Remember, Repent, Return
Remember, Repent, Return
I want to drive you to action to change America back to the founding principles. We are recruiting soldiers for Christ to do battle in the Army of God.
WE HAVE A PROBLEM
Why do we need security guards in shopping stores and at our schools? Economic crisis – greed, love of money. Sexual morality – sex is their god. We have a serious battle being waged regarding homosexual marriage.
The ACLU has been working on getting God out of our culture and making the name of Jesus a banned word. We have taken God and the 10 Commandments out of our schools.
In the 1940’s, the ACLU – Socialists/atheists, infiltrated, intimidated and are started destroying our religious rights and freedom. They persuaded the government to take God, the Ten Commandments, Bible and freedom to speak about Jesus out of or schools. They indoctrinated our children with secular humanism.
Jesus and Christian values have become censored while pornography is promoted as “free speech”. Today we are rampant with corruption, lying, cheating, sexual immorality, abortion, crime, etc. It’s considered okay as long as you don’t get caught.
Do you agree that the USA needs to change?
More laws will not make a positive difference. Laws try to change people from the outside. What is needed is to change their hearts from the inside. Government is totally incapable of doing that.
What’s the greatest problem in the United States? Lying government leaders, Law makers who are also law-breakers? Economic crisis? Sexual immorality? Illegal is no longer illegal?
Capernaum Inn Minister’s Discussion Group – October 2010
A discussion group topic was, “What’s wrong with our churches?” The first answer from another minister was: “We have gotten away from following Christ and the teachings of the Bible.”
2012 NACC Survey – 2012
We took a survey of the Christians at a Christian preaching conference. Approximately 12% of the responses were “materialistic”. Approximately 12% of the responses were “political”. Over 75% of the responses were “spiritual” – “We have gotten away from following Christ and the teachings of the Bible.”
We have forgotten our nation’s heritage – Christians seeking religious freedom. Puritans and Pilgrims came over in 1620 and 1630. They influence their Christian values into the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights.
John Adams: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Noah Webster: “The Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government…and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence.” He also said, “The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”
James Wilson (Signer of the Constitution and an U.S. Supreme Court Justice): “Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine…. Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other.”
The problems that we have today have evolved over 50-80 years (in part because Christians failed to engage in the battle). We have had it “so easy” that we have grown complacent and careless in knowing and following Jesus Christ.
Instead of engaging the world, Christians were intimidated to not speak up. Instead of separating from the “world”, Christians are conforming to the world. Christians have as high a divorce rate as the world. Christians are engaging in sexual immorality, viewing pornography, cheating their boss or customers, lying, engaging in other kinds of addictions or sin and not acting like followers of Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 15:33. We have allowed bad people to go unchallenged and they have corrupted us. (Epistles in the New Testament were written to Christians.)
Government is not the problem and will not bring about the solution.
The Solution is to go to the root problem.
We need to return to those values that made us a great nation. Get past the symptoms and get to the root of the problem.
What is the REAL problem with the USA? We (Christians) have gotten away from following Jesus Christ.
We “Christians” need to return to studying and following the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Until Christians repent, the rest of the world is going to ignore us and continue to pursue their sinful behavior, silence our freedom of speech and take away our freedom of religion.
JESUS IS THE ONLY REAL SOLUTION – Revelation 2:4-5
Here are at least four reasons that we need to study and follow Jesus:
There is no higher name, King or leader than Jesus Christ. Revelation 19:16.
Mary was told that Jesus’ Kingdom would reign forever. Luke 1:30-33.
Everyone will acknowledge Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:9-11
His Kingdom will last for eternity. Hebrews 1:8
A. REMEMBER – Revelation 2:5a
We need to get back what we once had – a passionate, personal and powerful relationship with Jesus Christ.
The best way to do that is to study His complete life and teachings. Revelation 2:4-5
B. REPENT – Revelation 2:5b
Means to turn around – go a different direction. Requires a change in action that reflects a repentant heart. –
II Chronicles 7:14 –
Luke 13:2-3 –
How do we return homosexuals to the closet? How do we get legislators and judges to live by the Constitution and the Bible and obey the law? What can we do to end abortions and stop marriages from failing? How do we downsize the government’s “need” to interfere in so much of our lives? If Jesus is truly in our lives, we will need less government.
If the problem is that: “We have gotten away from following the Gospel”, then repentance will be to return to following Jesus Christ and study His life.
C. RETURN – Revelation 2:5b
Return follows repentance – Revelation 2:16. – Psalm 80:30, 7, 19
Return or restore to a former state. This letter (Revelation) is really aimed at Christians reviving their passion for God. John 14:6 – Jesus is the way of REVIVAL.
Jesus changes people’s lives from the inside out. Government tries to force change from the outside. Jesus motivates through love. Government motivates through punishment. Jesus motivates by love. Jesus has an answer for every situation we face today. RETURN our passion to know and follow Jesus Christ.
We need a Revival in our churches.
If our nation is in trouble because the churches have gotten away from the Gospel, then it is imperative that the churches return to studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ – in depth – so He can come in and change us from the inside out.
There are many immature Christians in your church that have never studied the life of Christ or matured in their walk with him. The minister and staff are doing the best they know how, but they need your help.
We need a REVIVAL in our CHURCHES – a return to studying and following the life and teachings of Jesus Christ so that we will be effective evangelists for Him.
We need a REVIVAL in our churches to restore the United States to being “One Nation Under God”. The Walking With Jesus Bible Study Series is a tool to help you bring other believers to a more mature relationship with Jesus Christ.
Walking With Jesus is a tool that will help to make repentance, revival and restoration alive and real in the United States.
Only Jesus will change people’s hearts to stop the abortion, sexual immorality, lying, cheating, corruption, etc. Jesus, alive and active in the life of Christians will lead them to speak out against sin, elect better leaders and put an end to the sin that is destroying our nation.
Only way to get better politicians, judges, leaders, etc. is to teach them the ways of Christ and hold them accountable to God’s standards.
Matthew 28:18-20 – Let’s work together to accomplish our mutual purpose – bringing revival, repentance and restoration to return this nation to “One Nation Under God”.
Are you ready to help solve the problem?
Walking With Jesus will help the members in your church develop a more passionate, personal and powerful relationship with Jesus Christ. As a result, they will have the power to naturally recognize and repent of any sin. They will become more effective witnesses in the community and stand with the church in serving and speaking up on issues of importance to restoring this nation back to following Jesus Christ. They will have stronger, more Christ-like marriages and be better employees at their jobs.
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