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September 7, 2020 8:00 am
Welcome to Truth For a New Generation with Alex McFarland! This week, Alex is teaching out of the book of Judges 21:25. The topic is about where America is as a culture today.
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This is true for a new generation radio and now the man who preached in 50 states and 50 days speaker, writer, and advocate for Christian apologetics Dr. Alex McFarlane very famously. Judges chapter 21 verse 25 it says in those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did that which was right in his eyes. Hi Alex McFarlane, you're welcome to the truth for new generation radio broadcast read a little bit from judges and then I want to talk about where we are as a culture here in the United States of America. Thank you for listening to truth for new generation and a lot of exciting news to talk about this week. The book that's just come out and some other things but in Judges chapter 2 verses 18 and 19 it says whenever the Lord raised up judges for them.
The Lord was with the judge and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge now in the book of Judges judges were like military reformers are military leaders but they also had spiritual presence of mind and there was Deborah and Barak and there was Samson and there were a lot of leaders and reformers that God mercifully raised up, but remember a couple of verses that help give us the context of Israel at this time, one would be the Judges 2125 that I read. There was no king in Israel, they were not following the Lord is King and out the kings, that they wanted. They told God that they wanted to be like other nations, and have a king but it says everyone did that which was right in their own eyes, a time of relativism and autonomy. Relativism says I make the rules for myself and autonomy says I don't really listen to anybody but myself. The Lord would raise up judges and the Lord was with the judge and the Lord save them from the hand of their enemies, for the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them. But whenever the judge died, the people would turn back and were more corrupt than their fathers going after other gods serving them bowing down to them.
They did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways.
Now God's people would fall into sin and then that would come under judgment or bondage and then the people would call out to the Lord and God would raise up new leaders that will call judges Israel would then experience deliverance and serve God, but would later return to a period of sin, repeating the cycle and what I think America is a lot like that and I'm anxious to see if the crisis that has been 2020 will ultimately coalesce into a revival.
You know, in the time of the American Revolution. That was a great revival and many would document how the spiritual awakening of the 1700s really pave the way for our freedom from Britain, and in the 19th century there was the great awakening that took place during the time of the Civil War and I think about in the 20th century.
After World War II, but during the Vietnam era and a time of protest and civil unrest here in America but out of that came the Jesus movement, many, many other examples could be cited but right now we are in a time of crisis, folks.
Even as I record this of the news is all ablaze with all of the vandalism and the graffiti on the walls of Graceland.
My goodness, so Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley.
Just vandalized with sayings of socialism, Marxism, black lives matter messages and things that are just not even repeatable winter wheels as a people going to realize that we are in very very tenuous times. All of the vandalism. All of the smashed windows. Now the city of Washington DC folks and and tell me we don't need a great move of God. The city of Washington DC this week giving a report that the the Lincoln Memorial needs to be taken down the Jefferson Memorial monuments to Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Francis Scott Key Alexander Hamilton and the Washington Monument needs to be moved and many of said inner how would you even begin to think about moving the Washington Monument and listen folks listen those that want to de-construct our history and reconstructed not according to facts and truth but according to a carefully crafted, unrelentingly marketed narrative.
All of these, Franklin, Washington, Hamilton Jefferson, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln have to be contextualized and what does that mean contextualized means that we ignore the facts of history and the courage and the valor and the birthing of our nation. The preservation of our nation through two world wars in Korea and Vietnam in the Gulf War and the law enforcement heroes and first responders.
Now, and the soldiers and servants of liberty now and then that the people that bled and died to birth America to preserve America to sustain America and to give a free, safe and prosperous America to minions and masses that don't understand how it got here, nor appreciated and they won't all that taken away and washed away contextualization means all of the founders were evil all of the people were inherently racist law enforcement today is oppressive burn down the house and start over. But suppose we don't do anything and supposed we passively watch as the house gets quote burned down in the America we've enjoyed for 242 years gets fully dismantled.
Where would be what will be built in its place. The second greatest nation in world history, second only to Israel under King Solomon folks the world unless God sends a great revival. The world is about to descend into centuries of darkness. Should Christ Terry and the return of the Lord not come about soon and so you and I need to pray, we need to pray the other verse that reminds me of America of the 21st century is Judges 5 verse eight that says when they chose new gods was chaos within the gates we have chosen new gods and we have chaos within our gates, I would say we have more than chaos. We are watching acts of war. Now, when and if the riots the vandalism. The lawlessness the Marxism that is black lives matter. Racism is wrong, of course, but the black lives matter movement it says on the website that their Marxist well.
When will all of this be recognized as an act of war against America. I don't know but I do know this. We are in the midst of a spiritual spiritual battle and the future of the country. Your freedoms in mind, hang in the balance stated on the talk more about this when truth for a new generation returns America today is like a patient struggling to live yet is being forcibly euthanized by her quote doctors. The life force within the patient fighting for survival is the honest citizens like yourself team of quote caregivers are the local and national leaders actually contributing to the demise of patient the economy is crashing crime is exploding.
