Before I begin, I would like to file this requisite caveat from A. W. Tozer's preface to Born After Midnight.

“To sit even for a moment in the chair of the teacher and write that which may affect the life and character of numerous persons is not only a lofty privilege but a grave responsibility as well. The only qualifications I bring to the writing of these pages are love for the Triune Godhead and a sorrowful concern for the spiritual welfare of the Church, which our Lord purchased with His own blood. If there is anything here good or helpful to the children of God it must be attributed to the operation of the Holy Spirit who often condescends to work through unworthy instruments. Whatever else may be found here is due to human weakness and is better forgotten.”  A. W. Tozer, Chicago, Illinois July 22, 1959

I am not Aiden Wilson Tozer. I am not a star in the great spiritual galaxy of our day. Nevertheless, I can reflect starlight; and this is my heartfelt reflection and gravest concern as to the clear and present danger others in our society have placed us in.  DPM
 




 

Sunset of a Great Civilization
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D.P. Mosteller
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We're living in the sunset of a great civilization, that didn't just forget about God, but rather grabbed Him by the scruff of the neck and threw him out the front door onto the street. The moral wreckage of postmodernism is strewn all about us. Deviancy has replaced decency as the dominate cultural standard in America.

Our society is now rushing to accept, promote and aggressively defend any and all variants of what was once considered normal cultural behavior—as long as it supports the citizens of Gomorrah over those of Gethsemane. 
 
We have not only witnessed the brutal killing of over 60,000,000 of our own children, but the selling of their body parts to the highest bidder.
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We have witnessed the Democratic party evolve into a hostel for demons, unleashing a fascistic demoncratic cult upon unsuspecting gullible Americans using a well-financed ivy-league marketing program of gradualism in the indoctrination of millions beginning with our young, culminating in increasing social revolution with the endorsement of violence in the name of tolerance, with forced inclusiveness enforced by hooded rock throwing Coexisters.  
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We have witnessed the death of purity, innocence, virtue, beauty, chasteness, good manners, etiquette, dignity, courtesy, respect, wholesomeness, tenderness, gentleness, modesty, propriety, politeness, decorum, decency, shame and guilt, righteousness, honor, nobility, civility, kindness, graciousness, reverence, reason, sound moral principles and judgment; along with the loss of masculine leadership from good and faithful men of resolute honor, loyalty, chivalry, gallantry, valor and unconditional love.

We have witnessed God write Ichabod, Ichabod, the glory is departed across our churches leaving us with little more than empty sepulchers—repositories of religious artifacts and activities populated by well-meaning "Christians" many of whom who do not possess the life in Jesus Christ they profess.
 
Since orthodox biblical doctrine is considered insufficiently sensitive to some people’s personal opinions, shifting sand has become the building material of choice for many church boards. Despite the best efforts of some, churches are becoming more customer oriented, with both Big Bang cosmology and Darwin finding their proper place in Genesis.

We have witnessed Heisenberg's uncertainty principle morph into uncertainty of everything in our universities and ambiguity in our seminaries. We have witnessed not only the denial of God's rightful position and ownership rights as Creator and Lord, but His very existence as well.  

We have witnessed nothing short of the ignominious collapse of the traditional moral and ethical values of our culture. We have witnessed the coarsening of American life to the point where only the prurient and sensate are effectual in advertising and Facebook is now offering 56 different gender choices to help you re-create yourself into something other than God's image. Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land and "trans" are now overnight media sensations.
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Today the entire field of human sexual behavior is marked by fierce moral relativism and rampant perversion with the most flagrant purveyors acclaimed as cultural icons.
 
Children are subjected to shameless brazen advertising by pharmaceutical giants assuring men of enhanced sexual performance as alcohol is marketed as sophisticated and patriotic. The CDC reports 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life are lost each year in the United States to alcohol. The economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption in 2010 were reported at $249 billion. A 2012 CDC study reported 38 million adults, 1 in 6 are binge drinkers, with an average of four episodes per month. A study also revealed 14 million women binge drink on average 3 times a month.
 
We have all witnessed the rise of vaunted technologies being used to deliver predators and pornography into our homes and hands unannounced, unsolicited by media outlets silently raking in billions each year in advertising. Alphabet is the holding company that owns Google with $59.62 billion in media revenue. Eric Schmidt, Alphabet’s executive chairman recently said that advertising will always be Google's dominant business.
 
Smartphones today provide unlimited access to every form of cyber sin, for over 2 billion people making our job as disciplemakers harder than ever. 
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The savages (New Atheists) are escalating their tempo of insanity from the original intent of our Constitution and the societal peace and order that naturally flows from a firm social consensus with fixed moral and ethical absolutes, to the obvious reality of God's existence as clearly seen throughout His creation. All of this is being accomplished through a demoncratic process of civil government and judicial activism by hedonistic nihilists; by humanistic deconstructionists in our universities; and well entrenched evolutionary dogmatists preaching a purely fictionalized form of neo-Darwinian synthesis under the mantle of science. Darwinian/cosmological evolution is a lie, and they know it. Yet, those with no hope, have no viable alternative to special creation, and no hope of finding one.
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If the radical depravity of mankind was ever in doubt this liberal godless culture has disabused our minds of that thought, especially in understanding death by dysfunction.

