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November 17, 2020 7:00 pm
BJU Chancellor Dr. Bob Jones III preaches to the student body from Psalm 12.
Welcome to The Daily Platform from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina today speaker will be Dr. Bob Jones the third Chancellor of Bob Jones University.
Please open your Bibles to Psalm 12 were going to read it in just a minute, but you will see instantly when you do rated. That is a cry for God to guard us from our generation you're aware that sociologists have divided up American generations since 1901. Under the present since the year 2000. Everybody born including all of you here are part of ginseng generation ahead of you again. Why started in 1980 and went to 2000. Each of those generations has dominant characteristics.
It's not it's not guaranteed, but that the sociologists have concluded that people born in those decades probably have pretty much the same emphasis understanding of life, worldview and all that kind of thing but I would like to mention that in each of those six generations that they've identified.
There are really two generations. The one I called Jen are the Bible calls it the generation of the righteous. Please keep in mind GN R will be hearing me say it several times. Psalm 14 five tells us about Jen are God is in the generation of the righteous. And then there's Jenny you the generation of the unrighteous. Jen you first Corinthians 69 the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Two distinct generations in every one of the sociologists defined generations the unrighteous shall not see God but God seeks them that they might know him and be blessed with his mercy and his eternal goodness.
Listen to Isaiah 55, seven let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts and let him return unto our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
That's God's heart toward the unrighteous is not his will that any should perish, God seeks to save those who are lost. You may be part of the generation of the unrighteous.
I hope not. You were if you're part of Jen you are Jen, are you were part of Jenny. I was to I thank God for the message of the gospel that entered my heart drew me to Christ when I was 13 years old. I hope you have an assurance in your heart that you're part of Jen are second of first Timothy two tells us that God would have all men to be saved. He would want everybody to be part of Jen are and you have come.
I trust all of you to enter that generation.
Let's read Psalm 12 it speaks about David's cry for God to deliver the Jen are people from the kind of world that Jen you is making and bringing to bear upon GN are all kinds of persecution and difficulties. We are in the conflict are we not those of us in Jen are we are in the minority.
For one thing, the road to heaven is a narrow road.
The Bible says and few there be that find it. So let's see how David looked at the life of Jen are in the midst of a Jen you generation help, Lord, for the godly man ceases and the faithful fail from among the children of men they that is the children of men speak vanity everyone with his neighbor with flattering lips with her double heart. Do they speak the Lord shall cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaketh, proud things who have said without telling we will prevail. Our lips are our own, who is lord over us for the oppression of the poor for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise set the Lord.
I will set him in safety from him that puppet at him. The words of the Lord are pure words as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them old Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.
The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted among other things in the Psalm, God the Holy Spirit is distinguishing between the words of Jen.
You and the words of the Lord which are pure words purified many times over the cry for David here is for God to guard GN are in a world that is been corrupted by the lips and the tongues of Jen you I hope you could see it there as we read it is interesting, is it not that in this Psalm, God chose this speech of Jim. You rather than the deeds of Jen you to reveal the corruption that is in the world through Jen you would like you to turn for another example of what God thinks about the words of the unrighteous to Romans three would you would you please turn there like you to follow it like you to see God's perspective about the kind of thing David was crying out to God that he would deliver Jen are from Jen.
You, the words the speech the tongues the lips of the unrighteous. Romans 310 as it is written, there is none righteous, no not one. There is none that understand if there is none that seek after God.
They are all gone out of the way they are together become unprofitable. There is none that do with good no not one. Their throat is an open sepulcher with their tongues they have used deceit, the poison of asps is under their lips whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.
Their feet are swift to shed blood destruction and misery are in their ways. The way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes. How much of these words of Paul were directed by the problems created in this world by the tongues. This speech of the ungodly. That speech goes forth from educational classrooms where the unregenerate teacher teaches teaches the insults that are hurled against God. Every time they teach that God the Creator did not create but man is an evolutionary accident on and on and on. The philosophy of the wicked hearts come forth through the lips of the ungodly and the unrighteous who teach in those classrooms the words of Jen you come forth to our nation through the newsrooms through corrupted pulpits, elected officials, unelected judges, social media, like to stop there. Just a minute. Social media allows the unrighteous to spew forth every diatribe, every filth, every immoral idea and practice bigotry lying gossip about others and about institutions. It is just the perfect devil designed channel through which the words of Jen. You can spread vitriol poison throughout the minds and hearts of the nation.
