We must not let the thinking of men—government, educational systems, media, our peers, and even misguided church members—take us away from God’s way of doing things. For God’s “thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways” God’s ways (Isa. 55:8). His ways and thoughts are infinitely higher than man’s. We must know His power and authority and uphold Him! He is our Creator and Savior!
Millions in America—even Christians—are being influenced by this current President and his media, who bow to the Muslim religion, and promote immorality, homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Obama and liberals have brought terrible “change” to our nation.
Sexual immorality—even sexual affairs among young school children— is running rampant through America. Our government is not only promoting sexual immorality, but Christians are being influenced by the media displaying it in almost every program as being the “progressive way”—the “now normal.” They must be taught and prepared at home and from the pulpit!
But, what is even more sad, is when churches self impose a ban on preaching and teaching against sexual immorality—especially homosexuality and abortions. A few years ago, a church in Little Rock, Arkansas, banned my friend Ken Leach (now deceased) from preaching against abortion. The elders in this so-called “conservative” church were “good” liberal Democrats, instead of being good sound Christians and God-fearing leaders for their flock. Ken would not bend on his teaching and left this church shortly afterwards and moved to Arizona to work for the Lord.
Another gospel preacher, after preaching against homosexuality and keeping the marriage “honorable” and the marriage “bed undefiled” (Heb. 13:4), was told he could not preach again. They said that these things should be left for the parents in their own homes to teach and not in the church assemblies where it is embarrassing. So, as they think, not all of the gospel message should be preached— just what is “in season” for all to hear.
Preachers must never stop preaching and teaching what the Bible teaches on these evils. All preachers must take to the pulpit and not shun from declaring “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27; 2 Tim 4:17), whether it be “in season or out of season” (2 Tim 4:2). All must “stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle” (2 Thes. 2:15).
Whether it is government imposed or church imposed, it is becoming that the whole counsel of God cannot be preached in churches in this country. By 2016, what do you think it will be like... after this President has another year and a half to execute more “executive orders” without the approval of Congress. And, in 50 years, what will churches of Christ be like?
When we worked in Eastern Europe for two years in the late ‘90’s, we were appalled at the flagrant display of sex in public places, and the total disregard shown by government for sexual immorality, and the disregard of protecting religious freedom for Christians. The church of Christ in Budapest was suddenly kicked out of the schoolhouse where we had a written contract to use two classrooms for our meetings for worship and Bible study. After a newspaper reporter came to a Wednesday evening Bible study, she went to the head of Hungary’s educational department and told that we were forcing people to believe in God. A government order was issued to remove us from the school house... an attempt to stop the gospel of Christ from being taught and accepted by Hungarians.
We must pray for our ‘once’ great nation that was founded on Biblical principles. We must pray for the preachers and elders that we will not let the threat of persecution—even being jailed—even offending church members—to stop us from “fully” preaching Christ and Him crucified and “the whole counsel of God”!
By Hugh Walton
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