The Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday definitely marked a turning point for America. It was a move that most of us saw coming; but nevertheless, it drew a line in the sand. The ruling takes away the states’ rights to legislate individually and independently on the subject of legalizing gay marriage. That power is now centralized in the all-powerful federal government, who just so happens to already have it’s hooks in the churches of America through their 501c3 tax exemptions. Guess what happens next? Systematic and targeted attacks will occur on churches who refuse to perform weddings for homosexuals, leading to the destruction of churches and even the arrest and imprisonment of pastors. Of course not every church in America will refuse to obey. I predict that many will go along with this mandate because so much of mainstream Christianity in America is already apostate. The line in the sand will further divide the churches, separating out the wheat from the tares. Those apostate churches will join together in a sickening ecumenical, one-world beast system and the remainder will be persecuted as ignorant and intolerant promoters of hate speech.
The church I have been attending with my family for the last year has been good, but somewhat distracted by “doing church” and enjoying endless events and meals to gather and socialize, typical of most organized churches in America. I have been grieved by the sleepy nature of some of the folks and their lack of urgency to speak of repentance or looking for the rapture of the church. This past Sunday, however, was much different. Our pastor was very solemn as he began his sermon with the reading of Psalm 51. He brought to light our lackadaisical nature as a church and our own brokenness and need for repentance as individuals. The entire congregation got down on its knees amongst the pews as the pastor prayed for forgiveness and strength. As he prayed, the sounds of sniffling and weeping could be heard throughout the sanctuary, including my own as I was overwhelmed with both sorrow as I repented, and joy as my prayers for a wake up call for the church had been answered. The pastor finished with “Come soon Lord Jesus.” It was then that I felt more at peace than ever because I could see the working of the Lord. I realized that as prophecy is being fulfilled each day, and as the days are growing darker and darker, God is calling His true church to be salt and light. The wheat and the tares are starting to be sifted, and as they separate out it will be revealed who belongs to Jesus and who belongs to the antichrist. We see horrible evil increasing daily, and yet, God is glorified in all of it.
Although we lament that the Supreme Court’s decision marked the end of God’s blessings on our nation and likely ushered in the assurance of God’s judgement, we can stand boldly against the darkness, but only as we kneel and humble ourselves before the Lord. It is through our repentance and contrite hearts that we may find refuge in our Father and strength to shine our light in the darkness. I pray that if you attend a church in America, yours is one that is awakening to this rise of evil power and persecution. I also pray that this recent bad news for our nation arrived as good news for the spiritual state of your congregation and for yourself. I pray that you will be strengthened and encouraged, as I am, to see that God will be glorified and magnified in all that happens. Stand tall and burn bright against the darkness that is falling around us!