Christians are unpopular
folks today. I
mean by that, anyone who takes seriously biblical truth and
biblical principles will find himself on the sharp end of
angry stares if we
dare speak the truth in the midst of today’s national
crisis. To what
do I refer?
America has all of a sudden
are vigils and candlelight prayer services on every corner.
People who hadn’t said “God” except in
profanity for years are all of a sudden very pious and
personalities who were focused upon tax cuts or some other
political issue on Monday, September 10th are now
mulling over the role of “evil” in our world.
The past week has turned the landscape upside down in
many ways, to be sure.
Lest anyone think this new
religiosity is a reason for rejoicing for Christians, it
most surely is not. Oh
yes, we are hearing old Christian hymns being sung.
Ostensibly Christian churches were full this past
Lord’s day. But
there is no such thing as “partial Christianity,” nor is
there any such thing as a Christianity that stands side by
side with Islam, or Judaism, or Buddhism, and says, “We
worship one God under many names.”
And surely, there is no Christianity that does not
speak of repentance from sin.
The new religiosity of America has two basic
foundational pillars: there is one God, unknown, but
addressable under any variety of religious epithets, who has
revealed absolutely nothing of objective value regarding His
will regarding worship or human behavior; and second, this
God has no wrath; knows nothing of sin or judgment; and
hence, any person who dares to say that God would punish a
person, or a nation, is a glowing heretic
to the new American religiosity.
The problem is easily seen:
Christians believe, fundamentally, of necessity, that there
is one true God. This
true God is not Allah.
This true God is not Krishna.
This true God is not the god of Joseph Smith or
Buddha or the Sikhs or the Bahais.
Our God went to great lengths to differentiate
Himself from all the gods of the peoples and religions that
surrounded His ancient people, and that for a purpose He
Himself proclaimed: He seeks true
worship, worship based upon a knowledge of who He is in
reality, based upon His revelation to man.
He does not grant to man the freedom to make images
of Him, to worship Him in a manner that pleases the creature
rather than the Creator.
God is particular about His worship.
His worship is intimately, vitally connected to
truth, there is no worship of the Christian God.
And the truth revealed by the
Christian God in the Scriptures is without question when it
comes to the matter of His law, sin, rebellion, punishment,
wrath, and judgment. One
of the most amazing things to observe is the willingness
shown by “evangelicals” to jump right onto the “we
shall never utter a word about wrath or sin or punishment”
the remnant so small that almost no voices will be raised to
cry out against this foolishness?
To withhold the
truth about sin and judgment out of fear of man’s opinions
and feelings is to make the cross of Jesus Christ a
is no cross, there is no sacrifice, where there is no sin,
no offense that demands
forgiveness be wrought through His perfect sacrifice! The person who refrains from speaking of sin and judgment to
“win” a person over is doing so through unfaithfulness
to the very gospel itself!
And to what has such a person been won over?
Where is the gospel when there is no sin to be
forgiven at Calvary?
But it is right here that the new American
religiosity clamps its hands over its ears and refuses to
wants God’s blessing.
America wants God to protect us from more horrific
visions of airliners flying purposefully, relentlessly into
our national monuments.
We want God to be near us as we board our aircraft.
We want Him to protect us from the horror of thinking
about what it was like when the towers collapsed.
We want Him to guide our military and allow us to
flex our muscle and launch our missiles with impunity.
We want a blessing God, a caring God, who simply
panders to our wants and whims.
This is the “God” of the new American
But what America does not
want is a God who is holy, who is just, and who has revealed
His will concerning how we, His creatures, are to live.
America is a land soaked in blood.
We glory in violence.
We are so selfish, so bound in our avarice,
fornication, and sexual lust, that we murder our own
offspring in the womb (or at birth as in partial-birth
hands are covered in blood, and yet we think lighting a
candle and lifting them up while mumbling “God Bless
America” is going to bring God’s favor?
Listen to the words of God to another nation that
likewise was “religious” but refused to hear the word of
“So when you spread
out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you;
Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen.
Your hands are covered with blood.”
Is America so arrogant,
so utterly self-absorbed, so diseased by religious
liberalism and philosophical subjectivism, that she thinks
she can ignore all of history itself and demand from God
blessings when she refuses to repent of her evils?
Do we really need to be reminded that Planned
Parenthood has killed more little children in our land in
the week since the attacks than died in the attacks
we so blind?
Surely the scourge of abortion
would be enough to warrant the unleashing of the wrath of
God, but there is so much more!
We are a nation on a crusade--a crusade to wipe from
our history books every vestige of our former religious
religion of scientism, with its chief idol in the person of
Darwin, has become enshrined in our very governmental
is no creator, we are told, to express His law for us in the
first place. We want to banish God and His law from our
courtrooms, our schools, our every public institution.
If God says it is wrong, we celebrate it.
Every form of sexual debauchery is found in the land. The airwaves are filled with programs that exalt fornication
and adultery. Major
film stars are lauded for the most sinful lifestyles.
Homosexuality is not only turned into an acceptable “lifestyle,” it is made a political right, a
political force, a test-case for being properly
“tolerant.” The list goes on and on and on.
The widow and orphan is oppressed, while the nation
indulges in every creature comfort, sits back in its luxury,
looks about upon the bounty of the land, and says, “Ah,
what the labor of my own hands, my own intelligence, my own
insight, has accomplished.”
Religious liberals may mock our
“literalistic” reading of the Bible at this point,
preferring to simply label us “fundamentalists” and
ignorant, but the fact of the matter is, they know they
could never win a scholarly debate on whether the Bible
actually teaches that these things are sins which must,
inevitably, bring God’s judgment upon a people.
They know that is exactly what the Bible teaches.
They are just embarrassed by it, and hence seek to
suppress that truth.
As I said, Christians who believe the Bible are an
unpopular lot today. If they speak in accordance with the
Word they may well find themselves being called
"unpatriotic" and "judgmental.".
In fact, given that the new orthodoxy demands of us
the confession “Everyone is God’s child” over against
such clear biblical teaching as John 1:12 (remember how
Christians refused to say “Caesar is lord” and died as a
result?), we must be ready to “count the cost” in
engaging in formal, cultural “heresy” by speaking the
truth. We need
to realize: this new American religiosity can take on the
same kind of fanatic zeal that kept the hi-jackers’ hands
steady all the way to their end.
May God grant His people the strength to proclaim
loudly God’s demands upon a wicked nation, and may He be
pleased to bring repentance and revival in a land where
[The Dividing Line of
September 15, 2001 touched on all these issues as
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