America, A Prodigal Nation is from Chapter 5 of our book God’s Answer for America, published in 2015. As you read this Chapter you will see America’s desperate need for a true and powerful Great Awakening and for national repentance! Please continue to pray until we see God come.
John Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts, said in 1630:
But if our hearts shall turn away so that we will not obey, but shall be seduced and worship other gods our pleasures, and profits, and serve them…we shall surely perish out of the good Land whether we pass over this vast Sea to possess it. Therefore let us choose life, that we and our seed may live, by obeying His voice and cleaving to Him, for He is our life and our prosperity. — John Winthrop
With such a rich Christian heritage, it’s hard to believe the dramatic shift we have witnessed in our nation over the past fifty-plus years. It is becoming more difficult with each day to even recognize this United States we grew up in. As a nation we have become like the Prodigal Son and have wandered far, far from home.
Today, there are many voices sounding the alarm regarding the severe moral and spiritual condition of America. One great voice to our nation is well-known evangelist Billy Graham. In a 2012 open prayer letter called “My Heart Aches for America,” he expressed some of his deep concerns:
Self-centered indulgence, pride, and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle. Yet the farther we get from God, the more the world spirals out of control. —Billy Graham
Another great voice is Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemitah, who at the 2013 Inaugural Prayer Breakfast gave a painfully accurate assessment of American’s serious state:
America…a civilization at war against the very foundation on which it has been established. And those, who simply remain true to what had always been known as true, are now vilified, marginalized, mocked, labeled ‘intolerant,’ and increasingly banned from the public square, and, ultimately, persecuted….It is a new America in which one can be banned from the public square simply for believing the Bible, where profanity is treated as holy and the holy as profane, a new America where the Bible is treated as contraband and nativity scenes are seen as dangerous…
It wasn’t that long ago that American television closed its broadcasting days with sermons. Now our televisions and computers screens are filled with words and images once unimaginable and God and Jesus have now become objects of comedy and mockery. It’s as if a spiritual amnesia has overtaken the land. — Jonathan Cahn
It’s evident that many in America have deep concern for the state of our nation and the depths to which we have fallen.
How Far Have We Fallen?
We are in a time in America—in a dangerous and deceptive time—when evil is called good and good is called evil. And unless these things change, America’s days are numbered. The true depths of America’s fall and great sin is too vast and some too reprehensible to detail. What follows is a broader brush view highlighting some of the key areas destroying our nation. However, we will expound on some critical moral and biblical issues that have also become more political in our day.
When we take a close look at the State of America, it will become clear why God in the “America, America!” prophecy said:
America, America! You are filled with sin.
You have exchanged My glory and My truth for a lie.
You have cast My Word and every restraint aside….
Free yourself, America; turn from your sin.
Turn from your perversions, your lusts and greed
Humble yourself and cry out to Me.
Choose life and not death!
For the cries of the unborn are calling out to Me.
The blood you have shed is knee deep.
The following are four specific biblical issues God addresses in this prophetic message. These show why America is weighed in the balances and greatly found wanting (Dan. 5:27).
Please Note: It is out of a heart of deep concern and brokenness that we share these things with you. We are not here to condemn America, but we hope to clearly communicate the dire state and condition of our nation so eyes will be opened to see how far we have fallen and why God is passionately calling out to America to return to Him before we reap the bitter harvest of our self-destructive ways.
- REJECTION OF GOD AND HIS WAYS
There was a time when the vast majority of American’s loved, reverenced, and honored God and His ways, attended church, and understood the value of prayer and righteous living. But now it seems all that has changed.
While there are some who still love, honor, and respect God and cherish America’s godly foundations, there are a growing number who are bent on pushing God and His righteous ways out of our nation. Yet, when convenient, many (including national leaders) will invoke God’s name at an official event or during the time of crisis—to ask for His blessing, help, or comfort; but these words ring hollow when our hearts are far from God or our actions reject His ways (Isa. 29:13).
