Why Lies Prevail in Our Nation

A Message From The Stream's Founder

By James Robison Published on May 19, 2017

I find myself joining the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah in his heartfelt concern and great compassion for his nation. He said of Israel, “Oh that my head were waters and my eyes a fountain of tears that I could weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people.” Later in Lamentations, he asked those in Jerusalem, his nation’s capital city, “Is it nothing to you who pass by? And see all our little ones led away captive by the adversary.”

The “adversary” is the deceiver, who is the father of all lies. He is at work today as he was in Jeremiah’s day. This matters very much to me, because the unconditional love of our Father in heaven fills my heart.

The Midst of Deceit

The hour is very late, but not yet too late. Let’s join together on our face in prayer, asking God for the next great awakening.

As Jesus looked over Jerusalem, knowing they were facing certain desolation, He cried out, “Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem. How I long for you to return to the shelter and shadow of the Almighty like chicks to the wings of the hen.” I share His broken heart as I look over our nation today. We should all run in brokenness and humility to receive the mercy and grace God freely offers — or the desolation and destruction will come with tsunami-like effect. We will be brought down without the security and shelter only the shadow of the Lord freely offers.

Listen to Jeremiah describe the conditions in his day, echoing the heart of God:

All are adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men. They bend their tongue like a bow. Lies and not truth prevail in the land for they proceed from evil to evil and do not know Me, declares the Lord. Let everyone be on guard against his neighbor. Do not trust any brother because every brother deals craftily and every neighbor goes about as a slanderer. Everyone deceives his neighbor and does not speak the truth. They have taught their tongue to speak lies… Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit. Through deceit they refuse to know me, declares the Lord.

The “father of lies” is also the “accuser of the brethren.” Rest assured, he will never stop lying, and he will never stop accusing.

Why do these lies prevail in our nation, while the people are ruined and laid waste like a desert? God answers, “Because they have forsaken My laws which I set before them and have not obeyed My voice, nor walked according to it. They have walked after the stubbornness of their heart.”

The hour is very late, but not yet too late. Let’s join together on our face in prayer, asking God for the next great awakening.

A Charge to Our Shepherds

Jeremiah spoke a very clear word concerning the shepherds, the spiritual leaders: “The shepherds have become stupid. They have not sought the Lord, therefore they have not prospered and all their flock is scattered.” Sad, but too often true!

I pray church leaders will respond like Jeremiah when he said, “I found your words and ate them and your words became a joy and the light of my heart.”

Through His prophet, God continues, “Many shepherds have ruined my vineyard. They have trampled down my field and made my pleasant field a wilderness. It’s been made a desolation. Desolate it mourns before me. The whole land has been made desolate because no one lays it to heart.”

“There is no peace for anyone because the shepherds have sown wheat and have reaped thorns. They strained themselves to no profit. Be ashamed of your harvest because of the fierce anger of the Lord.”

Much of the responsibility for what is wrong in our nation rests on the shoulders of pastors, priests and Christians who have failed to be faithful witnesses for God’s Kingdom. We have not had the life-preserving, protecting aspect of salt that has not lost its savor. Too often, the light of God’s love and glory has been hidden under cover by religious compromise, comfort and convenience, and we’ve failed to expose error and evil, and illuminate the way to the blessings God offers.

I pray church leaders will respond like Jeremiah when he said, “I found your words and ate them and your words became a joy and the light of my heart.” God then spoke to him as He would to all of us as believers and all shepherds, all pastors, priests, and political leaders and individuals who will do what He says.

If you return, then I will restore you and before Me you will stand. If you extract the precious from the worthless, you will become my spokesman [my witness]. They for their part may turn to you, but as for you, you must not turn to them. Then I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze and though they fight against you, they will not prevail over you. I am with you to save you and deliver you, declares the Lord. I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked and I will redeem you from the grasp of the violent.

What a glorious promise! This is the promise concerning the same God the prophet Isaiah exalted when he challenged us to rise and soar like eagles, “They will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”

Return to God! All readers, shepherds, leaders, believers, repent as did the prodigal son, and return to the joy found in the presence of our Father, and we can experience what Joel said, “Watch Him make up for the years the enemy has destroyed,” and you will again be fruitful in spirit, truth, indescribable blessings, prosperity and opportunity.

