America used to be the “land of the free and the home of the brave”. Today it could be better described as the “Land of the “Christians” Home of the weak”
In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians.
However, America’s mainstream religion has allowed itself to be so polluted and infiltrated that if it is any resemblance at all to what Jesus / Yeshua lived, it is slight at best.
We all know that America is in transition and most of us would say that it is for the worse.
Research indicates that only a small percentage of muslims insert quite a lot of influence in a culture. Why is it then if 65% of Americans identify as Christian that they exert only negligible influence?
In 1868 Evangelist Charles Finney gave a sermon titled “The Decay of Conscience“. Following is an excerpt of that sermon.
“Some years ago I was preaching in a congregation whose pastor had died some months before. He seemed to have been almost universally popular with his church and with the community. His church seemed to have almost idolized him. Everybody was speaking in his praise and holding him up as an example; and yet both the church and the community clearly demonstrated that they had had an unfaithful minister, a man who loved and sought the applause of his people. I heard so much of his inculcation and saw so much of the legitimate fruits of his teachings that I felt constrained to tell the people from the pulpit that they had had an unfaithful minister; that such fruits as were apparent on every side, both within and without the church, could never have resulted from a faithful presentation of the Gospel. This assertion would, doubtless, have greatly shocked them had it been made under other circumstances; but, as the way had been prepared, they did not seem disposed to gainsay it.
Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.
“Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s… You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”… Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”
As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men…who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.
2 Chronicles 2:15, 17, 21-22
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