The truth is, through our actions, our words, and our legislation, America has rejected God on multiple levels just as He described in the “America, America!” prophecy:
You no longer love, honor, or fear Me…
You have exchanged My glory and My truth for a lie (Rom. 1:25).
You have cast My Word and every restraint aside…
You have turned Me away again and again.
You have turned Me away from your schools.
You have turned Me away from your children.
You have turned Me away from rule.
You have turned Me away from your government.
You have rejected Me and you have given place to other gods.
This did not happen overnight, but there was a defining time that appeared to set much of this in motion.
A Defining Time
It’s evident that for decades now, America has progressively abandoned our godly foundations and the God who made our nation great. The most significant evidence of this began in 1962 and 1963 when daily prayer and Bible reading were banned from our schools. What a sad time this was for America, for our children could no longer honor God with this simple prayer:
Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our Country.4
A Progressive Stripping Away and Aggressive Attack
The removal of prayer and Bible reading from our public schools was the sign of a critical turning point in our nation, and it was just the beginning of a progressive attack that began to strip away the godly foundations that had made and kept America great and strong for so long. For, a mere decade later (1973), the fundamental “right to life” was stripped away from children in the womb. Then came the removal of the Ten Commandments in our schools and courts, even though God’s laws are supreme over ours! And today the name of Jesus Christ is considered taboo at public school graduations and the use of His name discouraged at government events.
As never before, we are also seeing an aggressive attack against fundamental Christianity and biblical truths. Those who hold to the truth of God’s Word were once honored in our society, but now they are painted as extremists and hateful bigots. In fact, a recent study reported that anti-Christian faith sentiment is growing at breakneck speed.5
We have also seen a seismic shift in our schools to a humanistic worldview that denies the need for God, exalts man as the answer, and teaches there are no moral absolutes. We are also seeing aggressive attempts by atheists (less than 3 percent of America) to intimidate the majority of the country through letters or lawsuits stating they are “offended” by anything or anyone honoring God in public.
On top of this we have even seen recent efforts to raise public monuments to Satan (with children) and even attempts to conduct a wicked and blasphemous satanic ritual called “Black Mass” as a public event.6
Mocking God and Fundamentally Changing America
Imagine if Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were alive today to witness what has become of our nation? If they could see many of our nation’s leaders mocking God’s Word, calling biblical values “old-fashioned” and no longer “relevant,” while at the same time celebrating and championing anti-biblical values in the name of “tolerance” and “political correctness,” they would no doubt stand stunned in utter disbelief! And, if they could see today’s political leaders (including our current president) attempting to “fundamentally transform the United States of America,” they would surely be outraged!7
The Fruit of Rejecting God and His Ways
Righteousness exalts a nation, but rejection of God and His righteous ways has the opposite effect, as we are clearly seeing in America. The truth is as a nation we have progressively slapped the hand of God and His goodness off of every part of our society—then we wonder why God is lifting His hand of blessing from our nation. We wonder why our troubles and problems continue to multiply and escalate.
We are reaping the fruit of all this in every sector of our society. We see our government overbearing and plagued with scandal, corruption, increasing contention, and even lawlessness. We see our national debt escalating and our economy on the brink. Public education is in decline. We see media and entertainment defiling and polluting our culture and the souls of America as never before. It seems the floodgates of sin and darkness have been opened up!
In the wake of all this, it’s heartbreaking to see all the effects this has had on the people across our nation. We see multitudes of broken lives and broken families; the hurting, deceived, and bound trying to numb and escape the pain and fill the void with addictions of every kind. In addition to this, America’s children are growing up confused, not knowing what to believe, longing for the stability of some absolutes. It’s heartbreaking! The land has been slowly ravaged by darkness because we have progressively rejected God and the light of His truth (Ps. 119:105).
