Ten Righteous Men?

Some of you will immediately understand the reference of the topic of today’s post. If you don’t, you soon will if you read on. Those who missed it shouldn’t feel bad, this passage is rarely taught. It came to mind last night as my wife and I watched Mark Levin decrying the rogue actions of the usurpers in our nation’s governments – the globalists who are determined to destroy our nation to make way for a one world government. My wife asked, “So what can anybody do about it?” My answer was the same as it has been for months, at least.

No man, not Trump, not DeSantis, no majority, no court, no political party is going to save our nation. There’s a saying going around “We’re not going to vote our way out of this.” The implication, sometimes veiled and at other times blatant is “we must retake our nation by force”. I totally disagree with this sentiment. However my wife’s question brought another line of thought to the forefront: will God Almighty save our nation? This remains to be seen and also dredges up the passage from Genesis and the parallels with our nation today.

This passage consists of only 13 verses from Genesis 18:20-33 – right before Sodom and Gomorrah is destroyed. The sinfulness of these two cities are later exemplified when two angels come to bring Lot and his family out. The city folk descend upon Lot’s home, demanding he turn the “men” over to them so they can sexually abuse them. Lot refuses, going so far as to offer his virgin daughters to them instead. Nothing doing, they want the men.

For those who want to compare modern-day America to Sodom and Gomorrah, I think it is safe to say we are not quite there… yet. Considering the decadence, the corruption, and the absolute disregard of the rule of law we are currently seeing, we are, as a nation, reaching for that goal as I speak.

If you saw The Sound of Freedom, you know the real-life hero of this story, Tim Ballard has stated “The United States has the number-one demand for child exploitation material and is the number one consumer of child sex in the world.” I believe him. Even if you insist on disputing this, let me ask you, is this something you want our nation to even be in the running for?

Child trafficking is just the tip of the iceburg. Fact is our nation is crumbling before our eyes on every front. Even our nation’s spiritual leaders are suspect. Oh! Wait a minute! What group was determined to kill Jesus?

John 11:49 But a certain one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all,

50 nor do you consider that it is advantageous for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.”

Yes. Jesus’ most vocal and active opponents was Israel’s spiritual leaders. Today, it is not just them. We are surrounded.

Our nation’s spiritual leadership has not stepped up. Most of the

All this brings me back to Almighty God, Abram, and their discussion of the future of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Genesis 18:20 (WEB) Yahweh said, “Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous,

21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come to me. If not, I will know.”

22 The men turned from there, and went toward Sodom, but Abraham stood yet before Yahweh.

23 Abraham drew near, and said, “Will you consume the righteous with the wicked?

24 What if there are fifty righteous within the city? Will you consume and not spare the place for the fifty righteous who are therein?

25 Be it far from you to do things like that, to kill the righteous with the wicked, that so the righteous should be as the wicked. May that be far from you. Shouldn’t the Judge of all the earth do right?”

26 Yahweh said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sake.”

27 Abraham answered, “See now, I have taken it on myself to speak to the Lord, who am but dust and ashes.

28 What if there will lack five of the fifty righteous? Will you destroy all the city for lack of five?” He said, “I will not destroy it, if I find forty-five there.”

29 He spoke to him yet again, and said, “What if there are forty found there?” He said, “I will not do it for the forty’s sake.”

30 He said, “Oh don’t let the Lord be angry, and I will speak. What if there are thirty found there?” He said, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.”

31 He said, “See now, I have taken it on myself to speak to the Lord. What if there are twenty found there?” He said, “I will not destroy it for the twenty’s sake.”

32 He said, “Oh don’t let the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but thisonce. What if ten are found there?” He said, “I will not destroy it for the ten’s sake.”

33 Yahweh went his way, as soon as he had finished communing with Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.

And then Sodom and Gomorrah is destroyed after Lot and his family is evacuated. So it would appear there weren’t ten righteous men to be found there. What about our nation? What about the Untied States of America? Would God spare our nation for the sake of ten righteous men? ARE there ten righteous men left here? While some might consider these questions probing or even astute, they are not. Sodom and Gomorrah was not only a different place but in a different time. The Messiah was still prophesied. Israel, indeed Abram’s very seed had yet to be established. Fast forward to our current generation.

The law of Israel has come and gone…

Galatians 2:15 (WEB) We, being Jews by nature, and not Gentile sinners,

16 yet knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but through the faith of Jesus Christ, even we believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law, because no flesh will be justified by the works of the law.

In this passage Paul is referring to Israelites rather than the Church. How do I know this? Context!

Galatians 2:14 (WEB) But when I saw that they didn’t walk uprightly according to the truth of the Gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live as the Gentiles do, and not as the Jews do, why do you compel the Gentiles to live as the Jews do?

In the context, Paul was speaking of his conversation with Peter. I don’t often point stuff like this out so anyone who has an issue with my quotes, I would first urge them to read the passage in question for themselves and take in the context. While I do my best to avoid misapplying biblical concepts by taking scriptures out of context, I am not infallible so it is always a good idea to search the scriptures for yourselves to see if these things are so. Onward.

We are not under law but under grace, thus it is important to understand the reality of this principle. The book of Galatians deals extensively with this topic, particularly when it comes to the very symbolic basis of Hebrew legalism – circumcision. Circumcision was a major contention of those Jews “zealous for the law”. Read about it in Acts 15.

The bottom line is for those of us who have confessed Jesus as Lord and believed God has raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9,10)

Romans 3:21(KJV) But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Indeed we’ve been made righteous!

1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV) But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

Per my understanding according to these verses, I can say with reasonable certainty there are enough “righteous men” in this nation to spare us God’s wrath. So what’s the deal here? Why does our nation crumble before our eyes? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I do believe if, IF, my brothers and sisters in Christ join me in coming before God, confess our sins, and ask Him to deliver our nation, He would do so.

James 4:1 (KJV) From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

James is quite plain here: we have not because we ask not and when we do ask, it is to consume it upon our lusts (desires). We have a distinct advantage over Abram. This is remarkable as Abram, or Abraham as he was later called, was also called “the friend of God”

James 2:23 (KVJ) And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

What is our advantage? First of all, God Almighty has granted us sonship. We are not just “friends” but “heir of God through Christ”.

Galatians 4:7 (KVJ) Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Second, as I said before, those of us in Christ have been made righteous. We need not strive to become righteous. We only need to come before our Heavenly Father, confess our sins and ask for deliverance.

Hebrews 11:6 (KVJ) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The question is… can we “negotiate” with God as Abram did? To be best of my knowledge, sadly, no. It is evident Abram had a unique relationship with God. As much as I’ve desired even a closer, if not, similar relationship with my Heavenly Father, I’ve not even come close. Maybe others have seen success where I have not. I cannot say. Whatever God’s plans and intents are, they are above my pay grade. That said, I none of this prevents me or you, from petitioning Him for deliverance. I know for a fact God does grant deliverance. He has for me and for many, many others in various ways.

So, I do and will continue to ask God, my Heavenly Father, to deliver our nation. I’m asking you to join me in this. We don’t need a set time and place. Do what you can when you can. I’m making no promises. I’m not putting forth any predictions. All I am saying is we can ask. Maybe if ten righteous men ask God to deliver our nation, He will do so. Maybe it will take 50, or 100, or 10,000. I don’t know. Maybe God has other plans entirely and no matter what, the answer is simply “no”. The thing is, if we don’t ask, we absolutely will not receive.

Who is with me?