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 Economic Quicksand by David Ravenhill

Facts are stranger than fiction, or so the saying goes. Sleepless in Seattle was a popular fictional movie some years ago. Clueless in Washington has not been produced, but would be more factual than fiction and describe accurately the present situation in our nation’s Capitol.

The current economic crisis in America has just begun. What we are experiencing now is merely the tip of the iceberg. America is in quicksand up to her waist and the more she struggles the deeper she will sink. No matter how many lifelines the government throws toward her, none of them will be long enough or strong enough to lift her out.

My father said repeatedly over the years, that it was going to take an economic collapse to bring America back to God. Unfortunately, the preachers, parishioners, and many so called prophets refused to listen or sound the alarm.

Glen Beck, a popular conservative television personality, recently told Bill O’Riley that America is heading for “depression and revolution.”

This nation has had more light given to her than almost any other nation, apart from Israel. Despite that blessing, we have thumbed our nose at God and in no uncertain terms let Him know that we are going to do it our way.

What God hears day and night are the cries of 52 million aborted children who are crying out for justice. We have embraced the teachings of Darwin’s deluded, demonic doctrine of evolution. We have accepted the lies of a man and rejected the word of the living God. This nation has produced more pornography than any other country in the world while enslaving countless millions in bondage to lust and every type of sexual perversion. We are a nation of covenant breakers who disregard the sanctity of marriage whenever we feel like it just to satisfy the pleasures of sin for a season. Tragically the Church is now keeping abreast with the world in this area. We applaud the coming out of the closet crowd, and have now emboldened them to turn against the rest of society. Now they attempt to shame us into accepting their Sodom and Gomorrah lifestyles as normal. We have banned public prayer from our schools and wonder why we are seeing the blood of our sons and daughters shed on campuses around the nation. The list of iniquities is endless and God is furious.

What Washington fails to realize is that America’s problem is not economic, but spiritual. It is not a failure of the housing market but a failure of God’s House. Like the rest of the country the Church has also turned to its own way. We have allowed ourselves to be lulled to sleep by the Delilah of worldliness and compromise. We love the seeker sensitive message that revolves around our happiness and prosperity. Preachers across the nation have sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Jesus has been reduced down to the goose that lays the golden egg. In other words the only value Jesus has is that He become a means to an end. Many televangelists are living high on the hog while fleecing Gods people out of millions by promising them a mega increase for their giving. Why don’t they practice what they preach and send their covenant partners a gift from their resources?

Does this mean that America is doomed? That all depends on whether or not we are prepared to repent and return to God. I believe that what we are experiencing is nothing less than God’s loving chastening. Someone said many years ago; “If God can’t get your attention by tickling you with a feather then He will hit you over the head with a two by four.” The feather has obviously failed to have any effect. We are now beginning to experience a more severe form of discipline.

Our newly elected President, Barak Obama, claims President Abraham Lincoln as his role model. I would encourage our President as well as every American to read Lincoln’s proclamation for a National Day of Prayer. Lincoln believed that God chastises and punishes nations for their sins. One wonders what he would say today about the state of our nation?

Here are President Lincoln’s words:

"It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, and to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in Holy Scripture, and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord. And, insomuch (sic) as we know that by His divine law nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisement in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people? 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 has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, 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." [March 30, 1863]

President Lincoln on another occasion prayed about America’s sin of ‘slavery’.
Read what he prayed in light of our attitude concerning ‘abortion’ instead.

"Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!" If we shall suppose that American Slavery is one of those offences which, in the providence of "God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South, this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offence came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a Living God always ascribe to Him?

Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled up by the bondsman's 250 years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another draw with the sword, as was said 3000 years ago, so still must it be said, ‘the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

There is no doubt in this author’s mind that America is about to pay the price for its Genocide in slaughtering 52 million innocent lives through abortion. While our punishment may not be through war, I believe that God is going to plunge our nation into another major depression. War is still a possibility also.

Let me encourage you to cut and paste Lincoln’s presidential call to prayer and send it to your local newspaper, congressman, senator, and for that matter, our President.

As a friend of mine recently prayed; “We can’t pay our way out of judgment.”
We can, however, confess our sins and PRAY our way out.

Failure to pray will only bring greater judgment.

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 Re: Economic Quicksand by David Ravenhill

I just wanna cry when I think of this, my involvement in the sins of this nation... It is overwhelming!

Bryan Reed

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