Short Excerpt of An Oration Delivered Before the Inhabitants of the Town of Newburyport, at their request, on the Sixty-First Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1837. By John Quincy Adams

” The Declaration of Independence cast off all the shackles of this dependency. The United States of America were no longer Colonies. They were an independent Nation of Christians, recognizing the general principles of the European law of nations.”

“…Thirdly, the Declaration of Independence announced the One People, assuming their station among the powers of the earth, as a civilized, religious, and Christian People, – acknowledging themselves bound by the obligations, and claiming the rights, to which they were entitled by the laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.

They had formed a subordinate portion of an European Christian nation, in the condition of Colonies. The laws of social intercourse between sovereign communities constitute the laws of nations, all derived from three sources: – the laws of nature, or in other words the dictates of justice; usages, sanctioned by custom; and treaties, or national covenants. Superadded to these, the Christian nations, between themselves, admit, with various latitudes of interpretation, and little consistency of practice, the laws of humanity and mutual benevolence taught in the gospel of Christ. The European Colonies in America had all been settled by Christian nations; and the first of them, settled before the reformation of Luther, had sought their justification for taking possession of lands inhabited by men of another race, in a grant of authority from the successor of Saint Peter at Rome, for converting the natives of the country to the Christian code of religion and morals. After the reformation, the kings of England, substituting themselves in the place of the Roman Pontiff, as heads of the Church, granted charters for the same benevolent purposes; and as these colonial establishments successively arose, worldly purposes, the spirit of adventure, and religious persecution took their place, together with the conversion of the heathen, among the motives for the European establishments in this Western Hemisphere. Hence had arisen among the colonizing nations, a customary law, under which the commerce of all colonial settlements was confined exclusively to the metropolis or mother country. The Declaration of Independence cast off all the shackles of this dependency. The United States of America were no longer Colonies. They were an independent Nation of Christians, recognizing the general principles of the European law of nations.”…

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Obama; the Moral relativist vs the Jewish Creator

“I can’t imagine my god would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity…”Barack Obama: The 2004 “God Factor” Interview Transcript

It’s true that it certainly took some courage to speak on this subject as a person seeking political office. And it’s also true that the majority of politicians avoid speaking on unpopular biblical teachings like eternal punishment, not so much because they want to be vague, but because they are wary of directly attacking the straight forward teachings of the bible and Jesus himself, which are the basis of the Christian faith. The faith which itself was the basis for the formation of the nation. Thus many presidents, no matter what doubts or antagonism they had about scripture, felt that an attack on the scriptures would weaken the nation’s moral structure. Others, though not professing Christians per se, still had an instinctive fear of offending the deity and so were reluctant to hold forth. The interesting thing about Barack Obama is, he has professed his “Christian faith” more often than many modern presidents, and plays his personal savior card often, and yet unlike his predecessors, he has openly scoffed at the biblical Jesus on more issues than all previous presidents combined. Which is odd, if he actually believes that Jesus is the creator incarnate. In an earlier post we mentioned his insistence that “there are many paths” to heaven, once again ignoring the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 7:14; “Enter ye at the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction,” among many other verses.

But in all fairness, his talk of many paths to heaven, and the taking on of a more popular, broad and liberal attitude towards religion and mankind in general is nothing more than repeating the secular relativism which is taught on ten thousand college campuses across this country. However, the popularity of a view doesn’t guarantee its accuracy and we really can’t expect secular atheists to espouse a faith in eternal punishment. As we pointed out in a previous post, the idea that all religions are somehow equal is bizarre if just a little research is done, and as the president has proven to be more than a little incompetent in his treatment of history, he fails completely as a theologian.

