“Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and purifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment” (Isa. 1:4-6 KJV).
Like Isaiah, deliver me from a people laden down with iniquity, those who are seeds of evildoers, children who are corrupters, those who rebel more and more and their whole head is sick, and their whole heart is faint. O Lord Jesus, I have seen what should not be seen and heard what should not be heard. I have seen and heard abominations and abominations and blasphemies and blasphemies done by Your people upon Your name. O Lord, truly the wicked are far away from Your church, and yet they are also close within Your church. The wicked within the church do the vices of the nations with no shame and are like the ancient Gnostics who had no shame. For what I have seen this year doubles and even triples the agony and august that I have had all the time of my ministry. Truly, it is almost impossible to have a holiness church, or a church of holiness. Where are the real Christians at, those who will refuse to accept the vices of the nations? Oh! God, I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips (Isaiah 6:5-6), where even their lips cannot lift up praises to you because they have been contaminated by the filth of the Egyptians and the Canaanites. Oh God, help me and ministers like me!