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The American Voice Institute of Public Policy Blogs the Issues!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

 

By Joel P. Rutkowski, Ph.D., President

 

God will favor and bless America and heal the nation once the Church turns from its evil and wicked ways

 

 

 

Christian Church in Decline

 

Many Satanic groups are experiencing tremendous growth across America as attendance declines at Christian churches. Embracing Satanism, for some is the ultimate form of rebellion, others claim that they are attracted by the very real power that they discover in Satanism, and for others it is about making an anti-Trump political statement ( Our Country Is Embracing Satanism at an Alarming Rate; Here's Proof ).

 

Throughout America the mainstream media, Democrats, liberals, liberal groups and the enemy within have labeled Bible believing Americans as hatemongers and that there is no place for them in America society. Isaiah 5:20 King James Version (KJV) says, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

 

Wrongly, many in the conservative media believe that the chaos and violence occurring in America today that is being encouraged by the Democrats, liberals, liberal groups, the mainstream media and the enemy within is the result of craziness, foolishness, hysteria or mental disorders.  On the other hand, Democrats, liberals, liberal groups, the mainstream media and the enemy within blame President Donald J. Trump, Republicans and talk radio.  However, if they would read and study the Bible they would soon learn that this is very foolish and naïve reasoning. The recent Florida pipe bomber and the heinous murder of 11 people in a Pittsburg synagogue just because they were Jewish are just two examples of the evil permeating America society.  What is occurring across America is pure Satanic evil and the spirt of anti—Christ that has engulfed America.

 

The reason for the unrelenting violence routinely occurring across America can be found in II Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) that says “ If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

 

 

Americas Occult Practices

 

Unfortunately, the majority of Americans and Christians do not want to humble themselves and turn from their evil and wicked ways.  Such is the case when the majority of Americans ignore the evil and dark side of October 31, Halloween.  They believe it is a time of fun and festivity when in fact it is one of the biggest nights of the year for witches, occultists and Satanists.  Those who are deep into the dark arts will contact the dead, cast spells and conduct blood sacrifices all across America.  However, this is contrary to the Word of God and how God wants His people to live.  For example, in Deuteronomy 18: 9:13(New International Version (NIV)-Occult Practices) it says:

 

9 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.

 

10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,

 

11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.

 

12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.

 

13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

 

 

Seventy Percent of all Americans plan to celebrate Halloween

 

 

In 2018, according to the National Retail Federation spending on Halloween is expected to shatter the all-time record as nearly 70 percent of all Americans plan to celebrate Halloween.  And all rooted in ancient pagan practices are what many foolishly believe are "innocent" Halloween traditions such as dressing up in costumes, "trick or treating" and carving jack-o'-lanterns.  Annually, American’s fascination with the occult just continues to grow as the costumes for young girls become even more sexually suggestive and the horror movies become even more demonic. What should terrify all Americans is Halloween has now become America's second biggest holiday.

 

Catholicism attempted to "Christianize" an ancient pagan holiday known as Samhain a long time ago.  Samhain is one of the most important points on "the wheel of the year" on the Wiccan calendar.  And it is believed by Wiccans that it is the day when "the god dies," and subsequently they celebrate his rebirth at Yule.  Also, they believe it is a time when the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest, and so it is an opportune time for them to contact the dead. Tragically, the fastest-growing “religions” in America is Wicca. And across America Wiccans will get together to conduct rituals and cast spells on October 31.

 

Satanists absolutely love Halloween and consider it to be one of the most important "holidays" of the year.  In fact, Anton LaVey wrote the following on page 96 of the Satanic Bible:

 

"After one's own birthday, the two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht (May 1st ) and Halloween."

 

Despite all of this, most Christians in America will happily celebrate Halloween on October 31, 2018.  They pretend that there is nothing wrong with Halloween and fully embrace it.   Tragically, of all Christian pastors only eight percent said they wanted their congregations to skip the Satanic holiday altogether.  Most of them instead want their members to invite people to a "Christian version of Halloween" at their churches. For example, 67 percent encourage church members to invite friends and neighbors to a fall festival, trunk-or-treat or judgment house.  Most likely to ask church members to invite their neighbors (86 percent) to an event at the church are pastors at bigger churches (those with 250 or more in attendance).  And those least likely (48 percent) are those from small churches (50 or less in attendance).  The problem with this is too often these “alternative celebrations” are nothing more than repackaged versions of the same Satanic holiday that the world is celebrating.  The best advice comes from the Word of God in I Thessalonians 5:22: “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (KJV)

 

Satan is in control of this world

 

The major influence on the ideals, opinions, goals, hopes and views of the majority of people in America is Satan and this is indicated in the phrase “god of this world” (or “god of this age”).  Also, encompassing the world’s philosophies, education, and commerce is his influence. And under his control and have sprung from his lies and deceptions are the thoughts, ideas, speculations and false religions of the world.  Also, in Ephesians 2:2 Satan is called the “prince of the air.”   In John 12:31 -KJV  he is the “ruler of this world.”  Satan’s capabilities are signified by these titles and many more.  For example, to say that Satan is the "prince of the power of the air" is to signify that in some way he rules over the world and the people in it.