His attack on Scripture and thus Scripture’s God is nothing new; he simply accuses God of being guilty of sending innocent people to unending fiery deaths in the lake of fire; and he reasons, if that is true, this god, the god of the bible, must be an unjust god and therefore not worthy of his title. However, in Revelation 20:13 it says; “The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.” Again; “All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left,” Matthew 25:32, 33.   And in Revelation 21 it says;

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away… But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

No mention of innocent children there. The bible carefully avoids saying all babies go to heaven; can you imagine how that might work out in a world awash in abortion and infanticide? Ever looked at the stats of how many girl babies and others are killed in China and India alone? And in America abortions take place most often to remove the responsibility of the sexual union between those who view it as a mere vehicle for their own pleasure. In 2 Samuel 12:15-22 the story of David’s first born to Bathsheba is told. While the baby lingered between life and death David fasted and prayed, while lying upon the ground. But when the baby died David rose up and ate. When his servants asked him about his behavior, he said, “…he cannot come to me, but I shall go to him.” It appears that God accepts babies and doesn’t cast them into lakes of burning fire.

Both these verses on judgement, as countless others in scripture, talk of people being judged for what they have done. It’s just possible that the Creator of the universe knows more about judgement than we do.

Also, in the quote above Obama indicates he thinks that all religions and all cultures are somehow equal and innocent, no matter what their behavior, if they haven’t been handed a bible tract or been evangelized by a Christian missionary (which might explain why he is against evangelism). But Romans Ch.1, and indeed the entire history of the bible indicates that the knowledge of God is easily obtainable from nature itself, that all mankind came off of the ark ( as thousands of flood stories all over the world imply) and indeed, His basic moral laws are imbedded in their consciences’. The bible clearly indicates that contrary to popular thinking, men are not earnestly seeking the knowledge of God, but in reality are running from god. In fact, men are actually deliberately suppressing the truth of god. In such a world, innocent children don’t stay innocent very long. So biblically, the world is not the nice, neutral place that Obama and the relativists make it out to be. And even in the church there is a long history of replacing scriptural standards with interpretations that are more accommodating to us and our culture. Man is running from God.

And God does not view mankind as we do. In five thousand years of recorded history we see constant war, long histories of human sacrifice, infanticide, a total disregard for God’s strict but protective sexual standards, adultery, promiscuity, rape and the resultant diseases, the mistreatment of women, men, children and various races, and God must look upon every single abortion, act of infidelity, every work of pornography, etc. without end. And perhaps just as bad, are the scores of people who see themselves as unworthy of hell. Because they have rejected God’s standards, or have readjusted them to fit their own ideas or ethics, they are more self-pious than the most self-righteous Pharisee; being absolutely politically or culturally correct in every area; in their own eyes they are beyond reproach. But God has different standards, and if Christians can ignore the scriptures and the working of the Holy Spirit upon their consciences, how much more a hardened atheist who has tuned himself to every to every whim of his “enlightened” culture?

God does not see us as we see ourselves; He sees the reality we are so good at ignoring. We love to stand up in a classroom and say, “I would never judge a homosexual couple who are in love” God might ask, “Why not? You might save one or both of them from an early death from HIV. You might save his temporal life as well as his eternal.” But in doing so, you also place yourself at risk. It’s easier to play the chameleon game with the culture, than become a martyr. But remember, the lake of fire is full of the cowardly and the faithless; at least those that are outside of Christ and not hiding themselves in his mercy.

And the president belongs to a political party that has promoted the death of millions of babies in saline bath abortions and even endorsed post birth infanticide for those who survive the burning baths. A party that targets its enemies with the IRS, FBI, OSHA, ATF, FEC and almost every supposedly non-partisan government agency under his authority. As acting president he appears to have deliberately repeated many false statements, easily proven to be false, so it’s understandable why he would look askance on a lake of fire for all those who have grown comfortable at toying with the truth for their own ends.

Maybe God is evil, but I don’t think so. If he is evil we are in a world of trouble. But I have noticed that atheists and those like the president who hold atheist worldviews, seem to have no trouble following lesser gods. Having rejected the God of Scripture they have scrabbled behind human leaders who were beyond all doubt guilty of the most heinous crimes, tyrants like Stalin, Mao, Hitler and a dozen other ruthless atheist leaders.

