THERE IS NOT VERY MUCH WE CAN DO ABOUT WICKEDNESS BECAUSE GOD PREDICTED THAT IT WOULD INCREASE IN THE END TIMES.
There is much that we as Christians can and must do when wickedness increases. In fact, God's judgment on cities and nations is directly related to what Christian’s do or fail to do.
God predicted that the great city of Nineveh would be destroyed in forty days, but God's messenger warned the city. The king, the nobles, and all the people believed God. They proclaimed a fast, repented, turned from their wicked ways, cried out to God, and God spared the city. (Jonah 3: 1-10)
God predicted that Sodom would be destroyed, but Abraham interceded for the city. God was willing to spare it if there were ten righteous people in it. (Gen. 18:32) In every age, and in every city, God looks for righteous men to stand in the gap and pray. (Ezekiel 22:30)
God promises that when Christians pray for their political leaders, Christians will be able to lead a quiet and peaceable life in all Godliness and honesty. Paul in his letter to young Timothy, states, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
"For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." (! Tim. 2: 1-2)
God also promises that when His people humble themselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways, He will forgive their sin and He "will heal their land." (2 Chron. 7: 14)
Spirit-controlled Christians are God's "restraining forces" against evil. However, when Christians grieve the Holy Spirit in their lives, by sin, they quench His power and lose their influence in the world. They are "...thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." (Matt. 5:13)
A rebel is one who will not place himself under authority. He becomes an authority unto himself. This is why it is so important for rebels to re-direct their lives under God's righteous rule. God will then show them, through the scripture, the proper direction to take. This would include placing themselves back under the authority of the word of God, their parents, school, government, and employer.
The sin of rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. It places another in first place in our lives rather than God. Remember: Our creator says, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
Reference: Be Alert To Spiritual Dangers, Institute In Basic Life Principles, Oak Brook, Ill. Jonah 3: 1-10, Gen. 18:32, Ezek. 22:30, 1 Tim. 2: 1-2, 11 Chron. 7:14, Matt. 5:13
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