Ian, The Aftermath ~ The Good, Bad, And The Ugly

Fast Facts: Hurricane Charlie (2004) would fit within the eye of Hurricane Ian (2022). Yes, sometimes bigger is not better. Hurricane Ian was the largest financial disaster in Florida’s history. Only technological savvy gained over the last century, prevented perhaps hundreds if not thousands of more deaths. It landed off the southwestern Florida coast as a Cat 5.

The Good:

1)Neighbors actually talk to and help each other. The famous American veneer of independence has been stripped away. The Old Testament scripture that “every man has his fig and vine tree” (Micah 4:4) can be an indictment, resulting with selfishness and insulating ourselves from people in need.

2)Adversity strengthens character. Strong Christians are like tea bags, hot water brings out the best in us. When everything is peaches and creme in my life, I never grow. The mundane produces mediocrity. Tragedy gives us golden opportunities to assist others, and to shine as Christians born from above.

3)Hurricane Ian is a microcosm of the soon coming judgment of God and Great Tribulation period. We were privileged to endure it. If you do not realize that these weather events are part of the Lord’s judgment on this so called “Christian” nation, then I have a piece of real estate in the middle of the Florida Everglades to sell to you. The LGBTQ+ abominable lifestyles and abortions have been accepted by a great portion of our culture. God took out two Old Testament cities (Sodom and Gomorrah) who had much less spiritual light than we have. Perhaps this is a final wake up call or last opportunity to get right with our Creator. Our loving Creator is trying to get the attention of fallen man despite ourselves, and this is good.

4)I had the opportunity to speak at length with my brother Fred in Boca Raton, Florida. Living in the Gold Coast through most of his life, Fred is a hurricane expert and checked up on us several times. He and I are bookends with our mutual Christian faith and political viewpoints. He has suffered severely through poor decisions of other family members, so he has a special place in my heart. I will take his advice and purchase a generator which I could have used a couple of days ago.

5)Our neighbors taught me how to take a Pilipino shower, even though I did not take one.

6)The adversity is a reality check for the things that matter most. Americans often have warped priorities and our “trinity” becomes me, myself and I, if we are not careful. Ian helps us to focus outward and not inward.

7)Christians have the best opportunity we may ever have of putting feet on our faith. As you shine through adversity, people are watching and taking notes!

8)The good Lord gave us two weeks of 76-84 degree weather after this storm. This is unique this time of year. Also, hurricanes are frequently followed by rain bands, adding difficulty to those with damaged roofs. We have had dry conditions since Ian. Thank you Jesus!

9)God saw to it that some of our trees were trimmed of dead branches. He also saw that trees fell away from our house and not into it! Thank you Jesus!

The Bad

1)The fear that people feel while enduring such an event. 100+ winds pounding on our abodes for twelve to fourteen hours. Water piling up outside as we wonder if it will come into our homes and church buildings. Wondering what we will wake up to. This hurricane was especially wide and devastating. Homes left their foundation and floated down the street. Both wind and water damage were huge.

2)The stress of preparing for several days, followed by living through the hurricane itself, and feeling totally wiped out after the fact. Yes, we have faith but these catastrophic events take a toll on our body, soul and spirit. Many of us are entering or already in our senior years, and strength and endurance are at a premium.

3)Realizing that these events are the product of living on a sin cursed planet. We look forward to the Millenium, but this is a classic case of suffering in the present age.

The Ugly

1)Those with severe health challenges, triggered by the stress. A former parishioner with health concerns, Fred Strike, was totally devastated after Hurricane Charlie, and said: “I am going to die.” A retired pastor in our church thought he was over reacting. Fred passed on within two weeks. Others have trouble with catastrophic damage to the homes and it is just too much. We must be cognizant of their needs and help them.

2)People pulling guns over their need of gasoline and water. This is a microcosm of our culture and populace if these items become permanently scarce. Scary! Tip: Get these items BEFORE the hurricane strikes. Do not jeopardize your safety, getting in line with crazed heathens who crave their needs, and care for no one else. Hurricane season is June 1 to November 30 – have extra food, water and gasoline during this window. Common sense / no brainer.

3)People with catastrophic damage and EVERYTHING seems to have gone wrong. When I personally first encounter extreme adversity, I often overestimate the challenges. Prayer and time, a good nights’ rest, a timely word from friends, can be a healing balm and help us get the right perspective. We need to provide that to loved ones.

*** Notice that the “good” is more numerous than the “bad and the ugly” combined. That was by design. ROMANS 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” God is in the business of placing rainbows around our dark clouds! ***

Habakkuk 3:17-19 King James Version

17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:

18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

Blessings, Pastor Steve <><

Aaron Judge, Fueled by Christian Faith, Hits Record 61st Home Run: ‘It’s an Incredible Honor’

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A New York Yankee fan favorite who is driven by his Christian faith tied a historic American League record Wednesday night.

Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run in the Yankees’ 8-3 win at Toronto, tying the single-season American League home run set by Roger Maris in 1961 and sparking a debate about whether Judge’s name should sit at the top of the record books for all of baseball.

Maris’ record was famously broken during Major League Baseball’s so-called “steroid era” – a period when players allegedly used performance-enhancing drugs to surpass 61 home runs six times. All of those players, though, played in the National League.

Judge, who plays in the American League, is the first player in 21 years to reach 61 home runs. Maris also played for the Yankees.

“It’s an incredible honor,” Judge said after the game. “… Words can’t describe it.”

Judge pointed to the sky as he rounded the bases, much like he does nearly every time he hits a home run.

Asked during his rookie season what he is thinking about when he points upward, he answered, “the Lord.”

“He put me in this position, blessed me with so many opportunities in my life,” he said during his rookie season, according to Sports Spectrum. “I just try to take a quick moment just to kind of thank Him. … It’s a blessing every time I step on that field and get that opportunity.”

Judge, 30, references his faith on his social media accounts. His Twitter bio reads, “Christian. Faith, Family, then Baseball.” His bio also includes a verse, 2 Corinthians 5:7: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Asked before the season about his baseball future, he told the New York Post, “It’s all in God’s hands.”

Roger Maris Jr., the son of the late Yankee legend, told media members Wednesday that Major League Baseball should make Judge the sole holder of the single-season record, assuming he hits No. 62.

“He’s clean, he’s a Yankee, he plays the game the right way,” Maris Jr. said. “I think he gives people a chance to look at somebody who should be revered for hitting 62 home runs and not just as a guy who did it in the American League. He should be revered for being the actual single-season home run champ. That’s really who he is if he hits 62, and I think that’s what needs to happen. I think baseball needs to look at the records, and I think baseball should do something.”

The Yankees have seven games left during the regular season.

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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity TodayThe Christian Postthe Leaf-Chroniclethe Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

John MacArthur Releases Scorching Open Letter to CA Governor Gavin Newsom

Yes, there is a true prophet in America, and he fears no one but God Almighty. Listen to MacArthur’s scathing rebuke of heathen Governor Gavin Newsom. ~ In Christ, Pastor Steve <><

John MacArthur Releases Scorching Open Letter to CA Governor Gavin Newsom

Staff Writer Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, has released an open letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom, blasting him for “the diabolical effects” of his worldview and policies, as well as the “many immoral decisions” he has “perpetrated against God and the people of our state.” MacArthur closes with a gospel message, encouraging him to repent and turn to Christ.

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“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people”

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Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, has released an open letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom, blasting him for “the diabolical effects” of his worldview and policies, as well as the “many immoral decisions” he has “perpetrated against God and the people of our state.” MacArthur closes with a gospel message, encouraging him to repent and turn to Christ.


Governor Gavin Newsom September 29, 2022
1021 O Street, Suite 9000
Sacramento, CA 95814

Sir,

Almighty God says in His Word, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:3). Scripture also teaches that it is the chief duty of any civic leader to reward those who do well and to punish evildoers (Romans 13:1–7). You have not only failed in that responsibility; you routinely turn it on its head, rewarding evildoers and punishing the righteous.

The Word of God pronounces judgment on those who call evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20), and yet many of your policies reflect this unholy, upside-down view of honor and moralityThe diabolical effects of your worldview are evident in the statistics of California’s epidemics of crime, homelessness, sexual perversions (like homosexuality and transgenderism), and other malignant expressions of human misery that stem directly from corrupt public policy. I don’t need to itemize or elaborate on the many immoral decisions you have perpetrated against God and the people of our state, which have only exacerbated these problems. Nevertheless, my goal in writing is not to contend with your politics, but rather to plead with you to hear and heed what the Word of God says to men in your position.

“Let all kings bow down before Him, all nations serve Him” (Psalm 72:11).

“He who rules over men righteously, who rules in the fear of God, is as the light of
the morning when the sun rises” (2 Samuel 23:3–4).

“It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, for a throne is established
on righteousness” (Proverbs 16:12).

What God said to Cyrus is a truth you should take to heart: “I am the LORD, and there is no other; besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; that men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun that there is no one besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:5–6).

In mid-September, you revealed to the entire nation how thoroughly rebellious against God you are when you sponsored billboards across America promoting the slaughter of children, whom He creates in the womb (Psalm 139:13–16; Isaiah 45:9–12).

