"Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood."
(Hosea 4:1-2 KJV)
Hosea's Challenge to America, a sermon by Chuck Missler, parallels the sins of America quite well, as can be seen in the excerpts shown below. What do you think?
"The kingdom divided after Solomon's death into two kingdoms: Judah and Jerusalem in the south, under Rehoboam, Solomon's successor, which in large measure remained faithful to God and the temple worship; and the Northern Kingdom under Jeroboam, called Israel, which plunged into idolatry.The Northern Kingdom, with a successful standing army, recovered to Israel all the territory lost - even the possession of Damascus. They enjoyed material prosperity unequaled since days of Solomon...
"This is the burden of Hosea: that although a loving and caring God had provided their abundance and prosperity, their sin, disloyalty and abandonment of Him will force Him to vindicate His justice with judgment…
. "The parallels with America are very, very disturbing. We, too, are experiencing unprecedented prosperity. The stock indexes are caressing 11,000." (18,000 today. This was delivered in 1999.)
"People are purchasing their third and fourth cars. Almost every home has a computer..." (and handheld telephones).
"We have abandoned the sanctity of commitment in our marriages and in our business enterprises. Our entertainment industry celebrates adultery, fornication, violence, aberrant sex practices, and every imaginable form of evil. We have become the world's leading exporters of all that God abhors...
"God has declared His clear and exciting principle: 'If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land:' (2 Chronicles 7:14)... We need a national revival - but it must begin with you and me. It is our sin that is standing in the way of what God would prefer to do: to have America continue as a beach head for the Gospel to a hurting world. It's up to us. It's high time we got serious about it." (Sermon at www.khouse.org/articles/1999/54/). Read it!
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