America! A Total Reboot Is Possible!

This is a Vital Read for Every American and Worth Sharing, especially with the Young!  

America – Why Have You Gone So Far Astray?
You used to be noble, righteous, humble, though far from perfect, considering slavery.  We who now worship the God who made us a once-great nation, weep for you who have renounced God for the passing pleasures of unrighteous desires. To set America back on the right road to righteousness, we will need many millions of us Americans to come back to God – to put godly men and women into elected office at the national, state and local levels.  Those of us who love America, want to see her thrive once again as a nation under God, as stated in our Pledge of Allegiance.

What Is America’s Early History?
America was inaugurated in 1620 by the prophetic words of the Mayflower Compact, signed by every Pilgrim man before they left the Mayflower and set foot on the soil of their new nation.  They had been driven by religious persecution in the Old World (England and Holland) to establish a new nation on this continent “for the glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith” (quote: Mayflower Compact).

Then on July 4, 1776, Congress declared to the world that the American colonies would from that day forward be free and independent states, no longer under the authority of Great Britain.  Our national founding document clearly states some remarkable precepts that set America on its path to God-centered greatness.  It stands as a classic example of Christians and the Church becoming deeply involved in Politics, as is expected of us.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
 that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness – That
 to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving
  their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

This was revolutionary thinking for our Founding Fathers.  To recognize that God would cause men to lead themselves by selecting leaders who were then accountable to them as a group to discharge that sacred duty and responsibility of governance, keeping always in mind to whom we are all ultimately responsible.

This new upstart of a nation had to fight a bloody war – our Revolutionary War – to make stick our resolve to be independent.  Our first President considered the father of our country, had this to say to all of us about “religion” in all of our affairs:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity,
  religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vain would that
  man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these
  great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of
  men and citizens.  …Reason and experience both forbid us to expect
  that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
   Washington – Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

“Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”
(Proverb 14:34) 

What Is America’s True Foundation?
When the majority of the citizens of America worshipped and followed the God of the Bible, as begun by the Pilgrims under their Mayflower Compact, and later formalized in our Declaration of Independence, we thrived as a people and became a great nation – perhaps the greatest nation ever on the earth.  However, after WWII we have seen a dramatic falling away of seemingly an entire nation from the solid virtues that made us once the envy of the world – our flourishing wealth; our honorable government; our excellent school & university system; our ingenious technologies; our strong military; our virtuous and generous people; our beautiful mountains, forests and lakes; our vast, rich farms and ranches; our hard-working people building wonderful new infrastructures and businesses.

It was the intangible, the spiritual in us that enabled that goodness, that foundation in Faith and Freedom which empowers us to build all that we see.  But when we, as a people began turning away from following and worshipping God, He began to take His hand of guidance and benevolence from us.  Left then to man’s wisdom, the Federal government began to control more and more of our lives, adopting socialistic systems of governance which have repeatedly destroyed other nations.*  The insatiable drive for power especially by the left is ruining the decent life that used to characterize America and our healthy personal relationships with each other.

What Is America’s Current Situation?
For the first two centuries we were a kind and gentle giver to, and defender of, the world, yet today we are not regarded well in the main, especially by countries dominated by dictators and Communism.  The not so strange thing about all this, is that many of these authoritarian governments* that opposed us have impoverished their own people, ruining their lives, while we have continued to thrive – until recently.

What Is Our Government’s Part in Our Decline?
Our US Supreme Court in 1962-63 stabbed the very heart of a moral America – they ruled that our young students could no longer pray to our God in schools. Social statistics reveal that decision set us on the slippery slope of sin and moral degradation as a nation.  Then in 1973 that same Supreme Court decided it was fine for us to murder babies in the womb, some 61 million so far.  Then in 2015, the same Court made another unthinkable decision.  They found that it was okay to allow same-sex marriage in America.  With that fateful decision, our Supreme Court challenged the very authority of the God of all Creation.  That same God gave us the Holy Bible to guide us away from such immorality and sin, so that by following its precepts, we could keep on the more narrow path of righteousness 

The insanity of telling God to “get lost” is now reaping us a whirlwind of calamities.  

What are Some of the Results?
Fewer of us now believe in God.  Fewer still are followers of Jesus Christ.  The
radical Left’s Humanistic-Secularization of several of our younger generations
in schools, universities and on social media is at the heart of why this has
happened.  Laws are being passed that restrict and even prohibit the
practices of moral activity.  Some laws and policies attempt to prevent
speech about morality – a growing antagonism toward anything Christian
or Biblical.  Our nation is technically in bankruptcy – hugely growing
liabilities grossly exceed total  assets. Our increasingly socialistic laws,
policies and regulations are driving America ever closer to the
bankruptcy that always – always – follows such incompetent governance.

Much of our industry and businesses are owned or controlled by
foreigners, Communist China in particular.  I use “particular”
because they have stated their goal is total world domination.
America is their greatest obstacle to accomplishing that Goal.