Rejection of God = Evil Allowed to Invade
We must understand God will not force Himself or His goodness upon us. The truth is, when we continue to reject Him and His righteous ways, then He slowly and reluctantly lifts His hand and withdraws His goodness. Just as the removal of light allows darkness, the removal of God and His ways allows darkness to pervade our nation. The more God is removed, the more dark demonic influence and evil forces rush in bringing deception, destruction, calamity, chaos, and death across our nation. Is it really then any wonder why we are seeing violence and many other negative effects in our schools and in our streets across nation? The more we reject God and His ways, the darker and more deprived and lawless our nation becomes and the greater the evil will increase and bring greater destruction.
Loss of Freedoms
In addition to all this, we are witnessing our freedoms and sovereignty of the United States of America “progressively” stripped away. And, if not stopped, this will also affect the church and will cause greater Christian persecution. And our iconic Liberty Bell displayed in Philadelphia to proclaim liberty throughout the land (Lev. 25:10) would become meaningless.
Examples would include our fundamental right to free speech has been attacked when in October 2014 the mayor of Houston tried to subpoena pastors’ messages and silence them standing up for truth and righteousness in our land.8 Also the mayor of Atlanta declared war on religious freedom when he fired the fire chief, Kevin Cochran, for his Christian views on homosexuality.9 Such attacks on religious freedom and speech appear to be increasing at an alarming rate.
The truth is, the more the nation moves into sin, the more it loses its true liberties. It becomes a slave held captive by sin. True freedom and liberty come from God alone, for “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17). Satan and his deceptive ways always promise pleasure, freedom, and gain; but his ways will instead always lead to misery, bondage, and pain.
The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.—Proverbs 10:29, kjv
The progressive rejection of God and His ways has opened the door to great sin and self-destruction in our nation.
THE FLOOD OF SIN AND PERVERSITY UNDERMINING THE FOUNDATIONS
There was a time in America when media and TV shows had high standards and moral guidelines. An example would be the following:
Once Upon a Time, Hollywood’s Production Code of 1930
It’s interesting to note, that after the great market crash of 1929, Hollywood (with the approval and commitment of the major studios) set in place a “code.” They recognized entertainment and art were important influences in the life of a nation; therefore, one of their core “general principles” included:
No picture shall be produced that will lower the moral standards of those who see it. Hence the sympathy of the audience should never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin.10
Some of the reasons they cited for this “code” included:
High moral standard in motion pictures “can become the most powerful force for the improvement of mankind.” 11
Correct entertainment raises the whole standard of a nation….Wrong entertainment lowers the whole living conditions and moral ideals of a race. 12
These are stunning statements compared to today’s standards. America needs to return to this “code” for the betterment of the nation.
Now to the nation’s detriment, it seems most “every restraint” has been “cast aside” as we are seeing unprecedented levels of sin and perversion flooding our land. Our new code now seems to be almost anything goes!
Seductive and Polluted Media and Entertainment
In all forms of media (movies, TV shows, internet, games, music, and books), we are seeing the celebration of perversion, violence, occultism, and moral decay at levels today that decades ago would have appalled and shocked us! These things are not only polluting and defiling the hearts and minds of those in our culture but also the airwaves and atmosphere of our nation.
Some current examples of popular media revealing the true heart condition of many and the depths to which our nation has fallen include: American Horror Story, True Blood, Game of Thrones, Orange Is the New Black, The Wolf of Wall Street, and 50 Shades of Grey, just to name a few. These often include vile and unspeakable wickedness, seduction, explicit sex and perversion, nudity, profanity, graphic violence, blood lust, or occultism masquerading as entertainment. In addition we are seeing an obsession with the dark side, such as zombies, vampires, demons, and witchcraft, often mixed with seduction and sexual perversion. It is little wonder we are seeing our culture sinking lower in the pit of moral decay and debauchery.
The music industry has also cast off almost every restraint. Now even mainstream songs and music videos are laced with profanity and seduction. Also, both sad and shocking are entertainers such as Miley Cyrus and Katie Perry, who now use their God-given gifts to exalt sin, perversion, and the occult.
