We recall earlier this year, when we were preaching in London, standing in a room in the manse of a London church and looking out at the city. These words welled in our heart: "O London, London, thou who wert exalted unto heaven, how art thou cast down into the pit?"
London, the city of the Puritans, the city of Wesley and of Whitefield, of Huntington and Hart, of Spurgeon and Lloyd-Jones, is now full of all manner of wickedness. But it is not London alone. It is the whole of the United Kingdom.
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
So it proves. We are seeing Roman 1.18-32 fulfilled before our eyes. As the nations that descended from Noah forsook God, so our nation has done the same.
18: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19: Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20: For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22: Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23: And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24: Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26: For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28: And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29: Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30: Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31: Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
And our American brothers should not be complacent. A wise minister has told us that he sees in America today the United Kingdom fifty years ago. What then shall we do? Let us give God no rest, let us repent of our sins and turn to Him, for He is gracious and will not leave the desolate to mourn.