A SINFUL Nation Loaded WithINIQUITY
General James Green, Oct. 31, 2011
MY TITLE IS TAKEN FROM ISAIAH 1:4 —“Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the Lord has spoken: I have nourished and brought up sons and have made them great and exalted, but they have rebelled against Me and broken away from Me. The ox [instinctively] knows his owner, and the donkey his master’s crib, but Israel does not know or recognize Me [as Lord], My people do not consider or understand. Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, sons who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised and shown contempt and provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger, they have become utterly estranged (alienated). Why should you be stricken and punished any more [since it brings no correction]? You will revolt more and more. The whole head is sick, and the whole heart is faint (feeble, sick, and nauseated). From the sole of the foot even to the head there is no soundness or health in [the nation’s body]—but wounds and bruises and fresh and bleeding stripes; they have not been pressed out and closed up or bound up or softened with oil. [No one has troubled to seek a remedy.] [Because of your detestable disobedience] your country lies desolate, your cities are burned with fire; your land—strangers devour it in your very presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by aliens. And the Daughter of Zion [Jerusalem] is left like a [deserted] booth in a vineyard, like a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, like a besieged city [spared, but in the midst of desolation].Except the Lord of hosts had left us a very small remnant [of survivors], we should have been like Sodom, and we should have been like Gomorrah” (Isa. 1:2-9, Amp).
As the judgments of God increase upon this SINFUL nation, LOADED with INIQUITY, more and more people are beginning to take notice that something is terribly wrong! Finally!
Isaiah opens chapter one with a literary form of a traditional exordium, as exemplified in the opening verses of the early poems in Genesis 49; Deuteronomy 32; Judges 5. Just as in Amos 3:9 and Micah 6:2, the scandal of Israel’s rebellious behavior is published to the world, so here the hosts of Heaven (v. 2) and the earth’s inhabitants (v. 2) are called upon to bear witness to Israel’s base ingratitude and obdurate rebellion.
ISRAEL WAS GOD’S CHILDREN, albeit, rebellious children (see Hos. 11:1-4). The Lord was scolding them for rebelling against His Fatherhood; He speaks here as a Father deeply moved by grief and anger because His love and tender care have been rewarded by callous disregard and open defiance.
The American Church is as ancient Israel (with some exceptions)—rebellious, distant (v. 3), sinful (v. 4), sick with sin(v. 5), putrid (v. 6), desolate (God’s Spirit has departed from most churches / organizations called “Christian”; v. 7), like unto Sodom and Gomorrah (v. 9). You can thank your perverted Prez (Obama) for the belligerent and rebellious Homosexual Movement (GLBTQ), the vile filth that he has helped spread even unto small children…with the consent of many churches and organizations.
Your “pink” darling is obsessed with what the Bible calls ABOMINATION!! We can also add IA unto GLBTQ: “I”= intersexual / inter-gendered and inner-trannie, and the “A”= asexual and allies—all considered “family only” behavior.
Your “pink” Prez celebrates all this filth / perversion and is pushing now for the “queering elementary education” curriculum. So, your innocent children will learn about all this filth sooner or later, for Mr. “Pink” is making sure to eliminate ALL discrimination against the Homosexual Movement (HM). Well, will he finally burn the Word of God, since God discriminates against all the above?!!! Don’t put anything past these devils that run America. Ancient Israel got that far from God.
Just the “gay” (whatever that means!) community alone has infiltrated the very centers of power in every area across America, not to mention many other wicked forces that HATE God, His Word, and His people.
Loaded with Iniquity
YES! OH YES! Well, come to America, also known as Sodom and Gomorrah—the land of Socialist sickos, Islamic misogynists, terrorists with a skewed view of Christianity.
America once knew the God of the Bible (although we can’t rightly declare that she was ever a “Christian nation”); the Bible was taught in the political camp, the family, and of course the Church. All has changed now…America has MANY gods / goddesses—Mary (which no Scripture ever tells us to “worship” her), many saints, Allah (which is NOT GOD of the Holy Scriptures, but a moon god”), Buddha, plenty of New Age and Native American gods / idols, the Roman Catholic Church, which worships and bows down before images, statues, icons, priests / popes and pagan fetishes, etc. The 9 Commandments of the N.T. are considered outdated.Murder (legalized abortion), theft (legalized theft = income tax) and every other Biblical sin has become normal in Sodom / Gomorrah / America.
Both Protestants and Roman Catholics have unsaved / unholy preachers and priests doing the devil’s bidding for souls. Unsaved and unholy chaplains in congress and in the armed forces are in truth enemies of God and country. We have corrupt judges that take bribes, rule against morality, haters of God, and country. I shall not even dare to mention the corruption in the education system of this nation, it is just too depressing.
All this, dear ones, is the direct result of God’s people going a whoring after other gods, as did ancient Israel.
Make Many Prayers
“AND WHEN YOU SPREAD FORTH your hands [in prayer, imploring help], I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood!” (Isa. 1:15, Amp).
Pills for America’s Ills?
