Hosea 4:1 “Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.”
While Samuel Langdon directs Christians to keep their eyes fixed upon the Lord, he unabashedly condemns the British government for deviating from God’s plan. After comparing the British Empire to the wayward Israelites, Langdon voices the following:
“We have rebelled against God. We have lost the true spirit of Christianity, though we retain the outward profession and form of it. We have neglected and set light by the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and His holy commands and institutions. The worship of many is but mere compliment to the Deity, while their hearts are far from Him. By many the gospel is corrupted into a superficial system of moral philosophy, little better than ancient Platonism. And after all the pretended refinements of moderns in the theory of Christianity, very little of the pure practice of it is to be found among those who once stood foremost in the profession of the gospel. In a general view of the present moral state of Great Britain it may be said: There is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, their wickedness breaks out; and one murder after another is committed, under the connivance and encouragement even of that authority by which such crimes ought to be punished, that the purposes of oppression and despotism may be answered. As they have increased, so have they sinned, therefore God is changing their glory into shame. The general prevalence of vice has changed the whole face of things in the British government.”
As a people and a nation, we have lost the true spirit of Christianity. Our personal and national paths are to be lit by the glorious gospel of Christ, but instead we follow our own superficial system of moral philosophy. Truth, mercy, and knowledge have faded as relics of the past. Our government no longer upholds the law while sin thrives under the connivance and encouragement of governmental authority. Like the British Empire before us, our glory is transforming into shame.
PLEASE PRAY THAT CHRISTIAN AMERICANS WOULD STAND FOR THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CHRISTIANITY IN OUR LAND. Instead of accepting godlessness, we must encourage godliness. Our government must do the same.