IS GOD JUDGING AMERICA?
The week of April 24-30th
that Pastor David Wilkerson went to be with the
Lord was one of the most devastating weeks in the United States as more than 340
people lost their lives to tornados in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and
Tennessee. Prior to these tornadoes, there have been hundreds of them in the same
states while in the Midwest severe flooding was taking place.
Since the late 1970’s
Pastor Wilkerson has been warning the people in the United States that judgment
is coming upon this nation. During the last few years there have been a string
of severe weather related disasters like hurricanes, floods and fires. When
Pastor Wilkerson published his books, “The Vision” and “Set the Trumpet to Your
Mouth,” he was rejected by the majority of Assemblies of God churches in
America. Prior to his speaking of judgment, he was welcomed in the mega churches
because he drew large crowds. But the wealthy pastors of the mega churches
wanted nothing to do with a prophet who would hurt the church offerings. It
hypocritical that after his death, everybody wants to get on the bandwagon and
brag about how well they knew David Wilkerson and what a great preacher he was.
When I saw the
devastation from the tornadoes on television, a fire was kindled in me and it
became clear that we need to acknowledge that what we are seeing is not a random
weather problem, it is God speaking to a people who are deeply into sin. But I
wanted to make sure that what I felt from the Holy Spirit was biblical so I
searched the Scriptures.
10:26-31, the apostle Paul tells us that God will judge His people. The apostle
Peter also informs us that judgment begins at the house of God. (1 Peter 4:17)
There hasn’t been a nation so blessed with freedom and prosperity as the United
States of America. During World War II, with more than 12 million in the armed
forces, the people at home filled the churches week after week and pleaded with
God to give America victory over Nazi Germany and the Imperial Japanese. God
answered those prayers and the soldiers came home to a nation that was bursting
with economic growth. Did the American people thank God? No. The people elected
leaders that decided Bible reading and praying in public schools was
unconstitutional. In 1973 the Supreme Court ruled it legal to murder unborn
babies, and as of 2011, sixty million children have been killed in the abortion
mills. Then the courts started to issue a number of rulings and released the
scourge of homosexuality upon the American people. The entertainment producers
have gone beyond violence and indecency in movies and television programming.
The divorce rate in the United States is now at 60% and scores of so-called
Christian television evangelists and mega pastors are divorced and remarried.
Homosexuality is rampant in Pentecostal and Evangelical churches. Millions of
couples live together without being married, drugs and alcohol flow freely and
few men and women are virgins by the time they reach the age of 18.
If God judged and
destroyed the entire world population except for Noah and his family that were
saved, why should God overlook America? If God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, why
should he spare America? In this short message I will share what I believe God
is telling us today. When President Obama toured the devastation in Alabama, all
he could talk about was rebuilding. Instead of using the word rebuild, he should
have used the word repent! Are you willing to be among those who are seeking the
Lord and repenting for your sins and the sins of our nation? My prayer is that
this message will not be just a shot in the dark, but that it will bring fruit,
and that it will be repeated by other pastors in the world.
From the Desk
of John S. Torell