[Note: The following article takes the reader through an excerpt of Dr. David Reagan’s newest book titled God’s Prophetic Voices to America.]
“Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman… so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me.” (Ezekiel 33:7)
Most pulpits in America are silent about our nation’s moral problems — and that has certainly been true. But there have been exceptions over the years, like pastors Erwin Lutzer and David Jeremiah. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, is another one of the exceptions. He has never feared to tread — and tread boldly — where few pastors have been willing to go.
I often think of him as the “Harry Truman of American pastors” because, like President Truman, he spits words like bullets and seems to have no concern about who might be offended. To him, the truths of God’s Word are more important than hurt feelings.
Jeffress began speaking prophetically about our nation in 2012 with the publication of his book, Twilight’s Last Gleaming. In 2013 he was invited to be the keynote speaker at the annual Bible conference sponsored by Lamb & Lion Ministries. At that conference, he presented a condensed version of the thesis of his book. The following is an excerpt of Dr. Jeffress’ message warning America of impending judgment and calling us all to repentance.
The Implosion of America
I believe America’s collapse is inevitable.
I came to understand why this is true just a couple years ago when we were in the midst of preparing for the building of our new church campus. We had to first of all get rid of five of our buildings, consisting of about 600,000 square feet in the middle of downtown Dallas. And so the question arose: How do you get rid of that many buildings in the middle of downtown Dallas without bringing down the surrounding skyscrapers?
The demolition people met with me, and they said the best way to achieve this is through an implosion. And they explained to me what they were going to do. They said, “We’re going to take 200 pounds of dynamite and attach it to key structural supports within those five buildings. We will then explode the dynamite, there will be a pause, and then the law of physics will take over. Without those foundational supports, the buildings will fall in on themselves under their own weight.” I said, “Well, that sounds pretty good to me. Let’s do it!”
And so, on a brisk October morning in 2010, they closed downtown Dallas. The Mayor and I and our building committee chairman were on a nearby roof top, along with all of the media. CNN, Fox News, and all the local media were there to cover the implosion of our buildings. This was going out live on Fox and Friends and other media outlets around the world.
We did the countdown, 5-4-3-2-1. The Mayor and I pressed the ceremonial red button, and in the next block we heard the explosions going off just like they predicted. And those explosions were followed by nothing. Absolutely nothing! I cannot begin to tell you what all went through my mind over those next few seconds. I began to think, “Who am I going to fire first?” I could just see this scene being replayed endlessly on YouTube, “Pastor’s Implosion a Dud.” I mean it seemed like forever. But you see, I had forgotten what the demolition people told me. They had told me there was going to be a pause after those explosions.
And suddenly, without any warning, I heard a sound that could only be compared to standing in front of a jet engine. The roar increased in volume as we watched those once mighty buildings fall in on themselves, and within 30 seconds, they were reduced to nothing more than a plume of debris-filled dust.
I learned something that morning about implosions. They begin with a series of seemingly unrelated explosions, followed by a pause, and then a sudden collapse.
Four Explosive Decisions
Over the last 50 years our Supreme Court has made four explosive decisions that have so weakened the moral and spiritual structure and foundation of our country that our inevitable collapse is certain. Right now we’re simply living between that time of the explosions that have weakened our basic foundation, and the coming implosion.
These four decisions have changed the direction of our country more than any congressional mandate and more than any executive order from the President of the United States. What are those four decisions?
Explosion Number One
Decision number one — I call it explosion number one — was the Supreme Court case in 1962 of Engel v. Vitale. This is the case that removed the saying of a prayer in the public schools.
A simple 22-word voluntary prayer was deemed unconstitutional. And of course, it is from that decision that all of the other court decisions cascaded concerning prayer, showing government is not neutral toward religion, but rather is hostile toward it. And government is especially hostile toward the Christian religion.
Explosion Number Two
From that decision eventually came the decision in 1980 of Stone v. Graham which stopped the posting of the Ten Commandments in public schools. Specifically, that case came out of the public schools of Kentucky where copies of the Ten Commandments were posted on the school walls.
Explosion Number Three
Explosive decision number three was rooted right here in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. It was the 1973 decision in the case of Roe vs. Wade. It is the decision that has resulted now in the murder of over 50 million children in the womb.
The economic repercussions of abortion pale in significance to the most heinous and disastrous result of abortion, and that is the certainty of God’s judgment. All you have to do is look at history and see how God has dealt with nations that kill their children. In the Old Testament God raised up the Assyrians and the Babylonians to judge Israel for participating in child sacrifice. During the Second World War God raised up the allied forces to crush Nazi Germany for taking children to the gas chambers by the train loads.
Looking at history, does anybody have to wonder how God is going to deal with a nation like ours that sanctions the killing of children?
Explosion Number Four
The fourth explosive decision was Lawrence and Garner vs. the State of Texas in 2003. This is the Supreme Court decision that struck down our state’s anti-sodomy laws. It was the beginning of a domino effect that we see continuing today.
God knew what He was doing when He designed the family. Even though Supreme Court opinions change, even though culture changes, God’s Word never changes. He is the one who designed marriage and He knows how it best operates.
An Additional Explosion
Since Dr. Jeffress’ speech was delivered in 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States has set off an additional explosion — its abominable decision in June 2015 to legalize same-sex marriage, making our nation’s implosion even more certain and more imminent.
It was a despicable day in American history when President Obama decided to celebrate this court decision by lighting up the White House in the colors of the Sexual Perversion Movement.
The Christian Response
Dr. Jeffress concluded with a call for Christians to respond.
Now my point in citing these four cases is simply this: no nation that outlaws the acknowledgment of God in the public square, that sanctions the killing of unborn children and destroys the most basic unit of society, the family — no such nation can survive. The explosions have already occurred. The implosion is coming. We are simply living in the in-between-time.
Now the question is, “How are we as Christians to respond to all this?” I want to suggest to you that we turn to the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who told us exactly how we are to respond to a decaying culture. In Matthew 5:13 Jesus said:
You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has become tasteless how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
Jesus said our first responsibility as believers is to act as salt. Do you know that in Jesus’ day salt was a preservative? In the day before refrigerators, salt was the way to delay the decay of the meat. What salt did was simply give the meat a little longer shelf life. Eventually the meat would rot and would have to be discarded. The salt delayed that process.
What I believe Jesus is saying to us is, “We’re not going to prevent the destruction of America, but we can delay it so we have more opportunity to share the Gospel.” I therefore believe God has called us as Christians to stand up and push back against the tide of evil and immorality that is sweeping our country.
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