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God And The United States Part 2

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March 19, 2021 1:00 am

God And The United States Part 2

Running to Win / Erwin Lutzer

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March 19, 2021 1:00 am

The struggle over the public viewing of God’s law to man led to Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore being ousted from office—evidence that God is being systematically excluded from public life. In this message we learn more about the judgment of God on America.

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The struggle over the public viewing of God's law demand to Alabama and she more being ousted from office evidence that God is being systematically excluded from public life today. More about the judgment of God on America. The church with Sir teaching helps us make it across the finish line. Americans take for granted.

Bad things happen to other nations. We are somehow secure date. Of course, as you and I know we aren't secure.

No nation has sinned against as much light as the United States of America and it appears as if we are headed to some very, very dark times. But, you know, in the midst of this, we need to be able to keep our cool so to speak, and remember that God is God and the sovereign among the nations. That's why preach this series of messages entitled God and the nations, and I can't think of any time in history when we have so needed to remember that God is the one who is in heaven.

In fact, he laughs at the rebellion of man now for gift of any amount. This sermon series can be yours.

Then you can play it again and again. Share it with your friends. Here's what you do go to RTW that's RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 request God and the nations share the great truth of God's sovereignty at a time when we are tempted to look around politically and be discouraged. Now let us go to the pulpit of Moody church where again we hear about the sovereignty of God in his judgment and his leadership and in his control, will notice what it says now in verses 12 and 13 when the Lord has finished all of his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem. He will say I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and a haughty look in his eyes, for he says, by the strength of my hand.

I have done this and by my wisdom because I have understanding. I removed the boundaries of nations. I plundered their treasures. Like a mighty one. I subdued their kings God says he's going to be judge specifically verse 16 says therefore the Lord God Almighty will send a wasting disease upon his sturdy warriors under his pump of fire will be kindled like a blazing flame God says I will judge Syria for its wickedness. Now you say well, but God used this area.

Yes, God's is Assyria you're judging Israel, you too will be judged rest in the fact that terrorists, not just in America but around the world.

Terrorists will be judged by God in this life somewhat indiscriminately from our standpoint haphazardly because some may live to have a long lives, but in the end God's judgment will be meticulously balanced and we will praise God for ever for the accuracy of his judgment. Nothing goes unpunished. There's 1/3 characteristic and that is that God's purpose is judgment. His purposes in judgment is really twofold.

But first of all, regarding unbelievers very quickly. Verses 18 and following the splendor of his forests and for tile fields will be completely destroyed is when a sick man wastes the way and the remaining trees of his force will be so few that a child could write them down. He may be talking about the Assyrian soldiers. God says I'm going to show you my power and my ability to even destroy you.

God shows to the wicked.

The fact that that they will not repent, even if he shouts from heaven. Now let's apply this to America where our weight here in the great United States, a nation that is been so wonderfully blessed by God after the terrorist attack church attendance increased. I told now it is lower than ever.

But thankfully not here at the Moody church you know that our attendance has been growing during the last years and continues to grow and every time I'm here I see the balcony come out further and further and further and I say God praised God be praised, but across America today what you find is a decline in church attendance and so what we have is just a blip on the screen the Tribune after 9/11 came out with an article that said it's okay to talk about evil now even suggested that maybe we lived in the end of the postmodern age were evil was not admitted into public discourse, but somehow all that is forgotten and lost is not and what we have in our society today is is taking out God's laws, God is being pushed back onto the reservation. The public square is being scrubbed clean of anything that has to do with God.

God is not supposed to inform or to govern or to control what politicians might do and that's the nation in which we live, what you know. Regardless of what you think of Judge Moore in Alabama, whom I met yesterday by the way, I was speaking at promise keepers in Atlanta for Dean thousand men at promise keepers in Atlanta you want to hear something that's good about America.

Think back to what God is doing in so many different areas of this great nation. But Judge Moore who was there was telling us and showing us really and I spoke to one of his attorneys that that constitutionally if you look strictly at the Constitution. Those 10 Commandments, had a place there in the supreme court building those commandments constitutionally should belong there and we can argue whether or not this was really the cause to fight in and say this or that, but I'll tell you what is happening is there judges in America today who are no longer interpreting the Constitution and interpreting the law they are making up the law in the United States of America. Let me ask you what happens when law no longer rule. The vacuum is filled with power. Let me give you an illustration from our childhood days fourth grade.

Here's me and I am a teacher by the name of Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Watson was a meticulous disciplinarian, a good teacher, good, fair, but off she had certain rules for playground. You know, because we used to play various games that I won't tell you about because I'm in the eye minute to good mood right now to go into that but that the rules work. You shall not hit one another. You shall not talk naughty to one another. You shall not, you shall share all of the equipment. The sports equipment and so forth. And every once in a while she came out of the schoolhouse. During recess just to check on how the kids were playing and we played reasonably well. Very few hassles when Mrs. Watson was there with the rules.

