What will be the final death stroke for America? From one perspective, only God knows what instrument of death He will use to bring about America’s demise. There are a number of powerful international leaders (along with some in our country) who are collectively working untiringly to bring about the final death blow to America. For America seems to be the last bastion of morality, truth, absolutes, and the dignity of liberty remaining on the earth. It is the final obstacle against a long-desired New World Order. Many ideological diseases have been inflicted upon this nation to weaken its strength. The strong man has been bound from within; we are now witnessing the death of this strong man. But amidst the counsel of the wicked, only God will bring the final death blow to America. His judgment will be because of our overwhelming sins and our covenant with the Prince of Darkness.
We have observed the rise and fall of communism, and the implementation of socialism within this country. We have also observed the trilogy of God giving up a society according to Romans 1. But another aspect to be addressed is the acclimatization of America to secularism.
The Rise of Secularism
When Liberalism and Modernism made their debut during the mid-1800s, they created a destructive force against the Bible’s literalness; this attack in return destroyed the authority of the Bible in man’s thinking. Thus, in time it destroyed the place of God’s presence and authority in man’s living. These were the early stages of secularism. Once such a reality was evident among the leaders of the Church, the momentum of secularism over-whelmingly increased.
Charles Robert Darwin brought another dimension to the process through his presentation of evolution. Although evolution had been known through the writings of Lamarck, Darwin added a philosophical context to the view that went on to permeate not only science but also all of the social sciences. By the mid-1900s, after the forces of Neo-Orthodoxy through Existentialism kept pounding away at the literalness of the Bible, Radical Theology gave its contribution to secularize the secular. It called for the “death of God” in everything including religion. Even John Robinson in his writing Honest to God called for a secularizing of religion. Neo-Evangelicalism brought the conservative church closer to the world’s thinking by doing away with biblical separation. Following hard on its heels was the Charismatic movement which made the feelings of man equal or even synonymous with the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
We cannot blame the world for secularism; it has been the mutating of error within the Church that has cast God out. The Laodicean Church Age, because of its emphasis upon prosperity and physical health, has become a Christless church; its embrace of the secular has become more powerful than the spiritual. Most Christians today have no vision for God; such a vision certainly is not evident in secular society. Western civilization no longer has any remote concept of who God is, what He is, and how He acts. Outside the walls of the church God is absent and obviously omitted. People are crying out today that if God did exist why would He allow all of the violence that is found throughout the land. Well, we must remember the courts banned God from our schools; therefore, we cannot blame Him for what is happening. The daily newspapers have their society pages, their sports page, their entertainment section, and even the religious section. But nothing is said about God. The media through television and cinema are conspicuously silent in their treatment of God. Such silence about God reigns in all of the sit-coms while the sodomy theme pushes the envelope of the final frontier of immorality in the media.
The contemporary view of the supernatural is now through the eyes of Harry Potter, where it is evident God is not to be found in his supernatural world. The primer of God consciousness that was found in most children is now being interpreted through the occult. The present generation is allowing nothing to have the presence of God; nothing is allowed to speak of God unless it is in a damning way. Everything in our contemporary which speaks in the schools, in the medical world, in the entertainment world, the science world, the art and music world, and even from the religious world have all labored at keeping God out of the conversation. America has been secularized in its lifestyle and philosophy. The secular world has become secularized. We are in the final throes of its acclimatization before the coming of Christ and Antichrist.
The contemporary church is found in Revelation 3:14–22, the Laodicean church. Lukewarmness is the norm of Christians today in their profession of and stand for God. This is becoming evident among the most conservative of professing Christians. One of the evidences that the institutional Church has become secularized is its emphasis upon the visceral or the physical: “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing” (Rev. 3:17a). This church age, a Christless Church age, is void of insight to the spiritual world of God: “And knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor and blind, and naked” (3:17b). Generalities now rule about God; no specifics are being given from the pulpit anymore, no specifics are being prayed anymore, and no specifics are being thought about God anymore. Such secularized thinking makes void our thinking of the spiritual: “and knowest not.…”
The Intolerance for God
Russia’s 1917 Bolshevik Revolution changed the history of the world, affecting millions of people. When Czar Nichols II dragged 11 million peasants into World War I, the Russian people became discouraged with their injuries and the loss of life they sustained. The country of Russia was in ruins, ripe for revolution. In the 1930s, the communists began pouring into America through the influence of powerful media personalities such as William Hearst; these Soviet writers and teachers began to infiltrate the American public education system. The Great Depression also opened the door for a greater emphasis on socialism rather than collectivism of communism. In the 1940s less than 5 million Americans actually completed four years of college; by the mid-1960s that number swelled to 12 million.
