Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…. Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Romans 12:2, Ephesians 5:15-17)
Christianity is not the thriving, influential power it once was in America. With a majority of people claiming the Christian tradition, why does our godless culture barely reflect the light of Jesus Christ? Someone recently said, “God may not be dead, but I think a bunch of his people might be.”
There are two things going on at the same time that contribute to America’s decline: Christians are conforming to the world, and the agenda to blot out God continues to advance at full speed. In this book, we will examine how this is happening, investigate the people and organizations that are the driving forces of immorality, and scrutinize the major reasons America has fallen away from God.
We’re living in sad times when professing Christians know less about the Bible than ever before. Why is biblical illiteracy a problem? Many believers are receiving little more than their Gerber’s or milk on Sunday mornings and pastors must shoulder some of the responsibility. But we, individual believers will be held accountable for how we use our time. It’s up to us to study God’s Word on our own.
Decade after decade, the church has been less and less active and vocal in society and today we’re suffering the consequences. We’ve backed out of culture and have made it easier for those who are hostile toward Jesus Christ to gain influence and control of our country.
There are many whose ultimate goal is to destroy our Judeo-Christian way of life and wipe out evidence of the foundational principles that made us a great nation. The enemy has pawns in his control; some of them are knowingly being used for evil and others naively. In this book, we will examine Hollywood, media, government, public education, culture and the church. The enemy is working from within to ruin America and instead of contending for the faith and resisting, Christians have generally compromised. Charles Spurgeon once said, “I believe that one reason the church of God at this present moment has had so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.”
In spite of all its failures, America is still the greatest, most exceptional demonstration of faith, family, and freedom in the world. BUT – the war has intensified and there are Christians who don’t even know how bad it is. Some don’t want to know. For instance, according to Relevant Magazine, 64% of unmarried Christians in the 18-29 age range have had sex within the last year. A baby is aborted in America every 26 seconds and according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, seven out of ten women claimed to be Christian at the time they had an abortion! We’re going to look at a few conflicting definitions of Christianity.
Recently, pro-life organization Live Action reported on the practice of sex-selective abortions in the United States (Gendercide). We will thoroughly investigate some of the hidden history of the eugenics movement, Planned Parenthood, and the abortion industry. You will also learn about the biggest influences on the spread of sexual promiscuity in America. Forty percent of all babies born in America are born out of wedlock partly because marriage has been devalued.
Christianity no longer propels this country and by looking at our younger generation, we should be alarmed! Pew Research reports that among Americans between ages 18-29, one-in-four say they are not currently affiliated with any particular religion. Moreover, by the time kids go to college, 85% of youth turn away from God. Tragically, many young people today coming out of the public school system were not taught properly about America’s Christian heritage and were fed a steady diet of liberalism. Parents, if you are not helping to educate your kids and build their faith, the world will gladly “program” them for you.
We have lost our moral compass and I’m not just talking about rampant profanity, marketing sex to children in public schools or garbage-infested prime-time television programming. I’m not just referring to Hollywood, the lewd lyrics in much of today’s music, or the fact our culture has practically accepted baby killing and homosexuality. I’m talking about hostility toward Jesus Christ and open rebellion against God. Americans today justify sins that never, ever would have been tolerated fifty years ago. Apathy is killing us, but God’s people are also destroyed because of a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). These are desperate times. We must have a sense of urgency, and we cannot remain neutral any longer!
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, and anti-fascist. He was involved in a plan to assassinate Adolf Hitler which led to Bonhoeffer’s arrest in 1943 and hanging in 1945. This was just 23 days before the Nazis’ surrendered. Bonhoeffer’s view of the role of Christianity in the secular world has been very influential. One of his famous quotes is:
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak; not to act is to act.”
The time is short and somehow the church in America must awaken from its slumber. Truth is being suppressed and people are dying without salvation. Someone once said decisive moments are fleeting, and when presented must be acted upon or the window of opportunity could close. What is left at that point is regret or pondering what might have been. Too many believers are rolling over and hitting the snooze button.
