AUDIO Can America Return To God?

By Rev Bill Woods

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)
14  “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

“Nothing Happened Today”
    – Britain’s King George III wrote the day’s activities in his diary: “July 4, 1776–

      Nothing happened today.” — Nothing happened?!!!!

America was born that day! King George.

    – Her birth marked an epoch in history for the cause of human freedom.

For nearly 245 years (it will be on July 4), we’ve celebrated our independence — our right to do as we please in governing our own lives. What a wonderful country we live in — despite all its faults and failures.

    – What wonderful freedoms the citizens of the USA have enjoyed and taken for  granted!

One of these freedoms is FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

    – We’ve been able to believe or worship anybody or anything we want — no one  has told us differently until a year ago when the Government shut down the Churches because of Covid 19.

Thousands of people in our Armed Forces have paid the supreme sacrifice of dying to provide and maintain our Freedoms that we seem to take for granted!

  • Originally Memorial Day was a day set aside to remember the heavy price that’s been paid in blood and sacrifice for our freedoms.
  • What a shame that it’s been, for the most part, turned into a day of pic-nics, sports contests and frivolous activities.

Many thousands of Christians around the world have died for trying to worship God and we’ve just taken this right for granted each and every year.

    – Yet in America — a country established for that very right — many won’t give God the time of day, much less their lives.

What happened that made millions now celebrate “Freedom from Religion” instead of the “Freedom of Religion?”

Many have tried and succeeded to get God kicked out of our schools, sporting events, public places and work places.

It’s not the Hindu gods or the Muslims’ Allah — it’s not the philosophy of reincarnation or the New Age, it’s not homosexuality or condom distribution they want out.

    – It’s Jehovah God, it’s Jesus Christ.                                                                               

    – “Spiritualism” has taken the place of Christianity.

      – Spiritualism puts self on the throne and religion in general.

       – Christianity — the founding guide for America — is under attack.

Way back in April 1994, The Reader’s Digest carried an article by former Secretary of Education, William Bennett:   “What Really Ails America”:

He said, “Today, much of society ridicules and mocks those who are serious about their faith.

    – America’s only respectable form of bigotry is bigotry against religious people.

      – And the only reason for hatred of religion is it forces us to confront matters many would  prefer to ignore.

To a great extent our society has gotten what it wanted – A society without God.

    – But what good has it done?”

 Bennett continued, “Last year I compiled The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators, a statistical portrait of American behavioral trends of the past three decades. Among the findings: Since 1960, while the gross domestic product has nearly tripled, violent crime has increased at least 560 percent. Divorces have more than doubled. The percentage of children in single-parent homes has tripled. And by the end of the decade 40% of all American births and 80% of minority births will occur out of wedlock.”
    – These are not good things to get used to!

The United States leads the world in murder, rape and violent crime.

    – At the same time, our elementary-school students rank at or near the bottom in tests of math and science skills.

      – Since 1960, average SAT scores in our high schools have dropped 75 points.

In 1940, teachers identified the top problems in America’s schools as: talking out of turn, chewing gum, making noise and running in the hall.

    – In 1990, teachers listed drugs, alcohol, pregnancy, suicide, rape and assault.
      – These aren’t good things to get used to, either.
        – We’ve become desensitized to the cultural rot that is setting in.

          – People have lost their capacity for shock, disgust and outrage.

During the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Damian Williams was filmed crushing an innocent man’s skull with a brick, while Henry Watson held the victim down.

    – When Williams finished, he did a victory dance.

      – Lawyers for Watson and William’s built a legal defense on the premise that people can’t be held accountable for getting caught up in mob violence.

   One juror told the New York Times, “I guess they were in the wrong place at the wrong time”

          – When these men were acquitted on most counts, the cry wasn’t outrage, but relief.
            – This isn’t a good thing to get used to. What’s the answer?

Bennett concluded:


Today we’re in a struggle for the country we love.

    – We must push hard against an age that’s pushing hard against us.

All those statistics I sighted were from 1994!   27 years ago!

Things haven’t improved, in fact they’re much worse now!

  • Today we have riots in our major cities as “Black Lives Matter protest” take over cities and destroy lives and property.  (Don’t misunderstand,  know that black lives matter, but so do blue lives, brown lives, white lives–ALL LIVES MATTER AND ARE PRECIOUS TO JESUS AND ALL LIVES  SHOULD BE TREATED WITH RESPECT!)

There’s a move on to defund the police and fire departments while crime and violence is running rampant.  If that happens we “ain’t seen nothing yet!”

Our free elections have become a mockery!

Our money and economy are on the verge of collapse!

  • Too many people are pushing for a Marxist style government because they don’t understand what will happen if they get their way!

Today, there is so much confusion over sexual orientation.  Somehow we’ve identified 57 different genders!

  • Someone wrote:  “There are many different gender identities, including male, female, transgender, gender neutral, nonbinary, agender, pangender, genderqueer, two-spirit, third gender, and all, none or a combination of these.
  • Isn’t that stupid!  God made 2 genders–male and female!
  • People need to stick with the gender they were born with and life will be better!  If you don’t know your gender, your birth certificate can give you a hint.

 You know, if America would finally have full employment and greater economic growth – if we have cities of gold and alabaster – but our children haven’t learned to walk in goodness, justice and mercy, then America, no matter how gilded, has failed.
    – Don’t surrender. Get mad. Get in the fight.  Do something!  I don’t like the language, but that 1976 movie where the actor said,   (“I want you to get up, go your window, open it and say, I’M AS MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!)

I don’t suggest that, but he did have something in what he said, we need to get some righteous indignation and take a stand for Jesus Christ and Christians!

I can’t imagine how those who died on the battle field to insure our freedoms would feel if they could see our Nation today!


How can we turn our nation back to God? Can it even be done? Yes if we are willing to pay the price!
    – We can make a difference!    —  2 Chronicles 7:14if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Let’s look at this promise:1. IF MY PEOPLE WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME…                                                                    .  

– There can’t be “finger-pointing” when returning to God. He’s talking to us, His Church.  Judgment always begins at the House of God.

2.  WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE…
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It’s good to be proud Americans as long as we still bow to God.
        – Prayer is never obsolete, outdated or too late.

3. .AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS…
– We’re notorious for repenting but not turning. Look what happened after 9 11!

      Churches filled, but there was no repentance!


      – Repentance means to turn from sin–180 degrees. — Be sorry for our sins, Confess, not just because we got caught, but have real remorse about how we’ve hurt God.  And then, really confess them to God, and quit sinning.                    

  • Do we love evil too much to turn from it?