But despite the claims of these lesser gods and their followers, the God of the bible is not a liar and he is not evil and is not a destroyer of innocent human babies; and a wealth of evidence exists that asserts both his goodness and that He is still on His throne. Obama may condemn innocent babies to saline baths and strip them of their humanity and thus their human rights with an appalling and arrogant ease, but God won’t. He is just and righteous. Don’t believe that? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see. The verdict on Obama is in- the verdict on the God of the bible, though he stands condemned by many, is still out. But it’s coming.

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Obama’s god

Christ, not man, is King (from the grave of Oliver Cromwell at Westminster)

“What is sin?” Obama’s response? “Being out of alignment with my values.”

In an interview Obama gave back in a 2004, when asked, “What is sin?” Obama’s response? “Being out of alignment with my values.” Obama goes on to say: “So, I have a deep faith. So I draw from the Christian faith. On the other hand, I was born in Hawaii where already there are a lot of Eastern influences…And I’d say, probably I’ve drawn as much from Judaism as any other faith…So I’m rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people”

When Christ came to earth in roughly 3 AD, the Hindus and many African tribes were burning their wives in their husband’s funeral pyres, in Gaul and Britain they had a vague memory of the creator and an active flood story, but they were sacrificing people to Satan and the druids were burning victims by the carload to get their way with the deities. In Central America they were sacrificing virgins routinely. in North America the people had a much stronger memory of the Creator, so they had less human sacrifice, but they had horrendous torture cults and still served multiple other deities. In Rome the emperor was worshiped as god. Which ones of these religions would president Obama have us believe were one of the many path ways to heaven?

So who is Obama’s god, his higher power? Outside of himself? None. He can pick and choose values and religious authority as the situation demands. Put all the religions in the blender and, Voila! They’re all the same. Obama will explain to you what’s right or wrong, no need to worry yourself over the source or details. His attitude of course is nothing new, I heard the same thing from hippies sitting around the fire smoking pot, “it’s all relative man…”, and from college professors constantly undermining the authority of scripture by claiming the “obvious” plurality of religion, by which they mean that all religions are equal, except of course, atheism.

We’ve come a long way, from this;

“The fundamental idea of Puritanism…was the supreme authority of the Scriptures brought to bear upon the conscience…the Puritan, whether narrow or broad, mistaken or enlightened, seemed to himself at least to be aiming not at singularity (uniqueness) but at obedience to that higher spiritual order prevailing in the Universe, which he recognized as being the mind of God, and therefore of more authority than the mere…requirements of man.”

quotes from http://mnfamilycouncil.blogspot.com/2008/08/obama-postmodernism-and-definition-of.html

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Democratic interpretation of the Bible and Constitution

Early defenders of the slave trade claimed that since the constitution or it’s preamble had no direct mention or prohibition against slavery, the forefathers never mentioned it, and therefore must have supported it. But Abe Lincoln and many others felt that the fact that it said all people were endowed by their Creator with “inalienable rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness” excluded slave keeping from being a lawful enterprise. Same thing today, most democrats read the constitution and claim it gives no protection to the unborn because it never explicitly mentions or condemns abortion…Really? In the same way some people choose to interpret the bible, as many democrats did in the south; God never directly prohibited slavery, nor did he explicitly condemn multiple marriage partners, and never does he use the word ‘abortion’, therefore he supported slavery and also abortion and multiple marriages. However, does God have to spell everything out for us? He doesn’t think so. He even spoke to us in parables at times with the very purpose of not spelling everything out for us. And yet the Christian nations were the only nations to ever ban slavery and infanticide and abortion and Moses was the first person in the world to recognize the rights of slaves. Both nations outlawed bigamy in time. “Love thy neighbor as thy self, “, ” when you help the least of these, you do so unto me,” etc, along with the knowledge that all humans were made in the image of God and “made from one blood” played a huge role in the minds of Lincoln and Wilberforce and ten thousand other abolitionists, no doubt. The evolutionists however, who were the first socialists, thought differently and had their own ideas about where rights came from;

“These lower races are…nearer to the mammals (apes or dogs) than to civilized Europeans, we must therefore, assign a totally different value to their lives.” (Haeckel, E., reprinted in Natural History 89, the journal, April 1980, 129

So the democratic party has at least been consistent in how they interpret the bible and constitution, and obviously how you interpret scripture and what you believe about where we came from, does matter

“This however has been known to be the great temper of mankind, that they have accordingly labored in all ages, to wrest from the populace the knowledge of their rights… I say rights, for such they have, undoubtedly, antecedent to all earthly government; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe.”
John Adams, The Works of John Adams, Charles Francis Adams, editor (Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1851), Vol. III, p. 449, “A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law.”

