No Time for Evil
Judgment must begin at the house of God
Plagues do not come without a cause
by Daniel Whyte III
with Meriqua Whyte
Revive the family, revive the church, revive the nation, Oh, Lord, is my prayer. Our nation is ripe for revival. Sin is running rampant. Wickedness is on every corner. Corruption has increased in the White House. Pastors are compromising the Word of God. Our families are being torn apart. Our children are left to themselves. Homosexuals have come out of the closet in droves demanding their rights. Perverts are exploiting our children like never before. Rebellion and disobedience are evident in every area of society. Bitterness, envy, and hatred are showing their faces like never before. The love of many has truly waxed cold.
And what are our pastors doing? Playing instead of praying. We, as God’s people, have forgotten that portion of the Word of God that says “judgment must begin at the House of God.” Those sobering words ought to remind us that this is no time for evil. We, as God’s people, have forgotten that God is still angry with the wicked everyday. The psalmist David reminds us, “For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee” (Psalm 5:4).
It is time to seek the Lord. It is time to turn from evil. It is time to stop sinning! But all may not be lost as we have this promise from God: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Christians, this is no time for evil!
No Time For Corruption in the Three Great Institutions of Life
(the Family, the Government, and the Church)
“Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers, children that are corrupters:
they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger,
they are gone away backward.”
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Prophet Hezekiah Malcolm, pastor of the Greater Mount Moriah AME Church, flipped the pages of his Bible to the book of Daniel chapter nine. He eased back in his swivel chair, stretched his legs out on the top of his desk, crossed them at the ankles, and started to read:
We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments.
Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets . . .
. . . to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him.
Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws . . .
. . . therefore the curse is poured upon us . . . because we have sinned against him
. . . all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the Lord our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.
He placed his pen between the open pages of his Bible. It’s pages were tattered, words faded here and there from thirty-five years of use. But that did not hinder Prophet Malcolm from using his old ‘trusted Friend’ as he referred to that particular Bible from which he had preached his first sermon over thirty-five years ago and every sermon since his ordination into the Gospel ministry.
Prophet Malcolm closed his eyes, placed his feet on the floor and started to slowly rock rhythmically back and forth using the ball of his feet as a spring. He thought upon the words he just read from the book of Daniel in light of what was happening in the world of politics in the nation and around the world, in light of what was happening in the church universal, and in light of what was happening in Christian families world-wide.
Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers, he concurred with Isaiah. A nation laden with iniquities. A corrupt government system. Lying politicians. Increase in homosexuality. Sanctioning of same-sex marriages. Fornication and adultery. Disobedience. Divorce and remarriage. Rebellious children. Selfish parents. Haters of God. Murder and mayhem. Wickedness. An angry people. Lewdness. Men-pleasers. Prayerlessness. Black lives matter? All lives matter. Ah sinful nation!
He shook his head as if to clear his thoughts as he pressed the intercom button.
“Yes, Rhonda,” he said to his secretary.
“Prophet Malcolm, Bishop Akron is on the phone. He says it’s nothing important. He just wanted to chat with you, maybe get some feedback on some things in light of the upcoming election. He’s on line one.”
“Thank you, Rhonda.”
Prophet Malcolm pressed line one.
“Bishop! Bishop! Bishop Akron. What’s up, my brother?”
“Nothing super important. I was just calling to chat with you a little about the upcoming elections and see who you deem the best candidate for president,” Bishop Akron said.
Bishop Collin Akron was the rising pastor of the All Star United Church, one of the fastest growing churches in the nation and soon to be on the list of mega-churches in the nation. He had known Prophet Malcolm who had been not only a close friend of his father while his father was living, but who also had mentored him when he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps in the ministry. The many heartaches he had avoided as he ministered to the folks at All Star United Church he credited to the sound advice of his mentor; but at the same time, the heartaches he experienced he had no one to blame but himself for sometimes not heeding the advice of this great man of God.
“What do you think about our candidates?” Bishop Akron asked.
