His rescue book. We call it the Bible. For example, commandment #5 of the Ten Commandments is for children to honor their parents, to obey. 2. The second step in warning us is by His warning judgments. These are things He sends to us or allows to happen. God’s warning judgments are things He sends and allows.
We are in this second step now. That’s what’s happening with the storms, fires, earthquakes, and more. He has been sending warning judgments but we haven’t been paying attention.// More on that later. 3. The last step in judgment is the final judgment, the really big one. It’s like getting the death penalty and not prison. You don’t rebuild after the final judgment. There’s nothing left. God’s final judgments cannot be appealed.
Back on the warning judgments. Sometimes He sends people to warn us. There’s a book of wise sayings in the Bible called Proverbs. Prov. 17:11 says, “A rebellious man seeks only evil, so a cruel messenger will be sent to him.” A cruel messenger isn’t nice. Prov. 12:26 tells us, “The righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” God sends people to warn us about what we’re doing. It could be somebody at work or a relative. Or God lets us see what happens to other people when they did wrong. We will never forget what happened to certain people. That is another way He warns us. So He sends people to warn us and lets us see what happens to others.
Now about the warning judgments God sends against nations. Like we’re seeing now. The longest chapter about warning judgments in the Bible is Deuteronomy chapter 28. Many are listed there. I have time to tell you only about three: weather, increasing violence around us, and foreign domination.
First, the weather. In 2016 the worst drought in California history finally ended. Five straight years. No surprise. God controls the weather. Psalm 68:6 – “Only the rebellious live in a parched (dry) land.” Pretty clear idea here. When people keep rebelling, they get no rain.
Lately we’ve seen very destructive hurricanes. These have been different from most before. According to an Oct. 11th , 2017 Miami Herald story, not since 1893 have we had 10 hurricanes in a row in one year. The weather people also say these have been the most powerful ever. That should get our attention. God controls hurricanes.
The second warning judgment we see in Deut. 28 is more violence. Like the Las Vegas shooting. Worst ever in America. Did you know that 50, 60, 70 years ago there were no mass shootings? But now they seem to be all the time and everywhere.
Another form of violence we didn’t use to have is terrorism. Terrorists have proven they can kill us anytime, anywhere. If the drug cartels can get tons of drugs across the border, what stops Muslims from smuggling nuclear bombs in and setting them off? Nothing.
The third warning judgment against a nation is foreign domination. Foreign countries more and more rule us and take our stuff. Like we losing millions of jobs and even factories to overseas. Like we being in debt to foreign countries more than any other nation. We used to lend to others. Now we borrow more and more from them. Prov. 22:7 warns us, “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.” When people or nations get more and more in debt, they lose more and more of their freedom.
So the Deut. 28 warning judgments are severe weather, more and more violence, and foreign domination. All of these have one thing in common: they weren’t happening 50, 60 years ago. That was when America obeyed God.// When any nation obeys God He blesses them. He makes them prosperous and protects them. Deut. 8:18 – “But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth.” Pretty clear. Keep God, obey Him, many things go well. Kick God out, everything falls apart. You start losing jobs and prosperity. Which do we want?
Something else about God’s warning judgments that no one else is telling you about either. God sends more warning judgments if the first one doesn’t work. If that second one doesn’t bring people back to Him, He hits them again and harder. And so on. It’s much like parents adjusting discipline to their children. We see how God does this in Leviticus chapter 26. Here we read how He increases the judgments if needed. Something important is happening right before our eyes. It’s Lev. 26 at work. It’s exactly how G is sending us a higher level of warning judgment in America. When you see the news about the Las Vegas shooting, the string of hurricanes, and the wildfires, you keep hearing that it’s the worst, or one of the worst, of each of these in many years. This means God has moved to the next level of discipline.// It’s like parents find that sending the child to sit in the corner didn’t work so now they send him to bed without supper.
So this means if the wildfires, hurricanes, mass shootings, earthquakes and more don’t bring us back to God, we can expect more and worse. Because God doesn’t change. But nations that obey, honor, and thank God, like we used to do, don’t have these problems.
