A Nation In Crisis

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Isaiah 59:1-5 (­Program 2093, Air date 06.30.2013)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. One by one, the lights of decency are being blown out in America.
    2. 1 Samuel 8:18
    3. The prophet Isaiah warned a sinful nation that their sins had created a barrier between them and God so that He would not hear their prayers. 
      1. Isaiah 59:1-4
  1. THE SINS OF THE NATION DURING ISAIAH’S DAY
    1. Bloody hands 
      1. Isaiah 59:2-3
        1. America has bloody hands through the killing of pre-born babies.
        2. Since the 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade, America is now killing up to 4000 babies each day.
    2. Lying lips 
      1. Isaiah 59:3
        1. America is suffering from a decline in basic honesty.
        2. Matthew 5:37
    3. Wicked hearts 
      1. Isaiah 59:4
      2. Ecclesiastes 10:1
      3. Our society tells us that private morality can be disconnected from public service.
      4. In our society, public approval validates wrong behavior.
      5. James 5:12
      6. Isaiah 5:20  
  1. WHAT CAUSES THESE CONDITIONS?
    1. A diet of deception 
      1. Isaiah 59:5
      2. Lies and philosophies hatched out through the incubators of:
        1. Materialism
        2. Humanism
        3. New Ageism
        4. Liberalism
    2. A web of wickedness 
      1. Isaiah 59:5
        1. Pornography
        2. Drugs and alcohol
        3. Immorality
    3. The trashing of truth 
      1. Isaiah 59:12-15
        1. When you stand for truth and against the deception and wickedness, you become the bad guy in the eyes of many. 
          1. Isaiah 59:15
        2. There is a traffic jam - judgment, justice and equity cannot enter because truth is fallen in the streets. 
          1. Isaiah 59:14
      2. Truth is not dead, but it has fallen in America.
  1. THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUTH
    1. God refers to the Bible as the Word of Truth.
      1. Ephesians 1:13
    2. The Holy Spirit is referred to as the Spirit of Truth.
      1. John 14:17
    3. God describes Himself as truth.
      1. John 14:6
    4. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. 
      1. John 14:6
    5. The church is called the pillar and the ground of truth. 
      1. 1 Timothy 3:15
    6. The Apostle John said, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 
      1. 3 John 1:4
    7. The only way to defeat deception and wickedness is through truth.
  1. WE MUST REDEDICATE OURSELVES TO THE TRUTH
    1. John 17:17
    2. Proverbs 23:23
    3. John 8:32

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