“It is true that New York has no charter. But if it could support its claim to liberty in no other way, it might justly plead the common principles of colonization; for it would be unreasonable to exclude one colony from the enjoyment of the most important privileges of the rest. There is no need however of this plea. The Sacred Rights of Mankind ARE NOT TO BE RUMMAGED FOR AMONG OLD PARCHMENTS or musty records; they are written as with a sunbeam in the whole volume of human nature by Hand of the Divinity itself and can never be destroyed OR OBSCURED by mortal power ”

Alexander Hamilton, The Works of Alexander Hamilton, John Church Hamilton, editor (New York: John F. Trow, 1850), Vol. II, p. 80, “The Farmer Refuted.

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Genesis and the rights of the Unborn

Where did our forefathers derive the idea that certain rights pre-existed governments and that innocent human life must be protected? That the right to life was not dependent on the consent of kings or governments? From verses like this;

“Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind” Genesis 9

When a government abrogates those rights, whether the person is a one day old fetus or a doddering ninety year old, it becomes a rogue government. God will demand a price for the shedding of innocent blood. No one has the “right” to kill another innocent human for personal gain, and no government can legitimately give that right. Or strip the innocent of their protection. To do so is to invite judgement from the protector of the weak and unprotected. We stripped the blackman of his right to liberty and suffered 9 million dead or wounded in the war to free them, and we’re still paying the price. The mark of a civilization isn’t how it treats or caters to those who vote or hold money and power; it’s rather in how it treats the weakest and most defenseless. And those of us who stand on the sidelines and don’t fight for the protection of the unborn are just as guilty as the woman who allows circumstances to drive her into a government supported abortion clinic. Win or lose, if we fight we win at least a moral battle. Refuse to fight; it’s lose-lose.

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Obama’s innovative History Speech in Cairo

“As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam. It was Islam – at places like Al-Azhar University – that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality”

Or maybe not;

“The Dome of the Rock truly represents a work of what we would understand today as Muslim art, that is, art not necessarily made by Muslims…but rather in societies where most the people- or the most important people were Muslims.” Authority on Islamic architecture, Jonathan Bloom (Stark 2009)

Dhimmi. The conquering Arab tribes of Muslim warriors inherited an empire peopled by a literate and sophisticated culture¸ the Byzantines. The libraries of Alexandria and Constantinople held thousands of scrolls including the Greek Classics and were centers of Christian thought and philosophy. The heretical Christian cultures of the Nestorians and others were also centers of study and learning and they particularly focused on the arts of healing and medicine.

These peoples became the dhimmi, the non-Muslim secondary citizens of the new Islamic empire. This is not to shame the Arab tribes in any manner, but they were a nomadic people of the deserts and not students of architecture or science. But credit where credit is due and it was the conquered Christian and Jewish population that had maintained the Greek writings of a scientific and philosophical nature as well as developing architecture and other forms of an advanced culture.

Contrary to popular belief, the western end of the Christian empire, Western Europe, also had maintained many of the Greek writings of the ancients but not to the extent of the Greek Byzantines. It is to the Muslims credit that they eventually encouraged the dhimmi scholars to translate the Greek scrolls into Arabic and that they then began to study them for themselves. However it was the acceptance of the Greek writings of Aristotle and others, or at least the way the Muslim scholars viewed them, that probably played a role in the stagnation of scientific innovation in the Muslim empire.

