AMERICA HAS BEEN DYING A SLOW DEATH BUT SHE’S TOO YOUNG TO DIE

This article was written by a pastor friend of mine, Bill Staten and edited by me. Bill is the pastor of Faith Christian Center in Cairo, Georgia. I rejoice in the voice of some bold pastors who refuse to remain silent about the state of our nation. They are educating their people and leading strong. My prayer is that more of them would arise and be unmuted in this hour.  

I have heard all my life about the poor frog that got boiled in water because he was too stupid to notice the heat rising in the pot. It made an impression on me and I’ve even used it in sermons and lessons taught to a number of congregations and students. My heart was shattered to find out the truth about this illustration.

The boiling frog is a fable describing a frog being slowly boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if the frog is put in tepid water which is then brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.

The frog is the American Church.

The Church of America has been regarded as being asleep for a very long time. If not asleep, then certainly oblivious to what is happening around us. We see the nation changing right before our very eyes and go on as if nothing is happening. Though we say we don’t like the changes, very few of us have voiced our opinion to the government. While silence is “golden” it is also deadly. It’s time to wake up and realize we are in a spiritual war that will decide the fate of the nation and the Church.

Proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, Let all the men of war draw near, Let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, ‘I am strong'” (Joel 3:9-10).

THE LGBTQ AGENDA

The nation is going through a cultural change and little has been done to stop it. I’m talking about the LGBTQ agenda. The Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, and Queer culture have “come out of the closet” with an undeniable force with the motive to have America accept this lifestyle. Sex education all the way back to kindergarten is shaping the minds of our children that this lifestyle is acceptable, and that Christianity is bigoted against this culture.

It seems as if this agenda is something that sprang up overnight or at least within the last decade. But it was introduced to America at least over 60 years ago. We, as God-fearing Americans, didn’t say anything at the beginning and now it seems it’s too late (The frog beginning to boil). The biggest force behind this movement is the world of entertainment. They disguised this in movies, cartoons, soap operas, sit-coms and we laughed and thought it was cute entertainment.

The earliest I could find, even though I know there were earlier moments in films, is the movie dated 1959, “Some Like It Hot” staring Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis where these two throughout the movie were dressed as women. It was hilarious. What entertainment! A wonderful movie to sit and enjoy. Or was it? The subliminal message was that it would be alright for men to dress like women as long as it was good clean fun. Since it wasn’t stopped and labeled as immoral by the Church of America it permitted the gay cause to continue its hidden motive of softening the Christian to accept this and other lifestyles.

In the 60’s Archie Bunker had an openly gay friend in Sammy Davis Jr. The fact that his character was gay wasn’t immediately known. It did surface when Archie wanted his picture taken with Davis to prove to his buddies that he wasn’t a racist. But Sammy got the last laugh when just as the camera was snapped, he turned his head and kissed Archie. Archie couldn’t believe that he had been kissed by another man. And America laughed at such a sight.

In the 70’s Tom Hanks, in order to find a place to stay, dressed as a woman in “Bosom Buddies” in a popular sit-com. Again, this hilarious situation goes without adversity from the church and the heat under the frog in a pot turned up a little more.

The following prime time TV programs all had episodes with a gay character in the storyline. Many of which went un-noticed and subsequently allowed by the viewers as entertainment. See how many of these programs you remember watching and probably never noticed the episode(s) that featured a gay character in the story:

Marcus Welby MD; Police Woman; Streets of San Francisco; Mary Tyler Moore; Sanford and Son; Columbo; Soap; M.A.S.H.; Maude; Police Story; Barney Miller; The Doctors, Bob Newhart; The Jefferson’s; Kojak; LA Law; Picket Fences; Ellen Degeneres; Friends; Will and Grace; Downton Abbey; Glee; The Simpsons; and this is just a few.

Some are very open about the gay characters while others were silent and hidden well so that it wasn’t as noticeable. It’s getting worse each and every season of new programs on major networks as well as cable networks (The Frog is certainly boiling now).

How could this happen? How could a “Christian nation” allow this culture to overtake us? Easy. Nothing was ever said. Hollywood was never challenged. The Bible was never dominant enough in our homes to question this lifestyle. So now Christians believe the LGBTQ movement’s lie that they seek only Christian love and acceptance. But the truth is that the LGBTQ movement seeks to bury Christianity by bullying us into silence and extinction.