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Taylor's if you don't think were in a spiritual battle this book and it's available on Amazon.com. It's available at every Barnes & Noble and I would encourage you. Please if you have a local Christian bookstore wonderful.
Patronize your local Christian bookstore but most cities don't anymore and so Barnes & Noble has this book all across America.
It's published by Harrison house the assault on America how to defend our nation before it's too late. We at truth for a new generation. We are long sentence acquainted with the social, political, and spiritual battles of the moment people ask about you know the social justice warriors getting triggered. You know what makes a work person triggered meaning in a viscerally angry.
Well, look it's it's not really personal.
It's not you and me it's it's truth because the truth is there is a God, there is one God and he is revealed himself to the human race. God is not something anybody can dream up or I can't make my truth and you make your truth look there is one God father son Holy Spirit he's revealed himself to the human race. There's one Scripture called the Bible. There's one Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ there's heaven, there's hell, there's righteousness, and there is sin, and sin is that which is against God and sin is that which is unrighteous and everything that mitigates against God. There is a real devil. He is the enemy of your souls. There is a creator.
We did not evolve because God made us in his image. There is a moral code written on the heart of all people, everybody deep down knows right from wrong people know it's wrong to commit adultery. People know it's wrong to murder an unborn baby. People know right from wrong, but people get very angry when you lay truth out before them.
Like the truth that there are two genders that there is male and female. There's not transgender is him at the at the cellular level. Nobody can change from XX chromosome to XYY or vice versa there. There's no such thing as gender fluidity and, yes, deep down, people know homosexuality is wrong. So folks, it's not that Christians or conservatives or patriots are the problem were not. The problem is sin and what we need. Yes, we need truth. We need proclamation. We need good argumentation.
But what this country needs and I would beg of you to pray to this and we need the Holy Spirit of God to sweep over this country like a wave at the ocean and we need the spirit of God to restrain evil the spirit of God to subdue darkness blindness.
We need God to open eyes that at the moment can not see who immediately reference something by Hg Wells in writing the book, the assault on America.
I was studying a lot of historians and Hg Wells wrote a two-volume history of civilization truly good and there is a lot in there and I would encourage you, especially as the Internet becomes more and more controlled and given span you need good good books. You know it's it's amazing how I've got two different sets of world book I got one set from the early 1920s world book encyclopedia, and I've got another set from shortly before world book ceased the printed publication. It's amazing if you look up Jesus Christ in the 1920s, it would talk about the fact that he was the son of God, the Savior of the world fulfilled all the criteria for Messiah ship and Jesus Christ was crucified at Passover rose from the dead and and you can tell there's just this assumed position of Christ being real and being authentic. If you read the more modern encyclopedia entry of Jesus it was that Jesus was a legend to have lived Jesus was alleged to have been the son of God.
His followers said he was the son of God in the tell, the entry is written from a much more skeptical posture, not Hg Wells who read history and I would encourage you to read Wells and Reid will derive and read Mortimer Adler in the great books of the Western world, Hg Wells, history of the world is very good but he also famously in 1896, wrote a work called the island of Dr. Marella and on this island.
It's the story of a mad scientist who created beast like creatures. They were kind of half human half swine and and it's it's very interesting because Dr. Monroe, who had been banished from England for his inhumane experiments on this island. He would take humans and operate on them and he thought in his twisted way that he was doing some good. But he was really turning them into animals now analyst interpretations of Hg Wells have been set forth in what is this about us is some commentary on politics, but in a way, the welfare state of the of modern America really since the great Society program of LBJ, the deconstruction of the family, sexual promiscuity and the illegitimacy rate that is just exploded with that look we've not set people free our abandonment of God, our abandonment of morality abortion on demand saying that you can transition to a different gender from which you were born saying that we don't have to be accountable if we are angry and poor and indigent. We just blame people and we don't accept moral right and wrong for ourselves. We contextualize that hasn't set us free, is turn this into something subhuman, like the beasts of the island of Dr. Monroe liberal politics and relativism is turning us into something not exactly animals something far less in the human beings. God designed us to be.
There is a pathway back the stated we'll talk about that when truth for new generation returns. Christians don't necessarily agree with one another when it comes to questions of religious pluralism, homosexuality, the role of government abortion and war.
Too often, we manage these disagreements by ignoring them yet work called to engage the world for the sake of Christ. How can we be effective if we avoid society's most pressing questions in 10 issues that divide Christians Alex McFarlane challenges us to drill down to the biblical core of 10 current issues such as social justice evil and suffering, not Murphy and environmentalism as he echoes the biblical invitation come let us reason together only by engaging the Scriptures deeply thinking clearly and speaking truthfully can we, in God's family address our differences and discover the peace that comes with unity of purpose. 10 issues that divide Christians buying this book and many firstname.lastname@example.org America today is like a patient struggling to live yet is being forcibly euthanized by her quote. Drs., the life force within the patient fighting for survival is the honest citizens like yourself team of quote caregivers are the local and national leaders actually contributing to the demise of the patient. The economy is crashing crime is exploding. The Constitution is being abolished the assault on America how to defend our nation before it's too late by Alex Farland has one single purpose to get you prepared the real source of America's current problems that no one else is talking about and what you can do now to face tomorrow. Regardless of what tomorrow brings. The assault on America how to defend our nation before it's too late. Available now at Amazon or Barnes & Noble and local Christian bookstores in the midst of a culture obsessed with relativism.