Many governments around the world, and at all levels in America,
are increasingly led by those whose personal and immoral interests
are placed above those of their citizens. (e.g. Marxists, Islamic
Supremists, and others with non-Biblical laws)

The events in late 2020 and early 2021 in America give many of us
a renewed foreboding of what is surely ahead for America – unless
we do a complete reversal of the way we manage our affairs at the
Federal level and other levels.

What Can Be Done To Return Our Nation to Biblical Righteousness?
It would do us well to remember that God allowed great calamity to fall upon His favored people of ancient Israel.  When immorality and sin became so bad in Israel that they would not listen to His prophets but insisted on becoming more evil – God brought terrible
calamities upon them to get their attention.  Later He would give them a leader who brought them back to God, for a time, until they strayed again, repeating the cycle. Perhaps we are in that spot now with God.  He demands righteousness and we have become increasingly immoral, even evil.  Worse yet, we have been in the business of exporting our immorality in music, movies, TV, books magazines, games, and the internet literally around the world.  According to some evidence just now being discovered, even the means of electing people in America’s political system may be compromised.  So the answer here is as clear for us today as it was for ancient Israel then – return to God and His ways of living righteously – or face an ugly end.

    “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness
that 
guards the land.  I searched for someone to stand in the gap
in the wall 
so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no
one.” 
Ezekiel 22:30
 

So let’s do three things:

  1. Pray fervently for God to intervene and bring down the immoral, the
    profane, the evil in our land.
    Ask Him to cause us all to want to lower the temperature of  our
    speech against one another, and to help us to show the Love of God
    toward each other and not the hostile hate speech so prevalent now.
    Ask Him to restore our government to righteousness, so that we
    are led to become a God-fearing, God-following government once
    again.
    Ask Him, as our great nation-founding God, to Revive His churches
    in America from Coast to Coast and Border to Border, so that all, not
    some, may become once again faithful teachers of His Word, the Bible,
    which is meant to be “a Lamp to our Feet and a Light to our Path.”
    (Psalm 119:105)
    Ask Him to provide us a strong, godly Christ-following National
    Figure who could stir us as a nation to another “Great Awakening”.
    The last line of the Lord’s Prayer asks God to “Deliver us from Evil”.
    Ask Him to do just that!
  1. Speak forcefully in Public against Political Immorality.
    This paper is a part of that very speech (you are encouraged to send
    this to as many people with whom you want it to resonate)
    .  Dr. Wayne
    Grudem, an eminent theologian and Bible scholar, wrote a bellwether
    book entitled “Politics   According to the Bible”.  It supports and
    explains Jesus’ own call for us all to be Salt & Light in a Decaying
    and Dark world.  As part of this, we must find, encourage, and
    support candidates for office who believe in America as founded
    and want to see her return to that greatness – for God’s Glory,
    not ours.  We must also speak against and vote against any and
    all laws and policies that abridge our Faith & Freedom.
  1. Share the Grace of the Good News of Jesus Christ in a Winsome
    way with more and more people.  Let us double and redouble our best
    efforts.  Even those who are not yet Christ-followers can see there is
    a need for change, but many are unaware of how to make it happen.
    Let us show them. And we must hurry – the time is perhaps short.
    Closing Thought
    :  I was forty years a heathen, now forty-five years a
    Christ-follower.  I clearly see that America’s many problems like absurd
    economics, corrupt politics, lying officials, corrupt Judiciary, inferior
    education, drug-abuse, porous borders, immoral entertainment,
    hedonism, etc. are only symptoms.  The Problem in America is we have
    stopped following God – even in some segments of the Christian Church!

We Americans must Repent and Return to God in Christ – or – we are DONE…

February 5, 2021

Note: There are five papers that will help you in these three purposes. They
are posted on this BLOG.  Titles of papers: The True Meaning of Christmas;
Insights; Am I Going To Heaven?; Pray for God’s Church, Our People, and
Our America; and Watchfire.  In addition, for a more detailed look at some
of “America’s Issues that Need Urgent Redress” (especially Education, and
Federal Financial Management Reform) consider ordering the 74-page
document America 2020 – A Call For Action To Restore Our Nation,
written by the America 2020 Coalition and published by BookLogix.com
for $7.76.

* A partial list of those nations that have succumbed to Communism since the late 1800s:
Argentina: The richest nation in the world in the 19th century; by the early
20th century unbridled socialism had bankrupted them.
Cuba: A fine nation in the Caribbean taken over by Fidel Castro in 1959 and
financially ruined by Communism within a decade.
Venezuela: This oil-rich nation in South America went very quickly bankrupt
under Communism.
Russia: Fell under Communist rule in the early 20th Century, ruining their
economy and enslaving their people.
China: Communism arose after WWII, ruining their economy and enslaving
their people; today it is resurging economically because they have adopted
carefully controlled Free-Enterprise, though the majority of their people still
live in poverty or squalor.
North Korea: Perhaps there is no better illustration of the diametric opposites
that Free-Enterprise and Communism are to each other than to observe two
nations of one people on the same peninsula in the Far East.  South Korea is
a thriving nation with a vibrant economy under the Free-Enterprise system,
while North Korea is a destitute, enslaved Communist nation.