You further compounded the wickedness of that murderous campaign with a reprehensible act of gross blasphemy, quoting the very words of Jesus from Mark 12:31 as if you could somehow twist His meaning and arrogate His name in
favor of butchering unborn infants.
 You used the name and the words of Christ to promote the credo of Molech (Leviticus 20:1–5). It would be hard to imagine a greater sacrilege.

Furthermore, you chose words from the lips of Jesus without admitting that in the same moment He gave the greatest commandment: “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). You cannot love God as He commands while aiding in the murder of His image-bearers.

Psalm 50:16–19 speaks to people who pervert the Word of God for their own sinful ends:

But to the wicked God says,
“What right have you to recount My statutes
And to take My covenant in your mouth?
For you hate discipline,
And you cast My words behind you.
When you see a thief, you are pleased with him,
And you associate with adulterers.
You let your mouth loose in evil
And you harness your tongue for deceit.”

My concern, Governor Newsom, is that your own soul lies in grave, eternal peril. “Each one of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12). One day, not very long from now, you will face that reality. Nothing is more certain. “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). You will stand in the presence of the Holy God who created you, who is your Judge, and He will demand that you give an account for how you have flouted His authority in your governing, and how you have twisted His own Holy Word to rationalize it.


As you look over the precipice of eternity, what will your answer be? When you look ahead of you and see that nothing awaits you but eternal misery—the just punishment for your sins—what will all the clever rationalizations and political talking points avail for you then? And by then it will be too late for any remedy or redemption. “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living
God” (Hebrews 10:31).

My plea to you, Sir, is that you would not let it come to that—that you would not go to that day of judgment apart from receiving forgiveness and righteousness through faith in Christ alone. In Psalm 50, after rebuking the wicked for uttering God’s words in a profane way, Scripture makes this promise: “Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there will be none to deliver. He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies Me; and he who orders his way, I shall show the salvation of God” (vv. 22–23).

So there is salvation for those who repent. Christ purchased full redemption for all who will turn from wickedness, forsake their evil thoughts and actions, and trust fully in Him as Lord and Savior.


Our church, and countless Christians nationwide, are praying for your full repentance. Please respond to the gospel, forsake the path of wickedness you have pursued all your life, turn to Christ, ask for forgiveness, and use your office to advance the cause of righteousness (as is your duty) instead of undermining it (as has been your pattern).

Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to
the LORD, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will
abundantly pardon (Isaiah 55:6–7).

Governor Newsom, “now is the acceptable time, behold, now is the day of salvation”
(2 Corinthians 6:2).

For the Master,
John MacArthur
Pastor-Teacher

Editor’s Note. While the letter is quite excellent, we do have a quibble, which is the exegesis he provided in the first paragraph. He writes “Scripture also teaches that it is the chief duty of any civic leader to reward those who do well and to punish evildoers (Romans 13:1–7)”

While those verses certainly say that the role of government is to punish evildoers, nowhere does it say in this verse or any other he citied that the chief duty is to “reward those who do well.” It may be true that this is what they should do, but that is not derived from the text he provided and is an incautious interpretation at best.

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Hurricane Charlie Vs. Hurricane Ian ~ Eighteen Years Of Spiritual Growth

We moved to North Port, Florida six weeks before Hurricane Charlie struck on August 13, 2004. The eye wall was aimed directly at North Port immediately prior to veering right up the Peace River. I had my suits, sermons and valuable papers in our minivan, wondering why we moved here. My language and spirit was not Christlike. I was as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

Fast forward 18 years to September 28, 2022. Hurricane Ian’s eye wall is aimed at us. I have prayed without ceasing for protection from hurricanes for 18 years. I totally trust in the Lord and feel as secure, sedate and calm as the center seed of a cucumber. God is allowing my faith to be tested. We have prepared but more importantly we have prayed. I serve a God who makes this storm look like no more than a stiff breeze. We are privileged to display our faith throughout our lives during moments like these. Thank you Jesus for my calmness. Thank you for being in charge of my spirit, for the arm of the flesh would fail me. My current desire? That it would please the King of Kings to break up the eye wall as it passes through our area, and make it miss our neighborhood. God is truly awesome and in control of everything. Forget Mother Nature, Father Time, and Lady Luck. My God calls the shots. Dear Father, please watch over our church parishioners, our family and our friends, and we will be careful to give you all the honor, praise and glory. Maranatha, Pastor Steve <><

‘Demoralizing’: Despite CDC recommendation, just 1.5% of eligible Americans opt for new COVID jab

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According to CDC data, the new COVID booster shot, designed to combat Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, is a great big flop, with fewer than 2% of eligible Americans offering up their arms for another jab.

