In an interview on Olive Tree Ministries’ Understanding the Times with Jan Markell, evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of Billy Graham, said she believes many of the bad things that have happened in the United States since the turn of the century, including 9/11, have been due to God punishing the country for what she sees as its moral decay.
“As our culture and our country implodes and we seem to be morally and spiritually bankrupt in so many ways, and there’s anarchy in our streets and there’s apathy in the church and arrogance in our leaders, it’s stunning how fast we have imploded,” she said during the interview on May 21.
Lotz, president of Angel Ministries and author of 11 books, continued, “I think the same thing can be said now, God is warning us and He gives warning after warning. 9/11 was a shot across the bow. So God is moving slowly in His judgment because He doesn’t want to do it.”
She believes if Americans want all the bad things to stop happening, they must repent. “God doesn’t — He doesn’t want us to have his hand of blessing and protection and favor removed. He doesn’t want us to be exposed to all the terrible things that we see happening in our country and the world that’s going to get worse, if we don’t turn to God. So, He’s very reluctant. He wants all to come to repentance, He doesn’t want any to come under His judgment.”
Markell said she believes the three major sins driving God’s vengeance are legalized abortion, legalized gay marriage and the United States’ abandonment of Israel, to which Lotz agreed.
“I think it’s one thing for a woman privately to have an abortion,” said Lotz. “That’s between her and God and it’s a tragedy. And for those who are listening, if there’s someone who has had one, I just want to say, God loves you and He can redeem that. But when it becomes national policy and it’s legalized and taxpayer-funded, that’s a national issue.”
Adding her thoughts on gay marriage, the 67-year-old Lotz said, “In our state [North Carolina] we voted statewide to have a constitutional amendment to make sure that marriage was between one man and one woman. That vote was carried by a landslide. One judge came up and overturned it and said it wasn’t constitutional, and overturned that.”
“So, in our state they had same-sex marriage decided by one judge,” she said. “That’s a government policy, legalizing something that is directly defiant of what God has established.”
She continued, giving her thoughts on U.S.-Israel relations. “And then the abandonment of Israel,” Lotz said. “I just see that through the Iran nuclear deal. I see it in what they’re trying to force Israel to do right now to give up the Golan Heights as part of a peace deal with Syria.”
“There are just so many things where we’re no longer Israel’s friend, we’re no longer standing beside her and helping to defend her from her enemies,” said Lotz. “It’s as though we’ve become her enemy. The Bible says, God says, when you bless Israel, you will be blessed. But if you curse Israel, then you watch out because God will come against you and you’ll be cursed.”
h/t: CNS News