Confronting American Pluralism [cont’d]
Are you a ‘plunderer’?
Are you a ‘battle axe and weapon of war’? See Jeremiah 51.53 and 20.
Remember the military recruiting poster showing Uncle Sam sternly looking at you and saying, ‘America wants you!’ Replace his words with ‘America wants Jesus in you’, and you understand why you were born in the United States of America at this time. You are needed to overcome her enemies ‘by the blood of the Lamb and the word of [your] testimony’. See Revelation 12.11.
The same enemy continues the cycles of weakening the nations that began in the Garden.
satan has used his seductions to twist the hearts of leaders to do his nefarious works. There are similarities between Israel (the northern kingdom of 10 tribes of Jacob) and America that are the topic of this lesson near the 233rd celebration of our independence.
‘Sold out to do evil’ explains our Declaration of Independence.
He invited evil back into the Promised Land after God had driven its seven practicing nations out.
Such an accusation had led Puritans and Separatists from the Church of England, as Peter Marshall and David Manuel reveal in their book, The Light and the Glory, 1977, page 108. “The church hierarchy had grown increasingly alarmed at the growth of two movements of ‘fanatics’. The first and much larger group claimed to be dedicated to ‘purifying the Church from within’, which made them suspect from the start to the [House of] Bishops, who saw nothing which needed purifying. These ‘Puritans’, as they were sarcastically dubbed (and which epithet they eventually took for their own) did, however, at least continue to acknowledge canonical authority. Thus they could easily be kept from positions of responsibility, and otherwise ignored. There was another element, however, which the Bishops considered more dangerous. These were radicals who held that the Church of England was already corrupted beyond any possibility of purification. Moreover, they believed that the Church could only be under the headship of Jesus Christ, and hence no person, not even the Queen, could take the title ‘Head of the Church’. They chose to separate themselves from the Church, and conduct their own worship. And, given their way, these ‘Separatists’ would reduce worship to primitive preaching, teaching, singing, and free praying, which would do away with sixteen centuries of established liturgical tradition.”
They came to America, and their progeny wrote our Declaration of Independence, which ‘represents both the genesis and heart of American liberty. Our rights come from our Creator, not the government, sovereign, or King’ (Rediscovering God in America, by Newt Gingrich, 2006, page 30).
“The Declaration of Independence contains four references to God:
as Lawmaker (‘the laws of nature and nature’s God’);
as Creator (‘endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights’);
as Supreme Judge (‘the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions’); and
as Protector (‘the protection of Divine Providence’)” (ibid).
Like Ahab, however, the leaders of America have, especially during the last 50 years, defiled our land with the demons which guided their philosophies – multiculturalism, diversity, homosexuality, perversion, and anti-Christianity.
Will the First Amendment to our United States Constitution be our undoing?
The introduction of philosophies by the election or appointment of their holders to public office or university professorships or broadcast celebrity caused the downfall of earlier societies and will cause our downfall, too.
The ACLU cleverly twisted the meaning of the words to exclude God from government. But, the framers of the Constitution only wrote that the government could not impose a specific system of belief. “People came to America’s shores to be free to practice their religious beliefs. It brought the Puritans with their desire to create a ‘city on a hill’ that would be a beacon of religious belief and piety. The Pilgrims were another group that poured into the new colonies. Quakers in Pennsylvania were another, Catholics in Maryland yet a fourth” (ibid, page 10).
God within our government was the framers’ desire, as is expressed by the following:
Thomas Jefferson: ‘God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?’ (ibid, page 42);
Samuel Adams: ‘Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.’ (ibid, page 19);
Benjamin Rush: ‘The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.’ (ibid, page 20);
Benjamin Franklin: ‘God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?’ (ibid, page 26)
But, relativism is now promoted by governmental leaders. Today, Eastern mysticism and Islam are the pet promotions of anti-Christian elitists who profane God and His Christ.
Further, the numbers of persons who claim ‘no religion’ has grown in all 50 states in the past 18 years; so wrote Saritha Parabhu, a Tennessean columnist, on May 29, 2009, in her opinion article titled, ‘Atheists, agnostics part of our individuality’. She describes herself as a Hindu with agnostic tendencies. The website of a San Francisco atheist group says they ‘want to live natural, religion-free lives…respect science and learning, knowing that only human thought, effort and courage will bring individual freedom and cultural progress’ (WorldNetDaily.com article, ‘Atheists stage festival for anti-religion films’, June 27, 2009).
Who will step forward and proclaim
God has always wanted to be part of man’s activities – personal time, marriage, work, church, and government. Because He is Spirit (John 4.24), He chose men before and after the time of Jesus Christ to be His spokesmen and workers of ‘signs and wonders’ (Exodus 34.10). Join with the following.
Elijah was chosen by God to proclaim this truth to Ahab; see 1 Kings 17.1. God proved His sincerity through an act of nature; He stopped the rain; a consequence of Ahab’s being ‘sold out to do evil’ (1 Kings 21.25; Hosea 4.1-2, 6a, 12b, Hosea 5.4; spirit of harlotry).
Jonah was chosen by God to deliver His message to a wicked people. God prepared the people to listen for certain words from Jonah that would prompt specific actions; connect Jonah 3.2, 4, 5, 10.
He does the same each time we speak for Him (how does Matthew 10.19-20 explain this?).
that they cannot discern between their right and left hands!
How does Jonah 2.8 explain this?
Jeremiah was told by God that He had planned for him to be His ‘prophet to the nations’ (Jeremiah 1.4-10).
So, are you a ‘plunderer’? Are you a ‘battle axe and weapon of war’? You are in the contexts of your life! See Jeremiah 51.53 and 20. You are needed to overcome America’s enemies ‘by the blood of the Lamb and the word of [your] testimony’.
See Revelation 12.11.
Isaiah was convicted by God to go and proclaim warning and salvation to Judah (the southern kingdom of 2 tribes of Jacob), and he volunteered.
See Isaiah 6.8.
Who has God birthed at this time to be His prophet to America? If you are not him, you should pray for God to bring him forth!
And, will you go into your contexts as a prophet to speak against the spirit of harlotry? What steps will you take to prepare?
How will you listen to the Holy Spirit as you speak and act?