More than 4.4 million Americans have subjected themselves to the new-and-improved booster shot since the start of September, but that represents just 1.5% of those who are eligible to receive it in the U.S., according to NBC News. This, despite a CDC recommendation from CDC Director Rochelle Walensky to accompany the Sept. 1 rollout of the bivalent shots offered by Pfizer and Moderna.

Some doctors, including Dr. Scott Roberts, an infectious disease specialist out of Yale Medicine, are blaming President Biden for the low turnout.

As American Wire reported, Biden went on CBS’s “60 Minutes” and declared “the pandemic is over.” Though White House Press Secretary Karine Jeanne-Pierre did her best to walk the President’s comments back, the “damage” was already done.

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“The fact that this booster came out days before Biden said the pandemic is over is a huge mixed message,” Dr. Roberts said. “Now it’s going to be that much harder to convince those at risk who are on the fence to get a booster.”

He called America’s response to the new booster “demoralizing.”

“I would expect a much higher proportion of Americans to have gotten the booster by this point,” he said.

Matters have likely been made worse by the Saturday announcement from Pfizer CEO Albert Boura that, for the second time in just two months, he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Though he expressly states he has not yet had the new booster, the optics aren’t good.

“I have tested positive for COVID,” he tweeted. “I’m feeling well & symptom free. I’ve not had the new bivalent booster yet, as I was following CDC guidelines to wait 3 months since my previous COVID case which was back in mid-August. While we’ve made great progress, the virus is still with us.”

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), who has long been vocal about his vaccine-related concerns, questioned if multiple mRNA shots “interfere with your natural immune response to COVID?”

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Nevertheless, as NBC notes, overall demand for Covid shots has been on the rise since the rollout of the booster began.

“The U.S. is currently administering around 314,000 Covid vaccine doses per day, as a weekly average,” NBC reports. “That’s nearly triple the number from the start of the month.”

More than 25 million bivalent booster doses have been shipped by the U.S. government to tens of thousands of sites, putting the majority of Americans less than 5 minutes from a location that carries the updated booster.

So confident is Walensky in the new jab, she was filmed receiving her shot on ABC News on Thursday.

“I feel great,” she gushed. “I’m delighted to have gotten my fall-updated vaccine, my bivalent vaccine, so I can be as protected as possible over the coming months.”

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The CDC is recommending the booster “from Pfizer-BioNTech for people ages 12 years and older and from Moderna for people ages 18 years and older.” People should wait two months after their last COVID shot and up to three months after their last bout with the virus before taking the shot.

“The updated COVID-19 boosters are formulated to better protect against the most recently circulating COVID-19 variant,” Walensky said in the CDC statement. “They can help restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination and were designed to provide broader protection against newer variants. This recommendation followed a comprehensive scientific evaluation and robust scientific discussion. If you are eligible, there is no bad time to get your COVID-19 booster and I strongly encourage you to receive it.”

However, real-world data, which would reveal the efficacy of the booster in humans and any potential side effects, is still in the process of being gathered by the experts, NBC reports.

The bivalent shots were distributed without the benefit of actual human trials.

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Woman drops dead at pharmacy within 15 minutes of booster shot

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A Canadian woman who died within 15 minutes of receiving a COVID-19 booster shot was in good health, according to her daughter, who blames the vaccine.

Carol Pearce was in a text exchange with her daughter, Stephanie Foster, when she went to a Shoppers Drug Mart in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Sept. 14, reported the Alberta-based independent paper the Western Standard.

“My mom text me right after she got the shot to let me know she was waiting the 15 min and I text her back,” Foster posted on Facebook.

Meanwhile, Canada is lifting its requirement that anyone entering the country must be “fully vaccinated,” the Toronto Star reported. The paper said the move came after Canadians were preparing to take part in mass civil disobedience on Oct. 1.

national survey in the United States by Zogby Strategies found 17% of adults who received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine say they were diagnosed with a new condition within weeks to several months after getting the shot. The figure was 15% for those who had received at least one shot.

On Sept. 4, a fully vaccinated and boosted 24-year-old Canadian TV reporter, Matthew Rodrigopulle, died unexpectedly at his home of a heart problem.

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Foster said she was told by a doctor that her mother was “dead before she hit the floor.”

“My beautiful Mother’s life was taken yesterday by the COVID BOOSTER SHOT … She was happy and perfectly healthy,” said Foster.

“Spent yesterday morning visiting me at my house up until her appointment time. She left for her appointment happy and energetic! She had no medical issues at all!!”

A video was later posted on Twitter of a woman with the account Heart4Truth Twitter inquiring at the pharmacy about getting a COVID-19 shot and asking if anyone had suffered any side effects.

