Where are the Elijahs of the Lord God?

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The question today is not “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?”[i] The correct question is, “Where are the Elijahs of the Lord God?” We must have pastors and priests who will stand as true shepherds with a message that is prophetic and not pathetic in its effect. Freedom is at stake – freedom to worship, to preach biblical truth and witness boldly for Christ. While so many others are coming out of the closet in defense of their non-biblical practices, it is time for pastors, priests and all true believers to come out of the closet and stand for truth against the flood of evil.

In the guise of helping those in need, elected representatives are forcing dependency on the individual and dismissing the personal responsibility to truly love our neighbors. This will only be corrected by a proper response to truth, not by imposing more regulations. The freedom we have been blessed to enjoy and share has never been as fully experienced by any other nation. We are about to lose our independence to dependence on an all-powerful, all-consuming nanny state. Where are the prophets and pastors who will point us to the Good Shepherd, who will lead our nation back to still waters and green pasture?

The prophet Isaiah opens his book referencing the nation of Israel as weighed down with iniquity—an offspring of evildoers who have abandoned the Lord and turned away from Him. The verses revealed the “head is sick” (a reference to leadership) and the “heart is faint” (a reference to relationship, especially with God).The productive fields have been devoured, and devastation is prevailing, which is an indication of economic decline. The only hope remains for a remnant to lead the necessary return to God.

God says to His people, when they multiply their prayers, “He will not listen because your hands are covered with blood.” In verses that follow He promises forgiveness and grace so mighty that even “scarlet sins become white as snow and those that are red like crimson become like wool.” There is reassurance that God will bless His people and even indicates what every Old Testament prophet promised: If we will return to God, He will forgive us and restore the years of productivity. As Joel said, He will make up for the years the devouring locusts have eaten. Isaiah said, “If you return, you will eat the good fruit of the land.” God is anxious to bless us. This is the reason He led Israel from Egyptian bondage into the Promised Land that was flowing with milk and honey, along with bountiful fruitfulness.

God has always wanted a family of faith to bless in order that through them, He could bless the nations of the world. He also made it clear in the Old and New Testament, and confirmed by Jesus Christ, that we would witness kingdoms in conflict. We are to represent the kingdom of light, love and truth, and we are to do so faithfully and fearlessly, continuing the emphasis of Isaiah and the theme carried by all the prophets. Isaiah, beholding the Lord, began the spiritual renewal and awakening by saying, “Woe is me!” (not “Woe are all the others!”). He dealt with his own need and then answered with a clear commitment, “Here am I, send me.”

God told him that the journey would be tough and the majority of people would not listen. This was reaffirmed when Jesus said, “Broad is the way that leads to destruction, and narrow is the way that leads to life and few there be that find it.” The fact that people clench their fists in the face of a holy God or turn from God to trust in another source like Pharaoh, Caesar, or our own federal government does not lessen our responsibility to lift up a standard.

I find myself asking often, “Where are the prophets and shepherds who will stand and proclaim God’s uncompromising truth with unconditional love? Where are the shepherds who will gladly lay down their lives for the sheep?” As the Old Testament prophets said, the shepherds have been replaced by hirelings. Isaiah even made the statement that they are “dumb dogs unable to bark.”1 Jeremiah rebuked the shepherds for offering false peace and healing brokenness superficially so there is no repentance and real peace. Isaiah again re-emphasized why prayers are not answered. In the 59th chapter, he said our iniquities have separated us from our God and hidden His face from us. Our hands are defiled with blood—fingers with iniquity and lips speaking falsehood. He went on to say the people’s feet run to evil—they hasten to shed innocent blood.

In our nation over 50 million babies have been aborted in the wombs of their mothers. Even now, national laws are being passed not only to condone same-sex marriage, but to penalize you if you don’t make abortion and early-abortion pills available. It will be funded by the American people through the new healthcare laws forced on Americans in the guise of assistance.

