How was it that Gideon could defeat the vast army of the Midianites with just 300 men and a batch of clay pots, while in 42 years of all-out effort, our sizable army of pro-life activists has barely scratched the paint on front bumper of the pro-abort juggernaut of death (which has slaughtered — realistically — as many as 100 million babies since 1973 in the most gruesome and inhumane methods possible and now sells their harvested organs on the open market)?
How is it that a relatively tiny handful of homosexual activists, themselves representing less than 2% of our population, has managed in the same period of time to establish a reign of homo-fascism in the United States that has turned centuries-old American values upside down and has turned its large Christian plurality (if not majority) into criminals (if they dare to cling to the teachings of the Bible)?
Isn’t it true that one man with the flimsiest of plans could utterly defeat the abortion industry and the LGBT agenda in short order — if God backed Him? So why have virtually all our efforts failed?
It’s really pretty simple. The American church just doesn’t have God’s favor anymore.
The brutal truth is the church has lost the so-called culture war and is now under occupation, like the French under the Nazis, with nothing left to do but organize resistance and plot to overthrow the occupiers through a political revolt.
But those efforts are also guaranteed to fail if we don’t first answer the only question that really matters:
“Why don’t we have God’s favor?”
Some will say “It’s because we’re killing the unborn,” or “the pastors aren’t teaching Christian responsibility to vote,” and such like. But I tell you these are only symptoms of the disease, not the cause.
We don’t have God’s favor because we have officially rejected Him as the God of our land.
Our Supreme Court, the highest earthly authority in the United States, ruled on February 10, 1947 that it had the power to set itself above God and everything worshipped as God.
That ruling, of course, reflects the character and goal of the Antichrist as stated in II Thessalonians 2:4, but it became the official law of our land that day in Everson v Board of Education where, writing for the majority, Justice Hugo Black declared, in essence, that America was now a Secular Humanist nation in which all religions are equal and equally subservient to the U.S. Supreme Court. Everson was the case that falsely and arrogantly declared Jefferson’s metaphor “the Wall of Separation between Church and State” to be a principle of constitutional law.
Then in 1961, Black wrote the opinion in Torcaso v Watkins that held Atheism to be a religion, entitled to equality with belief in God, legally empowering every Atheist activist in America to begin to drive Christianity from public life as a “violation of the separation of church and state.” Prayer in the public schools was first to go, and today only minor vestiges of our Christian heritage survive in the public square — and only so long as they are deemed “cultural traditions” and not religious symbols.
What is worse, We the People, including most Christians, have meekly acquiesced to this change. Where we once collectively prided ourselves on having a “God-fearing society,” we now boast of our “religious pluralism” and revise the history we teach our children to claim that the first Americans came here to find “religious freedom” rather than to exercise “Christian liberty.” Even some of the most stalwart defenders of activist Christians in America (organizations and individuals I greatly admire) today define their mission as a fight for “Religious Liberty” rather than a fight for “Biblical Values.”
What exactly is “religious liberty” in a nation that has lowered the God of the Bible to equality to Buddha and Mohammed and even Satan as a matter of constitutional law? Isn’t it merely the right to believe what you choose so long as you concede that God is no longer King over the nation?
How thoroughly and how shamefully we have devalued the blood of America’s founders who died on the battlefields of the Revolutionary War with the cry “No King but Jesus” on their lips — and the blood of all the other patriots through the centuries for whom “American values” meant Godliness and morality, not child-murder and sexual depravity.
The greatest of all possible sins is not rape or murder, or even genocide. It is to break the First Commandment: “Thou shall have no other gods before Me.” But that is precisely what we have done as a nation, and the reason we are reaping a curse and not a blessing (Deuteronomy 28). And it is why none of our efforts to “restore Biblical values in our land” is bearing fruit beyond the saving of souls due to our ministry and the blessing the we personally receive for being faithful. The land itself is not being cleansed by our work.
Josiah, the most righteous of all the kings of Judah and the ultimate model of “social activism,” did far more than we could ever do to restore his nation through fighting evil (just read 2 Kings 23 for proof). Nevertheless, though Josiah was personally rewarded by God, the curse remained on Judea because the nation itself did not repent.
If we are under the same curse as Judah, not even prayer can save America. Of Judea, God told the prophet in Jeremiah 7:16 “So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen to you” and again in 14:11-12 he said to Jeremiah “Do not pray for the welfare of this people. When they fast, I am not going to listen to their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I am not going to accept them. Rather I am going to make an end of them by the sword, famine and pestilence.”
The evidence suggests that America is cursed for rejecting God and caught in a death spiral from which there is no escape but the path of Nineveh. When warned of impending destruction, the entire city of Nineveh repented in sack-cloth and ashes, and God withheld His wrath.
Will we be like Judea and believe falsely that God would never destroy America or will we be like Nineveh and repent in sincere humility?
God gave only one remedy for the disease of apostasy. It is found several places in the Bible including 2 Chronicles 7:14. Look it up and memorize it if you haven’t already done so. Because there is simply no other way out of this mess.
Dr. Scott Lively is the director of Abiding Truth Ministries whose mission is to promote and defend the biblical view of marriage and family through education and training. He is an attorney, pastor, author, public speaker, missionary, and international human rights consultant. He earned his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Trinity Law School He is the author of “Redeeming the Rainbow” and the “Pink Swastika”. His ministry is based in Springfield, Mass. He has given permission for this article to be republished. [Editor]