IF WE’RE TALKING PHARMACEUTICAL, NO! If we’re talking spiritual, yes! America’s ills can be healed by God’s gos-pill (gospel), the very thing America has trashed.
“What is to be done, what could we do to get well?” Mr. America, Mrs. America, Miss America asks.
“This is your remedy,” says the LORD.
Friends, it is not politics per se that has brought on this national sickness, it is a spiritual default, a national broken covenant that is the culprit.
It seems to be taken for granted, by all these interrogative philosophers, that there is some “thing”, or handful of “things”, which could be done; some magical act of congress, “remedial measure”, or the like, which could be passed whereby this social malady could come to an end. Well, may I suggest a “spiritual measure”—National REPENTANCE!! Not a half-hearted repentance but a genuine TURNING AWAY from known SIN / SINS and turning unto Jesus Christ the Lord.
The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is what will cure America’s ills. And don’t give me all the excuses that it was the Gospel that brought on this national malady. God blesses the humble, the upright, not the proud and perverted.
People often accuse us here of “telling us the evil,” but never “tell us how to be cured!”. This is a lie. We have done both. It is you who doesn’t listen or repent.
GOD IS WANTING TO but you’ve got to take His medicine. Read the Bible, see if both causes and curses are not from Genesis to Revelation. America can’t be cured of her miseries while hanging onto her mischiefs!!
America has no such pharmacopoeias; God has!
The inner foundation of national health can’t flow when clogged by national filth. Get serious folks, only by drinking from the fountain-of-Life, God’s Sacred Scriptures / Spirit will the purging of putridness be accomplished. America is indeed SICK. Her bloated swollen, foul existence is proof. You’re not going to get well by calling the Great Physician (Jesus) a fraud, a quack. NO!! Our ministers / priests / politicians are the frauds and quacks. Judge for yourselves if their diagnosis is correct—“ALL IS WELL!”, they exclaim. But not all is well. America has gone to HELL!!
Vain jargon in favor of the palpably unjust will then abridge itself within limits. Let absurdity die!! Let the religious and political jackasses weep! Enough talk. Let’s see some walk. Let’s hear a difference between jargon and speech. Let us discern between the infinite and the infernal.
AMERICA’S SOUL HAS BEEN SUCKED OUT BY DEMONS! Descend into her inner man, and see if there be any clear, living, holy soul there. Till then there can be nothing done. Nothing!
America must, if possible, resuscitate some soul and conscience, exchange their dilettantisms (amateurish pursuit of science, arts, literature) for pursuit of God’s Will, Word and Way. Seek to exchange the dead hearts of stone for living hearts aflame for God, our creator. Grace, dear ones, can go a long way if we will will our wills to obey.
Nothing will save America but America herself thru heart repentance. Not any magic pill shall save her.
Quacks and Queers only help to DAMN America’s worthless soul. Voices, voices…all putting forth “remedies”, their “blasphemies”, their “profanities”…the dumb, deceived, and damned masses of America, with open mouths / ears swallow these “remedial pills”. Cured? HA! Cursed!
I PRAY A LOT, but I direct my praise Heavenward, not earthward, as do the duped masses here in America. Isaiah writes in 1:15“And when you spread forth your hands [in prayer, imploring help], I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood!”
“Ye make MANY prayers.” Oh those backslidden Israelites prayed alright, but because of their rebellion on God, God said, “I will not hear.” Their hands were full of blood—America, how many pre-born have you MURDERED?!!! How many souls have you MURDERED in political religious manufactured wars?…both of your own and those of the “enemy”? Blood! Blood! Blood!America, at this time, in some places, reaches up to heaven, hands stretched towards God ALL COVERED with BLOOD! We say it’s for “God and Country”. Really? Unlike Lady Macbeth, the temple worshipers are not conscious of their condition. Not that all those condemned had actually committed murder; the prophets were brutally frank in holding men responsible for the ultimate consequences of their acts and attitudes (see Amos 4:1, 2; Mic. 3:1-3). The LORD was saying “when you spread forth your hands, I will hide My eyes from you” (1:15 RSV). Literally, “your palms”, in the gesture of petition.
Hey, America, until you wash your hands of perversions, murders, thefts etc. don’t expect God to grant your petition, “Let us prosper once again”.
UNTIL AMERICA BATHES herself, like washing off the unlawful sex scum, removing the evils of every sort (lit. “your crimes”, v.16), God will not help this God forsaken nation.
Until America stops playing the whore, being perturbed at His prohibitions, America will grow worse.
And you, hypocritical Church, you are filthy thru and thru…your oozing filth testifies against you…your silence against all what I write (with some exceptions, thank God), only promotes more iniquity. Men become mere victims of greed, corruption, cruelty because you are afraid to lift up your ecclesiastical voice, “cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet and declare to My people their transgressions, and to the house of Jacob their sins!” (Isa. 5:1).
Passivity in the face of evil means complicity in evil.
What God said thru Isaiah—if I can use some modern terms here—came BRUTALLY, HATEFULLY, INTOLERANTLY, BIASLY to the very “religious” ancient Jews and has a disquieting relevance to the moral neutrality of Church, State, and Family today.