Now the lifestyle culture created by the LGBTQ community is in our face and having their say in government and in churches as well. It seems as if we cannot say anything about this community. We are expected to change our gospel and accept them as the new normal. This very letter would be regarded as a hate message, but it is directed to the church and not their agenda.

SOCIALISM

Could this happen again in another form of lifestyle? Yes, it can, and yes it is! There is a strong movement today to change this nation to be a socialist state. Socialism is slowly but surely being forced upon us. The president has vowed that this will not happen to America, but what about when he is not the president? The next generation of leadership has socialism as a target for this nation. How can this happen? They have an agenda and it has been published openly.

It was set in motion decades ago, but they needed a leader to implement subtle changes. A recent president, Barrack Obama, was the person to enable these subtle changes to get a foothold in America. The next one expected to be president, Hillary Clinton, was going to take it much, much further to the point of no return. God intervened and another president was elected unexpectantly. This president has given the Church of America a chance to wake up. We need the mighty men and women to arise.

Here is the list of agendas that must be accomplished in order to move to a socialist/fascist state.

This is how to create a socialist state by Saul Alinsky. There must be eight levels of control to create a socialist nation.

1. Healthcare: control healthcare and you control the people.
2. Poverty: increase the poverty level as high as possible. Poor people become dependent upon the government for their provision.
3. Debt: increase the national debt to an unstainable level. This will be to raise the taxes higher and make more people live in poverty.
4. Gun Control: remove the ability for people to defend themselves from the governments control.
5. Welfare: take control of every aspect of their lives. Control food consumption, housing costs, and income.
6. Education: take control of what children are taught and only teach them to follow these standards.
7. Religion: remove religious belief in God from the government and schools. Control what can be preached and taught in a public assembly. Control the assembly as well.
8. Class Warfare: divide the people into two groups, the wealthy and the poor. This causes discontent and will be easier to tax the wealthy with the support of the poor. Siding one against the other.

Many have already made their platform known that this is what they are aiming for. This will produce a drastic change to all of America and Americans. We can sit back and let this happen as well. All we must do is remain silent.

HOW TO STOP THE ATTACK ON OUR FREEDOMS

This is the coming agenda. This is the view of the United States in the future. There is something we can do to stop this attack against freedom as we know it.

First, pray. But prayer cannot be the only thing we do.

Second, vote. Our first voice against such changes can be at the ballot box. Again, that’s not enough.

Third be vocal. Be vocal in city, county, and state issues by letting legislators know how you feel.

Fourth lead. Run for office. Be a leader that stands for the right and against the wrong.

Realize that all the signs, banners, flags, crowds, protests, and marches are people that believe in their cause. The LGBTQ community believe so much in their cause that they are willing to go to jail. They are unashamed to show PDA (public display of affection) by holding hands, hugging, kissing, and acts of intimacy openly. They are covered by their community to protect them and bail them out if necessary. Shouldn’t we Christians be unashamed about our cause? Shouldn’t we pray, lift up holy hands, sing and worship with our voices on the street and show that we are serious about our Lord’s love as well?

It’s a spiritual war that must be fought and taken down by spiritual warriors, but it’s also a warfare that must be dealt with naturally by voicing our objections to this culture.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).

The spirit that drives them is from the darkest region of evil. It is spiritual wickedness that controls the very heart and soul of the LBGTQ agenda. We have a greater force in us. He is the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

We need to rise to another level of boldness. The enemy is bold, but we need to be bolder. They are unashamed, but we need to be more unashamed. Will you accept this challenge to be bold as a lion and take a righteous stand for the LORD?

I honestly believe that our nation needs the Christian to rise up in a power that the world cannot deny. Instead of talking about how great our God is, let’s be a demonstration of how His awesome love can change the hearts and ways of man. As one writer said, “America, you’re too young to die.”

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IS AMERICA ON THE BRINK OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION?

I just completed a manuscript called, The Tumultuous 2020s And Beyond: A New Era For America, The Church, And The Nations. I may add one more chapter to it because many voices are now warning us of judgment on America. It is no longer a question of if, but when, and how extensive it will be.

“Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and nursing babes; let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, and the bride from her dressing room.

Let the priests, who minister to the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar; let them say, “Spare Your people, O Lord, and do not give Your heritage to reproach, that the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’” (Joel 2:15-17)

Unless the Church humbles herself there will be judgment in America beginning in 2020 and 2021. These years are pivotal in the governmental arena of our nation. This is not absolute but it is a severe warning. Civil unrest and civil war in parts of our nation will result in such chaos that it will open us to foreign invasion. Prophets from America and other nations are being visited and warned.