While the Muslim scholars did devote themselves to studying the Greek classics, they came to regard them as if they were the last word in science. They applied them to Islam, but they never challenged them. This, according to Stark, was one of the reasons that kept Islam from growing beyond the Greeks and held back science in the Islamic culture indefinitely. The Islamic world thus absorbed without controversy the Greek idea that the Universe was a large animate being and conscious, as well as other Greek fallacies. While the scholars of the western Christian world would attain many of the Greek Classics later than the Muslims, when they did receive them, they not only read them; they challenged them. (Stark, 2003)

But the dhimmi Christian and Jewish populations were the backbone and source of almost all Islamic academic endeavors and it would behoove both the Islamic culture and state funded colleges in the U.S to be more open about this fact. As Gies commented;

“The Arab Age of Translation began during the reign of Harun-al-Rashid when scholar-physicians at a Nestorian Christian academy in Jundi-Shapur in southwest Persia were brought to Bagdad to translate Greek manuscripts…” (Gies)

As the quote at the head of this chapter indicates, the Caliph who ordered the building of the Dome of the Rock hired Byzantine architects and builders, and for the layout and design of Bagdad a leading Jew and a Zoroastrian were hired. Hindu numerals became known as Arabic and the majority of famous astronomers and mathematicians were Persian or from other dhimmi cultures. (Stark, 2009)

As we noted though, in Europe they mastered the Greek texts, attacked them from every angle and moved on. The famed historian Lynn White said;

“…Christianity by destroying classical animism (recall the Muslim/Greek faith in an animated living earth, ed.) brought about a basic change in the attitude toward natural objects and opened the way for their rational and unabashed use for human ends.” (Gimpel)

In Europe, in scholastic colleges from Italy and France and to England and Poland, empiricism and experimentation became the main force behind scientific advances during the medieval era, advances which would eventually bloom into the age of scientific discovery. Men with names like Newton, Boyle, Kepler, and many others would make the scientific breakthroughs which we are so familiar with today. Among these new areas of empirical pursuits came the study of the human body and as Rodney Stark notes;

“It was the (European) Scholastics, not the Greeks, Romans, Muslims or Chinese, who based their studies on human dissection,” (Stark, 2003)

So whatever sophistication the Islamic culture could boast, it owed much of it to the Greek Christian culture it inherited after its conquest of their territories. And it certainly couldn’t be said that Islam was far superior to the culture of the invading crusader armies from Europe. Interestingly enough, Medieval Europe actually abolished slavery centuries before the coming of the African slave trade would renew it. (Stark, 2003) And the move to abolish the African slave trade was led by Christian leaders, not Muslim.

The Islamic nations would not abolish slavery until the end of the twentieth century, Saudi Arabia in 1963, Mauretania in 1983, although the law is not always enforced. One of the reasons for this might be because Mohammad kept slaves himself. But whatever the reason, it does seem to throw a wrench into the oft repeated idea of Muslim cultural tolerance and superiority.

And at the end of the middle ages while Western Christian nations exploded into the future of the scientific age; Islam stagnated into darkness.

[I should add, the incompetency of the Muslim at sea was well known and anything they had was borrowed from the Dhimmi;

“Crusader superiority at sea was indeed so marked that some historians have portrayed Saladin as an early version of Napoleon frustrated by Nelson, dumbfounded and clueless when it came to blue water strategy.” (McLynn, Frank, Richard and John, Kings at War, Da Capo Press, 2007)

While the Muslims put the knowledge of the Dhimmi Christians in Egypt to work building ships, the ship building techniques of conquered Egypt had stagnated since Muslim conquest. The ships they built were copies of previous models and so the European navies had the edge both in size and technological advance. (Stark, 2009) Another problem was that because Arab knowledge of the sea was so limited, they relied upon Christian Dhimmi crews to man and operate the fleets and these crews naturally were more likely to scuttle the ships in combat than a Muslim crew would have been.]

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The youth Culture, sign of Apostasy?