It is inconceivable how a thinking person can want Socialism, much less, Communism.

The True Meaning of Christmas

The coming of Jesus the Christ into the World as a humble Teacher

though He was and is Lord of Lords and King of Kings

is the single greatest example of God’s Love

for the people of this World, His Special Creation.

And why did He come? 

To provide us, sinners all, a Way Home to God, our Heavenly Father,

through Jesus’ Great Gift of Love on that Cross where He paid the

Penalty of Death we each owe for our sin here on earth.

You may not be able to avoid the evil that some say is soon coming,

but by praying to ask Jesus to Forgive you and be your Savior,

you will insure God’s Heaven and not Satan’s Hell

as your final destination.

Making this Decision gives you a special Relationship with Almighty God.

You will have become His child, and He invites you

to ask Him for your Needs and to Deliver you from all Evil.

He promises to hear such praying … and will answer.

Insights!

When what you believe collides with Truth, what you believe is revealed as False – a lie.  Reasonable men do not want to lie, we inherently know it to be wrong.  Some of us resolve to change our thinking to no longer believe the False.  So we need the Truth.  We need to know where to find the Truth.

What is Truth?  It is ultimate reality – what actually is, is Truth. A great man once said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Some other men did not like what he said, so they had him arrested, found him guilty in a rigged court trial, severely beat him, and then executed him in the presence of a large crowd.  But he proved he did speak the Truth by coming back to Life three days after being put in the grave.  In fact, he walked about on the earth for some forty days (seen by hundreds) and talked about the Way to Heaven before He was called up to sit at the right side of God on His throne in Heaven.

So – if you are tired of the Way things are going and want the Truth of eternity about the better life, then you simply tell God you’re sorry for your lies and sins and want His Son, Jesus the Christ (the “man” I mentioned earlier) to be your Redeemer.  God will forgive you and will regenerate you, transform you into someone who delights in the Truth and gives up the lies and sins.  If you do this, you will have become a Truth-seeker, a Christ-follower, which makes you a child of God.  And you will have secured your ultimate destination with Him in Heaven – when your time on earth is done.

If you don’t accept Jesus’ forgiveness of your sins, you’ll not go to Heaven when you die – you’ll go to a horrible place of eternal suffering in Hell, instead of the eternal joy in Heaven.  This may help: a clever sign on a message board in front of a church in the north Georgia mountains says it all:

Eternity.  Your Choice!
Smoking or Non-smoking?

Am I Going to Heaven?

Have you ever casually, or even seriously, wondered about that?  Is there an answer to such a seemingly unanswerable question?  You bet there is!  Jesus Himself told us how to insure we join Him for eternity after our physical death.  The following words written by the Holy Spirit through John and Luke carry Jesus’ own answer to that vitally important question for all of us.

 

“I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”1  Anyone who believes* in God’s Son has eternal life.  Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.2  “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes* in Him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save** the world through Him.3  So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’4  I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.”5  There is salvation in no one else!  God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.**6 Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved**, along with everyone in your household.7

 

He was equally candid about our going to Hell if we reject His message of salvation.  Right now might be a good time to pause and let you satisfy any lingering doubts you may have about there being a real Hell and a real choice.  Read in the Bible what it says in Matthew 5:22, 29, 30, 10:28, 25:41, 46; Mark 9:43; Luke 16:24-31; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Thessalonians 1:8, 9; 2 Peter 2:4; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:2-4, 8, 27; 22:11.  So you see, there is a choice. Make sure you choose eternal life in Heaven rather than eternal death (separation from God) in Hell.

 

What Do I Do?

You must admit to God that you are a sinner, and all of us are, whether it’s pride, lies, adultery, covetousness, selfishness, self-indulgence (drunkenness, drugs, overeating, sex, gambling, profanity), self-righteousness, self-pity, idolatry (money, self, another person, things [your smartphone, for example]). (1 John 1:10)

 

You must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God – and that as a perfect man He took upon Himself all our sins (past, present & future) to die in crucified agony in our place – and that through His triumphant rising from that death to eternal life with God, the Father, He secured victory over Satan forever – for you, but only if you will believe it and act on it. (John 3:16,18)  In a deliberate act of your will, you must surrender yourself to Jesus, the Christ.  This act of yielding to God through Christ is done simply by praying to Jesus, saying that you know you are a sinner and asking Him to forgive you, and to come in to lead your life forever. (Romans 10:9-10)

 

Not incidentally, of all the founders of the various faiths and religions of this world, only Jesus claimed to be God, andonly He rose from the dead, later seen by hundreds, as documented in the Bible and in other books of the time, to prove He was and is the only true God. As taught by Jesus in scripture, Christianity is not a religion; it is a personal relationship with God Himself in Christ Jesus.  And do not be deceived by the doctrines and dogmas of the religions of this world (Colossians 2:8). If any tenet held by any religion cannot be supported by God’s Word (His Holy Bible), then it is false and will mislead you, no matter how “religious” it seems.