The mid-1960s also witnessed the rise of radicalism in America. More and more, open mindedness became the way to destroy honorable thought and sound reasoning. The closing of the American mind brought the country to what was called “value-neutral” thinking in the public school system as well as in the halls of higher learning. Secularism now declared that “truth is relative.” Both teachers and students were now indoctrinated with the belief that truth is a word identified with absolutism and therefore must be done away with. To them, there is only one truth: truth is relative. As René Descartes declared, “I think, therefore I am.” Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “God is dead, God remains dead. And we have killed him.” Albert Camus announced, “There are truths but no truth.” Jean Paul Sartre boldly wrote, “We have neither behind us, nor before us in a luminous realm of values, any means of justification or excuse. We are left alone, without excuse.” Upon this heap of rotting thought, men now live without hope uttering, “Life is hard, then you die.”
We are in a focused, overt de-Christianizing of America. It began with pluralism, tolerance, and relative values. As we have observed, this is the way the revolution started in France. At the beginning of secularism’s inroads into a society, the intellectual allure was intriguing. Educated men and women were tantalized by promises of the humanist dream, and it was no great leap of faith to swallow the absurd logic of Darwinism, Freudian psychology, or even of Marxist-Leninist social theory. As secularism flourished, society became infatuated with new ideas and possibilities without God. It truly became a hunger for the forbidden fruit of Eden all over again. The lust for the knowledge of good and evil, with the absence of God, became the insatiable thirst, believing the promise of Satan: “Ye shall be as gods.” Secularism, through its social scientists (i.e., Carl Jung, B. F. Skinner) has led us to the belief that “if it feels good, do it.”
Jung told us that collective conscience of the human race determines our values and our beliefs. Skinner taught that we practice norms of right and wrong by simply learning the natural behavioral patterns acceptable to the greatest number of people. (We are deceptively told that the majority believed this; in its earlier years, this was not true.) Such men taught that anything that gives man freedom to do what he wants to do should be accepted. But the reality of it is that sin is ever mutating, and getting deeper, darker, and more intense as we near the coming of Antichrist.
God Must Be Acknowledged in All Things
Secularizing the secular world will bring the wrath of God down upon this generation. Note Acts 12:21–23:
And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
We are in such days when men refuse to acknowledge God in any subject of life. But to the contrary we must speak more and more of Him as the age quells His name in conversations. We cannot talk about origin without Christ as the centrality of the conversation:
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist (Col. 1:15–17).
We cannot talk about history without Christ being the centrality of the conversation. God, for His Son, has already written history.
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds [the ages].
We cannot talk about languages without acknowledging God in their original diversity (Gen. 11:1–9). We cannot speak of the nations divided and their geographical inheritance without acknowledging God:
When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel (Deut. 32:8).
Such a truth is also found in Acts 17:26,
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.
Daniel acknowledged God in the rise and fall of kingdoms and their rulers:
And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings (Dan. 2:21).
Nebuchadnezzar, the great king of Babylon, tried to secularize his thinking and conversation. But such an insane thought brought a curse from God; God made the great monarch like a beast of the field for seven years. Only afterwards was God’s great mercy extended to him.
And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation. And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? (Dan. 4:34–35).
Even our own individual life cannot be spoken of without the acknowledgment of God (Psalm 139; Hebrews 9:27). The saints will sing such a truth in heaven:
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created (Rev. 4:11).
God will bring this secularized Day of Man to an end at the Battle of Armageddon; we long for that day.
The Islamic Takeover of America
We have faced the threat of communism; we are facing the pervasion of socialism; we are facing the bankruptcy of secularism in our country, and there are new dangers rising in America. This year’s presidential candidates can make no difference concerning the death of this country, other than to solidify its permanent death. Will it come through the deceptive business pragmatism of a Trump, or the sleazy, dark manner of a Clinton, or the surprising rise of an Obama bringing another scenario to America’s funeral parlor? Only God knows, and He will appoint the final providence for this death and our nation’s “scattering to the winds.”