 

The Youth Culture

 “I will make boys their officials, mere children will rule over them…the young will rise up against the old and the base against the honorable.” Is. 3: 4, 5

Youths oppress my people and the women rule over them, Oh my people, your guides lead you astray, they lead you from the path” Is. 3:12

 

Virtually everyone who writes on the history of the youth culture says the same thing, that prior to 1920 there really was no youth culture, as we know it today. Living in a culture like ours, where not only are we in our 4th or 5th generation of youth culture, but where it has reached the point of youth worship, its hard to imagine a normal culture.

I say normal, because, for the most part, excluding periods of Greek history, the youth did not have their “own” culture inside a culture like today.

People of all ages shared common values, common music, common dances, and the youth were trained to emulate the elders. So like many other aspects we have discussed concerning earmarks of The Apostasia, youth culture didn’t exist for the last 2000 years, and really exploded in the 1960’s. And as in the Darwinian and the Feminist challenge, the new values of the exploding youth cultural were accepted with open arms and they promised a freedom and worship of life and beauty that had never been experienced before.

However, as a survivor of the first explosion of youth worship and freedom, I can tell you quite frankly, that for many of us the results were not only less fulfilling than we expected; they actually led to death, divorce, disease, dysfunction, hurt and alienation. As the bible clearly tells us, death and suffering is the result of sin, not righteousness.

Looking back from today, it’s very easy to laugh at and see the fallacies of the sixties generation, but in fact, I believe that generation x and y are still following along the same route, only to a more sophisticated road map.

And every generation is somewhat distinctive from one another, each bearing its own differences; each one makes its own promises and each one has its effect on those both young and old and on the contemporary church.

That the 60’s generation was more blatant in its promises, than the proceeding generations, is true. But what is often not realized is that each succeeding generation is in fact coming from increasingly dysfunctional homes and is still accepting and idealizing, not rejecting, the basic values of the “God is dead so live for sex and drugs” generation of the 1960’s. In fact, the sixties generation could be excused to some degree because the new life styles and morals they were experimenting with had not been tried for the last two thousand years. There was a certain innocent foolishness to the affair. Succeeding generations have had the benefit of witnessing the dysfunction and trauma that followed the new experiment and yet have not rejected the overall premises behind them. They have become more jaded and careful in their drug use; they practice safe sex; they’re more concerned with making money. But their basic values are the same.

Each generation of youth culture followers are convinced that they are the answer, that they are entirely unique, and each is confirmed in that by worshipping adults, or adults that are simply confused.  And yet they all end up copying the 60’s folks in most ways, with subtle twists in their acceptance of rock music, rock stars, and rock lingo, rock dress, etc. Christian rock and the worship of money or stardom or fun or sensual enjoyment of all earthly goods; just another version of “ya yayayayy live for today”. Not that all rock is somehow wrong, but it was the music of the sixties that accompanied the drug and sex culture of the time period. There are a thousand nuances in modern rock but nothing essentially new or different being done today.

Just as the sixties music still holds a grip on the modern youth culture so do its values. Only go to college, make lots of money, and by all means, maintain your image and fulfill your dream. And while they’re not dying from drug overdose as fast as they did when I was growing up in the 60’s, we are not the light to the world our Puritan forefathers envisaged either. Nor can the present generation be faulted for what they have inherited. While other generations were not so blatant as the post sixties generations, the previous generations going backward in time have all been part of a long slide away from the ideals of the early Puritan colonists which founded the first colonies with the set purpose of building a nation that would be a light on a hill to all other nations

Our puritan forefathers may have been guilty of legalism at times and over zealousness, but what ever their faults, no one has ever accused the puritans of being a “lost generation”. And while it is a history not commonly taught anymore, the puritan societies were almost crime free, with little or no family dysfunction. No single parent kids, no children suffering through the pains of their parents bitter divorces, and no separate youth culture. They loved music and dancing, but everyone did it together, young and old alike.

This particular generation, generation x or xy, according to the youth experts and marketers is more obsessed with narcissism than any previous to it. It is often referred to as the “me” generation. So that personal beauty and hundreds of pictures on facebook, Myspace and anywhere and everywhere are quite common.  This is in part because this is the first generation that has had access to camera phones and face book pages, but it still seems to be an identifying mark of this latest phase of the youth phenomena.