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Footnotes (New Living Translation):
1John 3:3     2 John 3:36     3 John 3:16, 17     4 John 3:7     5 John 14:6    6 Acts 4:12    7 Acts 16:31
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance is source for these definitions:
*    Believe (+):  From Greek Pisteuo meaning to entrust, to commit (especially one’s spirit to Christ).
**  Save (+):  From Greek Sozo meaning to deliver, protect, preserve, make whole.

God’s Guarantee
If you have just prayed that prayer with heartfelt commitment, your spirit has been reborn and regenerated by the Holy Spirit who now lives in you.  You are now saved from death (eternal separation from the God who made and loves you) and sealed by the Holy Spirit as one of God’s family.  How do you know for sure?  Because God does not lie.  He said if you believe* in Jesus, you will have eternal life (1 John 4:15 and 5:11-13).  You are now the true Christian son or daughter of God, the Father, that He longs for you to be.  You are assured of joining Him in His heaven after your mortal death (John 11:25,26) and of enjoying here a growing personal friendship. Your praise and thanks for this true miracle go to God alone (Father, Son & Holy Spirit)!

One final thought to ponder…. God has provided only one way home – Jesus.  Please don’t turn your back on the only way to Heaven.  If you are thinking of putting off your personal acceptance of Christ Jesus as your Savior, please read 2 Corinthians 6:2; James 4:14.  Accepting Christ as Savior is the only Total Surrender in which there is Total Victory!  So pray now to receive Him as your Savior and Lord!

If you want to explore anything here more thoroughly, just talk with one of the Christians around you.  We all want to help introduce you to Christ Jesus, your only way to Heaven.

From a Christ-following soldier & servant, in Christ’s Love and Service!  _______________________________________________________________________
Original written Oct 79, renewed Dec 2000, condensed in 2019.  Accurate use by others is joyfully granted.

Now, a special word to those who are church-goers
There are many good, church-going or bible-reading people who say, “Sure, I believe all of that, so I’m a Christian.”  The truth is that they may be using the word “believe” as it’s defined in a dictionary, “to accept as true or real.”  In James 2:19 it says even the devil and his demons believe in Christ and shudder.  But as the footnote for believe* says, the writers of the New Testament, empowered by the Holy Spirit, meant much more than intellectual agreement for believe*.  They meant “to entrust, to commit, to yield” to Jesus.  Anything less does not meet God’s only condition for your entering His kingdom.  “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it” (Matthew 7:14).

So now it should be clear.  You must understand with your mind and heart that we humans are utterly incapable of earning eternal life in heaven by doing or being good, such as going to church, giving to charity, tithing, singing in the choir, visiting the sick, etc (Titus 3:5-7).  We simply have to “get it” that what God wants is our acceptance of His Love and Grace (means unmerited favor) by surrendering our lives to Him through His Son Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10).  Which isn’t asking much considering that He asked His Son Jesus to voluntarily shed His blood as full payment for the penalty for our sins. Surely gratitude alone for the price He paid should compel you to accept that magnificent, unconditional Love by yielding yourself to Him.  You will then be assured of being His child and of entering His kingdom now and forever! Your eternal life and deepening personal relationship with Him starts here and now if you choose to make it so.  No gift is yours until you accept it.

We hope all this has helped you see The Truth.  We are not Human Beings on a Spiritual journey.  We are Spiritual Beings on a Human journey.  And Jesus wants to see us all safely back in Heaven with Him someday…

Pray for God’s Church, Our People, and Our America

Our Father in Heaven, we humble ourselves before You. Forgive us our sins.
Cleanse us of all unrighteousness – that we may approach You now with pure hearts
and clean hands.  Please hear the anguished cry of our hearts –
for Revival of Your Church in America to Holiness,
for another Great Awakening to Your Spirit for all our people, and
for Renewal of America to Righteousness.
Your church, our people, and our nation are in desperate need of
Your Grace, Your Forgiveness and Your Cleansing Touch.

Help all of us in America See and Repent of our Sins.  We plead with You to remove the
apostasy in Your church, and rid our nation of aborticide, drug abuse, materialism, racism,
secularism, socialism, and sexual perversion. Expose and destroy false religions, but in your
mercy, save the lost souls. We plead with You to visit us –
to Revive all Your churches in America so that not just some, but all will
Embrace, Teach and Live Biblical Holiness for the benefit of all in our nation.

Help us make Your Revived Church the bedrock foundation of the Families of
America.  Call all your shepherds and the sheep of their flocks to spend more time with You
daily – in Your Word and in Worship – through Prayer, Praise and Service.  And we ask:
Is it not time to replace all Your under-shepherds who will not bend to Your will?

We thank You for a praying President. We ask for Your blessings of Wisdom and Courage
for the President and all leaders in his Administration – for Justices and Judges,
for Congressmen and Senators, as well as for all Governors, State Legislators, Mayors
and County Commissioners – and for leaders in Business, Education, Law, Media, Medicine
and Entertainment.  Help all of us see our need for You and to ask You for Your help.

