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CNG radio for today's culture and timeless truths come together is reason relevant content apologetics worldview and answers to the questions that you need to know need to know from Alex McFarlane ministries. 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 what is the greatest miracle of human history by Alex McFarland. You're welcome to truth for a new generation yes to the question of whether you're a Christian or not. What would it are the greatest miracle of human history will chances are if you're a believer, you probably would say the resurrection of Christ. The empty tomb. Jesus rose from the dead, and indeed, that is a great miracle now.
CS Lewis, the great defender of Christianity. He he said the grand miracle was the incarnation that God took on the human body, and that those are wonderful creation, the incarnation of Christ resurrection.
Those are great miracles but I want to submit to you what an author I was reading says that the greatest miracle in human history is America and the West.
Now I want to talk about the death of the West. What is the West, while the West is the opposite of the East. The East, you know, we hear Oriental the West beginning with the Hellenistic Greeks and coming up through the Europeans and then the emergence of of in the Middle Ages, Great Britain, and then finally the birth of the United States of America in the 1700s Oriental and Occidental East and West origins and oxidants refers to the rising and the setting of the sun, where the West because the sun sets in the West the oxidants it goes down well in her history itself may be setting as the West unravels. But I would submit to you that the death of America and the West is one of the greatest tragedies in human history because it's the ending of one of the greatest miracles in human history. Now I'm going to explain in a moment, and very often on the program we talk about the Judeo-Christian worldview much time I have to be devoted to talking about how the declaration, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, in fact, our judiciary go to the capital go to the Supreme Court you going to see throughout Washington carvings of and references to the Decalogue and Moses and the 10 Commandments because in America like the West, we believed in some things that were at the time of the revolution.
Radical ideas okay what were the radical ideas that our rights come from God, not from government that the government belongs to the people, not the people belonging to the government. One of the radical ideas is that the individual is sovereign. You have the right to make decisions and you are the captain of your soul and you're not bound and locked into the circumstances of your birth. If you engage in hard work and live morally and and practice deferred gratification. In other words, you can say no to yourself. You can go places you can elevate yourself from the strata in which you were born. One of the raw one of the core beliefs of the American Revolution and the West itself was that the fruits of our labor belong to us. Now you know that all of these ideas are under attack and were watching this nation. After decades from the postwar era from the Eisenhower years to the present day. We've watched basically liberal clergy, progressive politicians and secular academics chip away chip away and finally were watching America nearly destroyed itself.
Okay where we are in history is such a miracle with the freedoms, the stability, the prosperity the opportunity that we've enjoyed and I'm going to comment on that in a moment, but I want to say that where we are is the result of bad ideas and bad laws, bad philosophies, believing that truth doesn't exist and God doesn't exist and morals are fluid, rather than absolute really. It began with apostate clergy that inherited a Judeo-Christian platform ministers for the last 75 200 years had a Judeo-Christian platform they had home-court advantage, and they really squandered it so the death of America in the West look liberal politicians worked for it. Utopian academics wished for it and we hard-working citizens are witnessing it.
We really are now messy. The question do you use or appreciate running water, paved roads, electricity, dentistry, medical care, air conditioning, telecommunications democracy, the rule of law, stability, these these things that make our lives so livable are rare rare rare in history. Now I was reading a book by Jonah Goldberg and he does he says in the book he says he's not an atheist, per se, but he doesn't believe in God and so I want you to know what I'm about to quote is not from some right wing evangelicals, but a very serious academics and he wrote a book in 2018, the suicide of the West. No words were killing ourselves. The subtitle is very very telling.
The subtitle says this quote how the rebirth of tribalism, populism, nationalism and identity politics is destroying American democracy. Let me say this.