God will not only be blessing America, but America will be blessing God and our neighbors!

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  • Christian Cowboy

    Thank you

  • epsilon53

    AMEN!

  • davidrev17

    Amen brother Robison; even though the truth’s about which you’re speaking, so penetratingly, and quite ominously seem to reveal certain spiritual historical parallels & patterns existing between God’s everlasting blood-covenant people, the Jews, and their “promised land,” national/political Israel.

    And I must emphasize that I’ve personally viewed this scripturally compelling situation, through that omniscient “lens” of which our Lord Jesus had spoken, namely “to whom much has been given, of them will all the more be required.” So my heartfelt prayer has been oriented around the hope that perhaps this United States of America hasn’t quite yet positioned themselves squarely, in the crosshairs of the “God of the Nation’s” judgment during this period of redemptive history.

    After all, I realize this country is not a Theocracy, but our Godless immoral laws, particularly in public policy (i.e., abortion, same-sex-related initiatives etc.) have been premised upon this government’s strictly NON-theistic philosophy of Secular Humanism, a.k.a. philosophical naturalism, and thus betray a plausible causal relationship to the pervasive moral anarchy on display here, day-in, and day-out.

    On top of that, America’s entire scientific curricula disseminated throughout its public education systems, has been fideistically centered upon Charles Darwin’s now-falsified “Designer Substitute” (can you say Godless?) of mutations & natural selection for several decades now; and whose state-sponsored methods of ceaselessly pronounding this naturalistic philosophy, has since effectively indoctrinated untold millions of highly impressionable young minds into the NON-existence of the Creator God of the Bible.

    Or said another way: NATURE itself, IS presumed to be mankind’s creator under this ideology; as in our emergence & existence here on planet earth “representing nothing more than a cosmic accident,” or a “curious accident in a backwater.” Sound authentically biblical to anyone?

    So let’s see now: “God Bless America”?? Whose god? What god? Just what would this NON-existent, imaginary god’s name be anyway? And just how would this imaginary God – so disparagingly characterized and/or dismissively portrayed throughout our culture as the “Flying Spaghetti Monster,” “Sky-Wizard,” or the “Tooth-Fairy” – be at all relevant to a large majority of its plurastically inclined unbelieving citizens; let alone to His professing “Body” of saints, of whom look like they’ve gone AWOL, for several decades now??

    I just don’t see how this long-term pattern of the wholly idolatrous “creature,” continuing to worship, or exalt his/her self – “instead of the Creator, who is blessed forevermore” – can continue to go on much longer, UN-checked from Heaven. I’ve been wondering of late if YHWH has actually been thinking the same thoughts toward this country’s faithful interceding saints, that He frighteningly declared to His “single” ordained prophet Jeremiah – before finally unleashing His fierce wrath & judgment upon His “everlasting blood-covenant” people Israel:

    “As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you.” (Jeremiah 7:16)

    • stan schmunk

      James cavorts with Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel heretics and 7 Mountain folks, all of whom are heretics. James is a big part of the problem. I do thank you for the verse you included. I think we passed that point a long time ago. We are far, far more sinful than Israel ever could have dreamed.

      • Patmos

        You make a strong case, except that you make no case at all, instead opting to spit venom instead.

        • stan schmunk

          It’s not venom, it’s truth. Don’t you know how to recognize false teachers? Don’t you know how evil our country is? Israel is still one of the most evil nations in the world. They still reject the Saviour, have one of the most liberal abortion policies in the world, Tel Aviv boasts that it’s the gayest city in the world and Jerusalem has gay pride parades.