People, how much more of these bad things can we take? Haven’t we had enough? Is our sin and rebellion really worth all these terrible judgments? Isn’t it time for the party to be over?
Hurricanes, mass shootings, wildfires. God has a rescue plan for you. Do you have yours yet?
Today we can see God has withdrawn His hand of protection from America. God is not protecting this nation anymore.// He warned us by what He told us in the Bible. We don’t care. We pay mire attention to who’s going to be on Dancing with the Stars than anything about God. So He has said, OK, that’s it. But God is still very serious about rescuing individuals.// Like you, here, today. No matter how big your sin. And He always blesses those He rescues. More than you could imagine! More on that later.
Principle #2: The reason they are happening is that we are breaking God’s laws. //
First, to understand this principle we have to know basic things about God. God’s laws are part of His nature. You cannot separate God from His law.// Above all, God is holy. This means He is pure and has never sinned. He never tempts anyone to sin. He is perfect.
A long time ago God gave the Ten Commandments to a man named Moses. But before that, when he first came to God, God told him to back off. The ground where God was holy. He would not allow a sinful man to dirty up where God was. God told Moses is Exodus 3:5, “Do not come near here; remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” God cannot draw near to people who are separated from Him by sin.// They have to do something about their sin before coming close to Him.
Here’s some of the sins that separate us and America from God. When I list these sins, some of you are going to get really mad. You’re going to say I’m judgmental and intolerant. But people, we are in serious trouble. Can we agree on that? God is mad at America. Did you know we are close to going to war with North Korea? Did you know they have nuclear missiles? It takes only one nuclear missile to destroy an entire city. Only God can protect us from their missiles. It’s time for us to come back to God!
So I’m going to tell you how God sees our sin. If I don’t tell you the truth here, I’m like the doctor who knows you got cancer really bad but won’t say a word. The truth is, we stink before God. We have no idea how far we are from God.
Again, because God is just and He loves us, He always warns before He judges. When I was street preaching in 2013, I had strangers in 5 cities tell me about bad dreams they had about what God could do to judge America. God is getting the word out. He always warns before He judges.
Now here’s one other thing important for you to understand. I am not bringing any new teaching about God. I do not claim the position of prophet, telling people exactly what God is going to do and when. But here’s what I am doing: I tell people what God did a long time ago and why. Because He does not change, what He did to nations a long time ago and why is the same way He will deal with them today. If we know what He did and why, we have the possibility of avoiding judgment. That is, if we haven’t gone too far already.
So I am bringing some terrible news, people. I’m going to be telling you some things are sin that you never heard about. You are not going to like most of what I will say. But hang on. I’ve got good news to tell you later and you wouldn’t believe how good it is. Because God is still in the rescue business. And He always, always prefers to forgive than judge, to bless than destroy. I’ll be sure to tell you more about that. Here’s some charges God has against America:
1. abortion. God really, really, hates it. Abortion is what the Bible calls the shedding of innocent blood. Some of you women have killed your child by abortion. Some of you men have led them to do that or have helped them. Some of you have taken girls to clinics or have lent them money to do it. The blood of that child is on all your hands. Proverbs chapter 6 tells us He hates the hands that shed innocent blood.
Sorry, but it gets much worse. The Bible says God knows us before we’re born. The Bible says God has a plan for each day of our lives. Psalm 139:13-16 says, “For you formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb…. Your eyes have seen my unformed substance, and in your book were all written the days that were ordained for me when as of yet there was not one of them.” But when we abort a child we are destroying God’s plan for our lives. We are thus telling God His plan for our lives and our children is wrong.
That puts us above Him. He calls that idolatry and God hates that too.
God requires, He demands, that the nation that sheds innocent blood will have their blood shed unless they come back to Him and are really serious about it. Numbers 35:33 – “So you shall not pollute the land in which you are. For blood pollutes the land and no expiation (forgiveness) can be made for the blood that is shed on it except by the blood of him who shed it.” We see the same idea in Ezekiel 35:6. We keep shedding innocent blood, God takes our lives.
