There is a growing pattern of wickedness and lawlessness dominating our society today that throughout history was found in civilizations in the process of decline. It is a pattern evident in nations that rejected God’s Word as ultimate authority in their lives and is a pattern prevailing in many Americans today.
Scripture tells us that…
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. – Matthew 24:12
I believe America’s rejection of Christ’s lordship is the reason behind all the bloodshed, violence, racial hatred, moral decay, drug abuse and outbreak of deadly sexual diseases in our society. Lawmakers, educators and the media have made God an unspeakable subject. Even in prisons, there is a ban on religious mottos, including the ten commandments. Even worse, many of our churches no longer exalt Christ as Lord and king.
Rejection of God’s Word
Because man has rejected the truth of God’s Word, he has been given over to a reprobate mind that seeks self-gratification over responsibility to others.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. – Romans 1:24-32
It’s the false teaching of Antinomianism that teaches since faith alone is necessary for salvation, one is free from the moral obligations of the law.
Typically, Antinomianism considers that law and freedom are opposed, that law is a restrictive mechanism, a product of a civilization and therefore opposed to the free exercise of natural instincts. That is why antinomianism and naturalism, as Arnold Toynbee pointed out, are twin manifestations of the same movement. The New Testament declares that this distaste for law will lead, not to the promised freedom, but to slavery (2 Pet. 2:19).
Even our national leaders now model this behavior, evident recently in the scandalous sexual behavior of the President followed by a widespread acceptance of his adulterous sin by the American public. And we are seeing the results of that reprobate mind with the increase in homosexuality, lesbianism, abortion, euthanasia, drugs, crime, rebelliousness in youth, and every evil imagined by the heart of man.
Another disturbing trend is the increasing violence surrounding what should be peaceful protests. Militant protesters on both sides of the debate are arriving at what should be a nonviolent protest armed with sticks and guns, bleach bottles, balloons filled with feces and urine and improvised flamethrowers, and the law enforcement agencies stand by and allow it.
A Judgment from God
When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread: So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it. – Exekiel 5:16-17
As my friend Nathan Leal points out, the mass suicide shootings and murder we are witnessing throughout America and the world is part of the fourfold judgment of God upon America. The displays of senseless violence, murder, and mayhem we have witnessed in recent years is part of that fourfold judgment upon America. God is allowing a new phase of demonic activity upon this country, and it is going to continue to escalate in the coming years as God continues to judge our nation.
The national corporate owned fake news media sanitizes its coverage of the vile acts occurring in our society and only reports on a very few of them. Vast numbers of senseless acts of violence go unreported because their reality would be too graphic for a national audience.
On the other hand, Hollywood is more than happy to dramatize the satanic inspired violence to satiate the desires of a wayward populace. The recent popularity of “zombie” themed programming may actually be more prophetic than many realize of a coming “zombie apocalypse” of evil beasts released on the land.
The liberal mainstream media has shown only tiny fragments of video shot by The Center for Medical Progress exposing human trafficking by Planned Parenthood. Democrat politicians in Washington shamelessly defended Planned Parenthood stating the video’s were highly edited and misleading. Anybody watching the hours of video captured would plainly see they were not highly edited and very clear that Planned Parenthood officials were trafficking in baby body parts for profit.
Very little attention was given to the account of U.S. Army captain Dan Quinn and Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland who have been relieved of their duties and later involuntarily separated from the Army. What was their crime? In 2011, they had intervened in the Afghanistan custom of bacha bazi, or “boy play,” in which young Afghans are used as sex slaves by grown men. This time honored tradition might include child pornography, sexual slavery and child prostitution in which prepubescent and adolescent boys are sold to wealthy or powerful men for entertainment and sexual activities.Quinn and Martland beat up an American-backed militia commander for keeping a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave.
U.S. soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan have been instructed not to intervene in the abuse of Afghan boys by U.S. allies, even in some cases in which it’s taken place on military bases. This barbaric bacha bozi practice had been reported on for years by the alternative media before the issue was forced upon the mainstream media.
Death in the Schoolyard
What would motivate an 11 and 13 year-old to take up a weapon and murder their fellow students?
Was it the availability of guns? Or maybe an overabundance of violence produced in Hollywood? Or was it the environment these children were raised in? Or perhaps could it be part of the fourfold judgment of God?
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God– having a form of godliness but denying its power. – 2 Timothy 3:2-5
The Apostle Paul said that in the last days man would be “brutal.” The Greek, ‘anemeros’ literally means “untamed, savage, or brutal.” He also said that the last days man would be not be lovers of the good – possibly better translated as “haters of the good.”
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. – Romans 1:28-32
Our city streets have become asphalt jungles. Many of them are unsafe even in the daytime. Gang violence has increased, drive-by shootings and other random violence have become standard fare as people have become more brutal.