    4. THEN I (GOD) WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN…
          – God’s waiting to hear from us. — He’s longing for America to return to  
  •         Him.

    5.  AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND HEAL THEIR LAND…
        – God’s Forgiveness is available to all who will turn to God.
          – Healing awaits all who turn.

    Can America return to God?
    If America wants to – YES!  Do we want to?

    God’s blessed our country.

It’s a blessing worth preserving through prayer and devotion to God inspite of those who want to tear our nation down.

      – Unless we serve God we will live in bondage.

We have been so blessed to have the Freedom we enjoy, but it isn’t guaranteed to always be there!  It takes commitment on our part to keep it.  There’s a cycle we need to be aware of:

From Bondage to Spiritual Faith
From Spiritual Faith to Great Courage
From Great Courage to Liberty
From Liberty to Abundance
From Abundance to Complacency
From Complacency to Apathy
From Apathy to Governmental Dependence
From Governmental Dependency back to Bondage
WHERE ARE WE TODAY?


Christianity and patriotism have a lot in common. It’s significant that our patriotic hymn “My County, ’Tis of Thee”, was written by a Baptist preacher, Samuel Francis Smith.

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by a Baptist minister, Francis Bellamy.

The words, “In God We Trust,” on our coins, are traced to Rev. W.R. Watkinson of Ridleyville, Pennsylvania.

  – He wrote a letter of concern to the Honorable S.P. Chase, on November 13,1861.

Seven days later Mr. Chase wrote to James Pollock, Director of the U.S. Mint saying: “No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins. Will you cause a device to be prepared without delay with a motto expressing in the finest and tersest words possible, this national recognition.”

The “under God” added to pledge in 1954 while President Eisenhower was in Office.

The President of Princeton, Reverend John Witherspoon (Presbyterian) was the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence.
    – History books have nearly forgotten him and his far-reaching influence on democracy.  FYI, We live in a Republic, not a Democracy like Nancy Palosi keeps saying.                                                                             

– John Witherspoon personally taught several of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, nine of them were graduates of Princeton.

When he signed The Declaration of Independence, Witherspoon said: “There is a tide in the affairs of men, a spark. We perceive it now before us. To hesitate is to consent to our own slavery. That noble instrument upon the table, that insures immortality to its author, should be subscribed this very morning by every pen in this house. He that will not respond to its accents, and strain every nerve to carry into effect its provisions, is unworthy of the name of free man. For my own part, of property I have some; of reputation, more. That reputation is staked, that property is pledged on the issue of this contest; and although these gray hairs must soon descend into the sepulcher, I would infinitely rather they descend thither by the hand of the executioner than desert at this crisis the sacred cause of my country.”

There’s one other area we must look at if we want to save the USA.

    – That’s how we’re treating Israel.

America is married to 2 ancient brothers. (Sons of Abraham:  Ishmael and Isaac.)

    – From Ishmael we want his oil.

      – The 2nd one, Isaac, is because of guilt over how we turned away during the Holocaust while 6 million Jews were needlessly slaughtered.

God said in Genesis 12:3 —I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

    – God’s has blessed the USA because we’ve stood with Israel since May 14, 1948.

Our Covenant with the Arabs won’t change because we want oil.

Our Covenant with Israel won’t change so we find ourselves caught in the eye of the prophetic storm.

In 1991, the 1st President Bush initiated the Madrid Peace Process.

    – This was designed to force Israel to exchange land for peace.

     – Israel was to give the Arabs the West Bank, Golan Heights, Gaza, and Jerusalem in exchange for peace with the Arabs.

Please note, there are no Jews living in Gaza.  The News Media tried to say the Jews had settled in Gaza and were refusing to leave.  Untrue!  Gaza is settled by the Palestinians and Hamas and other Gaza -based militant groups.

The problem with the Madrid Peace Package is God has promised the land to Israel in an everlasting Covenant and whoever divides this land will face Judgment and be destroyed by God.

    – Zechariah and Joel are explicit about how God will judge the nations that attempt to divide His land.

In October, 1991, President Bush and Russian Premier, Mikhail Gorbachev sponsored the Madrid Land for Peace Conference.  This was the beginning of many catastrophes.

    – While they were conducting the Conference the Perfect Storm developed (11/1/1991) in the N.E. Atlantic sending crashing 30 foot waves into Bush’s Kennebunkport home in Maine.

On August 24, 1991, the Madrid Conference convened in Washington D.C.

    – That same day Hurricane Andrew (largest up until then in U.S. history) pummeled Louisiana and Florida — devastating storm happened same time Israel’s land being discussed in D.C.

January 15, 1994, President Clinton and Syrian President Assad were in Geneva, Switzerland, calling upon Israel to leave the Golan Heights.

    – Within 24 hours a major earthquake hit in the center of Northridge, California, producing the largest earthquake and 2nd largest disaster in U.S. History.

Many of us watched Israel leaving Gaza.

    – August 24, 2005, the day the final Jews were evicted from Gaza and Northern Samaria, tropical depression 12 formed near the Bahamas.

      – Within 24 hours it was Tropical Storm Katrina.

        – Within 72 hours it was Hurricane Katrina hitting S.W. Florida.

          – 72 hours later it hit Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama producing the largest disaster in this country’s history that dwarfed 9-11, Hurricane

           Andrew, and the Northridge earthquake in size and intensity.

God has blest the United States, but He hasn’t forgotten His Promises to Israel.

Has America felt the wrath of God for the recent stance America’s taken in the Mid-East?

 – Has God sent us a message through the uncanny natural disasters that coincide with key events?  Is it all just a coincidence?

Obama, now Biden, has treated Israel with contempt!

President Trump treated Israel with respect and we prospered during his term.

  – Biden has consistently attacked the Bible values of Christians, and Jews since taking office.

Enjoy your Memorial Day celebrations, but remember it’s more than just a National Play Day!

  • It’s a day when we remember those who paid the ultimate cost for the Freedom we enjoy and it’s a day when we should thank Almighty God for letting us live in this Blessed Land.    

Remember also, GOD’S STILL IN CONTROL AND GOD’S WILL – WILL BE DONE!

    – Are you prepared?


PODCAST CAN AMERICA RETURN TO GOD?

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The updated version of Rev Bill Woods’ book “There Is Still Power In The Blood” will be available soon.

VIDEO Conservatism and Race: A Positive Path Forward

On April 23, the great Robert Woodson delivered the inaugural lecture in Hillsdale’s Christ Chapel Drummond Lecture Series. His topic was “Conservatism and Race: A Positive Path Forward.”