Sexual Sin Flooding our Nation
There was a time in America when sexual purity before marriage was considered virtuous and honorable and committing adultery was taboo. But, today sex outside of traditional marriage is considered normal.
Today every form of sexual sin is running rampant in our nation, including the increase of sex trafficking (even of children). Because we have “cast aside” the truth of God’s Word, it seems America has lost all sense of what is morally right or wrong. Fornication, sexual promiscuity, adultery, divorce, and even homosexuality have become so acceptable in our culture that it seems most no longer consider these a sin issue. Is it any wonder then why sexually transmitted diseases are at epidemic proportions? Yet, many are deceived into thinking they can go on sinning without consequences.
God’s Boundaries For Our Good
It is important to remember, as a loving Father, God sets boundaries in His Word for our protection. When we step outside of His boundaries, it will always lead to destructive consequences; sooner or later we will reap the bitter fruit of sin. Jesus confirmed that the boundaries God set in the beginning for sex and marriage were to be between a man and a woman (Matt. 19:4–5; Mark 10: 6–7). God designed marriage this way for a reason. For all sex outside of traditional marriage—sexual perversion, lust, pornography (sexual fantasy), fornication, adultery, and homosexuality—undermines, corrupts, and rips at the very fabric of marriage, family, and ultimately a nation.
Biblical View: Sexual Sin and Perversion Defiles the Land
All sin is destructive (Rom. 6:23), but Scripture points out the fact that sexual sin is more damaging and destructive because it is a sin against our own bodies, as Paul warns believers:
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. —1 Corinthians 6:18, niv
God gave a specific list of sins that defile a nation and also defile the land; these sins included adultery, incest, bestiality, and homosexuality (see Leviticus 18, especially vv. 24–25). Note that the context shows these were universal sins for all nations and all time (not just for Israel or ancient times).
While all sexual sin is in the “greater sin” category, the worst sexual sins are those which go against nature, and these bring even greater consequences, as described in Romans 1.
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie….God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. —Romans 1:24–27, emphasis added
It is very important we see these things as God does and not according to the trends of our culture. Homosexuality is a vile sin and highly destructive.
Homosexuality = Sexual Perversion and Highly Destructive
One reason homosexuality has such extreme consequences and is so destructive is because it is a perversion. To “pervert” something is to twist it or distort it, to change it from its original use or intention. When this happens it throws everything into chaos and confusion, including the body, mind, emotions, and even society. This is why we see such high rate of depression, mental illness, drug abuse, disease, death, and suicide rates among those practicing homosexual sin, even in nations that fully accept the gay lifestyle. Those are stats you probably won’t see on the mainstream news. Here are just a few:
Reports show the life expectancy for homosexuals average twenty-four years less than heterosexuals. (This is due to a much higher rate of sexual disease, substance abuse, depression, and suicide).13
One study reports that of homosexuals questioned 43 percent admit to 500 or more partners in a lifetime, 28 percent admit to 1000 or more in a lifetime, and of these people, 79 percent say that half of those partners are total strangers. This is a lifestyle driven by lust and perversion, which always demands more. This is why we see 78 percent of homosexuals are affected by STDs.14
An even more troubling report show homosexuals molest children at least ten times the rate of heterosexuals. While homosexual make up less than 3 percent of the population, homosexual pedophiles are responsible for 33 percent of all child sex offenses. Yet they are allowed to adopt children.15
In light of these and many other statistics, we find it outrageous that our political leaders or corporations promote and celebrate such a destructive lifestyle in the name of “love” or “equality.” If they truly cared about our youth and America, they would rather create a national campaign to discourage such a deceptive and destructive lifestyle.