I admire every pastor and priest who is standing up and speaking out. Our close friend Dr. Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, has joined other courageous pastors and leaders—along with many in the black community—to protest same-sex marriage, which our nation’s leader said he endorses because of the Golden Rule passage found in Matthew 19: “Treat others the way you’d want to be treated.”

Evans responded on National Public Radio after the president made his public statement, “The Bible is clear…Sexual relationships are to be between men and women within the context of marriage. That’s not only related to the issue of homosexuality, but adultery, or fornication or bestiality. All of that is proscribed in the Bible.”

Tony Evans boldly holds up the kingdom of God as the present-day agenda for the church. We are not to compromise that commission for any political party, candidate, or person. This compassionate pastor is a bridge-builder, and at the same time, he’s raising up the dikes necessary to stop the furious flood of evil threatening to destroy our nation.

One church leader commented, “It’s as if political parties and most representatives are either evil or stupid.”The fact is, it’s not merely liberal or conservative; Democrat or Republican; left or right. It has now often boiled down to right or wrong. May God forgive us and raise up prophets, preachers and shepherds today who will take a stand. I am praying for the day when people of faith, along with concerned Americans, will again declare our independence and stand together, united by the principles we all know in our hearts are right and true: “That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”

 


[i] 2 Kings 2:14

This article was written by James Robison

24 comments:

Alan GarnerNovember 17, 2013 at 4:34 pmReply

Paul the Apostle had one message: “Jesus Christ and him crucified”. Satan loves to get us (especially me) distracted on to the social and political decline of our country, which I admit is discouraging and distressing, but Jesus (“God saves”) is our only Hope. His Kingdom is the message that our chaotic country and world needs to hear! Jesus is ALREADY Lord over all. His death, resurrection, and glorious ascension to God’s right hand guarantees that God’s Kingdom is ALREADY here and will one day be revealed in power for all to see. So let us take courage and lift up the wonderful NAME of Jesus – Son of God, Prince of Life, and Savior of all who trust their soul to His care. Pray for national repentance and revival, but don’t forget to proclaim the Gospel (Good News) to the frightened and furious people around you. Jesus said “The Father sent not the Son into the World to condemn the World, but to save it” (Jn 3:17). Let us be passionate in our hatred of Sin, but just as passionate in our love for Sinners. P.S. – Just read “Unfinished” by Richard Stearns, and I can’t wait to read Tony Evan’s book on the Kingdom!

here’s something to be concerned aboutNovember 12, 2013 at 3:31 pmReply

Obamacare is being promoted to young people as a way to get free birth control so they can have sex. One of the ads features a young woman saying, “I hope he’s as easy to get as birth control.” The taxpayers are paying for this. Hello? Do we need more proof the government is a bunch of “harlot” masters? Look at what the government promotes and does if you want to find the root of evil in this country. It’s not a pretty picture. Trillions in debt, millions in poverty, shipping jobs overseas, collecting data like Soviet Russia and the Stasi, LYING to everyone about everything. Let’s start there, if we have the stomach for it.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/11/12/obamacare-ad-hope-hes-as-easy-to-get-as-birth-control

JamesNovember 12, 2013 at 2:15 pmReply

If you want Americans to “stand together” with you, maybe it would be best not to refer to most of us as a “furious flood of evil?” As it is, it doesn’t sound like you’re very interested in standing with us, or even coexisting.

Greg DaltonNovember 12, 2013 at 10:08 amReply

Many in our society worry so much if a single person is offended while not caring if we offend the Lord God Almighty.

LaureeNovember 10, 2013 at 2:41 pmReply

Great message, James. Thank you for standing up and speaking out Truth to this lost world. You spoke into my heart 33 years ago, and I received Jesus as a result of your message, and my life was changed forever! I continue to pray for Leaders, pastors, preachers (almost a lost art) that will stand in the pulpit of our thousands of churches in America and preach the Truth of God’s Word. It is time to quit “playing church” and seek God, preach salvation through Jesus Christ, and pray for God’s Holy Spirit to fill us with His mighty power to overcome the enemy in this world. We have the Victory!

