As the Church Goes, So Goes the Nation
by Carl Parnell
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The development of America as a nation has been solidified throughout the centuries by the involvement and guidance of the Christian Church. Its Biblically-based moral values and absolute truths, especially the Ten Commandments, have provided the standard of morality that, at one time, was accepted by the federal government, the public school systems, and the American society at large. As a result, the laws enacted by the United States government were fair and just. Also, the leaders who enacted them were believers in the Lord God Jehovah and His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ, who sacrificed His life to save all mankind. They also read the Bible, which they believed was the Infallible Word of God, prayed to God for His blessings on America, and then permitted the Holy Ghost to guide and to direct their governmental decisions.
As far as public school systems in America are concerned, they incorporated the Biblically-based moral values and absolute truths taught by the Christian Church, too. As a result, students would graduate from the best public schools in the world fifty years ago with a traditional education degree and also with a keen knowledge of Jesus Christ and His plan of Salvation. Therefore, there were very few major problems that occurred in public schools on a regular basis. Of course, the obvious presence of the Holy Ghost in the halls of public schools and the daily routine of Bible-reading and prayer influenced students to act much better than many students do today. Also, most principals and teachers had a deep religious background that was responsible for the promotion of Jesus Christ to their students. In fact, they were apt to openly witness to their students, too.
Eventually, the Christian standards that were promoted by the government and America’s public school systems in the 1950s were institutionalized into the society at large. As a result, since conservatism and conformity was the acceptable norm, society in general condemned subcultural standards and mores, such as homosexuality and abortion. In fact, anyone who got pregnant prior to marriage or anyone who lived a homosexual lifestyle was looked down upon in a society founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Also, the murder of innocent babies at birth would not be permitted. Of course, the Christian Church condemned the sin, but it loved the sinner, just as Jesus would have done. However, the persons who violated the teachings in the Holy Bible were not permitted to join the Christian Church and receive its blessings and still live their sinful lifestyles, which included violating the Ten Commandments.
Unfortunately, in the 1960s, satan began an all out attack against Christianity and the Christian Church. As a result, America’s fundamental belief system changed. Simply, in the 1960s, Americans began a paradigm shift from one value system to another. It started on college campuses and spread to the media. It was a time that accepted the protests against the Vietnam War. It was an era that accepted every act of defiance as permissible as long as the cause was just. New value systems rejected authority, tradition, God, and absolute standards. It was also during this period that our Judeo-Christian heritage was attacked severely from the Supreme Court to the public schools. It was the time that prayer and Bible reading were taken out of public schools, too. Hostility toward the Christian religion in society and public schools became acceptable. Reports on Jesus Christ and Christianity became unacceptable at the same time. “The advent of moral relativism following the expulsion of Bible reading and prayer from the public schools in the ‘60s, and the legal system’s growing antagonism to anything not of this world, put the government in the place of God and sought to make man the focus of worship. This led to the denunciation of what was once considered pure and holy and good and the elevation and promotion of that which once was regarded universally as vile and decadent.” (1)
Now, fifty years later, Christianity and the Christian Church have digressed to an “institution in crisis.” In fact, the federal government, the public schools, and society at large have developed a negative attitude toward America’s Judeo-Christian heritage, but, at the same time, they have developed a positive attitude toward ungodly, false religions and ideologies. But, what has caused this new paradigm shift? This new paradigm shift was caused by post-World War II immigration, decisions by the Supreme Court, and the anti-Christian political correctness ideology. The European immigrants who came to America from many war-torn countries brought their anti-Christian, atheistic ideas about socialism, communism, and secular humanism with them. Also, Supreme Court decisions took prayer and Bible-reading out of the public sector in order to insure the separation of church and state. Finally, political correctness is attempting to change the values of America from within and to insure that all people are equal in conditions and outcome. Therefore, the negativism of the federal government, the Supreme Court, and society at large toward Christianity has caused the Christian Church to flounder as it attempts to become a viable and acceptable postmodern institution.
But, how could the Christian Church become a viable and acceptable postmodern institution? Basically, the Christian Church would have to develop a workable program to attract more people to increase the number of members and to increase the tithes and offerings for operational expenses. Unfortunately, the Christian Church bought into the stealth plan of satan. As a result, the postmodern Christian Church has bought into a plan that has a form of godliness but denies the power of God. Also, this new plan would permit sinners to keep their sins and still belong to the Christian Church. This meant that it would have to remove anything related to the true gospel of Jesus Christ from its pulpits, such as the blood of Jesus that was shed on the Cross of Calvary for the sins of all mankind. Also, the Christian Church would adopt a policy of preaching super-sensitive sermons that would not offend those who were sinners. Therefore, much of the Christian Church now condones sin instead of condemning sin, which is an abomination to God and His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ.
Also, the ministers that adopted satan’s diabolical plot preach a new type of gospel that does not promote the spiritual side of Christianity. Instead, they preach a social gospel. A social gospel emphasizes social reform and political action and deemphasizes the salvation of individual man through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. As a result, social improvement becomes more important to mankind instead of a spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, a social gospel emphasizes government intervention in the creation of the “kingdom of God” on the earth. A social gospel is synonymous with socialism, which is on the rise in America today. Ultimately, a socialistic social gospel promotes equal rights for all and the egalitarian distribution of wealth. However, none of these actions accomplished by a social gospel would be a prerequisite for salvation of fallen man. Therefore, the ministers who preach a social gospel would be affecting society negatively. Their religious ideology would not prepare individual members of a society for the appropriate life after death, since true salvation is based on faith in Jesus Christ and not on the societal works of man.
Of course, as a result of ministers preaching a social gospel, it is obvious that the Christian Church has become partners with the “world” instead of separating from it. Ultimately, how has the Christian Church united itself with the “world?” Two prime examples of how the Christian Church has united itself with the “world” are:
1. Homosexuality, which is an abomination to God, has been condoned.
2. Abortion, which is murder in the eyes of God, has been condoned.
Therefore, the Christian Church has established new ungodly standards and has failed to promote God’s absolute truths. As a result, the Christian Church has replaced the Spirit of God with postmodern psychological methods to deal with the sins of mankind. Basically, the Christian Church today is using psychology as an escape mechanism for sinners who do not want to be told that their sins will carry them to hell. They want to continue to sin and still go to Heaven. In fact, this is the reason that many Christians believe and purport that there are many ways to get to Heaven, even though the Bible clearly states that there is only one way (John 14:6).
In conclusion, since the Christian Church apparently condones sin, it will be easier then for the government, public schools, and society at large to condone and promote sin, just as they are doing now in postmodern America. The Christian Church has just become lethargic to sin in America. They do not possess the zeal that the Christian Church had over fifth years ago. Of course, this is the same reason that many extinct civilizations, like Sodom and Gomorrah and Rome, fell. Unfortunately, it could possibly happen in the United States. This could very well happen when God’s judgment finally destroys the greatest postmodern nation because it has forgotten its first love, the Lord Jesus Christ. Sadly, many members of America’s Christian Church have replaced their love for Jesus Christ with the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. Needless to say, though, the only hope for America to survive and to return to its number one status is for the Christian Church and its members to heed the words written in the Holy Bible in II Chronicles 7:14. As the Lord God Jehovah said to King Solomon, “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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Therefore, the Christian Church must realize that this scripture is an ultimatum for a dying church and a dying nation. However, if the Christian Church does not submit to this spiritual ultimatum, America as a nation will never submit to it either, since “As the Church Goes, So Goes the Nation.”
1. Bilson, Vic. “Philosophical Roots of Change” Jeremiah Project. 28 February 2005
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