By Pastor Butch Paugh
June 19, 2011
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.
Reprobate-Strongs No. 96-Unapporoved, rejected, worthless, castaway, reprobate.
II Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrine of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.
Seared- Strongs No. 2743-to brand, cauterize, render insensitive, sear with a hot iron
It is quite obvious from the above two scriptures that it is very possible for people who once knew the saving grace of Christ to turn their hearts and minds from Him and bring on themselves damnation. It is also quite possible as the above two scriptures clearly explain for people who once knew the mercy and grace of God to sin beyond any hope of repentance and redemption! There are many more scriptures that declare the same facts. Once of satan’s most damaging and damning deceptions is the “once saved, always saved” doctrine. The only way an individual can believe such a destructive lie is by hearing for years this false concept from teachers who are either deceived themselves, or are of the serpents (satan’s) seed placed among them to deceive them. Please review the following scriptures. Do not be afraid to confront the truth! It will make you free. John 8:36, Heb. 5:12-14, 26-31, II Pet. 2:20-22, are but a few of the many scriptural references n both the Old and New Testaments that confirms the truth of the believers conditional security. Any individual, saved or not, who sins with great pleasure in his unrighteousness, will sooner or later be given over to a reprobate mind! You had better believe this truth! To know God and then turn away from Him is worse than to never have known Him! (II Pet. 2:21)
Now, for perhaps an even harder truth to accept is the fact that a nation can also “sin beyond repentance”! Nations too, can cross the line and become reprobate concerning the truth. (Ps. 9:17, “the wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God”)
Forget-Strongs Numbers 7413-7411- oblivious, to mislay, to be oblivious of, from want of memory or attention at all, (cause) to forget.
A very important point must be made here. Individuals often will be judged here, but for certain in eternity, but nations must be judged while they exist on earth. They have no eternity.
If you are a student of history, you will already understand the rise and fall of nations in the past. Immorality is the common cancer that has destroyed all great societies! As Alexander Tyler wrote in his “A Bird’s Eye View of the Evolution of Nations,” these are the progressive steps in a nation: 1. from bondage to spiritual faith. 2. from spiritual faith to great courage. 3. from courage to liberty. 4. from liberty to abundance. 5. from abundance to selfishness. 6. from selfishness to complacency. 7. from complacency to apathy. 8. from apathy to dependency. 9. from dependency back to bondage. Immorality always equals destruction!
Anyone who has studied history to any degree will have very little trouble in understanding the rise and fall of many great civilizations. The Grecian, Roman and Babylonian are just a few you may desire to examine. The fall of these societies that became empires were indeed great, but far more severe are the fall and judgment of nations that were once founded on the principles of the one true God’s law system! While all great societies by necessity were based on a foundation of morality, very few were truly built on the solid foundation of God’s eternal laws. Two of the most obvious, despite the damnable lies to the contrary by the reprobate talking heads of today, were Israel and America.
Let us examine, briefly, the rise and fall (judgment) of the Israel of the Bible, while comparing it to America. Please review the above writings of Alexander Tyler to better understand this brief essay on Israel. From the very humble beginnings of Israel through one man, Abraham of Ur, to the final destruction of this once powerful and influential people. Although still influential, just as America, “most” of their influence tends to mostly be evil.
Just as Israel had a written covenant with God, all of the original constitutions of the colonies were covenants between themselves and God through Jesus Christ. In fact, if you will take the time to find the originals, you will find that, in order to hold office you had to be a professed believer in Christ! How quickly we lost that Godly heritage!
The same God that delivered and blessed Israel and made a covenant with them, which is outlined very well in Deut. 28, is the same One that brought forth the “once” great nation of America. Blessings and curses are listed in Deut. 28. After about two generations, Israel began to turn from the divine instructions of their Saviour and Protector to their own devices! Destruction was inevitable! They desired an “earthly” leader that would “take care” of them just like all the nations around them. They were ready to trade their liberty for man-made temporary security. (I Sam. 8) Just as America right after the “War of Northern Aggression”, especially under the leadership of America’s new “deliverer” Franklin D. Roosevelt. Just as Hosea 4:6-7 applied to Israel, so it does to America today. This one huge event for both nations started the destruction and death of their societies.
Soon after Israel asked for a king to care for them, their society started to crumble. Their kings taxed them, stole their inheritances, and forced their sons and daughters into unjust and unneeded wars. They were totally under the dominion of their new “gods”. Sounds a little like the wars of America right up to today! There certainly would be no need to prove how controlled our society is today in all areas! America is a total police state! Our new gods now proclaim ownership of their “chattel” also. Let’s not deny it, you know it’s true. Just as prophesied in Neh. 9:37.
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Israel was sent many warnings through their righteous prophets. They were judged; they repented, and were delivered several times. But, my friends, there came a time when the Almighty’s patience and mercy for them came to an end! They had sinned beyond redemption. Idolatry, murder, child sacrifice (abortion in America), adultery, fornication, perverted sex, i.e. sodomy, lesbianism pervaded their once Godly society until there was no more remedy! (Pro. 6:15, II Chron. 36:16) Soon the God that made them His chosen hated His inheritance. (Ps. 89:38, 106:40) Both the civil and church leaders led the people in evil and the people loved to have it so! (Jer. 5:30-31) Sounds a lot like America, doesn’t it? There are very few true churches in America! Most are 501c3 state created and controlled corporations! Finally, the prophets were instructed not to even pray for Israel’s deliverance. They had sinned beyond redemption! (Jer. 7:16) So to America!
While we must continue to expose and reprove evil, (Eph. 5:11) I can state unequivocally, that America has sinned beyond redemption! Our hope is back to where it should have been all along, in Christ our Redeemer. Do not be afraid! Share the truth of Christ’s salvation and redeeming grace! Do not halt nor falter! We will win! Our God, He alone is God!
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