Before I begin, I would like to file a requisite caveat from Aiden Wilson 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 one of the great spiritual galaxies 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 nation have placed all of us in.
I love our country. It began not that long ago with the Puritans and Mayflower Compact. They established a decent and orderly politic before ever setting foot on American soil. Resolute men and women of sound minds and sound moral values whose primary goal was the Glory of God in how they conducted their lives. Would to God, we had a nation full of men and women like that today. 1, 2020
We're living in the sunset of a great nation, 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 witnessed not only the brutal killing of over 60,000,000 of our own children, but the selling of their little body parts to the highest bidder while mothers shout their baby's death by abortion in our streets.
We have witnessed the Democratic party become a hostel for demons, unleashing a well-financed ivy-league marketing program of indoctrination from the Clinton/Obama playbook of Saul Alinsky activism.
The Alinsky Rules For Radicals for socialistic control of a society employs constant misinformation, creation of Intense social unrest, and strategic application of highly disruptive issues and problems that increase societal stress to the breaking point. When the desire for peace and tranquility at any price opens the door for ordnungspolizei socialistic control, take control.
- The first step in community organization is community disorganization.
- In the beginning the organizer's first job is to create the issues or problems.
- Those who are most moral are the ones farthest from the problem.
- The job of the organizer is to maneuver and bait the establishment so that it will publicly attack him as a 'dangerous enemy.'
- Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life.
- It is a world not of angels but of angles, where men speak of moral principles but act on power principles; a world where we are always moral and our enemies always immoral.
- Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
- Control healthcare and you control the people.
- The despair is there; now it's up to us to go in and rub raw the sores of discontent, galvanize them for radical social change.
- Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.
- True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism. They cut their hair, put on suits, and infiltrate the system from within.
- A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists. From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage -- the political paradise of communism.
- The organizer's first job is to create the issues or problems, and organizations must be based upon many issues. The organizer must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression. He must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act. . . . An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent.
- Love and faith are not common companions. More commonly power and fear consort with faith....Power is not to be crossed; one must respect and obey. Power means strength, whereas love is a human frailty the people mistrust. It is a sad fact of life that power and fear are the fountainheads of faith.
- The third rule of ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means.
- Organization for action will now and in the decade ahead center upon America's white middle class. That is where the power is. ... Our rebels have contemptuously rejected the values and the way of life of the middle class. They have stigmatized it as materialistic, decadent, bourgeois, degenerate, imperialistic, war-mongering, brutalized and corrupt. They are right; but we must begin from where we are if we are to build power for change, and the power and the people are in the middle class majority.
- If people don't think they have the power to solve their problems, they won't even think about how to solve them.
- The fourth rule is: "Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules." You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.
- They have the guns and therefore we are for peace, and for reformation through the ballot. When we have the guns, then, it will be through the bullet.
- The very first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment, and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom ― Lucifer.
Consequently, through years of diligent aggressive effort from progressives and subversives of every stripe, and a two bit community organizer with powerful political connections, this nation is almost lost.
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 a masculine love for God & country.
We have witnessed God write Ichabod, the glory is departed, across our churches leaving us with little more than empty sepulchers—repositories of religious artifacts & activities populated by "Christians" who do not possess the life in Jesus Christ they profess.
FOLLOWING jesus REQUIRES BELIEVING jesus
According to research, many "Christians" no longer believe that God is the supreme Creator and Ruler of the universe. Such "Christians" believe that everyone is god or that maybe god is simply the realization of one's human potential. Over half of "Christians" don't believe that the Holy Spirit or Satan is real, and tens of millions of "Christians" don't believe that Jesus is the divine Son of God. Finally, almost half of "Christians" don't believe the Bible is completely true.
Such "Christians" are not Christians. It is impossible to follow Jesus yet disregard and discredit His Word. Simply put, to follow Jesus is to believe Jesus.
Since orthodox biblical doctrine is considered intolerant and insensitive by many churches with an increased emphasis on inclusiveness and compliance with Same Sex Marriage, LGBTQ rights, SOGI legislation, boards are opting for shifting sand as the building material of choice for their church curriculum.
