Reblogged from Saved by Grace…

It is an election year, and of course, candidates are pointing fingers and blaming each other, or past administrations for the downward spiral of America. But who’s really to blame? Is it the Republicans or the Democrats? Neither…America’s downfall can be traced to the majority of Americans and their rallying around sin and condoning it; sin like murdering the unborn, which MacArthur speaks out against here.

Ungodly leadership is a reflection of the status of a nation and its people. It isn’t as though one political party is above the other, however, it seems the Democratic Party has built their platform on wickedness; like wholeheartedly backing the murder of the unborn as well as condoning and applauding sodomy. Is this the type of leadership America wants? It would appear so. Dr. John MacArthur recently preached two excellent sermons on the platform the Democratic Party stands on, this does NOT mean MacArthur endorses either party. I want to share some excerpts from his sermon entitled ‘homosexuality and the campaign for immorality’, which I have previously posted here. MacArthur speaks of a downward progression of sin, based on Romans 1. Many of you may be familiar with his ‘a nation abandoned by God’ sermon that is based on the same chapter. The first step in the downward progression is a sexual revolution, which he points out that we had in the 60’s. The second step is widespread homosexuality; as MacArthur states, ‘when God abandons a nation or a culture under His wrath, there will be a sexual revolution followed by a homosexual revolution. And we are living in this very condition.’ That is followed by a third step; I’ll quote John from his sermon, ‘ “God gave them over to a depraved mind,” that’s a mind that doesn’t function, that can’t think right. So life becomes filled with unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil, envy, murder, and we talked about that last week, the massive murder of millions and millions of unborn infants in the womb that is carried on in our country and around the world.

Also characteristic of this depraved mind is they become haters of God, haters of God. We’re living in the outpouring of the wrath of God in the category of His abandoning a culture, and we’re living in the sequence that is here–a sexual revolution, a homosexual revolution, a reprobate mind that unleashes everything, including murder on a massive scale, and hate toward God.’

So where does politics  fit in? Here’s MacArthur’s next statement, “It was shocking to me a few weeks ago, as I said last Sunday, to see that these very things that God hates and that bring down God’s judgment were affirmed as part of the Democratic Party platform. Open sex with government-provided contraception, murder of babies in wombs, God left out of the platform, and homosexual behavior even, advocating homosexual marriage–an oxymoron, since that’s impossible.

Now, all of a sudden, not only is this characteristic of our nation, but we now promote it. One of the parties, the Democratic Party, has now made Romans 1, the sins of Romans 1, their agenda. What God condemns, they affirm. What God punishes, they exalt. Shocking, really. The Democratic Party has become the anti-God party, the sin-promoting party. By the way, there are seventy-two million registered Democrats in this country who have identified themselves with that party and maybe they need to rethink that identification {emphasis mine}. I know from last week’s message that there was some response from people who said, “Why are you getting political?” Romans 1 is not politics. The Bible is not politics. This has nothing to do with politics. This has to do with speaking the Word of God through the culture in which we live. It has nothing to do with politics. It’s not about personalities; it’s about iniquity and judgment. And why do we say this? Because this must be recognized for what it is–sin, serious sin, damning sin, destructive sin.

Why is this such a big issue to MacArthur? The same reason it should be a huge issue to you and me…because of what’s coming. As I read John’s sermon, I asked myself this, ‘are we better than the Roman Empire?’ Once more, we turn to MacArthur’s sermon, ‘Writers about ancient history say this is one of the major contributors to the decline of the Roman Empire–that Nero, by the way, was emperor when Paul wrote 1 Corinthians–and Nero had a little boy that he had castrated and he had a full wedding and married this little boy and took him as his wife. The little boy’s name is Sporus. He was blatant. It was advocated. Paul’s world wasn’t any different than ours, and he confronted it as sin because that’s the only hope the homosexual has–to see the sin for what it is and to find grace in Christ. Leviticus chapter 18, just further understanding of this, verse 22, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it’s an abomination.” It’s an abomination to dress like the opposite sex. It’s an abomination to have some kind of sex change, altering of your body. It’s an abomination to have a relationship with someone of the same sex. “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” And it’s right alongside having intercourse with an animal, with an animal–bestiality. “Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is perversion.” That’s the level of this perversion. Just like a woman having a relationship with an animal. And the land, he says, will be defiled. Don’t defile yourself, verse 24. “For by all these the nations which I’m casting out before you have become defiled.” There’s Romans 1. That’s why that judgment comes, because of these kinds of perversions. God abandons and then judges nations. I don’t know how much time America has left, I really don’t. But we’re on a course described here as God casting us out. The land has become defiled. “I’ve brought its punishment upon it,” verse 25, “so the land has spewed out its inhabitants.

Isaiah knew sodomy was all around them, a part of life in Assyria, a part of life in Babylon, a part of life in Egypt. In fact there was much about homosexuality among the pharaohs. It took a while, it took about 150 years, but all of this kind of seeped in and what destroyed Sodom would destroy Judah. And later it would destroy Greece, and later it would destroy Rome. This is always a deadly sin, and always a defining sin, and always a damning sin.’

(This is probably my favorite part of this sermon…SBG)

‘We get all caught up in the politics of this election. That isn’t the issue. There are things vastly more important than that, than personalities. It’s about whether this society exists in the future at all, as we know it. The land is so defiled, God will spew it out. First He abandons it, and then He destroys it.’

May we never forget the warning found in Jude’s epistle, ‘ just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. ‘

This abomination has been downplayed by society, as MacArthur points out, ‘American Psychiatric Association declassified sodomy as a sickness, and now it’s not only acceptable, but it’s advocated. This is where we are and this is on the brink of judgment. This is on the brink of judgment.’

What should really be jaw-dropping is what MacArthur directs our attention to near the end of his sermon, ‘Romans 1 ends this way in verse 32, “although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do them, but they give hearty approval to those who practice them.”Really? You’re gonna give “hearty approval” to that. “Hearty approval,” suneudokeo in the Greek, suneudokeo. The word eudokeo means “to be pleased with, to think something is good, to give consent to,” and suneudokeomeans “to give collective consent.” It’s an intense word, to join in being well-pleased. Unimaginable that American leadership and people would join together in giving hearty approval to the destructive, deadly, damning sin of homosexuality.’

What is the ‘hot topic’ this election year? The economy, the unemployment rate; granted, these are important issues. But don’t you think God would restore our economy if FIRST America would see her sins and repent? How can this be when sin is condoned and applauded; excused and re-defined? Unfortunately, it may well be we’ve reached the point of no return, which is why we should all be wondering right along with MacArthur…how much time do we have left?