Alex McFarlane is a voice you can trust to speak the timeless truths of Christianity in a timely way.
You're listening to the truth for a new generation radio book about the program Alex McFarlane here were talking about the spiritual state of the country and really opportunity for revival. We talked about earlier in the program.
How at many points in our nation's history and certainly at many points in Israel's history in very dark dangerous times times of sin and backslidden us, God would send an awakening and I hope as we near the fall 2020 elections that you are praying folks I beg of you to pray and pray that the spirit of God would rule and overrule and that God would give us an honest election. Now it's no secret I am for the president. I been my privilege to meet the president and is one of the faith leaders.
I've been on phone calls I've heard the president talk and share his firm belief in God and Jesus Christ and his commitment to this country on good Friday of this year. We were on a phone call and Franklin Graham prayed and Bishop Harry Jackson was on the call, an incredible man of God and from Isaiah 53 Donald Trump read Scripture on this phone call and talked about the Easter weekend and the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ quote unquote Lord God tells us we are to pray for those in authority and even David when he was being hunted and fighting for his own life hunted by Saul. David would not speak a word against God's anointed and you know I can honestly say and I know hundreds of clergy that would concur with what I'm about to say all through the eight years of Obama. Yes, I prayed for Pres. Obama. I didn't vote for him, but I prayed for and prayed for his family. Wish them God's blessing in God's favor and we can disagree over policy while at the same time extending Christian love and charity and intercession for the person and listen.
I could name a whole roster of political figures that I vehemently disagree with many of their positions, but I pray for them as a person because as a fellow human being. I wish them God's best.
I wish them salvation in a relationship with Christ. But as VP Pentz said in June 2019 that this election in 2020 is not so much about two different candidates. It's about two vastly different futures.
And this is a matter of record, and I write about this in my book the assault on America. What we must do to save our nation, folks, I would beg of you to read this book before the election. I'm making no money on this book don't want it. I wrote this book because we care about the soul of the country by this book, please read it. It's available at Amazon. It's available at Barnes & Noble, the assault on America is look where talking about freedom of religious expression. Were talking about civil rights were talking about Second Amendment rights to gun ownership and self-defense were talking about responsible immigration and our borders were talking about crime. My goodness gracious were talking about having a Police Department and law enforcement or or not. Do we honestly believe that it it's even saying to have communities with no police precincts and were talking about things like our relationship with the nation of Israel were talking about putting down terrorism and Islamic terrorism and are our president has been so courageous and we need to pray just like Israel of old. Now they would cry out to God and God would raise up judges.
I am not overstating the case folks as a student of Scripture as a student of history definitely is a student and instructor on American history and that the founding of our country and the Christian moral Judeo-Christian foundations of our government and our Constitution friends. I'm telling you, I believe the fact that we have Pres. Trump and VP Pentz and they have defunded hundreds and hundreds of abortion clinics and he is as he promised, appointed moral law constitutionalist to the Supreme Court and lower courts.
I believe that where were witnessing in Pres. Trump. The closest thing will ever see in our lifetime to a Winston Churchill I think were seeing a judge like the judges of old William Ewart Gladstone was one of the prime ministers of England in the 19th century and out regarding elections. He said all throughout history. I trust the masses against the classes. That's a good quote because I was certainly the academic ivory tower types and the polls and the pundits would say oh you know Trump is over with and lets you know get rid of this guy that they don't like. They don't like him because he's got the courage and the conviction and he's standing for America and and look, let's be honest, who would be more in line with the founders and the great iconic Americans that we think often revere from general Washington to Jefferson to Patrick Henry to the leaders of all unit, Harry Truman, Teddy Roosevelt, and yes Reagan I think the common people have liked and appreciated. Pres. Trump because he's got that that moxie that has characterized so many of the leaders that we are the beneficiaries of so I'm like Gladstone of of all I'm going to sound in a trust. The masses rather than the classes but we do need to pray and so, like Israel, it says the Lord would raise up judges.
The Lord was moved by pity by the groaning of the people who were afflicted and oppressed because of their sin, and so look in the spirit of judges to 18 and 19. We have an opportunity to cry out to God for revival to turn to God. Repent of sin and to intercede so I want to challenge you as we close from now till the election pray be registered to vote and do vote. I would beg of you do not opt out and say what I just I will not sully myself by participate, don't do that are vote and the ability to be a citizen and to play a role in the selection of the leaders that will shape the trajectory of our country. That's a sacred thing God's entrusted to us hair home is in heaven for sure. But while were down here. We want to be an agent for good and godliness and truth in our country. Hope you're courageous enough to do that.
My book assault on America.
I believe will help you until next time. God bless you.
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