Protect from Harm the President, Vice-President and those called to staff their
administration.   Allow no weapon formed against them to prevail.  We ask You to move
them to use the teachings of Your Bible as their daily guide to righteous governance.
We ask You to roll back the dark cloud of evil over our nation’s capital by the power of
Your Presence.  What we ask here is impossible for us – but not for You.

You say in Proverbs 21:1 – “The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord;
He guides it wherever He pleases.”  We ask You to so direct our president. Help him
choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong – and to never be content with a half-
truth when the whole can be won.  Help him develop
the calm, mature demeanor of an inspiring, strong, righteous leader.

Over the last five decades You have sent America many interim judgements in the form
of natural and other disasters, but none were acknowledged as such by our leaders.
Please God, in your abundant mercy, withhold Your Final Judgement upon America;
give our leadership more time to bring us back to You.
Cause us all to be ashamed of what we have made of our nation today.

“Help us, O God of our salvation! Help us for the Glory of Your name.
Save us and forgive our sins for the Honor of Your name.” (Ps 79:9, NLT)
Revive us, O Lord!  Save America!

 

Now help each of us to gratefully treasure what You have given us and
to never take for granted anything from You ever again.
Help us hold to Your standard of Righteousness in all we Think, Say, or Do.

In Jesus’ mighty name we ask that all this be done to the Unending Praise of
Your Eternal Glory!   Hallelujah Forever!      and Amen

Watchfire!

WATCHFIRE def: “a fire kept burning at night as a signal or
for the use of those staying awake to watch, or guard.”

The darkness of immorality and evil in the world is seen in the
vile deeds of men without conscience.  We see the corruption
in the leaders of nations, congresses, courts and churches.
Some of America’s governments embrace practices specifically
forbidden by God in His Word, the Holy Bible. Then
our highest court calls some of that evil “good”.

Why has God’s Church in America failed to rise up and say,
“Enough of this evil. We demand a return to Righteousness.”?
Because the Church cannot help America get right until it first gets itself,
meaning all its people, back on God’s righteous path.

All who follow the one true God, Adonai-Elohim-El Shaddai, in America,
must wake up!  Pray with Holy Spirit passion for the Revival to Holiness
of His Bride, the Church.  We must become desperate for God to tear out
the darkness in His churches in America, to replace it with the Light
of His Holiness!  We must also pray for the renovation of America
into what God wants us to become.

 Some Christians are lighting Watchfires to stand guard
to pray every week against this spiritual darkness and
for the dawn of His righteousness in all areas of life!

Therefore it’s our view that every Bible-believing,
Christ-following church in America will benefit from a permanent
Watchfire Prayer Team to steadfastly pray for
a Revival in every Christ-follower and Church in America,
a mighty Awakening to the Spirit of God by every American, and
Restoration to Righteous Governance in all things.
The purpose of Watchfire, then, is to pray fervently for:

1)  A Full-Blown Revival by God’s Presence
in us, in our homes, in our church, and in each Christian Church in America,
from Coast to Coast and Border to Border.

2)  A Renewal of Righteousness in our National, State, and Local
Governments, with special emphasis on righteous Judges at all levels.

3)  The Awakening of Hearts to God all across America that will transform Government,
Business, Education, Medicine, Industry, Military, Media, Law, Entertainment, etc.

4)  Peace in Jerusalem and for Israel

5) The Salvation of all God’s enemies – or
the complete neutralization of their immoral and evil influences and effects.

“I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land.
I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land,
but I found no one.”  Ezekiel 22:30

The Truth About America’s Only Hope

 Since the beginning of time God has made His great creative and sustaining power plainly known to all of mankind. Yet many refuse to believe Him as God or even that there is a God. In His inspired Word, Psalm 53 clearly states, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”

America was established by our Founding Fathers as a nation whose people were primarily Christian or Deist. There is ample evidence in the Federalist Papers and in their many other writings to support this fact. Yet there has been a steady erosion of the principles and processes of the Holy Bible in the governance of America by persons, organizations, and governments (judicial, executive, and legislative) at the national, state and local levels.  We were never perfect, but we were never in all our checkered past as truly bad as we are today.

Laws in a righteously governed nation are for the purpose of promoting morality or prohibiting immorality and other harmful behavior. Many of our nation’s leaders make not even a pretense of righteously governing this nation. They pass laws or find “strange authority” in our once-hallowed US Constitution (or even in foreign law) to ban prayer in classrooms, to force immorality upon the nation, to ban the symbol of Christianity from our public lands, to allow citizens to sue others frivolously with impunity, and even to ban the display of the Ten Commandments in courts and schools. Such defiance-of-God behavior has emboldened the highest court in our land to legalize same-sex “marriage”.  Our leaders rightly condemn terrible mass killings such as those in Aurora, CO and Newport, CT but wrongly condone the more horrific murder-in-the-womb of a million plus children each year.

Our leaders rightly make it clear that freedom of religion means that all peaceful religions are welcome to practice their faiths here. Yet, as a further assault on our heritage as a moral people, they increasingly hobble the practice of the one and only Faith upon which this nation and its morality were founded – Christianity and the Holy Bible. That hypocrisy has become the handmaiden of evil.

