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Why are Christians losing America? ^ | Wednesday, April 28, 2004 | David Kupelian

Posted on 04/28/2004 12:01:04 AM PDT by JohnHuang2

Why are Christians losing America?

Posted: August 9, 2002
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2002

"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."
– Revelation 3:15-16 KJV

Most Americans call themselves Christians.

Twice they chose as their supreme leader Bill Clinton – a sexual predator and pathological liar who regarded the "religious right" as enemies and radical homosexuals as friends, and who by any meaningful and historical measure was a traitor.

After that, millions of Christians came within a hair's breadth of electing Clinton's partner in crime, Al Gore – another pathological liar, a radical environmentalist who reveres "Gaia" but believes the internal-combustion engine should be outlawed (according to his book, "Earth in the Balance").

Christians have stood on the sidelines during the breathtaking transformation of their once-great Judeo-Christian culture into today's neo-pagan, Sodom-and-Gomorrah-style freak show.

Christians have lost the 30-year war to protect the unborn.

Christians have lost the war for America's schools – which have been scrubbed antiseptically clean of the Christian principles and traditions that once guided those institutions, and are now filled instead with every conceivable form of propaganda and perversion.

Christians have lost their former influence in politics, in the press, in entertainment, in literature – in virtually every major area of life.

And now, Christians are losing the war for their very own institutions – their churches. The clergy sex scandal is the tip of the iceberg. Both the Catholic Church and most of the major Protestant denominations are literally being ripped apart – from within – by double agents who pretend to be "faithful" but actually loathe Christianity's historical precepts and values.

It's a harsh indictment – but hey, the truth hurts.

In his recent book, "Abandonment Theology," author John W. Chalfant describes the precipitous decline of Judeo-Christian influence in law, culture and public policy in America, noting the 1947 Supreme Court decision that invented the modern "separation of church and state" and later decisions that outlawed Bible reading and prayer in the nation's public schools. He writes:

Once God was shown the door, America went into chaos. Scholastic Aptitude Test scores plummeted. Violent crime rocketed upward. The abortion mills did an unprecedented business as they devised ever-more-sadistic ways to kill children before and even during birth. Bill Clinton, elected president of the United States in 1992, aggressively advocated homosexuality, which God calls "abomination." The Abandonment Clergy and their millions of undiscerning followers stood mute while America's sudden loss of greatness became obvious even to the world.

What's this about an "Abandonment Clergy"? Chalfont explains:

Abandonment Theology is a term devised by the author to describe a faith which deceptively pawns itself off as Christianity by operating in the name of Christ, but which produces fruits destructive to America's God-given freedoms. It comprises what is left today of the militant, power-filled, full-dimensional Christian faith of America's Founders after decades of erosion, watering down and trivializing of God's action mandates by America's Abandonment Clergy. It is a "feel good" theology that patronizes Jesus Christ and thereby gains legitimacy, while at the same time produces disobedience to the commands of God and desertion of Christian duty.

Chalfont describes how the "Abandonment Clergy" and their followers have responded to increasingly audacious attacks on Christian America during the past half-century:

Incredibly, this was the ultimate hour for the Abandonment Clergy to see the light of truth. They faced blatant godlessness at every turn. They could have abandoned their own ways and made a comeback to the faith of the Founding Fathers. But what did they do?

They observed the horrible, deteriorating conditions in America, determined that she was headed into rubble just like pagan Rome and that we must be living in the prophesied "last days" and "end times." Therefore, with the end and the "rapture of the church" so apparently near, why fight?

"After all," these clergymen said, "We're in this world, not of it, so to heck with it," and "Compared to eternity we're here only for an instant." They told us that all that really counts is that we "lead as many people as possible to salvation and let our corrupted country continue on its death course."

Faulty Christian teaching, says Chalfant, is the only way to explain why so many well-meaning Christians are paralyzed into inaction:

The Abandonment Clergy and their followers have been teaching, preaching and saturating the media and their church members with the doctrine of surrender and political non-involvement. They are not teaching us to surrender to Christ through obedience to the commandments of God. Rather, they tell us that America is finished, that the collapse of our heritage and our freedoms has been predetermined within a definable near-future time frame and is therefore beyond our control.