The employee said some people experience soreness at the site of the shot and others get a fever.

The woman pressed further, saying someone had died at the pharmacy after getting the shot. The employee didn’t deny her claim but said that due to privacy laws, she couldn’t say anything about the incident.

Heart4Truth alleged a friend “witnessed” Pearce’s death.

The Western Standard reported a candidate for office in Saskatoon, Mark Friesen, posted a video on social media calling for the “experimental mRNA” boosters to be “immediately stopped.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: With what has been called the “Sovietization” of the Biden administration – including the shocking criminalization of dissent and massive weaponization of the FBI against political opponents – America is being increasingly compared to a third-world or communist dictatorship. Yet America still has one sacred institution that dictatorships from Zimbabwe to communist China don’t have: ELECTIONS. And in reality, there is no reason, despite the regime’s all-out efforts at election rigging, that the tens of millions of decent, right-thinking American voters cannot stop the Biden administration’s ever-expanding madness this November. For that reason, the September issue of WND’s critically acclaimed monthly Whistleblower magazine insightfully covers the most electrifying and important races, illuminates the biggest issues, reveals how the latest federal takeover of elections actually violates the law, and much more. Looking forward to 2024, the issue also highlights why, to quote the chairman of a major think tank, Donald Trump “is the most towering political figure in living memory” and the person “most fit to lead” today’s America. It’s all in “STOPPING THE MADNESS: A MIDTERM ELECTION GUIDE FOR VOTERS WHO LOVE AMERICA.”


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Art Moore, co-author of the best-selling book “See Something, Say Nothing,” entered the media world as a PR assistant for the Seattle Mariners and a correspondent covering pro and college sports for Associated Press Radio. He reported for a Chicago-area daily newspaper and was senior news writer for Christianity Today magazine and an editor for Worldwide Newsroom before joining WND shortly after 9/11. He earned a master’s degree in communications from Wheaton College.

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The Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Editor ~ September 9, 2022

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

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The Amen Corner

God writes with a pen that never blots, speaks with a tongue that never slips and acts with a hand that never fails. -D. L. Moody

In all unbelief there are two things: a good opinion of one’s self and a bad opinion of God. -Horatius Bonar

A man, having heard some strictures on zeal, replied, “I don’t know about having too much zeal, but I think it is better the pot should boil over than not boil at all.”

A long face is poor signboard for Jesus. -John R. Rice

I thoroughly believe in a university education for both men and women, but I believe a knowledge of the Bible without a college course is more valuable than a college course without the Bible. -William Lynn Phelps, Yale University

Not for a single day Can I discern the way; But this I know- Who gives the day Will show the way, So I securely go.

I have no control over how many talents God gives me, but I do have control over how I use them. -Dennis Leatherman

One serious malady of the church is infantile paralysis – too many babes who never grow. -Vance Havner

“Will you please tell me in a word,” said a Christian woman to a minister, “what your idea of consecration is.”

Holding out a blank sheet of paper, the pastor replied, “It is to sign your name to the bottom of this blank sheet and let God fill in as He wills.” -Christian Victory

Do all the good you can by all the means you can in all the ways you can in all the places you can at all the times you can to all the people you can and as long as you can. -John Wesley

Don’t learn “the tricks of the trade”; learn the trade. -Curtis Hutson

No man ever got lost on a straight road. -Abraham Lincoln

The Demise of the American Church and God’s Judgment on This Nation

Reformation Charlotte Sep 20

…What I do mean by “Christian nation” is the idea that America was originally founded on biblical principles of morality, ingrained in the Constitution, and that these values were well-respected and believed by the vast majority of Americans.

Those days, however, are over; and those days will likely never return. The fact that those who profess Christ and claim to hold to conservative biblical principles are largely silent on the social evils taking over this nation when it comes to sexual immorality–yet these same people will protest election fraud and rally against socialism and wealth redistribution–speaks volumes of their motivations. Don’t get me wrong, these are good things to stand for. But the fact that they only stand for these kinds of things, but not when children are being taken into the homes of known sexual perverts with the blessing of the state, says to me that their activism is selfishly motivated. They only protest things that personally affect them and their own way of life without regard to what God actually thinks about it…

Hardly anyone disputes that America and her system of governance were founded on the moral principles of Scripture. And while imperfectly so, historically, this is what is meant by the oft-repeated phrase that “America is a Christian nation.” However, we must define what that means.

By “Christian nation,” I do not mean in any way that America is somehow a nation chosen by God, similar to the nation of Israel during Old Testament times, for the purpose of carrying out God’s plan of redemption in the world. It is not and never has been.