Make no mistake; this is a defiant mocking of God who has made His standards abundantly clear. The Bible says in Galatians 6:7, “Do not be misled – you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.”  Unrepentant evil-doers are punished after death. Nations have no after-life; God punishes them in this life. Such terrible punishment is revealed in His Word for the nation of His special people, the Israelites, as well as for many gentile nations – of which we are now a modern one. Therefore, the root of America’s problem is not absurd economics, corrupt politics, corrupt Judiciary, poor education, aliens, drug-abuse, unnatural disasters, lying officials, incompetent government-run organizations and schools, etc.

It is the disintegration of morality in our culture and, sadly,
in some segments of the Christian church, as well! 

                          Our problem is – SIN…
“that hideous monster we so much dislike hearing about, and
which we are so ready to gloss over and excuse.” (Rev A.W. Pink)

 The proof of this bold assertion is simple!  When most of our people and especially our leaders worshipped, prayed to, and followed the God of the Bible, we became the greatest nation ever on the earth. When we began to chase after other gods (money, power/self, sex, hedonism, alien ideologies, etc.) we tipped over and began our now precipitous fall.

“What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil,
that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is
bitter. What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and
think themselves so clever.” Isaiah 5:20,21 (NLT)

Is it too late for America? Emphatically NO! If we, the people and the leaders of America, confess our sins to God, turn from them in genuine repentance, humbly ask His forgiveness, and ask Him to become our Savior, God, and guide again – He promises He will do all that and more. He will help us become a more righteous people and a Godly nation again – for His Glory, not ours!

We must PRAY for our nation’s wayward churches and our secular leaders to turn around to prosper with God – or continue to wither and die without Him. The choice is that stark!  In the Bible, nations like Nineveh that repented and turned back to God were redeemed. That same God will redeem America – if we repent and return to Him – His Word guarantees it.  God has not and will not lie.

The great problems and evil in America are at their center spiritual issues.  It will take a strong spiritual stand by our President to root them all out. To think that mere man can correct the mess that we created by listening to voices other than God’s, is the kind of self-centered ignorance that got us into this terrible jam in the first place.  Millions of us believe without a doubt that only God can right our ship, our nation.  And our leaders must recognize that fact and act accordingly – quickly.  America has a monstrous spiritual problem and it can be successfully dealt with only in a spiritual manner!

It is instructive to examine how God dealt with nations in the Bible.  Two examples:  A king of Judah, Jehoshaphat, prayed to God before all his people to deliver Judah from certain defeat from an army twice the size of his; God did so in amazing fashion.  King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, knelt and prayed to God before all his people to dedicate the newly completed Temple in Jerusalem to God and to refresh Israel’s pledge to walk with God in wholehearted devotion.  God  appeared to Solomon one night and told him, “… if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”   God blessed King Solomon’s reign with peace, power and wealth because he followed God, if imperfectly, but God was His guiding light.

The God whom King Solomon and all his people worshipped and sought great help from is the same God we claim to Trust; many of us are still His people, called by His name – Christian. Both President Roosevelt and General Eisenhower knew that: when they led the nation and the Normandy Invasion troops, respectively, in public prayer before that great invasion – God gave us the amazing victory in Europe in WWII.  If any of our leaders prayed for victory in subsequent wars, we never heard about it – and we have never won a clear-cut victory again.

Therefore, it seems very reasonable for us now to ask our President to call the nation to pray to God for deliverance from the evil idolatries in America.  We believe our President should:
1) call all like-minded leaders, Congressmen and judges/Justices
in Washington, DC as well as any like-minded Governors
of States to come to the National Cathedral.
2) then stand before all these people, proclaim the solemn purpose of
the gathering to be to confess and repent of all our sins,
3) then turn and kneel humbly before God with all the assembly –
acknowledging Him with much Praise to be the great Creator,
Sustainer and Redeemer of all mankind and all the universe.
4) admit to God our sins of commission and omission, and ask
God Almighty to forgive us, to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness, and to set us on God’s right path again.
5) ask God to help him and all those leaders gathered with him
to rid the nation quickly of all wickedness.
6) ask God to Revive the Christian Church in America to Holiness
so as to become once again the beacon of light to all our people.
7) ask God to Restore America to Righteousness, and to certainly
give him and all the people gathered there with him, the
knowledge to govern with His mercy and wisdom…

“Turn to the Lord now while there is time. Give Him your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping & mourning.  Return to the Lord your God, for He is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.  He is eager to relent and not punish.” Joel 2:12,13

We must become a God-fearing and God-following nation again – or we will die a nation gone wrong! “Neither a nation nor a house divided against itself will stand.” (Mark 3:24,25 paraphrase)

Why Be A Christian?

 In a letter to believers in the early days of the church, Jesus’ brother, James, wrote, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that — and shudder.”

A Christian is more than a person who believes in God. He is a person who trusts in Jesus Christ for all things including his own future life in heaven. To have life after death with God requires that we be holy and perfect because He is holy and perfect. And we can never do that on our own. We need God’s help.

