Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord . And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: “O Lord , the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. Incline your ear, O Lord , and hear; open your eyes, O Lord , and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. Truly, O Lord , the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. So now, O Lord our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Lord , are God alone.” (2 Kings 19:14-19 ESV)
Pastor Tim Dilena from Times Square Church in Manhattan delivers a most timely message that every Christian, every Church, and every Pastor across the globe needs to listen to and take heed:
Just after I listened to Pastor Dilena’s message, I received the following letter from Franklin Graham, speaking of a most urgent issue, that can literally tighten the noose around the neck of Christianity in America.
Whether or not this law passes the Senate this time around (it only passed Congress and not the Senate in 2019), the hostile forces against Christianity will not stop until they gain more and more ground. The world is trying to tell us that preaching against sinful lifestyles is a hate crime. In reality it is a hate crime not to. At the heart of the Gospel is the ability to preach against sin, exposing the need for repentance. To stifle the ability to preach against sin is to cut the very legs out of true Christianity:
Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:37-38 ESV)
Fellow Christians, this past year has been most trying for most people across the world. It seems God is allowing everything that can be shaken to begin to be shaken. God is calling us into a deeper Christianity. In America, God has already removed the presidential idol so many Christians had put too much faith into. Let each of us fall to our knees like never before. Let us take to heart the following verse where Paul is reminding us that we need to go even deeper than having the idols removed from our lives. Paul warns us that even the things that we may be practicing that are lawful may have to be removed because even if they are technically legal, they may not be spiritually healthy for us:
Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims. (1 Corinthians 6:12 MSG)
In short my fellow Christians, we are being called to a higher ground now, in preparation for the persecution that is coming very very soon. The Covid-19 shutdowns and restrictions are only a foothold.