The Kingdom of God in America
America was founded as a Christian nation. Although that truth has been removed from the modern history books used in public schools today, the fact remains that the colonists who came over from England and settled along our eastern shores, came not primarily to seek gold and wealth; nor did they come to these shores to gain freedom from religion, but freedom from the control and the oppression of a State Church and for freedom to worship and serve God according to the dictates of their conscience.
These colonists were not merely religious; they were Christians. Listen to testimonies of this down through the last four centuries.
John Winthrop, aboard the Arabela in 1630 reminded the colonists, “We are a company professing ourselves fellow members of Christ.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, a French philosopher who visited America in 1831 wrote, “There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America.”
President Woodrow Wilson in 1911 wrote, “America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture.”
President Truman to Pope Pius XII in 1947 wrote, “This is a Christian nation.”
Former Governor of Mississippi, Kirk Fordice stated on CNN, “Christianity is the predominate religion in America. We all know that is an incontrovertible fact. The media always refers to the Jewish State of Israel, they talk about the Muslim countries of Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq. We all talk about the Hindu nation of India. America is not a nothing country. It’s a Christian country.”
Though the Seeds of Righteousness had been planted in the heart of the Colonists, it wasn’t long before Satan sowed his tares in hearts. The colonists needed to be revived. In answer to prayer, God sent godly preachers to them, men such as Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield. They preached the Gospel to tens of thousands during the decades of 1730-1740. People got right with God and their hearts were prepared for their struggle against England and for the founding of America, a new nation free from the control of a state church and free to worship and serve God.
Our founders cried to God in prayer for wisdom and unity as they began the process of establishing this Republic. Our founding documents, including our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution are filled with reference to our dependence upon God. Our nation’s hallowed buildings and monuments are filled with Biblical references carved in stone to God’s glory and to our sacred purpose as a nation
Wherever God is at work, you can be sure the devil is also at work attempting to undo what God has done. By the end of the 18th century, Liberalism had begun to take control of seminaries and pulpits across America and was turning America away from the God of their fathers.
WHAT IS LIBERALISM?
Liberalism is basically the denial of the Bible as the inspired, inerrant Word of God. It is the denial of the deity of Jesus. The Liberal may use the adjective divine to describe Jesus as being God-like, but they reject the deity of Christ, the truth that the man Jesus who walked in Palestine 2000 years ago and then died on a cross, is God in a human body. Of course, along with that rejection of the deity of Christ, was the denial of His virgin birth, His miracles and His bodily resurrection.
A liberal is at heart a Unitarian, that is, one who denies the Trinity, He is at heart a Universalists, that is, one who believes “all roads lead to Heaven and eventually all will be in Heaven”. They repudiate the truth that Christ rejecters suffer for eternity in Hell.
A liberal rejects the Biblical truth that God created the universe in six days simply by the power of His Word. He would rather choose to believe his god of chance, evolution, as the answer to the source of life on earth. He would reject the universal, world wide flood in which all but Noah and his family and the animals in the ark were annihilated.
The liberal judges the Bible by his own mind and refuses to submit to the Bible which judges all men as sinners under God’s judgment.
The liberal’s idea of Christianity is subjective, based on his reason and experience. He refuses to base it on the Bible. He interprets it in the light of limited knowledge and teaches it with his unregenerate mind simply as an ethical way of life that we must all strive to live.
I argue that if Jesus is not God, as He claimed to be, then He was a liar and a fraud and therefore not a good teacher. Therefore a liberal is inconsistent in claiming to follow Christ.
HOW DO LIBERALS WORK?
Liberals believe they are building the Kingdom of God by capturing the hearts and minds of the masses through gaining control of our educational system, our legislative system and the media over the past century. They have been very successful at that. The public school system and most colleges and universities teach the religion of liberalism and humanism. The way they have accomplished that has been to legislate the Bible from the classroom or in some cases teach it only from a Liberal perspective. Thus Satan has accomplished his purpose in turning America, a nation founded on Christianity, into a secular nation. With their liberal values, they have turned well over half of America into a liberal, secular, godless nation.
The National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches, founded about sixty years ago, unite liberal minded churches who advance the liberal social gospel throughout our nation and the world.
American Liberalism began in New England in the latter part of the eighteenth century when a handful of Boston area ministers called for a modern rational Christianity. Hence Liberals were often referred to as Modernists up through the first half of the twentieth century.
Their so-called enlightenment ideas gave rise to American Unitarianism and Universalism at the dawn of the 19th century. Perhaps the major fountainhead of Liberalism in America has been Union Theological Seminary in New York City. From there it has spread to most of the major denominational seminaries and State Universities.
Again, I remind you that Liberals basically feel they are building the Kingdom of God on earth. Their goal is to promote their idea of the universal fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. For more on this subject go to my link LIBERALISM.
WHAT IS FUNDAMENTALISM?