Some Americans are really concerned about environmental pollution. Good. But God is more concerned about moral pollution. You can see here we’re in big, really big trouble here with God just on abortion. We have killed around 60 million children by abortion in America since 1973. We have also lynched thousands of innocent black Americans and God hasn’t forgotten that either.
Here’s something you haven’t thought about. It is entirely possible that God could use North Korea to destroy American cities with their nuclear missiles. God has a score to settle with America and its abortion. 60 million killed by abortion? Then just maybe 60 million Americans will be killed in a nuclear war. God holds us accountable for the death of each aborted child. And each lynched black American.
Ancient Israel was God’s chosen nation. But they shed innocent blood also. They sacrificed born, living children to their false god Molech. God sent two foreign nations to destroy them and put them into slavery. Then He sent Israel and its southern part, Judah, into exile for 70 years. We read about that in II Kings 17:12-23 and 24:10-20. Could God send foreign nations to invade and destroy even America? For us doing what Israel did? Sure. Because God doesn’t change.
And don’t count on President Trump to rescue America from God’s judgment. No one, not even an American President, can stand up to God.
2. homosexuality — It’s still a sin. God hasn’t changed though we have. Lev. 18:22 – “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” But some say that’s just all from the Old Testament and Jesus didn’t say anything about it.
People who say that haven’t read the Bible and don’t know who Jesus was or is. The New Testament says homosexuality is a sin in I Timothy. 1:8. Jesus, who was God the Son and equal to God the father in position and authority, said He didn’t come to abolish Old Testament law. He came to fulfill it. That is, to fulfill the prophecy that He came to be our Savior. He said all that in Matthew 5:17 —”Do not think I came to abolish the law or the prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” Jesus cannot deny God’s law …. because He’s God!
3. Sex before marriage and outside of marriage while we’re married. The Bible calls these sins fornication and adultery. I Corinthians 6:9 “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, (that means greedy people) nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”
People, God’s laws protect. We disobey, we lose His protection. How many venereal diseases can you name? The Medical Institute for Sexual Health says there’s 29. Stay a virgin until marriage and you won’t have a single venereal disease to worry about. No AIDS, no herpes, nothing. And your chance of a happy, successful marriage will be much higher. Isn’t that what you want? You can stay a virgin until marriage with God’s help. You say, “Come on, me, a virgin? Impossible!” Friend, if Jesus can get your friend off heroin last year He can help you stay a virgin until marriage.
4. pornography – It’s a sin. It destroys individuals and marriages. You don’t believe that? Ask any divorce court judge in just your county, any one of them, how many divorces happen because of porn. 50, 75 years ago it was hard to find porn. Now it’s everywhere. Even children have it on their smart phones.
Porn is a sin for several reasons. For one, it leads to sexual sin like fornication. It turns people on to do the wrong thing. Jesus told us that in Matthew 5:28. He said, “… everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” So He is also saying here that sin begins in the mind. We can sin by just our thoughts.
Psalm 101:3 tells us, “I will set no unclean thing before my eyes.” That includes porn. Block it from your computer. It will destroy your marriage or relationships and yes, lead to crime. Just ask any jail warden about the men there for rape, and how they got started on computer porn. Sin always intensifies. It never stays at the same level.
5. You’ll freak at this next sin. Nobody ever told you it was a sin. It’s gambling. Gambling destroys people. It can and does send some to jail because of crime committed to pay off gambling debts. Your stuff will be repossessed. God warns us about get rich quick schemes. He says instead to work at your job and He will supply what you need. Prov. 12:11 – “He who tills (works) his land will have plenty of bread, but he who pursues worthless things lacks sense.”
But you say you’ll win the lottery and give to charity. No, you won’t. Your chance of dying in an airliner crash? One in 5 million. That’s no problem, we take the flight. Hitting the big one in Powerball? One in 292 million. Gambling is rigged so you won’t win. Don’t pursue worthless things. Save your money.
