Not too long ago, I saw several billboards going up in my area. I never found out who put them there, but they read, "If my people will humble themselves and pray, then I will heal their land.- 2 Chronicles 7:14" Every time I drive by this representation of what the Christian church in America is today I am reminded once again why I want no part in it and why I don't like to call myself a Christian. You may be a bit confused right now. Perhaps this will help clear things up...
This is what 2 Chronicles 7:14 actually says: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
Enlightened yet? Maybe this will help....
"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."-Revelation 22:18-19
If God is that serious about changing the words in the book of Revelation...would He not be just as serious about the rest of His Word? And if He is that serious about the whole of Scripture, how DARE we quote a verse for a whole city to see and leave out the key point? How DARE we lie about what the almighty God has declared?
This is the way the church has gone. Our pastors don't preach the truth anymore. It's their job to tickle our ears, keep us happy. Tell us just enough things to change that we can pretend we've been convicted, but never actually do anything about it. They teach a false Gospel that involves nothing more than saying a few words and being "in church" the rest of your life. You can live however you want because you have "freedom in Christ" and He understands and will never forsake you.
Christians don't know who Christ is anymore. They think that Christianity is just another religion (only it's the right one and we don't like people who disagree with us) and you know what? They are right. Christianity has nothing to do with Christ and everything to do with making people think that they're safe because they go to church and know all the right answers.
I don't have any idea who put that billboard up or what they were thinking. But the way they twisted that verse around puts words in God's mouth that were never there. He never said that all men had to do was be humble and pray and their land would be healed. No, He said that if men would "humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways" that then and only then would He heal their land.
Are there still Christians left in the Christian church? I believe yes, that there are a few left who are faithful. But the church as a whole is not only lost, but MORE lost than those who do not claim the name of Christ. I am standing here to speak a warning to the church in the U.S. Persecution is coming. It will not come the way many of us think that it will. No one will say that people are being persecuted for being a Christian. Christianity will probably always be legal in this country. No, they will throw in jail those who speak against evil and they will call it "hate speech". They will secretly put to death those "terrorists" who refuse to obey their laws because it violates the law of God.
May you be one of those who refuses to compromise. May you never deny Christ by your actions as you proclaim Him with your mouth.
"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches."-Revelation 3:16-22