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June 1, 2020 4:00 am

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June 1, 2020 4:00 am

Violent riots have erupted across America in the wake of the police brutality against George Floyd, and President Trump is now declaring that Antifa will be designated as a terrorist organization. So why did the Southern Baptist Convention's leaders issue a statement condemning Floyd's death, without also condemning the Leftist rioters' anarchy and destruction of American businesses? And is this nationwide insurrection, on the heels of the pandemic shutdown, another sign of God's judgment, both on our rebellious nation and on a weak and compromised church? Janet discusses it all on Monday's JANET MEFFERD TODAY.


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If you're in a Democrat led city, then it doesn't matter because you are all about justice. Is this really about justice. What is going on across our country. I was thinking a lot about some of the different passages of Scripture that really resonate with a different sort of feel than normal and I was thinking about Psalm to first and foremost. Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain.

The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed same. Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles. The one enthroned in heaven laughs, the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying I have installed my King on Zion, my holy mountain. I will proclaim the Lord's decree. He said to me you are my son, today I have become your father asked me and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron. You will dash them to pieces like pottery. Therefore, you kings, be wise, be warned, you rulers of the earth.

Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his role with trembling.

Kiss his son or he will be angry in your way will lead to your destruction for his wrath can flare up in a moment.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him. The reason Psalm two came to mind is because this is one of the passages that really sets into reality what life is all about the Kings can do what they want. The world can do what it wants. You can have all sorts of insurrections and violent protests in rebellion. Ultimately, it's all rebellion against the Lord, but who sits in the heavens and laughs that scornful laugh and scoffs at them.

The one who has all the power, the one who is the king of all the earth, the one who holds everything in the palm of his hand, the one who has promised to us that he will return for his church and that he will judge the world in righteousness. One day that that day is assured, and that is something that I think is becoming very real to a lot of us. We are in unbelievably strange times are we not at least as Americans, we have been used to piece for so long. Yes, there have been up evils from here to there different cities. You can name different periods of time. The LA riots in 1992 you think of the up evil that took place at the Democratic national convention back in the 60s. Some of those can state riots, things like that but this is just bizarre and I think it's throwing a lot of people for a loop. Especially because it's coming right on the heels of all the pandemic madness and I've got a lot of stuff to talk about regarding that because now we've had this ruling in California. This church as we've been talking about the South Bay United Pentecostal has lost its case at the US Supreme Court. They were seeking this injunction over get a Gavin Newsom's order to limit their capacity to 25% or hundred people, whichever is lower. And they were trying to get this emergency injunction were to talk about it more in tomorrow's show but I was thinking about this that they lost their bid to try to say hey wait a minute. The only thing that is setting us apart in terms of what Newsom's can constraints on a star is religion is the only thing that's different.

You don't have 100 person limit and Costco or Walmart or Sam's Club you have it in churches.

Why is that okay and Brett Cavanagh wrote a great dissent but I'm telling you it were an weird time. So here we have what is going on across America in 19 cities at last count, all having Democratic mayors yes it does matter. Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Houston, Memphis, Portland, San Jose, Detroit, Washington DC, Dallas, Columbus, Ohio, on and on and on. II don't believe for a minute that all of these are spontaneous protests but I want to back up a little. What this is all ostensibly about is the killing the death of George Floyd.

This African-American man and we've seen the video across the country. It's horrific. It's horrible to watch this.

This police officer holding them down with his knee for some eight or nine minutes and he says I can't breathe it. It's horrible to even watch it. It's horrible and this is a matter of justice. No doubt about it.

I don't know anybody who has seen that video and seeing what this was all about and and concluded anything other than this is horrendous. And yes, this police officer has now been arrested and charged with third-degree murder, and he had a history of various and sundry offenses during his time as a police officer so there's more of a potential systemic problem within the police department or within the enforcement of the rules that police officers are supposed to follow so a lot of that has to come out. But but it's interesting because when you look at how everything just popped up and all of a sudden it was just chaos all across the country. That's not all organic folks and anybody who believes that it is merely organic is not paying attention that Pres. Trump was certainly paying attention to what was going on and he has rightly condemned the death of George Floyd and expressed his condolences to the family as I think every American dies.