6. serial marriages – we marry, we divorce, we remarry, we divorce again, and on and on. But we never stop and think God hates divorce. People, God hates what hurts people.// I don’t have to tell you how much divorce hurts and destroys. You already know that well. Malachi 2:14, 16: “ .. the Lord has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt with treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. … For I hate divorce.”
When I was born the divorce rate was, get this, 5%. Many say for years it’s been 50%. With God’s help your marriage can succeed. If we came back to God maybe just 5% of people would divorce. Could you let Him help you on His terms?
7. You’ll really freak when you hear about this next sin. You have never heard this. This is because America is so far from God and doesn’t know it. Tattoos. Yes, tattoos are a sin. Lev. 19:28 “So you shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves; I am the Lord.”
So why is this? In Genesis, the very first book of the Bible, in chapters one and two, God says at least twice, He created man in His image. He gave us life and a body. Tattoos were something pagans had in the ancient world. That’s people who didn’t follow the God of the Bible. Let’s respect the bodies He gave us. Tattoos degrade and vandalize the bodies God gave us.
For a nation to come back to God, its families must come back to Him. God has set up a chain of authority for the family. You already have a chain of authority at work. The Bible says that the husband is the head of the wife, and the parents are over the children. We read this in more than one place in the Bible. One place is Ephesians 5:22-25 — “Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church… ”
Husbands, your job is to sacrificially love your wife. Providing, leading, and protecting her with your very life if you have to. By the way, did you notice how many husbands and even boyfriends died protecting the women with them during the Las Vegas shootings? That’s what men are made to do.
When the husbands take leadership in the proper way, not as dictators but as loving servant leaders, the family follows. Only when there is respect in the home is there respect in society.// America, your families are out of order. So no wonder our nation is out of order. Fathers, God is calling you to repent. Learn to be the kind of leaders He wants. Wives, forsake the rebellion of feminism. Return to your homes to care for any small children God has given you. The Bible calls mothers of young children to do that in Titus 2:3-5. Feminism is rebellion and rebellion is the sin of witchcraft according to I Samuel 15:23.
Hurricanes, mass shootings, wildfires. God has a rescue plan for you. Do you have yours yet?
Principle #3: To avoid the penalties for breaking God’s laws, we have to turn ourselves in.// We must agree with all the rulings of His court. Whatever they are. But the rulings of God’s court always include a big reward. If we accept and follow His rulings. Could you maybe, maybe let God reward you His way?
HOW DO WE GET GOD’S RESCUE PLAN? HOW DO WE TURN OURSELVES IN?
Above all, we come to God on His terms.
First, the Bible says without a Savior we are lost. That means we go to hell. Romans 3:23 says, “… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” That means everybody, everywhere, who’s ever lived. So we must admit we are a sinner. We’re sinners by words, thoughts, and actions.
Recognize you are not your own God. Many of you will say, “But I believe in God.” No, you don’t. You believe in yourself. That’s why you pick and choose what you want to do. The God you believe in is one you made up. Your made up God has little relation, if any, to the Bible. The Bible tells us in James 2:19 that the demons also believe in God and shudder. Even as evil as they are they still fear God. We don’t. So for most of you God is not your Creator. He’s just your consultant, if even that. But God will not take second place in a relationship with you.//
The God of the Bible is the only God there is. He says in Isaiah 43:10, “Before Me there was no God formed and there will be none after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, and there is no Savior besides Me.” Jesus says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, the life, and no one comes to the Father but through Me.” So we don’t go to heaven through Mohammed of the Muslims, Joseph Smith who founded the Mormons, and even what is called the Virgin Mary. None of them died for our sins. Only Jesus did. And Jesus backed up this tremendous statement by rising from the dead like He said He would.
Some people trust in other things that won’t get them into heaven. Here’s some:
1. Never trust your own heart for guidance. Prov. 28:26 – “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered.” And Jeremiah 17: 9, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick.” So the Bible is clear, you can’t trust your own heart. Because it’s a liar.
