Civilizations don't just die; first they are deceived, then they are destroyed by God. We must never forget, a civilization is not only destroyed because of the wickedness of unbelievers, but also out of the carnality of the Christians living in it.
It dethrones God.
It exalts human reason.
It trusts in education & science to solve its problems.
It believes man is evolving into perfection.
It replaces God's moral standards with situational ethics.
It promotes sensual pleasure and instant gratification.
It strives for a world utopia.
It makes the State the sovereign dictator.
Hos 4:6 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. "
2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
Answer the statements, True or False: click on the statement to reveal the answer.
FALSE: The emphasis in education should not be on rights, rather on God given responsibilities. If you teach people what their rights are, you promote rebellion; if you teach people what their responsibilities are, you promote revival! Promoting rights of a child transfers authority from parents, where is belongs, to government, who must protect those rights.
Romans 5:12; Proverbs 22:15
FALSE: To abort a child because it has a physical or mental handicap or because a woman was violated is placing man in the place of God, deciding who should live and who should die. This law gives the government the power to decide which humans should live and which should die. As more and more seniors retire and put a strain social security, should they to be told be the government it's your time to die? God forbid!
FALSE: True peace will only come when Christ returns and establishes His kingdom here on earth. Satan is at work in this current world deceiving the people of this world into believing man can establish such. This is the New World Order which Christians have been warned to watch for because it will appear good, yet be controlled by evil.
FALSE: God wants us to trust Him for our daily needs, not the government. God uses poverty for several reasons: to bring a wicked person to repentance: the prodigal son; to protect us from forgetting who it is that provides: the Israelites were warned when entering the promised land not to forget God once prosperity came upon them; to give Christians the opportunity to show their faith rather than merely talk about it. The economic crisis of our day is not due to a failure of a financial system, rather it is because we in our financial system failed to honor Scripture's teachings on finance. Some of which are: letting greed go unchecked; not paying workers a just wage; letting lazy workers be paid the same as hard workers; the list can go on for some time!
Matthew 6:11; Luke 15:11-32; Mark 10:21; Matthew 6:19-20; Deuteronomy 28:13-48
FALSE: Democracy is only a good form of government IF it's laws are based on Scriptural principles as ours was in the beginning and only as long as the people remain committed to such. Once the people turn away from God, democracy is doomed to fail being left in the hands of humans without regard for God, they will seek for themselves without regard for others. Religious freedom as a right from government is an illusion which will one day end at the will of a government. True religious freedom is choosing to live what you believe regardless of the consequences that may be fall you.
FALSE: All are equal before God, but within Scripture each is given a different role. An emphasis on rights is not only a distortion of truth, but an attempt to under mind God ordained authority. The truth of equal submission is in the Bible, however the truth of individual responsibility is also there. To emphasize one without the other will place you out of balance. Both husband and wife find their identity and their purpose in life by fulfilling God given responsibilities.
1 Corinthians 11:3; Romans 13:1-6; 1 Peter 2:13-3:7; Ephesians 5:21-33; Isaiah 14:12-14;
Genesis 3:5; Revelation 3:16-27; 1 Samuel 15:23
FALSE: If a wife and mother finds a "fulfilling" career outside the home, she will have two masters. No one can serve two masters, she will be forced to choose which she will serve. If she chooses her outside vocation, she marriage will be weakened and her potential influence over her children will diminished. God created a wife to be an aid to her husband and a mother to her children and when she is older, to teach younger women to do the same and to love their husbands. While the Proverbs 31 woman had many vocational interests they all had her family at the center. Even young widows are counseled to marry and care for their new family not to give Satan a chance to speak reproachfully.
Matthew 6:24; Genesis 2:18; Titus 2:4-5; 1 Timothy 5:14
FALSE: The whole purpose of law is to punish the immoral and reward the good doer.
1 Timothy 1:9-10; Romans 13:1-6; Matthew 5:13
FALSE: The death penalty is very effective and in other countries this is seen more clearly than our own because of the loop holes allowed criminal in our nation's system, which have been magnified in recent years. God has given government the responsibility and authority to punish by death. This is much different than a person taking a life out of revenage or for any other reason.
FALSE: Criminals are not a victim. They are merely showing the sin nature we all are born with. It is only by salvation and obeying the daily promoting of the Holy Spirit that we conquer the sin nature. Blaming society promotes a Godless philosophy that no moral laws are written in our heart as stated in God's Word.
FALSE: The Bible doesn't use the word "homosexual," yet it uses other words with the same meaning: sodomy; vile affections; men having unnatural affections for men and women unnatural affections for women; violating nature; abusers of themselves; effeminate; defilers of themselves. All of which are used to condemn the sin of homosexual practices. The Bible also condemns oral sex and masturbation. No one is born homosexual. We are all born with capable of every kind of sin. In rejecting the moral law of God written on all our hearts we open ourselves up to any sin. To think otherwise is pride.
