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Who is Really this World's God?

'As the LORD, God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand.’
-Elijah, 1 Kings 17

Does the devil rule our generation?

Read what Elijah says. Ahab and Jezebel led Israel into the dark jungle of idolatry. They did so with greater zeal than any of the Kings before them. Baal and Ashtoreth were worshipped in the field and in the temple. Paganism had displaced the YHWHism as the chief moral, social, political, and religious power in the land. And yet, Elijah still sees and proclaims YHWH to be Israel’s God.

This is not because he is blind to the situation.

There are no rose-tinted glasses being worn by our prophet. He knows that society no longer maintains any of the spiritual and sexual values of days gone by. Like the God of heaven, he too smells the vomitus reek of incense being offered up to other gods in the name of progress and enlightened thinking. Yet, he looks at the land and still can say, ‘The LORD is God here.’

How?

Jesus spoke of the evil one as ‘the prince of this world’ (John 14.30). He knew that men and women loved darkness, and that wickedness is the natural spiritual, moral, and sexual condition of humanity. This is because we are under the influence of this prince more than our Creator King.

Yet, it should not be so. Ours has been the irrationally rebellious planet from the beginning. ‘But now God calls all men everywhere to repent’ (Acts 17). God is King, and the wicked prince has been leading humanity in a revolution against him. Ahab and Jezebel were tools of this prince just like many of those in the influential halls of culture, politics, and religion are now.

As Christians, we are the counter-revolutionaries. We call everyone back to the King who created us. He is kind and has made provision for the forgiveness of even the most rebellious. This is why the King has not decisively stepped in yet: he’s giving us a chance to repent and come back home.

To speak for God in our day, we must have the conviction that everyone will one will be called to account before Him. The insanity revolution will not go on forever. Yes, we should preach the gospel humbly – aware of our own rebellious tendencies. But we’re not cuckish about it. We must be bold, knowing everyone should repent and faithfully serve the King. 
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