Albert Martin demonstrates from Scripture that it is indeed proper for a minister of the gospel to address a word for the nation, because of four fundamental facts clearly asserted in the Word of God: God's sovereign rule over the nations, God's righteous judgment of the nations, God's unrivaled right to address the nations, and God's establishment of the principle that individuals stand in solidarity with the nations of which they are a part.

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  • Disclaimer
    1. No fanatical claims to direct revelation or special inspiration (00:20)
      • Sola Scriptura
      • 2 Timothy 3:16-17
    2. No irresponsible equation between the nation of Israel and the United States of America (3:20)
      • Many pastors irresponsibly preach on texts like 2 Chronicles 7:14, wrongly equating Israel with America
      • In Amos 3:2, God says of Israel, "You only have I known among all the nations of the earth."
      • Romans 9:4 affirms the peculiarity of Israel as the one nation to whom God gave His oracles and covenants
  • A biblical justification for preaching on this subject (5:15)
  • God's Relationship to the Nations
    1. The Subjugation of the Nations to the Sovereign Rule of God (6:50)
      • Daniel 4:17-18, 25, 34-35
      • Job 12:23-25 (13:22)
      • Ephesians 1:20-23 (16:04)
    2. The Accountability of the Nations to the Just Judgment of God (17:55)
      • All nations are accountable to God's judgment (Romans 1:18-3:20)
      • Whether or not a nation has received special revelation or general revelation, all are accountable (Romans 2:14-15)
      • Psalm 9:17 says, "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." (19:27)
      • Genesis 15:16 shows that the Amorites were accountable to God's judgment (20:08)
      • The land of Canaan was accountable to God's judgment (Leviticus 18:24-28; Deuteronomy 18:12)
    3. The Responsibility of the Nations to Hear the Word of God (24:53)
      • God reserves the right to address His subjects in all the earth.
      • God sent His prophet Jonah to Nineveh (26:31)
      • God's prophet Isaiah addressed the nations (Isaiah 34:1-2) (27:46)
  • National Solidarity (29:18)
    • Americans are stubborn, crassly individualistic people
    • God deals with individuals—you are born, you die, and you will go to judgment as an individual
    • But God does not only deal with individuals—He also deals in solidarity (ordained groups of men)
    • All men sinned when Adam sinned (Romans 5:12)
    • All men fell when Adam fell (1 Corinthians 15:22) (32:09)
    • God blessed the household of Potiphar for Joseph's sake (Genesis 39:5)
    • In three national, penitential prayers, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Daniel identified themselves with the sinful nation in which they lived (Ezra 9; Nehemiah 9; Daniel 9)
    • When Achan sinned, the whole nation of Israel was brought to an impasse—for the sin of one man
    • We have reaped the benefits of this nation due to solidarity, and so we must also share in the consequences of its sins, due to solidarity (35:50)
    • Like the godly remnant in Ezekiel 9:4, so we must be different from the rest of our countrymen by non-participation in its sins and non-conformity in its ways, by turning away from its patterns of ungodliness, and walking in the way of true faithfulness to God, and likewise, we must sigh and groan for the abominations done in our land

What is God's Word to our nation? I believe it is epitomized in that text familiar to many of you. I leave it with you to meditate upon and pray over: (39:53)

Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.