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Going over the Moral Cliff
Virtue Online ^ | 1-23-13 | Dr. Michael Youssef

Posted on 01/24/2013 7:54:58 PM PST by ReformationFan

In my book, When the Crosses are Gone, I warn that when a culture abandons thinking and logic in favor of feelings and emotions, it is doomed to destruction. Although emotions are a very important part of the human psyche, when they control every aspect of life, morality becomes a victim.

Today, there is widespread agreement that morality in America is deteriorating with breathtaking speed.

On one hand, we face a belligerent and intimidating lobby that desires the breakdown of biblical morality. On the other hand, a docile public-as well as church leadership-is terrified to stand up for truth lest it provoke the false accusation of bigotry, intolerance, and all sorts of phobias.

That deadly combination, which threatens to take us into the very abyss, is far more dangerous and everlasting than any "fiscal cliff" crisis. I'm not minimizing the potential for an economic collapse that the US, and the entire world, is facing. But that collapse itself is also related to our abandonment of biblical morality.

One central pull that is dragging us into the inferno is the drive for so-called "same-sex marriage." It is central because it runs counter to the very purpose of creation.

For when God created humanity, He created a man and a woman who anatomically, and in every other way, fit and complemented each other. When God Himself performed the first wedding, in the Garden, He communicated that this is the only acceptable marriage formula.

The intriguing part to this controversial subject is that, even within the homosexual community, there are people opposed to "same-sex marriage." That is an indictment on the clergy and pastors who are chomping at the bit to perform these unprecedented ceremonies.

The urgency of some clergy and pastors stems from a fear of criticism and alienation by the most powerful lobby that ever existed. For seldom does a lobbying group have the entire media apparatus and all of Hollywood behind it. That mighty power has caused even many evangelical pastors to scurry about in agreement or stand completely silent. Some of those pastors started well, but they sold their birthright for a pot of popularity and acceptance.

There is only one antidote to this epidemic of conformity. There is only one barrier that can hold back this speeding madness. There is only one act that can zip shut the mouths of hungry lions.

Repentance. We must return to our first love for God and His truth.

Our Christian forbearers endured being devoured by ferocious animals and being dipped into boiling tar to light up the emperor's gardens. And today, more than 100 million Christians live under severe persecution because they refuse to compromise and bow down to the Caesars of this world. So what is a little bit of ridicule and false accusation? How can a little non-acceptance by society compare to that?

Therefore, let us be courageous. Let us return to the Lord in repentance before we go over the moral cliff and plunge deep into Never-Never Land.

TOPICS: Mainline Protestant; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: culturaldecline; culturedecay; homosexualagenda; michaelyoussef; moralcliff; religiouspersecution; youssef
God bless Dr. Michael Youssef
1 posted on 01/24/2013 7:55:03 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan


We have not seen anything close to persecution yet here in the USA.

Somewhere around here I have Fox’s Book of Martyrs...

Kinda hoped to expire before it comes to that but things are accelerating, it seems.

2 posted on 01/24/2013 8:15:02 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: ReformationFan

Good article and good reminder to stand up for Christian morals....even if we are ridiculed.

3 posted on 01/24/2013 8:23:24 PM PST by Girlene
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I suppose that God could seperate his people from those who are not his people in some other way, but if this is the way that he is doing it i see no contradiction

The scriptures plainly tell us that these days will come and i believe they are here.

4 posted on 01/25/2013 5:53:05 AM PST by ravenwolf
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To: ReformationFan
People are so used to going along to get along that most of them don't even notice that we're near the edge.

There are also plenty of folks who can see where we're headed and don't want the country to go over the edge, but who enjoy hanging over the edge of the cliff for a quick thrill now and then. The latter group want to stop where we are and not really back off very much while the former group are still charging toward the cliff full speed because they're afraid they'll miss something if they don't hurry.

If you think about it, most Christians in this country have accommodated and accepted drugs, sex, and rock n’ roll, which means they're in no position to notice the subtle ways the anti-Christ crowd work. They're caught in the net but it's still so spread out they think they'll be able to just swim away when they need to. They're like dope addicts who never admit they're hooked until one day while they're coasting they realize they beat the Hell out of their own mother over five dollars.

In addition, I strongly suspect that a lot of those who bemoan the current state of society couldn't handle the standards most people lived by in this country up until the late sixties and early seventies. For example, I'd be surprised if the majority of the people who are afraid of the country collapsing into a pagan, hedonist, mess would go along with having porno gone from the Internet tomorrow morning although I'm sure a lot of them have a terabyte or two that would keep them entertained for a while.

God is winnowing down His people the same way He winnowed down Gideon's army. If there's going to be a turn around it's going to be due to such a small group of people standing up for what's right that it'll be obvious God is guiding them. If any mass movement turned things around people would just pat themselves on the back and start toward the cliff again at a slower pace and emboldened by having avoided going over the edge.

God grinds exceedingly fine and if it's His will that things turn around, a small group will really turn them around, not just stop the rush toward the cliff and back peddle a few steps.


5 posted on 01/25/2013 9:04:47 AM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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