Apostasy, Wicked Leadership, and the Death of a Nation

CultureWatch

Bill Muehlenberg’s commentary on issues of the day…

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 13:34)

“At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive apostasymany people.” (Jesus in Matthew 24:10-11)

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (Paul in 1 Timothy 4:1-3)

“For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” (Jude in Jude 1:2-4)

When a nation is going to hell, that is not the time for niceties, cushy talk, and fake diplomacy. That is the time to speak truth forcefully and clearly, like a sword flashing through the air. What we see happening in America and Australia right now is the death of a culture, and the time for playing games is over.

All of the most vital goods which God has bestowed upon us are now being dragged through the cesspool of contemporary culture. Marriage and family are the most important institutions created by God. Human sexuality was to have been a tremendous gift and blessing.

All three are now being smashed before our very eyes, and most Christians don’t even give a rip about it. The church is so caught up in the spirit of the age that it sees nothing wrong, it cares about nothing, and it cannot stir itself out of its deep slumber.

In Australia the rot is setting in all over the place, and from the top down as well. On national TV last night our Prime Minister told the world that Jesus cannot be trusted, the Bible is so much foolishness, and he knows better than God about sexuality, ethics, marriage and family.

Our Prime Minister is a fraud and an apostate. He claims to be a Christian but he is nothing of the sort. He is wallowing in demonic deception and has shaken his fist at God, at holiness and righteousness, and at the clear teachings of the Word of God. His performance on ABC’s Q&A last night was as expected as it was deplorable.

When challenged by Christian Pastor Matt Prater on why he was promoting homosexual marriage which is clearly contrary to Scripture, Rudd gave a pathetically bad and deceptive reply. He assured us that homosexuals are born that way and cannot change, thereby calling Jesus a liar for telling us he came to set people free from their sinful lifestyles.

He offered some foolishness about how we have to support slavery if we are against homosexuality. Talk about logical fallacies: what does slavery have to do with anything here? And of course it was the New Testament and Christians who actually helped bring slavery to an end.

Rudd said that the New Testament’s fundamental message was “one of universal love and loving your fellow man”. It is nothing of the sort. It is about the truth that we are condemned sinners heading to hell, and that Jesus died for our sin so that through faith and repentance we can be set free and made right with God.

He said we shouldn’t be “obsessed” with a particular definition of love based on sexuality. Um, just who is being obsessed here? For millennia throughout all human cultures marriage has always been about a man and a woman. It is the activists and their deceived supporters like Rudd who are so obsessed with homosexuality that they want to utterly destroy marriage and family as they force it upon every one of us.

The situation in America is of course no better, with a pro-sodomy president running that country just as badly. But it is not just the evil leadership, but a decadent and vile culture as well. The disgusting display of trash on MTV by Miley Cyrus is just one of a million examples of American decay and debauchery.

And yet I heard “Christians” say it was not so bad. All that tells us is how desensitised we have become, where something considered to be pornographic vulgarity just a few short decades ago is now just viewed as a bit of harmless entertainment.

I am glad I am not the only one who feels this way. Others have been speaking out, and the words of Matt Barber in his most recent article shows that he too sees a nation nearly gone – a product of self-destruction. He has no time for mere pleasantries either, and goes straight for the jugular.

He quotes the most appropriate bit of Scripture we can use here: Romans 1:18-32. Imagine writing an entire column on this hard-hitting and scathing passage for a secular website. He entitles his piece, “America’s Fall: The Modern-Day Roman Empire”. He begins:

“Throughout the book of Romans, Paul warned of God’s unfolding wrath against the Roman Empire – indeed, all of humanity – for mankind’s embrace and practice of pagan morality. Approach Paul’s words with a modicum of objectivity and the reader is left with this dreadful realization: The words of Christ’s hand-picked messenger likewise paint an eerily accurate portrait of America, A.D. 2013.

“The negligible difference is that ancient pagan morality has been sanitized with a new euphemism: postmodern ‘progressivism.’ It is unbridled hubris that presumes America – lest she depart the wide path to ancient Rome – will not suffer that empire’s same fate.”

After unashamedly quoting from Romans 1 he continues: “Indeed, there is nothing new under the sun. Sexual impurity in all its ugly forms – fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography, et al. – is celebrated by these ‘progressive’ ‘fools.’ American culture revels in the degrading of our bodies while purity is mocked. God has given us over to sinful desires….

“God’s ‘due penalty’ is non-discriminating. America’s official endorsement of ‘gay marriage,’ ‘gay pride,’ homosexualist indoctrination in our schools, ‘transgender’ bathroom bills and bans on counseling to help with unwanted same-sex attraction will not end well. Ask the Romans.”

He concludes: “We have arrived. Shame on you, America. Our children – our adults – are depraved. They are ‘occupied’ by envy. They attack innocent people, beating and killing them for sport. They murder one another in the streets without love or mercy. They disobey, gossip, slander and hate God. They are insolent, arrogant, boastful ‘little monsters.’ They invent ways of doing evil. Hannah Montana is what America once was. MTV Miley is America today. She ‘evolved’ because we ‘evolved.’ You saw it on display. It’s ugly. It’s Satanic. It’s ‘progressive’.”

Australia is just as far down the gurgler. And the worst part about all this is that most Christians don’t care one lousy bit. They just don’t give a rip. We are witnessing the end of our cultures with casualties mounting up everywhere, and most believers just don’t give a hoot.

In fact some Christians will actually go and vote for Rudd at the weekend. They are just as much a part of the problem as anyone else. They, and all of us, should stop all that we are doing and read, and reread, Romans 1 until it starts sinking in.

Otherwise we really are doomed.

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