I know the Bible does say evil men will wax worse and worse and violence in perilous times will increase as we become nearer and nearer to the time of Christ return. But every thinking person, every rational person should care about the state of America. I want to read the Scripture and then I'm going to talk about how rare how rare and precious and frankly fragile the constitutional representative republic that we've enjoyed and perhaps even taken for granted is and what we can do to pray and and do our best to save America. Revelation 21 verse eight. Speaking of the masses of the un-evangelized at the great white throne that will enter eternity forever separated from God and I'll unpack this first after this break, but Revelation 21 eight says the cowards the unbelievers the vile murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur brimstone, which is the second death stated when truth regeneration returns we can unpack this talk about the death of America and what we might do for God's glory and with God's help to see that death wanted to raise your hand during the sermon will use your chance by Alex McFarland here from the nationally syndicated radio program exploring for more than 10 years, Michael Harper and I have taught Scripture and answered hundreds of Bible questions. We've compiled a brand-new book of the top 100 Bible questions from listeners of all ages from questions about supposing Bible contradictions to apologetics facts that prove the truths of Scripture. This new book features practical content that will make the Bible come alive for you. Can we really be sure that God exists there contradictions in the Bible that will help me understand the Bible better. There's so much good content in this book. One Bible questions and answers published by Broad Street and available online at your local bookstore and also through AFA store.net inspiring to read you know your destiny. I know that sounds kind of impossible. But there's one who does of course, God.
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You had a chance to have a relationship with me and you rejected that I never knew you. It says the cowards the unbelievers the vile and some translation said the faithless murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their share will be in the lake of fire that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death is very interesting because and I'll come back to our facts about the loss of America and the West. Look at this list of eight characteristics of those that constitute the lost masses at the great White throne eight traits that are so characteristic of our culture today.
Cowardly. Now the word in the Greek is Delos, which really means fear of losing and people that want take a stand. Want act on convictions because of fear.
I think so much about businesses and corporations that want stand for the very moral foundation that gives them their financial success and prosperity, but they cave-in to activist whether it be black lives matter, or the gay rights protesters there there cowardly because they fear losing a dollar K the faithless, some translations call this vile word is apostasy. Apis toys and it and it literally means in some translations unchristian the apostasy is that the Greek word for a riot. It means people that no truth but they turn away from it and I think about the liberal clergy that really are fall away from truth and from Scripture and ultimately the possible if not likely loss of our nation itself began in the pulpit. It really did want one of the words in the Revelation 21 eight is detestable and it really means abominable, loathsome, and it's interesting the word. There refers to not only estate that's very unappealing but detestable or vile stench in the presence of God. But even very often in their person itself.
But then there's another word in Revelation 21, eight murderers, and it's funny the Greek word is is a phony humming really fun.
Naess and it means someone who commits homicide or an assassin. But honestly, in committing murder there really committing an act of untruth against God because were made in God's image.
That's Genesis 127 and so our view of the sanctity of human life really reflects the views we may or may not hold about God himself and for those that can't stand up for the unborn and those that don't believe in the sanctity of human life. And yes those that physically commit a murder in Revelation 21 it says that such homicidal assassins who also in the process are killing off truth there ultimately put into the lake of fire. Okay word sexually immoral. Perhaps you've heard ministers preach on this is the word Portnoy from which we get the word pornography not now listen carefully, because I know we think about sexual immorality in terms of adultery that's cheating on your spouse fornication that sex between two people that are unmarried, but we might think about immoral things. But the word Portnoy from which we get pornography. The word in Revelation 21, eight means quote a male who prostitutes himself or anyone who engages in sexual immorality. So falling under this umbrella would have to be the use of toleration for and practice of of pornographic materials and this is absolutely incompatible with those that claim to serve the true and living righteous God, and yet studies show that Christians the. The use of pornography in looking at objectionable websites and sexually explicit materials online is not appreciably different among Christians from the rest of the lost world and the Bible warns that those that are inheriting the kingdom of heaven should not practice immorality sorcerers. The Greek word is Pharma costs from which we get pharmaceutical or pharmacology. Now it's interesting among those that don't inherit heaven there thrown in the lake of fire word means magician sorcerer use of drugs within religious incantations or to drug people to living in an illusion. These are €2000 words and they sound so modern I think about Afghanistan that produces 90% of the worlds heroin. I think about the streets of America so ripe with people using meth and cocaine. I think about the states and the elected officials foolishly legalizing marijuana and the stores to marijuana light help products.
