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When God Abandons a Nation (Romans 1:18-27, Proverbs 29:2, Proverbs 21:1, Hosea 5:6, 1 Samuel 8:5, 1 Samuel 8:18-22, 1 Samuel 8:7, Isaiah 5:20)

Michael O'Brien, November 11, 2012
Part of the Uncategorized series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

When God Abandons a Nation:
* Step 1: People will deny the one true God.
* Step 2: Having denied God, they set up idols for themselves (which also may be themselves).
* Result 1: Sexual Revolution
* Result 2: Homosexual Revolution

What can we do?
1. Pray
2. Proclaim the Word
3. Think like a Christian before thinking like an American.
4. Get serious about church
5. Remember that God is sovereign.

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Romans 1:18–27 (Listen)

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

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Proverbs 29:2 (Listen)

  When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
    but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

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Proverbs 21:1 (Listen)

21:1   The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD;
    he turns it wherever he will.

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Hosea 5:6 (Listen)

  With their flocks and herds they shall go
    to seek the LORD,
  but they will not find him;
    he has withdrawn from them.

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1 Samuel 8:5 (Listen)

and said to him, “Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.”

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1 Samuel 8:18–22 (Listen)

18 And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.”

19 But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, “No! But there shall be a king over us, 20 that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 21 And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the LORD. 22 And the LORD said to Samuel, “Obey their voice and make them a king.” Samuel then said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.”

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1 Samuel 8:7 (Listen)

And the LORD said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.

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Isaiah 5:20 (Listen)

20   Woe to those who call evil good
    and good evil,
  who put darkness for light
    and light for darkness,
  who put bitter for sweet
    and sweet for bitter!

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