Deadness in the land
When there is no light of God in a home, community, state or any settlement, spiritually the inhabitants of these settlements are living in deadness. The death I am writing about is not the physical death of the body but the death of the fear and reverence for God. There are a lot of dead communities and homes in the world today. An increasing moral decadency in homes and communities can be noticed by the effect it produces on the streets. Teenage runaway are increasing almost every year, crimes rate are in the increase, almost every negative attitude are in the increase in this world. We are living in a global village because we see this world as a community of people made of different race and color, clans and tribes but God does not see us in such manner. He sees us in two different ways, not rich or poor, black or white, intellectual or ignoramus but He sees us as dead to sin and dead in sin. Those God sees as dead to sin are the saved Christians and those He sees as dead in sin are the unsaved and the unbelievers in this whole wide world. I want to emphatically state that every country and settlement in this world is a dead nation, because sin is everywhere. You cannot run away from sin but you can live above sin even if you are the only saved Christian in that neighborhood, town or where ever you found yourself. Christians today give excuses for living in sin; they have it in such a way that in this community, you cannot live above sin. The book of Romans chapter 6 verse 14 did not emphasis any community in which sin can have rule over you but it says that sin shall not have dominion over you without any geographical consideration; because you are not under the law but under grace.’ God will not have it that you lived in a community or a country where sin is highest, there is no such thing like sin is highest, although the crime rate or moral decadency may be high but you are the one who made yourself available to sin because you yielded your members (self) to serve sin.
Grace is sufficient for every obedient child of God who longs to please his heavenly father. The deadness in our communities and environs have totally put the fear of God aside, some government have made it a law that Christian religious lessons should not be thought in public schools, we are running away from God and we are seeing the adverse effect in our communities, schools and homes. The government did not ban the teaching about God in homes, or have they banned it, No, but why are we not teaching our children about God in our homes? I will not be happy if the law is reversed by the authorities to start teaching students about God in public schools because who will be the teacher? Is he or she a born again Christian, I think the person in question will do worse than what an enemy of the cross of Christ will do, in the sense I say, the teacher did not believe any word in the Bible, what a mess it will be.
Dead nations, dead communities, dead schools and dead homes, dead governments, dead institutions, we are living in deadness because God has taken off His hands in this generation, unless the people of God go back to the business of seeking the face of God, we will continue to witness a decrease in morality and fear of God but a geometric increase in sins, disobedience and what have we?. In this present condition which we are living in, does it warrant a Christian to give excuse about the increase in sin, the legalizing of sin, should we as Christian take what is happening as an excuse to stop watching, stop praying, stop living like Christ and follow the world. I will give you an answer; No, why? The Bible says in the book of Matthew chapter 24 verses 12 and 13; verse 12; and because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold, verse 13; but he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.
This is a typical example of the scenario we have now and many have fallen from the faith, many are wounded by the increase in sin and deadness in our age, many have seen Christianity as a religion of sinning, but it is not so, Christianity it is not a religion of sinning, it is a religion of Holiness and without holiness no man shall see the Lord. It is a battle we are into, Christianity was not served with a golden platter, it was born in a sophisticated totalitarian society of the Roman Empire, mixed with the immorality and idolatry and persecution of that age, but Christianity survived the era because whatsoever that is born of God cannot fail. And we can survive and thrive well in this age, only if we go back the faith of our fathers and contend earnestly for that faith which was once delivered to the saints.
There has always been a dead nation in this world after the fall of first man Adam. The last Prophet of the Old Testament is Malachi and chapter 4 verses 5 and 6 of the book says; verse 5; Behold I will send to you Elijah the Prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord; verse 6; And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.’ Who is this Elijah? Every Christian supposes to be an Elijah in whatever capacity God has called him, I know this will sound wired to many but actually it is true. Prophet Elijah was not an Angel but he was just as we are, he was a man of like-passion like us but he did wondrous things. We all know what he did, he prayed and there was no rain for the space of three and half years he also confronted the idolatrous King Ahab. He was a man that stood in the gap; he bridged the gap between God and the sinning children of Israel. In that situation, Elijah was needed, and God sent him, in this situation, we need more than Elijah. If God did not preserve few Christians today, we will be likened to Sodom and Gomorrah. We need God’s emergency men in this time of crises and those men are called Prophets.