I also do not mean that at one time, America was made up of mostly born-again true believers in the saving grace of Jesus Christ. I find that far-fetched and, likely, preposterous.

What I do mean by “Christian nation” is the idea that America was originally founded on biblical principles of morality, ingrained in the Constitution, and that these values were well-respected and believed by the vast majority of Americans.

Those days, however, are over; and those days will likely never return. The fact that those who profess Christ and claim to hold to conservative biblical principles are largely silent on the social evils taking over this nation when it comes to sexual immorality–yet these same people will protest election fraud and rally against socialism and wealth redistribution–speaks volumes of their motivations. Don’t get me wrong, these are good things to stand for. But the fact that they only stand for these kinds of things, but not when children are being taken into the homes of known sexual perverts with the blessing of the state, says to me that their activism is selfishly motivated. They only protest things that personally affect them and their own way of life without regard to what God actually thinks about it.

But who is at fault here?

The American Church is largely apostate. When we speak of the landscape of apostate churches in America, it’s easy to point to the mainline denominations that have abandoned the gospel altogether in favor of social justice, homosexuality, transgenderism, and abortion. For many of these denominations, these issues have become their gospel—there is no inkling of true gospel left. No mention of sin, repentance, or a savior who bled and died on the cross for our sins. They are merely social justice activist clubs that exist to advance leftist politics.

Those churches are dead.

Yet, it isn’t just these rank apostate churches that are to blame for the demise of the American church and the nation. Many of the mainstream Evangelical churches which have served as the backbone of faith in America—and the world through missions—also have largely abandoned not only the gospel but also her duty to speak biblical truth to the collective conscience of the people in this nation. Do I mean become a political activist group? No. But I do mean speak biblical truth into the political sphere.

Historically throughout Scripture, when nations turned away from God, God sent prophets to warn the nations to turn to Him or destruction will surely come. These prophets were not just sent to God’s people, they were sent to the Pagan nations as well. Hebrews 1 tells us that long ago God spoke to us by the prophets, but in these last days, He has spoken to us by His son, Jesus Christ. Today, the Church bears the word of God revealed to us through Jesus Christ. It is now the duty of the Church to speak prophetically to the conscience of the nations.

But the Church has failed to do so. Even many of the churches that have the gospel, which are now few and far between, have ignored their duty to carry the Word of God outside the walls of the church.

Why is sexual immorality rampant in our nation? First, because of sin and rebellion against God. But it is exacerbated by the fact that the Church has failed to speak with a collective unified voice warning the nation against this form of rebellion. We have churches embracing “gay Christian” movements that are watering down God’s anger toward this sin. Instead of preaching repentance and faith, men like Christopher Yuan are teaching that God doesn’t care if we’re heterosexual while blaming “gay marriage” on the church not because the Church has failed to preach on it, but because the church has made an “idol” out of marriage.

The “gay Christianity” movement has varying levels of false teaching ranging from full inclusion of practicing homosexuals to those who believe in unbiblical doctrines like celibacy and perpetual singleness. An example of the former, churches that believe in full inclusion of practicing homosexuals are churches like the Southern Baptist megachurch in Florida, First Baptist Orlando. I’ve written about this church a number of times and this church regularly baptizes not celibate, but openly practicing homosexuals—even those who are “married” to someone of the same sex.

Then there are those who want to include homosexuals in their congregation but only on the condition that they remain celibate. Even in this camp, there is a range. Some, like Revoice, teach that men can live together in marriage-like arrangements and enjoy man-to-man intimacy so long as it stops short of bodily penetration. Others, like Yuan, teach that those continuing with unrepentant same-sex desires need not seek out a spouse of the opposite sex, but instead, may resign themselves to a life without personal intimacy. These people call on the church to elevate perpetual singleness to the same level as marriage. But the first thing God said wasn’t good was in Genesis 2:18, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” You’ll find these people teaching that homosexuals can use the Church as a replacement for spousal intimacy—but God has not designed the Church for this purpose, he designed marriage. The Church is Christ’s bride, not ours.

Abortion is rampant in our nation as well. Even with the fall of Roe v. Wade, our nation’s politicians are already geared up to codify a nationwide protection of abortion whereby even states cannot limit it past certain restrictions. This is exacerbated by the fact that our churches and church leaders refuse to advocate for the unborn on a biblical level. Instead, they want compromise.

Brent Leatherwood, the leader of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has repeatedly blamed the Church for abortion by stating that the Church isn’t doing enough to “care for the poor.” But, in reality, the Church hasn’t done enough to call people to repent of their fornication and turn to Christ nor has the Church done enough to proclaim the personhood of unborn children who are made in the Image of Christ and advocate for the legal protection of their life.