He wants to see that regardless of color. Nobody wants to see somebody held down by a police officer in such an inhumane and unnecessary way. It's just it goes against everything that a human being wants to see in terms of someone being treated with respect, even if they are suspected of doing something that was against the law on this is just involving a $20 counterfeit bill that that happened over all of that so is terrible, so he did express his concerns but he also expressed his concerns over and he fell, which is now going to be designated a terrorist organization.

But I want you to listen to a little bit of what NBC reported. Listen to this report.

This is One, Pres. Trump says that he believes many elected officials must get tougher on those agitators and those causing violence, who he says are part of a radical left activism that seeks to cause chaos not seeking justice for George Floyd back in Washington. The president is taking on an adversary.

My registration will stop mob violence has American cities, including the blocks around the White House erupt with anger over George Floyd's death in police custody. The president called out those steering protests to violence and destruction speaking after the rocket launch in Florida. The memory of George Floyd is being dishonored by rioters and looters and anarchists and bar delivered a warning after both Minnesota's Democratic governor tomb walls and Pres. Trump suggested some demonstrators in Minnesota were out-of-state antagonists, claims they did not back out with evidence or said the Department of Justice is ready to execute rioters who traveled out of state to incite violence is a federal crime to cross state lines or to use interstate facilities to incite or participate in violent rioting and we will enforce those laws. While this was the right move.

And for those who have been pushing for the Trump administration to make such a designation for a long time are now very relieved that anti-file will be designated a terrorist organization rightly so, how long have we seen NT for terrorize various cities and and cause destruction and violence and look at what's happened in Portland and some of these videos that are going around the Internet showing what is happening in all sorts of locations across the country. We can have this, we can't have anarchy or is some people have designated this an insurrection. This is about revolution. This is not about George Floyd, when you see somebody running down the road with a cheesecake because they have just invaded the cheesecake factory you really think the guy with the cheesecake cares about George Floyd.

I understand that people are upset and there certainly are probably people who are organically upset and they really do live in those cities, but obviously there is more going on than just these spontaneous protests and they certainly are not anything that we should take lightly were to come back and listening to jam effort today will return right after this, then I phone those endless figments and listed the stated night… When a young mom faces an unplanned pregnancy. She's confused and scared society tells her that a baby is not a life and offers termination as the best solution. Pre-born sinners shine light into the darkness by offering young moms in crisis. Hope, love and life, and an ultrasound to meet their pre-born baby as soon as I get it. I felt welcome. That gave me the first look at maybe AV by providing a free OSHA so pre-born is the largest provider of free ultrasounds in the country and the direct competition to Planned Parenthood. Will you join pre-born in helping love and support young moms in crisis for $140 you can sponsor five ultrasounds and help save five babies lives to donate, call 855402, baby. That's 855-402-2229. All gifts are tax-deductible. 855-402-2229 where there's a pre-born banner to are you in need of a healthcare program. Urine log is a member of Liberty healthcare in your part of a community that comes together to share their medical expenses.

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The spirit of rebellion smashing people's heads in the man in Dallas, for example, who is trying to guard his store with a sword and he was beaten to a pulp. He looked like he was dead.

If you watch that video and there so many other videos and after a while it's you don't want to see it. There's more it's more than the soul can take in some regard and it's all across the nation. What is going on on the heels of this pandemic that people are questioning their shutting down churches in there saying that churches can't worship at full capacity. Has there ever been a time in our nations history short of during the situation during the world wars perhaps where we more needed the churches to be opened. We need the churches to be opened now going back to this issue of ENT for NBC, as you heard just there a couple minutes ago was questioning this whole idea that there were radical leftists involved in all of this mob violence taking place across the United States. But in fact Jim Hansen writes over at Fox news about this and I think this is a really important thing and NT that has hijacked protests of George Floyd's death and turn them into riots.

He's the president of security studies group served in the US Army special forces, but he says Pres. Trump was right when he place blame for the riots tearing apart cities around the country on antique and other radical left-wing groups and he should now go one step further and declare them a domestic terrorist organization that subsequently occurred yesterday the writing. This past week was extensively sparked by the death of George Floyd.

