Revival Blog 81
Articles appear on my personal Face Book page without warning or invitation! In recent weeks, BBC Wales News has reported several articles on the LGBT scene in Wales.
As a child growing up in Wales, the British Broadcasting Service (BBC) was viewed as the bastion of a family-centric network with high moral values. Sadly, today it has stooped to an all-time low and is giving air time to activities which are directly opposed to the Word of God.
As an example, the BBC reported on August 11, 2018 of the First Pride Event which will take place in a small town in the Vale of Glamorgan called LLantwit Major. In an interview, the organizer Rhodri Ellis Owen shares what to expect at this event including a lesbian choir, bi, trans women, non-binary people (also referred to as genderqueer i.e. neither masculine or feminine), burlesque-style dancers and a disco hosted by a ‘drag’ performer. What cuts deep into my heart is that LLantwit Major is only 38 miles away from Loughor which was the epi-center of the 1904 revival with Evan Roberts. The organizer commented during the interview that the local church also wanted to be involved and supports this event!
As I write this blog, I feel the heart of God grieving for the people of Wales and how quickly sin has spread like a cancer. Here in the US, same-sex marriage was initially established on a state-by-state basis, expanding from one state in 2004 to thirty-six states in 2015, when, on June 26, 2015, same-sex marriage was established in all fifty states as a result of a landmark civil rights ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States. Same-sex marriage is also referred to as gay marriage.
There is a saying that we should always learn from history as it has a habit of recurring, and yet the events in Genesis 18 and 19 regarding the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah seems to have been forgotten. There is a price to pay for sin and God will not always strive with man, therefore I feel a witness in my spirit that God’s judgement is like a saucepan of boiling milk which is just about to boil over. This is why it is so important for preachers to preach under the anointing of the Holy Spirit the whole canon of scripture that sin is sin and only the blood of Jesus can wash away that sin through the cross.
Preachers need to be reminded to preach without compromise because we live in dark, evil days and as we are often reminded in Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”.
Recently I was preaching from 2 Chronicles Chapter 32 how Hezekiah, King of Judah handled Sennacherib, King of Assyria who began a series of major campaigns in 701 BC. King Sennacherib turned towards the cities in the west which resulted in Hezekiah having to face the potential invasion of Judah. What is interesting is in 2 Chronicles 32:20, King Hezekiah did not turn to Egypt for support but he and the Prophet Isaiah the Son of Amoz prayed and cried to heaven, and God heard their prayer. In v21 we read that the Lord sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valor, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the King of Assyria. So, Sennacherib returned with shame on his face to his own land.
As we continue this prayer defense, please pray specifically for the clergy that they may encourage their congregations to seek the Lord for Revival. Every blessing, Martin (14 August, 2018).