The Bible teaches that as descendants of Adam, none of us is perfect. As imperfect people, we all sin … even Mother Teresa sinned. There is nothing we can do on our own that could save us from hell because no matter how much we improve, we can never be totally perfect. To live with God after we leave this world, we must be found perfect – that means without any sin, no matter how small, because God is holy and cannot live with any sin.

The “Good News” is that God no longer sees anyone’s sin after they accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Why? Because God sent His Son Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, to shed His blood to save us – a momentous event foreshadowed in Egypt when the Lord passed over each Israelite home that had the blood of an unblemished lamb on the doorway, saving their first-born from death. God the Father had Jesus Christ (God the Son), the perfect Lamb of God, crucified on a cross, one time, for all of our sins, past, present and future so that we may be saved from paying the penalty for any of our sins.

The penalty for unforgiven sin is eternity in hell, which is eternal separation from God. Frankly, eternity in heaven with God is the only rational choice, wouldn’t you say?

God’s plan for our salvation is found throughout the Bible in the Old Testament, by events like the Exodus, as well as in the New Testament, where it is explained in detail by Jesus, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul and others. Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no man comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6).

God does not save me because I live a good life, or go to confession, or am baptized, or sing in the choir, or teach Sunday school. Instead I am saved by God’s grace through my faith. The Bible’s Book of Hebrews tells us that Abraham was saved only by faith and all who came after him were saved only by God’s grace through their  faith. And we are saved by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8,9), when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. For “without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6). Check out Romans 10:9, 10 and John 3:36, as well. Read His Word; be blessed!

Are you saved? Ask Christ to become your Lord and Savior now – you’ll be glad you did – eternally!

A Letter to all Americans

This was written shortly after the 9/11 atrocity in NYC with the Trade Center Towers – on  November 30, 2001

What we write here would have been completely understood fifty years ago. Fifty years ago or so, this nation was a God-fearing-and-worshipping people who would have recognized the meaning in the horrific wake-up call of September 11th, 2001. Fortunately there remain thousands in this nation who know the Lord God and who do see clearly. But most of America appears to have missed the vital message in the Attack on America; this letter will try to make it crystal clear. We are not prophets but we read and understand history’s lessons.

Since World War II most of our elected and appointed national leaders (especially our mis-guided judges and Justices) have deliberately wiped out all vestiges of the Lord God Almighty ruling in any of our affairs as a nation. We say we are “One Nation Under God”; but our behavior denies it. We sing “God Bless America”, but are unwilling to change our behavior so He may bless us. We say “In God We Trust”, but it’s really the gods of money, technology, science and sensuality that we trust. We perpetuate with vile vigor the lie that the US Constitution separates God from the affairs of this nation, when in fact it says quite the opposite; none shall prohibit the free exercise of religion in any aspect of life. We have deliberately obliterated the basis for understanding God in our lives.

Make no mistake about it, whether you are a religious person or not, the God who created all things is the same God who sovereignly sustains and orders all things in His creation. Do not be duped by the greatest lie of all – there is no God. Ignoring the Truth or deciding to believe some other truth has never, and will never, change the bedrock Truth of all time – God is sovereign. His sovereignty gives Him the right to call all the shots, like it or not. What a person believes or doesn’t believe never changes a fact – including that fact.

For the last decade or so, because of our national sins (sin is doing what God says not to do and not doing what He says to do), God has gradually removed His hand of blessing and protection from us. We believe His messages are in the bombings (USS Cole, Embassies, etc) and in the increasing frequency and severity of damaging natural disasters – fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes, drought, pestilence, crop failures, etc. They are also visible in the ruined lives of those caught up in drugs, pornography, gambling, the utter corruption of our public-education system, the so-called “tolerance” and “political correctness” of a permissive society, the reading, viewing and listening to salacious (even vicious) “entertainment”, the increase of lying and cheating in government, business, education and media, remorseless thrill killing in society, and on and on.

We the people, including most of us in the Christian Church, have not stood with a determined vigor against the increasingly wrong-headed, ungodly thinking and actions of our leaders (again, especially in the courts). We should have demanded that they return to the standard of godliness and decency that our Founding Fathers applied when they established this unique and unapologetically Christian nation. Even they said that the form of government they had established was good only for a Godly people and no other.

God is no respecter of persons or of nations, except He has said that those who oppose Israel, His chosen people, will be cursed. He has allowed the evil-doers of the al-Qaida and its harboring Taliban to cause us great and shocking harm, to wake us up – since all the other signs and messages He sent us have been ignored. His love for us all is abundantly evident in His mercy shown through His patience in first sending us low volume messages in natural disasters and bombings, and only when we will not hear and turn to Him, turning up the volume. When the stench of a wicked, morally rotting society reaches the nostrils of our absolutely righteous Holy God in heaven, crushing punishment for that nation can be averted only by genuine, thorough repentance personally and nationally, as was done in ancient Nineveh. The dastardly atrocity of September 11th and the Anthrax attacks may be the last “shots across our nation’s bow” before God punishes America for her great sin.

