MANY QUESTIONS WITH A COMMON SCRIPTURAL ANSWER
Most of the days in which we now live are characterized by chaos, confusion, and conflict. Even the so-called "religious world" can be described as being in a state of declension, distress, departure, and discrimination. We need only to read, or listen to the daily news reports, to ask ourselves some pertinent questions, all of which are astounding, especially when we realize that ALL of these questions have a common SCRIPTURAL ANSWER. Since much of this message was written over a year ago, I believe that it is only fair to assume that some of these "questionable items", characterized by various actions, attitudes, and allegations, may have changed considerably, and have already been resolved with proper adherence to the Scriptures. I SURE HOPE SO !
Some examples of these questions are as follows:
WHY are the innocent, peace-loving, and common citizens, who are adherents of the Judeo-Christian faith, considered to be "infidel enemies" by the terror-motivated Islamic militants? WHY does the Devil-inspired "Anti-Semitism" philosophy cause religious radicals, such as the al-Qaida and the Taliban terror networks, to BOMB crowded Jewish synagogues, shopping centers, theaters, apartments, houses, and also buildings which house both government and charitable organizations in Israel, and other Middle Eastern countries? WHY does the Muslim's religious guidebook, the Koran, advocate hatred and death to those who do not adhere to their beliefs? WHY are there so many countries throughout the world which seem determined to destroy God's "chosen people" Israel, when God's Word declares in Genesis 12:3, "And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed?"
WHY are foreign workers and missionaries, in various countries, being held hostage by members of the "radical Islamics"? WHY have several hundred thousand professing Christians been killed by Muslim terrorists in Africa's sub-Saharan countries? WHY has the United Nations, including the United States, done little, if anything, to stop this systematic massacre? WHY is there no official position taken, by any high-ranking leaders of the Islamic faith, against the radical Muslims committing worldwide terrorism? WHY did U.S. Army Captain James Yee, a Muslim Chaplain, steal classified materials from the U.S. Prison for terrorist suspects, located in Guantanamo, in Cuba? WHY has Chaplain Yee more recently been charged by our military with adultery and storing pornography in a U.S. Government computer?
WHY does the United States Postal Service REMEMBER and HONOR the EID MUSLIM holiday season with a first class holiday postage stamp, especially when it was the MUSLIMS who BOMBED Pan AM Flight 103; who BOMBED the World Trade Center in 1993; who BOMBED the Marine barracks in Lebanon; who BOMBED the U.S. military barracks in Saudi Arabia; who BOMBED the American Embassies in Africa; who BOMBED the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen in 2000; and who BOMBED the Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. , and "HI-JACKED" the plane of civilians which crashed about 60 air miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001; and who are still BOMBING American servicemen, and other anti-terrorist Coalition Forces, as well as thousands of innocent civilians in the Philippines, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and even in Saudi Arabia, the "homeland" of most known terrorists?
WHY did a leading Saudi Government cleric and author of their country's religious curriculum, say recently, "Slavery is part of jihad (a religious war), and jihad will remain as long as there is Islam?" (His books and philosophy are used to teach 5 million Saudi students, both within Saudi Arabia and abroad, including schools in the United States.) WHY has the cleric-backed National Islamic Front declared a jihad in Sudan where, in the past few years, an estimated 2 million non-Muslims have been slaughtered by the fighting and the related famine? WHY have these same Muslims recently abducted into slavery over 10,000 Sudanese civilians? WHY did extreme Islamic terrorists in Sudan recently burn to death a Presbyterian Pastor, Jacob Gadet Manyiel, his wife and 4 children, in a massacre of 59 unarmed villagers?
WHY did President George W. Bush honor the recent Muslim Ramadan celebration by hosting them in a White House "iftar" dinner, and praising Islam's contribution to American life? WHY are some Palestinian parents encouraging their teenage children to die as martyrs by being "suicide/homicide" bombers? WHY does Islam only offer "Paradise" to those who die as martyrs while killing non-Muslims?
