What Happened To Nations Under Corrupt or Bad Leadership In The Bible?

What Happened To Nations Under Corrupt or Bad Leadership In The Bible? August 16, 2016

The Bible tells us what happens to nations that fall into corruption and ungodly leadership.

Does God Abandon Nations?

What happens to nations that fall into corruption and who have ungodly leadership? It seems obvious to most Christians because they can read the history of mankind, but also the historical accounts written in the Bible where nations departed from obedience to God and later fell into ruin because of idolatry (with sexually immoral practices), exceeding greed, and neglect of the poor, like the orphans and the widows. This was the case with the Roman Empire where there was rampant sexual immorality, multiple marriages and divorces, child abuse (physical and sexual), over-taxation, and a growing national debt that threatened the empire’s solvency and national defense. These and other causes would all become her downfall. Since nothing happens outside of the sovereign will of God (Matt 10:29), this must have been a judgment of God. The national and civilian population had reached a point that reflected the days of Noah, where all they thought about was sin (Gen 6:5).

When God Abandons a Nation

During the time of the judges in ancient Israel, everyone did what was seen as right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25), but when that happens, the counsel of God is ignored, and as a result, the fell into captivity time after time. They would finally repent and God would send them a judge to rescue them, but right after he (or she) died, they would fall back into their sinful pattern and that would bring them back into destruction. Similar kings of ancient Israel (and later, Judah) took their nations through this same cycle. If you look at history, they cycle is not unique to Israel. When Samson judged Israel for twenty years, he reached such a state of disobedience to God that was said of him that “he did not know that the LORD had left him” (Judges 16:20b), and that may be what’s happening to our nation today and many others around the world. God has left them. We might think that millions in our nation are Christians, but when it comes to the fruit, the tree is a bit barren! Many will saw to the Lord on the day of His return, “Lord, Lord,” but these same “many” will be turned away from the presence of God (Matt 7:13-23). The Bible teaches that many are called but few are chosen. Broad is the path to destruction but narrow and difficult is the path to eternal life and why “few there be that find it” (Matt 7:14).

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When Nations Forsake God

When a nation finally forsakes God, God will surely forsake them. In fact, He may have already done so in many cases. That’s because any nation that exists and operates by indiscriminately breaking (in fact, defying) God’s Laws are subject to the same fates as the ancient Israelites, the Roman Empire, and any other people which lives outside of the will of God. The truth is, “When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices” (Prov 11:10a), and “when the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan” (Prov 29:2). The groan for the same reasons that others did in the past; over-taxation, a huge national debt and growing, national defense and security issues, sexual immorality, and corruption in the private, public, and political sphere.

Consequences for Corrupt Nations

You cannot break God’s moral laws without them breaking you, and it doesn’t matter if it relates to one person or an entire nation. If we choose to sin, we choose to suffer, because we are the ones that choose our way and not God’s, and since God is sovereign, He will hold each nation and individual responsible; even more so with the national leaders. He has that authority to do that. It is God Who “changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings” (Dan 2:21a). God is omnipotent; He can punish or bring down any nation He chooses, just as we read in the Old Testament. He brings up one nation to punish another, but sometimes the nation can implode from within, because they’ve been their own worst enemy. The government may be doing more damage to the nation than her people are, but the people will still feel the consequences and suffer for it. In Noah’s day, it had grown so bad that “the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Gen 6:11-12) and “the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen 6:5). This type of civilization brought God’s judgment and it came suddenly, just as it will again when Christ returns (Rev 22:12). It will be when “he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him” (Rev 1:8). They wail because they know that God exists and now they face His judgment. All their lives, they have suppressed the knowledge of God (Rom 1:18), despite that fact that’s it’s obvious that God does exist (Rom 1:19-21).


If we are not happy with who are choices are in political office, that’s no reason not to vote, but God may use ungodly leadership as a form of disciplining a nation. He did the same thing with ancient Israel and then Judah. He gave them up to their own sins, and then God gave them the king they deserved. Can we as a nation still hear God’s voice, where He tells His people, “Oh, that my people would listen to me” (Psalm 81:13a), and “I would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes” (Psalm 81:4), but sadly, our nation may hear the very same thing He told ancient Israel, and that was that “my people did not listen to my voice” (Psalm 81:11). By the way, His voice can still be heard today in His written Word, the Bible. God speaks to us by His Spirit and through His Word to point us to the Living Word, Jesus Christ. Whoever is not abiding in His Word (John 15:5), will be cast into the fire (John 15:6); a fire that is never quenched, and in a place where their worn does not die (Mark 9:48).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon

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  • pud

    “If we are not happy with who are choices are in political office, that’s no reason not to vote, but God may use ungodly leadership as a form of disciplining a nation.”

    Nation spanking?

    Voting for the lessor of two evils is still endorsing evil simple jack. A non vote is a rational decision when there are no virtuous choices….but you have trouble with that “rational” thing don’t you?

    “By the way, His voice can still be heard today in His written Word, the Bible. God speaks to us by His Spirit and through His Word to point us to the Living Word, Jesus Christ.”