Instead, Brent Leatherwood is opposing legislation, like the legislation in Louisiana recently, that would have ended abortion in that state while preaching that He will never believe, under any circumstances, that women seeking abortions should be held accountable for their crimes against God and man.

Further, Leatherwood refuses to speak to the political climate and just recently said at a press conference that he will not give people any guidance on voting. In other words, even if he thinks we should vote a certain way, to Him, it’s not a matter of biblical principle, it’s a matter of conscience to vote for baby-murderers, LGBTQ activists, and people who want to strip the Church of her right to worship freely.

This is the landscape of the modern American Church. The Lord warned Israel in Amos 2 that because He raised up their sons for prophets, yet they commanded their prophets “do not prophesy,” he would bring swift judgment upon them. This is what we see today in the modern Evangelical American church. Our leaders are demanding that the Church not be controversial; do not speak to controversial issues publicly. And anything we do say should be seasoned with nuance and ambiguity.

What passes as the church today in America is in actuality a prostitute just pretending to be a church but serving only to silence the people of God. God warned in Jeremiah 19:9:

And I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters, and everyone shall eat the flesh of his neighbor in the siege and in the distress, with which their enemies and those who seek their life afflict them.

When I read this, I’m pretty sure nothing is off the table as far as God’s discipline and judgment being poured out even on those who claim His name. It’s easy to point the finger at everybody else too. Of course, God is furious about people calling themselves Christians while supporting child sacrifice and the perversion of his ancient covenant of marriage and sexuality.

In Hebrews 12 we are told and no uncertain terms that God brings discipline and chastisement to his own people, the word, scourging, is used, the same word as to when Jesus was scourged. He says that he does this so that we may be partakers of His holiness—personal holiness. He says that it is painful during the time of discipline but the end thereof is the peaceable fruit of righteousness.

God is not only furious at obvious heretics and false converts, He is just as furious at orthodox professing believers who are pickled in the love of the world and the things they’re involved in as he is at the abortion-promoting perversion-promoting heretics. Maybe even more so, because they have less of an excuse. It’s not just supporters of abortion and homosexuality that I’m talking about. Those are the easy ones. I’m talking about the Brett McCrackens and Jeff Overstreets of the world—those who push that morally decomposing Hell-hole in Hollywood as a healthy Christian Liberty.

And the people who are more concerned about their 401K than they are about his glory. God will do what He always does. He will bring crushing persecution and pain to purge the goats from the sheep, to burn off the dross from the silver. The whole of biblical Revelation tells us that God is concerned most of all with His name and His glory. This comes from our obedience, not our happiness and contentment. Not even from what we think is right in our own eyes.

Our seminaries are teaching acceptance and tolerance. Our church leaders are baptizing homosexuals, pacifying woke leftists, and allowing false teachers to run amuck within our own ranks because saying something about it is considered “mean.” But make no mistake about it, when the American Church fails to do her job, to defend the faith, to proclaim the Scriptures, and to speak to the collective conscience of our lost world, she will fall—and so will the nation.

America’s War for Independence Was Not Revolution or Rebellion, But Resistance to Tyranny!

Photo by Matt Briney on Unsplash

by Don Boys, Ph.D

Many sincere Christians have confused, conflicting, and convoluted notions about what became the War for Independence or, as some call it, the Revolutionary War. However, it was not a revolution but a war of self-defense, and that fact is seldom discussed in America’s classrooms. When the pertinent facts are known, Americans will have no embarrassment over our “rebel” past.

The Stamp Act of 1765 was a power grab by King George III whereby various publications and legal forms in America would require a stamp (tax) before they could be issued. The colonialists resented the act as being taxation without representation. That same year Virginia’s Patrick Henry weighed in with his speech advocating “no taxation without representation.” England repealed the act the following year.

Things simmered for a while, then came the 1770 Townshend Acts, a tax on goods imported from England. Citizens in Boston protested, resulting in the Boston Massacre where five Americans were killed.

Americans saw a pattern of King George III making a point that he could demand taxes without any input from those being taxed. Colonists erupted in 1773 with the Boston Tea Party when 150 colonists, dressed as Mohawk Indians, dumped the newly arrived tea into the harbor at Boston. There would be no tax on that tea!

The year 1775 was a pivotal year for the colonists. Late night on April 18, Paul Revere and William Dawes saddled up for their famous midnight ride to Lexington and Concord to warn the locals that the British were approaching to take the guns and ammunition stored there. (Gun control was an issue even back then!) Early on the 19th, 77 Americans were on the village green and faced the well-dressed English redcoats. Eight Americans were killed, and ten were wounded, and many of the redcoats died in their retreat to Boston, being pursued by the colonists who fired from behind trees. By the time the redcoats arrived in Boston, they had 273 casualties and the Americans 95. In June of that year, the Battle of Bunker Hill took place. Please note that at that time Americans were still not talking about separating from their mother country.