This 46-year-old black man who was arrested by Minneapolis police for allegedly trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes. There's no question that his death was horrific and should never have happened but in fact many of the writers affiliated with ENT for simply and cynically have used Floyd's tragic death as an excuse to spread mayhem and destruction. And as we know, as we mentioned before, Derek shall vend the police officer who knelt on Floyd's neck was charged on Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter and he and any other officers who go on trial for Floyd's death should be punished to the full extent of the law that this is an important point is well if it really is about justice than justice is happening isn't the police officer was arrested. He was charged with murder.

The three other officers are under investigation.

Isn't that what you want while they want to change in the system you want to change. If you have a police officer who's doing that to somebody.

Everybody he comes up against is potentially at risk. Of course we want this guy dealt with but he's been dealt with is any doubt were not at a point of conviction or exoneration and that may bring further action. Who knows, but again stealing cheesecakes and breaking into rodeo Drive boutiques and and boutiques on Oak St. in Chicago and stealing things and looting the target and setting police cars on fire. What does that have to do with justice. That's not justice that's lawlessness and we all know that but it's very interesting how those on the left are trying to say oh no no no it's white supremacist on the right. Well first of all, when you look at the history of the Ku Klux Klan.

This people were not conservatives, folks.

Those people were Democrats. And you gotta remember the history in this country of who was on which side during various and sundry aspects of American history. So I want to go to this particular cut because I think this is important as well. Jake Tapper over on CNN's state of the union interviewed Robert O'Brien the White House national security advisor who said some very interesting things pertaining to what is going on among law enforcement officers listen to cut to. I want to ask about the police as George Floyd is hardly the only unarmed black American killed recently by police using systemic racism is a problem with law enforcement agencies in the United States. No, I don't think there's systemic racism. I think 99.9% of our log officers are great Americans and that many of her African-American, Hispanic, Asian their work in the toughest neighborhoods of the hardest jobs are doing this country either amazing great Americans and their my heroes. But you know what there's some bad apples in their and their jobs. There are some some bad cops array system and their their cops or maybe don't have the right training or some that are just just bad cops and they need to be rooted out because of a few bad apples are given law enforcement terrible mammon. Rather, there's no doubt that there are some recent races police.

I think of the minority. I think there's a few bad apples and and we need to root them out but I'll tell you I'm just so proud of the way our law enforcement professionals are protecting us in and handling the situation with with restraint and what we would love or law enforcement, but we do have to get one of those that are likely like the dirty cop that killed by George Floyd and we need to get rid of those people, by the way the local prosecutors were was a police commissioner like I apparently I'm told he had a long record of this sort of conduct is still on the force.

While that's exactly right. We had mentioned this before this Derek shaman who was he said there he killed him, but he's actually been charged. He hasn't been convicted, but this police officer who was seen kneeling on George Floyd's neck actually was a 19 year department veteran who was the subject of at least a dozen police conduct complaints that resulted in no disciplinary action and only one that led to a letter of reprimand. This is via NBC news.

So yes, there are bad apples in police departments could could we not also argue that there are bad apples everywhere. There are, and you root them out and you make sure that if they do something like this. They see justice. Everybody wants that this is important now what happens when Tapper tries to tie the riots to right-wingers. Listen to this interaction with O'Brien. This is Great okay looking is also about about any of the far right groups and might be trying to use this as a predicate to the prompt a race war as vice news reported that they are also part of some of the unrest, some of the violence were seeing. And then of course Sen. Rubio say that foreign adversaries are through social media are trying to stoke violence as well. I have not seen those reports I generally don't revise silencing reports on file) is being driven by aunt Eva and they did in Seattle. They done in Portland that done in Berkeley. This is a destructive force of of radical leftist, whatever they are there. There are militants who are or come in a burning our citizenry. At the bottom of it. While this is important and there was somebody else. Mormon NYPD Lieut. Darren Porter was on Fox as well warning about paid demonstrators infiltrating these riots and these protests going on across the country. This is interesting when he was asked how do you deal with a situation like this. This is what he had to say this is cut six will is a former NYPD Blue trading. I referred Rex and me being a practitioner in New York City. In many instances we had we referred to as paid educators reason people are paid by specific groups to come in" or "raise a little anarchy slowing things just creating somewhat of a miscreant society as a result, I want you to turn right when you search on protesters because this is riotous behavior. So we as a Police Department.

