Expect 'acts of God' on sinful world

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Americans have not yet given any indication that they would like recent "acts of God" to be stopped. There has been no national repentance; there have been no plans to reverse those steps that have been taken to ban God and his Word from our society.

What in the world could induce God to stop his wrath, I cannot for the life of me imagine. "Ignore him, and he'll go away" has not worked. He's still there, and just a little more provoked by the insolence of those who hate him and refuse to acknowledge his holiness and righteousness.

"Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil," the Bible warns (Exodus 23:2). God can punish by tens, thousands and millions. People vainly imagine because there is a unanimous sentimentality to doing evil, they will get by with it, but no one shall escape.

George Mason, Father of the Bill of Rights, said, "Providence punishes national sins by national calamities." Sinners must flee to the Lord Jesus Christ in humility, repentance, faith and obedience to his Word, the Bible, or He will destroy every last person.

The Creator has promised, "Heaven and Earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away" (Mark 13:31). The holy people of God are looking "for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness" (II Peter 3:13). "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death" (Revelation 21:8).

It looks like greater "acts of God" are to be expected on a local, national and global scale. Who is making preparations?

The Rev. Timothy Fellows

Aiken, S.C.

(The writer is pastor of The Church of Philadelphia in Aiken.)

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dougk
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dougk 06/08/11 - 10:00 pm
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Just keep us filled in your
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Just keep us filled in your preparations when you get a chance, Rev.

JesusSavesAtCitiBank
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JesusSavesAtCitiBank 06/08/11 - 10:10 pm
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Soldout must've submitted a

Soldout must've submitted a letter...

Taylor B
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Taylor B 06/08/11 - 10:17 pm
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LOL JSCB!

LOL JSCB!

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 06/08/11 - 10:30 pm
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I like this letter and agree

I like this letter and agree with it fully. It is sad that our nation can't see the connection between our problems and our sinfulness. If this nation turned back to God we would see the blessing of God return.

JesusSavesAtCitiBank
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JesusSavesAtCitiBank 06/08/11 - 10:59 pm
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Maybe Scoop and Soldout

Maybe Scoop and Soldout collaborated....

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 06/08/11 - 11:09 pm
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Would have been happy to! LOL

Would have been happy to! LOL

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Fundamental_Arminian 06/09/11 - 03:46 am
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Trouble with this LTE is that

Trouble with this LTE is that some of the areas hardest hit have been conservative and godly. Take Joplin, Mo., for instance. I know of at least two Christian ministries and a Christian college there. So far, the disasters haven't targeted the ungodly exclusively.

Still, our nation needs to repent, and the letter-writer is correct to warn us of that need.

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momster59 06/09/11 - 05:37 am
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I'm going to hypothesize that

I'm going to hypothesize that the good Rev. Fellows has no idea how weather and natural phenomenon work, or how the cycles of the Earth work, or how human destruction of the worlds resources and pollution of the planet affect the atmosphere and thereby affect the weather cycles of the earth. Much easier to blame God. Leave him alone, it's not him being evil.
As for the areas hit, I have observed that the behavior of many of the most "conservative and godly" tend to be the most intolerant and ungodly, perhaps Fellows is correct and God really is as evil as he implies and is sending this suffering on these people so they will pay better attention to the needs of others.
Seriously, never understood why certain classes of Christians like to claim that God is good and loving and in the same breath blame him for horror and suffering.

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InChristLove 06/09/11 - 05:57 am
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For those who believe in God,

For those who believe in God, we understand that nature is cursed by God as well as man. In Genesis God cursed the ground after the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Just as we have a good side and a bad side, so does nature. We see the result of nature's curse in earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes. Although God is in control of nature, he allows these events to take place because ultimately God is in control of all. I wonder how many natural disasters God has prevented from happening...we only see the ones he allows to happen. Natural disasters have continued to happen since the fall of man. Did God not allow the flood in Noah's day. Who sent the plagues of Egypt. What caused the sun to "stand still" so that Joshua could win a war. For the most part, these were acts of judgment by God for disobedience that sometimes fell on the righteous as well as the wicked. We are so eager to point out the bad and not praise the good. When's the last time you thanked God for the rain, a rainbow, the sunshine, a cool breeze, a sky full of stars at night. We try to understand God's ways by human standards which is impossible because only He knows the reason He allows these disasters to take place.

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sconservative 06/09/11 - 06:29 am
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Even though God could prevent

Even though God could prevent disasters, He allows them as discipline because the time is short. America will not be blessed as long as we murder unborn babies and favor a homosexual agenda over traditional marriage. When the believers are caught up to be with the Lord, the current disasters will be mosquito bites by comparison to the tribulation before the second coming.

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augusta citizen 06/09/11 - 07:25 am
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Thank you, Augusta Chronicle

Thank you, Augusta Chronicle for printing this, and thank you InChristLove for your good explanation. May God bless you all today!

Chillen
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Chillen 06/09/11 - 08:57 am
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I knew the second I saw this

I knew the second I saw this article that the Godless atheists would be out in full force to mock Christians.

