Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets cried out, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts, Return from your evil ways and from your evil deeds.'
But they did not hear or pay attention to me, declares the Lord . Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?
But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers?...
So they repented and said, 'As the Lord of hosts purposed to deal with us for our ways and deeds, so has he dealt with us.'"
Zechariah 1:4-6 ESV
I post this with great somberness. Stephen Hawking is merely an example of the thousands who die every day in rebellion against their Creator.
Repent and believ...e in Jesus Christ who alone can save you!
"Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven." - Matthew 10:33 ESV
Islam is taking over Europe not because Islam is strong but because Secularism and Secularized "Christianity" are weak. The true gospel of Jesus Christ can stand against Islam in ways no army, no laws, and no violence ever could.
The same holds true for America. Islam is gaining ground in America not because Islam is strong but because American Christians are, as a whole, failing at being Christians.
As I heard one commentator analogize, imagine going into a board meeting of ...Coca-Cola executives and they were all drinking Pepsi. That is the modern American Christian. We claim to love and serve Jesus but consume Christ's enemy instead.
We profess Christ with our lips, we may even go to church on Sunday, but the vast majority of us never read our Bibles (98% of self-professing American Christians read their Bible less than once every 6 months).
Rather than purify ourselves and seek to live godly and holy lives, many of us are indistinguishable from our unbelieving neighbors. We might donate a few dollars to the poor but heaven forbid we sacrifice, suffer hardship, and spend time actually volunteering.
Even Christians in conservative churches aren't particularly sure why homosexuality violates God's law (or even agree with it), why marriage is ordained between a man and a woman, or why it's really displeasing to God for a person of one gender to pretend to be another (even if they really, really want to be another).
Every year, 1.2 million children are slaughtered in the womb but American Christians are largely silent. As long as you don't have to see it or think about it, it's not a big deal, right? It's not your baby being vacuumed into tiny little pieces or burned by acid. That kind of stuff is "personal and private" so God will totally understand if you're quiet while babies are killed by the millions around you... right?
We ask God to bless America, but for what? Bless America for what? Because we have freedom? What have we done with our freedom? We parade around on with all sorts of depravity, mocking Him, profaning His holy name, blaspheming, murdering, fornicating, adulterating — God bless us for that?
How about God have mercy on us and bless us with repentance. God's judgement often takes the form of His hand of protection being removed from us and letting sinful people to be sinful. Look at the news... God's judgement is already here.
Don't be surprised when Islam or Secularism tramples over "Christianity". A Christianity without the true gospel is no Christianity. The gospel is powerful, effective, and can't be conquered. Return to the gospel and return to Jesus Christ.
Repent, America, Humble yourselves and pray.
"No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices....
And he [Jesus] answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
Luke 13:1-5 ESV
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.
Acts 3:19-21 ESV
“I would rather speak five words out of this book [the Bible] than 50,000 words of the philosophers. If we want revivals, we must revive our reverence for the Word of God. If we want conversions, we must put more of God’s Word into our sermons.”
- Charles H. Spurgeon