When Jesus began His earthly ministry, He said: “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” John the Baptist who paved to way for Jesus said: “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” “Produce works that befit repentance.”
The woman who was caught in adultery was told by Jesus that her sins were forgiven. She was to go and sin no more. What is so difficult to understand here? In America, the world has been brought into the church rather than the church being brought out into the world. In many liberal churches the pastor is afraid to call anything sin. That which is an abomination to God is acceptable in the church. We do not want to be judgmental. We want to be “inclusive.” The Apostle Paul said that we should not judge the world but that we should judge the church.
Why is Holy Communion used so sparingly in many church? This sacrament requires self-examination. The Apostle Paul said that we should examine ourselves lest we take the body and blood of Jesus unworthily. Such examination would require repentance.
Every true revival has begun with repentance. Jonathan Edwards preached about sinners falling into the hands of an angry God and many experienced the sensation of falling. And they repented. Even several blocks away from the Asuza Street mission people fell on their faces and repented because they felt the strong presence of God. If we had more presence of God in the churches there would be more repentance.
But there is no room for repentance. Prosperity is here. We have God’s favor. We must be doing something right because we are financially blessed. Right? Some of us may have good financial resources but our money will not save us. Prosperity may more often be a sign of unbelief than belief. Are all the poor in the world unsaved simply because they are poor? Did not Jesus come for the poor?
Repent America for the kingdom of God is at hand. Repentance is required. Repentance is expected. Repentance is part of our spiritual worship. It is our response in thanksgiving to God. If we neglect such a great salvation the Book of Hebrews tells us that there is no salvation left.
Jesus said that whoever would come unto Him He would not cast out. But we must come to Him. And we must come with a broken and contrite heart. Humble yourself America. You did not build this great land by your own effort and strength. Remember King Nebuchadnezzar? You have been blessed by God to be a missionary nation. That was your charter. That was the covenant the early English settlers made with God at Cape Henry in 1607. Return to your roots. Return to your heritage.
If my people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)