If you are in the social media and that includes almost all of you probably.
I hope you will understand the potential of this productive potential that is there and avoid don't go to those places don't listen to those voices. It's the kind of voices that David said are corrupting the world.
The speech of the unrighteous is a corruptive speech because of their corrupted hearts.
The husbands in the father's who are part of Jen.
You, the husbands and the fathers who are unrighteous have spewed out into some of your hearts that are breaking because of the angry words, the wrath why we throughout the day when the husband is gone, crying out to God because of the verbal abuse is that angry unrighteous men are hurling their wives.
This is the kind of thing David is speaking about. I want you to look at the very first verse is cried to the Lord. He says the problem is Lord that the ungodly man has ceased in the faithful have failed from among the children of men. The godly ceased to be godly. The faithful ceased to be faithful. Have you noticed that you haven't lived long enough to notice, but some of us have. There is a marked deterioration in the lives of the professed godly in the professed faithful they are collapsing in the midst of the intimidation they face for the stance that they took for the Lord out of their godly hearts they did godly things, they spoke godly words like to faithful seriously their faithful responsibilities to the Lord, but where are these people today. It seems they are diminishing and as a result, the speech of the ungodly, the unrighteous has swept into that void and is creating the kind of problem. David is talking about and it's described also in verse eight, because the ungodly have the godly have failed in the faithful have failed the wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted. This is a problem you face every generation that is characterized by the speech of the ungodly makes it very difficult for Jen are we need God's preservation. We need this protection we need to be shielded from the proud speaking the arrogant in-your-face speaking against God speaking against the words of God forming a world where God is hated. It was the speaking of Satan in the Garden of Eden that deceived Eve that insulted God and his goodness and proudly appeal to the ego of the human heart to become gods themselves.
We need to pray the kind of prayer. David prayed God when you keep us when you preserve us from Jen.
You and all that is problematic for us as Jen are as a result of their kind of speech God when you are heavenly father, but for your children from the mellow level and designs that are against us from the words of the ungodly. This is a cry. This Psalm is a cry for protection. I want you look at Psalm 17. David also is crying to God about Jen you it was about their speech and its effect and the corruptive influence. It was even having upon God's people who would cease to be godly and ceased to be faithful and let down their guard if you will, in their hearts and become cold and indifferent toward God.
They were hot for God anymore and they were right for the insinuations of the ungodly against God. But there's something else here in Psalm 17 that makes it difficult for Jen are David deals with that.
Notice that the first verse he cries out here. The right overlord, attend to my cry give ear to my prayer same urgency same pleading got our help is not to be found in our strength in our wisdom in our organizations and institutions got some help has to come from you. Are we are to and then he continues in verse six. I have called upon the four that I will hear male God and quinine here to me and hear my speech showed I marvelous loving kindness, O thou that safest by thy right hand them which put their trust in the from those who rise up against the keep me as the apple of thine eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings from the weekend. By the way, in this song. The word wicked in English, is the translation of the Hebrew word wicked, which means Marley, Marley, wicked Lord from the Marley wicked that oppress me from the deadly enemies who compassed me about.
They are enclosed in their own fat with their mouth they speak proudly. They have now compassed us in our steps they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth like is a lie and that is grievous, pray, and as it were a young lion working in secret places arise. Oh Lord, disappoint him, cast him down to deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword from men, which are thy hand overlord from man of the world which have their portion in this life and belly thou for list with I get treasures they are full of children. They have rest in their substance and they leave the rest of their substance to their babes. As for me, David said I will behold I face in righteousness. I should be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness. He said God, I'm confident you are going to deliver me.
She will deliver me not only from this generation from the corruptive nature of Jen you but you will deliver me from the grave.
The ultimate deliverance he ends this Psalm in great confidence and triumph. But keep in mind what it is that these Marley wicked people do. David said in verse seven. These men rise up against those who put their trust in God. They are the adversaries of Jen are there deadly enemies who compassed or encircle or seal off Jen are happy recognize how this present generation wants to marginalize you as people of God to cut off the message from the church's to push us into a little corner where we will bother them anymore to treat us as though we don't even exist to stop their ears against the word of God that would come from our lips. They've encircled us as a lion encircled his prey. I think I may have shared with you before but did forgive me. I was in my wife and I were in the Rhodesia years ago and the missionary took us to game park on the western edge of the eastern edge of the country and we stayed there in the park and on secure habitation. A couple of night one day we went out to waterhole on the rise above it. We look down and here were some gazelles, some some impellers.