Yet we remain deaf. We have become more patriotic and religious, but not more righteous. We have begun to turn from our historic and righteous support of Israel, to favor their arch-enemies, the Palestinians. If we will not heed the lessons of history, we are doomed to repeat them. God’s next judgment on America may make the recent attacks look mild by comparison.

How does America avert God’s judgment? Our national leader – our President – must call our nation to a halt, and lead us and all our leaders in humbling ourselves before the Lord God Almighty in prayer. We must repent of our national sins that include the horror that is abortion, the approval and promotion of the homosexual lifestyle, the removal of the vital influence of God Almighty in Spirit (through prayer) and Word (through Scripture) from Government, Business, Education, Media, Arts, Letters, Entertainment, even Charity, the approval for ungodly people to seek and attain elected and appointed office in this land, and suggesting Israel give up lands given them by God to be lands for Palestinians. During this time of fasting, prayer and repentance, we must ask God to remind us of our forgotten sins. We’d like to see the President lead, at the National Cathedral, his Cabinet, the Supreme Court Justices, and the Leaders of the US Congress (if not the whole Congress), in a Solemn Assembly of one full day – to humble themselves before Almighty God – on national television, so that all of America may participate – so that we all may know that America has determined to return to righteousness.

Our President must find the courage to do this despite the certain ridicule and vigorous opposition that will come from those who hate God and want to see America continue its moral and spiritual free-fall. Our President must, by Executive Orders and new Laws, return this nation to the standard of righteousness demanded by God in His Holy Word. If not, God will treat us as He has treated all other nations who have disobeyed Him down through the ages. The good news: if we repent and turn ourselves around, God promises to hear our prayers, forgive our sin, and heal our land. That healing could include the defeat of our evil enemies.

Either the nation repents and cleans house – morally and spiritually – or He will. If you agree, send this to our President with a fervent request that he proceed immediately. He led us in mourning and now he must lead us in repentance before leading us to victory.   We must rid our land of our sinful ways, and return God to His rightful place of honor and influence in the public as well as in the private affairs of this nation. We must support Israel without wavering. Then and only then will our President be able to triumph over the unspeakable evil that has fallen and may be poised to fall again upon us. Victory without God is impossible.

In God We Must Trust

PS: One of the more cogent reasons for knowing with certainty that Jesus is the Lord Christ and is God, is that He is the only person Who died, yet rose radiantly alive from the dead, as He said He would, with many witnesses. Only THE GOD can do that. That’s why true Christianity is not a religion. It is a vibrant, joyful ongoing relationship with Jesus, our eternally living Lord, with Whom we’ll live forever, starting now in this mortal life. If you want that eternal relationship with Him now and in heaven, too, just ask Him right now to forgive your sin and be your Savior – and your Lord.

SCOTUS on Same-Sex Marriage

Note:  This is the letter that I sent to each of the nine Justices of the US Supreme Court on 1/20/15.  I offer it for your use in whole or part as you may wish.  This is a serious, watershed moment in the history of our nation.  We all must speak out against the darkness that seems to be pressing in on our nation from all sides.  Do what you must!

Dear Justice so-and-so:

Permit me to get right to the point.

According to the Wall Street Journal, you, as a Justice of the US Supreme Court, have taken on the task of deciding whether the US Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry.

I would suggest to you that this is not a matter to be decided by you and your fellow Justices by peering deeply into the Fourteenth Amendment to that Constitution, or into any other portion of that Constitution. Why? Because this is not a matter that can be decided based on administrative law, or on criminal law, or by “common sense”, or by intellectualism, or on habit, or on custom, or by religion, or by politics.

This issue can only be decided upon by moral law. It is first, last and always a matter of morality. And it is of a particular morality. And it has already been decided by a higher authority than yours. The God of creation, the God of the Holy Bible has already decreed what marriage is. It is the combining of one man and one woman into a special, holy state known to all mankind as marriage. A simple review of Genesis, chapter one, verse 27 and chapter 2, verse 24 should reaffirm what you probably already know in your heart. It would not be wise for you to depart from what He has already declared.

It would also be wise for you to observe what that same God, the One who informed our writers of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, has to say about homosexuality. The book of Leviticus gave detailed instructions to the Levite priests on their responsibilities before God and to the Hebrew people on how to live holy lives before God. Those instructions have not been superseded by the New Covenant or Testament, so those requirements of holy or righteous living are still valid today and will always be so. Jesus, the Messiah, Himself said that He did not come to do away with such requirements of the Law, but to fulfill them – and to fulfill them for ALL mankind, not just the Hebrews (Mat 5:17).

God said in Leviticus 18:22 “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” To underscore that stern command, He specified the most severe punishment in Leviticus 20:13 “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.” There is no room for error or misunderstanding, is there?

Billy Graham is reported to have said, “If God does not punish America for its sin of homosexuality, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” I ask you to do what’s right, not what’s popular or trendy. Standing against God is never wise – for a person or for a nation…

Earnestly,  Tom McDonald