Robert L. Woodson is the founding president of the Woodson Center, an organization dedicated to improving low-income neighborhoods, promoting civics education, improving race relations, and developing community leaders

A veteran of the civil rights movement, Woodson embraces what he calls “radical pragmatism” as the best way to improve the lives of “the least of God’s children.” His work at the Woodson Center seeks to ennoble and inspire the downtrodden rather than condescend to and coddle them. As my colleague David Whalen noted, “for decades, while public figures pose and wrangle about the poor and racial injustice, Robert Woodson has transformed the lives of many thousands. He does so because he understands responsibility, authentic human dignity, and the freedom through which people actually flourish. Where others just talk, Woodson has achieved near miracles.”

In recognition of his long and good service for America, Woodson was awarded Hillsdale’s Freedom Leadership Award.

Warm regards,

Larry P. Arnn
President, Hillsdale College
Pursuing Truth and Defending Liberty Since 1844


If You Want To Know The Future Of America Peer Into The Looking-Glass Of Europe

By William D. Howard

When Notre Dame Cathedral burned in 2019, it was symbolic of a greater European -wide collapse of religious faith which had already taken place.  That great cathedral, like most of the others in Europe, had long since passed from being a vibrant community of active worshipers, to an architectural show piece attracting millions of tourists, taking millions of photographs.

  The process which has brought about the death of Judeo-Christian culture in Europe is now being replicated in America. If America wants to know its grim future, it only has to consult the facts of present day European society. 

    From the earliest days of American history, religion played an outsized role. Even during the 1700’s when it was intellectually fashionable for some of our leaders like Thomas Jefferson to scoff at supernaturalism and prefer deism to theism, they still held tightly to the moral and spiritual truths expressed in the Holy Bible.  They could do without belief in miracles in general but not the necessary miracle of a creator God who established an unchanging moral order.  French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville, who had visited America in the 1800’s, took particular note of America’s highly religious national character as compared to European society. He knew the horrors which French society was plunged into as a result of extreme, anti-religious, sentiment. The history of the world is littered with failed revolutions that promised to remake their societies, in a better image. The American Revolution is among the few which have actually succeeded.

  The bad news is that we are now no longer on the same path. We have opted for the European model.

   The last sixty years of American history reveal that we have been on a new path. It is a path that leads away from freedom and individual responsibility. It is a path that mistakes vice for freedom and socialism for progress and because Europe began this journey before us, we can now see our future, In their present

  If we begin with a comparison of religious practice, the surveys of American society show a number between 37% and 22% for Americans who attend weekly services.

    The average of these numbers which is below 30% is the lowest in modern American history but if you are a person of faith in Europe, you would be celebrating this as the sign of a “Great Religious “revival. The average church attendance for the countries of Northern Europe is 4%. There are only three countries in Europe where more than 10% of young people attend religious services on a weekly basis.

What must be understood are the characteristics of this new post-Judeo-Christian Europe?  What does the sociological data tell us is happening there?  Sociologists, psychologists and historians, all agree on one point, the family unit is the basis of all societies. The present European family is in a state of crisis. As much as we lament America’s high divorce rate of 53%, Europe’s is higher, in some countries reaching 60% but worse than the high divorce rates are the high out of wedlock birth rates and the huge increase in single parent families. The, “Max Planck Society” published the following in 2016,

“The significance of marriage slowly started to decline as early as 1970, a process linked to the advance of secularization in many countries… By 1990, the share of unmarried births had already increased fourfold… In many parts of Northern and Western Europe, there are already more births out of wedlock than births within marriage.”

  Needless to say the same process is taking place in America .The difference is America’s religious attendance was much higher than Europe’s when the process started. We are moving in the same direction as Europe but at a slower pace.

  The fact that European societies are still relatively prosperous  and orderly in spite of these demographic changes is only a testament to what historian Will Durant called , “… living in the after- glow of one’s faith”. No society will collapse immediately, but already these changes are showing themselves in a variety of dark statistics.

  The crisis in the European family is rapidly becoming a mental health crisis.   

  The most recent large scale study of Europe, covering 514 million people found that mental illness had increased to 38%.

  Based upon World Health Organization statistics, Europeans commit more suicide than the people of any other region of the world.  Russia has the highest rate, followed by other Eastern European nations all of which were until recent years ruled by Communist governments which viewed religion as taboo. Following these Eastern European nations the most secular parts of Western and Northern Europe have the next highest rates of suicide. The more traditional and culturally conservative parts of Europe have the lowest rates of suicide.   Lagging behind Europe, America is making great strides to catch-up. The CDC reported in 2018 that America now has the highest rate of suicide in 50 years.   

  In Europe this is not just a problem of highly depressed people wanting to end their lives. There is a concerted effort on the part of medical professionals to assist others in doing so. Belgium now carries the label of the, “world’s euthanasia capital” and even allows suicide by lethal injection for children.  

Following the same guiding principle of utility, Europe is now number four on the list of continents which carry-out the most abortions. The fact that the primary victim of an abortion is an unborn child without a voice makes the problem easier to ignore. Much harder to ignore is the explosion in Human Trafficking taking place in Europe.

  The Department of Homeland Security has described the problem of Human Trafficking, as a “… modern day form of slavery… among the world’s fastest growing criminal industries.” BusinessLine, reported in 2019 that, “… children now account for 30 per cent of those being trafficked… Trafficking for sexual exploitation is the most prevalent form in European countries…”

  Three of the top ten areas for sex tourism are located in Europe and all the others are located in poor less developed regions of the world. In America the same thing is happening. Feminists, pro-homosexual rights advocates, cultural celebrities, are using terms like, “Pan sexual”, “gender fluidity” and “One Love” to begin the major re-education of American society.  Harvard professor Sarah Richardson a supporter of this task has described the necessary change in this way,

  “Young people will lead us in directions that we have never imagined… more and more young people are transcending gender norms… a more sophisticated view of gender seems to be everywhere we look…. Is expanding our ideas of identify and love.”

  Well the Europeans have both imagined and are realizing this “Brave New World” and the “New Morality” looks a lot like the “Old Immorality”. The imagined utopian welfare state of Europe is now being realized for what it is, a dystopian society where the soul of mankind dies and selfish appetites reign. In America we are faithfully re-tracing the European steps which include: The death of faith, the death of the family, and the de-humanization of mankind.

William D. Howard is a freelance writer who has been published in both secular and religious formats. He had a long career as an educator and has traveled in over 40 countries.