I guess they were six or eight of them and they were down to waterhole but on the hill behind them with reliance male line in the center to lionesses on each side over here was a giraffe who was paralyzed motionless, lest he should draw the attention from hands and they were encroaching slowly by a line would move a little in the two lionesses would move in at a pincer movement going, and all of a sudden, as on a queue they charge the whole and the doll around the cross a little isthmus over here got them away from the water and away from the threat the lands to set down panting from their exertion and defeated so it is that the enemy is described here is coming against the people of God have you noticed the encroaching immorality in this country. "The acceptance of perversity and and adultery and iniquity.
Every sort of of of sexual practice including his whole gender identification you just how quickly how quickly from just three or four years ago.
It has just accelerated as the wicked walk on every side in the file are exalted more and more of this can be expected, but God is marvelously kind and mightily capable of taking care of Jen are when Jen you makes life difficult for them. Look again in verse seven, show me thy marvelous kindness the Lord that safest by thy right hand them which put their trust in the from those who rise up against them.
I like to draw this to close, lest you should feel a sense of hopelessness and despair. Are we going to be overcome. Will will there even be any churches left. God has said he will not leave himself without a witness there will be faithful people who stay faithful.
There will be godly people who stay godly. I hope you will be among them. You're the only hope for any truth to reach this nation.
This is truth you have it in your hearts. I hope you have in your hand, and I hope you have itů Without you faithful and godly. There is no hope, humanly speaking, there's only judgment ahead for this nation and this world. If God doesn't use his people to be voices of revival. If you don't get a resurgence in your heart of the goodness of God to his enemies, and want them to know that there's a God. It will save them from their degradation nation and desires that they should, and should repent and be his people, you have a mission to fulfill. It is not a mission of your self fulfilled its omission of taking this word of truth and use it against the lies and the deception Jen you is living purely before God and uprightly and walking in his ways, so that there is authenticity and integrity to your life which lends authenticity to your message, and without which there is no reason anybody should believe the message. If your life is as corrupt as the life of the Jen you folks.
I call you my friends. Those of you who are in Jen are I called you to prayer as you've never prayed before you noticed in both of the songs.
The emphasis on prayer. David understood what it was going to take for things to turn around for the godly to be godly. Again, the faithful to be faithful again and for the people to understand and follow after God again.
He said God I cry to you for this. I hope you're praying for revival.
I hope you're praying for God's mercy in this coming election.
I hope your praying and I hope you're speaking and I hope you're not going to be intimidated because Jen Hughes seems to be so pervasive everywhere you turn, it's the media is dominated by the courts are controlled by the legislators are dedicated to it and you did not believe that God is real and that God is in charge and that God has a desire in his heart to save the ungodly. There would be no hope you're the hope. I love you. Your faculty love you. They want you to get a grip, a grip on the problem at a grip on the problem solver. Almighty God, I hope you will remain increasingly and confidently acquainted with God's word. As we were told in verse six of Psalm 12 the words of the Lord are pure words as silver tried in the furnace of earth, and purified seven day the word of God is the only weapon you have against the falsehood, the lying words of this generation, and I hope you will remain increasingly mindful and and encourage knowing that life in this world is not the only life you're going to have the psalmist ended some 17, without assurance. As for me I will behold I face in righteousness.
I would be satisfied when I awake with. I like this is not the only life there is eternal life.
My grandfather used to say you and God you and God make a majority in any situation. Yes. Seems like the ungodly are domineering, they are in control of things.
But you and God make a majority you be on his side and you are in the majority because he said you have his promise I will never leave you nor forsake you to do what's right. Love God speak boldly is pure words. Look expectantly to the time you're going to see him face-to-face and have eternal blessings in your life is eternal rewards and just keep on keeping on. You have a call's that motivates you every day in the classroom every day of your life. Here you're getting ready to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Father I pray your comforts for us in this confused, bewildering and sometimes fearful work but you have not given us a spirit of fear, power, love the sound my so we can take the sword of the Spirit in your word for Lord in preparation to do battle for you in Jesus name, amen. You've been listening to a sermon preached by Dr. Bob Jones the third chancellor of Bob Jones University. We hope you'll join us again tomorrow at the same time as we study God's word together on The Daily Platform