NASHVILLE, TN – America’s destruction would still bring God glory, Bible teacher Anne Graham Lotz said at the final event of Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention.
Speaking at the Closing Gala Dinner, Lotz told the evangelical broadcasters the prayers of God’s people for Him to be glorified and Christ to be exalted still would be answered if the United States “comes under judgment.”
“[W]e could be destroyed, and it would be the right thing to do and God would be glorified,” she said.
Basing her remarks on Daniel 9, Lotz – President of AnGeL Ministries and the daughter of the Rev. Billy Graham – said the prophet was confident in God’s righteousness, and Christians today should be as well.
“We cannot do the things we’re doing in America with impunity,” she said. “God will hold us accountable. And I believe He is drawing a line in the sand . . . and we’re at the point of going over that tipping point and going too far.”
Offering a word of caution during an election season, Lotz said her concern this year is that evangelical Christians “will not necessarily be known as evangels, you know, bearers of good news, where we take the Gospel to the world and we tell people about the love of God, the mercy of God.... Instead evangelicals will be known as a voting bloc, and if our candidate doesn’t win or if our candidate does win and is a disaster, who will we blame?”
She told the Convention audience, “If we’re coming under the judgment of God, the bottom-line solution will not be found in politics; the bottom-line solution will not be found in the economy or the military or immigration reform or welfare reform or reforming the IRS.... The bottom-line solution is getting on our face before God.
“I wonder if God is going to let us as a nation get desperate enough until we turn to Him and Him alone,” Lotz said. “I would challenge you and I to turn to God with compulsion.”
Daniel was confident not only in God’s righteousness but also in His faithfulness, goodness, and greatness, she said.
“God’s righteousness demands judgment for sin, but His goodness causes Him to step in and take that judgment for us,” Lotz said, referring to Christ’s death on the cross. God is righteous but “equally good and merciful and forgiving,” she said.
Reports from the NRB President
Prior to Lotz’s message, NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson told attendees that he had signed a contract the same day for the association’s new offices near the U.S. Capitol.
“We are increasing our footprint in DC to represent you for free speech, freedom of religion, freedom to believe, free press,” he told the broadcasters.
Dr. Johnson also said NRB is growing, citing an increase of 12 percent in convention attendance from 2015 to this year for a raw total of 4,822. That followed a 12 percent increase from 2014 to 2015 after a 14 percent increase from 2013 to 2014.
The Ark in Kentucky
Also taking the stage at the Closing Gala was Ken Ham, President of Answers in Genesis, who gave a progress report on the Ark Encounter, a full-size replica of Noah’s Ark under construction in Kentucky. AIG, which also operates the Creation Museum in Kentucky, is building the Ark to present the Gospel, he said.
AIG’s most important goal is for people to know Jesus, Ham said. “Other than the cross, I do believe N0ah’s Ark is the greatest symbol of the message of salvation.”
The Ark, which is scheduled to open July 7, will be the world’s largest timber frame structure at 510 feet in length, 85 feet in width, and 51 feet in height, Ham said.
During the Closing Gala, NRB also presented its 2016 Special Service Awards, and Keith and Kristyn Getty led the audience in singing several hymns. Included was a revised version of “Facing a Task Unfinished,” a hymn written in the 1930s to call 200 more missionaries to China. The Gettys added a chorus to the hymn to celebrate the 150th anniversary of China Inland Mission, now OMF International.
By Tom Strode
Published: March 2, 2016