At the beginning of the 20th century, in response to the rising tide of liberalism in America, a group of Bible believing ministers and seminary professors from the major Protestant denominations rose up to form the Fundamentalist Movement, a movement who, as the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:17, was set for the defense of The Gospel.
These Fundamentalists, though having their denominational differences, agreed on what became known as the Fundamentals of the Christian Faith. They were godly Christian scholars who agreed that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God, that Jesus is God in human flesh, born of the virgin Mary, and that He suffered and shed His blood on the cross to make a perfect atonement for the sins of all mankind. Fundamentalist believe that Jesus arose in His glorified body back to Heaven and that He is returning one day to judge the world and set up His Kingdom on this earth.
An important doctrine that marked the Fundamentalist Movement was an insistence on Biblical separation from apostasy. This is clearly taught in the Bible in both the Old and New Testament. Some of the major New Testament passages on this subject are found in Romans 16:17-18, II Corinthians 6:14-18, Ephesians 5:11 II John 7-11 Jude 3-4 and Revelation 18:4.
WHAT IS NEO-ORTHODOXY?
The Liberal’s dream of bringing in the Golden age of the Kingdom was dashed with World War I and further crushed with World War II. About that time a new theological movement was exported from Germany, Neo-Orthodoxy.
An Orthodox Christian is one who holds faithfully to the Christian Faith.
The term Neo-Orthodox was actually a contradictory term. How can one come up with a new position concerning the Christian Faith which was once for all given to the Church, as Jude 3 teaches?
No, the term Neo Orthodox was a misnomer for this new theological movement from Europe. A better name would have been Neo-Liberalism. This new theological movement that swept America’s seminaries almost a century ago was another “wolf in sheep’s clothing” about which Jesus had warned. This new movement was rooted in the works of Kant, Schleimacher, and Hegel. The works of Karl Barth, Emil Brunner and Soren Kierkegaard popularized it in America. Reinhold Niebuhr, a promoter of the Socialist Party in America, was also a leader in this new movement.
The Neo Orthodox are masters of double-talk. They say, “Though the Bible is not inerrant, it becomes the Word of God to us whenever it speaks to us.” Though they deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus, they wax eloquent when they preach on the Resurrection at Easter. Though they deny that Jesus shed His blood on the cross to appease the wrath of God for our sins, they preach eloquently on the cross of Christ and His love for us.
If our sins do not incur for us the wrath of God and eternal damnation in hell fire, then why on earth did Jesus go to the cross and endure the worst torture and means of death that anyone could ever devise? Why did He have to show His love to us that way? That doesn’t make sense. In fact, it would be sheer stupidity.
If you were in your front yard watching your home burn to the ground and a fireman should rush into your house, knowing there was no one to save, yet should stay there and burn to death to show his love for you, that would be ridiculous.
If on the other hand you were in the burning house trying to escape and a fireman should come rushing in to help you escape and in the process he should die in the flames, that would be an act of pure love.
Neo Orthodoxy, which denies the truth that all men are sinners and are sentenced to eternal damnation in Hell fire, teaches the irrational doctrine that Jesus endured the torments of death on a cross just to show how much He loves us. Of course, He loved us. He died on the cross and shed His blood because He loved sinners and He paid the penalty of death that we deserved to pay in Hell for eternity. He paid that penalty for a world of sinners by enduring the death that we all deserved to pay. Those who reject Christ as their Saviour will suffer in Hell for their own sins.
Christ’s death on the cross makes no sense unless He died to be the propitiation or to appease God’s wrath that we deserved to suffer for our sins. See my link on PROPITIATION for more on this.
Neo-Orthodoxy denies the orthodox position of inerrancy and verbal, plenary inspiration. By that term we mean that every word in the Bible is completely inspired by God and is accurate, whether it refers to science or history or anything else. Neo-Orthodoxy teaches that as the authors of the Bible wrote, they interpreted the events or the words of Jesus, writing their own flawed interpretations. But in this gobbledygook of error, “the Bible becomes the Word of God whenever it speaks to us”.
Whereas Orthodoxy accepts the Bible as the complete and sufficient revelation of God to us, Neo-Orthodoxy believes that the Bible is merely a medium of revelation. Orthodoxy claims it is God’s Revelation to us.
To the Neo-Orthodox, truth is defined as that which is relevant to his experience or to his personal interpretation, making the discovery of truth a mystical experience, rather than a concrete fact. See my article on EXISTENTIALISM on this web site for more on this confusion that is associated with Neo-Orthodoxy.
Neo-Orthodoxy further teaches that Scripture is not the only form of revelation, but that further revelation can be directly obtained from God as He speaks directly to us apart from the Scriptures. This explains the modern “prophetic ministry” which has become a norm in liberal and Charismatic Churches.
