Of a Nation That Has Lost Its Light, Part 6 (The Lost Souls of Black Folk and White Folk, Part 12)
[Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 702 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,067 since Jan. 1, 2016]
TEXT: 1 Corinthians 10:1-12
1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
The “spiritual drink” that Paul speaks of here refers to the miraculous means by which the Children of Israel obtained life-giving water in the wilderness. In Exodus 17:7, with the Israelites about to die of thirst in the desert, God says to Moses, “Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink.”
John Gill said, "The water out of the rock was a type of the blood of Christ, which is drink indeed, and not figurative, as the water was, for which reason it is called spiritual. The grace of Christ is often signified by water, both in the Old and New Testament, and is what Moses and the law could not give. As those waters did not flow without the rock being stricken by the rod of Moses, so the blessings of grace from Christ comes through his being smitten by divine justice with the rod of the law and through his being stricken for the transgressions of his people, and being made sin in their room and stead. As those waters continued through the wilderness as a constant supply for the Jews, so the grace of Christ is always sufficient for his people -- a continual supply is afforded them, and goodness and mercy follow them all the days of their lives."
Likewise, the Church of today has received spiritual drink in the form of the Water of Life, Jesus Christ. Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman reveals this: “Jesus answered said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
So, again, we see a parallel between the experiences of the Children of Israel and the Church of today.
Paul continues to the Corinthians...
5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
As we continue looking at the ways in which the example of the Old Testament Israelites compares to the New Testament Church, take note of these words from Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck regarding 1 Corinthians 10:12: "If the Corinthians believed their standing in Christ and corresponding freedom could be exercised in sin with impunity, they were wrong -- possibly dead wrong. After kicking out the props of false security, Paul pointed toward the One on whom the Corinthians could rely. The temptations that seized the Corinthians were like those people [such as the Israelites] had always faced. They could be met and endured by depending on God, who is faithful. Part of the Corinthian problem, of course, was that some in the face of temptation were not looking for a way out by endurance, but a way in for indulgence."
In his "Four Articles to the Coloured Citizens of the World, But In Particular to Those of the United States," Richard Allen, the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, wrestled with the question of whether free blacks should be sent to Liberia. He concluded with this statement: "This land which we have watered with our tears and our blood, is now our mother country, and we are well satisfied to stay where wisdom abounds and the gospel is free."
Now, Richard Allen was born into slavery in 1760. However, near the end of the Revolutionary War, his master became convinced, through the preaching of another former slave owner, that slave-holding was sinful, and he allowed Richard Allen, who was then known as "Negro Richard," to buy his own freedom. Despite being raised in slavery in America, Richard Allen came to the conclusion that it was better for blacks to remain in a land where, in most places, they were seen as subhuman for the simple reason that, in America, the Gospel was free and wisdom abounded. That is what, in his mind, set America apart.
Sadly, today, Gospel-preaching in America has become muddied and the witness of the church in this country has sullied the reputation of America as a righteous nation where the Gospel is free and where wisdom abounds. We have lost our light. Research shows that "North America is the largest unchurched English-speaking mission field in the world. (Only China and India have larger populations of non-Christians.) North America is the only continent where Christianity is not growing." At the same time, "every year, over 3,000 North American churches close their doors." Today, there are African, Latin American, and Asian ministers coming to America to evangelize us. The light that once shone from America is shining no more.
We have already outlined the reason why America has lost its light. The reason is the sins of God’s people. And, like He judged Israel, God is judging us. However, there is a biblical remedy that shows us that it is not too late for America to once more become a shining city on a hill, a light to all the world. If we repent of our sins and turn back to God, God tells us as He told Israel in Isaiah 58, "Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward. Then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day: And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not." This is the promised future for Israel, and one day it will be their eternal reality. However, America can have a semblance of that success and prosperity if we choose to repent of our sins and turn to God.
Patrick Henry, general in the Revolutionary Army, ratifier of the U.S. Constitution, and governor of Virginia, said, "Righteousness alone can exalt a nation. Whoever thou art, remember this; and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others."
James F. Clarke wrote:
Brother, hast thou wandered far
From thy Father's happy home,
With thyself and God at war?
Turn thee, brother; homeward come.
Hast thou wasted all the powers
God for noble uses gave?
Squandered life's most golden hours?
Turn thee, brother; God can save!
Is a mighty famine now
In thy heart and in thy soul?
Discontent upon thy brow?
Turn thee; God will make thee whole.
He can heal thy bitterest wound,
He thy gentlest prayer can hear;
Seek Him, for He may be found;
Call upon Him; He is near.
If you are a Christian listening today, here are three things you need to do:

1. Confess and repent of your own sins. You already know what they are.

2. Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ to repent of their sins and get back to their first love

3. Pray for souls to be saved, and do your part by witnessing to the lost.
Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God's law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death…"
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
Now that is bad news, but here's the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read "What To Do After You Enter Through the Door". Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.