Cancel Culture: The Most Dangerous Virus Infecting the Church Today

by SHANE IDLEMAN

By now, most know what the cancel culture is: something you did in your past will be used to silence, stop, and “cancel” you. Whether it’s Mike Lindell, whose pillow company lost many retailers after he publicly questioned the election, or Goya Foods, who upset people when they thanked President Trump, the cancel culture doesn’t tolerate opposing views. So much for being “tolerant.”

Do you see the irony? The cancel culture protects Cuties on Netflix and loves Cardi B lyrics, but they can’t stand Bible verses, worship songs, or views that oppose them. Dr. Seuss is bad, Dumbo is a racist, and Speedy Gonzales offends. Granted, things from the past may need to be changed from time to time, but if you focus on children’s books and cartoon characters and say nothing against child porn, human trafficking, little kids being intentionally confused about their gender, or the killing of innocent children in the womb, you’ve lost all credibility.

The Church—Friend or Foe?

I am not especially surprised by the actions of the world; it is simply being true to its fallen nature. Rather, it’s the actions of the so-called church that are disturbing. In 2020, the cancel culture in the church became a reality for me. I was scheduled to speak at a church in Palos Verdes, California, but when the assistant pastor found out that my political views differed from his, he complained to the elders, and just like that, I was canceled—never mind the fact that my message didn’t even touch on politics. Listen to it at #1 below, and let me know if a church should cancel this type of message or if it’s exactly what we need to hear.

I received another surprise in May of 2020. I had been corresponding with Pastor Jack Hibbs about opening our church on May 31. Once we decided to open, I was shocked by how many pastors came against us. I even shared with one prominent pastor in my area how happy I was when Pastor John MacArthur and the elders at Grace Community Church also opened. To my utter dismay, he wasn’t happy at all.

By this time, the shenanigans and the agendas of many political leaders were becoming apparent (more at #2 below). We not only had a legitimate virus to deal with but we had agendas and ulterior motives working against us as well. Would churches capitulate and use Romans 13 out of context, or would they meet to fast, pray, and contend for the truth? Would they be cowards or watchmen?

Around this time, our local newspaper also canceled my articles, which had been featured for over a decade. Many liberal Christians no doubt complained and swayed the editor. Facebook also shadow banned me, causing our audience to drop from a quarter-million people per month to around ten thousand. Apparently, my views didn’t fit their narratives. They, along with YouTube, also banned my video on vaccines and immunity and removed some of my sermons. (The banned video is #3 below.)

“My View is the Right View,” So They Say

One local pastor who still hadn’t opened his church a year into COVID told me that I was actually hurting the gospel because of my views. Apparently, you’re not allowed to share solid biblical teaching if you hold beliefs that oppose liberal “Christians.” “You’re hurting the gospel with your views unless your views align with my views,” so they say.

Then in July 2020 I was hit again. We held church services at JetHawk Stadium in Lancaster, California, and it wasn’t primarily unbelievers who were complaining. Other Christians and pastors were gossiping and backbiting. It is telling that none of them seemed to be excited that over 10,000 people attended the 4-month event and we had over 150 baptisms, the majority of which were spontaneous.

Sadly, within the church, the cancel culture is often fueled by jealousy and arrogance. “They don’t think like I think, so God cannot be using them,” goes the reasoning. There have been other groups throughout the ages who behaved in similar ways—the Pharisees come to mind, as well as the pastors and denominations who have stood against many of the past revivals simply because God had the audacity to use someone else and in a way that differed from them.

So while the cancel culture is not a new thing, it is new in America, and it’s on the rise. Our nation is increasingly polarized, with people unable to have civil conversations with those who have dissimilar views, and who actually take pleasure in destroying the lives and livelihoods of those who dare to have a different opinion.

Pleasing Man Rather Than God

As I wrote last week in my article on why churches should open, all pastors relate to COVID differently depending on their perspective and circumstances. They are under tremendous pressure and need more grace, not less. I’m sure that many do much good in their communities, and for that, I applaud them. However, I don’t think cowardliness should go unchecked, for “iron sharpens iron” (Proverbs 27:17).

Let me state up front that without the Spirit of God, I’m a coward. Without deep seasons of prayer and fasting, I’m weak. Without extended times of heartfelt worship where I weep, repent, and realign my heart with Christ, I would drift from God. My heart breaks for the church, but the truth is that many Christians are being influenced by social media rather than by God’s Spirit and spend more time criticizing others rather than looking in the mirror and more time reading left-leaning liberals instead of reading and applying God’s Word. Like Samson, they do not know that the Spirit has departed (Judges 16:20).

Sadly, many pastors are joining the cancel culture, keeping their church doors locked and aligning with ungodly organizations because they have either lost the compass of truth or the boldness of the Spirit—or possibly both. They are distant from Christ, and therefore seek to be pleasers of men rather than lovers of God: “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).

They may cancel people, ideas, concepts, videos, articles, and sermons, but they can never cancel God!

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VIDEO My Thoughts On Why America Is In Its Current Situation – Conservative Age Rising!

My Thoughts On Why America Is In Its Current Situation

This post is unlike my other articles. Here are my personal thoughts on why America’s in its current situation:

If churches hadn’t stopped preaching hell, fire, and brimstone, America wouldn‘t be so screwed up right now.

The raw truth puts the fear of God in people! How many of us can truly count on one hand the number of people they know who they believe possess the fear of God? When was the last time you heard someone say they weren’t going to do something because they didn’t want to go to hell? Or how about this one, “I want to do what pleases the Lord”. Conviction is at an all-time low (in the church and the world).

Our ears have been tickled with lollipop and gumdrop teachings to the point where we think and unconsciously view Jesus as a “pushover, hippie genie”!

Read the Book of John and you will find that Jesus was INTOLERANT of ALL sin, EXTREMELY direct, sugarcoated NOTHING, and still was pure love and showed compassion. Did you know that Jesus’ heart races every time He looks at you? He’s madly in love with you.

The reason why He preached more about Hell than Heaven, is because He doesn’t want to lose us and desperately doesn’t want us to go there. He preached warnings for safety! It breaks His heart every time a soul is eternally lost. It’s unfathomable to imagine a life forever without God, lacking EVERYTHING, being void of all that is good. Friends, family, companionship, laughter, hope, rest, and even food are all nonexistent in the abyss.

We all hear the question so many typically ask, “Why would a loving God send someone to hell?” Yet, the truth is, people send themselves there. If you see someone walking toward a cliff and you yell to them, “Wrong way! There’s a cliff! You’re going to fall off and die if you don’t go the other way!” But the foolish person responds with either, “I’ll take my chances”, “I don’t believe you”, or “all roads lead to safety”, then that person who was warned ends up falling off the cliff and dying, who sent them there? THEY DID!