    By the way it’s not the written word of an invisible “god” it’s the fiction of ignorant men and a corrupt institution called “the church” Only the delusional and psychotic hear voices from things that are not there…and children with their invisible friends

    If it’s so important to your “god” that he be heard why doesn’t he go on tee vee or build a website?

    • Sam Andrew

      “If it’s so important to your “god” that he be heard why doesn’t he go on tee vee or build a website?”

      Why if God communicated directly with people, what would all those priests, monks, imams and ministers do for a living? How would the Pope collect enough tithes to keep the Vatican running? Also consider we already have a deforestation problem on earth, another 7 billion burning bushes wouldn’t help…

      • pud

        What about all those fires in California? Huh? Lots of burning bushes there! Praise the lord!

        • Helen Kerns Berberich

          Pud I don’t understand why you spend so much time and effort on something you don’t believe in… I don’t believe in Santa Claus, I also don’t debate about his existence . Many parents teach their children he’s responsible for their gifts.. The children are happy, no harm, no foul…so why when you deny the existence of God do you debate His existence. How is this affecting you? I believe in God and in Jesus Christ… I’m not uneducated… I’ve chosen to believe. I’m a better person for following the teachings of Jesus…. At the end of my life the world will be a better place because I’ve chosen to follow this path…I’m just a bit perplexed as to why it is so important for you to disprove… I’m actually kinda sad for you and I believe you are missing out on a lot of joy in life… I wonder what people will say and think of you at your funeral…and…. If I’m wrong no problem… But if you are…..

          • pud

            Because you are delusional, ignorant, superstitious and you vote. If you didn’t vote and kept entirely to yourself I wouldn’t care what you did..but you don’t. You and your deluded kind would love to return to the dark ages, destroy science, dumb down children AND you root for the end of the world which I’m not in favor of. Your backward Bronze Age mentality is exactly the same as the Taliban and your world is incompatible with mine. Keep to yourself, don’t vote, be silent and I will leave you alone…keep spreading your cult of death and I will forever be your enemy

          • Helen Kerns Berberich

            I wonder if your have ever read the bible from beginning to end… Paul had a conversation…

          • pud

            I have which is how I know it’s a load of crap. Paul was a delusional murdering psychotic. Why would anyone construct their life around mentally ill people who see visions of giant jesus? Grow up.

          • Helen Kerns Berberich

            Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; …
            Psalms1:1-6Proverbs 13:16 ESV / 8 helpful votes

            In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.

          • pud

            1 Timothy 2:11-12 – “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.”

          • Helen Kerns Berberich

            In context, Paul is dealing with false deceived teachers who are teaching false doctrine (1 Tim. 1:3, 7)
            Paul did not leave Timothy behind in Ephesus to stop the false teachers AND to stop all women who are teaching correct biblical doctrine – he only left Timothy behind to stop the false teachers from teaching false doctrine (1 Tim. 1:3)
            Paul says that he too had been deceived and he received mercy because of his fighting against the church was because he was ignorant of the truth and he had been deceived (1 Tim 1:13, 16)
            Paul differentiates between those who were teaching false doctrines because they were ignorant and deceived (1 Tim. 1:3, 7) and those who were deliberate deceivers (1 Tim. 1:19, 20)
            Paul names the deceivers (1 Tim. 1:20) but he does not name the ones who are deceived (1 Tim. 1:3, 6)
            Paul gives instructions to Timothy regarding how the men and women who claim godliness should conduct themselves in the church while they are in the midst of the false teachers (1 Tim. 2:1-10)
            All Christians should be praying for the lost even those who are lost in their midst – those who are embroiled in false doctrine (1 Tim. 2:1-4)
            The Christian men in the congregation are not to handle the false teachers with argumentation that might come out even in their prayers (1 Tim. 2:8)
            The women in the congregation who lay claim to godliness (1 Tim. 2:10) need to handle this false teacher situation with prayer as well (1 Tim. 2:9 “likewise” links back to prayer) and continue to produce good works (1 Tim. 2:10) and not expect that it is their appearance with elaborate dressing that will show forth the godly example, but their godly works (1 Tim. 2:8-10)
            Paul then abruptly changes from the godly men and women (plural) to the singular form of woman and man and deals with a problem of false teaching and a false teacher.
            Before Paul gives the prohibition, he gives the solution to one of the problems in the church. Paul instructs that “a woman” is to be given the opportunity to learn. This identifies the problem that she is not one of the deceivers, but one of the deceived. Paul never educates the deceivers – he names them, exposes them and shuns them. His solution to deception is education in sound doctrine and he never ever identifies the deceived.
            Paul tells Timothy that he is not allowing “a woman” to teach or authenteo “a man”. It is out of context to even consider that Paul is here stopping godly women from teaching correct biblical doctrine. In context the prohibition can only be the stopping of false doctrine and stopping a false teacher. (1 Tim. 2:12)
            We know this is false teaching that is being stopped because Timothy’s mandate to stop the teachers was only for false teachers. Also in the example given later of why the teaching is to be stopped, Paul ties the prohibition into the example of the first deceived woman (1 Tim. 2:14)
            Whenever gune and aner are mentioned together in scripture in any type of relationship, they are always translated as husband and wife. Verse 12 should be translated as a single wife teaching/influencing her husband.
            Paul has several times not identified people by calling them “a man” yet the context clearly identifies the “a man” as a specific person (2 Cor. 12:2, 5; 1 Cor. 5:1) 1 Timothy 2: 11, 12 follows that example as two people are called “a woman” and “a man” without naming them. They are not named because the wife is one of the deceived and Paul never identifies the deceived ones by name.
            Paul identifies the reason why the first man was not deceived and why the woman was. He refers us back to Genesis to discover the reason by stating that the man was created first and was not deceived and the woman was created second was deceived (1 Tim. 2:13, 14 and Gen. 2:8, 19) See Genesis 2:8, 19 in the Apostle’s Bible which is the modern English version of the Greek Septuagint where it is quite clear the education Adam had before Eve was created.
            The grammar from 1 Timothy 2:15 requires the identification of a single female to refer back to “a woman” from verse 12. The “she” from verse 15 cannot be Eve because the tense is future and Eve is dead.
            The only “she” in this entire passage that verse 15 can refer back to is “a woman” from verse 12. “She” and “they” are given instructions regarding her salvation and it is future tense.
            1 Tim. 2:15 gives the answer as to whether the deceived woman can receive salvation even though she has been deceived by false doctrine. She (refer back to verse 12 the deceived Ephesian woman) will be saved through the Messiah born of the woman (the childbearing which is a noun and not a verb), if they (refer back to verse 12 the deceived Ephesian woman and her husband) continue on in their faith in God, love for the Savior, holiness, and self-control to stay away from false doctrine. This is how one deceived woman will be saved (and is a pattern for the salvation of all deceived teachers).
            Summary: Paul was not making a universal prohibition that stopped godly women from teaching sound doctrine to men. He was stopping one of the false teachers in the assembly from taking her Christian husband down the proverbial garden path towards the forbidden fruit.