The Bible calls drug use, sorcery, and I believe it opens the door to demonic activity but then it goes on in Revelation 21 eight.
Those that are cast into the lake of fire. It says idolaters and liars now and at idolater is a servant worshiper of an image or an idol and liar. We note that is right, but the word there. Interestingly, in Revelation 21 eight is a Greek word Sue Jason from which we get pseudonym you know if somebody uses a pen name a false name on a book or writing. It's a pseudonym.
Well, a liar is a person according to that the Greek lexicon, an untrue person, someone who doesn't tell the truth, who tells lies in oh my goodness, we're in a culture rife with lying in the Bible says, for all these cowardly, faithless, detestable, vile murderers, immoral sorcerers idolaters liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death. And we really come back and pick apart what their share.
Lake burn fire sulfur death.
What all this means stated because we're praying for nothing death of America, but a revival and how desperately we need know the way Alex McFarland here.
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Please plan to attend, but let me talk a little bit about America and the West Jonah Goldberg wrote this book, the suicide of the West and he said this now. He doesn't believe in God but he definitely recognizes how unique our nation is and I don't believe in the old earth numbers that you're about to hear him use but just for the sake of his his very excellent book the suicide of the West. He says quote only once in the last 250,000+ years did humans lift themselves out of their natural environment of poverty, hunger, violence, tribal hatred in early death, and what he saying is look for all of history. Whether you believe as I do that history is 6 to 10,000 years, or even if you're an old earth or any believe history goes back 1/4 million years is is look the state of humanity for all of those years. 200,000 years has been poverty, hunger, violence, tribalism, and early death. But Goldberg, a secularist, but he says look it happened only once.
Beginning in the 18th century England, and it was an accident and he talks about the emergence of democracy are opulent life of freedom, stability, self-determination, and he says this quote. If democracy, individualism and the free market were humankind's destiny. Now the reason he brings us up. Listen carefully, progressives and secularists that are trying to usher in and really enforce their utopianism. Oh, if only we could punish the corporations if only we could punish the rich. If only we could throw money at the inner city.
People just happily walk into this utopian future. And this is our destiny, say the progressives now Goldberg and those of us that actually study and teach on history.
We know that the emergence of a free, safe, prosperous America happened because people intentionally carefully repetitively worked to weave biblical principles into American life and it was the careful going to church. Being a disciple building Christian families literacy schools that began with the fear of the Lord is the basis of wisdom and this wonderful accident quote unquote this anomaly on the landscape of history that after the quarter million years of poverty and pain.
Suddenly we got prosperity opulence and people throughout America were actually getting fat because were so prosperous that too is an anomaly in human history.
Now the progressives say will heading into a socialist Marxist utopia. That's our destiny. So Goldberg asked this question. If democracy and all of this opulence were our destiny. Why didn't take hold earlier in the evolutionary record. The emergence of freedom and prosperity is nothing short of a miracle. And Goldberg says that America, with rights coming not from government but rights come from the hand of God and the government belongs to the people. The people don't belong to the government.
He calls this the greatest miracle in all of history and second only to the resurrection I would agree but but you see folks today. Youth are being taught and groomed coached to believe that America is evil. America has thoroughly in traditionally been oppressive system of exploitation privilege and focused the core values the principles of liberty and following the rule of law. These things are under attack from the left in them as well be attacked from the right because the majority of the political right. And yes, religious leaders, to are doing almost nothing to defend truth and liberty were going to have to unpack this morning future show how you and I with God's help and for God's glory and for goodness sakes for the future of our kids and grandkids. We can, there is a pathway of hope, but it's narrow in the window of opportunity to embark on this path is limited his wealth.
There's a pathway toward revival and the saving of our nation but it must include prayer, repentance and turning to God and fully pick up. In part two of this within a circle back to Revelation 21, eight, but I want to ask you if you would pray. Be informed and if you would stand for truth and yes pray for our ministry come to our conferences get involved.
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