FALSE: It is right to have Bible reading in public schools because our legal system is based on the Word of God. It is the government's responsibility to promote a God fearing society. The Bible and prayer were a vital part of the public school system from its foundation until in the 60s it was taken out. It would never have been in the school system from the beginning had it not been intended. Additionally, congress starts every session with prayer. Odd that the leaders would keep this, yet remove the other unless their was an intention plan to remove God as the center of our government and replace Him with merely man.
Romans 13:3-4; Proverbs 16:6
FALSE: Sin is like a cancer, it continues to grow until death. There have been peeks and lows in corruption throughout history, yet depravity continues to worst over the fabric of time. The divorce rate is merely one example. While any one sin my increase or decrease at anytime, the combination of sins and sins influence, collectively, has grown.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 5:6
FALSE: Laws to limit or prohibit false cults from spreading their error would also be used to limit or prohibit Christianity. The brighter the light shines in us, the more powerful the impact we have on a lost world. We must live what we believe not merely talk about it and we must stop uses excuses that keep us from living the life God wants us to live.
Romans 1:21; Matthew 5:14-15; 6:23; John 3:19-20; James 1:22-27
FALSE: It is the primary responsibility of the parents to provide a Godly education to their children, not the State! Fathers and mothers are commanded to teach their children. Should a parent hire someone to aid them, that person should also reinforce this Godly education, not distract from it. There is no such thing as neutral education! It will either be pro-God or anti-God.
FALSE: A strong nation, like the body, is built up of many cells. At the heart of a nation is its families. Strong families produce strong local communities, strong regions or States and strong national support. A great nation comes from great families and great families come from individual hearts sold out for Christ, not the religion of Christianity, rather the relationship of Christians with their Creator.
Daniel 3:1-30; Study the captivities of Israel
FALSE: Personality is made up of one's character and our character which is contrary to the character of Christ can and does change at all ages of life. We are a new creature in Christ, old things pass away and new things are made possible through Him.
2 Corinthians 5:17
FALSE: Primitive tribes are not just now emerging from the stone age. These tribes are remnants of civilizations which were more advance in many ways. Consider the Egyptian pyramids or the Maya temple ruins. As archeologist sift through ruins of past civilizations, they discover irrefutable evidence that they were much more advanced than imagined. Some have even tried to explain away finding by suggesting either superhuman gods or aliens once visited our planet. Although there is another explanation: study of the Maya culture reveals the immorality, murder and human sacrifices which marked their final days. God is patient, but He will destroy any nation that does not repent. Our nation is no exception!
FALSE: A news reporting agency should not report facts indiscriminately. Truth out of balance leads to error. Incomplete facts or facts put in a negative light promote false conclusions. Detrimental information about people should never be made public until all the facts have been checked and verified privately. Details regarding sex crimes can have a devastating impact on the minds of those that read it, for example.
FALSE: No one can be truly objective or free from his own bias. A reporter or historian will be influenced by his own experiences and his own philosophy of life. Christ said a man's morals will influence his views.
FALSE: Alcoholism is sin, God calls it drunkenness and by treating it as a disease we are treating it as a physical problem rather than what it is: a spiritual problem. Sin is only overcome by confession and repentance through the power of God's grace by faith in Christ. If the sin of alcoholism is not overcome, it indicates a deeper sin which is not being dealt with.
Romans 13:13; 1 Corinthians 5:11; Jeremiah 17:10
FALSE: Showing children violence, in itself, is not harmful: God has included much violence in the Bible. There is a major difference, however, between the violence in the Bible and the violence on TV or movies. The Bible shows a conflict between good and evil, between righteousness and wickedness, whereas, TV the conflict is between evil and a greater evil. With TV, one is forced to pick between two evil and not as evil, in Scripture, God has us pick between evil and good. God tells us not to keep company with evil doers, that is become intimate with them and have them as dear friends or as if they were a part of the family. We are to witness to them, share Christ with them and meet their physical and spiritual needs, not hangout with them.
Psalm 101:6-7; 1 Corinthians 5:11
FALSE: History has a beginning: God described it in Genesis. History has an ending: God described it in Revelation. History is "His story" and the theme is the Lord Jesus Christ. It is true history has cycles as God deals with people and nations according to His Word and the life principles found therein. God will bless and curse all who obey and disobey His Word. God sees our heart's motive and His judgements are true and just.
Deuteronomy 28; Romans 11:33-36; 1 Samuel 16:7; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
FALSE: There is much that can be done and God's judgement on cities and nations is in direct relationship to what Christians do or fail to do! God was going to destroy the city of Nineveh and when warned of it, they believed on God and proclaimed a fast, repented, and turned from their wickedness. God did not destroy them! God was going to destroy Sodom, but Abraham interceded for them, if only ten righteous in the city, God would not destroy it. God took out the few and destroyed it. God says if we pray for our leaders we can live a quiet and peaceable life. God say if Christians will humble themselves, pray, seek His face and REPENT of their wicked ways, He will heal their land! Spirit-controlled Christians are God's restraining force in this world against evil. If we grieve and quench the Holy Spirit in our lives by sin, we lose God's power in our lives and we lose the influence we could have had. If we do not return to God, we are good for nothing but to be cast out and to be trodden under the feet of men!