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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How Low Can We Go?

By on February 10, 2016

A long-time friend responded to last week’s blog by relating a loan interview in which the following question was asked of her: “For the majority of your day, what gender do you consider yourself to be?” After expressing her outrage, she was then told that this was now a “standard question” for such applications.

Duly incensed by the question, and quite comfortable with the fact that she is “24/7 a woman because that’s what God made her to be,” my friend related that, upon leaving the building, all she could think was: “It has to be close to the Lord’s coming back!”

Is this merely a laughable example of political correctness run amuck, or is there something more sinister and diabolical at work here? I believe it is clearly the latter. While the timing of the Lord’s return will remain a mystery until that day there are indeed strong signals that our own nation may be at the end of God’s tether. Worse yet, we may have broken free. After all, how low can we go?

God’s prophets did not mince words, so it would be wise to hear Isaiah as he thunders out the clear evidences of being on God’s “Woe” list.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who justify the wicked for a bribe and take away the rights of the ones who are in the right (Isaiah 5:20-23).

Read on, and you’ll find that things just get unimaginably worse!

So these days it might be wise to ask, “I wonder how God is voting in the primaries?” He is registered, you know…and His votes, all of them, REALLY count!

Will He let us go lower yet? Or is my friend’s observation correct?

Since spiritual awakening is our only hope…we MUST pray for it!

Rejoice evermore!
Tom Elliff
2 Tim 1:12