A Devotion for 10 December 2020 Anno Domini, the Anglican Orthodox Communion Worldwide
6 ¶ My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. * 7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. 8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity. * 9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings. * * 10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD. 11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart. Hosea 4:6-11
There is little more tragic than the misunderstood note of the bugler on the field of battle. Such misunderstanding leads to confusion of action and an uncertain result. “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” 1 Corinthians 14:8 Even uncertain action is better than none at all. The greatest tragedy is the bugler’s call that goes ignored by the army in peril whose result is no action at all and ends in catastrophic defeat.
When we examine the words of the prophet above in Hosea chapter 4, we see that those words are not intended for the unbelieving heathen of the land – they are intended for those who have received and have KNOWN the word and Way of God. But they have forgotten – not carelessly, but with deliberate intent! This will place a people in greater danger than those who NEVER received the Word.
Why are God’s people destroyed? “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge.” First, they are without understanding as to the right way to proceed; and, secondly, and more serious, they have even REJECTED knowledge. Please observe the state of affairs in our own blessed land of America – a land once punctuated with the Proverbs of Solomon and the Psalms of David! See how poor and naked we have become spiritually and, yet, consider ourselves to be possessed of greater riches than all the rest of the world. It is rather to be materially poor and materially deprived like the Church and Smyrna, but rich in the treasures of Heaven: “And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich)” Revelations 2:8-9
The people to whom Hosea spoke then, and now, not only rejected the continual leading of the Lord and His Word, but they forgot the truth of His Word they had learned in past days and years. “I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” This should strike terror into the hearts of the modern parent that God would forget their children and leave them spiritually naked and lost in a world of wicked imaginations. The fish rots from the head, and so does society. When the pastors of the church are remiss in teaching sound doctrine, the results and consequences will be magnified in the people.
Decades ago, the Church would tolerate no departure from moral living in the midst of society in America. The child was taught, even in public school, to make daily prayer, pledge allegiance to the nation, and read a portion of Scripture each day. But this did not suit the agenda of the globalist totalitarians – not only politically, but spiritually. They infiltrated the churches, the seminaries, every avenue of social discourse, and finally, body politic, with Marxist indoctrination techniques. Children were taught to disregard the ‘quaint’ values of the parents. Political pressure was brought, through threats and political donations, on compromising political figures to discharge every mention of God from the public schools and every public forum. The indoctrinated graduates of our seminaries remained either stone silent during this debacle or else become complicit with those who would eradicate God from our national identity.
In the process of time, these social engineers were able to completely demoralize our youth. If there were no absolutes of right and wrong, anything became acceptable. Drug and alcohol abuse became commonplace; promiscuity among adults and youth alike were declared ‘normal.’ Perversions in sex came to be granted the dignity of law. Finally, owing to this descent into the moral abyss, the murder of millions of the most innocent blood among us was given the sanction of law.
Once embarkation is made upon such a path, there is no moral restraint on society. Every wicked imagination of the heart of man becomes fashionable. There is even much political talk in our day of the euthanasia of the elderly. Adolph Hitler would have been proud to see how his goals of eugenics are being more efficiently accomplished through the benefit of technology. Although there is provided a solution for every problem we have in society through god’s word, that is the ONLY solution that is forbidden to be considered. Satan hates God and the very mention of His name. He hates the man that God made and wishes, through the invented processes of his wicked imagination, to destroy the man that God hath made.
Once the ministerial head of the nominal church rotted, the body followed in course. “And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.”
God may seem subtle in His approach to judgment, but, historically, He has waited until the indignation of sin is full – that is, when there can be no excuse for the profligration of sin among the nation. None can claim innocence of the scourge of wickedness. Perhaps America is reaching that watermark. But there remain legions of Christians who have yet to bend the knee to Baal or Mammon. These God will keep in His heart as the day approaches the coming ruination. There were only eight saved from the Deluge of Noah’s day, and the remnant of God’s people will be remarkably low compared to the general world population at that time for the apostasy is not merely local, but universal and global.
Many who profess Christ in vain will have compromised away the meaning of moral restraint. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4 There may be a greater number of itching ears INSIDE the Church today than outside.
The ministers of the Church are more akin to entertainment than preaching. They seek to be the center of attention when the purpose of the Church is always the reverent worship of God and not silly musicians. These have an accomplished talent for silver tongues and spiritually blind eyes. Need I remark on the ditches that lie in waiting? “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 It might be wise for them to remember that their $2,000 suits are not equipped with fire-retardant breeches!
It is not surprising that the great apostasy is happening in America and, seemingly, everywhere else. “1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 For certain, it must come about ere the Coming of the Lord. However, certain it is as well that God will have a Remnant of His people in the land – a remnant so small that it may be compared as a military camp against the mobilized armed forces of the world. “And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” Revelation 20:8-9
I need not tell you that God has a Dooms-Day weapon that will destroy every vestige of the satanic forces. Washington D.C. may even be the ground zero of that fiery end. Corrupt politicians, judges, and tin-horned saints will be swallowed up in the Lake of Fire along with their protégé, the Devil.
Where will you be standing at that day?