Another aspect of this generation is their unquestioning acceptance of feminism; the uni-sex idea that exploded in the 60’s and emphatically is not found in the bible. They have also adopted an extremely low view of truth and seem to be even less sure of moral absolutes than the wild sixties people were. Their love of “networking” while not with out value, increases their dependency on each other for reinforcement of whatever is hip, cool, fun, etc. etc. They are never alone and never more than seconds away from their cell, their laptop, and thus never with out instant feedback for cultural reinforcement.

Now some of you are probably asking, yeah, but what does this have to with the arrival of the period the bible calls the Apostasia, or the great falling away? (2 thess.2: 3) Well, for one thing, like Darwinism, existentialism, feminism, and higher criticism, the youth culture started within the last hundred years or so. And like Darwinism, it had a huge impact on the culture, and not necessarily all for good.  The apostasy deals with the church and the Christian nations, because it is a falling away from a pre-existing faith.

It is not a falling away from religion or even a falling away from all forms of Christian worship. People love church and worship and the social union it can bring.

But this social union and worship, and even the preaching, is in the process of divorcing itself from the bible. It is a falling away from the reality and authority of scripture. Many will protest that they have scripture readings and bible teaching every Sunday and that is undoubtedly true. But my experience has been that certain parts of the bible, particularly those that are obnoxious to this culture will be either ignored, played down, or interpreted in such a way that they no longer run against the grain of the culture.

As scripture is reinterpreted and reinterpreted until even the most straight forward concepts must be forced to obey the Darwinian view of origins and the feminist view of sexuality and other cultural nuances  it becomes clear that the god of the Christian church is the god of the culture, not the Author of the Bible. This is the essence of apostasy.

We are doing what Daniel refused to do in Babylon and what Luther refused to do in the 16th century. We are bowing our knees to the culture, a culture which is arguably the most antagonistic to historical Christianity than any in the last two thousand years.  The Prophet Isaiah makes it clear that the rise of youth culture or youth culture becoming dominant is a sign of apostasy in general;

“I will make boys their officials, mere children will rule over them…the young will rise up against the old and the base against the honorable.” Is. 3: 4, 5

Youths oppress my people and the women rule over them, Oh my people, your guides lead you astray, they lead you from the path” Is. 3:12

But like everything in apostasy, though usually blindingly attractive, youth culture is a lie. Its promises are hollow and though flattering, false. You are not the only generation, you will not live forever, and you will die and meet your creator. And in fact your youth itself will fade quickly, if you live long enough. And if life itself is all about youth, then what?

The Bible makes it clear that there is nothing wrong with enjoying yourself in your youth, but it does remind you to;

“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth before the days of trouble come…for God will bring every work into judgment.” Ecclesiastes 12.

And if you are allowing yourself to be dragged along by your culture, and allowing it to dictate how you view yourself, others and even the Scripture, you are making a serious mistake. This culture, both in itself and in its sub-culture of youth is easily the most dysfunctional and anti-Christian, anti biblical culture that has ever existed, at least in the old Christian nations of which America was and is.

You’d be wise to spend time in the writings of Solomon and in perusing the words of wisdom found in the Book of Proverbs. And for those of you who have accepted Jesus Christ as the Jewish Messiah, and thus are to be “no longer living for ourselves but for Him who died for us.” 2 Corinthians 5:15, you might want to consider the narcissism and self absorption of the youth culture and the wisdom in allowing the youth culture to guide you, in the light of New Testament Scriptures.

“But mark this, in the last days terrible times will come, men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money,…disobedient to parents, conceited…lovers of pleasure…and having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.” 2 Tim. 3

Or, “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace along with those that call upon the name of the Lord in pureness of heart.” 2 Tim.2:22

“You younger men likewise be submissive to your elders, all of you cloth yourselves with humility one towards the other…” 1Peter 5:5

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