SHOULDN’T PROPHETS JUDGE THE WORLD AND THE CHURCH?
I am not sure why so many “prophets” do not believe that God is judging America or to take it even further, the American Church. Why not judge? In a rising prophetic culture where everything must be positive and politically correct, why not prophesy judgment? In fact, can someone point me to a wicked nation in history, a nation marred by sin, that God hasn’t judged, somehow, some way?
How Much Sin Is Too Much Sin?
Here’s a question for you: How did God deal with His people in the Old Testament when they did not respond to His voice? I’ll save you the study: sixteen times in the Old Testament, love and truth are wrapped together in a bundle. If the people responded to the voice of God in repentance and love—He would keep His love for thousands of generations and forgive their iniquity, transgressions and sins. God’s lovingkindness in the Old Testament was reserved for those who responded rightly to His truth. But to those that refused His truth, they also forsook His love and they by all means were not left unpunished. (Exodus 34:7)
God’s dealings with His people under the Old Covenant were entirely dependent upon their response to the truth of His word. To those that hated God, He would visit the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation. To those who loved Him and kept His commands, He would show His loving-kindness towards them.
If this is how God dealt with humanity under the Old Covenant, according to how they responded to His truth and words, how then does He deal with His people under the New Covenant? Is there any type of judgment reserved for not only unbelievers who hate him, but also believers in Christ who forsake His commandments and stray from the path?
Wake Up, Judgment Is Here
In 1 Corinthians chapter 11: 29-32 Paul says, “For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself, if he does not judge the body rightly. For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. But if we judged ourselves rightly, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord in order that we may not be condemned along with the world.”
Paul is sharing with the believers at Corinth that if they do not partake of the Lord’s supper out of having judged their own hearts and motives rightly, then God Himself would judge them and that His judgment is His discipline for their lives.
God is portrayed under the New Covenant as One who disciplines His children, as any good father will do diligently. On multiple occasions in the New Testament, the Father Himself is the disciplinarian in His Family of sons. In fact, in Hebrews 12:5-11, He instructs believers to not take His discipline lightly, and not to faint when reproved by Him, because “those whom He loves He disciplines and He scourges every son whom He receives.” In this passage the writer equates the discipline of the Father as both the proof of His Fatherhood and the proof of our being His sons! Mature sons acknowledge both of these realities, while sons who still live out of an orphan-heart view any idea of being disciplined as somehow being rejected by God. In both 1 Corinthians 11 and Hebrews 12, discipline is considered a type of judgment that God releases upon the lives of believers when they do not respond to Him in a way that pleases Him.
When the post-resurrected Jesus spoke to the believers at Laodicea, He said to them in Revelation 3:19, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.” The same Greek word for “judgment” in 1 Corinthians 11 is the same word here for discipline. In other words Jesus said, “Those whom I love I rebuke and judge.”
The question before us is this: How has America and the American Church responded to the voice of God and how have they received His prophets? It’s one thing to embrace words full of encouragement, revival, and hope, but what about words of judgement, correction and rebuke? Are all these themes: revival, judgment, encouragement, and rebuke not all found in the same God? Can He not release prophets who prophesy judgment and revival to America simultaneously? Historically, has revival not preceded judgment time and time again? (2 Kings 23)
Judgment is New Covenant
I have been called everything from a “doomsday prophet” to a man full of “fear and punishment” toward America and the American Church, simply because I refuse to believe that God doesn’t judge His children and the world. Two types of judgment yes. One is redemptive (believers) and the other is destructive (unbelievers) but nonetheless, God is still the Judge. I’ve often been rejected by many well known prophets who believe everything has to be positive and politically correct. I’m convinced many of them are afraid of people finding out who God really is, so they do their best PR job on Him. They simply cannot fathom a jealous Father who disciplines, rebukes, and corrects His children as a demonstration of His love for them. They welcome words of revival, hope, and awakening, and categorically reject words of rebuke, judgment, and national calls for fasting and repentance. My question is this: Why not both!?
In some prophetic circles, there is such an emphasis and focus being placed on the goodness and kindness of God, that anything in any prophetic word that even remotely speaks of God the Father’s ability to bring correction and rebuke as His discipline (judgement) to His people’s lives is categorically rejected. Warnings, cautions, and anything considered negative is thrown out the window as not being part of New Covenant prophecy.
In other prophetic circles, there is such an emphasis being placed on the judgment and correction of God, that any word that remotely speaks of God’s desire as Father to bring healing and restoration to His people is categorically rejected. Prophetic words filled with hope, destiny, and promise of awakening are thrown out the window because God is now fed up with the sin of the people.
I see a new prophetic generation rising in the earth who will not only know God the Father as a good and kind God, but also a God and Father who judges those He loves. I see indescribable beauty and testimonies too numerous to count as these messengers travel the earth rebuking and correcting one and releasing the Father’s goodness and kindness to another. You won’t have to worry, because to them, they are still representing the same loving Father regardless of how He chooses to manifest Himself.
Pass the Pepper
It’s easy to quote a verse like John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” but forget to read on to verse 36 where it says, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains (currently and continually) on them. Yes, God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to grant eternal life, but His judgement is currently and continually upon all those who reject the Son as Lord and Savior
Or how about the famous verse found Romans 2:4, …”The kindness of God leads us toward repentance.” But what about the next verse? When was the last time you heard verse 4 mentioned in the same breath as verse 5? It says, “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.”
Isn’t it easiy to twist and bend Scriptures to make prophetic doctrines and theologies that don’t capture the full council of God? Isn’t it easy to prophesy the kindness and goodness of God without prophesying His justness and severity? Isn’t it way easier to convince people that God is in a good mood all the time and is totally happy and pleased with America and the American Church than it is to tell them that God loves America and the American Church too much to leave them the way that He found them?
Is God judging America? Yes He is! Is God judging His church? Yes, He is! Is God being merciful to America? Yes He is! Is God being merciful to His church? Yes, He Is!
Is the same God who judges not also the same God who loves? I know one thing for sure and it’s this: God will never promise blessing, prosperity, and hope to a nation, individual, or church that does not walk according to biblical principles. It violates His character and nature and I don’t care what any “prophet” says otherwise.
When you decide how America is living and what the current state of the American Church is in 2015, then you will be able to biblically discern whether God is judging us and if He has called prophets to declare it.
I see a new prophetic generation rising in the earth who are not only capable of releasing incredible words of hope, destiny, and healing, but they are also trained and do not shrink back in releasing words of correction, rebuke, judgment, and calls for repentance. The need for this has never been greater!
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