Most Americans wanted conciliation, not confrontation with the Crown. They wanted satisfaction, not separation from the Mother Country. Our second President, John Adams’ opinion was that only about a third of the colonists wanted independence, a third supported Britain and a third had no opinion.

On December 22, 1775, King George announced that the colonies were free from British rule through his Prohibitory Act! This crucial fact is almost unknown by modern Americans, and it puts the War for Independence in a completely different light. The Act provided that any ship trading with the colonies would be considered a “lawful prize.” Furthermore, it provided that all American crews could be “impressed” (forced) to serve in the British Navy as if they had chosen to enlist! Also, the cargoes would be sold, along with the ships, and the money would accrue to England. The Act also provided that some of the plunder would be sent to an English hospital, making it more palatable to those Englishmen (in Britain and America) with a conscience.

Sporadic fighting between American patriots and King George’s redcoats continued after the “shot heard around the world” at Lexington and Concord; however, the colonists still did not want to separate from England! It would not be until July of 1776 that frustrated and angry Americans would declare their independence.

King George declared war on the colonies, making the war a war of self-defense, not rebellion! In fact, our leaders always referred to themselves as loyal subjects of the King! Ben Franklin’s letter to the King in February of 1775 spoke of “your Majesty’s Subjects in America.” The Olive Branch Petition of May 1775 (submitted to the English Court on September 1) referred to themselves as “faithful subjects” and “most dutiful subjects.” The King would not even accept that petition! So, the colonies could see no hope for reconciliation as late as September of 1775.

The following month King George III “jumped the gun” and told Parliament that the American rebellion had “become more general and is manifestly carried on for the purpose of establishing an independent empire.” However, that was not correct. American leaders had not made any assertion as to pursuing independence from England. In fact, the Pennsylvania Assembly gave clear instructions to their congressional delegates that they “dissent from and utterly reject any propositions, should such be made, that may cause or lead to a separation from our mother country.” (English Historical Documents, p. 170.) Other colonies followed the leadership of Pennsylvania and issued similar instructions to their delegates.

When news of King George’s hasty action arrived in America in February of 1776, every informed person knew that the King had basically declared war on the colonies. One colonist, Joseph Hewes, who was opposed to a break with England, wrote: “The Act of Parliament prohibiting all trade and commerce between Great Britain and the colonies has been lately brought here by a Mr. Temple from London….I fear it will make the breach between the two countries so wide as never more to be reconciled….I see no prospect of reconciliation. Nothing is left now but to fight it out” (letter to Samuel Johnston, dated March 20, 1776).

When the Second Continental Congress met on May 10, 1776, it was apparent that they considered the Prohibitory Act of 1775 as the significant turning point in the separation from England. They asserted that George had “excluded the inhabitants of these united colonies from the protection of his Crown.” Their resolution ended with: “Resolved, that it be recommended to the respective assemblies of the united colonies…to adopt such government as shall…best conduce to the happiness and safety and their constituents in particular and America in general.” In other words, it’s all over except the fighting! The arrogant King had cut off the colonies, so bring it on!

America was now an independent nation!

John Adams said of the Act, “It throws thirteen colonies out of the royal protection, levels all distinctions, and makes us independent despite our supplications and entreaties…It may be fortunate that the act of independency should come from the British Parliament rather than the American Congress.” (Letter to Horatio Gates, dated March 23, 1776.)

There have been many false charges made by Christian leaders for many years about the break with England. How could Christian Americans who had been impacted by the Great Awakening in the 1740s become such red-hot zealots and rebel against the mother country? Now you can see that was not the case. We were forced to defend ourselves against the King who had cut the strings with the colonies. While there were actions perpetrated by non-Christian or shallow Christian patriots during that time, we modern Americans have no reason to be defensive about America’s past.

King George III was the source of many irrational acts that precipitated the deaths of 25,000 American soldiers; 8,000 of them died in battle, and the other 17,000 deaths came from disease. It appeared that King George tried to push away the Americans with his many belligerent actions. But then King George had an excuse. He was part of European royalty known for incestuous marriages for decades. In his later years, he spoke nonsense for 58 hours and made many notorious statements and decisions, much to the embarrassment of his family and the British nation.

However, Americans know about an out-of-control leader, refusing to take advice and not admitting personal errors, and making tragic national and international decisions. And finally, talking nonsense for hours. Yes, Americans are aware of that.

God help America. Our best days are behind us, and the American Dream is now a nightmare.