I've seen several times on this board and many, many times elsewhere that people use 2 Chronicles 7:14 to *claim* it for America and pray for a revival. As I understand it, it is thought that if believers clean up their acts, repent, etc., that therefore God is promising He will heal our land.
I'm wondering if people really think of the ramifications of this thinking. First, it is specifically for Israel, under their covenant with God and as God's only nation that bears His Name and His covenant promises. America or any other country may have been founded by Christians or Deists but if it's true that Israel is the only covenant nation, then the promise to live godly before Him may have been unilateral by men. God is under no obligation to heal anyone else's land. Especially when the majority do not want it and do not want Him. He will not force Himself on anyone or any nation. God in general will bless right behavior and right behavior will in general will produce good results. But Christians are never promised an easy life in this world. And God Himself has not made a covenant with America or any other nation. He has blessed us - He has certainly been mightily gracious to us and we are so thankful.
But when a culture becomes so drunk and sick with their rebelliousness and sins and the believers are a minority - is it just of Him to keep pouring out blessings on all? Will He just concentrate on the righteous and not deal with the wicked and bring roadblocks of hardship so some may turn to repentance and salvation - just so the Christians can continue to live in a society where everything is easy? Will He not reprove sinners by having to live with the fruits of their own actions for the hope of salvation? What other countries has that happened to, outside of Israel, as a precedent?
As believers in God's prophecies and knowing that these are the last days, should we be counting on Dominion Theology, Replacement Theology or WOF name-it-and-claim-it Theology? Or are the fruits of those things something we should stay away from? Is claiming that promise in 2 Chronicles rightly dividing the Word of God? If not, at best we're just wasting our time trying to chase it down.
Here's what Thomas Ice thinks:
"...A widely used example of a verse taken out of context is 2 Chronicles 7:14: "and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray . . . " Usually this is quoted as an explanation for why America is in decline. Because "My people" are addressed, it is said that the success of a nation is dependent upon the obedience of Christians to the Lord. Thus God blesses or curses a nation in accordance with Christian obedience. Then 2 Chronicles 7:14 is cited as a formula for national restoration because the passage says to "humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
I believe that this is an illustration of a passage taken out of context because of the following contextual factors:
"My people" are said in 2 Chronicles 6:24 to be "Israel" as is also indicated by the flow of the historical context.
Solomon is preparing to dedicate the just completed Temple and 7:14 is God's renewal of the Mosaic Covenant under which Israel and only Israel operates.
Since this passage involves Israel and not the church it is improper to speculatively relate it to present day American Christianity. Proper contextual interpretation would allow for the general observation that God delights in a humble and obedient people, but obedience and pray should be offered according to His plan for the church...." http://www.raptureready.com/featured/ice/tt6.html
I have read several other articles and will share one right now (I can't copy it here due to the site's copyright rules.) I'm interested in people's thoughts.
Replacement Theology http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/replacement.html