Destructive Results of Sexual Sin
If homosexuality and other sexual sins are allowed to spread through society, it will defile our nation and wreck havoc on God’s divine order of marriage, family, and a healthy growing nation. As demonstrated throughout history, a society that embraces sexual sin, especially homosexual sin, eventually leads to some form of destruction, such as Sodom and Gomorrah and Pompeii.
Historical example: Pompeii
Pompeii was considered the richest and most luxurious city of ancient Roman times. It also had become inundated with great perversion—public and private sexual idols and sexually explicit imagery including homosexual acts of men with boys. Pompeii had brothel houses everywhere, to suit every taste.
Then suddenly in AD 79, it was destroyed in one day when a nearby volcano erupted and buried it all under many feet of ash. It became Rome’s Sodom and Gomorrah.
The flood of sin and sexual perversion is destroying America’s foundations from the inside out!
- GREAT GREED
There was a time in America when it seemed most corporations and businesses were run by men of integrity and high moral character. They respected God and honored His ways. But today greed and selfish ambition (even fear of loss) drive many. Sadly, many are willing to lie, cheat, steal, and manipulate to get what they want.
It is true that “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Tim. 6:10, niv, emphasis added). Money itself is a tool, a resource to be used for good or evil. The love of it, including greed, lust for wealth, and power (control), leads to all kinds of sin including corruption and injustice.
Greed has been a driving force behind many damaging things in America such as the polluting media and entertainment we highlighted earlier. An example would be one of the most popular video games called “Grand Theft Auto,” a game celebrating lawlessness, including violence and sex. The latest version (at the time of this writing) of it sold over $800 million worldwide in the first day! 19 That of course is a strong motivate for more games like this to be made.
When greed is the driving force, our decisions are no longer based on what’s right or wrong, but rather on, “What’s going to get me the most of what I want?” We see this in:
The entertainment industry with “what will get us higher ratings or make us the most money?”
Example: One recent study showed that frontal nudity increased over 6,000 percent over the previous year.20 Lust and greed have driven many of the networks to keep pushing the envelope and pressure the FCC to lower their standards in order to improve their ratings which brings them more money.
It appears many in the legal profession have lost sight of doing the “right thing” or seeing justice be done. Rather, it seems to be about “winning at all cost.”
Power-hungry politicians are compromising and corrupting themselves (and our nation) in order to stay in power. Many are willing to do whatever is necessary to advance their agenda, thinking the end justifies the means.
Lust for money, power, and control also drives gambling, drugs, and organized crime, including corruption in both business and government.
The list goes on and on. The result often includes others (especially the weak and poor) being taken advantage of or injustice done.
God takes all this very seriously. We should understand, God judged and wiped out Sodom and Gomorrah not just for great perversion, rampant homosexuality, and wickedness, but also because of great pride, greed, and injustice (Ezek. 16:49–50).
Greed was also one of King Belshazzar sins (Dan. 5). He led the people into worshiping the gods of gold, silver, bronze and iron, and wood and stone, which is idolatry. That is exactly what many in America do today through the lust for material things that dominate their lives and desires.
Example: The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, is often filled with reports of some trampled underfoot when the doors open and fights as people scramble and claw to get the “deal of the year.”
Great greed is destroying America!
Now, we look at one of the most serious things that has opened the door to terrible judgment and destruction upon our nation.
- THE FLOOD OF BLOOD
There was a time when America valued life and the unborn. Obviously this changed in 1973 when it became legal in America to kill innocent children in the womb and call it “choice.” Over forty years later, the barbaric practice of abortion has resulted in the slaughter of over fifty-five million innocent and defenseless babies!21
While abortion is a highly politicized issue, from God’s perspective, abortion is a very serious moral and injustice issue—murder. This is not about a woman’s right to choose; this is about taking life and the shedding of innocent blood (more about why this is so serious in a moment)!
