God showed the Prophet Amos the vision of a plumb line in His hand and said to him, “Behold I am setting a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel” (Amos 7:7-9). The king and the people had chosen their own standard as to who is God; their worship life was but a farce without repentance (5:2-24); their sex life followed their own lusts (2:7); they hated the one who rebukes in the gate and abhor the one who speaks uprightly (5:10), and they enriched themselves at the expense of the poor (5:10-11). They were like a builder erecting a leaning wall. A plumb line will show them that the wall must be torn town. That plumb line is Word of God.
The leaning wall which Israel and its king were erecting, the nation and its people, was torn down. As Amos foretold (7:11), they were taken into captivity never to return.
The standard of right and wrong, or the determining of who is God, when left to the Supreme Court, to the scientists, or the inventions of our own intellect, will produce a leaning wall fit only to be destroyed. The plumb line of God’s Word reveals that this nation is a leaning wall. God pleads, “Seek Me, and live” (5:4-9). This plumb line can be found at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
God ordered His people before they entered the promised land: “You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt…and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you” (Leviticus 8:3). They were not to engage in incest, in same sex relations, and in sacrificing their children to the god, Molech, “lest the land vomit you out also…as it vomited out the nations that were before you” (18:28). What was common practice, and legal, was not right in the eyes of God.
Many Christians are guilty of regarding what is common practice and legal as if that would make it right in the eyes of God. Because a majority of the population engages in sex relations before and apart from marriage, many who call themselves Christians do the same. Now that the Supreme Court has “legalized” same sex “marriage”, many will see nothing wrong with same-sex relations. Since the sacrificing of one’s children (abortion) to the god of lust (Molech) can no longer be forbidden by the states, the 55 million children sacrificed since 1973 include the children of many who are Christian in name. “Let no one deceive you with empty words,” the Bible warns, “for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience” (Eph. 5:6).
Let it be said of you, “And such were some of you, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God (1 Cor. 6:9-11). Hear this message of repentance and forgiveness at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.
“Of this they are willingly ignorant” (2 Peter 3:5). The Apostle Peter goes on to speak of the flood that once covered the entire earth. Not only does he refer to the Biblical account in Genesis 6-9, but also the geological evidence: Fossilized tree trunks piercing several strata of earth, the obvious amassing of huge drifts of forest wood and the pressure of rapid burial producing coal, the fossils found in higher elevations. The Apostle recognized this “ignorance” as an attempt to avoid thinking of a judgment to come. The “big bang theory” and the purported billions of years is also an attempt to evade the warning of the final judgment. For the unbeliever it is unthinkable to admit that canyons, fossils, and the strata of the earth could be formed in a matter of days, and that the earth could be rather young after all.
Just because lies are repeated, or placed in scientific text books, does not make them true. God’s truth warns us, “The coming of the Son of Man will be as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know (they were willingly ignorant; Noah had warned them) until the flood came and took them all away” (Matt. 24:37-39). Heed the warning and join with the people of Peace Lutheran Church in repentance. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.