Back in the 90’s, the Lord kept telling me that He was lifting His hand off America, because the culmination of our national sins had forced Him to turn away from our country. That was when we began to see Romans 1:18-32 unfold before our eyes…
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. 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, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason 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. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.“
It’s been almost thirty years since God first spoke to me about lifting His protection from our nation – and today we are witnessing a far greater falling away in America. The demonic influence of evil seems to grow stronger and stronger each day, as thousands (if not millions) are under deception. I’m not just referring to those who buy guns to commit mass murder, but also “normal people” – including many who sit in places of leadership across this nation. At every level of government, we are witnessing men and women who seem to be mentally deranged in their resolve to actually destroy this nation. Ironically, the same people that go ballistic in wanting to take away guns and civil liberties are the very ones who seem to support every form of evil in our society…
That’s because, at this point, we are witnessing the effects of the doctrines of demons that Paul wrote about in I Timothy 4:1-2. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.” These demonic doctrines are the ideas that are being promoted at the highest level of government in an effort to force them upon the nation.
It’s like a cloud of deception has blinded the minds of many with lies intended to spread socialism, Marxism, and every other form of moral and political perversion under the banner of “Wokeism.” The LGBTQ movement, transgenderism, abortion on demand, Black Lives Matter, Critical Race Theory, and the 1619 Project would have been rejected a few decades ago, but today, many think they are good! Now, these demonically inspired doctrines are being embraced by highly educated people who have lost all sense of reason. How is this even possible you might ask? I can tell you for certain, it is not the product of logic and reason. Instead, it is the by-product of minds that are deceived and controlled by the evil influence in this present age.
As I listen to politicians speak, I often envision demons sitting on their shoulders, whispering in their ears – because the things that comes out of the mouths can be totally bizarre. These are mature people, who grew up experiencing the freedom and blessings of God upon this nation. Many even publicly profess to be Christian – and yet they violently oppose the godly principles found in Scripture. Are they truly followers of Jesus Christ? Absolutely not. Are they Christians at all? No way. Jesus said the only way to judge a tree is by the fruit that it bears. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit (Matthew 7:18). He also said in Matthew 12:37, “For by your words you will be justified, and by your word you will be condemned.” Today, every form of wickedness and perversion is being spoken of as good – and widely accepted in America.
So – what does the future hold for our nation? As for now, it does not look good… We are on a slippery slope that has one end in sight – self-destruction. When I was in college, my professor for Western Civilization read a quote from a highly recognized historian, Arnold Toynbee. Mr. Toynbee said that the destruction of every great western civilization was not caused by external forces, but by internal decay. They destroyed themselves through domestic disputes, evil practices, and a level of sin that brought judgment upon themselves. America is on that path right now – a path that seems to be getting wider and wider each day. Can anyone stop this train from going over the cliff? I don’t believe any individual or political party can save America. In truth, we stand at the mercy of God.
Throughout history, the true Church of Jesus Christ has held the balance of power. As the Church goes, so goes the nation. The American Church, however, has lost her way. This didn’t happen overnight; it has been a process that began in the late forties, shortly after WWII. America played a vital role that war, and at the end of it, she was viewed as the savior of the world. Unfortunately, the accolades from around the globe gave birth to pride and arrogance. Instead of honoring God and thanking Him for the victories, America began to see herself as the great savior of the world.
In 1 Corinthians 4:7 the apostle Paul tells us, “For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (NKJV) America’s success in WWII was a testimony to God’s blessing upon the nation. It was His hand that raised us up – not the physical might and power of man. The Psalmist tell us, “But God is the Judges: He puts down one and exalts another.” (Psalm 75:7 NKJV)
The Scripture warns us that, God will not share His glory with another. (Isaiah 42:8)The moment this nation failed to honor God, a door was opened for pride and arrogance to come rushing in. In James 4:6b we are told, “God resists the proud…” It was at that point that America went from being a nation dependent upon God, to a nation that took its fate upon herself. I believe that marked the beginning of the decline of this country.
So, is there any hope for America? Yes! Our help is still in the name of the Lord, maker of heaven and earth. If America is to survive in the coming days, the Church must arise and take her place as a house of prayer. God gave a great promise to King Solomon that still holds true today. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, He said, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (NKJV).
First of all, will we (His people) humble ourselves? Will we recognize that we have become a proud people, a people who have turned away from God? We must come to grips with that very fact – or nothing will change. We are a proud Church in a proud nation that loves to boast of our pride – but there is a solution! God does resist the proud – but He also “gives grace to the humble.” If we truly humble ourselves, we can once again experience God’s amazing grace!
Secondly, we must pray and seek His face – and I mean really pray. Currently, we have monthly prayer meeting at our county courthouse to pray for our city and nation. It lasts about 45 minutes, and half of that time is taken up in discussion. I’m thankful we have a prayer gathering like this – many don’t – but truly seeking the face of God will require more than 45 minutes a month. In past revivals, it was not uncommon for people to gather and pray for hours on end, often overnight. That’s what you call being fervent in prayer! We need to pray like that once again to see this nation turned back to God.
The third part of the promise has to do with turning from our wicked ways, and that may be the most difficult part of all. One of the major problems in America is acknowledging that what the Bible calls sin is sin. One example is our view of sex and marriage. Many today think that the path to marriage begins with hooking up, living together, having a baby, and then getting married – and the last part is even optional! Sadly, we find these worldly ways even among those who claim Christ! God’s plan, however, is to get to know one another without sex, get married, live together in marriage, and then have a baby. One preacher recently said that young believers will drop what they are doing to fly half-way around the world to help drill wells for the needy – and at the same time, never think twice about sleeping with their boyfriend or girlfriend. To turn from “our wicked ways,” we have to understand and accept as wicked what the Bible says it is.
A canopy of darkness hangs over America because sin has opened the door for the Evil One to gain a foothold in the nation – and it even affects some believers who are confused about right and wrong. And yet, Isaiah 5:20 warns us, “Woe (judgment is coming) to those who call evil good, and good evil. Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Truly, we are living in an evil day, when believers adopt the ways of the world rather than the ways of the Word…
Church, we must wake up, turn back to the God and His Word – and pray, because the future of this nation lies in our hands! Are you willing to drop what you are doing and call on the Name of the Lord?