“Oh, I don’t think about them,” Prophet Malcolm said. “I see them as a bunch of clowns putting on a circus act. We have become a laughing stock to the world. I can’t believe we, the greatest nation on this earth, have sunk this low. I say with Dr. David Jeremiah, ‘I thought I would never see the day.’”
Bishop Akron chuckled. “Surely you believe one of them would make a better president than the other?”
“Let me put it this way: I say what Joseph de Maistre said, and that is, ‘Every nation has the government it deserves.’ We claim to be a Christian nation founded on biblical principles, and we are. But we have turned our backs on God and on Jesus Christ and on those biblical principles. We no longer as a nation acknowledge God. Just look around you. Wickedness is running rampant on every front. Somewhere along the line we have adopted this thinking that God will overlook our evil. But my Bible still says that God hath no pleasure in wickedness and neither shall evil dwell with Him.”
“True. True. Now do you think Christians should be involved in politics? Do you think they should vote?” Bishop Akron asked.
“You know, I used to preach against believers being involved in politics because of its increasing corruption. But after several of my preacher friends and some parents were wrongly put in jail because they operated their schools refusing state accreditation, I decided we needed to step in. When Christian businesses are being told they have to close their doors because they refuse to serve homosexuals then you are dog-gone right, we Christians have to step in.”
“I know I’m right. We can’t let the government make and enforce laws that restrict our faith. If the government does not apply biblical principles then all its decisions are based on a humanistic view and that is man doing that which is right in his own eyes disregarding all that God has to say. We must let our voices be heard. If we Christians sit back and do nothing then wickedness will increase as has been happening for the past thirty plus years,” Prophet Malcolm said.
“We definitely need a stronger government as it has failed us down through the years,” Bishop Akron said.
“Yes. And I blame the church first and foremost,” Prophet M alcolm said.
“Yes, I do. If the church along with the institution of the family does not humble herself, pray, seek God’s face and turn from her wicked ways and get back to her first love Jesus Christ, the government will never be what it should be because contrary to some so-called church leaders, God has the church here to lead the government and not the government to lead the church. And what has happened in recent years is that since the church is in sin and corruption herself, it has lost her power and her authority to tell the president and the government what they should do. So nowadays, the president and the government use the church to validate their evil. Also, now, since Billy Graham is dead, we have some sycophantic pastors who love prestige and invites to the White House Christmas dinner who rubber stamp the evil the president and the White House want to do, instead of being like the prophet Nathan and tell the president, ‘thou art the man.’ The church has to stop playing and preying and get back to praying. We must stop competing with each other and work together. We must stop compromising the Word of God and preach the Word in season and out of season. These pastors must stop trying to curry-favor with the president and just tell him the truth about the errors of his ways.”
“Why do you think our government has become so corrupt and might I say oppressive down through the years especially these past, I would say, twelve to sixteen years?” Bishop Akron asked.
“When people begin turning their backs on God and on His laws, God will raise up an oppressive government that will force the people to hopefully humble themselves enough to cry out to Him, to seek His face, and to turn from their wicked ways. And that is what is happening to the church and to America. This is why you are witnessing a slow-rolling, loving, gracious judgement of God on America right now. God is slowly but surely dismantling America piece by piece because of her sin, especially the sin of the church. The coronavirus plague-pandemic that has killed over a million people in America already and still counting is just another plague judgement of God upon the church and America in a long line of smaller warning judgements over the past twelve years or so,” Prophet Malcolm said. “Did you ever think that God would chastise the church like He has today to the point of shutting down the church building from meeting because of their sin and foolishness like He has during this plague-pandemic? And not only that, thousands of church-goers have died in this plague-pandemic as well.”
“So it’s like the Israelites who fell under the oppression of the Egyptians, then the Philistines, then the Babylonians, and then the Romans after turning their backs on God over and over,” Bishop Akron said.
“Exactly. As Christians, instead of praying for our government leaders and strongly influencing them to trust Christ and follow God’s law, we have pastors who just want to be seen with the president and take a picture with the president and be invited to the White House. So they will compromise God’s Word in the Oval Office and in the back rooms of the White House so they can stay in favor with the president and not in favor with God.”