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Hurricanes, The Wrath of God and the Safety of Oregon

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What??? You do not get to smear entire states and then pretend you did not just do it! David Servant now acts like he did not earlier ask why God would send this hurricane! He has now concluded that God sent the hurricane to kill the sinners and test the saints to help out those who were devastated while in the same breath admitting the Bible forbids him from making such judgments. Beloved, the rest of the article deals with the mercy of God but that message is lost amidst the accusations leveled against God. What people like David Servant forget is that the things of God remain foolishness to those who are perishing. It does not matter if a hurricane comes that devastates a state. It will not change the biblical truth that those who are not saved will continue to view the things of God as foolishness. Just read the key verses for today. This is from Revelation and describes the response of the unsaved to the trumpet judgments! This includes locusts with the power of scorpions and a third of mankind perishing! Yet they did not repent! Yet some think a hurricane will force repentance? Romans 1 teaches us that only the Gospel has the power of God unto the salvation of man. Only the Gospel can save someone. Mercifully, Servant concludes:

"Finally, will the pastors, preachers and prophets in America rise to the occasion to courageously proclaim the truth? Or will they actually work against Christ and assist Satan in what he specializes in--spreading lies about himself and God? God has just roared at America one more time. Will His spokespersons now remain silent? Or worse, will they say that God has not roared? Who will proclaim what the Bible repeatedly declares from cover to cover? Who will love people enough tell them the truth? Who will seek the approval of God rather than the approval of men? Who will be truly seeker-sensitive, that is, sensitive to the One who came to seek and save the lost, and who died in His passion to save them from hell? Who will cry out, like Isaiah of old, Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger, they are estranged and backward. Why should you be beaten again, that you revolt more and more? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint (Isa. 1:4-5, emphasis added)." -- David Servant

God has not roared at America beloved. Two hurricanes hit the country. If you want to find a better culprit perhaps the church should stop challenging the overwhelming evidence of global warming. It is only fitting that Servant misuses Isaiah to conclude. Isaiah is speaking of course to the nation of Israel, all of whom are God's people. You cannot take that verse and make it prescriptive for the United States, which is most assuredly not Israel. This is the same error always made by the NAR and dominionists. It really is s shame because David Servant dances around the real truth the entire article. It is the church that is being called to repentance. It is the church that must turn from its wicked ways. The church in America is the source of nearly all the heresies infecting the world today and keeping millions from eternal life. Does the world need to repent? Absolutely but that is accomplished only through the preaching of the uncompromised Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not by vaguely associating God with every natural disaster and then finding some relevant sin issue in the affected area to place the blame upon. Can God decide to send hurricanes, tornadoes and lightning? Of course He is God. That doesn't mean He does or He has. I agree with Servant that the entire Gospel needs to be proclaimed and repentance is a key message in the Gospel. We can either follow the Bible and realize the church needs to step up and be the church again or we can assume every natural disaster is a divine beat down. In which case we can all move to Oregon.

Reverend Anthony Wade -- September 15, 2017

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