This nation has grown so distant from God that she applauds evil workers (and presidents), passing laws that now allow open nudity (like San Francisco, CA.), same-sex marriage, abortion and dozens of other ideophrenias of the flesh. There remains a DEEP inconsistency between the faith which America professes in politics / religion, and the ethical standards to which she consents in her handling of social / religious life and her relations with others.
THAT’S WHAT ISAIAH 1:17 says: “Learn to do well; seek judgment…” (KJV).
“Learn (as they have not yet done, the real requirement of the service of God) to do what is good” (RSV). “Seek (as you seek God Himself) justice,” the rule of right.
It would be well with America if she would do this.
If this nation does not turn from its wicked doings, God will continue to punish the land and the inhabitants. The Bible makes it clear that death is the penalty for our sin (see Romans ).
The Bible also teaches that individual suffering is not always correlated with a particular sin by an individual. We are promised hardships and suffering in God’s service—God does not PUNISH US for this; we are PUNISHED for our sins, individually or nationally. Job, called a righteous man by God, suffered greatly (although Job did need some inner cleansings). America’s suffering and death is because of her committed sins, so repentance is the remedy.
WE ALL INHERIT THIS PROPENSITY to evil because of our descent from Adam. God in His mercy, however, stepped into history in the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1-14). He became a man so He could suffer death (the penalty for sin) on a cross, praying for the sins of His people (it also means that God Himself can personally empathize with suffering, since He has experienced it). He also rose from the dead, showing he had ultimate power—power over death. Those who put their faith and trust in Christ as their Savior can spend eternity with the Lord in a place where there will be no more death (Revelation 21:4).
But the Bible warns that those who reject Christ will taste a “second death”—eternal separation from God (Revelation 21:8).
Yet God does not delight in the death of the wicked. (Ezekiel 33:11).
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”
To refuse to repent and obey God’s eternal laws is personal and national suicide. These verses are spoken by the Judge (God) to the guilty (Israel) who stands accused. God is just and fair, even patient. The guilt of Israel (as America) was certain, but they will receive from the Judge a second chance. Israel was on probation and must make her own decision and choose her fate—life or death!
America, dear ones, is on trial.
Verse 18-20 contains four conditional sentences, the first pair in synonymous parallelism (v. 18bc), the scene in antithetical parallelism (vv. 19-20). The second pair is clearly the Lord’s statement of the case, and appears to be a rejoinder. The first pair, then, is the claim of the accursed as summed up by the Judge, speaking in scorn.
To “reason together” (v. 18a) means “argue”, “correct one another”; each is to state his / her case, as at a trial. The same those who teach v.18 as “unconditional love” is wrong—a free will choice comes into play here; If anyone in Israel can argue their innocence (if they really are so), they will be acquitted by the just Judge; if not, they must either repent of their iniquity and live, or refuse and die in their sins.
God is not going to overlook their (or our) hypocrisy, nor condone glaring sin. This is the way America is approaching God. In fact, America has put God Himself on trial for being cruel, unloving, intolerant, bigoted, biased etc.
The modern interpretation of v. 18 as an unconditional promise of forgiveness is totally out of step with the prophets, Jesus, and the N.T. authors.
No repentance, no forgiveness, period!!
I know that emotional evangelistic sermons on Isa. 1:18 have led the guilty to a false security in Christ. Although the Bible seems to point to unconditionalism, a popular “grace to redeeming love” theme, yet repentance is in order before forgiveness. The N.T., with the cross of Christ as its message, does not declare unconditional forgiveness. The assurance of grace / mercy must always be proceeded by a sinner’s cry for mercy. Forgiveness is the divine possibility. It is only“IF we confess our sins,” that “He is faithful and just to forgive us” (1 Jn. 1:9). (Request my 20 part teaching, We Are Called.)
Verse 19 brings in that 2 lettered word “IF”.
Friends, our scarlet sins cannot be white as snow until we see ourselves as God sees us—filthy!!…and see what we have done—evil!!
AND WHEN GOD HAD THUS CONFRONTED his peculiar people with the O.T. “gos-pill”, this Word of God whose grace and mercy is greater than His wrath, the offering of forgiveness and a second chance to live—when He has done that, Isaiah seals his message with the authority of the All Mighty God—God’s ultimatum: “For the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it” (V. 20).
We find this grace / mercy / love in the N.T. in John 3:16.
We each have a part to play in our own redemption, that of confessing our guilt, repenting of our sin / sins, God’s redeeming love can be ours. His love is won through penitence, and forgiveness find its perfecting in our obedience.
IN THESE DAYS OF STRESS, depression, recession, men set about to solve the problems. But they miss what the problem is: SIN!! This I’m sure, irks many of our readers, but this is the problem. America is Sin SICK!! Well if men will not identify the problem how can it be solved? Most think that if America had more money, this would solve the BIG problem, HA! Your Commander-In-Thief would just squander it. Don’t be fooled by the “money god” bull.
The solution to America’s pollution is REVOLUTION—rebel against HELL!!!
[Study material has been adapted from its original sources.]