          • pud

            1. Bullshit…the “perfect word” of a god doesn’t need context

            2. Paul was a murdering psychopath so who cares what he said or did?

            What other Iron Age nonsense do you “believe”?

          • pud

            And if you’re wrong for not “believing” in Allah you will have your skin burned off every day only to have it regrow to be burned off again and again…See how stupid that argument is? You think you’re fooling your deity by believing just in case? Pitiful

    • Kalifornia Kid

      “…why doesn’t he go on tee vee or build a website?” That’s been answered Pud. In the Bible of all places… shocking isn’t it? Read the parable about the rich man and lazarus.
      What you and other Atheist want you can’t have, it’s not the way this event called Life On Earth is set up. No proof – only evidence which you can choose to ignore. At your own risk. Did Abram have proof of God’s existence? What about Noah? Maybe Daniel? Or King David? Even if you believe these are just made up stories the theme is the same, no proof of God, just evidence. If you look at it that way, it make perfect sense we have no proof that few if any of the Biblical persons existed because (again) it’s not set up that way. You either believe or you don’t. No pressure either way. Except there is a price to pay, but there is always a price to pay with any decision we make.

      • pud

        Oh I see…Believe in absurdity like talking snakes or else eh?

        What a sick gullible credulous simple minded lot you all are and what a wicked evil invisible made up “god” you serve

      • Jack Wellman

        Poor Pud. He does need his (or her?) own blog to spew his hatred towards God and Christians instead of trolling those who do.

  • Sam Andrew

    There is a very similar (at a basic level) concept that developed (independently of any Abrahamic religious influences one if fairly certain) in China as states developed (as early as 1000BCE possibly) – the mandate of Heaven. The concept being that Heaven grants emperors a right to rule based on their personal virtue and ability to govern effectively and to the benefit of all subjects. If a ruler is corrupt then natural disaster, and uprising will occur and a successful uprising show undoubtedly the mandate has been passed onto another. A comparison between the two systems is well worth consideration. The use of a divine figure to justify power, and interpretation of natural/economic disaster as signs of divine displeasure is very common in history.

    • pud

      Exactly right. Once agriculture made settlements possible and tribes of unrelated people began gathering together the need for rulers and governance fell to strangers instead of kin. How does a stranger convince a mass of unrelated people to fall in line? Religion! Every king, emperor, warlord etc invoked a divine invisible authority which he claimed gave him divine right to govern. This is basic anthropology that cult members like jack don’t have time for.

  • Helen Kerns Berberich

    Pud you are angry, bitter and sad… I feel sorry for anyone who has to live with you… What have you to offer this world except dispair…

  • Lover of Nature & Humanity

    Nonsense! The Most High God does not deal with the the other nations like that. They are not His people. His people is the ethnic remnants of Israel scattered among the nations. All the nations have always been corrupt and evil nothing new. Certainly, their time for destruction will come. Take for example the Slave Trade and brutal enslavement of negroes, the genocides of native peoples, the merciless colonization of Africa that last 450 years the abuse against the Gypsies in Europe, terrorism and the continued wanton destruction/poisoning of the environment aren’t these wicked/evil as hell…?
    Yet the perpetrators profited and flourished on the Earth!!!