The Iniquity Of The Amorites Is Becoming Full In Our Land

In Genesis 15, God promised Abraham an “heir” , vs. 4. That “heir” was Isaac. His “heir” would produce descendants that would be as plentiful as the stars in the heavens, vs. 5. Those descendants would have to leave the land of Canaan and be in bondage in Egypt for 400 years, vs. 13. This would happen as vs. 16 said, “For the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full”. There is a process that must take place for a society to be taken over by iniquity. Some societies get there quicker than others. Unfortunately we are well down the road of seeing that process come to the full mark in our country today, and it happened relatively quickly. God gave the Amorites time to repent of their sin, but instead of repenting of it they came to the point of fully embracing it. The key word in vs. 16 is the word translated “full”. The word is directly connected with the idea of being friendly with iniquity. The concept is that when a society becomes friendly with iniquity to the point that it becomes “full” then it becomes subject to the direct judgment of God. When this happens sin is no longer shameful or disgraceful and it is no longer done in the dark. It all comes out of the closet. And worse yet, people in that society become accustomed to it. When Moses led Abraham’s descendants out of Egypt 400 years later and back to the land of the Amorites, God said to them in Leviticus 18:3, “Neither shall you walk in their ordinances.” Instead, God said to them in vs. 4 that followed, that they were to “keep His ordinances.” Iniquity had become so ingrained in Canaanite society that it became their custom, or ordinance. What is an “ordinance” , you might ask? It’s simply a law. In any society there will always be people that will be committing every kind of gross sin imaginable, and God is never happy with any sinner at any time. But it becomes a totally different thing when that society makes an “ordinance”, or law condoning that sin. It then becomes even a much more serious thing with God! As we progress into Leviticus 18, God then defines for Israel some of the most serious of the “Amorite ordinances” that He said they were absolutely forbidden to participate in. The worst of the bunch were spelled out in vs. 20-24. Vs. 20 said, “Thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbor’s wife, to defile thyself with her”, (that’s adultery). Vs. 21 said, “And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech (Molech was a Canaanite god), neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God” , (that was child sacrifice, killing your children, similar to abortion). They would heat the idol of Molech and then place their babies on it to be burnt up in a sacrifice to him. What a deplorable practice, but no worse than using a saline solution on an unborn baby to abort it, by burning its skin and lungs for a few hours before it dies in its mother’s womb. Vs. 22 said, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” , (that’s homosexuality). And finally, v. 23 said, “Neither shalt thou lie with a beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion”, (that’s bestiality). God told them specifically in vs. 24 to, “Defile not your selves in any of these things.” These sins have not only become acceptable in our land, but they’re about to all become the law, or ordinance of our land, if they aren’t already. The Bible is warning us that when homosexuality and these other sins become an ordinance in our land that our land will come under the judgment of God. Argue with God over that if you wish, not me, for that’s what He said. Vs. 25 says, “And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.” Can you see or do you understand that America is now enacting “the ordinances of the Amorites” in our land? Therefore our land itself is defiled before a holy God and we are facing His judgment on our land even as you read these words? In1963 we still read the Bible and prayed in public school. I remember doing it in class in elementary school. That was only 52 years ago. But since the Supreme Court removed this from our schools the knowledge of God and His laws has been systematically removed from all areas of our society and America looks nothing like it did back in1963. What has happened? It’s simple—the iniquity of the Amorites is about to become full in our own land! And what you now see isn’t pretty! We should weep for our nation, for what brave men fought to preserve we’ve just about lost through our moral neglect and failures. May God have mercy upon us as a nation! Rev. Darrell Nicklow Orbisonia Church Of The Nazarene—447-3640

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