Now let's suppose we say you know these rules sound Christian.

In fact, Mrs. Watson, God bless her.

She is an informed the Christian end and we can't have those laws and so what we need to do is to take the rules and we need to get rid of them and we need to get rid of her to now let me ask you a question whose will will survive out on the playing field when the rules are no longer there and no one in forcing them you can answer that the school bully whenever he wants, will go and I'm gonna speak you candidly in America today. There are people who do not respect the rule of law or the rule of morality and they are into one thing and one thing along and dad is power and they will destroy they will distort they will vilify they will do all that they possibly can to get to their way without conscience because power is taking up the place that law and morality used to have in America and people can no longer even resolve the simplest thing without some kind of an appeal to to to law an end to the laws of this nation. And that's a great that's a great story in itself because America no longer is rooted in God.

What did Darren. The terrorist attack prove about unbelievers. They proved something I guess that we should have known dead people don't hear very well, God sends the alarm from heaven, and it lasts for a few weeks and then you think that nothing had ever happened and everything goes back to where it was.

What's God's message to us as believers, as believers in here. I just want to read very quickly. Verse 2021 24 verse 20 in that day, the remnant of Israel.

The survivors of the house of Jacob will no longer rely on him, who struck them down but they will rely on the Lord, the holy one of Israel. A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob will return to the mighty God, and then very quickly. Verse 24. Therefore, this is what the Lord God Almighty says all my people, who live in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrians, who beat you with a rod and lift up a club against you, as did. Don't be afraid of them because they don't have the final word in your life anyway. I do two observations. In conclusion here. Number one when it comes to such things as terrorism when it comes to such things as a bad economy and the economy right now is as unpredictable as a new bottle of ketchup seems to me when it comes to that.

We shouldn't ask the question why us, but rather why not us. Seems as if God has just chosen to bless America in ways that no other country is blessed. Other countries, huge earthquakes, tidal waves, wars, civil wars, poverty, younger and certainly we have that here, but but we have resources the likes of which no nation on earth has ever had, but can it be that we can always just expect blessing, blessing, blessing, blessing when God says I set before you a path and the path is one of blessing and a path of judgment and cursing and all that we can expect from his hand, is blessing. I don't think so. So the question is are we ourselves are we getting the message. We getting the message. What about the church Episcopalians. I believe it is ordaining homosexuals. Everybody says no apostate on my friend. They were apostate, long ago when they stopped giving up the uniqueness of Jesus is the only way to heaven.

That's where apostasy happens. This others just the end result is just the end result of years of doctrinal erosion.

So what you have today. Among the believing church is a lack of recognition that would. God is always trying to say to us is to get back to the word back to holy living.

Back to witnessing and I wonder if we as a church are hearing that message. Finally, isn't it wonderful that for the believer. There are no permanent tragedies but for unbelievers there's no permanent blessings. Always remember that if if you've never trusted Christ as Savior. You may, you may have made it in many many different areas of your life. But there is no permanent blessing you may have survived a terrorist attack because in the and everything is going to be sorted out and you will have to die and you will stand in God's presence and remember the only ones will be admitted into heaven are those who have the righteousness of Jesus Christ credited to their account and therefore meet God's requirements and so there is no real permanent blessing for you today. If you've never trusted Christ as Savior in the and it will all come apart. I remember wealthy man, wealthy man millions and millions of dollars before he died, spoke about life spoke about life and all of its the hard aches and tragedies and spoke disparagingly of the life that he lived. I will not quote it because it's really not quotable in a public meeting.

What a way to go, but he had all but there was no permanent blessings for the Christian, there is no such thing as a permanent tragedy. No permanent tragedy since were speaking about terrorism. I'm reminded of flight 93 over Pennsylvania with Todd Beamer and his famous line. Let's roll.

And then we think of Lisa Beamer, widow, and the witness that she has had for Jesus Christ and the truth of the gospel.

Of course it's a tragedy to lose a father and to lose a husband. We won't even have to exaggerate that for you to know it's a great tragedy but it is not a permanent tragedy. God says do not fear the Assyrians is saying to his people. Don't worry about them because I am there for you at the end of the day and I will not leave you and I will not forsake you. This really does come home to Rebecca and me right at this time.

As you know, our son-in-law, God bless him a fine young man is in Baghdad in the peacekeeping core of the United States Army, but his father here in the Chicago area is struggling with cancer greatly struggling with cancer and we spent two hours with him this past week and you say, here's a young man 53 years old. He wants to see his grandchildren.