 

 

Fortunately, God is still sovereign and because of this Satan does not rule the world completely.  However, what this means is God in His infinite wisdom has allowed Satan to operate in this world within the boundaries. When the Bible says Satan has power over the world what it means is God has given Satan domain over unbelievers. Thankfully, by the grace of God believers are no longer under the rule of Satan.  Colossians 1:13 -KJV says “ Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

 

God has given Satan domain over unbelievers when the Bible says Satan has power over the world.  And no longer under the rule of Satan are believers. On the other hand, unbelievers are caught” in the snare of the devil (II Timothy 2:26-KJV), lie in the “power of the evil one” (I John 5:19-KJV), and are in bondage to Satan (Ephesians 2:2-KJV).

 

God is still sovereign and Satan does not rule the world completely. In Gods infinite wisdom, He allows Satan to operate within boundaries He has set for him in this world.  One must remember that God has given Satan domain over unbelievers only when the Bible says Satan has power over the world.  And no longer under the rule of Satan are believers.  (Colossians 1:13-KJV).  On the other hand, caught “in the snare of the devil,” (II Timothy 2:26-KJV) lie in the “power of the evil one,” (I John 5:19-KJV) and are in bondage to Satan (Ephesians 2:2-KJV) are unbelievers.             

 

So, when the Bible says that Satan is the "god of this world," it is not saying that he has ultimate authority. It is conveying the idea that Satan rules over the unbelieving world in a specific way. In II Corinthians 4:4-KJV, the unbeliever follows Satan's agenda: "The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ." Satan's scheme includes promoting false philosophies in the world—philosophies that blind the unbeliever to the truth of the Gospel. Satan’s philosophies are the fortresses in which people are imprisoned, and they must be set free by Christ. 

 

The belief that one can earn God's favor by a certain act or acts is an example of one such false philosophy.  A predominant theme in almost every false religion, is meriting God’s favor or earning eternal life.  However, contrary to Biblical revelation is earning salvation by works.   Eternal life is a free gift and one cannot work to earn God's favor (see Ephesians 2:8-9-KJV).  And through Jesus Christ and Him alone the free gift is available (John 3:16-KJV ; John 14:6-KJV ).

 

One may question why the free gift of salvation is not simply received by mankind (John 1:12 -KJV)?  The answer is the god of this world Satan has instead tempted mankind to follow his pride.  The unbelieving world follows the agenda set by Satan and mankind continues to be deceived.  One can clearly see why Scripture calls Satan a liar (John 8:44-KJV).

 

 

A battle for the soul of America  

 

Currently, in America there is an ongoing spiritual battle for the soul of this nation.  Will America return to the principles of the Founders and submit to the will of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob or continue in its fellowship with the god of this world Satan?   God encourages believers to pray for their leaders (See 1 Timothy 2:1-3-KJV) because the rulers of this world are ordained by God (See Romans 13:1 -KJV).  

 

One can clearly see how Satan uses the mainstream media in America.  For example,  just as it was throughout 2017, a wide-ranging study of broadcast news coverage of President Donald J. Trump in the first four months of 2018 revealed that it was 90 percent negative. (Media get trumped: President's polls improve despite 90% negative coverage ). Furthermore, on average, 90 percent of the coverage of President Donald J Trump has been hostile since he was elected indicates consistent studies from the conservative press watchdog Media Research Center.  And as the midterm election looms broadcasters now appear intent on creating a negative grand finale as they lash out against the GOP as well (Big finale: Media aims at both Trump and GOP).  A senior analyst for the Media Research Center Rich Noyes writes, “The broadcast networks are heavily spinning their campaign coverage against the Republicans. The spin of this coverage was lopsidedly anti-Republican and anti-Trump.”  Mr. Noyes and his team found that 88 percent of that broadcast coverage was “hostile” based on coverage from September 1 through October 26, 2018.  Also, they counted 97 blatantly negative statements about the President and Republicans, compared to 10 for the Democrats.