Speaking of the gift of prophecy, let me clarify. In the early church, before the Bible was completed, there were those who had the gift of prophecy. In the early church service one with this gift would stand up and prophecy, declaring truth given to him by God. When the Bible was completed, that gift, along with the gift of tongues, vanished away, according to I Corinthians 13:8-10
If a church has come to the place where she believes that Truth is revealed directly and that it is subject to the interpretation of each individual and that God is still declaring new truth and new revelation, then they have departed from the Truth of God’s Word and according to Revelation 22:18-19 they bring judgment on themselves.
We hold and preach the Bible, the complete Word of God. Let’s not lose it by departing from it to seek new revelations and mysticism, the very foundation of Liberalism and Neo-Orthodoxy.
WHAT IS NEW EVANGELICALISM?
By the 1940’s a number of Fundamentalists were fighting one another over issues that had nothing to do with the defense of The Faith. There was a spirit of negativism and legalism in some quarters of this movement.
With Neo Orthodoxy sweeping the country, a new generation of Fundamentalists were enthralled by what they were hearing from the Neo Orthodox. They thought, “They sound so much like Christians. Surely they must be our brothers in Christ.”
In 1950 a group of these former Fundamentalist leaders decided in a meeting in Pasadena, California to disassociate themselves from the Fundamentalist movement and become known as the New Evangelicals. Christianity Today, a brand new periodical, began to be published to promote this new movement. I remember as a young pastor receiving some of the first issues. The New Evangelicals reached out to the Neo Orthodox. They invited them to teach in their Colleges and Seminaries. They invited them into their pulpits. They worked with them in ecumenical evangelistic crusades. They channeled the converts into their churches. For all intents and purposes, they eradicated the theological differences between them.
These New Evangelicals were “throwing out the baby with the bathwater.” That is, they were giving up their Biblical stand against false doctrine and ignoring the Biblical doctrine of separation because some Fundamentalists were bringing a bad name on the Fundamentalist movement and because they felt that they were basically one with the Neo Orthodox.
Chances are you have never heard the terms Neo Orthodox or New Evangelical. They are both passé and irrelevant today.
In the meantime, over the past sixty years or so, this compromise has had a tsunami-sized negative influence in Christian churches. The Christian’s compromise with unbelief has resulted in a massive almost sudden change in the church. I’ve watched it happen before my eyes as it grew with blinding speed in the early 60’s and it has broken my heart.
There is theological confusion in churches and Christian colleges and seminaries across our land and they are beginning to accept the old fashioned unbelief of the liberals. If I were a parent of college students today, I would be very cautious of some “Christian” colleges. I’ve observed graduates of these schools come out with a disdain for the Biblical doctrines and values and with an acceptance of liberal values.
Modern churches are more concerned about giving people what they want to hear, inoffensive preaching that does not cramp their sinful lifestyle; rather than preaching the truth that often offends. We Fundamentalists are often branded legalists for our stands against sin. For a correct understanding of legalism I challenge you to go to my study of Galatians under the category FREEDOM. There you will learn what true legalism is and how the Apostle Paul dealt with it.
As one who loves and appreciates beautiful, inspiring Christian music, I grieve over its loss to the past two generations. Though some modern Christian composers have given us some quality Contemporary Christian music, volumes of beautiful Christian music written and sung prior to the ’60’s has been lost to this current generation. Why discard generations of Scriptural, beautiful hymns of the church to limit yourselves to one style of music?
I’ll agree that some of the Christian songs we teens sang in the ’40’s and ’50’s were silly and insipid; but most of what we sang in church and in our youth meetings had spiritual substance and was sung to music that lifted us to Heaven. I grieve when I think of what modern Christians have never known and its replacement with irritating noise lacking melody, harmony and a solid Biblical message, with it’s relentless, same, boring rock beat. Congregations no longer sing four part harmony in the typical church. I listen to them attempt to sing, groaning in a monotone, looking up at the screen, not knowing where the melody is going.
Churches today are majoring on fleshly worship experiences and minoring on preaching. The average Christian today has little or no appetite for Biblical preaching. But we should not be surprised. Paul warned it would happen. Read II Timothy 4:1-4
All of this has resulted in the weakening of Christians and making them more susceptible to the lure of the world, the flesh and the devil.
I think we have almost come full circle. Christians from evangelical churches are accepting the liberal’s view of missions as simply meeting the social needs of people, with little or no thought to the preaching of the Gospel that saves a sinner from hell.
I am not advocating that Christians should not help meet the material and health and educational needs of the lost in third world countries. I’m simply warning that if that is all we are doing we are helping well fed, well clothed, educated, healthy sinners continue on their way to hell.
My prayer is that God would bring the Church back to the solid preaching of the Word of God and make us aware of the subtlety of Satan. At the same time, may we be loving and kind in our dealing with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.
I challenge you to read through Paul’s thirteen Epistles and note how much concern and attention he gives by inspiration of God to warning of the dangers of compromise with unbelief. Read the warnings Jesus gave in His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7.
“When the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8 I wonder!
“Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” Revelation 22:20
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