|The following is the opening comentary from our 2002 Spring Edition.|
Ignorant Worship of The Unknown God
For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
-- Acts 17:23
After the tragedy of 9-11, our nation, or more accurately the public, has made the appearance of turning to God. From senators standing on the Capital steps singing God Bless America to the popularity of these lyrics at sporting events and over the airways, America has surely risen in patriotism and being religious in the generic sense. There is, however, a striking resemblance to the people of Athens in Acts chapter seventeen, who placed a multitude of devotions on Mars Hill to numerous false gods and in fear of leaving one out, placed on one devotion "To the Unknown God."
The first thought that went through my mind when I saw liberal politicians forming the words "God Bless America" was that most of these people have no relationship or even knowledge of the God they are singing to. The fact is, they do not know Him.
Then when I saw the interfaith prayer services with virtually every religion represented, and heard verses quoted such as Romans 8:38,39 but omitting "which is in Christ Jesus our Lord," I knew America was replaying Mars Hill in New Testament Athens, Greece.
Paul preached a great message to the men of Athens declaring this "Unknown God" to them. The Lord allowed me to preach a message entitled "Ignorant Worship" two weeks after the 9-11 attacks in which I made an exposition of this text. Space will not allow me to print the message here, but cassette tapes/compact disks are available and you can also listen to the message on the Audio Sermon Page on our web site.
Evangelist Van Billingsley
-- From the Spring 2002 printed Newsletter --
© 2002 Evangelist Van Billingsley