Spiritual Darkness in America

Jesus warned His listeners in Matthew 24:37-39 that the nonchalance and spiritual darkness of the Antediluvian Age would repeat itself just prior to His second coming (and this is why Biblical study of the Flood of Noah is so very important today).  The antediluvian people had become so desensitized by their self-interests and fleshly attractions until they were blinded to the many indications of coming judgment. Indeed, they were blind, and blind to the fact that they were blind—and that is hopelessly tragic!

This is just an observation, but I think it will reveal to those of you who have your ear on the ground just exactly what I am talking about. I was viewing the evening news this past week and was inundated with the following information (all in a span of about 15 minutes): an apparent murder of a young lady who was left in a shallow grave, the increased need for additional American help in the resistance against Isis, 22 inches of rain falls in in one day in the Houston, TX, accompanied by serious flooding in the downtown area, continued daily earthquakes in northcentral Oklahoma, a 7.8 earthquake in Ecuador, hundreds killed, followed by several aftershocks measuring above 6 pt. on the Richter scale, continued terrorism and isolation of Israel—and it goes on and on and on! Question: is all of this just a part of the normal climate of life?

The believing community in America is now facing what is probably the most momentous and potentially dangerous Presidential election in our 240 year history, which is reflected by America’s present unredeemed youth—most of which are labeled “millennials,” and who, for the most part, are in unparalleled favor of total socialism as the American way of life going forward. So it appears we are always just a generation away from complete atheism.

I am reminded of a series of quotes that I read some time ago that were recorded in David Barton’s book, “Original Intent” (I may have used these quotes a couple years ago, if I did please forgive me for the repetition). Nevertheless, then Governor of North Carolina, Samuel Johnston (1788), during their ratification of the U.S. Constitution, said:

“Those who are Mahometans [his spelling], or any others who are not professors of the Christian religion, can never be elected to the office of President or other high office, but in one of two cases: First, if the people of America lay aside the Christian religion altogether, it may happen. Should this unfortunately take place, the people will choose such men as think as they do themselves. Another case is if any persons of such descriptions should, notwithstanding their religion, acquire the confidence and esteem of the people of America by their…conduct and practice…they may be chosen.” (p. 34, Emphasis added)

In this same vein, Richard Spaight, a signer of the U. S. Constitution, said:

“As to religion…no sect is preferred to another. Every man has the right to worship the Supreme Being in the manner he thinks proper. No test is required. All men of equal capacity and integrity are equally eligible to offices…I do not suppose an infidel, or any such person, will ever be chosen to any office unless the people themselves be of the same opinion.” (p. 35, Emphasis added)

Finally, James Iredell, U. S. Supreme Court Justice (appointed by George Washington), said:

“But it is objected that the people of America may perhaps choose representatives who have no religion at all, and that pagans and Mahometans [his spelling] may be admitted into office…But it is never to be supposed that the people of America will trust their dearest rights to persons who have no religion at all, or a religion materially different from their own.” (p. 35)

May God have mercy on us all!  G. Thomas Sharp

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