Key Passage: Romans 1: 18-32
Key Text: Romans 1: 28 – “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”
I write today trembling in my heart. I tremble, because I am seeing the decline of a great nation; the once bastion of goodness and the shores from which the rest of the world was evangelised. The land of the Wesley brothers, William Booth, Smith Wigglesworth, John Knox, William Tyndale, CT Studd, Wilberforce etc etc. This once great land is fast sinking into great decline, because they simply forgot what made them great. It is a fearful thing to fall into disfavour with God. It is much worse if God starts to judge.
Where did England go wrong? What is the reason for the decline of this once great nation, of whom it was said the sun never sets on the British Empire, a statement testifying to then global influence of this blessed nation. God have mercy on Britain.
What went wrong? Where are the reformers or their sons? Where are the voices of truth? Where are the vanguards of the Christian faith?
I am going to say just two things Britain did wrong. There may be many others, but I feel that if these two issues are dealt with, Britain may once again become great!
1. Israel and the Balfour declaration. The Balfour Declaration was a November 2, 1917 letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Lord Rothschild that made public the British support of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The Balfour Declaration led the League of Nations to entrust the United Kingdom with the Palestine Mandate in 1922. The British Empire grew even more powerful in significance and stature
In 1939, Great Britain reneged on the Balfour Declaration by issuing the White Paper, which stated that creating a Jewish state was no longer a British policy. It was also Great Britain’s change in policy toward Palestine, especially the White Paper, which prevented millions of European Jews to escape from Nazi-occupied Europe to Palestine. The British Empire began to loose its influence and the sun began to set on this once dominant empire.
The destiny and influence of nations is shaped by God and their relationship with Israel is the key determinant of God’s blessing on any nation. In abandoning Israel and reneging on the promise, Britain immediately came under the judgement of God and the Empire began to decline. Just read Jeremiah 51:19-23, Zechariah 2:8, 12:1-9, Genesis 12:1-3.
Britain should pick up the Israel mandate again and support Israel.
2. Forsaking God’s Word – Jeremiah 2:12-13 – Be appalled, O heavens, at this be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the Lord, 13 for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Jeremiah 59:13-15 – In transgressing and lying against the Lord and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. 14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. 15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
Britain gradually and systematically began to de-emphasise God and the teachings of the bible from her education and society. She began to become so tolerant that she no longer held any biblical view sacrosanct. The nation lost her morality and in the same vein lost her power. Her sovereignty is threatened and other religions are seeking to turn Britain into another conquered territory for their religion. But this came about because Britain dropped the word of God and no longer upheld it. When you drop what made you great, you then really become a ‘wishy-washy’, everything goes, spineless nation.
With the recent approval of Gay marriages and the erosion of traditional biblical family values, Britain has taken another giant stride into apostasy and decline. The gavel of God’s judgement is fast coming down, who will stay His hand. Who will stand in the GAP?
I am so afraid for Britain. I love this land and its people. They have been good to my forebears and me. They have brought the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ to our once dark continent and now they are fast embracing the darkness of idolatry, paganism and godlessness that we rejected. What is going on? Will Britain repent and be restored or will she continue to wave her fists in the face of God, saying what to Him, He does not count anymore?
Let’s all Pray: Father God, you are just and you are always right. You are also very merciful and kind. Please hear our cry today for Great Britain, and remember Her fathers who served you with their very lives. Remember the nations that saw the light because of Great Britain and like you did for David’s children and Abraham’s children, remember not the evil of their children, but remember the good of their fathers and have mercy. Father turn the nation back to yourself. Show that you are a merciful God. Please don’t give this nation up, don’t reject us, please have mercy and redeem us and revive your church and awaken your people again. Please Father, bless this great country once again with men and women with the passion and fire of the Holy Ghost in their bones and cause a great wave of your grace to fall on this lands all over again. GRANT US THE GRACE TO REPENT AND TURN FROM OUR EVIL AND WICKED WAYS. OPEN OUR EYES AGAIN TO THE TRUTH AND LET THERE BE A RE-AFFIRMATION OF THE WORD OF GOD IN OUR SOCIETY. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.