  • missy

    Good article James with a dire warning to all of us that we need to pay attention to and act on NOW to prevent an implosion. The very foundation of traditional mainstay biblical principles God laid out for all of us to live an abundant life have been shattered and crumbled in our modern day society because individually and collectively the body of the Church for the most part have rebelled against God and permitted and allowed the erosion and elimination of the stable Christian values we used to live by to happen….with hardly a whimper or protest from the Church. The body of the Church is accepting things God rejects and the bombardment of the deceits and lies in our culture (subtle brainwashing from the lying liberal media) is influencing the Church and the Church is not influencing the culture. We’re so pc and apathetic, we don’t want to offend the sinner and that is keeping them comfortable. God help the shepherds and the body of the Church come together for a great awakening and fill us with wisdom and strength to overcome and stand up for your Truth in the days ahead. Psalm 100:3 ‘know ye, that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture’

    • stan schmunk

      This is nothing new. Only 2 of the 7 churches in the Revelation escaped rebuke and the Church ar Corinth was an unholy mess. Jesus wondered if there would be any faith on Earth when he returned. And Peter said that the church would be judged first and it would be severe.

  • Almost 2 weeks ago, I visited a Baptist church in my area. The church had an enormous sanctuary that it could no longer afford to use, because of the expense involved with turning on the lights in it, the congregation having dwindled so terribly much. Instead, they meet in a much smaller chapel in the same building. During the pastor’s sermon, I got a glimpse of the reasoning behind their slide in population. The pastor referred to “our misguided, fundamentalist brothers” during his sermon, and it occurred to me: if you think striving seriously to follow the fundamentals of the faith is misguided, then what in the world are you doing in ANYONE’S pulpit, much less having your own? I do not plan to return.

    I fear the vast majority of congregations in our once great nation suffer the very same affliction as does the one I visited. The sheep are scattered because their shepherd is blind.

    • Patmos

      I wonder if that pastor even knows that Jesus was and is a fundamentalist.

      • stan schmunk

        No he wasn’t but the Pharisees were.

        • Patmos

          “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” -Matthew 5:18

          “But he answered and said unto them (the Pharisees), Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?” -Matthew 15:3

          Whoops! Looks like you’re twisted around. Might want to straighten that out.

          The Pharisees were fundamental, in their own liberal interpretation of God’s word.

          This is pretty basic stuff. Not sure how you could miss it by so much.

        • Nels

          See Matthew 22:35-40. That’s Jesus laying out the fundamentals of the Hebrew faith. Jesus was a fundamentalist, and that’s the fundament.

          • stan schmunk

            In the sense that American fundamentalists became legalists over time, Jesus was an evangelical. American fundamentalists became more like Pharisees over time which is why evangelicalism popped up in the late 1940s. Fundamentalists were like the church at Ephesus, holding tight to doctrine but lacking in love. They certainly did not reflect Matt; 22:35-40.

          • Nels

            If you have become a legalist, you have abandoned the fundamentals of Christianity, which are “Love God and love your neighbor,” and “Salvation through faith in Christ alone, and not by works.” I realize we are quibbling over semantics.

      • James

        Can fundamentalists trace the history of their church back to the time of Jesus?

    • stan schmunk

      But what was his point about fundamentalists? Was it doctrinal, cultural?

  • Patmos

    Taken from Romans 1:
    “I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
    For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.
    For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith.”

    All the way to the end of Jude:
    “And of some have compassion, making a difference:
    And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

    The epistles provide perhaps the best glimpse into bearing witness, and how to proceed in this fallen world. For Jesus was sent to the Jews to be rejected and killed, while Paul and the rest were sent out to the world.

    Remember too that Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world,” and that, “I will go and prepare a place for you.”

    If people love the darkness of this world, they have their reward. No real sense in losing sleep over that. His sheep hear his voice.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Yeah, it’s taken over 200 years for what perhaps began as a trickle & now appears to be a torrent of compromise in some sectors of the American “church’ . On the other hand, never has there been in the history of this nation a greater opportunity for inquiring hearts & minds to find truth. The knowledge of God, His grace & His prescription for pleasing Him have at no time in our nations history been so available to so many. Sure, that is not to say that some “listeners” have not understood & in their haste or immaturity have created a theology that conforms to their convenience rather than the character God requires of them to bear the fruit that seed sown was intended to produce. Seems to me that regarding the Gospel, to quote a Mr Dickens; “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times ..” This nation also has been “A Tale of Two Cities”. Those that Hear the word & do it & those that don’t ….

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