BarbaraNovember 9, 2013 at 11:24 pmReply

Yes, we do need the Elijah’s, we need them desperately here in Hawaii as right now our State House of Representatives are deciding whether or not we will have same sex “marriage” legal here in Hawaii in just a few hours. there have already been two votes and both in favor of this legislation. I ask humbly for all your prayers that the hearts of those legislators who are still not real clear on how they should vote will listen to the voice of God in their hearts and make the right decision. Although many churches and people here in Hawaii have become united against this issue, there are many who are still sitting on the sidelines because they don’t feel they need to be involved, or they think equal rights are important for everyone, no matter what.

Tessa YottNovember 9, 2013 at 7:49 pmReply

thank you always for being honest and bold and also passionate and loving. i have learned so much from you since 2005. i 100% believe an Elijah is about to show up out of nowhere and Jesus will be proven alive and in control. God’s timing is perfect. God bless you.

Alan BurnsNovember 9, 2013 at 4:56 pmReply

James,
There are some Elijah’s out there and i’m hoping that more will rise up. God only needed one Elijah in that day.
Undoubtably we are in the Great Apostacy and many are falling away (God is weeding out the weeds).
Good column.

Barry TolbertNovember 9, 2013 at 2:01 pmReply

Dear James “Elijah” Robison,

Thank you for your continuing obedience.

Larry LewisNovember 9, 2013 at 7:00 amReply

Brother James,
Thank you again for hitting the nail on the head !! I believe you, yes you, are an Elijah of the Lord and so is Dr. Tony Evans, Robert Morris, Beth Moore, and many more who are willing to stand up and take a stand against all manner of evil that appears to be sanctioned by Pharaoh (Washington,D.C.).
We need to align ourselves with the spirit of true repentance where we stand in the gap asking Almighty God’s forgiveness . Like Paul Revere, we need to ride through this land warning everyone of the catastrophe to come if we do not turn from our evil ways . I am praying and will not stop !! God bless all that you do for the many denominations that make up the body of Christ .

John TidwellNovember 9, 2013 at 4:03 amReply

Send me Lord, I’ll go

Judi DentonNovember 8, 2013 at 3:45 pmReply

Thank you, James, for being one who has a voice and the gift to communicate, and who is willing to speak out…the truth in love. I pray God will lift the veil of deception from our leaders/our nation, and open the eyes of our hearts to hear the word of the living God and quickly obey.
The God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, so loved the world, that He gave His all, His best -His only begotten Son, Jesus, that we might have life eternal.

ZimNovember 8, 2013 at 11:26 amReply

You’re right we should stand up for love and show others love and threat then as we want to be treated. However, why are you so focused on particular types of sin when all sin equals death (Romans 6:23). We should be focused on trying to show people the love of Christ not protesting people’s sin (Matthew 7:3-4). If you are protesting same sex marriage you should also be protesting people who lie, people who covet, people who commit adultery, etc.

James R. RobisonNovember 8, 2013 at 1:01 pmReply

Zim,

One cannot “protest” every form of sin in one column. Surely you realize that. Right now, there is a national battle over the destruction of marriage, so it is more than appropriate to address it. While you are in Romans, please read all of the text. Consider the first chapter, where Paul says, “God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” Was he wrong to “protest” such things? Why did Paul not address every other sin there? If protesting sin is wrong, as you suggest, then the Bible is wrong from Genesis to Revelation.