Law enforcement is absolutely reeling from the breakdown of authority while politicians market themselves like breakfast cereal; flavoring their platforms with whatever flavor of tolerance best suits the taste of a deteriorating democracy on the move to anarchy.
 
Strong fixed moral convictions are anathema, causing many to absolutely bristle and head for the nearest exit. Any traditional moral convictions or ethical standards is sufficient cause for today's university students to riot and take matters into their own hands, dictating new administrative policy to the university. Truly, the patients are now running the asylum.
 
Remember Resist Authority! bumper stickers? Seems to have caught on in a big way. Today, there’s no place left in America for wisdom, understanding, common sense and good judgment to stand except in a closet with the door securely locked. Certainly, no place in our ever-so-secular, pseudo-scientific society of Coexisters. If rebellious depravity was blue, America in this 21st century would be blue all over.
 
As Christians are experiencing increasing hostility from our increasingly godless culture, America continues to move forward weeding out permanently any idea of God from the minds and hearts of our children. While the concept of transcendent justice finds no place in today's neo-pagan mind; moral absolutes are being handled like toxic waste by our courts and legislatures. The love of the right and hatred of the wrong finds no place in the average American home and is certainly not at home in our universities, work places, or political system. If that foundation of right and wrong is destroyed, what shall the righteous do? How then shall we live?
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"Without religion morality falters. When morality falters the Pandora's Box of corruption, crime, and decay set in to be followed by the demise of the nation.”   —Alexander Hamilton
 
At the velocity our society is hurtling toward oblivion, I would say it's high time for all of us who call ourselves Christians to make a decision as to whose side we're really on. We will either turn around in brokenness and genuine repentance and turn back to the Living God as individuals and a nation—or march off the map as all the other great civilizations before us have done. Unfortunately, the "many" are at work, while the "few" watch.  Matt 7:13-14
 
The judgment of America as she stands naked and undone with all of her whoredom and cosmic rebellion on display before the Supremely Just, Righteous, Holy God is too terrible to contemplate. We will all suffer. Our children will suffer, our grandchildren will suffer. Though relatively few there be whose hands actually dared touch The Prince of Peace, we all participated in his expulsion. If in no other way, through our silence. 
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America has fallen from One Nation Under God, to One Nation Under God's Judgement. We have become so tolerant, so foolish, so blind, so self-confident that there is no place left in our country for truth, justice and wisdom to stand. God help us! America will be the classic case study in self-destruction throughout all eternity. 
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Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD (Psalm 33:12) is no longer a blessing, but a verdict of the inevitable judgment of God. We have turned away from God to ourselves. From His thoughts and His ways, to our own. From honoring and worshiping the Living and True God, to honoring and worshiping ourselves.  
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Persecution for faith in Jesus Christ is now in God's hands. The criminalization of Christianity is now a reality, and cities are passing ordinances that churches must hire homosexual, transexual pastors. Without God's intervention, escalating persecution of Christians, Christian ministries, Christian schools, Christian churches is inevitable. Read ECFA "In The News," and you'll find it already well underway. If the IRS 501(c)(3)   property tax exemption is lost many of our schools and colleges will be forced to close. Our young will suffer the most. Our precious children and grandchildren educated, indoctrinated in the pantheons of neopaganism, centers for strategic & international studies in the New Barbarianism. May it never be.
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We will either be good and faithful slaves of Christ on the front lines of Evangelism and Apologetics calling America back to God in genuine repentance and faith, or, we will not. As for me and my house, that decision's been made. We will serve the Lord with all of our heart, soul, strength and mind. Sound trite? You're already wounded. Many of us are wounded, some worse than others. We're all feeling the effects of the sunset of our nation. Nevertheless, don't despair, there's good reason for hope. Great Hope! 
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Consider the Cross.
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The Cross is the focal point of all history, where the divergent rays of God’s salvific light were shed on all mankind. With reflection and refraction in a regenerate heart, it turns our focus ono the God of all Creation and Glory, Jesus Christ. To those outside of God’s sovereign grace, to those He passed over, it is little more than a circle of confusion. But God, by simple faith and plain truth, wants everyone to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. To that end, at the cross we see God reconciling the world back to Himself by His own sacrificial, substutionary death on our behalf, in love. .
 
Simple Faith and Plain Truth
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The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. He wants not only us but everyone to be saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we have learned: that there is one God and only one, and one Priest and Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and only this has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.  1 Timothy 2:1-7 Eugene H. Peterson, The Message
 
 
America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”  ―Alexis de Tocqueville
 
Tocqueville was right, more than we may want to admit.
 
Today, there is more than sufficient reason for concern for the future of our nation. Nevertheless, May God Bless America! Because America is still essentially good, and will, hopefully, turn around in genuine brokenness and repentance before that final day.

When you consider all of the changes that are taking place in our country and direction we're headed; the most reasonable, rational, logical course of action for those who love Jesus Christ and seek to honor Christ, is to boldly live out before this Christ rejecting world the reality of the Cross that others may believe to their eternal joy and welfare, to the glory of God our Savior. 

My earnest prayer is that America would acknowledge Jesus Christ as the hope of the world and genuinely become One Nation Under God once more. That America might be, as John MacArthur once put it, "One of God's greatest redemption stories."
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If my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.   
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2 Chronicles 7:14
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