America is on the path toward destruction as the country is obsessed with sex, murdering the unborn and approving of sinful behavior such as homosexuality, said evangelical pastor John MacArthur.
"I don't know how much time America has left," he said in a poignant message preached last month at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif. "We're on a course described here (in Scripture) as God casting us out."
MacArthur warned that the United States is "living in the outpouring of the wrath of God." And that wrath is specifically the wrath of God abandoning the nation. When God abandons a nation, He gives the people over to the consequences of their behavior, the pastor noted. That society first becomes pornographic and obsessed with sex, and then it sees "degrading" passions and diseases such as homosexuality and HIV/AIDS. And lastly, the people become haters of God, MacArthur listed in sequence.
Shockingly, the pastor said, the Democratic Party has affirmed everything that God hates and that will bring God's judgment.
In MacArthur's words, open sex with government-provided contraception, murder of babies in wombs, and homosexual marriage were all approved as part of the party's platform in August. Moreover, "God" was originally left out of the platform.
This was the first time ever that a major party endorsed same-sex marriage.
"The Democratic Party has now made the sins of Romans 1 their agenda," he said in his message. "What God condemns, they affirm. What God punishes, they exalt.
"No wonder they didn't want 'God' in their original platform."
MacArthur went further to suggest that voters affiliated with the Democrat Party "rethink" their party identification.
The influential author stated clearly that he isn't getting political with his sermons. This has to do with Scripture, he said.
"This has nothing to do with politics. This has to do with speaking the Word of God to the culture in which we live," he stated. "Why do we say this? Because this must be recognized for what it is – sin, serious sin, damning sin, destructive sin.
"We get all caught up in the politics of this issue. That isn't the issue. It's about whether this society exists in the future at all. The land is so defiled, God will spew it out. First, He abandons it and then He destroys it."
This isn't "hate speech," as some might accuse, he added. It's "love speech," he insisted.
"It's better to warn them than affirm them. You might be the nice guy to affirm them but that's not love speech. That's hate speech."
"I can't imagine," he added, "that somehow it could be illegal in the United States of America to speak in love to those people and that some party in this country would adopt the tolerance of homosexuality as something they affirm. Unbelievable."
The California pastor also criticized church bodies that have affirmed same-sex relations and ordained homosexuals such as the Episcopal Church.
The responsibility of the church, he preached, is "to tell people about the kingdom of God and who can be in the kingdom of God, and who is excluded from the kingdom of God."
Anyone who advocates a life of sexual sin will not go to heaven, but hell, he warned.
"Hell is forever," MacArthur said. "We're here in love to speak love speech and say you must escape the wrath by repenting and fleeing these sins and you can be washed and transformed and justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
During his 40-plus years of ministry, MacArthur has met with and prayed with homosexuals, including those with HIV/AIDS. He preached about at least two individuals who repented of their homosexual behavior.
What the Bible says about the sin of homosexuality and other sexual sins is clear, he preached.
"We have to speak the truth to rescue the perishing," he emphasized. "You can't affirm them (homosexuals).
"The only hope is in the Lord ... The Lord says choose what pleases me and I'll give you a place in my house."