WHY would 8 Federal judges in Alabama vote to suspend Justice Roy Moore, when they declared that he violated the Canons of Judicial Ethics by ignoring the order to remove the "Ten Commandments" plaque from the Alabama State Judicial Building? WHY did a recent United States Supreme Court decision strike down State laws banning sodomy? WHY did a multimillionaire in Texas, who pleaded "self defense" for killing his neighbor, but readily admitted "chopping up" that neighbor and throwing the body parts into Galveston Bay, be declared "NOT GUILTY" by the jury? WHY is it that so many wealthy professional athletes are repeated law breakers, yet they are rarely, if ever, imprisoned for their crimes? WHY is the State of Alaska no longer enforcing the law against the use of the drug marihuana? WHY have a minority of United States Senators filibustered to prevent several experienced and excellent conservative judicial nominees from filling the many vacancies in our Federal Courts?
WHY do "Gay and Lesbian" couples, in both the United States and Canada, continue to seek greater acceptance in our society, and also seek the same Government-sponsored financial benefits which have been historically reserved for heterosexual couples? WHY did the four Supreme Court Justices of Massachusetts vote to legalize "same sex" marriages, even though a recent respected poll showed that 70% of the citizens of that State, who were questioned, are opposed to such non-Scriptural marriages? WHY have more than 100 Roman Catholic priests in the overwhelmingly Catholic Irish Republic been convicted of sexual offenses in the past 12 years? WHY did a court in Ontario, Canada, recently rule that restricting marriage to a man and a woman is unconstitutional and discriminatory? WHY have the governments of Spain, Belgium, and The Netherlands legalized "same sex" marriages? WHY is prostitution now legal in 12 of 17 counties in the State of Nevada?
WHY would some Federal Judges in California declare that the words "under God", in our pledge of allegiance to the flag, to be unconstitutional? WHY do some of our States allow young teenage girls who are pregnant to have an abortion, without requiring parental consent? WHY have some courts declared that organizations such as the "Boy Scouts of America", and "Private Christian Schools", cannot dismiss, or exclude, members from their organizations because of their admitted homosexual orientation? WHY do certain State-sponsored universities disallow "Conservative Christian Clubs" on their campuses, yet permit the most "Liberal", and even "Gay and Lesbian Groups" to not only meet on campus, but also to receive their portion of the tuition-sponsored financial allocations? WHY do certain prominent universities encourage fornication by providing free condoms to their sexually-active students?
WHY were certain New York City schools told to "cease and desist" displaying the "Bethlehem manger scene", and the singing of the traditional Christmas songs, because they say it would be a violation of the Constitution of the United States; yet they allow the displaying of the Jewish menorah, and the crescent and star of Islam? WHY were there at least 3,000,000 deaths from AIDS in 2003, and over 5,000,000 new cases reported during that same year? WHY are there an estimated 46 million people in the world now dying with the AIDS virus? WHY are there now 2,500,000 children under the age of 15 diagnosed with AIDS? WHY has the United States Government agreed to pay many billions of dollars to fight the dreaded sexual disease called "HIV-AIDS", in foreign countries, especially in the southern part of Africa, when there are countless elderly people in our own country who are practically starving, or buying from questionable foreign sources, in order to pay for their essential drug prescriptions?
WHY are there so many babies being killed by "abortion doctors" just prior to, or shortly after birth, while the baby is still connected to the mother's umbilical cord? WHY has the organization, "Clergy Headship Network", publicly stated that the United States Government has "imperialist tendencies"? WHY, in less than 20 years, have the "rebels" in Columbia, South America, killed 1 Archbishop, 2 Bishops, 48 Priests, 3 Nuns, 35 Protestant Pastors, and 2 Missionaries in their "on again-off again" civil war? WHY would a person start forest fires in California that would cause numerous fatalities, the destruction of thousands of homes, and turn millions of acres of fertile forest into wasteland?
WHY are there nearly 200 public school teachers in New York City who are still employed, even though they are facing "administrative penalties" for alleged unlawful activities? WHY do people in the United States spend over $10,000,000,000 on "Adult Entertainment" annually? WHY are there over 180,000,000 "hits" on the Internet websites advertising the word "Sex"? WHY were pornography & homosexuality recently declared to be the most significant "social changes" accepted by the general public in the United States? WHY have 90% of all "sex offenders", including rapists and child molesters, proven to be relatives or professed "friends" of their victims? WHY do so many couples boastfully indulge in pre-marital sex, often resulting in numerous pregnancies and child births, yet they admittedly are not ashamed of their gross sinfulness, or immorality?