 

The mainstream media in America is no longer a free press but a propaganda machine for the Democrat Party.   The Center for Public Integrity a nonpartisan group found that in the 2016 Presidential election, 96 percent of campaign donations went to the Democrat Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.  In comparison, about 430 media people donated $382,000 to Clinton, while approximately 40 media people donated $14,000 to Donald Trump’s campaign (Study: 96 Percent of Media’s Campaign Donations Go to Hillary Clinton ).  Also, according to an analysis by The Examiner of data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics Senior executives, on-air personalities, producers, reporters, editors, writers and other self-identifying employees of ABC, CBS and NBC contributed more than $1 million to Democrat candidates and campaign committees in 2008.   For example, the Democrat total of $1,020,816 was given by 1,160 employees of the three major broadcast television networks, with an average contribution of $880.  In comparison, only 193 of the employees contributed to Republican candidates and campaign committees, for a total of $142,863 with the average Republican contribution of $744.  In 2008, 88 percent of 2008 contributions by TV networks executives, writers, and reporters were given to former U.S. P:resikdent Barack Obama and the Democrats.  Obama, Democrats got 88 percent of 2008 contributions by TV network execs, writers, reporters)

 

 

Revival can save America

 

Daily, Christians should be praying for revival in America. Believers should be witnessing for Christ because they are to be the light of the world but unfortunately many have failed to live up to this obligation.  The violence and mayhem that is seen throughout America today is not from God but Satan (I Corinthians 14:33- KJV).  It is the result of the American Church and Christians not transforming the world they live in but have allowed the world to transform the Church.  If Christians rededicate their lives to the Lord and become totally dependent on Him and allow the Holy Spirit to guide them America could be transformed from its evil and wicked ways very rapidly. Too many believers have compromised on God’s clearly stated truths in the Bible.  Although God knows what is best for the believer many feel they know what is best for themselves and have diluted His standards.  They rationalize their rebellious behavior as being obedient to God.    

 

However, they fail to realize as they compromise what they are simply doing is attempting to bring God down a notch closer to man which always leads to distasteful consequences. One settles for less than Biblical excellence when they compromise their convictions.  Ones God-given potential is maximized by the obedience to revealed truth in the Bible.  As God’s servants compromise it reduces one’s effectiveness and is the pathway to spiritual mediocrity and this is exactly what Satan wants.  God will never change His Word and when the Christian Church compromises on any of God’s commandments Christians and society will always lose.  If Christians want the chaos, division and violence, to end in America and to once again have God’s favor and blessings on this nation they must first seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness (see Matthew 6:33 -KJV) and humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways and God will forgive their sin and heal America. (II Chronicles 7:14 -KJV).

 

Satan has domain over unbelievers and the aim of the believer should be to bring as many people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Their one theme should be Jesus Christ and their one weapon the “Word of God.” Today’s Christian should follow the model of the disciples in being simple and straightforward and depending entirely upon the power of God through His Spirit.  As Christians move forward with an inextinguishable zeal and unflinching courage to change America they soon will learn how God through the Holy Spirit will use His people not only to change America but the world for Jesus Christ.       

 

How the Lord Jesus Christ can save you

Romans 3:23:  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”

1.    How many have sinned according to this verse?

The answer to the first question is “all have sinned.”  This means that everyone has sinned that has been born upon this earth. This is very important because until one realizes that all have sinned the Lord cannot help them. 

Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

2.    .What is the wages (or payment) of sin according to this verse?

The answer to the second question is “death.” The Bible is not talking about a physical death but a spiritual death.  One is eternally separated from God when one dies a lost sinner. 

Romans 5:8: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us?”

3.    Who died for us, according to this verse?

The answer to the third question is “Christ.” According to this verse Christ died for sinners. At the beginning of this same verse one reads, “But God commendeth his love toward us…” The word , “commendeth” means, “to show.”  This verse tells one that God showed his love for us by giving His Son to die for our sins on the cross. 

God loves us.  He loved us so much he let His son, Jesus Christ, die for our sins on the cross.  This is God's gift too us all. At this point it should be clearly understood what Scripture is telling us:

1.    All have sinned

2.    Eternal separation from God is the payment of sin.

3.    For our sins Christ has died. 

Romans 10:9: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

4.    Who are we to confess with our mouth according to this verse?

The answer to the fourth question is the Lord Jesus Christ.   Confessing with one's mouth the Lord Jesus Christ is very important.  When one does this he is saying, “I am a sinner, and if I die as a sinner I will be separated from God; however, I believe that Jesus Christ died for me.” 

One should pray the following prayer if they want to ask the Lord Jesus Christ to save them.

Dear God, I am confessing with my mouth that I know I am a lost sinner and that Jesus Christ died for my sins.  I am now asking Christ to come into my heart and save me. I accept Him as my Saviour and pray this in His holy name.

If you have asked the Lord Jesus Christ to save you, find a Bible believing church in your area and tell the pastor of the church what you have done.

 

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