Now, if this had been a muslim letter saying the exact same thing, but quoting allah and the kuran, the atheists would be in full support.

I wonder why that is?

I'll tell you why. America was founded on Christian values and principals. By in large, America is a Christian nation. The progressive liberal malcontents are anti-American and therefore anti-Christian. By anti-American I mean they are anti-capitalism, anti-individualism, anti-freedom, anti-Christian, anti-Constitution, anti-success, the list just goes on and on. They ARE pro-big government, pro-collective group, pro-socialism, pro-anything anti American.

Furthermore, they believe that the enemy of the enemy is their friend. Boy will they be surprised one day when they learn that the muslim enemy they support is not their friend. I look forward to their revelation.

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AWyld1 06/09/11 - 09:03 am
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Fellows is one step above

Fellows is one step above westboro baptist church...you really think that God brought wrath on evil people in the forms of floods and tornadoes? The innocent christians just get caught in the middle of it? So out of the 300 people or so killed how many do you think God was targeting? Seriously?

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 06/09/11 - 09:24 am
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Nice distraction trying to

Nice distraction trying to tie a good man with the wacky Westboro crowd but it doesn't change the truth. ICL explained it as clearly as anyone can so I don't feel the need to repeat the same things over again. May God have mercy on our nation that deserves far worse than we have already received and may we turn to God as our forefathers did many years ago.

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faithson 06/09/11 - 09:27 am
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Using the good Reverend's

Using the good Reverend's logic, I would like to extrapolate further; how about initiating the overthrow of a sovereign nation, actually CHOOSING to go to War with all the inherent consequences thereof. how about all the greed and avarice of the financial leaders of this great nation who SUCKED the marrow out of the bones of the working people by duping them into 'hyper consumerism'. how about a country that 'flaunts' it's military power like a school yard bully around the world. how about a country where the levers of justice are unbalanced in favor of the 'moneyed' class. and last but not least: How about a country where corporate entities have gained the 'human rights' our forefathers so valiantly fought for. Repentance is simple compared with the out right penance this nation and its leaders need to implement. Sack cloth and ashes for those who would denigrate and dismiss the advice of the 'peacemakers'.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/09/11 - 09:51 am
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Christ spoke of natural

Christ spoke of natural disasters that occurred in his time and also for the future just before His return. Logicaly and Biblically it is silly for us to think that God would "cause" each of these natural disasters to occcur, but He does allow them to happen. The earth is out of whack because of the curse that resulted from original sin. We will continue to have natural disasters until Christ returns and this old cursed world is destroyed and He creates a new earth.

When disasters occur, if we believe that God causes it, how do we learn to trust Him (we don't). But, if we know that when a disaster occurs, that He is there to help us through it (not the cause of it), we learn to trust Him to supply our needs (whether it's through Him or by the help from fellow Christians).

Seriously AWyd1, in today's natural disasters, God isn't targeting anyone.

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soldout 06/09/11 - 10:01 am
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I don't think God has to do

I don't think God has to do anything for these storms to happen. Sin creates the problem and sowing and reaping always work. The Word says when sin reaches a certain level the earth itself will react. Let's see what Jesus did when a strom came up and He was out on a boat. He spoke peace to the storm and it went away. If the storm was God's will He would have been going against the will of the father which He said He never did. Apparently the storm was the work of the devil and Jesus took authority over it. He passed that authority along to his followers and we can speak to storms. I know a man who spoke to a storm and stopped it cold. Christians have that authority per the Word and need to use it. The Word says the curse without a cause does not come so there is a cause for the storms. The devil is out to kill and destroy. Jesus already took the judgement for our sins but we have to receive what He did for us or we will take the judgement for oursleves.
I wouldn't want to live in this world without God's protection through the accepting of Christ as my savior. God doesn't control everything or He would have never asked you to pray or speak to the mountains in your life. My fellow Christians we have more authority than we are using. We can believe and receive or doubt and do without.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/09/11 - 10:09 am
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AWyld1, you are right,

AWyld1, you are right, arguing religion gets no where. God does not wish that any should perish and He's not sitting on His throne just waiting to zap someone. He does however, allow nature to occur which sometimes results in disasters where people die. I don't like to use the word innocent because non of us are innocent, but the good as well as the evil sometimes die. Whether you agree with someone's religious views or not, suggesting that they not procreate or put a little chlorine in the gene pool definitely isn't very Christ-like. But then again, maybe that's not your intent.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/09/11 - 10:19 am
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soldout, I agree with most of

soldout, I agree with most of your post but will have to disagree with the statement that God doesn't control everything. Although He tells us that if we have the faith of a mustard seed, sometimes we pray for things and it is not God's will. That is why when we pray we ask His will, not our own. God always answers, Yes, No, or not now.

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Jon Lester 06/09/11 - 10:26 am
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So why is Las Vegas still
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So why is Las Vegas still standing?

follower
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follower 06/09/11 - 10:44 am
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Some mistakenly think that

Some mistakenly think that God always sends calamities to punish sinners. This is not true. Jesus commented on acts of violence and natural calamities that happened in His day. The Bible says, "There were present at that season some who told Him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, "Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, nay; but unless ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen upon whom the tower of Siloam fell and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all other men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, nay; but unless ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:1-5).

