My 2 Chronicles 7:14 Blog: Addendum

Posted on October 21, 2020

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By David Ettinger

Great Comment
I posted a blog yesterday titled, “Why 2 Chronicles 7:14 Doesn’t Apply Today.”

The verse reads (emphasis added): “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

One of my main points was that the phrase “my people, which are called by my name” was referring to the entire nation of Israel, most of which was involved in the sin of apostasy. God was calling for national repentance from His people Israel.

Today, however, the term, “my people, which are called by my name” also applies to Christians – true, born-again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. With this in mind, I wondered why born-again, Bible-believing Christians were being called to “turn from their wicked ways.”

Are the vast majority of Bible-believing Christians today acting so wickedly that we must repent of our ongoing collective wickedness? Individual repentance, yes; but national repentance of ALL Christians because we are engaged in wickedness?

Most of my commentators agree with me. This verse cannot be precisely applied to the U.S. (or any nation today), yet pastors keep preaching it into the ground.

No need rehashing the original blog, but I want to share this insightful comment from one my readers, who wrote (the particularly insightful part in bold):

“Thank you for setting the record straight on this very popular verse. When applied to the U.S. it implies that Christians are responsible for the havoc that is so prevalent in our culture. The fact that Satan is the god of this world and man has free will to follow his own lustful desires explains our nation’s condition.”

Exactly. To apply 2 Chronicles 7:14 to America today is to accuse Bible-believing Christians of collective wickedness. This is what happens when a Bible text is wrenched out of context.

Thanks for indulging me!