Americans are generally an optimistic people. As committed Christians, we have every reason to be hopeful about the long term future because of God’s plan for redemption and eternal life for those who are redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
But the coming years may be unlike any we have experienced in this nation and within the Christian Church in America. Economic uncertainty; growing hatred of God and His Word; and an increasingly suffocating government do not bode well for our nation. Could 2016 be the year where God allows our actions and disobedience against Him to come home to roost?
This morning we are joined by holocaust survivor Anita Dittman, who will point out some parallels she sees between Hitler’s rise to power and the increasing power of the state in America in the 21st century. We’ll also take a look ahead to what we think might be in store for our nation and the church in America.
Sometimes God permits difficult things in our lives that become something wonderful. -Anita Dittman
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:15-17
Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:5-9