All things good come from God and Him alone. You can know the entire Bible by heart and still end up in H-E-double-hockey-sticks. Now is the absolute WORST time to be uncertain about where you’ll go if you die. Death does not discriminate against age, race, gender, nationality, or religion. You won’t just cease to exist. You’ll exist somewhere forever, but the question is, “Where?”

There’s one of two places to choose from—Heaven or Hell. Heaven will give you a forever warm reception, while in hell, you’d be an eternal unwelcomed guest.

I’ve had four near-death experiences and the first time I was NOT ready and truly uncertain if I’d see Jesus face to face. Oh, and guess what, I was a Christian! By God’s grace, He rescued me every time!

You see, some may have said a prayer at the altar once and thought they were heaven-bound, but if there hasn’t been a TRUE, genuine transformation of your life, thoughts, and speech, then it’d be wise to do a self-examination of the heart, because that’s where it starts. When Jesus enters your heart, there’s an evident transformation and your surroundings will know it. You can’t fool God.

The reason why America is in the state that it’s in today is because of the failure of the church. The church is what leads by example. Things can turn around for the good, but it starts with the church, first.

If you want to be like Jesus, then you’ve got to teach like Jesus!

Hell is the default. Heaven is your CHOICE. Jesus is the WAY! If you haven’t already, receive or rededicate your life to Him today. He’s the ONLY God Who thought you were worth dying for…and ACTUALLY DID! That’s love.


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Biden would resume Obama’s war on Christianity: Dem memo declares white Christians country’s foremost “national security threat”

January 02, 2021 by: JD Heyes

Image: Biden plans to resume Obama’s war on Christianity: Dem memo declares white Christians country’s foremost “national security threat”

(Natural News) Democrat Joe Biden’s message of wanting to ‘unify our divided country’ suffered another credibility blow in the wake of a newly uncovered Democratic memo that warns two-thirds of our country is a bigger threat than China, Russia, Iran and North Korea combined.

A report prepared especially for the (potentially) incoming Biden administration from the Secular Democrats of America PAC provides guidance to “boldly restore a vision of constitutional secularism and respect in the land for religious and intellectual pluralism.”

And here we thought that after four years of President Donald Trump that his efforts to uphold the right of Christians — and Jews, and Muslims, and whomever else — to practice freely, as outlined in the First Amendment, was him restoring constitutionality. 

In any event, the PAC says it “represents secular Democratic individuals and organizations” while advocating for “secular governance” as well as the promotion of “respect and inclusion of nonreligious Americans,” while mobilizing “nonreligious voters.”

Again, that same First Amendment guaranteeing Americans the right to worship freely also lacks a provision that mandates a religious society or the practice of a certain religion. So — if there can be no forcing of religion on Americans, why does this group think it can force secularism on all of us?

We digress.

Just The News reports that the proposal was formally presented to the Biden team by Democratic Reps. Jamie Raskin and Jared Huffman, co-chairmen of the Congressional Freethought Caucus; it was also endorsed by Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney.

“We’ve offered the new administration a roadmap to restore our basic constitutional values and protect science, reason and public health in American government,” Raskin and Huffman said in a joint statement. (Related: Why rioters will eventually turn their rage on Christianity if not stopped.)

The outlet notes further: 

The proposal calls for Biden’s team to work with Congress and governors to “advance a secular agenda at all levels of government, taking into account the current makeup of the federal courts and new, unfavorable precedents that your administration will have to contend with.”

In the document, the group argues that Trump has “empowered the religious right in ways no other administration has before, making significant advances in enacting their Christian nationalist agenda.”

The proposal outlines recommendations for reversing certain policies and “proactively” implementing new rules that would “restore secularism to federal governance and disentangle entrenched religious interests from federal policy.”

Again, what is inherently wrong with Trump ‘empowering’ people of faith within his administration? Understand that this proposal would not have been given to Team Biden unless these three lawmakers had a problem with the empowerment of religious persons within the Trump White House — none of whom were pushing to mandate Christianity across the country. 

Only people who do not believe in any religion are ‘suitable’ for government, according to this PAC.

But it gets worse: These bozos liken Christians with a threat to America’s “national security.”

“The rise of white Christian nationalism is a national security threat,” read the document. “We recommend you: encourage the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice to dedicate resources to de-radicalization programs aimed at hate groups, including, but not limited to, white nationalists; increase monitoring of such groups, including the online environment, and take action to address increased hate crimes toward minority faith communities; and shift rhetoric to label violent white nationalist extremists as terrorists.”

That is outrageous. If there are any threats to America’s national security that emanate from within the country, they are coming from the insane left: Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and burgeoning anarchist organizations on both the left and right.

But you can see what this is really about.

There is no bigger impediment to authoritarian rule than a belief among the populace in something higher and more divine than ‘big government.’ And what better way to destroy the fundamental right to not only believe in a higher authority but to worship that higher authority than to declare those who do to be our most dangerous threat.

The Marxist Democratic left hates America as it was founded, period. This is just another modicum of proof.

See more reporting like this at BigGovernment.news.

Sources include:

JustTheNews.com

NaturalNews.com

https://www.naturalnews.com/2021-01-02-biden-will-resume-obamas-war-christianity.html

Columbus Plan: Sail West to Set up Trading Post to Finance Crusade Against Moors !

El Aemer El Mujaddid September 24, 2016

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Less well known was a voyage by Columbus to the Gold Coast in West Africa in 1481, sponsored by King John II of Portugal. In contrast to the Eurocentric myth of disorder and barbarism prevalent in Africa, during this voyage Columbus encountered civilized communities and well-established states with very complex social, political, and economic structures. At the time of Columbus’s visit, the most impressive medieval Muslim Moorish (West African) empire, Songhay, was still in existence. Its noted center of scholarship, Timbuktu, the home of the world-renowned higher educational institution, the Sankoré University, still possessed a great deal of its splendor. Columbus who visited the Portuguese fortress of Elmina on the Gold Coast, was impressed by the riches of the land, especially its gold. But as an explorer, Columbus learned valuable lessens in geography and oceanography.

This undoubtedly sparked his interest in a voyage westward across the Atlantic, which he erroneously believed would take him to India and establish direct access to the coveted riches of the Orient. More importantly, Columbus’s voyage to West Africa may have laid the groundwork for the first contact between that part of Africa and the Americas. A few West Africans were said to have returned with him to Europe and eventually accompanied him on his voyages to the New World between 1492 and 1504. Some scholars, however, have suggested the possibility of an African presence in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus.