Chalfont takes direct aim at those obsessed with their own imminent "rapture":

The legitimate study of eschatology (the future in prophecy) has been converted into a doctrine of futility and surrender by the clergy who, in defiance of Christ's injunction (see Mark 13:32,33), insist upon assigning near-future dates to the "last days," the "rapture of the church" and the "second coming" of Christ. … At the very least the clergy should understand that their "last days" teachings are nothing more than personal speculations. Christ taught that futility of attitude denies the faith and leads to enslavement. He promised great rewards for those who endure to the end in His cause of freedom.

Chalfont is right. But the problem with contemporary Christianity goes way beyond mere political non-involvement. Do we dare take an honest look?

One reason for the multitude of attacks on Christianity is that evil always attacks good – because it is good – because good shines a bright and painful light on the works of darkness. Jesus Himself warned His followers to expect to be persecuted, just as He was persecuted. This is the reason, and a profound one, that Christians offer to explain why they, their values and their institutions are always under attack.

However, there is another, and far more decisive, reason for the spectacular decline of Christianity in our modern era: Christianity today is very different from what it once was.

America is full of people who have accepted the idea that Jesus Christ died for their sins, and that this belief guarantees them a place in Heaven.

Some are very sincere. They are truly mortified at their former sins, genuinely contrite before God and those they have offended, and they grieve over their continuing compulsions. They have awakened from their former life of gross sin, and now want nothing more than to do the will of their Creator – whatever that may be, wherever it may lead them, whatever they may suffer. They take seriously the commandments and principles given by their Savior, and make their life revolve around emulating Him, to the best of their ability. They are, quite literally, followers of Christ – that is, Christians.

On the other hand, there are countless "Christians" who believe they have a ticket to Heaven, and nothing else really matters very much to them. Their attitude can only be described as brazen. They live lives of shallowness and selfishness, of petty emotions and jealousies, of distraction and escape, of ego and pride, and sometimes of gross corruption and treachery – remember, Clinton is a churchgoing "Christian." This version of Christianity, more prevalent than you can imagine, literally justifies and excuses dirty rotten scoundrels. Its adherents, while living it up under the smug delusion that they're "saved," drive other people crazy (and away from real Christianity) with their hypocrisy.

And then there are, of course, millions of "lukewarm" Christians in between these two groups. They go to church and sing songs and sometimes read the Bible, and maybe "try to be a good Christian" – but they're basically clueless. Their marriage is on the rocks and their children are wearing tongue studs. They believe in society's atheistic "experts" and they're addicted to Internet porn.

Some Christians are actually worse off after being "saved" than before. At least before they were "saved," they had a natural respect for, or fear of, ultimate justice – an inborn sense that somehow we all reap what we sow. After being "saved," that's gone for the insincere "Christian." For him or her, belief in Jesus amounts to a "get-out-of-Hell-free" card, a sort of spiritual "diplomatic immunity." It's like the profligate teenage son of an important Arab diplomat who knows he won't be prosecuted under U.S. law while living here, so he drives recklessly, molests women and generally lives it up with impunity. And because the natural and necessary fear of consequences has been unwisely removed from his life, he falls that much more easily to the temptations of his lower nature.

For millions of people, Christianity has become a bumper-sticker religion. Simply by saying, one time, a single phrase – "I accept Jesus Christ as my savior and repent of my sins" – you are guaranteed salvation and eternal life in heaven, no matter how insincere or selfish or shallow your motives for doing so.

Is this the kind of salvation Jesus referred to when He said, "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." (Matthew 24:13 KJV) Endure to the end? What's with that? I thought this salvation thing was all settled by that altar call back in '89.

Is this what He meant when He said, "If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love." (John 15:10) Many Christians don't bother to pay any attention at all to God's commandments. Hey, what the heck difference does it make? I'm already saved!

Is this what Paul referred to when he said, "I die daily"? (1 Cor. 15:31) The apostle's poignant and intensely meaningful reference to the duty of man to give up the life of pride in all its forms, to die to the "carnal mind" – considered central to Christians of past eras – is all but absent from most of today's churches.

Christianity – the deepest, most meaningful and awe-inspiring religion ever, the magnificent driving force behind Western Civilization, and the transcendent hope of mankind's future – has been dumbed down by these types into a comic-book religion. Turn on your radio and listen to some of the pitches: "Do you want to go to Hell – forever? Well, think about this: What if it really is true that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He is the only way to eternal life in Heaven? Do you want to miss out on eternal life? Then why not say yes to Jesus right now, just to make sure? You'll like it – it's a natural high."