Women Have “Rights”
Many say abortion is about women’s rights, and the fact is women do have rights! They have a right to take contraceptives. They have a right to abstain from sex outside of marriage. They have a right to put their child up for adoption. But no woman and no doctor should have the right to take the life of an innocent and defenseless child! Abortion is killing our own flesh and blood. Scientifically (DNA), biologically (blood and heart beat), and biblically (see Jeremiah 1:5; Leviticus 17:11) it is undeniable—abortion ends life. How can we as a people and nation justify the right to kill our own children?
The Horror of Abortion
To help you see what is really taking place we challenge you (everyone) to go online today (even right now) and watch just the first 15 minutes of a documentary rightly called “Eclipse of Reason” and see a baby being aborted.22 It will horrify and enrage you! Brace yourself. During abortion the babies are usually killed by being ripped from the womb limb by limb, including their head been crushed and brains spilling out. Sorry to be so graphic, but it is a reality we cannot ignore. Unbelievably, some are even partially born then decapitated or left to die. Abortion is happening in your city and thousands of times nationwide, daily! It must stop! We are greatly deceived if we think God is simply ignoring all this and just turning His head the other way.
SPECIAL BIBLICAL ISSUE AND PROPHETIC PERSPECTIVE
It is critical America understand why this is so very serious and why this issue alone will bring devastating judgment upon our nation if not repented of and stopped—quickly.
The Biblical View
God hears the babies’ blood crying out!
Did you know blood has a cry that can be heard by God? After Cain killed Able, God said, “The voice of your brother’s blood cries unto Me from the ground” (Gen. 4:10, emphasis added). Now imagine this—God hears the blood of over fifty-five million babies crying out and thousands more every day! This is why God said in the “America, America!” prophecy:
For the cries of the unborn are calling out to Me.
The shedding of innocent blood pollutes the land!
The “shedding of innocent blood” results in what is known as “blood guilt” that must be accounted for (Deut. 19:10, amp). The shedding of innocent blood also defiles and pollutes the land (Num. 35:33).
They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters. By sacrificing them to the idols of Canaan, they polluted the land with murder. They defiled themselves by their evil deeds, and their love of idols was adultery in the Lord’s sight. —Psalm 106:38–39, nlt
Psalm 106 describes people sacrificing their children to idols. Abortion is really like a child being sacrificed to the gods of choice, self, and convenience. In biblical times “child sacrifice” was often to the god Molech for the promise of financial blessing and gain. Greed and the daily murder of thousands of babies in the womb have likewise brought great financial gain to those involved, with industry estimates of over a billion dollars annually (again, greed raises its ugly head). But abortion in America is also bringing something else—a day of reckoning!
A Day of Reckoning!
The word reckoning means a settlement of accounts, retribution for one’s actions, an appraisal or judgment, or an accounting as for things done. And God’s Word clearly says there must be an “accounting” for the shedding of innocent blood.
Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning…Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man. —Genesis 9:5–6
God takes this very seriously!
America’s Greatest Debt
Right now, America’s greatest debt is not an economic or financial accounting; America’s greatest debt is the accounting for the flood of innocent blood shed—over fifty-five million human lives aborted! God requires there be an accounting, a day of reckoning (avenging), for the murder of each and every innocent unborn child. This is why God said:
Choose life and not death!
For the cries of the unborn are calling out to Me.
The blood you have shed is knee deep.
Turn, turn or you will see blood run in your streets.
Turn Roe vs Wade or for all these lives you will surely pay.
For as you have sown much death, so shall you reap.
Judgment is waiting, judgment is waiting,
While you keep on debating.
—“America, America!” prophecy, 2007, emphasis added
Over forty years and fifty-five million aborted babies have symbolically brought a “flood of blood” knee deep polluting our land! God in His incredible mercy and patience is warning America what is to come if this not repented of and stopped. In the upcoming chapter, “What’s Coming Next, If…?” we will reveal just how severe this “day of reckoning” will be if America continues on her current path of great sin and destruction.
