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February 2, 2021 7:00 am
Why is Dr. Tony Evans says whether it's gurus, groups, or government. If our answers come from any source with the Lord we might let us get what we deserve. Only God is celebrating the faithfulness. This is the alternative Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative. The world believes religion to be so private that it doesn't show up in public, or even have any influence there, but Dr. Evans is at the root of our cultural pandemic is a spiritual pandemic that once God is dismissed from society. The spiritual vacuum created is filled by all kinds of trouble. Let's join him as he explains Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Now all the kings horses and all the kings men could not put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
We've all grown up learning that nursery rhyme, but I wonder how many of us have actually studied.
Evidently Mr. dump the was whole.
At one point strong and vibrant because he was able to lift himself up to the top of this will, he is perusing the world around him when something cataclysmic goes wrong we don't know what it was that happened, but whatever it was was very serious because it knocked him off of his pinnacle. It knocked him from his place of stability and he came crashing down. Now Mr. dump the once vibrant once whole is now shattered. He's now collapsed on the ground and he's broken into many many pieces grabs my attention is where Mr. dump. He went to help. He knew he needed to be put back together when he didn't go to his friend didn't go to his family. The king called a meeting of Congress, got involved because all the kings horses and all the kings men, so there was this congressional meeting to try to figure out what we gonna do about the collapse of Mr. dump these world they passed a fixed Mr. dump below designed to fix up patch and repair his broken life and is broken world. The tragedy of the nursery rhyme is that the best that the land had to offer the most powerful people in the land.
The programs and funding were not able to fix Mr. dump his most casual observer is not unaware that our world is shattered. It has become inextricably clear that all the kings horses and all the kings men don't know how to fix it. You can almost name the issue today and it is unresolved, not due to lack of money, not due to lack of power not due to lack of desire even the question is why and what needs to be done to fix it if it fixable is it hopeless and second Chronicles 15 we have a summary statement of what's wrong with the world and how the world works is important for you not to know how the world works, so that we can offer answers to people who do not know where to find even answers to ourselves.
We are introduced to a crisis in verse five. In those times there was no peace to him with out or to Kim who came in for many disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the land. It says that there was no peace to him came to Kim who went in and it affected every body all evidence of the land. There was a crisis of gargantuan proportion because everybody was impacted by it says in the beginning of verse six nation rose up against nation and city rose up against city nation against nation, city against city inhabitants. That's what we might call cultural chaos that was a crisis. Why, why is the world traveling at warp speed. Or maybe the question is why are you and I traveling at warp speed. Verse six says nation was crushed by nation city by city and then we get the senior for God troubled them with every kind of distress. I would've thought it would've said the devil trouble, but with every kind of distress I would've expected. I got all this mess and all this madness that it may not.
But the devil I would've thought we got this many problems as much chaos all over the place of the body that the devil is behind this method of her success. Verse six as troubled them with every kind of distress.
Now, brothers and sisters, if God is your problem. It doesn't matter who you if God is your problem not matter what program you come up with. If God is your problem not will counsel you go to if God is your problem. Only God is your solution to your problem for God troubled with every kind of distress that may mess up your view of God that makes cordial view of God to be reconsidered. What what equipment you still talk about the good guy and I pray you still consider the reason why some issues in your life have been yet to be resolved is because of God. Theologically what we are experiencing on every level. Personal and national is what we would call the passive wrath of God. The passive wrath of God, the living explained that there is the wrath of God.
This is when God directly and intentionally brings judgment. You find the wrath of God throughout the Old Testament. Like when he brings down fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah when he opens up the earth and people swallowed up.
That's the wrath of God. That's him decreeing it to be so bringing it about directly and personally and cataclysmic that is active wrath of Jesus Christ changed how God relates to the world. Some theologians liberal theologians struggled with the God of the Old Testament is the same God of the new test because they say seems to mean in the Old Testament some nice. In the New Testament. The Bible says in second Corinthians 5 method of Jesus Christ reconciled the world to God. So with the death of Jesus Christ. God could relate to the world differently because his wrath was satisfied by the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ is the same God. It's a different relationship. So now we do not base the active wrath of God replace the passive wrath of God is still wrath because it is part of the nature of God cannot ignore sin, he cannot bypass sin, but it shifts how he relates to it. Dr. Evans will tell us more about the difference between active and passive wrath when he comes back in a moment to continue his message from this important series race, culture in Christ. This collection will help you see how the things that unite us as believers can overcome any divisions and outputting that understanding to work and change our entire country. The material covered in the six lessons is really close to Tony's heart and we're offering them to you on CD and digital download along with Tony's powerful book oneness embraced this bestseller explores his personal hurts and hopes over the cultural and racial divides that separate God's people and their practical kingdom minded steps that churches and individuals can take to overcome prejudice, heal divisions and build unity. We package these restorative messages and book together is our gift to you. When you make a donation to help keep Tony's vital teaching on the station.
