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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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July 4, 2012 - Three Altars America Must Build

By C.W.H. Scott

Today our nation is celebrating another birthday, commemorating the adoption  of the Declaration of Independence. As Americans we should lift grateful hearts to God for the liberties that we enjoy and for all the blessings we have received as a nation. We are thankful for the freedom that is still ours, but while enjoying these blessings we ought to heed the warning of Abraham Lincoln, “The greatest danger that threatens America will not be from across the waters, but from within our own borders.”

While there is a new interest in religion in America today, the vast majority of the people still move along their irreligious way, loving gold more than God, thronging the places of amusement, seeking the pleasures of the world and exchanging their priceless heritage of freedom of worship for freedom from worship.

Our present civilization has outmoded the Bible, turned its back on God, rejected the rule of His Son Jesus Christ, and turned away from righteousness and truth. As a result, our world drifts helplessly toward the abyss of destruction.

The way out of our present dilemma, the way up from these depths, is for America to build again the altars that have crumbled. We must arise and build again the three altars that made our nation great: the family altar, the church altar, and the private altar.

The first thing Abram did after leaving Haran and arriving in the land of Canaan was to build “an altar unto the Lord” (Genesis 12:7, KJV). This altar became the center of Abram’s family life. It affected his thinking, his planning, his actions, and it directed his life Godward. The entire history of Israel revolved around the altar Abram began that day. When the altar was neglected and forgotten, captivity and failure followed for the nation.

The rebuilding of America’s family altar is one of the great needs of our nation today. Its influence will arrest the tide of delinquency and raise a wall against the scourge of divorce. The rebuilt family altar will equip the parents with wisdom and protect the children from the crippling habits of sin.

The second altar needed today is the church altar. The church is the greatest influence for good in the world today. Its message has brought liberty to America. It has no parallel or competitor. It stands alone, distinct from all else.

The Christian church promotes and maintains faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. To faith in Christ we owe practically everything we most prize. The body of Christ is a bulwark against the erosion of sin. It is vital to our national existence.

The third important altar needed in America today is the altar of personal sacrifice. Romans 12:1 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice.” Salvation for this nation is a personal matter multiplied by the many millions of Americans.

When we turn to God as individuals, the nation turns and finds help for every problem. America must rebuild the altars of personal devotion, that our nation under God may be blessed with His mercy and healed of its sin-sickness. In Deuteronomy 28:1 we read, “It shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth.”

As our nation rebuilds these important altars and then serves devoutly at them, God will be our ally just as He has been the ally of righteous men and nations of the past. God is on the side of those who in humility and faith put away the trivial for the sake of the eternal. Let us return to Him as individuals and as a nation; let us rebuild the altars that have crumbled and fallen, that America under God may be a blessing in the world.

— Adapted from “Three Altars America Must Build” by C.W.H. Scott, originally published in the July 3, 1955, Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

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