Such altar calls are little more than an insurance pitch. "Hey, buy a little extra insurance, then you can go on with your selfish life and be guaranteed a place in Heaven no matter what."

Just repeat the salvation "formula" – like an Eastern mantra – and you're saved. Period.

For this type of Christian, there's no need to do good works, because they're saved by grace, not works. No need to obey God's commands, because they're already saved, so why bother? They don't need to try to help make it a better world, because they're gonna be "raptured" soon and the rest of the suckers who are left behind can sort out the mess.

Is it any wonder the West is dying?

What's missing in all of this, of course, is a love of truth.

"This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me," said Jesus. (Matthew 15:8 KJV)

Truth predates the incarnation of Christ, it predates the Bible. It's the substance of our bond with God. If you have a love of truth, you're just not ever really satisfied with anything else, and you want to know the truth about everything – especially about yourself. If you're wrong about something, you want to know it. If you've been living a lie, you're willing to see it – no matter what the cost.

If you don't have a little bit of this quality, you don't have squat – even if you call yourself a Christian.

To a truth-seeking soul, the story of Christ – not as told by a plastic minister, but as told by someone, anyone, who's real – has an internal reverberation of truth in the listener's soul. It has the quality of a wonderful old story you heard long ago, in your childhood, but had forgotten.

At the core of this life-changing religion is the individual believer's love and appreciation and acceptance and embrace of Christ's sacrifice – the ultimate demonstration of God's love for His wayward children.

But the problem with the way Christianity is "taught" today is that it doesn't require a love of truth. It doesn't require honest introspection, or courage, or self-denial, or patience. The only ingredient it needs is a guilty person who's sick of feeling guilty, who wants relief, wants to feel better about himself and doesn't want to go to Hell. But even the most insincere person wants to feel better about himself, wants relief from guilt, and fears death and what may lie beyond.

So, it's this compartmentalization and trivialization of Christianity – into a mantra of belief – but separated from works, from obedience to God's laws, and even more fundamentally, separated from basic honesty, integrity, love of truth and true repentance, that has ushered in a generation of shallow and ineffectual Christians.

Did you ever wonder why American founders like Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin completely rejected institutional Christianity – what some call "Churchianity"? Maybe even back then too many of the churches were just too pale a reflection of Christ's true message for them to stomach.

The Christian Church in America needs a revival. But it doesn't necessarily need ever-bigger tents with tens of thousands of people swaying back and forth, singing songs, giving speeches and getting pumped up – and then going home and watching television.

America's real revival will happen when those same people go home, go to their room, close the door, take a deep breath – and take a good, long, hard look at themselves in the mirror. And then, quietly and humbly and fervently, they ask the living God for help, for insight, for direction – for salvation.

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KEYWORDS: christianity; christians; culturewar; losingamerica
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1 posted on 04/28/2004 12:01:05 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Hey we can't even hang on to the RINO Party. By 2008, won't be allowed to vote probably. Won't be anyone to vote for in the GOP by then anyways.
2 posted on 04/28/2004 12:06:32 AM PDT by GeronL (We are the Lapdogs?? Woof Woof!)
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To: JohnHuang2
Amazing article. Perhaps too late for some, but there is always hope.

Thanks for posting this.
3 posted on 04/28/2004 12:13:11 AM PDT by Don W (If Mecca and Medina were vapourized, would radical Islamists "Get The Message"?)
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4 posted on 04/28/2004 12:16:58 AM PDT by John Lenin
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To: GeronL
Good point!
5 posted on 04/28/2004 12:19:48 AM PDT by c-b 1
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To: JohnHuang2
Expecting to see the kingdom envelop the earth through hepped-up religiosity, before the kingdom actually does come through the return of Jesus Christ as a literal person, is unbiblical.
6 posted on 04/28/2004 12:26:26 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: JohnHuang2
Wake up.

That article was all wrong.

Some conservatives say the culture war began in the early 60s after the Supreme Court's decision on prayer in schools.

It wasn't just that, though.

It was also the doors opening up to immigration in 1965. Prior immigration had almost exclusively come from Christian countries, but after 1965, the door was opened for people of all cultures and beliefs to enter the country.

In light of our pluralistic society, and the civil rights movement, it was natural that things went too far. Instead of just rectifying the racial justice situation, we let an exceedingly high level of wickedness and sin develop. Now we have to rectify that.

Be a Christian. Don't be stupid. Think strategically.

