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July 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - July 5, 2015

Good Morning Family,

          Independence Day has always been a favorite time of year for me.  As a child, I always knew it was celebrating the official birth of the United States as a free nation.  The older I get though, the more fragile I realize that freedom and liberty are; and the more courage it is going to take to preserve them.

          Is our nation in danger of being conquered by another?  I do not believe it is geopolitically.  I do not believe we are in danger of another nation running over our borders and taking us over by might.  However, I believe the foundations of this nation are in grave danger of being overrun from within. 

          Abraham Lincoln said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”  I stand with Lincoln on this one.  We are seeing this come to fruition in our lifetimes and unless God Almighty intervenes, we will see this nation become something altogether unrecognizable in the next 30 years.  When my children are my age and I am gone, I shudder to think what America could possibly look like.

          The internal forces of the progressivism that began in the early part of the previous century are coming together to culminate in mind numbing fashion in the early part of this new century.  We have been saying it for years, but it is time to awaken and I fear the time may be past.  I am afraid we have hit the snooze button one too many times.  I know there will be those that say that those like me are alarmists, but can any truly authentic follower of Jesus Christ say that this country is not in danger from within?

          We, as early colonial and American Christians have quoted II Chronicles 7:14 for centuries: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

          Notice the emphasis in these verses is not about convincing the culture regarding morality.  Culture will never reflect godliness until individual hearts are changed by the Gospel.  The imperative in this verse is directed toward God’s people.  Humility, seeking God’s face, and repentance from our ways are the keys to spiritual and national healing.  Is this not what we preach from week to week?  This is the clarion call for all who follow the Lord.  In my heart, I am greatly dismayed at the condition of our country.  But, I can never bring myself to outwardly say, “I surrender.”

          This is because, as followers of Jesus, we will never surrender even in the face of ridicule, actual persecution, or threats of any nature.  We, as Christian Americans, do not surrender to the threats of postmodernism, atheism, moral relativism, Islamic Sharia law, or any other internal or external threat.  The Word of God is our sword and The Lord is our shield.

          As always, my prayer is that we would all Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”    II Timothy 2:15.          

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd


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