Incrementalism; The death of the American Church (Part 2)

83_3214338Continued from Incrementalism; The death of the American Church (Part 1)

If you take a look at the situation we find ourselves in, I believe it is important to know that we did not get here suddenly.  We got here in increments. Slowly but surely we began the transformation to bondage.  Do you remember the first time you used the word, “Oh shoot!”   I do. I was in high school in shop class. I hit my finger with a hammer when building my window box. In my head, I mouthed the words… OH SHOOT!   Next time I actually said it out loud!  I heard these kind of words all around me.  Pretty soon, it did not even bother me. One day during church camp, I was convicted about my speech and the line I was towing. Were these words in and of themselves bad?  No, but it sure made it easier to say the next words that came to my head.  My tolerance for the next step was tempered.

What about television?  How many of you remember the show  “I love Lucy?”  Lucy and Ricky slept in two separate beds… my, how much that has changed.  Am I condemning shows where the beds are pushed together?  No, but I am trying to show you the progression of incrementalism.

Step by step…. push by push… nudge by nudge, we are pushed  and desensitized to that which truly should make us blush.

The same thing has happened in our government. Step by step, dollar by dollar, rule by rule, they push forward towards the ultimate goal of bondage.  We have traded freedom for regulation, morality for sodomy, and life for death.

The biggest friend to bondage is silence.  We have become slaves to fear, trading truth for silence.  Through our silence we now sit in shackles.  How do we get out of these shackles?

This week I opened my email and found a news article from The Christian Institute entitled, Gay couple to sue church over gay marriage opt-out.  In this article one of the interesting things it stated was

Wealthy gay dad, Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, says he and his civil partner Tony will go to court to force churches to host gay weddings.

He told the Essex Chronicle that he will take legal action because “I am still not getting what I want”.

A Government Bill legalising gay marriage passed Parliament recently but it included measures to protect churches from being forced to perform same-sex weddings.

When I posted this article to my Facebook page and began to watch the comments come in, I was absolutely horrified to see the apathy and complete denial of what this article truly meant to freedom.  Several of them were,

“Oh, that is happening in England, it won’t happen here.”  

“Oh God has everything under control.”

“Our lawmakers would see through something like that.”

On and on complete denial of where we stand as a society.

The truth of the matter is this.

It IS here.

I believe we will see this very story unfold here in America within six months. The courts have paved a way and test cases are right here… right now. Suits have already been filed on church property, bakeries and the like.    If we are not strong enough to get our head out of the sand and fight for our religious freedom then we deserve to be forced to the underground church.  It is important to know, it is not a ceremony this agenda wants.  They can already have that.  It is your God and your church they want to destroy. It is  your right to proclaim Biblical truth from the pulpit. This war has gone from a nudge to an all out attack.  I have to wonder if we are waving the white flag of surrender already, or are we going to stand and fight with everything we have to reclaim our freedom.

We may have been brought to this point increment by increment, but in order to have any hope of turning, we must turn it immediately. (or blanch it as I like to call it)  We must begin to speak truth.  We must first acknowledge we have a problem.  In my years of advocacy, I have noticed that denial is how people numb themselves to the reality of what is ahead.  Looking back in history in a study of the holocaust,  we see the same pattern of denial. The Nazi propaganda was bought by the Jews. All the way up to the day they walked into the gas chambers they were telling themselves that they were going to be OK. They would make it.

We then must start speaking out to our lawmakers, our churches, family and friends. We must draw a line in the sand that say… YOU WILL NOT CROSS ANY FURTHER.

Remember what it was like to blush? We don’t do that anymore. We have become so tolerant that nothing surprises us. It is time to jump out of the boiling kettle and reclaim our innocence.

I want to be so horrified at seeing two people in bed together, that I automatically JUMP and turn the channel.  I want to be so disgusted at sodomy that I rip the cable out of the wall,  and yes, we did that. This month, my family drew a media line in the sand.   When I found out my daughter’s favorite show,  Good Luck Charlie was going to have a gay couple on.  I said, “That’s it, we are finished.” So thanks to the Disney channel, we are now cable free!  It is absolutely freeing.

Are you waving a white flag of surrender, or do you stand with the belt of truth buckled around your waist?

As for me and my house… we are going to serve the Lord.

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