Tom Elliff
Oklahoma City, OK

After pastoring for forty-two years, Tom Elliff served the International Mission Board, first as Senior Vice President for Spiritual Nurture and Church Relations from 2005-2009, then as President from 2011-2014. Tom served pastorates in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma and as an IMB missionary in Zimbabwe. Tom also served as president of the SBC Pastor's Conference and two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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A Nail In The Coffin?

By on May 16, 2016

Is it possible that the most recent action by our nation’s chief elected official, if left unchecked, could be the final nail in the coffin of our once great nation?  While none of us would like to think of that possibility, I am personally chilled by the reminder that there is Someone who is thinking about it seriously. After all, nothing escapes the attention of Jehovah who gives thoughtful consideration to all man’s “goings” (Prv 5:21).

The opening chapter in the Letter of Paul to the Romans, a “legal brief” reminding us of our great sinfulness and the need of even greater grace on God’s part, asserts that the ultimate judgment of God is that He would simply give us over to our “degrading passions” (Rom 1:24-32). Even a cursory reading of that passage leaves no doubt that the promotion of sexual confusion is chief among the examples used.

For God to act in a disciplinary fashion is an evidence of God’s loving desire to bring us back to Himself. But to be “given over” is a signal of His disgust. For that reason, being given over to our sinful desires should rank as the most feared of God’s judgments.

Middle Eastern archaeologists record that as past nations turned from God the traces of their culture buried in the soil become increasingly idolatrous and perverted. That same soil gives ready testimony to the moral erosion and ultimate destruction of nations once considered beyond falling.

It should disturb the faithful believer that all this is happening on our watch. For that reason alone, I find myself drawn more and more to prayer for national revival. And it is for that reason that I applaud, support and participate in movements (such a Sherwood Baptist Church’s ReFresh Conferences) that seek to call pastors to personal renewal and the development of “spiritual backbone.”

One good thing about current events is that they provide a backdrop against which a person’s character — whether pastor, parishioner, or public servant — becomes clearly evident. “People need to know whether you have starch in your britches,” was a statement I heard often when growing up. I think that’s right! And I also think we are in an arena where it will soon become quite obvious whether God’s people do…or do not.

You will note that the title to this blog ends with a question mark. I trust you will interpret that as my note of hope. I am praying for national revival. While government is not our hope, godly government can provide an environment through which people around the world can still hear, and see, that our hope, and theirs, is in the Lord, Jesus Christ.

I hope you are praying with me!

Rejoice evermore!

Tom Elliff
2 Tim 1:12

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  • Cindy Brooks

    Thank you, Bro. Tom. I too, have been thinking along these same lines. God is so good to reaffirm His message in my heart.