The point is that we weren't made for this world, but for eternity. And as we aren't promised another day, hour, or even minute, poses the question of readiness. It's foolishness to the non-believer, but makes perfect sense to the child of God.

For the believer the question isn't "God, what are you doing?", but "God, what are you trying to show me?". There is a purpose even if we don't understand. His ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

ICL, you are correct in addressing soldout's statement of God controlling everything.

Sentinel
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Sentinel 06/09/11 - 11:00 am
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Fellows quotes both the Old

Fellows quotes both the Old and New Testament in his letter so he is basically talking out of both sides of his mouth.

You can't have it both ways Reverend.... you're either operating under the new covenant or not. Cherry-picking verse to suit your agenda is a specious use of the book you claim to follow.

IMRIGHTYOUREWRONG
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IMRIGHTYOUREWRONG 06/09/11 - 11:04 am
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El niño?

El niño?

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Willow Bailey 06/09/11 - 11:08 am
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I understand where Rev.

I understand where Rev. Fellows is coming from and I don't argue with his understanding or concerns. The problem I see is that if the goal of the message is soul winning, trying to scare someone into salvation hasn't met with much success. Just ask Noah. People who are rejecting God, need a message of love, acceptance, and grace by people who are experiencing these things in their own life.

As to disasters, I have found some of the greatest blessings of my life in the middle of the storm/diaster. God is greater than any circumstance I have ever encountered.

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dougk 06/09/11 - 11:14 am
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Graceful commentary, Willow.
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Graceful commentary, Willow.

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momster59 06/09/11 - 11:29 am
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Chillen - "I knew the second

Chillen - "I knew the second I saw this article that the Godless atheists would be out in full force to mock Christians."

Really? And which poster claims to be an atheist and where exactly is the "mocking"? Did the AC remove a post before Chillen's or does he/she just believe that anyone who doesn't think of God in the same way is an atheist? Given the posts that proceeded his/hers, this remark makes no sense.

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faithson 06/09/11 - 11:36 am
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Jesus stood on the hill at

Jesus stood on the hill at Gethsemane looking over the city of Jerusalem and the Temple mount. He wept as he looked upon the 'chosen people' knowing full well that their rejection of his salvific message would culminate in the total destruction of Jerusalem some 65-70 years henceforth. Do the righteous Christians of this day also reject the message of Peace through Brotherhood that Christ gave and lived ? It can be no other way than loss if we do not embrace the Fatherhood of our creator and the brotherhood of our fellow man, each and every man.

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noway 06/09/11 - 11:44 am
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Chillen, you need to study

Chillen, you need to study some history. This country isn't actually based on Christian principles although it is a predominantly Christian country. God also is not targeting sinners. That's insane. If that were the case, why don't tornados only hit prisons or "abortion clinics"?? Heterosexual marriage? That's all working out perfectly isn't it? 50% divorce rate and people cheating on each other...people in the church, cheating. Maybe some of you holy rollers need to look in the mirror and please, quit translating the bible literally.

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InChristLove 06/09/11 - 11:48 am
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momster59, I do believe

momster59, I do believe Chillen was referring to Citibank. This poster has made it well known that she does not believe in God and has mocked those who are known to be Christian posters or follow the teachings of Christianity. An atheist does not believe in any diety so if you think of God in a different way then you would not be considered an atheist. Her post, although a little harsh, makes sense to those who follow these posters frequently.

JesusSavesAtCitiBank
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JesusSavesAtCitiBank 06/09/11 - 12:10 pm
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Yet it's okay for people like

Yet it's okay for people like Chillen and ICL to call me an abomination because I'm gay. It's okay for them to mock me because I happen to point out flaws in their faith. Yeah...hypocrisy reins AC.com like white on rice!

As for the whole we are a Christian nation non-sense! Here is an excerpt from a fellow Christian of yours maybe it'll get through your thick skulls if it comes from one of your fellow believers:

Saw this on the Bishop T.D. Jakes' blog and had to share:

Several months ago I had the privilege of appearing again on “Larry King Live.” He asked me a very poignant question, “Is this a Christian nation?” I immediatel­y replied, “No. This is a nation with a lot of Christians in it.” Many times majority groups think that their views control the country, which for me as a Christian is a great idea. But what happens when and if the numbers switch and we aren’t the majority? The founding fathers created a democratic system that separated church from state so that, as a country, we could avoid the slippery slope of getting into the business of telling people what to believe. That is a job they left to be determined by the individual­, the synagogue, the mosque and the church!

A country that has one national religion as its only compass is much more of a theocracy than a democracy. That kind of tyranny leads to witch burning, spiritual genocide, forced and fraudulent expression­s of faith, and God knows what else. As wonderful as faith is, faith out of control can be lethal.

http://www­.tdjenterp­rises.com/­blog/

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