A Devotion for 6 January 2021 Anno Domini, the Anglican Orthodox Communion Worldwide
21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
1 Kings 18:21
16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. 17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
By virtue of the oath of my ordination as a minister, it falls my lot to warn and to remind our people of America of their grave danger in disregarding the warnings of God against spiritual complacency and unholy living. WE have now established a long history of disregarding the counsel of God and gone into licentious living and hedonism of thought and practice. God gave us a time of reprieve over the past four years – a time in which God was again honored and the Name of Christ exalted among our people. Perhaps it was a test to see if we would respond any differently than the Children of Israel at the warnings of Elijah and Jeremiah in our leading texts cited above. If so, we have failed that test just as did those of many centuries past, and we shall pay a hard punishment for taking the Word of God as a light and unimportant utterance. This is not my OPINION, but the COUNSEL proclaimed throughout the Word of God. Should I be remiss in preaching these truths and, in failing to proclaim them with a loud voice, I would be subject to answering to my Sovereign Lord and Redeemer for that lapse of responsibility! Hear the warning of God given by the prophet, Ezekiel:
1 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: 3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; 4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. 6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”
May I suggest that the sword hangs above the heads of our people in like manner of that of Damocles! The thin and gossamer thread that holds it from fatally falling is worn even more thin by our long-abiding disobedience to our God. Now we have made for ourselves a golden calf in defiance of the Word of God and His prophets. We have collected our national treasure and placed it in the hands of idolaters and brigands who have burned that treasure in the fires of ungodliness and. Immorality on the altar of Mammon. The emerging image is one that has been raised to be worshipped more than the God of Heaven. Our Godly heritage has been sacrificed in the fires of greed and caprice and have divided the nation bringing us to the brink of Constitutional ruin.
But I must divide the wicked usurpers of power by a thin line from those who profess Christ as Savior. In fact, there remains little division between evil and those who do not resist that evil. The days when the Church might have stood strong with little opposition Church could have stood strongly and with little opposition against decadent Justices who have ruled the Bible and Prayer out of our schools, who have given official sanction to the murder of innocents more horrendous than Herod’s murder at Bethlehem, and given the dignity of law to the perversion of the Holy Estate of Matrimony are long gone. Now a triple measure of courage will be required to stand against a maelstrom of evil grown large over a complacent Christian nation.
Even as I write, patriotic Americans are demonstrating on the steps of the Capital against the subversion of the Constitutional Republic by treasonous globalists. Though I do not approve of the tactics of forcefully invading the corridors of power until the destruction of our freedoms become more profound, I can understand the consternation of decent and honest citizens who realize that their vote has been violated and the election of a president brazenly stolen.
Unless the righteous indignation of the American people is not assuaged soon, I fear even more serious violence and opposition to arise.
There is certainly overwhelming evidence of widespread fraud and dishonesty on the part of election officials during our Presidential election of November 3rd. The rights and concerns of the people have been flagrantly ignored by a judicial system that refuses even to hear the massive amount of evidence attesting to the fraud. What resort do the people have? I fear the principles delineated in our Founding Document, the Declaration of Independence, may result in more forceful measures on the part of citizens. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” Declaration of Independence. If the people are aroused to take the steps outlined, the results would be more horrific than the Civil War. Let us pray that God will provide the same Providential guidance to His remnant people of America that He imparted to our Founding Fathers in order to avoid tragedy. May justice be forthcoming before the bars of the gates are torn down.
We, the American people, have placed these dishonest politicians in office. We share in the blame for the wicked policies we hear being proclaimed from the ramparts of power today. We have turned a deaf ear to the Voice of God on matters of moral living and righteous national discourse. What have we left as a heritage and legacy for our dear children?
Let us heed the words of Elijah: “. . . . if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.” What did our churches say when the Bible was removed from schools in which it had held an honored presence from our founding of a nation? or when children were deprived the right and benefit of prayer? Where was your voice in those days were you to have lived at that time? Where were you when nine hypocritical justices of the US Supreme Court over-ruled the Supreme Law of the Land (the US Constitution) and legalized the slaughter of innocent blood? Do you answer “not a word?”
Have we disregarded the counsel God gave through Jeremiah? “16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. 17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.” Is this the sorry and immoral point we have arrived as a nation? Unlike a nation of the heroic courage of our Founders, have we become a nation of cowering scoundrels whose voices are stopped by effeminate fear?
God has, time and again, placed an open door before our faces in guiding us in the right way. We have ignored the door that leads to mercy and blessing, and have chosen the way of doom and hard tribulation. What of our children – what of our children? If my sad commentary of our predicament lacks the power of awaking salts, perhaps you will heed the words of our Lord Jesus Christ:
“Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?” Luke 23:28-31