The Spirit of lawlessness is breaking out across America and has spread to younger age groups. Teenagers have lost all respect for authority – they are becoming hard-hearted, sensual and violent. “The increases in violence we’re observing are among very young people and they are very dramatic,” said Glenn Pierce, the director of Northeastern’s Center for Applied Social Research. This crime wave isn’t confined to inner-city neighborhoods in large urban areas. Cities with populations of 25,000 saw a 40 percent increase in homicides – the same as cities 10 times their size. The Washington Post concluded, “While the severity of actions range from simple cheating at school to pushing drugs, to cold-blooded murders … the depth of the problem has reached a point where common decency can no longer be described as common. Somewhere, somehow … the traditional value system got disconnected for a disturbing number of America’s next generation.”
- In New York City a 16 year-old boy was shot and killed by his 15 year-old best friend. The 15 year-old killed him and then stole the coat and shoes from the corpse. Worst of all, the teenage killer had no feeling of remorse.
- Another 15 year-old boy sprayed bullets around the parking lot of a convenience store, killing a teenage boy. When questioned later, he had not even a tinge of guilt or sorrow. Instead, he displayed hatred and a desire to do it all over again if he had the opportunity. He had no remorse whatsoever.
- 14-year-old Marcy Conrad of Milpitas, California, had been raped, strangled to death, and left lying off the road in the hills outside of town. According to the local paper, at least 13 students went out to look at her body. One girl picked up the murdered girl’s jeans, cut off a patch, and threw the jeans down along the side of the road. One student tried to cover the body with leaves. Another took his eight-year-old brother along to see the body. One boy went twice. Those who saw the body went back to class or to the pinball arcade. One went home to bed. Another student said he only cared about collecting the marijuana cigarette he had won on a bet that the body was real. As the newspaper reported: “The shock is the shock of the of the encounter with icy indifference, the indifference of the kids in the first instance, but much more importantly, of the culture that produced them… The depersonalization did not begin yesterday; it is not unique to this moment, yet it seems more complete – and they seem more alienated and isolated – than we have ever known before.”
- 14-year-old Tanisha Lee was stabbed in a hallway fight at Wichita’s East High School and later died.
- In 2016, homicides in Chicago IL jumped to their highest level since 1996, when 796 were recorded, according to historical data from the Chicago Police Department. Chicago saw 3,550 shooting incidents and 762 murders in 2016, an average of more than two murders and nearly 10 shootings every single day. 2016 totals represents a 57 percent increase over 2015, the biggest spike in murders in Chicago in 60 years, according to the Associated Press.
The problem is not isolated only to the United States. Urban violence is exploding in countries around the world. In the rapidly growing cities of Latin America and Asia, in European capitals freeing themselves from years of communist rule, and in societies in the throes of political and social change in Africa and the Middle East, millions of people have been frightened and angered by a seemingly boundless wave of bloodshed. As in the United States, criminals abroad are increasingly armed with sophisticated weapons and police are out-manned; increasingly too there is despair over the inability of political leaders to stop the killing.
Public order has disappeared in “the new South Africa.” Crime is rampant. In Cape Town, a serious crime occurs every 17 seconds. Police have 1,227,047 unsolved cases under review, according to Crime Investigation Services divisional chief Johan le Rous. It is increasingly dangerous in South Africa to own a nice car since roving gangs of unemployed thugs surround nice cars at intersections, drag the driver and passengers out, beat them brutally, then drive off with the car – just for a wild “joy ride” in which the car is vandalized or wrecked.
Because we have rejected objective truth and the foundation of all that is good, we no longer even know the difference between good and evil. Our consciences have been so seared we are no longer offended by evil but tolerate it.
Since virtually all perverted behavior people engage in is now categorized under “natural behavior,” a door is now opened for more wicked sins. Just thirty years ago we would have been appalled, even outraged, by the decadence and debauchery that daily fills our streets, TV shows, movie screens, music and art, video games, businesses, and political bodies. But today we rarely give it a second thought. In fact, we often give it our approval, or a least fail to speak out against it. We have gotten used to it all, even though it is not a good thing to get used to.
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote in the American Scholar, “The amount of deviant behavior in American society has increased beyond the levels the community can ‘afford to recognize’ and that, accordingly, we have been re-defining deviancy so as to except much conduct previously stigmatized, and also quietly raising the ‘normal’ level in categories where behavior is now abnormal by any earlier standard.” [Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “Defining Deviancy Down,” American Scholar, Winter 1993, pg. 17.]
As a society, we have gotten used to illicit sexual relationships, adolescent promiscuity, abortion, cheating, lying, stealing, prostitution, rape, divorce, and even murder. We have gotten used to financial mismanagement on both civil and personal levels. We have accepted political corruption. We have rejected personal and social responsibility and learned to blame anyone or anything else for our problems and failures. We have traded in our infinitely valued divine image for a nickel-plated pagan shrine erected in honor of self-interest, immorality, and social apathy. The American ideal today is me first to do what I want, when I want, to whom I want, regardless of who or what it may hurt. These are the signs of a society gone wrong. [Keith A. Fournier, “Re-Civilizing America,” Law & Justice, February 1994.]
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. – Isaiah 5:20