Believe it or not. We knew a lot of these people were. Because you will season one week one demonstration and a week later the same demonstrator or agitator protesting all over again. They knew no sin nor care anything about what the actual event was evolved around so is just one of these things were police departments utilize their intelligence while right so there you have some of these law enforcement individuals and people in the know experts and in the political realm were saying this is anti-fire and you have some of these agitators who show up at various and sundry protests and riots who just love writing. They love being part of a protest and I think about this because back when I was doing pro-life activism years and years ago I had time to do it more than I to now there were certain people who would always show up to protest against the pro-lifers and some of them I remember were gay activists and I would scratch my head and say why would you guys care about abortion.

They do have these men there and I can have a baby so I don't really understand why this matters to you and then somebody pointed out to me what the real objection is is any sort of perceived threat against quote unquote sexual freedom. It's all about sexual freedom that okay will that kind of intersex but the reality is you do have people who just like to agitate and there are some of those now we don't necessarily know every single person who is involved in all of these incidents across the United States, but we know enough to know about George Soros. We know enough to know about aunt Eva. We know enough to know about black lives matter.

We know the agitation, the attempts to incite a race war and this went back to the Obama administration starting in Ferguson. Nobody wants this no freedom loving peaceloving American wants this, but there are people in this nation who want it and they wanted for their own purposes. Do you remember this story to get into this a little bit more because this really affects us more directly as Christians when we see what is going on among what we like to call big Eva the big evangelical leaders who were more concerned about going after Christians right now than going after NT for the Washington Times had reported the story couple years ago. You might remember the American Association of Evangelicals put out a video revealing how George Soros through his many funding ventures had been busily infiltrating the Christian base in America to divide and ultimately to conquer the religiously minded within the Republican Party and they mention. For example, Jim Wallace, the Marxist former spiritual advisor to Barack Obama who heads up sojourners and he was taking money from Soros and he denied that he was taking money from Soros but that Marvin Lasky at world magazine proved that he was taking money from Soros in the attic and walk it back and admit it, but we also know that Soros funding has fueled the evangelical immigration table through another organization that funded radio ads for this group so to what extent do we see some of the narrative coming out of evangelical circles influenced by political connections. We don't fully know we don't fully know there are people out there who will make bold claims about George Soros is funding this ministry or this organization without actual proof.

I want to do that but I do want to get into some of the crazy stuff that is coming out from some of the circles were to come back right after this listening to Janet my for today. This archived broadcast of Janet my for today is brought to you by Liberty health share liberty. Healthcare is a nonprofit healthcare sharing ministry that allows you to control and manage your own healthcare and choose any doctor or hospital in the nation. If your freedom loving American looking for contract free healthcare call now 855-585-4237 or go to liberty, health for more information liberty you're listening to Janet River today and use your host Joe welcome back and well I started out the show. Referring to Psalm two Psalm two talking about why the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain and how the Lord scoffs at them. The one enthroned in heaven laughs because the Lord has all the power the Lord is the one in charge. The Lord controls all things, and so anybody who believes that he can shake his fist at Almighty God and get away with it ultimately is a fool, why wouldn't there be scornful laughter level to people like that in and that is applicable to what were seeing going on across the country. But there's a deeper problem away deeper problem in this country because there are so many things that are coming together that really, in my opinion show that we really are under judgment. We really are under God's judgment. I have been a little bit shocked. In fact, to see how few people I would have expected Christians and Christian leaders people, I would've expected to come out and boldly say we need to repent as a nation we are under God's judgment.

We are under his wrath.

We are rebelling against him. We have sinned against him in horrific ways, not just individually, but as a nation and we must come before him on our knees weeping and begging for his forgiveness and we know that he will give forgiveness to those who are repentant.

He continually tells us that in his word. I seen a lot of the stock you know what I'm seeing a lot of and in evangelical circles from some of these big Eva leaders there lecturing Christians about what racists they are specifically white evangelicals. This is been going on for quite a while, obviously from the contingency at the map Southern Baptist convention, for example, which is increasingly embraced the ideas of critical race theory and intersex analogy in some of these popular leftist causes.