How do we stop the slow descent away from Christianity in the USA?

We stop immigration from non-Christian countries. As that is pretty much every country now, we should stop immigration from all countries. Perhaps an exception should be made for Latin America, or not.

Immigration is the real problem. Stop immigration and we will create a situation where we can solve many other problems, including the excess of immorality. Continue the current policy of open borders, and we will never solve the problem.

7 posted on 04/28/2004 12:28:19 AM PDT by rogueleader
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To: rogueleader
Certainly Christians should advocate the best stewardship of government (as of other things) that they know how. What we see now is abysmally bad. But again to note, the kingdom won't come until the kingdom comes.
8 posted on 04/28/2004 12:38:09 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: JohnHuang2
A must read later!!
9 posted on 04/28/2004 12:57:32 AM PDT by AnimalLover
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To: JohnHuang2
We all "live lives of shallowness and selfishness, of petty emotions and jealousies, of distraction and escape, of ego and pride, and sometimes of gross corruption and treachery". In your comparison between the two you act as if one group is better when in truth the only difference is the percievable degree of repentance. Yet we are all equally flawed and we're all equal contributors to the state of the world today, if not in our deeds than in our ommissions.

IF NOT IN OUR DEEDS THAN IN OUR OMMISSIONS. Think about it, friend. Do not misguide yourself. It is fundimentally part of the gospel that humanity has no hope in themselves but only in God. No redeeming aspect except that which is beyond them. Blame has no place in your evaluation nor in your religion.

It is not for you to condemn. Instead, look toward these problems as they occur in your personal life and seek to improve them. No man's life is removed from the mark of human failure and this failure can only be improved by giving of yourself.

The problem occurs when good people are afraid to do what their hearts tell them they should and that is where the misery is compounded. He who has not sinned may cast the first stone, it is said. Yet Jesus never cast that stoned and the equation falls in on itself in that the act of throwing the stone is itself a sin.

Christians are afraid to invest themselves personally in a world so clearly marred with impurity, and yet this is the SAME world as Jesus inhabited and in which his deciples also learned to act as he acted. These are the same sins, the same problems and for the same stakes. We all yearn for those days but they are CLOSE at hand.

It is we who are far removed from them. We ARE society. There's nobody here but us. There's nobody else to blame and politics aren't going to solve our problem and they're not going to fill up the hole left by the tide of our ebbing faith. You can read all the books you want but in the end these failures are no one's but our own.

Our own damned fault. I listen to at least as much political talk and news broadcast as most of you and I'll say that this only strengthens my resolve. Makes me more determined. I am not perfect. I will fail in my efforts more often than I succeed, but when I do well it's worth a thousand disappointments.

I see that the greatest evil is that which comes from within. I'm not going to quote any recent publications and I won't need to to tell you that the worst sins are not always those which we enact but the ones which we allow to be imposed upon us and our loved ones.

Cease to contribute to this. Be real, be brave, be true, be honest. Honest with your loved ones, your creator and yourself. How else can one see clearly?

In my opinion honesty is one of the easiest things for a Christian to lose grasp of. Much is left unaddressed in the name of brotherhood. Much is left unsaid for the sake of our own uncertainty in this world where we encourage eachother into weakness far more often than into strength. How much harder is it then to be strong? For this reason I see the biggest problem in modern Christianity to be the propensity to place blame rather than to take responsibility. The Amish are a good example of a people who long ago resolved to cherish integrity rather than approval. When you look at their sacrifices it becomes much easier to understand the scope of resolve required to do the right thing.

In this world of technology and leisure we are all rich in our own way. The adage goes that "it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter heaven." Today, I think there are few of us who are left out of that equation.


10 posted on 04/28/2004 1:06:45 AM PDT by TheFightingCock
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To: JohnHuang2
I think if Christians are losing their influence on society, it would because they are so much like a light switch with their method of communications.

God goes get people where they are at. Christians seem to refuse to reach out, make a little steps where people are at in their life and to then bring the person along in a period of time.
They tend to want it ALL now and that's what has ruined some of the stuff we could have had become law by now.

Light switch methods have lost conservatives and Christians the abortion argument as one example.

