Sermon delivered November 7, 1998

by Pastor Donald J Gettys

McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church

McDonald, Tennesse

Quotations from the Bible are from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.

Immoral Morality

II Timothy 3:1,2 There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy....

Unless you are Rip Vanwinkle's first cousin, you have noticed an unprecedented downward avalanche of morals. Take President Clinton and his sinful behavior as one example. People think: "As long as he keeps the economy strong it is nobody's business what he does in his private life."

During the height of the Starr investigation with its shocking bombshells, Clinton's public approval rating soared to near seventy percent. This tells me that America's greatest problem is not in the White House but in our house. Seventy percent of us approve the sinful behavior our leader... Conduct that is too repulsive to be aired on the evening news.

Revelation 13:11 (describes the quality of United States of America) Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.

America eventually sheds it's Christlike nature and speaks with the forked tongue of the devil. This nation descends into sin and tyranny. When any nation falls to what we are seeing, its future is dark and God's judgments are certain to fall.

America now includes gay marriages in the definition of a family. The ten commandments have been removed from public buildings. Moral Anarchy rules in our classrooms. Youngsters are being sent home from school for praying over their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The moral glue which once held America together has given way to lawlessness and flagrant wickedness.

Ephesians 5:5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater--has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

The greatest want in the world is for conscientious, honorable, clean, ethical, honest, God-fearing people who are upright, proper, virtuous and totally surrendered to God: A moral, pure, noble, and wholesome people. He wants to restore His divine image in His children.

Phillipians 2:15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe! Notice the Co-Existence here! At the time of greatest wickedness, God's followers shine the brightest. We live in a crooked and depraved generation. God longs for His children to shine like the stars in contrast to the gross darkness of the wicked. Acts 2:40 He plead with them - - "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation."

Our generation is unquestionably evil. It is the policy of many schools to distribute condoms to young children. Many school textbooks teach that homosexuality is a legitimate alternative lifestyle.

What is the result? The percentage of American children born out of wedlock in 1960 was five percent. In 1991 it had soared to thirty percent. -- ABC News "Nightline," 10/10/94.

Each of us are surrounded with fallen immoral examples. But we don't have to be like the world. Jesus can help us rise above it.

EPHESIANS 2:1-6 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved. -- But Grace never justifies evil.

Titus 2:11-13 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Christians must live above this godless world. Did you know that there are more outlets for hard-core pornography in America than there are McDonald's hamburger stands! Twenty percent of Internet use is for pornography. America is sliding down a moral sewer. Twenty-five years ago only two states (Nevada and New Jersey) had legalized gambling. Today only two states (Hawaii and Utah) do not have some form of legal gambling.

We must get back to God. Time is running out. Revelation 3:17,18 You say, "I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing." But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

One particular question on the survey really grabbed me: "What are you willing to do for ten million dollars?" (Are you sitting down?) Twenty-five percent would abandon their families; Twenty-three percent would become a prostitute for a week; Seven percent would murder a stranger! - James Patterson and Peter Kim, The Day America Told the Truth.

Civilization is coming unraveled. In an article titled "Quantifying America's Decline," William J. Bennett, former secretary of education, refers to a statistical portrait of the moral, social, and behavioral conditions of modern American society. He concludes that "America's cultural condition is far from healthy," adding that "what is shocking is just how precipitously American life has declined in the past thirty years." Here are some of the cultural indicators:

                                  1960             1990 
Average daily TV viewing              5 hours          7 hours 
SAT scores                              975              899 
Percent of illegitimate births          5.3%            26.2% 
Children with single mothers            8.0%            22.0% 
Children on welfare                     3.5%            11.9% 
Teen suicide rate                       3.6%            11.3% 
Violent crime rate (per 10,000)        16.1             75.8 

Newt Gingrich said: 
You can't maintain a civilization with 
   12-year-olds having babies  and 
   15-year-olds killing each other and 
   17-year-olds dying of AIDS and 
   18-year-olds getting diplomas they can't read. 
              -- Wallstreet Journal, 12-17-93 p. A14. 

Newsweek, 7/20/92

"Who is to blame for America's fall into immorality? Let me put it like this: if the house is dark at night, there is no sense in blaming the house. That's what naturally happens when the sun goes down. The question to ask is, 'Where is the light?'

"If meat goes bad, there is no sense in blaming the meat. That is what happens when the bacteria are allowed to breed unchecked. The question to ask is, 'Where is the salt?'

"If society becomes corrupt like a dark night or stinking fish, there's no sense in blaming society. That's what happens when fallen human society is left to itself and human evil is unrestrained and unchecked. The question to ask is 'Where is the church?' Where are the Christians who are to be the light and the salt of the earth?" ---John Stott

If someone on TV in 1959 claimed to have had a vision stating: In the next thirty years we will have murdered twenty-five million children in ways too barbaric to describe (abortion). Sodomites will be parading in the streets. Politicians will be proclaiming gay pride week. Your tax money will be going to fund blasphemy and homosexual pornography. It will be illegal for a public school teacher to recite the Lord's prayer or read Psalm 23 in her classroom, but that same teacher will be able to tell your child where to get a condom or an abortion without your consent or knowledge; that there would be a drug crisis, that we would have mass crime going on in our country. Who would have believed it? Nobody.

We have turned our backs on the Architect, the Engineer, and Builder. We have denied His authority and ridiculed His servants. Our glands are our gods, we have discarded His directions, burned His blueprint, and zealously trampled on the ashes. Now we are beginning to reap the destructive results. I believe God is saying: Ladies and Gentlemen it has gone far enough. It is closing time. The end time machine is now in gear. It is now impossible to unspill the milk.

Revelation 11:18 The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great-- and for destroying those who destroy the earth.

People say we are in a "moral vacuum." The phrase is appropriate, but means more than the absence of morality. The whole point about a vacuum is that it does not just happen, for nature, as we all know, abhors a vacuum. Vacuums have to be created. You get a vacuum when you deliberately suck out the air inside an object. It has to be pumped out and sealed out.

Western culture, and the media in recent years, have been systematically and deliberately sucking out the morality and Christlike values from the heart of America. - Chris Wright, All Our Gods Have Failed

It is almost past time to get back to God. The earth is beginning to reap what it has sown. But before probation closes, we still have a chance to come to God. Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

It is high time to get back to God. He wants a people who will stand for the right though the heavens fall. Jesus stands ready to empower you to rise above the muck and mire of the world. We are children of the Lion King. Let's pray for power to live kingly lives.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, we come today asking forgiveness and guidance. We know your word says "Woe on those who call evil good" but that is what we have done. We seek the experience we have lost when we inverted our values.

We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We pollute our world with profanity and call it freedom of speech.

Search us and know our hearts. Try us. Cleanse us from our wicked ways. Restore us to a right relationship with you. Come Quickly and rescue us from this heathen world. I ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

Opening Hymn: #71 Come, Thou Almighty King
Scripture: Psalm 15
Closing Hymn: 522 My hope is built on nothing less

981107GETTYS#448



Email us at our Sermons Contact Page

Return to McDonald Road Sermons Index

Return to McDonald Road SDA Church Home Page

McDonald Road Sermons converted to HTML and
last updated 11/14/98 by Bob Beckett.