But here's the SBC statement Southern Baptist leaders issued a joint statement on the death of George Floyd. This was on Saturday and I want to read this to you because everybody in the SBC leadership signed this. It was co-authored by SBC president JD Greer, the Southern Baptist convention Pres. and Jamie do the New Orleans Baptist theological seminary president.

It was unanimously signed by all SBC officers entity heads and state convention executive directors to listen to this and listen to what is not and it because as of Saturday when this came out there was already mayhem going on across the country, particularly beginning in Minneapolis. But then spreading very quickly to other cities. Here's what they say in their statement on the death of George Floyd is a convention of churches committed to the equality and dignity of all people Southern Baptist grieve the death of George Floyd, who was killed May 25. While all Musgrave. We understand that in the hearts of our fellow citizens of color. Incidents like these connect to a long history of unequal justice in our country going back to the grievous Jim Crow and slavery eras. The images and information we have available to us. In this case are horrific and remind us that there is much more work to be done to ensure that there is not even a hint of racial inequity in the distribution of justice in our country we grieve to see examples of the misuse of force and call for these issues to be addressed with speed and justice while we thank God for a law enforcement officers that bravely risk their lives for the sake of others and uphold justice with dignity and integrity. We also lament when some law enforcement officers misuse their authority and bring unnecessary harm on the people they are called to protect.

We further agree with our minority brothers and sisters in the wake of George Boyd's death. Pray for his family and friends and greatly desire to see the misuse of force and any inequitable distributions of justice come doing that now when we pause for a moment because a point that was raised on social media quite a bit over the weekend was this one. How do we know that there was any racist motivation in the heart of the police officer and the other officers that were there. There's a lot we don't know now you can say don't be that that simplistic because people feel this way black Americans who have seen a number of cases go a certain way and they seen injustices there mad about it.

It could because they see it as a continuing pattern yet but just stop and be factual for a moment. We don't know for sure that the reason that Derek shall been held, George.

Floyd's neck down was something that had anything to do with his race. We don't know we don't know. So it's kind of jumping the gun to be discussing that many other people were talking about that.

Then they cite the old and new Testaments is just as human dignity. The usual stuff throughout the law, the prophets the Gospels and the entire canon of Scripture. Murder is condemned and God's people are called to protect the vulnerable. The Bible further condemns injustice in the misuse of authority and force and an example of Jesus Christ, God's people are called to love others care for their needs. Grieve with them in brokenness while being our neighbor etc. etc. so, as a matter of Christian obedience and devotion followers of Jesus Christ cannot remain silent when our brothers and sisters, friends and/or people we seek to win for Christ are mistreated, abused or killed unnecessarily. That way to me. Something else I want to point out when they're talking about, you know people who minority brothers and sisters were upset about George Floyd's death. I would just like to say that I don't think this really needs to be said, in a way that would surprise anybody but a lot of people are upset about George Floyd's death.

A lot of white people I haven't met any white person or seen any white person out there who hasn't been equally horrified by the way this man was treated were all on the same page on that.

But what's missing in this statement is any sort of comment on the rioting on the insurrection on the looting on the destruction of businesses that no doubt were already hurting because of the pandemic shutdown that's been going on for the last several months. What about the fires that have been set.

The people have had their head smashed in, and the guy in Portland who is slugged for having an American flag. No comment on that because I'm telling you, you should comment on both and there is a both and because justice applies in both situations, there should be justice for George Floyd and there should be justice for those business owners and those cops and those innocent people in the streets who were attacked or looted or had their possessions taken from them or had their cars burned or turned over or what have you.

That's a matter of justice to is in it, or is this just a virtue signaling because it's not helping.

We have a message as Christians in which we can bring people together through Jesus Christ and I'll tell you what there was a wonderful prayer. This isn't the best quality audio but I played this for you because I want you to hear this. This was posted on social media.

This was a protest in Minneapolis.

It didn't make the news cycle. It wasn't really viral in any way, but this was a gathering of people in Minneapolis who were just praying together and it was white people. It was black people. I believe the man who is doing the praying was a black gentleman and just had the most wonderful prayer. Listen to this cut five. Amen. God help us to keep peace in the city in this country.