WHY is the European Union hesitant about mentioning the word "GOD" in the new European Union Constitution? WHY are the Chinese police sending owners of a Bible to labor camps in the Guanyxi Province, and denouncing them as part of an "illegal religious organization"? WHY do African-American women in the U.S.A. comprise more than 50% of all new cases of HIV-AIDS? WHY would anyone be so hypocritically ignorant as to try to defend their homosexuality by calling themselves a "Gay Christian", which, of course, is a God-declared IMPOSSIBILITY? WHY would the recently-appointed homosexual Episcopal Bishop, V. Gene Robinson, say that "the teaching of Scripture does not necessarily make homosexuality wrong"?
WHY does Michigan State University offer the State-funded course entitled "How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality and Initiation"? WHY did gay U.S. Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts, in a United Nations meeting last August, promise homosexuals that he would seek trade sanctions against countries that oppose United Nations rights for gays? WHY does the Disney Corporation in Orlando, Florida, sponsor a week-long, round-the-clock affair, for over 125,000 homosexual revelers from many countries? WHY did a Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania order a priest, known as an anti-abortion advocate, to stop distributing the pamphlet entitled "Medical Consequences of What Homosexuals Do"? WHY does the "Cathedral of Hope" in Dallas, Texas, proudly claim to be the world's largest homosexual church with their 3,000 members?
WHY was Ron Greer, an 18 year veteran of the Madison, Wisconsin, Fire Department, suspended without pay and ordered to attend diversity training because he distributed a tract outlining the Biblical position on homosexual behavior? WHY did a man, in the Canadian Province of Saskatchewan, receive a $5,000 fine for placing a newspaper ad with Scripture verses condemning homosexual acts? WHY is it that the country of Sweden has pending legislation declaring that if anyone, including clergy, who say that homosexuality is Scripturally wrong, that person will receive a prison sentence of up to 4 years confinement? WHY would a person choose, AND IT IS A CHOICE, to be homosexual, when statistics show that the median age of death for Gay Males is 42; Gay Females is 45; while Heterosexual Males is 75; and Heterosexual Females is 79?
WHY has the German police admitted that at least 400 people in that country are active participants in some form of "cannibalism", and that one person is now in court facing 15 years in prison for "barbecuing" his friend? WHY did a recent survey in Germany reveal that 51% of the married men, and 43% of the married women "cheated" on their spouses? WHY do 67% of convicted criminals, who are released from prisons in the United States, become repeat offenders within 3 years, and are returned to prisons?
WHY have so many Chief Executive Officers, Chief Accountants, and Board Members in large and famous corporations been charged and found guilty of gross falsification and inflation of their financial records, resulting in the revelation of "corporate crime", the imperative loss of stock value, and the eventual loss of employment to their employees? WHY is it so difficult to find an honest and trustworthy politician, attorney, or automobile repair service? WHY is there an increase in the number of court cases involving family murders, home invasions, spousal and child abuse, terrorism and murders in the public schools, and racial discrimination?
WHY do certain individuals demonize the prominent actor, Mel Gibson's movie, about the Lord Jesus Christ, yet they sponsor and approve the grossest and immoral movies seen by children in the theaters, home videos, and on the T.V.? WHY do so many people excuse, or ignore, the Los Angeles Laker basketball player, Kobe Bryant's admitted adultery, yet they ignore the fact that GOD'S BOOK, the BIBLE, says in I Corinthians 6:9,10 that "ADULTERERS SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD", unless, of course, they subsequently repent and are "saved" through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?
WHY have so many clergy been exposed as pedophiles and defrocked after being found guilty of "sexual activities" with their "altar boys and altar girls"? WHY are some former conservative individuals, including clergy, now willing to sacrifice divine truth on the altar of secular harmony? WHY did John Muhammad and Lee Malvo become the "sniper killers" of 10 innocent civilians in the Washington, D.C. area? WHY does the Federal Communications Commission continue to permit the ever-increasing amount of gross profanity and obvious pornography on the T.V. and radio programs? WHY is it that the T.V. and radio "talk shows", when discussing homosexuality, NEVER mention the BIBLE, and the fact that God's Word declares in Leviticus 18:22 that homosexuality is an "ABOMINATION" in God's sight?
WHY is there such a universal lack of reverence in many worship, prayer, and ministry meetings held in churches these days? WHY, in a recent survey, did 58% of Americans polled, say that they believe that Satan is not a "living being", but only a "symbol of evil"? WHY did the New York City School Board approve taking 3.2 million dollars away from minority-student schools, and diverted the money to sponsor the nation's first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and "questioning youth" public school? WHY would the sales catalog for the large clothing corporation, Abercrombie and Fitch, contain so many pictures of nude men and women together in a grossly immoral, and obviously sexual context? WHY is the A.C.L.U. (American Civil Liberties Union) trying to force the removal of "crosses" from all Federal property, which would eliminate the "crosses" from the graves of countless war veterans in our National Cemeteries?