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The argument is that some West African people, probably from the Senegambia area, were known to Native Americans prior to arrival of Columbus. The most forceful argument along these lines has been provided by Rutgers linguist and anthropologist Ivan Van Sertima, who marshalled an array of archaeological, historical, and botanical evidence to argue his case. The United States and West Africa: Interactions and Relations pg. 18 Because Columbus has been such an important figure in the collective imagination of Americans, what we make of him affects both how we view our history and imagine our future. In what follows, I wish, first to detangle Columbus’s motivations from the accusations that have been brought against him and then to trace briefly the apocalyptic scenario and the place of Jerusalem that figured so centrally to his quest. To distance ourselves from his religious views obscures how deeply influential they have been, and continue to be in our national and political consciousness. Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem: How Religion Drove the Voyages that Led to America pg. 236

The principal factor which governed Columbus’s life and motivated his activities was—as he put it in a letter to the Spanish monarchs—to spread the light of the Gospel throughout the world and enlist the newly converted peoples in the life-and-death war with the empire of Muhammad. His ultimate goals included the “recovery” of the Holy Land, especially Jerusalem, in preparation for the Kingdom of God. In fact, it was his deep religious convictions in prophecy which, according to The New Millennial Manual, enabled him to convince Ferdinand and Isabella to finance his “Enterprise of the Indies.” And the “Enterprise” was to be the first stage in a new Crusade which would enable the Spanish monarchs to “recapture” the Holy Land and restore the Christian faith there. Throughout his life, Columbus insisted that Providence was always guiding his steps and directing his efforts.

In fact, at the end of his first voyage, and in a letter to the Spanish court dated February 15, 1492, Columbus said that the Bible was his lifetime roadmap for the fulfillment of divine prophecies and the rebuilding of Zion. This letter was subsequently printed and translated into many European languages. In it, Columbus summed up his global program “to conquer the world, spread the Christian faith, and regain the Holy Land and the Temple Mount.” During the last voyage (1502-04), Columbus recorded in his journals that he heard voices and saw visions of God urging him on to carry out His mission. This belief in a Providential mission is what motivated Columbus to so relentlessly pursue his project of the “Enterprise of the Indies.” He wrote:

Who would doubt that this light, which urged me on with a great haste continuously, without a moment’s pause, came to you in a most deep manner, as it did to me? In this my voyage to the Indies, Our Lord wished to perform [a] very evident miracle in order to console me and others in the matter of this other voyage to the Holy Sepulcher [Jerusalem]. To realize the originality as well as the significance of Columbus’s missionary efforts and zeal to fulfill the “prophecies,” one should remember that his campaign preceded the Protestant Reformation and the resulting emphasis on Old Testament prophecies and missionary drive.

This zeal and literal interpretation of sacred prophecies led Delno West to describe Columbus as “the first American hero with all the rights and privileges, myths and legends, and criticisms the title carries.” In his obsession with the rebuilding of Zion and the preparation for the Coming Kingdom, Columbus anticipated the early Puritan settlers of the New World, the nineteenth-century end-times churches and missionary establishment, and the present-day American grand plans for the world. In essence, Columbus’s program is a roadmap for the modern campaign of the Christian Right in America today.

Columbus Plan: Sail West to Set up Trading Post to Finance Crusade Against Moors !

VIDEO Is America a “Failed” Experiment? – Our Founding Fathers

by Jerry Newcombe, D.Min.

 

The barbarians are at the gates. Actually, the barbarians are inside the gates and on the streets. They are tearing down statues left and right.

As we celebrate our national birthday this week, the Fourth of July, it doesn’t feel like a celebration.

Harvard professor Dr. Cornel West says that America is basically a failure. After the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis policeman, West noted, “I think we are witnessing America as a failed social experiment…What I mean by that is that the history of black people for over 200 and some years in America has been looking at America’s failure, its capitalist economy could not generate and deliver in such a way people can live lives of decency. The nation-state, it’s criminal justice system, it’s legal system could not generate protection of rights and liberties.”

So, is America a “failed social experiment”? Martin Luther King made a great point: America has not lived up to its creed, that all men are created equal (perhaps the single most important statement in the Declaration of Independence). But the creed itself is good.

Dr. King’s work was based on a godly foundation. Take away God, and America will crumble, for everyone, black or white. No God, no rights.

Kelly Shackelford, the founder/director of First Liberty Institute, which fights for religious liberty, says: “If you lose religious freedom, you’ll lose all your freedoms.”

When you wipe away the foundation of God, you remove human rights with it. I am positive that neither you nor I nor Professor West would want to live in some future “utopia” where God-given rights no longer prevail. If you doubt that, look to the fate of millions in Marxist countries that have falsely promised foundationless “equality.” Imagine living in fear all the time of the notorious knock on the door at night.

For all its faults and shortcomings, America stands for three things:

•One nation under God,

•the rule of law (based ultimately on “the laws of nature and of nature’s God,” i.e., natural law), •the consent of the governed.

One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the document we celebrate each Fourth of July, was James Wilson of Pennsylvania. He also signed the Constitution and was a Supreme Court Justice, appointed by George Washington.

Wilson put America in the context of world history, stating, “After a period of 6,000 years has elapsed since the creation, the United States     exhibited to the world the first instance…of a nation …assembling voluntarily…and deciding calmly concerning that system of government under which they…and their posterity should live.”

Shamefully, blacks and Native-Americans were not initially included in that system. But the founders set the framework so that they could be included one day, and it was that framework to which Dr. King and the civil rights movement successfully and movingly appealed.

Ronald Reagan observed that ours was “the greatest revolution that has ever taken place in world’s history…Every other revolution simply exchanged one set of rulers for another. But here for the first time in all the thousands of years of man’s relation to man, a little group of the men, the founding fathers—for the first time—established the idea that you and I had within ourselves the God given right and ability to determine our own destiny.”

We are not perfect, but there is lot to celebrate on the Fourth of July. Radical rhetoric aside, no nation has ever provided more freedom and prosperity for more people—regardless of skin colors.

Dr. Walter Williams, economics professor at George Mason University, says we should remember the great improvements America has made, even in in the lives of African-Americans. He told me in a recent interview: “In 1865, neither a slave nor a slave owner would’ve believed that kind of progress was possible in just a little over a century….That kind of achievement could not have been achieved anywhere on the face of this earth except in United States of America.”

Adding the caveat “we still have a long way to go,” Williams concludes that that America has a uniquely high level of potential for upward mobility: “Just because you know where a person ended up in life, you can’t be sure about where he started. That is, there is so much mobility, economic mobility in our country that …some of the nation’s richest people started at middle class or either poor and they just moved up the economic ladder. That’s not true anywhere else in the world except the United States.”