He has seen one grandchild, but he like to be able to see another grandchild. Here's a young man 53 years old. It's a tragedy, isn't it is not a permanent tragedy is not a permanent trench. There's all of eternity out there.

There's all of eternity for God not only to explain and whether he wants to explain it or not it is his business because at the end of the day when we see him face-to-face. I don't know that were going to need a lot of explanation, and God is with his people in a troubled economy with the possibility of terrorism with fearful things on the news. God is with us to the and no permanent tragedies for those who know Jesus and it is in that that we rest. Yes it another time. I'm to be telling you what we should do in light of our great need here in America that's coming up soon, but for now I just want you to rejoice in the fact that our confidence is in him who said I will never leave the I will never forsake the and you need not fear news from afar country. The Bible says if you fear God, so we are in his hands. Would you join me as we pray our father today. We thank you from the depths of our souls that you've revealed to Jesus to us.

And because we know Jesus, we thank you for this promise, we need not fear the Assyrian. We need not fear the terrorist attacks we need not fear all of the ups and downs in the questions of this nation.

We need not even fear federal judges, we need not fear those who are destroying and and that getting their way with raw power.

We pray against them, but we need not fear them because we are in your hands, grant us that kind of confidence as a church and as a people, may we leave here today knowing that we belong to you, and that's really all that matters give us that faith we pray. If you've never trusted Christ as Savior right now even while we are praying say Jesus be my Savior. I want to be on the right side of the great divide all father.

Her needs are great but so is your grace. We thank you in Jesus name, amen. This is my want to tell you that the message that I preached was preached some time ago, our son-in-law has long since been home as a civilian here in America.

His father died and so we continue to trust and we continue to believe despite all of the mysteries of life, but I come back to that key point that God is in control. Nationally, yes, but also among his people. Have you been blessed as a result of this message and these messages entitled God and the nations. If you have, here's what you can do to receive those messages so you can listen to them again and again go to RTW RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 and today I want to close in prayer. We desperately needed as a country we needed as individuals. Would you pray with me are father we want to thank you today for your grace in the midst of your wrath. In the midst of your control. We pray that we might be able to trust you. Even when we do not understand the Lord, we confess that we don't know everything that is happening in America.

All that is going on behind the scenes, but we rejoice that you do. And in that we rest. We thank you father that our future ultimately does not rest with Washington.

Our future rests with you. The living and the true God and you say in your word that you will be exalted among the nations you will be exalted in the earth made be so Lord, and we thank you in Jesus name, amen. I know for another chance for you to ask Pastor lutes or a question about the Bible or the Christian life. There is no doubt that the tide is turning in many parts of the world. The Islamic terror threat is only a symptom of a deeper issue noted by one of our listeners, who says a few years ago the German government published statistics on dramatic shifts in the world's population, France, Italy, Germany, England and Spain are dropping in their fertility rates while the Muslim population in these countries is drastically increasing. The same pattern is happening in the US, Canada and Greece. The net result is that Europe and America will be vastly different worlds than we know them today. They will be mostly Muslim dominated cultures, Pastor lutes, or do you believe that there might be a worldwide confrontation wars persecution between Christians and Muslims and you believe that God might be using Muslims to judge all of these countries answer is yes to both questions. Here's what I want to say the best way to understand Islam in America is a sign that I saw during the Muslim demonstration in Dearborn Michigan that read, we will use the Constitution to destroy the Constitution so the Muslims have been very clever, both in Europe and of course it's happening here in America as well to exploit freedom to promote Islam and you and I know that wherever Islam goes it stifles all religious freedom here in Chicago. Sometimes when I catch a cab and I am talking to a Muslim driver.

I've asked them if you are to convert to Christianity.

Should you be put to death and often times the answer is yes I say will who should put you to death while they are not sure whether it should be there family or whomever, but the point is this that Islam does not allow any freedom, and as it increases in Europe. The freedoms that Europe has always enjoyed will be curtailed and eventually snuffed out. Interestingly, two weeks ago I had a very interesting conversation with a man from England who was in touch with an imam from London who said to my friend in a few years the Muslim flag will be flying over your British Parliament buildings so confrontation is inevitable is God using Islam to judge these nations Western Europe as well as America.

I believe that the answer is yes.

This is exactly what God did in the Old Testament he used Babel and he used Assyria to judge his very own people, and as the days go by. Our judgments will be increasing. Now there is something we can all think about for a long time. Thank you Dr. lutes are if you'd like to hear your question answered.

Go to our and click on ask Pastor lutes or or call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us run into when 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 Erwin lutes has concluded God in the United States another in a six part series on God and the nations.

Next time, Erwin lutes or looks into the future to speak on the nations in prophecy. Thanks for listening. This is Dave McAllister running to win is by the nature

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