That's what we should be praying for and I was so appreciative of the way that that gentleman, pray tell you something else.

The conservative Baptist network, which is kind of the alternative group that has emerged within the confines of the Southern Baptist convention to bring the convention back to its sanity based on Scripture but they had a wonderful statement regarding George Floyd and the ensuing riots because they mentioned both and they condemned the death of George Floyd and also the rioting in Minneapolis and elsewhere is that every human being is made in the image of God, an attack on any person, whether intentional or merely reckless is an affront to a holy God and the people of God must stand for innocent life at all times and in all situations. Police brutality is always wrong but rioting is not protest rioting is not protected by the First Amendment. Rioters are not sympathetic figures they are engaging in a form of domestic terrorism and should be dealt with accordingly. Absolutely right. Civil society cannot long endure such acts, both of which are directed it in a sense both police brutality and mass violence and both of which should be deployed by all people of goodwill and they called on Christians and churches to pray for the peace and justice.

We seek for Americans of all colors nice a conservative Baptist network. You should be running the Southern Baptist convention has that's the statement that all Christians and indeed the world needed to hear you come back on Jennifer today after this hi this is Kirk Cameron and I am honored to be partnering with the Ministry of pre-born to help moms choose life actor Kirk Cameron supports pre-born. My four oldest children were adopted.

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In many ways and I think about everything that our country is guilty of. We have been given so much so much more than any other nation in the history of the world.

The freedoms that we have enjoyed the ability that we have enjoyed through those freedoms to prosper as a nation, and to be such a force for good. Over the centuries.

You know, you think about all the things that were done during World War II and liberating these you know Hitler, the concentration camps and and all the rest in Normandy and I'm just thinking of that particular period of history, but there's so many other things that we could point to where America has been such a force for good in America has been a source for good in so many ways because I believe that at at root. When we were a nation that honor the Lord. We really were in the right place and it doesn't mean that every single person in American history was a Christian we know that, but we were more Christian nation. Years and years ago than we are today and now we have all sorts of moral rocks.

I mean do I even need to outline it. We talk about it all the time. The moral sewage that is just flowing like a river through this country all the time in the breakdown of the family and the immorality in the this sexual devout Yuri and what we were talking about last week. For example, the sex ed curriculum that is being foisted on our kids and it goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and you think at some point. How long does the Lord put up with us, but here's a point that I think is is very significant. When we think of what the Lord has to say in the book of Hebrews, what comes to mind for me is this section where it says that we should have both a warning here and an encouragement that we should make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy without holiness no one will see the Lord. And then it says that we really need to be very, very cognizant of the idea here that we can't refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will. We if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven. At that time when we talk about coming to Mount Zion to the city of the living God heavenly Jerusalem at that time, his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens, the words once more indicate the removing of what can be shaken, that is, created things, so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe for our God is a consuming fire. Now why did I go to that particular passage because I believe that judgment begins with the household of God. That is what the Bible says and when I'm looking across what is going on in in many churches across this nation. I don't think you can conclude anything other than the fact that the church is weak that the church is very morally compromised that there is a great deal of corruption.

There is not reverence and awe. I would say in way too many churches for a holy God. It's playtime. It's entertainment time you have people who have fallen in the ministry in unbelievably scandalous ways and they lay low for a couple months and then they come back and open up their churches. All of this is an offense to a holy God. And we have divorce rates in the church that are equal to the world. We have abortion rates in the church that are equal to the world. How in the world are we to escape the chastening of God, and I wonder when I look across what is happening in our country.

How much of this is really directed at the church to wake us up. And where are those men of God who are our Christian leaders in our most prominent pastors saying these things to us. We know this when we read God's word. We know what God says about returning to me and repent, and even Jesus's warnings to the seven churches in Revelation 2 and three.

What is he say you've lost your first love. You lost in Laodicea you know you are lukewarm one that you are hot or cold, but you're lukewarm on a spit you out of my mouth. And yes, he has some commendations for other churches.

But he warns the church don't do this, don't do this, don't tolerate the woman Jezebel don't tolerate these false prophets who will lead you down a primrose path of immorality don't tolerate it, and we are so guilty as a people, as the people of God who ought to be the most intense about pursuing holiness and pursuing godliness and pursuing faithfulness. According to the word of God to honor him and we fail. I fail but then we come back and we repent we say, Lord, please, please forgive me and let me live a life that is consistent with the profession of faith that I have in the Lord Jesus.