2. Never trust in living right to get you into heaven. We read in Ephesians. 2:8, 9 — “For by grace you have been saved thru faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” When God sees us trying to earn our salvation He’s not impressed. He tells us through the prophet Isaiah in 64:6 that “…all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment.”
So you thinking you can waltz into heaven just fine the way you are is like a homeless, dirty, loudmouthed drunk who sleeps in dumpsters. And he demands to be the guest of honor at your wedding. That’s not gonna happen, right? Who gets salvation? Only those who are really serious and confess, repent, and trust in Christ alone. People who now see they have offended God. They see they cannot trust their good behavior to get them into heaven.
You know, it’s not easy to confess we’re sinners. Or to realize our trying to live right doesn’t get us into heaven. Turning to God means we humble ourselves. Turning to God means we don’t defend our sin.// James 4:6 says, “ … God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Psalm 138:6 – “For though the Lord is exalted, yet He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar.” So God doesn’t hang out with the arrogant, the proud, the stuck up.
3. Never believe that since we’re all part of God’s creation, then we’re part of His family and He’ll take us to heaven. John 1:12 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God.” The key idea here is “receiving Him.” Only those who step up and do business with God, on His terms, will be saved. It’s those who confess all their sin and not make excuses, those who sincerely repent, and those who trust Christ alone for salvation.
Jesus wants us to repent. What’s that? It’s turning from sin and turning to God. It’s now thinking and living differently. It’s changing from the inside out. God gives you a new nature when you repent. The B says in II Cor. 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” This new nature has God’s power to help you overcome sin.
4. Never trust a church background as enough to get you into heaven. Jesus warns us about that in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” Jesus never lets a phony into His heaven.
Those people did a lot of impressive, religious things. They knew about Jesus but they didn’t know Jesus. Their righteous deeds were nothing more than a filthy suit, like that worn by the dirty, smelly drunk just climbing out of a dumpster who demands to attend your wedding. So if churchgoers still think just church attendance will save them they’re in for a big surprise. If they die without Jesus as their Savior, only hell is waiting for them. God is holy. God wants a relationship with people, not a phony act.
Besides these wrong things to trust in, our own nature turns us away from God. Here’s how that works:
1. People don’t realize that before they come to God He considers them to be His enemies. Yes, He loves us but because of our rebellion we have become His enemies. Rom. 5:10 — “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” So as long as we stay away from Christ, according to this passage in the Bible, we are really God’s enemies. Yes, that’s hard to accept but that’s what the Bible says.
2. The Bible also says we prefer the darkness without God and avoid His light. John 3:19, “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” God is holy and we don’t want that. We run from Him.
SO HOW DOES JESUS FIT INTO ALL THIS?
Jesus is our rescue plan. God takes sin very seriously. The Bible says that somebody has to die before sin can be forgiven. Hebrews 9:22 says, “… without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” God needed a perfect sacrifice. So who could be that? Only Jesus because only He was perfect. Now God could have required us to die for our sins. But being merciful, He chose somebody else to take our place. Jesus.
You see, God put your sins — your abortions, your homosexuality, your lies, your fornication, all of your sins — on Christ on the cross. He then put Christ’s righteousness, or perfect goodness, on us. Jesus paid the price, we got the benefit. Jesus was God’s sacrifice for our sins. We read in Isa. 53:6, “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.”
Christ lived to die for your sin and you are saved by His life, death and resurrection. He became our only way to God. I Peter 3:18 — “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit…”
GOD’S MERCY IS ALWAYS, ALWAYS GREATER AND BIGGER THAN YOUR SIN.
You might be saying, I’ve sinned too much for God to forgive me. Friend, His mercy can handle it. Prov. 13:28 says, “He who covers his sin will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes his sin will find compassion.” That’s a standing promise. It’s good 24/7 everywhere.