Christians can still do great things, just needs to be approached slowly, not like a race.
11 posted on 04/28/2004 1:08:24 AM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Don W
You're welcome.
12 posted on 04/28/2004 1:45:44 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
excellent(sp) article, and so true, i have met people who call themselves chrisians BUT read their horrorscope daily and some who use tarot cards or juije(SP) boards to get "inside information". this is a shame,
we have tv preachers teaching name it and claim it theology, others have the gall to say that jesus was filthy rich while here on earth.
learned theologans sit and decide what jesus really said in the new testament, which now can be pretty much tossed out by their standards.
the only way to be saved is to know what you are being saved from and what you really are.
we are evil and sinful from birth, our hearts are desparetly(sp) wicked, and we are a selfish bunch.we want our cake and yours too and to eat them both. we have no hope for any kind of future EXCEPT through the shed blood and resurection of our lord and god, jesus, the messiah, period.
this is the message that america and the world needs to have any hope for the future.
13 posted on 04/28/2004 2:11:53 AM PDT by coincheck (support our troops, they are the best bar none (sua sponte))
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To: rogueleader
I beg to differ. Immigration is not the problem. It is existing Christians doing as this articles states. Besides if Christians were doing they job - conversions, then immigration would only add to the growth of our Christian Judeo rooted nation.
14 posted on 04/28/2004 2:21:35 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: A CA Guy
Let's not forget the proseltyzing and propaganda from the media and academic elite, bashing our religious, moral, and political convictions 24/7, filling young America's minds with secular depravity.

Cicero observed: "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gate is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very hall of government itself… he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist."

15 posted on 04/28/2004 2:55:11 AM PDT by Liz
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To: TheFightingCock
Wow. Dead on IMHO. The problem is not so much that we are all fallen, but that far too many of us spend our time judging and condemning others instead of trying to help them, while ignoring our own sins, even if they are sins of omission-- placing blame instead of taking the responsibility to try to truly follow our Lord's example. As a result, we reap what we have sown as individuals and as a society.
16 posted on 04/28/2004 2:58:12 AM PDT by LambSlave (They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick)
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To: JohnHuang2
Why are Christians losing America?

A big part of the reason is they never got over the Scopes monkey trial. It's not a coincidence that the branches of Christianity (like Catholics) that accepted evolution are the only ones growing while those who haven't  (and come up with ignorant lies about it like Intelligent design) have vanished or are in rapid decline around the world.  

Christianity – the deepest, most meaningful and awe-inspiring religion ever,

Not if you were one of those burned on the stake

the magnificent driving force behind Western Civilization, and the transcendent hope of mankind's future

The Dark ages were magnificent??

They observed the horrible, deteriorating conditions in America,

And in the real America despite the rapid decline in Christianity things are improving

From 1991 to 2001, The Number of the non-religious doubled in number while at the same time the number calling themselves Christians declined by 10% this decline in Christianity is especially seen in young people.

Yet the even though the younger generations are the most unchristian violent crime rate has declined through this period, as well as The pregnancy rate for unmarried women has continuously declined through the 1990s and the abortion rate dropped by about 25 percent for both married and unmarried women through the 1990s , The teen Pregnancy Rate Reached a Record Low, More Teenagers are saying no to sex and Drug use by teenagers continues to decline.

Christianity and Morality do not correlate, If Christianity vanishes it will have no effect on whether our country is moral or not.

determined that she was headed into rubble just like pagan Rome

Talk about historical revision, When Rome was Pagan it was at it's high point being the world leader for 1000 years but after Constantine converted the Empire and the more Christian it got the worse off it became.

17 posted on 04/28/2004 3:11:40 AM PDT by qam1 (Tommy Thompson is a Fat-tubby, Fascist)
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To: JohnHuang2
The salt is loosing its saltiness. The Southern Baptists couldn't or wouldn't discipline Bill Clinton even after the adultery was proved and the Catholic Bishops won't deny communion to Kerry even though he promotes abortion.

Americans hate hypocrisy. There must be no disconnect between what you say and what you do.

The light must so shine before men, that they see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven. We need more Mother Tereasa's and Billy Graham's, folks who uncompromisingly stand up for Christ and shine like the noonday sun.

18 posted on 04/28/2004 6:45:03 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: 4ConservativeJustices; billbears; Ff--150
your thoughts?
19 posted on 04/28/2004 6:46:56 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: JohnHuang2; Dataman; Caleb1411; drstevej
Aside from the gratuitous (and inaccurate) slap at people who take prophecy seriously, a good think-piece.

20 posted on 04/28/2004 7:00:05 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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