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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11

 America Under Judgment -bright

[b]America Under Judgment[/b]
[i]by Bill Bright[/i]

America has a unique relationship with God. Beginning with Christopher Columbus, the pilgrims, the Founding Fathers, Christian homes, schools and other institutions, no other nation in history has been so blessed of God.

We have received blessing upon blessing from the hand of God. Our 250 million people represent only 6 percent of the world’s population, but we boast 54 percent of the world's wealth. We have opened our hearts to the poor and helped feed the hungry of the world. In times of emergency, we have given generously even to our enemies.

A Nation Without Soul
But over the years, America has gone astray. We live in a nation that has lost its soul. Our abundance has led to greed. Our freedom has become license to turn away from God and pursue the role of the prodigal. Our national religious heritage is being forgotten or ridiculed as irrelevant or old fashioned.

America has become one of the most sinful nations in the world. We have done more to destroy the morality of other countries than any nation in history. We have become the single greatest market on the globe for illegal drugs, and we lead the world in exporting pornographic magazines and films.

Let us take a close look at a few of the compelling evidences of America’s lostness.

First, the secularization of public life. Our people find themselves “free” to remove God, the Bible, and prayer from the classroom and the workplace; to demand the removal of holiday religious symbols from public places; and to persecute Christians who insist on honoring God where they work and play.

Second, our so-called “social problems." Crime and violence among our youth, race riots, rape, divorce, sexual promiscuity, teen pregnancy, abortion, AIDS, and drug and alcohol addiction have become epidemics.

Third, disintegration of the traditional family. Unhappy, broken homes
are a prominent part of American life. The cover story of Time magazine recently reported that fathers in record numbers are either abandoning or neglecting their children.

Fourth, a spirit of selfishness, which seems to have gripped much of our nation. The biblical imperatives to “love your neighbor as your self” and
“do to others what you would have them do to you”1 have largely fallen prey to a “me-first” and “do to others before they do it to you” mentality.

Fifth, decisions of the Supreme Court. Rulings by justices during the 1940s and 1960s brought government into direct contact with religious life in the United States. In Everson v. Board of Education (1947), the Court sharply defined “the separation of church and state.” In effect, the majority of justices-in contradiction to the beliefs of our Founding Fathers-misinterpreted the Constitution.

Sixth, the homosexual “explosion.” According to pollster George Barna of the Barna Research Group, homosexuals are a small group by percentage in our country. “Most evidence,” he says, “indicates that somewhere between 1 and 3 percent of the adult population engages in homosexual contact with some level of frequency, and that less than 1 percent might be deemed exclusively homosexual.”2 But despite their relatively few numbers, they seem to have exploded onto the American scene.

Our Nation’s Survival
It is sobering to realize that we are no longer “one nation under God.” And, unless America turns back to Him as a people, there is no way our country can survive.

Rome was the mightiest empire to rise in the history of the world. But it decayed morally until civil disobedience broke out on a massive scale. Rome became so weak that she fell prey to uprisings within and to the barbarian hoards without.

These are warnings that God will not tolerate sin. Throughout Scripture, God has made His message clear: “If you obey Me, I will bless you. If you disobey me, I will discipline you. And if you continue to disobey Me, I will destroy you.”

Where Do We Turn?
We face crisis after crisis and, from the human perspective, there is no hope. So the question naturally arises, where do we turn for help?

How about the Supreme Court?
The justices used to be the most revered, honored persons in our country. But the decisions of some of the justices have led the nation away from the traditional biblical values of our Founding Fathers and brought the curses of God upon our land.

How about education?
We know Germany and Japan were the most literate nations in the world. But they were the ones largely responsible for World War II. The depraved conduct of the Germans and Japanese in time of war was indescribable. In America, influential educators have taken God out of our textbooks. They teach evolution and deny the biblical view of creation. Moral relativism is destroying our young people.

How about government?
It has become increasingly corrupt, and our nation is well aware of it. Congress steadfastly refuses to take appropriate action. Legislators fall prey to pork barrel projects for the folks back home, and to well-healed lobbyists bent on promoting programs for their clients. Voters no longer trust their representatives.

