The Number One False God in America
At a gathering of our area’s spiritual leaders a few weeks ago we studied the dramatic revival recorded in 2 Chronicles 29-30. One of the first steps King Hezekiah took to initiate revival in Judah was to cast down the false idols and eliminate anything that was unclean in the temple. That paved the way for the worship of the one true God.
The question was asked at our meeting, “What is the biggest barrier to revival today? What is the primary idol that needs to be torn down for revival to take place in Kentucky? What prevents most Christians from total devotion to Christ?
We broke up into five different groups to discuss that question. Surprisingly, after about twenty minutes every group came to pretty much the same conclusion. The answer wasn’t jobs, possessions, children or alcohol.
Continue by clicking here: http://www.bobrussell.org/the-number-one-false-god-in-america/ (my link tab isn’t working for some reason)
The following is from Brother Sonny Childs’ blog, “Hey Bro Sonny“. I highly recommend reading the entire series.
The following material is not what you think. While it will most certainly make bold challenges to all that is politically correct, it will also call into question much of that which is conservatively sacred.
It should be noted that excerpts from this material have been published before. At that time, I lost friends and financial support for this ministry. The solutions are just too inconvenient for most of us to accept. I fully expect that the same will happen after this series is published.
In order to bring solutions to a culture in chaos, radical discipline and change must occur. Frankly, I have serious doubts that the conservative community is up to the challenge. Even though the need for this material has been fully validated by our continued tailspin into the open abyss of chaos, most of us will find the challenge too difficult. Apathy and wishful thinking will overrule.
We like to throw stones at the liberal left and we like to assume that all of our social ills can be blamed on them. We sleep well at night, assuming that they are the problem and we are the victims. Unfortunately, like the self-righteous Pharisee of Luke 18:11, we have mastered the technique of shifting the blame to others in order that our guilt is not exposed and our need for change is not addressed.
For those who are brave enough to read on, it is time for judgment to begin at the house of the Lord.
The following material is straight to the point. Conclusion – we did this to ourselves.
We created the homosexual, bisexual and transgender problem. Over the last several generations, our willingness to allow the breakdown of God’s assigned roles within the home has led us to this place. Our apathy toward God’s sacred design for the family is the reason we now have a generation that is totally confused about who they are and what they are intended to become.
In order to solve the cultural chaos that we have created, three questions must be addressed:
1. How did we get here?
2. What can we do?
3. Who will lead?
1. How did we get here?
To rescue a world at war, great men were drawn from their homes and onto the battlefield. Great women were drawn away from their families and into the workforce in order to support the war effort. These men and women have been called “The Greatest Generation.” In many respects, they were!
When World War II was finally over, many of those men never returned home. Those that did found it hard to pick up where they had left off. Many women were forced to remain in the workforce in order to support their family. They too found it nearly impossible to go back.
Over time, the enormous cost of their absence has become apparent. Men who had been hardened by war, found it difficult to bond with their sons. The father/son validation that is so necessary for young men to pass into manhood was often left undone. The media and other cultural outlets glorified the strong, silent type. The family suffered.
Women, toughened by the need to support the war effort, struggled to validate their daughters. Domestic skills of the past became old wives’ tales in the present. The feminist movement championed this theme and ridiculed anyone who would suggest that a woman’s place was in the home. The family suffered.
Modern technology filled in the gaps. Washing machines, dryers, microwave ovens, dishwashers, etc., made it easier to live life on the run. Rather than face awkward moments of family interaction, watching television replaced family conversation. The family suffered.
Public schools were encouraged to become the providers of home economics, shop and sex education classes. Parents were no longer looked to as the primary instructors in these most basic and sensitive areas. The family suffered.
Social time replaced family time. The soccer mom was born. Parents attempted to validate their children by yelling encouragement from the stands. Sports, dance, band practice and other after-school activities replaced family time. Parents convinced themselves that it was for the best. “After all,” they argued, “children need socialization.” The family suffered.
When America’s “Greatest Generation” was pulled from their homes in order to fend off genocidal insanity, Hitler stole much more than freedom and millions of lives; he also gutted the American family. Their absence set in motion a tragic chain of events and the void left within the American home continues to compound its effects with each passing generation.
For nearly a century, the American family has suffered from the effects of declining generational momentum. Surely by now we can conclude that the last 75 years of liberal social engineering have been a miserable failure. Do you know anyone who would say that our culture is improving? Do you know anyone who would conclude that we are safer or more moral? Would anyone conclude that we have a greater sense of decency or that the American family is more stable?
If not, then why do we continue repeating the same generational mistakes of the past? It is time to own up to our failures. It is time for radical repentance.
Next time we will begin looking at 5 practical steps that must be taken immediately if we hope to survive. Please join us then!
This site, more specifically the page about baptism, was featured in July’s issue of Word and Work Online.
If you are not familiar with this ministry, I’ve included their About Page below as well as the link. They offer a variety of articles written by a variety of people: Bob Russell, Matt Walsh and Chuck Swindoll to name a few. I have no idea how I got squeezed in among them!! Still, as my About page will tell you, I am irrelevant. I’m not even named at the featured site, as I am the only “unknown” listed. I want only to serve the Lord in whatever way He can use me. To Him be glory alone and forever.
Word and Work Online:
It began over 100 years ago. In a Church of Christ in New Orleans several members became deeply burdened by the Lord. They were on fire to train believers to live holy lives, evangelize the lost, and establish strong congregations which would worship the Lord and carry on those same ministries in many other places.
To help them reach those goals, in 1908 they started to publish a magazine, first called The Christian Word and Work. Two so-called laymen led the way. D. L. Watson, a pediatrition, was main editor for the first five years. He wrote in the opening editorial, “Our new enterprise has sprung from a desire to build up the Cause of our dear Redeemer…. We shall urge the churches to support the preach-ing of the Gospel in the regions around them, that the people may know the will of the Lord, be saved, and added to the body of Christ’s workers….”
Stanford Chambers was a co-editor in those years, as well as being teacher and principal in a Christian school which that church began. Then he became the leading editor from 1913-15, shortening the name to Word and Work. He added some new regular columns — regarding first principles, work and worship, soul-winning, Bible school, prophecy, etc.
By 1916 Chambers asked R. H. Boll. to become editor and move the magazine to Louisville, Ky. Boll was an outstanding Bible teacher and preacher, and wrote many books. Some critics said he taught too much about prophecy, but he taught a great deal about numerous topics in the Bible! One of the main goals of the magazine has been “to declare the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). Boll also strongly emphasized God’s grace — in contrast to the legalism which was very widespread in those days. That is, he stressed that our faith must be in Christ and what He has done for us, rather than in what we do for Him. He edited W&W for forty years (1916-1956)!
Other editors have followed: E. L. Jorgenson, J. R. Clark, Gordon Linscott, W. Robert Heid, and Alex Wilson. But by and large the goals and emphases have remained the same.
Check out the rest of the site, as well as some wonderful articles by clicking HERE.