John the Baptist is the Elijah I am writing about, he was the Elijah Prophet Malachi made mention of (Matthew chapter 11 verses 10 and 14), he was the Elijah of the New Testament. At the end of the Old Testament, there was a period of four hundred years of total darkness and deadness in the land of Israel. Darkness in the sense; there was no prophetic word of God heard in the land of Israel. Sin was the order of the day. When this Elijah of the New Testament came to the scene, there was no light of the word of God, the religious leaders have fallen short of their consecrated duties and they have two high priests, which was not right. In the old testament, there was never a time two high priest emerged in the history of the children of Israel, even in the worst condition of the children of Israel due to sin against God. But in early stage of John the Baptist, there were two high priest; Annas and Caiaphas, this showed a total deviation of the people of God, they have forsaken God and turned their backs on Him, they were in a mess with the Romans, because the Romans have conquered the Holy land. Our Lord Jesus Christ confirmed that John the Baptist was that Elijah which prophet Malachi announced at the end of the Old Testament, in the book of Matthew chapter 11 verses 13, 14 and 15 it says ‘verse 13; For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John, verse 14 ‘And if you will receive it, this is Elijah which was for to come. Verse 15 ‘he that has ears to hear, let him hear.’ These verses of the scripture above made it clear the course John the Baptist had. I thank God almighty that he did not fall short of these prophetic words. We normally call John the Baptist; the fur-runner of Jesus which is right and his job was to turn the minds and hearts of people to the direction of the Savior to come, in order words to prepare them for the coming of Jesus the Christ which has been announced many years ago by almost every Hebrew prophet of the old. John was a burning and a shining light, and the people of his days rejoiced in his light but he was not the everlasting Light (Jesus). He came with the light of hope, of restoration, of redemption. (John chapter 5 verses 35, emphasis added). I use to imagine John preaching repentance, a word they have not heard for a long time, he was strange to the people, strange in doctrine, strange in diet, strange in dressing; we need men of God that are strange in this age we are living that will preach repentance to the world, a word nobody wants to hear anymore.
John did no miracle, he did not raise a dead man, he did not call down fire from heaven as Elijah of the old did, no man ran to him seeking for healing, but to our surprise, he did something more than a miracle; he raised a dead nation of Israel, a nation I considered as a Church because they are suppose to abstain from every filth of the world pollution, but before the coming of John the Baptist, there was no difference between them and the rest of the world and likewise now, there is no difference between the church of God and the world, because if you look for the world, you will find it in the church and if you look for the church you will find her in the world. Are we big enough in this crucial time to ask God to fill us with the suffering of Christ that we may do the work of saving souls; we cannot save sinners by our preaching, without the work of the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit through the work of preaching, convict and convert souls, but it must come out from the mouth of people like you and I. The Angels cannot preach the gospel now, Jesus did not die for the Angles, He died for you and I and the rest of the world. Second Timothy chapter 1 verse 9 says; ‘Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.’ This is the calling to every true believer in Jesus Christ but we have not answered that call, we are living our own lives and we have turned deaf ears to this call, we are going to be held accountable at the last day, in that day of judgment that will come, you will never escape from it, I too will never escape from it. Do you have passion to seek the face of God, do you want God to move and save souls, what kind of Christians are we in this age? Do we preach to our neighbors, friends, well wishes and to our enemies, our enemies should not be excluded because Jesus told us to love our enemies. Briefly before I leave this topic, I cannot exhaust this particular topic, something is burning in me and I cannot quench it.
Read for yourself the people and nations Jesus died for and till today millions of them are dying without God and without hope languishing in eternal Hell. 1.4 billon Chinese, 130 million Japanese, 24 million North Koreans (Almost an atheist nation), 50 million South Koreans, 146 million Russians, 1.2 billion Indians. The so called Christian wests are included, the increase in our denouncing the existence of God has tripled, almost the whole of Europe does not believe in God. I know there are some in the list I mentioned above that are Christians but the question is; are they genuinely saved, how many of them are following the Lord where so ever He goes. The Africans, other race locked-out in different parts of the world, the Muslims which have an estimated 2.2 billion population in this world, the estimated 13.9 million Jews that Jesus died for, the 1.2 billion Catholics with their Catholicism, the atheist, the agonistic, the undecided and the care free people. If you sum up the figures mentioned above it is equaled to; 369.9 billion people. I may be wrong but it is a rough estimation. The world population as it stands now is at 7 billion people, the number of unbelievers in Africa, Oceania, Latin America, North America and Canada, Central America, Europe and hundreds of islands were not given at all, now these figure (369.9 million people) are not certain to be in Heaven if Jesus is to come now, may be some will if they are genuinely born again and are walking in the light of the word of God. From the world population of 7 billion, the 369.9 billion if removed, the remaining is roughly 4 billion and right inside this population of 4 billion, millions do not know Jesus. Is our generation going to hell? Yes of course, we have more lost men and women in our generation more than any other generation before us.