|IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT ONE BELIEVES|
Following you will read several statements that may not be common knowledge to some. Then the question is asked:
"How, then, have we arrived at the point that everything we have done for 228 years in this country is now suddenly wrong and unconstitutional?"
After carefully reading each statement, please consider an answer to this question and a proposal for us to consider implementing.
How, then, have we arrived at the point that everything we have done for 228 years in this country is now suddenly wrong and unconstitutional?
What may surprise many of my readers is that there has been a paradigm shift in America (No surprise in that statement.) In the early days of this nation, God was obviously honored as the Sovereign. What changed and how? The views of believers shifted from a view of victory to one of defeat. This occurred because of the confidence in God's absolute sovereignty was replaced with the notion of man's will. Slowly at first the theocentric (God centered)perspective was exchanged for an anthropocentric (man centered) faith.
In the Great Awaken revival that predates the birth of America by 33 years, preachers preached a sovereign grace message. Missions were established by men that adhered to the doctrines of grace and the expanse of Christ's victory. Men like George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards were greatly used to awaken the colonies out of their slumber. William Carey, the father of modern missions, and David Brainard, a missionary to Native Americans, took this gospel of grace and victory to darkened parts unknown -- both here and abroad.
What happened? Arminianism and antinomianism replaced the gospel of grace -- the doctrines of grace -- and began undermining the basic principles upon which our nation was built. In Arminianism man's will is set up above God's will. Proud sinners enjoy having a right to veto God's will, to make their choice, to assert their will. Coupled with that antinomianism de-emphasized the Law of God. Hence, man's will and laws were set above the will of God and HIS Holy Law. Then in the 19th century the theology of defeat found fertile ground as it was served up in a new spin now known as Dispensationalism. The Dispensationalists arbitrarily cut up the Scriptures and thus divided the people of God. What's more in Dispensationalism the hype of the "Rapture" at any moment gutted the effectiveness of the church. Believers soon became debilitated by these erroneous views: Why be involved since Jesus will be back before the day is over so the thinking was. Why should one bother about the ungodly laws, God's law is obsolete so man came to believe. And of course, man has a right to choose what and when he will believe and obey. Sadly, America drank deeply from these poisoned wells; oh, how sweet these new or renewed views tasted to self willed man. Unhappily preachers are often lazy or over worked and grossly fail to study the Bible for themselves (not all of them). Therefore, it is easier for them to preach systems of men than to diligently mine for themselves the truth of Scripture.
Return to the God of our forbears. Denounce Arminianism, antinomianism and Dispensationalism. But how since these popular views are so entrenched in most churches today? Graciously, respectfully and humbly your findings must be shared. Probably you will be at first be criticized and denunciated by them. Be of good cheer. The truth shall set you free.
Ask yourself this question: Are the current trends in Christendom advancing the gospel as it once did in early America? What changed? Let us return unto the God who blessed America.
May God be glorified in each of our lives!
Pastor Brown, an unworthy servant of a
very worthy Sovereign LORD.
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