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John UK wrote: But let me ask a question: God has commissioned his people to "preach the gospel to every creature"; if therefore his judgment is such as to remove this gospel, how does he accomplish this in the hearts of his obedient children?
The Lord's judgments are to accomplish a specific purpose. To remove the Gospel is to remove God's blessings and mercy. A nation without Gospel of life and promise of salvation is a barren and dark place. But this can have an effect in instructing the people. Remember the Lord has spoken of this terrible event before. Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
But God is merciful as well as just. "The shutting up the book of mercy is the opening the book of justice. (S.Charnock) Many churches today are very barren places as far as the Gospel is concerned, as you will be aware. In the west today there is a dearth of Gospel blessings and many barren pulpits. But thank the Lord He is merciful. Unless this is the end!
"At the time, the institute noted, ‚ÄúThis ruling ‚Ä¶ is deeply concerning. It reinforces the widely held perception that Christians are not afforded the same human rights as others.‚ÄĚ"
Thats precisely what Satan wants in the UK of Sodom and Gomorrah. Christianity is gradually being marginalised until one day it becomes unacceptable to western society. And we are proceeding in that direction. The battle is a spiritual one and the reprobates cannot see the truth, and Satan and sin blinds them to God and Biblical life in Christ. Their future is eternal hell but without the Gospel and the Holy Spirit depravity and sin runs their life, thinking, morals and decisions. The puritan Stephen Charnock (1628-80) writes of "the removal of the Gospel and unchurching of a nation is the greatest judgment." Sound familiar of today?