Please Lord, restore your church, revive us again in the midst of the years and I thought about David Wilkerson's old book. I don't know if you ever read this at the trumpet to thy mouth. I read this years ago the first time I read it must have a heart attack. I mean it was really this blast of the trumpet that mean it was very very accurate when you talk about that verse applying it to David Wilkerson because he was talking about the destruction of America and he was saying.

The church is guilty and we have adultery and fornication and divorce and idolatry in the music of devils in God's house and a lot of people made fun of this book they made fun of it mode where this guy's a downer, you don't want to invite him to a party, but I went to the section here. I dug out the book and there's a section here on America being the modern Babylon and this is what David Wilkerson said. He said I believe modern Babylon is present day America, including its corrupt society and its Horace church system. No other nation on earth fits the description in Revelation 18, but America, the world's biggest fornicator with the merchants of all nations. Ancient Babylon was long destroyed when John received his vision, but John saw fiery destruction coming in one hour. And just as Israel was called the city of God. America is referred to as Babylon. This is his interpretation that mighty city. It is a people of land and in one hour. It is going to be wiped out and consumed by fire judgment will fall upon the major cities. The towns with fire consuming what was once a prosperous, thriving, safe, and tranquil land the great eagle with great wings is about to fall from its lofty position on the highest branch of all nations the vine that was planted in the land of traffic in the city of merchants by great waters is about to die.

It was planted in a good soil by great waters that it might bring forth branches and that might bear fruit that it might be of goodly vine. Ezekiel 17. Eight and he also quotes from Ezekiel 17, but he says oh what horrible and swift judgments are just ahead very eminent upon this nation that is cast aside holiness and repentance. I hear the prophets crying out from Ezekiel 19 she was plucked up in fury.

She was cast down to the ground and the east when dried up her fruit. Her strong rods were broken and withered the fire consume them and he says it is a day of vengeance and judgment against said it is a day of vengeance and judgment against sin. The Lord has promised to judge his people who have done despite to the grace of God. For we know him that has said, vengeance along with on to me. I will recompense at the Lord.

And again, the Lord shall judge his people is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God from Hebrews 10 now he's speaking about the final judgment and whether or not America is Babylon is referenced in Revelation 18 is a matter of interpretation seriously, but we do know that God's hand of judgment is here. I think it's getting harder and harder to make a case that were all fine and everything's good were not all fine and not everything is good, but for the Christian.

It's a very short turn is not. It's a very short turn to go back to where we need to be because we are are were already in Christ, we may have backslidden we may have become complacent. We may have lost our first love. We may have become lukewarm, but the Lord calls us to return to him.

Why don't we return to him. Why don't we cast off all this culturally relevant liberal critical race theory intersection analogies, social justice, warrior, pro-gay stuff all these garbage from the world that we have inculcated and tried to baptize with the word of God when in fact the word of God is what is to set the standard we get our truth from the word of God. We don't take worldly ideas and try to justify them with passages like Matthew 25.

Enough is enough and if we really believe that the Bible is God's authority that it is inerrant and it is inspired and it is infallible and it is in fact breathed out by the Holy Spirit and we need to start acting like it and then perhaps we may have the grounds for telling a sinful nation what it needs to do. But when we are weak when we are complacent when we are more concerned with money and fame and book deals and all of the other things that a lot of these leaders are concerned with, and we will not be prepared in an hour like this to have anything to say to the culture let us return to the Lord our God, let us return and repentance.

Oh Lord, please forgive us as your people because we have been lukewarm and we have left our first love and regardless of what you will do in the United States. We want to be absolutely right with you, Lord Jesus, because you have given your life for us and it is incumbent upon us as your people to do nothing less than be willing to give our lives back to you to walk on that narrow way and to take up our cross daily and follow you as is required by disciple of yours and I pray that for the church every single day and especially now, and I really hope that you will pray that prayer with me for revival in the church of Jesus Christ in America and for the salvation of those who live in this nation and don't yet know him leave it there. Thank you for tuning in

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