Finally, WHY do people, perhaps like the reader, who have been fortunate enough to be reared in a Christian environment, and who have heard the Gospel of God's marvelous love and grace preached in the power of an ungrieved Holy Spirit, continue on the broad road to Hell and the Lake of Fire? WHY? WHY? WHY?
The answer to ALL of the above questions is found in the BIBLE ! In Romans chapter 3, verses 10 through 18, we have the 14 indictments given by God against all mankind, and the final indictment in verse 18 declares so emphatically that "THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES." Yes, that's the answer to ALL of the above questions. And if those people had a reverential FEAR OF GOD, they wouldn't do what they do; say what they say; nor go where they go. Friend, Almighty God wants you to know the solemn and eternal consequences of not having a reverential FEAR OF GOD. First of all, in Psalms 85:9 we read, "Surely His salvation is nigh them that FEAR Him." Later on, in Psalms 103:11 we're told, "For as the Heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy to them that FEAR Him." In Proverbs 1:7 we read, "The FEAR OF THE LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Friend, are you going to be wise and have a reverential FEAR of God, or are you going to remain a fool, and end up in the place that Jesus Christ calls "Hell"? Well, the decision is entirely up to YOU !
Something else that you should know, is the fact that God says what He means, and He means what He says. When we read about fearing God, we're not talking about a "boogie man" type of fear, but rather a fear based on reverence for God Himself. A most solemn warning is given in Ecclesiastes 3:14, "I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it: and God doeth it, THAT MEN SHOULD FEAR BEFORE HIM."
Many of you reading this message today are more afraid of your fellowman, than you are of God, the One in Whose hand is your every breath. In Proverbs 29:25 we're told, "The FEAR OF MAN bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe." Listen to what God's Only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, declares in Luke 12:4,5, "And I say unto you My friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall FEAR: FEAR HIM Who after He hath killed hath power to cast into Hell; yea, I say unto you, FEAR HIM." Yes, your fellowman may be able to kill you, but only GOD can both kill and cast you into Hell.
Friend, the conditions in the world back in Noah's day were quite similar to those existing in our world today. In Genesis 6:5 we read, "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." In verse 11, we also read, "The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence." Doesn't that sound like today's news? But what did Noah do? Did he close his eyes to the terrible conditions, or did he accept the God-given challenge? In Hebrews 11:7 we're told, "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, MOVED WITH FEAR, prepared an ark to the saving of his house(or family)."
Sure, the antediluvians, though warned about the coming judgmental flood, just laughed and mocked at Noah's preparation for the promised disaster. Friend, you may be laughing and mocking me for warning you of coming judgment, but you won't be laughing after you read the following words of warning by God found in Proverbs 1: 23-29, "Turn you at My reproof: behold, I will pour out My spirit unto you, I will make known My words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out My hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all My counsel, and would none of My reproof: I ALSO WILL LAUGH AT YOUR CALAMITY; I WILL MOCK WHEN YOUR FEAR COMETH; WHEN YOUR FEAR COMETH AS DESOLATION, AND YOUR DESTRUCTION COMETH AS A WHIRLWIND; WHEN DISTRESS AND ANGUISH COMETH UPON YOU. THEN SHALL THEY CALL UPON ME, BUT I WILL NOT ANSWER; THEY SHALL SEEK ME EARLY, BUT THEY SHALL NOT FIND ME: FOR THAT THEY HATED KNOWLEDGE, AND DID NOT CHOOSE THE FEAR OF THE LORD."
Friend, I plead with you today, in love for your soul and in view of eternity, to acknowledge that you're a sinner who cannot save your own soul, for if you could, then why did Jesus Christ die that cursed and shameful death on Calvary's cross? Then, with a REVERENTIAL FEAR OF GOD, simply accept by faith alone, the Lord Jesus Christ as your own and personal Saviour. If you'll do that right now, the word of God which cannot lie, assures you that you'll be saved, not only for time, but for all eternity. AND REMEMBER, MY FRIEND, THIS IS FOR ETERNITY !
Evangelist: Minor C. Hawk