To you who know the Lord Jesus Christ, who have been awakened to the awfulness of sin and have felt the cleansing power of his blood, to you who have now found life, I bring this message: “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” (1 Pet. 4:17).

We note that the verse begins, “The time is come.” Many devout Christians feel that we are living in the last days. The conviction that “the time has come” seems particularly compelling just now. This feeling—that we may well be in the last times and the Lord will tarry no longer—strikes a responsive note in hearts.

Some are saying that the time has come for a great revival. Hyman Appelman has said that once in a hundred years the time seems ripe for a great awakening. This time of jubilee has come, he feels. And many others are seeing the beginnings of a great movement of commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. The time has come for a revival that will save us from atheism and materialism, and the terrible evils of our time.

Whether, of course, we are living in the closing days, or whether we are sharing in a movement that will shake our country and the world with revival, we do not assuredly know. But we do know that judgment has begun.

Empty Modernity

A symptom of this judgment is the current widespread interest in religion. People sing about thanking God “together on our knees,” not because they have suddenly repented and accepted Christ for what he is, but because the secular life they have known has been found wanting. Our culture has been judged. The judgment of God is upon our novels, our movies, our family life, our morals in general. Even our refinements, ...

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