How about business and professional people?
Today, you can hardly trust anyone, even in the Christian community. Moral standards are at an all-time low. A handshake, a promise, a pledge,
a contract-these mean very little anymore.

How about the media? The press, now called the media because of radio and television, has relinquished its once lofty ideals. Sensationalism has replaced solid, responsible reporting.

How about the Church?
It is part of the problem. The masses are crying for help, but they are not turning to God’s people.

So here we are, living in the most critical moment in the history of America, a period I view as being far more crucial than any time since the War of Independence from Great Britain. It is far more perilous than the dangerous days of the Civil War. And I think, from the human perspective, there is no way that our nation can survive. There is no place to turn now-except to God.

SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2007/8/29 19:14Profile

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 Re: America Under Judgment -bright

Amen. And it is up to us to spread the word of God and make a difference. Most of your senators and representatives only care about popularity, so they'll do whatever necessary to get that extra vote. And the liberals are taking advantage of this. You see homosexuals obtaining special rights and union-ship. Come on, where does this end?

 2007/8/29 19:44Profile

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 Re: America Under Judgment -bright

There is no place to turn now-except to God.

But there is, and many so called Christians sadly, are choosing to go the way of the world everyday. This is what the great falling away is all about and…

Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Eccles. 1:11
There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

Eccles. 2:16
For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.

Zeph. 3:6
I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant.

John 11:10
But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

Romans 3:12-18
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. [13] Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: [14] Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: [15] Their feet are swift to shed blood: [16] Destruction and misery are in their ways: [17] And the way of peace have they not known: [18] There is no fear of God before their eyes.

We must each one examine ourselves and pray for one another, that we be not found in their number.

Romans 3:3-4
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? [4] God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

Isaiah 43:11
I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.

 2007/8/29 19:58Profile

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 Re: America Under Judgment -bright

Amen. May God bring revival or persecution!


 2007/8/29 21:21Profile

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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11


Amen. May God bring revival or persecution!

Or both perhaps!

SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2007/8/29 21:23Profile

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perhaps! :)


 2007/8/29 21:31Profile

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pastorfrin wrote;
"But there is, and many so called Christians sadly, are choosing to go the way of the world everyday. This is what the great falling away is all about and…"

--- The great falling away, and it's causes, is something i've been thinking about a lot lately ...

i wonder how many of us will fall away when our economy hits the wall and their faith in the prosperity gospel is shot to smitterens, or those who might find ourselves ubable to cope with hardships we feel we don't deserve and surely God's not being fair in allowing us to have to endure trials we wern't prepared for, and i also wonder how many pre-tribbers would fall away if they found themselves in the Trib and Great Trib period ...

[b]PRE-TRIBBERS: Would You Fall Away if You Found Yourselves in the Trib Periods? ...[/b]

i think about "falling away" in relation to others, but i mainly do so in terms of myself, searching my own motivations and expectations for integrity to Him, and pray to Him that i not be counted amongst such, and so i atempt to prepare myself for the worse, not allowing myself to think that my reasonable service may somehow make me exempt from testings of my faith, because none of us (as with Job) know excatly what God will allow, or for that matter dictate, for our lives ...

For those of us who can't see that we are "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked", His "correction" comes as some totally undeserved occurence out of the blue, and God help us if we see God as our abuser, instead of vice-versa ...

The times don't scare me ... but the delusional self-righteousness of a blind (particularly here in America) Laodicean Church sure does ...

Chances are if we don't see the knock-out punch coming, once it connects (except but by His extreme and gracious grace) we'll be knocked out ...

There are so many faith shaking things happening in our world today i feel led of Holy Spirit to point out this faith inspiring sermon ...

[b]In One Hour Everything is Going to Change[/b]

Praise God from whom all blessings flow, especially for the ones we don't see as such ...

[4] For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: [b]and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.[/b]


 2007/8/30 12:03Profile

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