God-given liberty makes the pursuit of happiness a real possibility. And that possibility exists for people of all backgrounds in America, which, despite all its flaws, is not a failed experiment. In contrast, the Marxist experiments have failed everywhere, every time…spectacularly. So happy birthday, America.

 

https://www.djameskennedy.org/article-detail/is-america-a-failed-experiment


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The sacrifice and price of Freedom paid by our founding fathers.


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VIDEO So Many Statues, So Little Time – Vet Flags

 

by Jerry Newcombe, D.Min.

 

Ronald Reagan once noted, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

There is a frenzy right now of iconoclasm. We are going through a period where so-called “Social Justice Warriors,” are tearing down statues left and right.

It began with heroes of the confederacy, such as Robert E. Lee, but now it has even reached General Lee’s great rival—General Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union army.

When does it stop? Where does it stop? So many statues, so little time. Just last week in the state of Oregon, rioters targeted a statue of George Washington, spray-painting the words “Genocidal Colonist.” Then they burned a U.S. flag on the head of the statue, before pulling it down. And they reveled in their supposedly good deed.

No one is sacrosanct. Not even any of those four heads on Mount Rushmore. Statues of each of them are slated for the chopping block. Like Washington, Jefferson statues have to go. He too committed the original sin of slavery.

Lincoln, though he freed the slaves, has had his statues desecrated recently, and the city of Boston wants to tear down a statue of the “Great Emancipator.” Now it’s Teddy Roosevelt’s turn. How did our 26th president violate today’s standards of political correctness?

WCBS radio reports (6/21/20), “The bronze monument—which features Roosevelt on horseback flanked by a Native American man and a Black man—has been at the front entrance of the [American Museum of Natural History in New York] since 1940.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York said, “[The museum] has asked to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue because it explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior…The City supports the Museum’s request. It is the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue.”

If the issue is slavery, then why would the self-styled revolutionaries tear down the statue of Ulysses S. Grant?

TheHill.com reports (6/20/20), “Protesters in San Francisco on Friday toppled the statue of former President Grant, who led the Union Army during the Civil War, in Golden Gate Park. San Francisco police said that approximately 400 people gathered around 8 p.m. to take down the statue, though no arrests were made.”

They also tore down a statue of Francis Scott Key, who wrote our National Anthem, which today is boycotted by the “woke” culture. And they tore down a statue of Father Junipero Serra, an 18th century Catholic missionary who founded many of the missions in California.

It would appear that the real target of all the rioters and iconoclasts is America as founded. But a nation that does not remember its past does not know its future.

A few years ago, James S. Robbins, Ph.D., a writer for USA Today, wrote the book, Erasing America: Losing Our Future by Destroying Our Past.

Robbins told my radio audience when his book came out, “It’s a broad-based assault on the American story, on the American legacy. And the intention of it, in my opinion, is to wipe the slate clean, so that the progressives can write in the future whatever stories they want—emphasizing the values that they want to bring.”

To target George Washington is in many ways to target America itself. Born into the fourth generation of slaveholders, Washington freed his slaves—albeit at his death; but he freed them nonetheless.

Robbins told me, “I admire George Washington. He was the founder of our country. And yet he had this difficult legacy with slavery, like a lot of the founders and a lot of the people back then. But it’s not everything about them. He was not just a slave-master. He had a lot of other much more important, salient characteristics that we honor him for.”

Recently, I saw a 1950s television program on George Washington, highlighting the sacrifices he and his troops made, particularly in that brutal winter of 1777-1778 in Valley Forge. The man playing Washington noted that he has 12,000 men in rags and they are starving. 500 die every month of disease and deprivation. But they are sacrificing so that this upstart nation could be independent and free.

And now all these generations later, barbarians in the streets are tearing down statues of Washington and others. So many statues, so little time.

There is a battle for the soul of America. We should always remember what Ronald Reagan said—and thankfully, they haven’t torn down his statue…yet. Said the Gipper, “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.”

https://www.djameskennedy.org/article-detail/so-many-statuesso-little-time


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Billy Graham “America has gone a long way down the wrong road…”

He personally preached the Gospel to over 210 million people, more than any other person!

“America has gone a long way down the wrong road.

We must turn around and go back and change roads.

If ever we needed God’s help, it is now …” -stated Billy Graham, as he received the Congressional Gold Medal, May 2, 1996.

Born NOVEMBER 7, 1918, Billy Graham wanted to be a baseball player, but in 1934, after attending a revival at age 16, his life changed.

Billy Graham became an evangelist in the 1940s.

He proclaimed:

“All are sinners and stand under the judgment of God …

Christ came to make forgiveness and salvation possible.

What did He do? He died on the cross as the complete sacrifice for our sins. He took upon Himself the judgment that we deserve …

But like any gift, it becomes ours only when we take it …

I may say that I believe a bridge will hold my weight. But I really believe it only when I commit myself to it and walk across it.

Saving faith involves an act of commitment and trust, in which I commit my life to Jesus Christ and trust Him alone as my Savior and Lord.”

He added:

“Yes, it costs to follow Christ. But it also costs not to follow Christ.”

Billy Graham personally addressed crowds of over 210 million people in 185 countries, which is more than any other person in history.

Through his radio and television programs, he reached over 2.5 billion with the Gospel.

He repudiated racial segregation and insisted on racial integration at all his crusades.

At his New York City revival in 1957, he invited Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., to preach.

Billy Graham had an unprecedented access and influence on every U.S. President from 1950 to his death in 2018:

President Truman;

President Eisenhower;

President Kennedy;

President Johnson;

President Nixon;

President Ford;

President Carter;

President Reagan;

President George H.W. Bush;

President Clinton;

President George W. Bush;

President Obama; and

President Trump.

He was friends with Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II, and innumerable leaders around the world.

At a news conference, March 21, 1956, President Eisenhower stated:

“This is what I see in Billy Graham – A man who clearly understands that any advance in the world has got to be accompanied by a clear realization that man is, after all, a spiritual being.”

John F. Kennedy told the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, March 1, 1962:

“We bear great responsibilities and great burdens not only to ourselves in this country but to so many around the world …

I commend … Reverend Billy Graham, who has served this cause about which I speak so well here and around the world. He has, I think, transmitted this most important quality of our common commitments to faith in a way which makes all of us particularly proud.”

Ronald Reagan introduced Billy Graham at a California rally, stating:

“Why is a representative of government here?

