By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Downfall of America looms in the not too distant future unless a radical change takes place; a reinstatement of godly values, and a withdrawal from ungodliness that has polluted the One Nation Under God concept.
Former President John F. Kennedy said: My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. The key word in that statement is Americans, a coming together as such, not a divided people displaying racism and hatred. Scripture reveals: If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand (Mark 3:24-25).
Downfall of America, and other once godly nations, becomes a probability when the ungodly begin to tear down the longstanding Biblical principles of yesteryear, replacing them with secular and socialist values. This is further heightened with an attempt to still the voices of the godly; with laws and rulings made to facilitate the end of dissension.
Daniel Webster, an American statesman said: Education is useless without the Bible. If truth is not diffused, error will be. If the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.
If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury our glory in profound obscurity.
An unknown author wrote of the things which will destroy us: Politics without principle; Pleasure without conscience; Wealth without work; Knowledge without character; Business without morality; Science without humanity; and Worship without sacrifice.
Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present forms of government, and all the blessings, which flow from them, must fall with them (Jebediah Morse). Our institutions of freedom will not survive unless they are constantly replenished by the faith that gives them birth (John Foster Dulles).
If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under (Ronald Reagan). The sum of the whole matter is this, that our civilization cannot survive materially unless it is redeemed spiritually (Woodrow Wilson). This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in (Theodore Roosevelt).
These voices of the past reflect a warning towards the future. They foreseen difficulties that would arise; if certain conditions prevailed. Downfall of America, or any other once godly nation, begins with ignoring words of warning; by divorcing from the godliness of man to allow the ungodly to rule in the land!
Scripture reveals: For Jerusalem is ruined (or has stumbled), and Judah is fallen; because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke (or rebel against) the eyes of his glory. The show of their countenance (or look on their faces) does witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, and hide it not. Woe to their soul! For they have rewarded (or brought) evil to themselves (Isaiah 3:8-9).
A Bible commentary noted: The countenance oftentimes shows what is in the heart, the cruel disposition of the mind, the pride and vanity of it, the uncleanness and lasciviousness that is in it. They commit sin (as Sodom) openly, without fear or shame; glory in it, and boast of it. They have been the cause of their own ruin.
Downfall of America, and other once godly nations, will come; if a continuation of ungodly ways are pursed; without resistance or influence of the godly. The heritage of America is being openly attacked; with little restraint offered.
Many ungodly factions are advocating the removal of any godly influence or reasoning. Truth is being masked over with deception; with a younger generation free of past godly influences, relishing in immoral activity.
Leadership is being replaced by those in opposition to the godly values of yesteryear; furthering the indulging of ungodly ways, pursuing what is condemned in God's Word! Scripture tells us: The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (or suppress) the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).
Downfall of America is not a pleasant title to address but needful in the hour in which we live. As the vileness of man is intoxicated with success; it fosters more ungodliness. Scripture reveals: This know also that in the last days (which we are in) perilous times shall come (2 Timothy 3:1).
A Bible commentary noted: The last days began with the birth of Christ and will finish in Christ's return to the earth to set up His kingdom. The prediction of perilous times indicates what will transpire during those times.
Scripture reveals: All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. Evil men and seducers shall wax (or grow) worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:12-13). As the downfall of America, and other once godly nations, becomes a reality; it is as of a cancerous growth with an influx of ungodliness, that will be troublesome to the righteous, as that of Lot.
Scripture reveals: For that righteous man dwelling among them (in Sodom), in seeing and hearing, vexed (or tormented) his righteous soul day to day with their unlawful deeds (2 Peter 2:8).
Scripture reveals: You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you speak in a cause to decline (or turn aside) after many to wrest (or pervert) judgment (Exodus 23:2). A Bible commentary noted: You shall not follow a multitude to do evil is a warning of those who are not to be followed after; though they too often are, but to be guarded against.
We are seeing such activity in many cities in America; with indulgence by the hundreds, and thousands, being led as a lamb to the slaughter. They are as a puppet before a puppeteer; who pulls the strings to control one's movements.
Downfall of America, or any once godly nation, need not be a factor in the life of a Christian. Scripture reveals: Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined (or departed) from your way (Psalm 44:18). My foot has held (or held fast to) his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined (Job 13:11).
A Bible commentary noted: The heart is not turned back to its original hardness, blindness, and bondage, to its former sin; to cherish, gratify, and fulfill its lusts and desires. Neither declined from the way of God's commandments, from the paths of holiness, truth, and faith, being directed and guided therein by the counsel of the Lord, and kept and preserved by His power.
The downfall of America has a frightening pace that is prevailing! Scripture reveals of such a nature: And he (or an angel) cried mightily with a strong (or loud) voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen; and is become the habitation of devils (or demons), and the hold (or prison) of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird (or hatred) (Revelation 18:2).
I (or John) heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities (Revelation 18:4-5). Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine: and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judges her (Revelation 18:8).
The downfall of Babylon would come quick; in one day! God gave His people amply warning, to not get caught up in her sins but rather withdraw from her. Not to be entertained by the plate of acceptability; that is so much a part of our present day setting.
Scripture reveals: Be not deceived God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7). America, and other once godly nations, have allowed seeds of ungodliness to be sown and are now reaping from such activity. Reap means to be recompensed.
We are venturing into areas that will help bring the downfall of America; unless blinded eyes are opened to the truth of God's Word; unless the ungodliness of man is addressed and dealt with; unless the learning of our youth is once against opened to the Word of God; unless the killing of the unborn in a mother's womb ceases; unless the ungodly nature of Sodom is no longer an influence.
Once the tentacles of ungodliness have wrapped around the soul of man; it takes a return to God to loosen its grip! Joshua, in speaking to the people of Israel said:
If it seem evil to you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me, and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).
The people in Joshua's day chose to serve the Lord! To avoid a downfall of America, and other once godly nations, the same decision needs to be applied to reclaim one's former heritage in God!
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