“If the LORD is God follow Him.”  With those words, the prophet Elijah challenged the people of Israel to return to the Lord their God lest they be destroyed as the other peoples who were serving false gods.  The scene transpires on Mt. Carmel as the prophets of Baal are summoned by Elijah to vividly confront the wayward Jews with their evil and impending ruin by worshipping false gods.  “You have abandoned the LORD's commands and have followed the Baals.  Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table." So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. Elijah went before the people and said, "How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him" (1 Kings 18:18b-21a NIV). With God, the issues are always either or yes or no.  God is a God of absolutes and requires that our response be in keeping with His character.  The text reveals a sad commentary on the hardness of the human heart to Elijah’s message … “but the people said nothing” (1 Kings 18:21b). Decades before, a similar call to faithfulness and commitment had been given by Joshua as the Israelites entered into the land promised by God to Abraham.  “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD”. Note the response … “And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods” (Josh 24:15-16 KJV).  One group wavered and finally repented, the other responded immediately.  One had to see God work a miracle in order to believe; Joshua’s people accepted the message by faith.  Our nation, with its many Christians and the gospel message freely disseminated, is facing increased opposition and persecution to the cause and name of Jesus Christ.  Under the guise of tolerance, evil is gaining the consent of believers to waver from the clear and dogmatic teaching of Scripture, whether the issue is the family, marriage, nationalism, free enterprise or personal freedom. To succumb to Satan’s strategies disguised in terms “for the greater good” is to insure the demise of this nation.  The Apostle Paul warns that the warfare faced by believers is spiritual in nature …”For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Eph 6:12-13 NASB).  To Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote of the only way of salvation … “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all (1 Tim 2:5-6 KJV).  That is an absolute regardless of man’s claim of many ways to God.  The apostle continued … “This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may fight the good fight,  keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith. It is time for Christians to stand for the unadulterated teaching of the Word of God.  Failure to do so will bring personal ruin and national disaster to these United States which were founded upon the principles of the Word of God.  It’s crunch time.

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