ZimNovember 12, 2013 at 6:25 amReply

If you continue to read Paul, as you instructed me to do so earlier, you will see what Paul goes on to say in chapter two. “There fore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgement, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.” Yes Mr. Robison we should be repentant of our sins, beating people over the heads with their sin is not the way to go about it.
If you remember from the Gospel of John 8 it was the scribes and Pharisees who condemned a woman for committing adultery. They were exposing her sin. However, Jesus said “He without sin cast the first stone”. An interesting note is that there was one person there that was without sin and not only did he not cast a stone at her, but he did not condemn her.
Sin is death. I understand this, but people don’t need their sins put on display for them. What people need is what Jesus was trying to provide: love, mercy, grace, kindness, and salvation. Jesus even says later on in the same chapter “You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone. But even if I do, My judgement is true.”
The world is corrupt and it is only by spreading the true love of Christ can things get better. True love does not come from man seeing God’s laws and judging people accordingly it means showing them mercy. In Luke 10 a lawyer asks how he can receive eternal life and Jesus says “How does the law read to you?” The lawyer replies with “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind’ and your neighbor as yourself.” Then the lawyer asks “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus tells him the parable of the good Samaritan. If you remember Samaritans were scum. Priests, Levites and Jews were not supposed to even talk to Samaritans. Yet, who was the one who helped the man on the side of the road? After the story Jesus asked “Which one of these proved to be a neighbor to this man?” The lawyer replies “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus says “Go and do the same.”

James R. RobisonNovember 12, 2013 at 11:14 pmReply

You are correct. If we promoted homosexuality, we would be as the Romans and in no position to condemn it as sin. As for the woman caught in adultery, after Jesus sent the hypocritical Pharisees away, what did he tell the women? Do not omit that part, because without the recognition of sin, there is no cause for grace or mercy. Grace is not extended so that we can continue to sin. Love rescues people from the death that sin brings, but it must first recognize the sin.

baabaatothesheepNovember 12, 2013 at 3:20 pmReply

But Zim’s basic premise is correct. All you people know how to do is blame small minorities of misguided individuals for all the wrongs of the world, while never exposing the real power structure creating it all: Government. Obamacare ads are now encouraging young women to get health care so they can buy birth control pills. We don’t hear the Christian leaders screaming about that – probably because churches are exempt from Obamacare. Nothing on the NSA spying. Why is that? If it weren’t for the tax-free status granted to churches, this country might stand a chance. Speaking out is great, now let’s try speaking out against the real issue. Comment soon to be deleted because no alternative opinions are allowed, it’s just all baa, baa, baa sheep and squawk squawk parrots, nod your empty bobble head on cue.

James R. RobisonNovember 12, 2013 at 11:16 pmReply

Strangely enough, simply allowing your comment undermines your accusation.

meNovember 13, 2013 at 1:56 pmReply

I stand corrected. It was not aimed at you, just in general of what I see in the world overall.

Patriot1November 8, 2013 at 11:13 amReply

The world has no solutions. Political parties offer no solutions. It’s all EBG (Everything But God) The world is blinded to the truth. I’m personally at the end of my rope. My life of sin has caught up to me, I can no longer run. I really don’t have anywhere else to turn but to God. That’s what this whole country needs, I guess we haven’t fallen low enough yet. Once we do, then people will turn back to God, when they have nowhere else to go. It’s like an old gospel song that says “Where could I go but to the Lord?”

BobbieNovember 8, 2013 at 8:14 amReply

I am forwarding this article to as many churches in our town as I can. Thank you.

Kay LarrimoreNovember 8, 2013 at 7:07 amReply

So true. If ever the redeemed of the Lord need to stand it is now. If ever the redeemed of the Lord need to redeem the time it is now. To be awakened out of our slumber. May He find me a fit and usable vessel, and may there be warriors for Christ bold and unafraid nor unashamed of the gospel message. Thanks James Robison.

Henry NewbwerryNovember 8, 2013 at 6:38 amReply

I know that this message is true and reveals the broken foundation within the people of this nation and our government. It also breaks my heart to hear and to see the government planting the lies of the devil into the hearts of young people by removing prayer out of the schools of our nation as well as abortion and other important issues of life.

Tim BauerNovember 8, 2013 at 6:30 amReply

The Elijah’s are out there right now, in hiding. When the Lord commands, “Go show yourself,” their showdown with the prophets of baal will begin. I’m speaking of the false prophets behind the pulpits in America who are leading God’s people astray. Amen!!!

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