God does not want to bring great judgment, but His justice can only be delayed so long. Regarding this, Thomas Jefferson once said:
Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.23
An American Leader Who Understood God’s Justice
President Abraham Lincoln knew the Bible and understood very well the effect of nation’s sins. He believed the brutal Civil War was the judgment of God for over 200 years of bloodshed because of the injustice of slavery in America. He proclaimed this in his Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865, (emphasis added):
If God wills that [the Civil War] continue…until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.”24
Think about this: it’s estimated 750,000 died in the civil war; what do you think will happen as a result of the slaughter of over fifty-five million innocent babies? Let the sobriety and severity of that statement sink in.
Facts to Ponder
In 2001, approximately 3,000 Americans died during the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Every single day, more than 3,000 American defenseless babies are killed by abortion. Is the similarity of numbers related or a coincidence or a sign of things of come?
The Two Towers were opened the same year abortion was legalized in America, 1973.
Judgment is standing at America’s door, and only by America turning to God in genuine repentance and stopping abortions can she hope to be set free from the “flood of blood” and its deadly consequences—a day of reckoning!
Special Biblical Issue Focus
So we see rejection of God and His ways and the flood of sin, sexual perversion, great greed, and blood are destroying our nation. Critics will point out that Christians focus too much on the sin of homosexuality and abortion; but as we have shown, there is good reason for this—if unchanged, they will be our undoing!
WHY AMERICA IS GREATLY FOUND WANTING
When we see the state of America today it is easy to see why the “America, America!” prophecy began with:
Many enemies, many, many trying to get in!
America, America! You are filled with sin.
Guilty, guilty you stand before Me!
You are weighed in the balance and greatly found wanting.
God is the judge of all the earth; He is the Creator and He sets the standards, not us. He has looked at America, and is making a judgment, just as He did with king Belshazzar of Babylon (Dan. 5), who was weighed in the balance and is greatly found wanting and then invaded and overthrown by his enemies. The writing is on the wall for America, and this should strike the fear of God in hearts and drive us to our knees in national repentance and prayer.
The Scales: Positives vs the Negatives
America’s once positive effects have become outweighed by far greater negative effects upon the nations.
Example: For decades America has been number one in sending forth missionaries throughout the world, but now America is also number one in pumping out pornography throughout the world. Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, says,
We are not only destroying ourselves but are playing a major role in helping to destroy the moral and spiritual values of the rest of the world as well.25
Some presumably say God would not bring judgment upon America because of all the righteous people in our nation. But biblical history shows that God protects His people in the midst of judgment, as He did with Noah and his family and His people dwelling in Goshen within Egypt in Moses’ day. Read more about this in “Answering Objections to God’s Judgment Today,” in appendix C.
Our Founding Fathers Warned Us
When we compare the godly foundations of America to where we are today, we believe one can plainly see how far our nation has fallen. We must return to and embrace God and His ways—to love, honor, and fear (reverence) Him once again, as we did when America was young.
Our Founding Fathers knew if America were to abandon God and His biblical truths and principals, then everything would fall apart. This is why we have been witnessing a nation unraveling before our eyes. These Founding Fathers understood the importance of adhering to “two pillars”—both biblical morals and “religion” (which their writing made clear this “religion” was the Christian faith).
President George Washington in his farewell address said these two pillars, “religion” (Christian faith) and morality, are “indispensable supports” for the nation. He continued by declaring one could not truly claim to be a patriot if they “labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.”26
President Washington continued by proclaiming there are so many connections between these “two pillars”—morality and religion (Christian faith)—with public and private well being, that a volume of writings could not adequately trace them all.
When we see the strong biblical perspective most our Founding Fathers had compared to what we see in our nation today, it begs the question, “What has happened and why?”
How Did We Get Like This?
Overall, we believe there are five main things that have been very influential in shaping the direction and current state our nation. These include the power of communications through media, education, and the pulpits of America. The other two reasons America is such a desperate state we address in the next two chapters, “The State of the American Church” and “The Gatekeepers.”