To welcome with humble pride a man whose mission in life has been to remind us that in all our seeking … the answer to each problem is to be found in the simple words of Jesus of Nazareth, who urged us to love one another.”

Graham stated:

“In a world that might say one vote doesn’t matter … it does matter because each person is of infinite worth and value to God …

Your vote is a declaration of importance as a person and a citizen.”

In answering a question about voting, Billy Graham stated, July 28, 2016:

“The Bible says we should do everything we possibly can to be good citizens and work for the betterment of our society, and one of the ways we can do this is by voting. God tells us to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you” (Jeremiah 29:7).

Rightly or wrongly, you say you’re disillusioned by what you see in politics today. But how will it be changed? Let me tell you how it won’t be changed: It won’t be changed if concerned people refuse to vote!

It also won’t be changed if good people refuse to run for office, or if no one votes for them.

In other words, staying away from the voting booth may only perpetuate the problems you see. Although this election has passed, don’t let another one go by without your intelligent involvement.

Christians in the first century didn’t have the privilege of voting; Caesar was a dictator, not elected by popular vote.

But those early believers were commanded to do the one thing they could do to make the world a better place:

They were told to pray. The Apostle Paul wrote, ‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority’ (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

Our world will never be perfect—not until Christ returns. But in the meantime, God wants to use us to overcome sin and establish a more just world for His glory.”

Rev. Graham added:

“Bad politicians are elected by good people who don’t vote.”

Upon receiving the Congressional Gold Medal, May 2, 1996, Billy Graham continued his message, “The Hope for America”:

“After World War II … we had the opportunity to rule the world …

Something has happened since those days and there is much about America that is no longer good…the list is almost endless …

We have confused liberty with license – and we are paying the awful price. We are a society poised on the brink of self-destruction …”

Rev. Graham continued:

“What is the problem? The real problem is within ourselves …

I believe the fundamental crisis of our time is a crisis of the spirit.

We have lost sight of the moral and spiritual principles on which this nation was established – principles drawn largely from the Judeo-Christian tradition as found in the Bible …

What must be done? Let me briefly suggest three things.

First, we must repent. In the depths of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln called for special days of public repentance and prayer.

Our need for repentance is no less today …”

He explained further:

“What does repentance mean? Repentance means to change our thinking and our way of living.

It means to turn from our sins and to commit ourselves to God and His will.

Over 2700 years ago the Old Testament prophet Isaiah declared

‘Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon’ (Isaiah 55: 6-7, NIV) …”

Graham continued:

“Second, we must commit our lives to God, and to the moral and spiritual truths that have made this nation great.

Think how different our nation would be if we sought to follow the simple and yet profound injunctions of the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount.

But we must respond to God, Who is offering us forgiveness, mercy, supernatural help, and the power to change …”

Rev. Graham concluded:

“Third, our commitment must be translated into action – in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and in our society.

Jesus taught there are only two roads in life. One in the broad road that is easy and well-traveled, but which leads to destruction.

The other, He said, is the narrow road of truth and faith that at times is hard and lonely, but which leads to life and salvation …

What are YOU going to do? …

As I look out across this distinguished group gathered here, I see more than a few men and women who have what it takes, under God, to lead our country forward ‘through the night'”

Rev. Billy Graham gave a sober warning on October 27, 2015:

“In the event of a national catastrophe, much confusion, terror and consternation would reign … Suppose persecution were to come to the church in America, as it has come in other countries.

The immunity to persecution that Christians in our country have experienced in the past two or three centuries is unusual.

Christ strongly warned Christians that to follow Him would not be popular, and that in most circumstances it would mean cross-bearing and persecution.

The Bible says that all who ‘desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution’ (2 Timothy 3:12). Jesus said that as the time of His return draws nigh, ‘They will seize you and persecute you’ (Luke 21:12).

We have no scriptural foundation for believing that we can forever escape being persecuted for Christ’s sake. The normal condition for Christians is that we should suffer persecution.

Are you willing to face persecution and death for Christ’s sake?”

He continued:

“Since we have experienced little religious persecution in this country, it is likely that under pressure many would deny Christ.

Those who shout the loudest about their faith may surrender soonest.

Many who boast of being courageous would be cowardly. Many who say, ‘Though all others deny Christ, yet I will never deny Him,’ would be the first to warm their hands at the campfires of the enemy.

Jesus, in speaking of the last times, warned, ‘Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake’ (Matthew 24:9).

The Scripture says, ‘because iniquity will abound, the love of many will grow cold’ (Matthew 24:12).

The apostle Paul, referring to the coming evil day, said, ‘Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done all, to stand’ (Ephesians 6:13) …”

He explained further:

“Even though most Americans see the storm clouds gathering on the horizon, by and large we are making few preparations to meet God.

This is a time for repentance and faith. It is a time for soul-searching, to see if our anchor holds.

Have you been to the cross where Christ shed His blood for your sins? Have you had the past forgiven? Have you come by faith, confessing that you are a sinner and receiving Christ as your Savior?

I tell you that this cross is the only place of refuge in the midst of the storm of judgment that is fast approaching. Make sure of your relationship with God …”

Billy Graham concluded:

“We must fortify ourselves by meditating upon the person of Christ … Christ must be vitally real to us if we are to prove loyal to Him in the hours of crisis.

Today our nation ranks as the greatest power on the face of the earth. But if we put our trust in armed might instead of Almighty God, the coming conflict could conceivably go against us. History and the Bible indicate that mechanical and material might are insufficient in times of great crisis.

We need the inner strength that comes from a personal, vital relationship with God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

The wheels of God’s judgment can be heard by discerning souls across the length and breadth of nations.

Things are happening fast! The need for a return to God has never been more urgent.

The words of Isaiah are appropriate for us today:

‘Seek the Lord while He may be found, call you 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 mercy upon him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.'”

On November 7, 2017, Franklin Graham sent via Twitter a photo of his father:

“My father @BillyGraham turns 99 years old today. That means he’s entering his 100th year – it has been an amazing journey.”

President Donald Trump tweeted back:

“Franklin, such a great photo. HAPPY 99th BIRTHDAY to your father @BillyGraham! twitter.com/franklin_graham”

Billy Graham died February 21, 2018. President Donald Trump ordered:

“As a mark of respect for the memory of Reverend Billy Graham, I hereby order … that on the day of his interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half‑staff.”

Speaking of his own death, Graham once said:

“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”

As he received the Congressional Gold Medal, May 2, 1996, Billy Graham exhorted:

“If ever we needed spiritual renewal, it in now.

And it can begin today in each one of our lives, as we repent before God and yield ourselves to Him and His Word.”

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