The Rise of Islam
Another great potential danger is the takeover of Islamic rule in America. Such a shift would radically change the very philosophical and ideological face of this country. The spirit of such a shift in America has already begun. Although eight years ago we would not have suspected the aggressive rise of Islam in the world, this life-controlling, anti-God religion has steadily been growing internationally. While the national population of many countries has been diminishing, Islamic families in those same countries have been exponentially increasing. Germany tried to warn the world several years ago of the alarming increase of Muslims in their own country and in other parts of the world. But their voice was quelled. Then came the shocking surprise to the world that America elected and reelected the son of a Muslim father and adopted son of a Muslim step-father. While his family was tied into the Muslim Brotherhood, most who surround him in his own Administration are Muslims. Thus, America became the number one target for Islamic powers. As to how many Muslims there are in America the figure is not certain, due to the fact that most censuses do not include religion. But a conservative estimate suggests between seven and ten million Muslims in America.
Paul L. Williams, in his book entitled Crescent Moon Rising: The Islamic Transformation of America, candidly declares, “The future of the country, that was conceived by the pilgrims and Puritans as ‘the new Zion,’ is now bound inextricably to Islam.” He goes on to state the following:
The faith of the Prophet Mohammed will continue to impact and transform all aspects of American life: social, political, and economic. Save for a cataclysmic event that will shatter demographics, Islam by 2050 will emerge as the nation’s dominant religion.
Mr. Williams further expresses the reality of Muslims entering our country:
Muslims continue to pour into the country to occupy positions (vacated by aging Americans) as physicians, engineers, and scientists. Others arrived to perform tasks that American workers are unwilling to perform in food-processing plants, agricultural facilities, and tele-communications. In addition to the Muslims who come here with employment visas, thousands more arrive with student visas to enroll in colleges throughout the country. Still others with ‘diversity’ visas to enrich American racial composition.
Williams goes on to state that due to the immigrants coming into the country annually (legally and illegally), an accurate population count is unknown. Williams continues,
In addition to the legal and illegal Muslim immigrants, eighty thousand refugees enter this country under resettlement programs. Nearly seventy-five thousand from Islamic countries.
As for the various institutions across America, Williams reports,
Islam at present, is the most rapidly growing religion in the country, with outreach programs on college campuses, in prisons, and within the military.
One final observation from Williams:
September 11, 2001, was not a day that changed everything. It was rather the day that revealed how much had changed. The real shock came not only from the devastation, but also the demographics. The world for many Americans became a place suddenly unrecognizable.
In my continued travels to various countries of the world, I have seen the obvious changes that have come to the European countries where Islam is literally changing their cultural identities. Recently, the city of London elected its first Muslim mayor. We are witnessing Muslims being elected to local leadership positions as well as our own country’s House and Senate. More and more the powers of Islam are invading the leadership of the European countries. African nations are becoming predominantly Muslim both in population and leadership. The Eastern nations are also witnessing a takeover of the Muslim faith.
Here in America the number of mosques is over three thousand. The number of concentrated terrorist organizations thriving throughout our country remains unknown. As the media maintains our attention to other countries in regard to the terrorists of Islam, they have quelled the daily events taking place in America as Islamic religion and Islamic terrorism continue to escalate. But above all of these hidden Muslim movements in America, we must acknowledge the witness of the continuing open cultural changes that are taking place in the major cities throughout America. Only time will reveal if God will use this power to overthrow America completely. At least, at this time such a power has vastly eroded the foundation and infrastructure of this once blessed nation under God.
There are other symbolic powers that may become part of the dismantling of America in the providence of God (which we will discuss in the next issue of Straightway). We now face a presidential election like none before, which may plunge us into the final destruction of our nation (as we have historically known it). We will be thrust into a greater global interdependence that could result in a complete global takeover. There is also the total collapse of morality in our country that has become such an aggressive, terrorist force that it is contributing to an emotional retaliation among the grass-roots of society; this unrest could easily lead to a mutinous rise against the government producing wide-spread disintegration of the fabric of America. Yes, there are a number of scenarios that God could use, even the combination of a number of them, to bring about the final judgment of our once beloved country. The Secretary of State John Kerry pressed in his recent address to the graduates of Northeastern University the hope of the coming New World Order. One of the aspects he announced was the hope of a “borderless world.” The Utopians of our day have promised a “Land of Canaan” in a world without God. This is their vision, their dream, and they are calling upon the world to imagine such a world without God and religion.
May God bring us through these troubled and perilous times. Our only hope is for the Lord to come and take His waiting people home to heaven, knowing that one day we will return to this earth with Christ Who will rule with His saints. This is the New World Order for which we are watching and waiting.