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July 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm #24392Mari – AdministratorKeymaster
USA’s Covenant with GodBy Justin Johnson
What’s that? You didn’t know God made a covenant with America? Apparently you have not seen the yard signs. If he doesn’t have a covenant, at least he has a pretty good commercial deal.
This Fourth of July USA Christian Ministries wants to lead our covenanted people in the prayer below hoping that God will uphold his part of the bargain.
Yet, I don’t think God is that gullible.
One Nation Chosen by God
God has gone on record in the Bible as covenanting with only one nation. Unfortunately, that nation was not west of the Atlantic. USA Christian wants to claim a blessing for America through Psalm 33:12
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” –Psalm 33:12
To find out the blessed and chosen nation we only need to skip to the end of the same book to find out:
“For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure. “ – Psalm 135:4
“ He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation…” – Psalm 147:19-20
God never made a covenant with the USA. God’s covenants were always made with Israel. It is doctrinally devious to usurp the unique position of Israel, created by God, for a nation created merely by men.
Yet it is common for evangelical Christians to call America the “my people” in 2 Chronicles 7:14, and make the church today the “holy nation” of 1 Peter 2:9 and Exodus 19:6.
Mercy to All Nations
Making America God’s covenanted nation must be quite an insult to Christians in other countries who would just as much like it if God made a special deal with them. The reality is that no nation on the planet today has a covenant foothold with God:
“ For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. “ – Romans 11:32
For the past 2000 years God has left off working through any one nation and has instead been offering forgiveness to all men freely through the gospel of Christ. This is called the ministry of reconciliation, and it is performed by ambassadors of a foreign dominion not citizens of an earthly nation (2 Cor 5:18-20).
Covenant prayers like the ones from USA Christian Ministries can only hope and plead for forgiveness based upon their obedience to God’s commandments, just as Israel when they knew nothing of the mystery of Christ revealed later to Paul.
Be reconciled to God and realize that God has already forgiven you in Christ Jesus through his redeeming blood (Eph 4:32, Eph 1:7). It is Christ that gives you liberty, and makes you free, not a national document or covenant (Gal 5:1).
The gospel of Christ working in those that believe is the cure for our national ills. The Bible rightly divided is the cure to the doctrinal mess made by covenant prayers for America.
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