Great and sincere humility and repentance is required for judgment to pass over us or even for greater delay in it. Most Christians just want to pray judgment away and continue on with their self-centered lives, but that posture will not move the hand of God. That type of prayer and lack of humility is worthless. Attempts at avoiding judgment without true repentance evidenced by a lifestyle change is fruitless and an absolute waste of time. God sees through situational repentance which is only motivated by a desire to avoid tragedy and hardship. True repentance is a complete submission and a turning over of our lives to the Lord that is motivated by a heart-felt desire for total obedience. God will not be mocked by anything else.

We are nearer to a severe disruption in this nation that is now at the door. I believe it can be further delayed but not sure it can be stopped without massive repentance in the Church. This will affect our nation politically, governmentally, and economically. Some of us have been in a state of humility and repentance personally, but the sin is Church-wide and body-wide. It must begin at the leadership level (read my book on Cleansing The Temple where this is outlined).

IT STARTS WITH CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Church leaders are not letting Christ build His Church and have His way. They are not leading people to Christ but to their own plan and agenda. God is tired of manmade systems dominated by human wisdom. To many Church leaders the ministry is a job and a means of making a living, and attendance, buildings, and cash are the bottom line with many of them. If that’s you, you need to get out of the ministry fast because you are a liability to Christ’s Church and not an asset.

Leadership is about being a friend of the Bridegroom and getting people to Jesus and not drawing them after yourself and your vision and agenda. If you connect people to the Lord they won’t need you as much. Leaders must decrease so Christ can increase. Some leaders’ egos are too big to live like that. Leaders are ordained by God to help people connect vertically to the Lord and walk with Him.

Here are two more sin issues:

  1. Sexual sin: Not only that, but many leaders and Christians are bound by sexual sin, pornography, and perversion. Their marriages and families are unstable and out of order, and yet they are trying to lead God’s people. What a sham. It is such a mess and worse than many have even thought. I praise the Lord for godly leadership, but there are so many ministers that can’t keep their pants on and are living in sexual sin.
  2. Schisms and division: We must also put an end to the schisms and division that is such a black mark against the body of Christ. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Satan, the accuser of the brethren, is busy accusing members of the body and setting them against each other. If we continue to wrestle against flesh and blood, and not recognize our true enemy and his devices, we will never be in a position to exercise our authority over him and to have a great effect on both the Church and the nation.

When 9/11 happened we had fire escape religion. Many people began to attend church and consider God again in their lives, but soon the tragedy was forgotten and people went on with their sinful lives and living however they wanted to. They didn’t find the power of God in the church but got only religion. This is the problem we have today. Many people are de-churched and un-churched because they are not finding a place to be touched by God and transformed. They are receiving information but little impartation and transformation.

I’m afraid that unless we have a real crisis in our nation too many Christians and leaders will continue to yawn and slumber and sleep. Personally, I’m living as soberly as I ever have. I’m as prayerful and watchful as I’ve ever been. I’m endeavoring to walk in love and obedience more consistently than ever in my Christian life. Something is coming down the pike that is going to rattle this nation and cause great panic and fear among many. But we need not fear if we are right with God and walking with Him in true consecration and holiness.

Nuclear war is now even a very real threat and possibility. We are in the final hour of the last days and the nations are being aligned with Bible prophecy and last days events.

It’s time to wake up, humble ourselves, repent, and live for the Lord wholeheartedly. If you’re walking close to the Lord you will have wisdom and guidance for the tumultuous times ahead, peace and authority in your spirit to rule and reign, and courage to face hardship. 

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A SPIRITUAL LABORATORY ANALYSIS OF WHAT IS PRESENTLY HAPPENING IN AMERICA AND WHAT THE CHURCH’S RESPONSE MUST BE

The following article is an excerpt from what one old Pentecostal minister termed the best, most dynamic, timely and seasonal book he’s read in a long time, PASSING ON THE MOVE OF GOD TO THE NEXT GENERATION.

One day Satan asked himself a question:

“How can I destroy America? No army can defeat them. Their economy is foolproof. They’re geographically isolated and cannot be invaded. I know what I’ll do. I’ll get them through their children. I’ll erase the commandments, the godly traditions, the family, morality, ethics, truth, and decency.”