God is calling us to redeem the time. Peter exhorts believers to prepare their minds for action (1 Peter 1:13), and the apostle Paul reminds us that regardless of what comes against us, God is for us (Romans 8:31). These men died defending the gospel and glorified the Lord in the process. Are we ready to commit to truly living what we believe? Would you do it for your Savior?
Jesus Christ lived a radical, counter-cultural life. He obeyed God the Father and transformed the world. He overcame the power of the enemy. Jesus relentlessly resisted sin, opposed legalism, and confronted hypocrisy. He loved unconditionally, he forgave freely, and he sacrificed himself completely. He spoke the truth boldly, exhibited humility, and lived with integrity. He is the Light of the world. He is our standard and our goal; the only way to the Father. Following his example may cause people to ridicule and hate us. What an honor!
Though we share a common Constitution, country and culture, Americans are greatly divided over many issues, but none more important than the person of Jesus Christ. Either people accept and advance biblical truth, or they refuse and resist it. There is no neutral ground, but some Christians are trying to live with one foot in church and one in the world.
The choice is ours: we can face the reality of what is happening in America and take action, or we can look the other way. It’s time to know your spiritual allies. This republic under God continues to be a threat to atheism, communism, socialism, and tyranny in the world.
I never thought I’d live to see the day America would be threatened from within. The Obama White House has proven to be the most biblically hostile administration in the history of the United States. In a recent speech to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender (LGBT) advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States, President Obama told the audience they will “see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman.”
We saw the vitriol of those who oppose Christian values when Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy took a stand for traditional marriage and was attacked for his beliefs. There’s one thing we need to know: Though liberals and activists have the megaphone of the media, they are a malignant minority. According to the 2010 census, same-sex couples comprise less than one-half of 1 percent of the American population!
Faith, family, and marriage are bedrocks of our great nation, and we have taken these blessings for granted. Let’s contrast the 44th president’s values with the 16th president. One hundred and fifty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln recognized what he believed was God’s hand of judgment on America. People were taking freedom for granted. Here is part of Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 proclamation:
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.
“We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; …we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
We aren’t that different today and the church is running out of time to seek God’s face and turn from our wickedness. Christians are suffering from complacency and many have grown lukewarm. In this book, we will examine why approximately 50 million Americans claiming to be born again appear to have such a marginal impact on society. If it is difficult to tell the difference between a Christian and an unbeliever outside of Sunday morning, the enemy is winning. He is waging an effective campaign, but the final battles have yet to be staged.
“There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.” – C.S. Lewis
The church must reengage in the culture war. America is in disarray, and people are losing hope. There are two paths America can take: one leads to further moral erosion and socialism, ultimately ending in destruction, while the other path leads back to God and a revival of Christianity. There will always be opposition, but you and I believe in an unshakable God and with Him, we can make a difference.
A remnant of faithful, Bible-believing soldiers have been pretty lonely for decades as they have prayed and worked. They have purposely gone outside the walls of their churches to impact society for Jesus Christ even though secular progressives have told them to keep their faith to themselves. This book may upset you, but it will also encourage you to join the cause, fight the good fight, and choose Christ over culture.
One person has potential to impact countless lives for Jesus Christ and eternity. Author and Edward Everett Hale once said:
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do I should do, and with the help of God, I will do.”
God is being blotted out of America. Christians are being silenced by accusations of hate and intolerance; and our very freedoms are being threatened. The government, liberal media, Hollywood, the abortion industry, and academia are not going to defend Christian values—it’s up to you and me. If we love God with all our hearts, we will take a stand for truth. We can trust him to be our rock, refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1). I pray we will be faithful servants of Christ and stop the downward spiral of Christian silence. America and the church really need us to understand the times and heed God’s call right now…while there’s still time.
Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of My God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you (Revelation 3:2-3).