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God is now in more detail at another time is describe in detail in Romans chapter 1 verses 18 to the end of the chapter 18 of Romans one says the wrath of God is revealed against all unrighteousness. So he says there is wrath in the New Testament because it's nature God's God must react much response. He says the wrath of God is revealed against all unrighteousness, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God three times in chapter you will read the phrase and God turn them over and God turn them over God turn them over the wrath of God is when he releases you to life without him lets you go it says because I wanted to retain the knowledge of God relates them to life without him and show consequence that came and departed from him. He says I've God relief. You don't want me to be one and so God releases you releases you to life without him.
That creates chasm and was a vacuum empty space. So it's got a be filled with something and what is with the consequences of you ignoring God. It's not because God's you, it's because you have now created space to present says that consequence shows up in Romans one decline in society and the morals of society and it comes to the one end of the third 20 says God turn them over and then it says and you know what you know you at the bottom of the passive wrath of God is when you know it doesn't get any worse than this. He says not only do they do the same but okay. Those who do it. So when you legislate lives and okay and in unrighteousness. You're at the bottom of God's wrath. God troubled with every kind of trouble so I would like to suggest what you really in your newspaper today. What you say on television what you're saying in the news is the passive wrath of God at work.
In fact, you may not need to see in the news, you may need to only look at your own life. The passive wrath of God. God is loving God is kind God is just, God is all of that but but in addition, God cannot, will not skip sin, so he will leave you. It's like it's like telling a child and continues to rebel in your home.
You can stay here anymore because you no longer want to respect me so you can make it on your own there was a crisis. You and I am watching the evolution of the nation, not evolution.
The devolution watching a nation in decline will continue to decline. Now why did God troubled them what what were the causes for the reasons that God that led to this or that leads to it in your own life because the principal is not only a collective principal for society as a personal principle for your life in my life. Verse three gives us three reasons for the devolution of life for many days. Israel was without the true God. Reason number one. They were with the true God. Now please misread that he didn't say they were without religion say they were without using the name God redefines what he says what he says without the true God. When you see in the Bible. The current it's because idolatry has increased idolatry is the worship of a false God because they lack the true God went to idols. Now let's remember the definition of an idol.
I was eating now, person, place, thing that you look to as resource. When the Bible when it works up an idol, but I don't do something that I will submit the growing property pregnant for food and for fertility. That idol was to do something protect them from their enemies that what was Mrs. they look to it for something, but just the thing was a thing to do something one of the reasons we've not been able to solve the racial problem in America because race has become an idol to race to be an idol when when black tribes God and white terms God black and white became God class can become an idol money can become an idol power can become an idol freedom can become an idol because it's mystifying because now folk will be free to be whatever they want to be and do whatever they want to do in a call that freedom. There is no such thing as freedom without legitimate down not enough real football run up into the stands with the Balkans you want to get tackled the boundary. That's madness is chaos.
Someone boundaries they want to be free. So what do you find freedom and mated God. Anything else is your God, the true God is been marginalized close to the true God is to the life of the family, the church and the government. The more ordered things for further an individual, family, church, or government is from God, the more chaotic things become when the kids were small, one of the things we would do was play hide and go seek. Often times they could not find me could locate where I was and after a while they would get tired of looking. You could hear the exasperation in their voice.
It was all fun and games for a while it became okay daddy shifted at the point of desperation I would make some kind of noise or some kind of movement to make myself because the goal was not to hurt them became desperate enough I made it clear where I was located + friendly God and nothing has happened on a charge and nothing happened.I tape five desperate enough. You have gotten to the place I haven't gotten to the place we haven't gotten to the place where we like the deer the pants after the water broke some 42 heart cancer.
Dr. Evans will come back in a moment with some final thoughts to wrap up today's lesson on turning the nation to God. As I mentioned earlier, if you contact us right away, you can receive this message on CD and digital download is a part of Tony's current six message series called race, culture in Christ and for the next few days where adding a special bonus by including a copy of Dr. Evans powerful best-selling book oneness embraced to get this package of resources. All we ask is that you make a donation to help keep this important program coming your way, you can make the arrangements by going to Tony Evans.org or by calling our resource request line at 1-800-800-3222 members of our resource team are manning the phones day and night.
Again, that's 1-800-800-3222, or just go online to Tony Evans.org it sounds reasonable to say that will take a good idea wherever we can find it, but tomorrow Dr. Evans will talk about the disaster that results when we don't take time to consider the source. Right now though he's back with a closing comment for today. We are in trouble unless you begin to look at unless I begin the less we begin to look at things spiritually and theologically, and not just racially deal culturally or economically or politically. Those have their place but until you look behind the veil and see what God is doing.
He did look at news reports so you look at you think it's just us. The list is departed.
Everything visible and physical is preceded by something invisible and spiritual.
So if you want to address the visible physical you must address the invisible spiritual and if you don't know to see that you look for that you will be stuck to be stuck, but you don't have to pay God is real. God, the Bible is real, possessing only God. And to take him seriously is to experience the alternative, Tony elevating 40 years of faithfulness and generous contributions of listeners like you