It gets better. When God forgives, He forgets. Micah 7:19 tells us when He forgives He throws our sin away into the sea. “He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” So God stomps on our sin and throws it into the ocean where He won’t see it anymore.
What is more important than salvation? Are you going to take your money and your car with you when you die? If God is dealing with you about your sin today, then confess, repent, and trust Him now. Why wait? Is there any real reason to wait?
Are you waiting until you get that promotion or finish school? Your career, your education, and the economy might disappear tomorrow. Jesus told us salvation is the highest priority in Mt. 13:46 — “… the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Your salvation is worth more than your career, your possessions, and even your marriage.
Jesus was the supreme example of love. 2,000 years ago His friends deserted Him and He was beaten and tortured. He was next nailed to a cross to be a sacrifice for all your sins. He always knew this was going to happen. He looked ahead to you today and said, I’m doing this for you … I’m taking your place. So you can spend eternity with me in paradise. No crimes, no divorce, no disease, unbelievable beauty and joy. You’ll see loved ones again.”
But He also taught us more about hell than anyone in the Bible. Listen to His warning about hell in Rev. 21:8, “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolators and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” No one ever leaves hell. Never. Don’t trust in purgatory to get you out because it doesn’t exist. Neither the word purgatory nor the idea of it appear in the Bible. So you’re going to either heaven or hell. Don’t tell me you’ll party with your friends there. You won’t be able to even see them. The heat is unbearable. And it’s very hard to breathe. It’s like breathing sulphur gas. And no one is ever getting you out.
America, we’re pushing God to His limits. We may have already pushed Him too far. This could be the last chance for some of you. God has been warning you for years. God would rather forgive than judge. But even God runs out of patience. America has been doing everything it can to get rid of God for years. If we don’t get serious about repenting, He could do a lot of things to humble us and completely destroy our country: huge earthquakes, an EMP attack, a total collapse of the economy, an invasion, nuclear war, and more. Both people and nations reap as they sow. God has really, really had it!
You never have as much time as you think you’ll have. This story is true. It happened on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1969. Hurricane Camile was coming and it was a monster.
When Police Chief Jerry Peralta pulled up in front of the Richelieu Apartment complex that night he was already worried. The wind was getting stronger and the rainfall heavier. The apartments were less than 250 ft. from the surf of the Gulf of Mexico and he had many people to warn.
Chief Jerry could have passed up on this place but he knew he had to stop there, in little Pass Christian, MS. It was a shabby little hamlet of strip joints, gambling houses, and rusty mobile homes. On that night in 1969, a group of people in the apartment were having a “hurricane party”. They were directly in the line of approaching Hurricane Camile.
A man on the second floor balcony with a drink in his hand saw Chief Peralta pull up. The other party goers came out to join him. The conversation went about like this: The Chief called up and said, “Y’all need to clear out of here as quickly as you can. The storm will be here soon.”
But the people on the balcony just laughed at Peralta and told him to leave. “This is my land,” one of them yelled. “If you want me off, you’ll have to arrest me.” Chief Peralta didn’t arrest anyone but he wasn’t able to persuade anyone to leave. He wrote down the names of next of kin of the 20 or so people who intended to stay, and they laughed as he took their names.
Meteorologists, or weather people, estimated that the wall of rain and wind hit the complex that night at 205 miles per hour. That was the strongest hurricane recorded up to that time. Raindrops hit with the force of bullets, and waves off the Gulf Coast crested between 22 and 28 ft. high.
News reports later showed that the worst damage came at the little community of Pass Christian. Some 20 people were killed at the hurricane party in the Richelieu Apartments. All that was left of the building was the foundation. It had been scraped down clean and level like your kitchen table. The only survivor was a boy found hanging onto a mattress in the ocean the next day.
Hurricanes, wildfires, mass shootings, and more. God has a rescue plan for you. Do you have yours yet? Don’t be like the people in the apartment complex. God is reaching out to you now, people.
Come to Christ today as you are. If He’s dealing with you now, don’t put it off. His arms are open wide to take you into His kingdom, to forgive you of all your sin and help you every day.