We have witnessed Heisenberg's uncertainty principle morph into the uncertainty of nearly everything in universities, and ambiguity in our seminaries as Reconstructionism, Critical Theory, Realism, Behaviorism, Progressivism, Constructivism, Eclecticism, Essentialism, Pragmatism, Existentialism, Idealism and Realism, and other "elite" contemporary philosophies take their toll on our educational system. Is there really any question why:
Homeschooled students score about 72 points higher than the national average on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
The average American College Test (ACT) score is 21. The average for homeschoolers 22.8 out of 36 points.
Homeschoolers are at the 77th percentile on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. February 13, 2019
True to form, we have witnessed the loss of God's ownership rights as Creator and Lord, displaced by the utter insanity of neo-Darwinism and chance materialism.
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, "trans" are the overnight media sensations now powering late-night talk show ratings.
Today the entire field of human sexual behavior is marked by fierce moral relativism and rampant perversion with the most flagrant purveyors of LGBTQ 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 somehow uniquely patriotic. Salud America!
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 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 alone provide unlimited access to every form of cyber sin imaginable for over two billion people regardless of age.
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 through Creation.
All of this is being accomplished through a partisan process of governmental 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 ever finding one.
If the radical depravity of mankind was ever in doubt this godless liberal culture has disabused our minds of that thought, especially in our understanding of death by dysfunction.
Law enforcement is absolutely reeling from the breakdown of authority while our politicians market themselves like breakfast cereal; flavoring their platforms with whatever suits the taste of a rapidly 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 of the traditional moral convictions or sound ethical standards is a sufficient cause for today's university students to riot and take matters into their own hands, dictating administrative policy to the university. Truly the old saw "That the patients are running the asylum" is now in effect.
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 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 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?
"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, but through our silence.
America has fallen...
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 God's Truth, Justice, and Wisdom to stand. O God, please help us!
America will be the classic case study in national self-destruction throughout all eternity. Man is no replacement for God.
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 True God, to honoring and worshiping ourselves.
Persecution for faith in Jesus Christ is now in God's hands. The criminalization of Christianity is a stark reality. Cities are passing ordinances requiring churches to hire homosexual and transsexual pastors. Without God's direct intervention, the escalation of persecution of Christians, Christian ministries, Christian schools, Christian churches is inevitable.
The 501(c)(3) tax exemption has been spared for the moment because it has been an effective means of governmental control of the pulpits in this nation, which, as you may remember fired the original flame of revolution from 1730 to 1770 and beyond.
Read ECFA "In The News," and you will find that blatant discrimination of Christian ministries and churches is well underway as the new standard for American tolerance.
President Trump has come alongside the church, but faces unprecedented opposition from those who wish to eliminate the Christian influence once and for all.
Don't care for President Trump? Are you honestly praying for him and our country?
If the IRS 501(c)(3) property tax exemption alone is lost many of our schools and colleges will be forced to close. Our young will suffer the most. Our children and grandchildren educated, (indoctrinated) in the godless pantheons of neopaganism, centers for enlightenment and strategic international studies in twenty first century Barbarianism. May it never be.
For the approximate 230 years prior the nations churches were supported largely as they are now, but with one exception,there were no tax exceptions or exemptions. People supported the work of God in their local church with their tithes and offerings. Period.
Today, there is a significant reduction in taxable income for charitable donations. In other words, today's church member is rewarded for supporting their church, while the church is penalized under the same tax code in what they can say, what issues they can address, who they can permit to be ordained, teach and so on. Basically a bit in the mouth of the church, with the reigns in the hands of Caesar.
Engagement of evil demands no IRS oversight. No bit in our mouth. The Devil is Real! Satan has been at work in our nation under the cover of complete silence and anonymity for far too many years. No more. The Devil is Real and at work in every area of American life.
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, but that does not permit us the luxury of withdraw or disengagement from the battle. If anything, this is our time on the field. And if indeed, our lives are dedicated to Christ and His glory before the nations, the salvation of men and women, boys and girls, and young people, and the best possible world for our children and grandchildren, how then should we be living?
Nevertheless, don't despair, there's always good reason for hope. For great hope!
Consider the Cross.
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 on 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, out of love for us.
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
“Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. 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. 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."
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. 2 Chronicles 7:14
GOD BLESS AMERICA!