We are seeing this today in increasing proportions.

Then, while pondering on this evil, hellish strategy, Satan says:

“If I can get the Holy Spirit out of the Church, I can really take over.”

And so there you have it — a spiritual laboratory analysis of what is presently happening in America. I wonder which evil strategy is the worst. Are you more concerned about what is happening in the nation or in the Church?

My concern is not as much for the nation, or the government, or the evils that have befallen our society because I understand that an evil, decadent society is never a match for the glorious, Spirit-filled Church.

Jesus walks among the lampstands (churches — Rev. 2 and 3). His concern is for the state of His Church. Although God is concerned about governments and His Word exhorts us to pray for all those in authority, for kings, presidents, governors, and such (1 Tim 2:1-2), there is hardly a mention found in the New Testament of the evils prevalent in a nation, a society, or the government. No word from the New Testament writers on Nero, Herod, or any ruling Caesar. No complaints about wicked governments, criticisms about wicked kings, how evil society was, or the state of failing economies. No attention was given to any of these issues. The Church and the spiritual health and welfare of the saints have always been the issue. Jesus wants His lampstands to burn bright.

As long as we are in this world, there will always be sin and evil. Nations, societies, and governments are made up largely of unregenerate sinners. Sinners are dead in their trespasses and sins. They are possessed by a sinful nature that makes them slaves to sin. Until they come to Christ and are born again, they are powerless to overcome the ravages of sin.

A strong spiritual Church burning brightly in the midst of a decadent society is our only hope. The true Church is the voice and moral conscience of a nation, and a restrainer of sin and evil.

The mind of the Spirit that the early apostles possessed was for the Church to be salt and light in society and to impact it through its character, power, and authority. A Church full of the Holy Spirit and reflecting the glory of God will affect any society. But to actually change society, you must change the hearts of the individuals within it.

The power and testimony of a transformed life and a heart on fire speak louder than any old tradition, new program, perfected logic, polished sermon, or eloquent speech. Give the local church a few burning testimonies of changed lives, and it can start to impact a city.

“Come see a man who told me all things that I ever did” (John 4:29).

Where is the power of the Spirit-inspired testimony in the Pentecostal/Charismatic and evangelical churches? It is only the effectual working of God’s power in a human heart that will allow a man to go outside of himself and share the gospel boldly and testify of Jesus. “In order to stop me, you’ve got to kill me,” is the battle cry of the radically transformed man.

“For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).

When the saints of God are spiritually healthy and vibrant, it brings light into the local church and city. So precious are those who are on fire for Jesus, especially in times of gross darkness and moral decline as we are in now. Heaven takes note of them, and they shall shine as the stars forever.

“Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever” (Dan. 12:3).

In a time of spiritual declension in Great Britain in the 1800s, Catherine Booth, wife of Salvation Army founder William Booth, went about the churches “looking for burning words.” She recognized that doctrine alone is not enough. Logical-sounding phrases and great swelling words are not enough. Oratorical skills are not enough. We must have the Word on fire and the power and move of the Holy Spirit.

Many churches need to get out of the twilight zone of cessation theology and postmodernism, and learn what it means to be filled with the mighty Holy Spirit and press on into all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:19).

While there are pockets of revival throughout certain parts of the nation, there has also been a disturbing trend in many Pentecostal and Charismatic churches of a lack of emphasis on the work, power, and fullness of the Holy Spirit. Listen to the words of the late John G. Lake, that great apostle to South Africa:

“I believe that the first essential in a real Holy Ghost church and a real Holy Ghost work is to begin to surround the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the reverence due an experience so sacred and so terribly costly.”

The gospels and the book of Acts portray the original blueprint for the operation of the real Church. She was born in Spirit and fire (Acts 2:1-4) and can thrive only in the same. Yes, thrive even in the midst of a morally declining and grossly dark, decadent society.

More Spirit and fire churches is the real cure for America’s degradation and society’s ills.

Imagine if all Pentecostal/Charismatic churches caught fire. Imagine if all evangelical churches did, too. The impact on our nation would be unprecedented.

More of the workings and fullness of the Spirit is what we need — and fire, fire, fire on the churches of Jesus Christ!!!

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Our books are forerunners to personal holiness, the move of God, and the return of the Lord. They also combat the departure from the faith and the turning away from the truth we are seeing in our day. 

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