Americans are being trained to get their way in every aspect of life. I believe this is a strategy of demonic forces to destroy our country - and the church. Jesus said about the church that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” - so the church must be destroyed from within by its’ own members. America’s problems are also from within, and from infiltration.
At present, there are a large number of “reality” TV shows where the final winners are determined by the vote of Americans. Most of the shows have a panel of judges that judge the performances up to a point, and then the votes of the American people are used to determine the final top ten, and then the winner. It seems that America cannot get enough of this type of input. The problem is that the American people are not qualified judges. They just vote for what they like and want. Many times, the voted winner does not even attain a prolific career while the losers many times do. Proof that the will of the majority is not necessarily right.
Here in Massachusettes, a large privately owned grocery store chain fired the CEO and brought in another one. The employees at the local stores decided that they want the old CEO to run the company so they went on a city wide strike and protest. The general public here doesn’t seem to “get it” that a privately owned company has the right to make leadership decisions without the consent of the workers. It has become a “stand off” being played out in the media. You see, Americans believe they have the right to determine everything they want. What these workers want to do is run the company.
Americans also believe they have the right to determine the way church is to be. Because they expect to get their way, and because many ministers will give them what they want in the way they want it, they believe they are in the midst of a “new” move of God. In their minds, getting what they want is a move of God.
Some of our founding fathers feared the day we are now living in. At the founding of our country, James Madison compared a republic to a democracy and found democracy wanting. James Madison was: fourth president of the US, a founding father of the US, principle author of the US constitution, leader in the 1st US congress, and father of the bill of rights. Madison’s most distinctive belief was that the new republic needed checks and balances to protect individual rights from the tyranny of the majority.
In a Republic, decisions are made with reference to established laws - the US Constitution. In a Democracy, all the people through consensus exercise equal control over the matters which affect their interests. A democracy is sought when a people are being oppressed and governed by a dictator, communism or some totalitarian regime. The majority wants freedom from the oppression, and rightly so. However, without a document to govern with that is above man’s knowledge and ways, the people will once again arrive at oppression because it is the nature of mankind.
In a Republic, if your document is moral and guarantees equality, then everything is held to a standard by which we must all live, and it works. In a Democracy, whatever the majority believes is moral or fair becomes law. Without a moral standard from a Righteous, loving God, humans always sink to the lowest level possible and corrupt themselves. This is happening in America.
Americans used to honor our republic. As a child I said the Pledge of Allegiance everyday at the beginning of school. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.” Our founders knew that our Republic would only work if it was one nation under God. Through democracy, God has been systematically voted out of government, schools, and society. America has voted and the results are in.
Bill Clinton was a master at determining what the majority of people wanted and then getting the American people to believe that it was his idea. There are many many ministers today that are doing the same thing. Instead of bringing the transforming power of God to a hurting and needy people, these ministers “survey” what people like and don’t like, what they want and don’t want and then provide it for them. And surprise, it works! They call it a move of God, but they gathered a group of people around the will of people rather than around the will of God.
However, church is not a democracy. People have the power to choose God or not, but what people want out of God has never been a consideration of God in establishing His plan of redemption. Before the world began, God determined that fallen man would find redemption in, and only in, the substitutionary work of Jesus Christ. Humans had no “say so” in establishing the means of salvation. Concerning man, It is a take it or leave it plan.
In the future, man will have no say so whatsoever in governing the ways of man.
(Isaiah 9:6–7 ESV) “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.”
In the end of human history and of human government, there will be a theocratic rule over all. Mankind will have no “vote” as to how things should be done. God works everything according to His will.
(Ephesians 1:11 ESV) “In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,”
I have said for years that what we need is a benevolent Monarch that will give His life for His people. That can only be found in God.
I once sat around a table with several well seasoned missionaries and the discussion was on world governments. I have traveled to forty-five countries and the other men had traveled to at least as many also. One man finally said, “A good dictator is better than a bad democracy.” I am not convinced there is a good human dictator but the principle is true. If a person has absolute power and rules well, then things get done. However, in a bad democracy things rarely get done due to indecisiveness and corruption. America now has a bad democracy. Our congress cannot get anything done and our president is ruling like a dictator, and does so outside the laws he has sworn to keep.
This perpetual training of Americans to believe and act as though they have the right to determine the outcome of everything is hurting this country badly. Our own judges are ruling that our constitutional laws are not just. They are changing the laws but do not have the authority to do so. They were sworn in to UPHOLD the laws - not to decide their validity.
The church is the same way. Many pastors are eliminating large portions of the Bible to accommodate a population’s will. For example, tithing is not taught from the pulpit in order to not offend people because they don’t like hearing about money. The Holy Spirit is not allowed to manifest in the worship services in order to not offend. The words “sin” and “repent” are not mentioned because it makes people unhappy. I want to wear blue jeans and T shirts and bring my Starbucks coffee to church because I want to be comfortable. I want a big video screen with cool graphics and the Bible (if used) on that screen because I don’t want to carry a Bible. America has voted and the results are in.
I guess there is a good reason why the top “voting” program on TV was American Idol. America is apparently looking for an idol - one they made themselves. They want a church they made themselves, they want a moral standard they made themselves, and they want government leaders that will give them what they want.