As reported by The Good News (Nov/Dec, 08), world events are moving even faster towards the abyss than we ever dreamed. By 2020 the Chinese Nuclear Sub Navy will be stronger or at least equal to our American Sub service. And, tension will soon be building between China and India who share a 2,100 mile border. In a sense, India blocks China from moving her naval forces west.
Growing Immorality in America. In a survey one of the most stunning outcomes is the growing immoral patterns of young adults under the age of 25. The younger generation was more than twice as likely as all other adults to engage in behaviors considered morally inappropriate by traditional standards.
For example, almost two in three in this group had used profanity publicly, almost two in five had lied or engaged in sex outside of marriage, a third had viewed pornography, and one in four had gotten drunk.
Not surprising, adults who described themselves as liberal on sociopolitical issues were twice as likely as those who described themselves as conservative to engage in these activities. Atheists and agnostics were about five times more likely to participate in these behaviors than those who identified themselves as evangelical Christians.
As Americans depend less and less on the Bible for their source of moral judgment, they become their own independent judges of what is right and wrong. George Barna believes that "it is not likely that America will return to a more traditional moral code until the nation experiences significant pain from its moral choices."
With all due respect to Barna, I do not believe there can be a return. We are already into the apostasy described by the apostle Paul. Europe, the home of the Reformation, has never returned, in fact, it is growing worse morally every day! And, the Bible must be at the base of any evangelism or revival, but also, the Word of God has been cut out of our social fabric and culture. There is no return!
CALLING ALL CONCERNED PASTORS. Join us January 18-20 (Sun. evening through Tue. noon) for a CHURCH Conference at Scofield Ministries in Clifton, TX, with Dr. Robert Lightner, Dr. Tom McCall, Andy Woods, Jeff Gutterman, and others. This will be a strategy session and a look at the Scriptures as to what we are to do in light of what is coming upon us today! – Dr. Mal Couch